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Band Camp Update

We hope you’ve had an enjoyable and safe summer! The past few months have been very difficult – trying to plan for all the band camp possibilities has been like building a sandcastle… as soon as one plan is completed, waves of change cause us to start all over. It seems that policies and updates […]

Instrument Pick-up / Check-out

Tuesday, May 19 For students wanting to pick-up personal instruments/equipment or check out a school instrument/equipment for summer use, there are times available for Tuesday, May 19, 3-5pm. There is a School instrument / equipment maintenance fee; Wind and Percussion instruments – $50 for year, including summer. Guard equipment – $25 per semester (fall includes […]

Week of May 11, Lesson Resources for 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, & Jazz

ACTIVITY 1 – Practice your fundamentals; scales, drop spins, etc. Winds, go back and use the practice routine you created in March. Guard, spin a basic warm-up using a broom/mop/any available item. ACTIVITY 2 – Check out this performance from the U.S. Army Band. Part of this video is a traditional concert, the other part […]

Week of May 11, Percussion Lesson Resources

Activity 1- Play the following rudiments with the Vic Firth recordings. Push yourself and try at least silver.  6 – Double Stroke (Open) Roll 7 – Five Stroke Roll 19 – Paradiddle-diddle 27 – Patafla-fla Education – 40 Essential Rudiments – Vic Firth40 Essential Rudiments. Learn the rudiments in a systematic way. Webrhythms. A series of […]

Field Commander Auditions

*Audition Areas 1. Tempo Recognition  & Control You’ll be given these tempos to conduct the different patterns. We’ll randomly mute/unmute the metronome to observe how well you control tempo. On the day of the audition, video record yourself conducting these excerpts using Flipgrid. 4/4 – tempo 140 3/4 – tempo 110 2/4 – tempo 90 […]

Week of May 4th, 1st, 2nd, 4th, & 5th Period Classes

Week of May 4th, For 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th period band classes. Activity 1 Select music that you’d be interested in rehearsing/performing. Go to https://www.jwpepper.com and look at some of the concert/marching band arrangements. Many of the selections have an audio clip or pdf a portion of the conductor’s music score. You might love […]

Week of May 4th – Percussion

Activity 1- Play the following rudiments with the Vic Firth recordings. Just do the bronze for each rudiment. If you feel comfortable with bronze try silver and beyond. 16 – Paradiddle 17 – Double Paradiddle 21 – Flam Accent 22 – Flam Tap https://vicfirth.zildjian.com/education/40-essential-rudiments.html Activity 2- Watch the videos and do the worksheet for snare […]

Week of April 27

Activities / Resources Activities for 1st, 2nd, 4th, and Jazz students – Ms. Singletary has put together some woodwind resources which are beneficial for all instrumentalists – check them out! Here are the links to the youtube videos for warm ups and scales.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9oB5lkexqkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boVK0ljoegY

Week of April 27th – Percussion Only

Activity 1- Find a percussion ensemble piece that you think your ensemble can handle and that you would like to try in the future. To find one, I suggest using Tapspace or Rowloff (links below)https://www.tapspace.com/percussion-ensemble/ Percussion Ensemble Sheet Music – TapspaceThis arrangement of Ravel’s masterpiece recreates the colorful and vibrant work for percussion ensemble. This […]

Week of April 20th

Lesson Resources/Activities for the Week of April 20th Activity 1 – Choose one of the following songs and submit a Flipgrid of you performing along with a band recording. Audio can be found at jwpepper.com or youtube. -Symphonic Band (1st, 2nd, 6th), Look at; Into the Storm, The Rites of Tamburo -Wind Ensemble (4th & […]