Remember….. Blend (Match)your sound…. Balance (Listen Down)…
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski
Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. • -Leonard Bernstein
Drum Major Congratulations to Meagan Parker Drum Major of the 2014 Marching Bobcats!
RESPONSIBILITY February 7 I. DEFINITIONBeing dependable in carrying out obligations and duties. Showing reliability and consistency in words and conduct. Being accountable for your own actions. Being committed to active involvement in your school and community. II. QUOTES Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself. (Henry Ward Beecher) III. DISCUSSIONS/QUESTIONS How do you interpret this quote?
RESPONSIBILITY February 18 I. DEFINITIONBeing dependable in carrying out obligations and duties. Showing reliability and consistency in words and conduct. Being accountable for your own actions. Being committed to active involvement in your school and community. II. QUOTE Well done is better than well said. (Benjamin Franklin) III. DISCUSSIONS/QUESTIONS What are the benefits when we expect more of ourselves than others?
RESPONSIBILITY February 24 I. DEFINITIONBeing dependable in carrying out obligations and duties. Showing reliability and consistency in words and conduct. Being accountable for your own actions. Being committed to active involvement in your school and community. Review II. QUOTES Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself. (Henry Ward Beecher) We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle) Well done is better than well said. (Benjamin Franklin) III. DISCUSSIONS/QUESTIONS * How do you interpret each quote? * How do you set a good example for others? * What are the benefits when we expect more of ourselves than others?
Study Guides All Study Guides are due Friday March 21st!
Drum Line Every Tuesday 4-5 All are welcome!
Spring Concerts Tuesday April 29 Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir 6:30 PM
Spring Concerts Thursday May 1 Jazz Band-6:00Percussion Ensembles-6:45 Wind Ensemble-7:30
Absent? Check the “Missed Rehearsal” sheet to see what you missed! Items on the list can be made up on the next Theory/Make-up Day
Beach Trip Rehearsals March 20 April 10 4:00-6:00 Parent Meeting after rehearsal March 20th 6:00-6:30
Candy Money The following students owe for Candy Money. Ashley Haithcock $120 DeShaun McDonald $60 Ishmael Strickland $60Jasmine Allen $66 David Foggin $60 Eniledy Morales $60Isaac Rodrigues $60Kara Roseboro-Laboy $60Hunter Sapp $60 Brandon Delapp $60Luis Sanchez $60 McKaylaTeague $120
Beach Trip The following students owe for the Beach Trip. Isaiah Butler-Johnson $69.55Chase Smith $117.50JB Hurley $60 Meagan Parker $45Cole Brown $200Brandon Delapp $175
TschesnokoffSalvation is Created • Salvation is Created is a choral work composed by PavelTchesnokov in 1912. It was one of the very last sacred works he composed before he was forced to turn to secular arts by the Soviet government. Although he never heard his own composition performed, his children had the opportunity years following his death. Salvation is Created was originally published in 1913 by J. Fischer and Bro. but its popularity drove editors to produce many different versions in both Russian and English. Scored for either six or eight voices (SATTBB or SSAATTBB), the work is a communion hymn based on a Kievansyndonal chant melody and Psalm 74 (73 in the Greek version).
James Clifton Williams • Was born on March 26, 1923 • He was born in Traskwood, Arkansas • He dropped “James” from his composing name because he thought it sounded more distinguished.
James Clifton Williams • Williams received his education at Louisianna State University studying composition and horn. After graduation he continued his studies at the Eastman School of music where he studied with Bernard Rogers, Howard Hanson and ArkadyYegudkin.
James Clifton Williams • Williams has a many important pieces for band including: Arioso, Caccia and Chorale, Fanfare and Allegro, the Sinfonians, and Symphonic Suite.
James Clifton Williams • Dedicatory Overture was written in the 1960’s and was commisioned by the Epsilon Upsilo Chapter of Phu Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Evansville College Indiana, for use in services dedicating a new music building.
James Clifton Williams • The first performances of Dedicatory Overture took place during the spring of 1963 by the Evansville College Concert Band under the direction of Wesley Shepard. Williams used Evansville College’s alma mater as the thematic material to compose the piece.
Composer SpotlightBrian Balmages- “Rain” Brian Balmages (b. 1975) is an active composer, conductor, producer, and performer. His fresh compositional ideas have resulted in a high demand for his wind, brass, and orchestral music throughout the world.
Composer SpotlightBrian Balmages- “Rain” He received his bachelor’s degrees in music from James Madison University and his master's degree from the University of Miami in Florida.
Composer SpotlightBrian Balmages- “Rain” Mr. Balmages' compositions have been performed worldwide at conferences including the College Band Directors National and Regional Conferences, the Midwest Clinic, the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the International Trombone Festival, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.
