Exam Review Information

Below is the link for the fall semester theory exam review.  Due to the missed classes, the exam will be shortened in material covered.  The music history unit will be moved to the spring.  Please consult musictheory.net for practice on the exercises listed in the review.  In addition performance exams for non-honors/all-district band members will take place beginning tomorrow.  Times are listed below.

Exam Review Info.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IAMLDv_tmzP5Rkyf0wEOV59aGceSzSHUUG4gdg-3Z2o/edit?usp=sharing

Performance Exam Scale Times

CB https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Y0vlTno6JoIeBiCtT3RMfBUXaikroily7JotehzT7y8/edit?usp=sharing

SB https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UQ1sq27cN2DrlXanMN2grshDQboInBTR4UtPunHokJs/edit?usp=sharing

WE/MP https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1khjc1nj2jBlipuZJl9GDtNHdM8eC7e_LgV077_e3l7o/edit?usp=sharing

 

Weather affects band activities

Due to the impending weather system, several events for the band have been cancelled and/or postponed.
1. All-District Band Auditions have been postponed until next Saturday at Cary HS.  All audition times will remain the same.  For those who have siblings at the middle school level, those auditions will now take place at Reedy Creek MS.
2. Guard camp for Saturday, has been cancelled.  We are looking into possibilities for other dates this month to make this up.  Stay tuned.
3. All-District help sessions for tomorrow afternoon are now cancelled.  I will look at the possibilities for next week to make these up somehow.
4. Phantom of the Opera meeting (Mon. Jan. 9) – If we are not in school on Monday, this meeting will be cancelled.  Strong possibility it will be moved to Wednesday night.  Stay tuned.
Please take your instruments home tomorrow.  With the forecast models in regards to this storm, there is a strong possibility that we will be out of school on Monday and even Tuesday, as morning temperatures could be below 10 degrees (brrr…) Be proactive, and take your instruments home (and guard equipment if applicable) as you have an extra week to get your audition material even more solid.

Friday, September 23, 2016 – Day 19

Friday, September 23, 2016

Day 19
 Quote of the Day -The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary – Vince Lombardi
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, scales,  music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:
 1. All GHR fair shares should be current.
2. If you didn’t play yesterday, make sure you’ve filled out the google doc. for pass-offs today.
3. Tomorrow is our mini-camp.  We start at 7:30am, be on time.  Ops crew and other leaders should arrive no later than 7, in order to get prepared.  Field may need to be repainted.  Lots to do.  Closer drill is done.  We need to get it on the field with music before lunch.  That’s only 3 1/2 hrs. Have your music memorized and be ready to work hard.
4. Next Thursday during lunch will be a GHR mini-reh. on stand tunes.  If you play stand tunes, you should attend.  Bring your lunch.  Have parts learned prior if at all possible.  We have our 2nd home game next Friday, and it’s a big one.  Let’s be ready to rock the house!

Happy Birthday –  

Concert Band – 1st Block

Concert Ab Scale Test (excluding flutes)

Concert Eb Scale Retests

Symphonic Band – 2nd Block

Concert Ab Scale Test

Concert Eb Scale Retests
Wind Ensemble – 4th Block

Concert Ab Scale Test

Concert Eb Scale Retest

Marching Percussion – 4th Block
 Same as Wind Ens.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 – Day 18

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 18
 Quote of the Day -Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and places to pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. – John Muir
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, scales,  music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:
 1. All GHR fair shares should be current.
2. National Anthem and Fight Song pass-offs took place today during HOT lunch.  Look for google doc.  Call backs on warm-ups are posted on the hallway bulletin board.
3. Saturday, September 24, is our mini-camp from 7:30-7 PM.  Please make sure this is on your calendar.  It is required!  You will need to pack a lunch.  Have Mvt. 3 memorized.  Percussion  will need to learn ALL of it by 5 PM, as you will not get your music until Saturday morning.  Yippee!!

