All of the parts for the opener are here!
You can view the Google folder with the parts - you will need to login with your @chipfalls.org username. You cannot access the files without your school login info.
I'm working on getting an audio file that includes the battery parts. For now, we have this.
HOW TO SHARE:
The schedule for the Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony was originally shared in the program from the Spring Band Concert. It has been repeated here for your convenience.
UPDATE: Because Bridgewater is still under construction, we recommend parents pick students up at Parkview Elementary.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Your uniform and instrument go home with you.
If anything happens to your uniform, you will be responsible for the full replacement cost.
Memorial Day, May 29, 2017
HS Students and 8th Graders meet in the parking lot at BMO Bank/Central Lutheran Church.
Parade ends in Irvine Park.
8th graders meet families/rides in the parking lot at either Parkview, or fight traffic into Irvine.
HS students continue into Irvine for ceremony at bandshell.
Ceremony begins at Irvine Park Bandshell.
Students are dismissed
Mother Earth was composed for the South Dearborn High School Band of Aurora, Indiana, Brian Silvey, conductor. The commission was for a three-minute fanfare piece. Each piece takes on a reason for being all its own, and Mother Earth is no exception. It became an urgent message from Our Mother to treat her more kindly! My reading at the time of writing this music was For a Future to be Possible by the Vietnamese monk and teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. He believes that the only way forward is to be extremely alive and aware in our present moment, to become awake to the needs of our beloved planet, and to respond to it as a living entity. Music making allows us to come immediately awake. It is an instant connection to the powerful wellspring of our creativity, and opens our minds to the solution of any number of problems, including that of our damaged environment. My little piece does not solve the problem! But it is a living call to the wide-awake life, and it continues to be performed by young people around the world.
David Maslanka (born 1943) is an American composer whose cerebral music ranges from chamber music miniatures to large, epic symphonies. Born in New Bedford, MA, Maslanka studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (including a year at the Salzburg Mozarteum) and with H. Owen Reed at Michigan State University. He spent his early career teaching at several institutions before dedicating himself solely to composition in 1990. He has won several awards for his music, and he works solely on commission. His compositions for wind band have won him particular acclaim, including more than a dozen concertos, seven symphonies (plus two more for orchestra), and several concert pieces, including A Child’s Garden of Dreams.
Here is a short interview with David Maslanka and his thoughts on music and composing.
Additionally, you will never regret listening to Maslanka's Requiem.
Varsity Band spent some time in sectionals looking at Old Churches by Michael Colgrass, and then today sight-read through the piece as an ensemble for the first time.
Over our next few rehearsals we are going to be looking at different types of notation systems. Did you know that music hasn't always been written on the 5 line staff?
There are two videos that I'd like you to check out to help extend your understanding, both of different notation systems, but also related to how polyphony developed. You should watch them before next week, so that you can have a leg up in rehearsal.
CFHS Band Family:
A few friendly reminders for you as we near the end of the week!
You will need your chromebook.
Create a new, blank Google doc and share it with both Mr. Renneke and Mr. Hitt.
You will be writing a essay/letter/blog post that is not to exceed one page in length.
Your essay/letter/blog post can use a semi-conversational style, but should not be informal - that means no slang, no "text speak", no memes.
Your essay/letter/blog post should share your thoughts and reflections on the following questions. Always consider the rubric: TONE, INTONATION, ACCURACY, TECHNIQUE, EXPRESSION, BALANCE/SET-UP.
On the bottom of your letter/essay/blog post you will be nominating students for the elected Leadership Team. Review the descriptions of the different positions.
Nominate the following:
After one weather-related cancellation, pep band season is officially underway tonight! Click here to see the entire pep band schedule. Tonight is also Alumni Night - looking forward to seeing some familiar faces!
The upcoming Winter Band Concert is on January 9, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Chippewa Falls High School Auditorium and features performances by the Varsity Band, Symphonic Band, Woodwind Quintet, and the Sax Choir. We hope you can join us for our Winter Concert.
Mr. Renneke will be running a sample AP Music Theory lesson in the music tech lab on Wednesday and Friday during Lunch A for interested students. AP Music Theory is currently offered to seniors, but a great option for underclassmen is to first enroll in Popular Songwriting.
In-School Holiday Concert
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Uniform Room is open to grab your uniform
Start moving chairs, stands, percussion into the front gym
You earn letter points for helping with setup
We need your help with setting up
You need to be changed into your uniform.
Jacket and bibs only.
No gauntlets, no hat, no instrument.
Don’t worry about black shoes. We won’t see your feet.
You are in the front gym.
Line up from tallest to shortest.
We will fill in the bleachers by height with the tallest in the back and snaking our way down to the front with the shortest.
Those of you who have done this before: please help guide this process.
Picture is over
Change into your concert black
What to Wear for the Holiday Concert:
Black pants Black pants
Black shoes Black shoes
Black shirt/sweater/tie/ Black shirt/sweater
Black skirt (use brain when selecting length)
Black dresses (no shoulderless dresses)
After everyone is back in the gym we will do a sound check.
At the end of 1st hour you will go to your second hour class.
You are dismissed from your second hour class at 9:35am.
The Quarter 2 Lesson Project is now at the half-way point. With 4 weeks (plus the 2 bonus days) behind us we have 4 weeks that remain.
You can get a sense of class participation from the following graphs. Click on the image for a closer look at the data.
A number of students have succesfully completed the entire project already. Admittedly, I'm not quite sure what the rest of you are waiting for. Remember that you can only schedule one lesson per week to count towards the Quarter 2 Lesson Project.
At the end of the semester we will be moving on to - you guessed it - the Quarter 3 Ensemble Project. If you haven't completed the Quarter 2 Lesson Project, you will be responsible for completing the work in Quarter 3 while also picking up new tasks.
Additional Pep Band: Added game on Friday 1/7 vs. Superior
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