Composer SpotlightBrian Balmages- “Rain” His active schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, James Madison University's School of Music, Boston Brass, members of the United States Marine Band, and the Dominion Brass Ensemble.
Composer SpotlightBrian Balmages- “Rain” His music has been performed by members of leading orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, and others. He has also had world premieres in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and performances at the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Day Parade and abroad.
Composer SpotlightBrian Balmages- “Rain” He has also served as an adjunct professor of instrumental conducting and Acting Symphonic Band Director at Towson University in Maryland.
Composer SpotlightBrian Balmages- “Rain” Currently, he is Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He resides in Baltimore with his wife, Lisa and their sons, Jacob and Collin.
Composer SpotlightBrian Balmages- “Rain” Rain is a gentle work with a great deal of expressiveness. It paints a picture of a quiet rainfall with distant rolling thunder. The sound of droplets hitting the ground often puts me at ease for a reason I cannot adequately describe. For this reason, I chose to explain my thoughts through music, which has always been a more powerful means of expression for me than words.
Composer SpotlightBrian Balmages- “Rain” The melodic and harmonic lines convey the complexity of rain-the sadness it brings to some, the calmness it brings to others, and its ability to rejuvenate; the soft droplets outside our window that can be so relaxing, yet can also be the cause of a raging river. It is my hope that groups will experience a wide range of emotions as they rehearse and perform this work.
Composer SpotlightBrian Balmages- “Rain” Rain was commissioned by the Virginia Band directors Association District 10, representing schools from Fairfax County, Alexandria, and Falls Church. The work was premiered by the All District Middle School Symphonic Band with the composer conducting.
Alex Shapiro • Alex Shapiro (born January 11, 1962 in New York City) composes acoustic and electroacoustic music favoring combinations of modal harmonies with chromatic ones, and often emphasizing strong pulse and rhythm. She was educated at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano. • The majority of Shapiro's catalog is chamber works, and since 2008 she has also composed several commissions for symphonic wind band, several of which include the use of prerecorded electronics.
Alex Shapiro-Paper Cut • What do teenagers like? Video games, TV, and movies. What do all these media have in common? Music! • I was thrilled to have a chance to add to the educational band music repertoire, thanks to the American Composers Forum's terrific BandQuest series. In my desire to compose something relevant to younger players, I decided to create a piece that sounds somewhat like a movie soundtrack, to which the musicians can imagine their own dramatic scene. I also thought it would be fun to make the kids themselves part of the action, and so "Paper Cut" has the band doing choreographed maneuvers that look as compelling as they sound. In fact, the band members don't even play their instruments until halfway into the piece.
Alex Shapiro-Paper Cut • Music isn't just melody; it's rhythm and texture as well. The unusual element of paper and the myriad sounds that can emerge from something so simple, offer a fresh view of what music-making can be and opens everyone's ears to the sonic possibilities found among everyday objects. • With a nod to environmentalism, "Paper Cut" might even remind people to avoid waste and recycle. Players can collect paper that would have otherwise ended up in the trash, and bring it to rehearsals. The piece might even be therapeutic, as students can take out their aggressions by ripping up bad grades and test scores! • Although "Paper Cut" was composed with middle schoolers in mind, it's also suited to more advanced musicians, since the paper techniques and the skill of playing against a prerecorded track are interesting for all ages. I'm delighted to introduce a new approach to concert wind band repertoire, and I hope that conductors and band members have as much fun with this piece as I had creating it. • Alex Shapiro Summer, 2010
The Lion King • Elton John, Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer wrote the music, lyrics and original score of Disney’s The Lion King. • Time Rice is a long time associate with broadway composer Andrew Loyd Weber • Released in 1994 The Lion King features the hit songs: Circle of Life, I Just Can’t Wait to be King, Be Prepared, HakunaMatata, Can you Feel the Love Tonight, and King of Pride Rock.
Andrew Boysen, Jr. I Am • Andrew Boysen, Jr. is presently an assistant professor in the music department at the University of New Hampshire, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches conducting, composition and orchestration. Previously, Boysen served as an assistant professor and Acting Associate Director of Bands at Indiana State University, where he directed the Marching Sycamores, conducted the symphonic band and taught in the music education department. Prior to that appointment, he was the Director of Bands at Cary-Grove (IL) High School and was the music director and conductor of the Deerfield Community Concert Band. He remains active as a guest conductor and clinician, appearing with high school, university and festival ensembles across the United States and Great Britain.
Andrew Boysen, Jr. I Am • Boysenearned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where he served as conductor of the Eastman Wind Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He received his Master of Music degree in wind conducting from Northwestern University in 1993 and his Bachelor of Music degree in music education and music composition from the University of Iowa in 1991.