Happy Birthday –  

Concert Band – 1st Block

 

Breathing Exercises

Long tones

Ab-Db Concert Scales

Chorale Sight Reading

Fire Drill

Discussed All-District Band auditions

How should a flute sound?  Listened to recording

Symphonic Band – 2nd Block
Breathing
Long Tones (F and Concert)
Db-D Scales
I Recommend – p. 4 #1-5
Sight Reading, minor scales, chromatic scale exercises
And The Angels Called – Practiced Rhythms.
Wind Ensemble – 4th Block
Breathing
Concert F and Eb – Whole Notes
Db-D = quarter note = 76
Listened to the 11/12 All-District Flute Solo; Concerto No. 1 in G Major.
Molly on the Shore = half note at 112 was too fast.
Worked on entire selection
Marching Percussion – 4th Block
 Outside reviewing 1 and 2

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – Day 17

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Day 17
 Quote of the Day -Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed…if we only knew it.  What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons. – James Russell Lowell
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, scales,  music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:
 1. All GHR fair shares should be current.
2. National Anthem and Fight Song pass-offs will take place tomorrow during HOT lunch.  Look for google doc.  Call backs on warm-ups are posted on the hallway bulletin board.
3. Saturday, September 24, is our mini-camp from 7:30-7 PM.  Please make sure this is on your calendar.  It is required!  You will need to pack a lunch.

Happy Birthday –  

Concert Band – 1st Block

 

Progress Reports Issued – New grading categories for this year.

Rehearsal Skills (Old Daily Performance)- 35%; Major Assessments (Projects, Tests, Performances) – 35%; Minor Assessments (Scale Quizzes, Checkpoints, Rehearsals); Homework – 5%

Vocabulary Study – AB, ABA, Accent, Aria, Arpeggio, Bar, Baton, Cadence, Cadenza, Chamber Music

Breathing Exercises

Ab-Db Concert Scales

Chorale Sight Reading

Symphonic Band – 2nd Block

We are for sure going to Disney announced!

Passed out graduation info. to seniors and class ring info to juniors
Talked about new grading terms.
Learned new vocabulary
Received progress reports
Breathing
Long Tones (F and Eb Concert)
Db-D Scales
I Recommend – p. 4 #2, 4, 6, 10
And The Angels Called – Practiced Rhythms.
Wind Ensemble – 4th Block
 Rehearsal for Hornline is cancelled due to rain
Guard is staying for a little bit do finish flags then leaving
Mini-Camp is going to be a lot of learning in Mvt. 3
No access to most of the building
Going to be super busy
Music History – Delving deeper into the Middle Ages; Listened to an example
Warm-Ups (Concert F and Bb)
Scales
Bach Chorale #1
Molly on the Shore
Marching Percussion – 4th Block
 Inside due to weather

Announcements – November 18, 2016

Announcements for Day 58

Quote – Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. Plato

On this Date – On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver a short speech at the dedicationof a cemetery of soldiers killed during the battle there on July 1 to July 3, 1863. The address Lincoln gave in Gettysburg became one of the most famous speeches in American history.

  1. Fruit Paper Orders are due TODAY.  If you need the weekend, please let me know, but absolutely no orders will be accepted after Tuesday.  Please remember to turn in the white copies and check or money order.  NO CASH, NO CASH, NO CASH.  I have still had a few turn in orders this week with cash.  We do not accept cash.  Also, PLEASE remember to put your name as the salesperson.  Almost every order given to me this week, did not have this done.  It’s the only way to accurately credit your account.

2. Online Sales end on Tuesday.  For these you can designate your name on the order submit page.  The online option is only available for out of state sales.

  1. Progress Reports will be distributed on Monday.  The chromatic scale test will be moved to Monday as well.  I will update rehearsal skills, and Powerschools will have the most up to date information.
  1. Those going to the Heritage game as part of the 10 member pep band, please remember your stand tunes from the containers by the stands.  Game starts at 7:30.  It takes approximately 1 hour to get to Heritage.  Thanks for supporting the Hawks in this unofficial capacity.  It would be nice for you to be there prior to the National anthem which will be around 715.  Cheer loudly, Root the team on, but do not play when the ball is in play.  Listen for those whistles.
  1. Disney payment of $100 due.  Please check your invoices carefully.  We have several that have not paid their marching band balance which was due a month ago.  All $’s collected always goes to pay old debt first.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sabatelli or Mrs. Scott for more info. or questions.
  1. Support the theatre program this weekend if you can.  James and the Giant Peach was one of my favorite books when I was growing up.  If you’ve never seen a HSTC production, you are missing out.  They are really good.
  1.  Parade rehearsal is on Monday from 2:30-4.  We had several miss unexcused today.  Please remember to let us know if you will be out.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day 16
 Quote of the Day – Is it so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done? – Mathew Arnold
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, scales,  music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:
 1. All GHR fair shares should be current.
2. Third call back for warm-up eercises will be passed off today during B lunch.  Sign up on google doc.
3. Saturday, September 24, is our mini-camp from 7:30am-7pm.  Please make sure this is on your calendar.  It is required!   You will need to pack a lunch.  Please consider the guidelines of band camp; no candy, no soda, and limit sugary sweets in general.  We will provide dinner.

