"Concert dress" is the term used to describe what to wear for a particular performance.
For football games and marching competitions, our concert dress is our marching band uniform.
For our more formal concert performances in the auditorium, our concert dress is what we in the music department lovingly call "concert black".
We ask students to wear all black, formal clothing. That means black dress pants and a black dress shirt. It might also mean an appropriate-length black dress, or a nice black sweater with no writing. Black jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt would not be appropriate for the formal nature of our concert performances.
Things to Consider:
Examples of Appropriate Concert Black:
Examples of Inappropriate Concert Black:
This is the scoring guide for the essential question "How does an ensemble support a soloist?"
Students answered this question in class during rehearsal.
Varsity Band Fam:
Below are some resources that might prove practical in your personal preparation of our concert music.
Additionally, this is our rehearsal plan and practice targets. These will be shared with you in class, but the practice targets will help you focus your personal preparation.
On Joyful Wing (Sweeney)
African Holy Night (RW Smith)
Today in class the Varsity Band will be giving and receiving peer feedback on performances of their solo/ensemble project.
The worksheet is what you will be completing for a peer. In exchange, they will complete a form for you. The rubric link will show you how the worksheet is scored.
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.
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