Andrew Boysen, Jr. I Am • He maintains an active schedule as a composer, receiving commissions from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Orchestra Festival, the Iowa All-State Band, the Rhode Island All-State Band, the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, and many university and high school concert bands across the United States. Boysen won the International Horn Society Composition Contest in 2000, the University of Iowa Honors Composition Prize in 1991 and has twice won the Claude T. Smith Memorial Band Composition Contest, in 1991 for I Am and in 1994 for Ovations. Boysen has several published works with the Neil A. Kjos Music Company, Wingert-Jones Music and Ludwig Music, including pieces for band, orchestra, clarinet and piano, and brass choir. Recordings of his music appear on the Sony, R-Kal, Mark, St. Olaf and Elf labels.
Andrew Boysen, Jr. I Am • I Am was commissioned by Craig Aune and the Cedar Rapids Prairie High School Band of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in February, 1990. It was written in memory of Lynn Jones, a baritone saxophone player in the band who was killed in an auto accident during that winter. The work is basically tonal in nature, but includes extended techniques such as an aleatoric section and singing from members of the ensemble. The aleatoric section is intended to represent the foggy morning of the crash in which Jones died. The words "I Am" are taken from a poem that he wrote just days before his death. The piece is not intended in any way to be an elegy. Instead, it is a celebration, a reaffirmation, of life.
Andrew Boysen, Jr. I Am • I AmLife, Music, Competition.I like exciting things, and doing good for others.Beauty, Successfulness and Smartness are important to me.I like to achieve recognition.I can succeed if I really put my mind to it.I am very set in my ways,But I can change when I realize my ignorance.I like a simple nonchalant lifestyle.I hate ignorance.I hate structuredness.This is me. I am! • -Lynn JonesJanuary, 1990
Julie Giroux, Prisoner of the Ring • Julie Ann Giroux was born in Fairhaven, Mass on Dec. 12, 1961 and began playing the piano a few years later. By the age of 8, she began composing. Several years and family relocations later, Julie attended Jack Hayes Junior High School. She composed her first Concert Band Work in the 8th grade at the age of 13. She attended Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, Louisiana graduating in 1979. She played the French Horn in the school bands and played piano for the Choir all the while composing various types of music, including piano works, band works, solo instrumental works and vocal works.
Julie Giroux, Prisoner of the Ring • Julie attended college at Louisiana State University receiving her bachelors degree in music performance, all the while continuing to compose band and orchestra works. At this time, she also began composing commercially. In 1981 she published her first band work. Literally days after college graduation, Julie had the opportunity to arrange & conduct several arrangements for a live ESPN broadcast for the National Sportsfest held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Composer Bill Conti had also been hired to compose and conduct music for the same event. Shortly after that, Mr. Conti invited Julie out to Hollywood to work on the mini-series "North and South."
Julie Giroux, Prisoner of the Ring • Julie went on to compose & orchestrate music for many Television and Films and received her first of three Emmy nominations in 1989-1990. In 1991-1992, Julie won an Emmy Award for • "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction" for the 64th Annual Academy Awards, ABC." • When she won her first Emmy Award, she was the first woman and the youngest person ever to win the award in that category. A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), her credits include White Men Can't Jump, Masters of the Universe, North & South & North & South II, Broadcast News, Blaze, Dynasty and multiple Academy & Emmy Awards shows. During her career Julie has had the honor of scoring for Celene Dion, Paula Abdul, Jerry Orbach, Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli, Bryan Adams, Peabo Bryson, Angela Lansbury, Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, Reba McIntyre, Little Richard, Billy Crystal, Michael Jackson and many, many others.
Julie Giroux, Prisoner of the Ring • Ms. Giroux is an extremely well rounded composer with works for Symphony Orchestras (including chorus), Chamber music, Wind Ensembles, Soloists, Brass and Woodwind Quintets and many other serious and commercial formats. Her first published work "Mystery on Mena Mountain" with Southern Music Company was composed while still in college. Since that time, she has composed and published numerous works for professional wind ensembles, military bands, colleges, public schools and professional orchestras. • In 1998, Ms. Giroux decided to go back to her roots full time, composing primarily for Concert Bands, Wind Ensembles and other various "serious" forms of music.
Julie Giroux, Prisoner of the Ring • This work opens with a theme which represents a 16th century conquistador and his army of fearless men who sail the seven seas in search of gold and adventure.
Julie Giroux, Prisoner of the Ring • The second theme, “The Woman,” represents the romance between the conquistador and a beautiful woman.
Julie Giroux, Prisoner of the Ring • The conquistador must leave, but gives the woman a ring as a token of his love. Unknown to the conquistador, a demon’s soul had been imprisoned in this ring.
Julie Giroux, Prisoner of the Ring • Shortly after the conquistador’s departure, a band of demons kidnap the woman and the ring in order to extract the demon’s soul from the ring.