Happy Birthday –  

Concert Band – 1st Block

Musical Vocabulary – Interval, Octave, Pitch Range, Dynamics, pianissimo, piano, mezzo forte, fortissimo

Breathing Exercises
Music Warm-Ups
Concert Ab Scale Test Friday
Sight Reading Chorales
Symphonic Band – 2nd Block
Music History Timeline – Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century, modern day, jazz, rock, non-western
African music and instruments
Breathing
Long Tones Eb and F Concert
Practice Db-D Concert Scales
I Recommend – p. 6 #6
And The Angels Called
Wind Ensemble – 4th Block

Music History timeline

P. 14 – mm 65-76 quarter note = 66
Scales = 72
Sight Read Jupiter
Marching Percussion – 4th Block
 Outdoors working on production

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Day 15
 Quote of the Day – 
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, scales,  music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:
 1. HSHS Band Disney Trip is on its way to becoming a reality.
2. GHR Mini-Camp this Saturday; Dinner will be served, pack a lunch.
3. Fittings for Concert attire/ladies today
4. Call backs tomorrow for GHR
5. Switching visual day to tomorrow due to weather.  Music Rehearsal in the Band Room.

Happy Birthday –  

Concert Band – 1st Block

Breathing Exercises

Scale Warm-Ups; Some instrumentalists are struggling with dual octave scales.

Reviewed definitions for: Time Signature, Staff, Bar lines, Measure, Clef

Symphonic Band – 2nd Block

Breathing Exercises

Long Tones – F, Eb Concert

Practice Ab Concert Scale

I Recommend – p. 5, Sleepers Awake

And the Angels Called – mm 109-144

Solo v.s. Ensemble playing

Define – Role, Style, Note Length, Voulume

Wind Ensemble – 4th Block
 Breathing
P. 10-11 quarter note = 66
Scales in Rhythm
Molly on the Shore – Beginning to m. 123
Discussed solo v.s. ensemble sound and roles
Marching Percussion – 4th Block

Inside due to the Weather

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

Day 14
 Quote of the Day – 
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, first scale test, music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:
1. Disney Intent and Deposit is due Today by 2:00 P.M.!  Please make checks out to HSHS Band Boosters.
2. All GHR balances should be current.  Only $100 balance left by September 30.  Please contact Ms. Scott or Ms. Sabatelli for more info.
3. PSAT has been moved from Oct. 15 to Wed. Oct. 19.  We’ll be in first or second period 3 1/2 hours that day, but there will not be any conflicts with the Fuquay competition.  Registration extended until Sept. 22.
4. This Saturday, our Winter Guard is having a car wash on Saturday at Acme Pizza from 11-3 PM.  Come out and support the guard.
5. Next Saturday, September 24, is our mini-camp from 7:30-7:00 P.M.  Please make sure this is on your calendar.  It is required!
6. Do not forget your uniform agreement forms.  They are past due, and required BEFORE you can wear the legendary Golden Hawks Regiment uniform.

Happy Birthday –  

Concert Band – 1st Block

 

Concert Db and Arpeggio Playing Test

Chair Assignments
Symphonic Band – 2nd Block

 

Db Concert Scale Test

Wind Ensemble – 4th Block

Scale Test on Db

Really good in all sections today!
Marching Percussion – 4th Block

Worked on portions of production

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Day 13
 Quote of the Day – Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise – Alice Walker 
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, first scale test, music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:
1. Disney Intent and Deposit is due Tomorrow!  Please make checks out to HSHS Band Boosters.
2. All GHR balances should be current
3. This Saturday, our Winter Guard is having a car wash at Acme Pizza from 11-3.
4. Saturday, Sept. 24, is our mini-camp from 7:30-7 PM.
5. Don’t forget your uniform agreement forms.  They are past due, and required BEFORE you can wear the legendary GHR uniform.

Happy Birthday –  

Concert Band – 1st Block

Introduced a new concept to our breathing exercises.

Reviewed the GHR Code of Conduct, especially the absence policy.

Concert Db scale review – test tomorrow

Have playing test anxiety? – See Mr. B, Tori, Josh, and/or Courtney for help.

 

Symphonic Band – 2nd Block

 

Voted on Homecoming court nominations.

Reviewed the GHR Code of Conduct.

In all cases of absence – communicate and document

Motivational speech from Mr. B about quitting – “You got to push through difficult things in life!  Band is hard work, but don’t quit, it’s worth it”.

Mr. B complimented our breathing today 🙂

Long Tones – Eb and F Concert

Practiced Db Scale

I Recommend – p. 4 and 27 #16

Angels selection

Wind Ensemble – 4th Block
 Scale test tomorrow on Db
Reviewed responsibilities of GHR from Code of Conduct
Aaron did breathing exercises today.
Concert F Long Tone exercises
Db-D scales
Lincolnshire – SR Mvt. 1, 2, 4 and 6
Marching Percussion – 4th Block

Continued work on Mvt. 1 and 2

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Day 12
 Quote of the Day – Flowers…are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all of the utilities of the world – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, first scale test, music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:
1. Disney Intent and Deposit is due on Friday, Sept. 16  Please make checks out to HSHS Band Boosters.
2. All GHR balances should be current
3. Nice job with our open house performance last night.
4. Saturday, Sept. 24, is our mini-camp from 7:30-7 PM.

Happy Birthday –  

Concert Band – 1st Block

Symphonic Band – 2nd Block

Long tones – F, Eb, Db Concert

Continued to practice Db Concert
I Recommend pg. 4 and 5

Worked on intonation

SR – pg. 5, chorale #2

Low Brass introductions

Discussed Disney deposits; and watched Carolina Crown warm-ups

Question to ponder? – What example of transfer do you see and observe with tuning?

Wind Ensemble – 4th Block

Symphonic Technique p. 14

Scale test on Friday, Concert Db
NC State Band Day is Friday
Make sure you have the correct district solos/originals, etc.
SR p. 24 #125
Lincolnshire Mvt. 1
Watched Carolina Crown Warm-ups
Marching Percussion – 4th Block

Continued work on Mvt. 1 and 2

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Day 11
 Quote of the Day – 
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, first scale test, music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:

Happy Birthday –  

Concert Band – 1st Block

 

Symphonic Band – 2nd Block

Long tones – F, Eb, Db Concert

Continued to practice Db Concert
I Recommend ppg. 4 and 5
Trumpet introductions
SR – I Recommend p. 28 # 18
Question to ponder – What is music?
Wind Ensemble – 4th Block
 Discussed set-up for our Open House performance
Pass-off schedule #2 delayed
Long Tones, Major Scales
Bach Chorale #1
Question to ponder – What is music? Goal is to describe to the untrained musician.
Trumpet introductions
Discussed sound
Listened to the 7th Symphony by Beethoven – Mvt. 2
Marching Percussion – 4th Block

Continued work on Mvt. 1 and 2

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Day 10
 Quote of the Day – Forever is composed of nows – Emily Dickinson
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, first scale test, music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:
  1. Round I call-backs will be posted this weekend.
  2. Disney Intent and $100 deposit is due on Friday, September 16.
  3. GHR third fair share payments were due on September 2.  Everyone should only have a $100 balance on their account.  Remember, your account must be current in order for you to participate in the September 30 performance.  Please contact Ms. Scott or Ms. Sabatelli, if you need financial assistance.
  4. For those attending the NC State Band Day, on September 17, please let Mr. B know by 2:30 pm (google doc.), so that we can insure your uniform will be ready for pick-up.
  5. For those taking the PSAT, please fill out the google doc.
  6. GHR – Mvt. 3 is completed.
  7. Open House performance tomorrow.  Ready to go by 5:15.  First game attire.  We will conclude by 5:45.
  8. Mini-Camp – September 24 from 7:30-7 pm.  Attendance is required.

Happy Birthday –  Kirsten Strickland, Symphonic Band flutist

Concert Band – 1st Block

 

Worked with brass players on how to properly begin an entrance.

Balance – volume of the band should equal that of the tubas and baritone sax.
Reviewed the various colors of the band.
SR – O Thou Joyful Day – Tone and Technique
Symphonic Band – 2nd Block
 Movement III music –
Long Tones – F, Eb, Ab Concert
Reviewed Concert Db Scale and solfege tones for arpeggio
I Recommend – p. 28 #20
And the Angels Called – 45-107
 Wind Ensemble – 4th Block

P. 10 – quarter note = 60

Took 1/2 hr. to complete
Concert Db-D in All-District Rhythm – quarter note = 72
Listened to Jupiter and Children’s March
Marching Percussion – 4th Block

Continued work on Mvt. 1 and 2

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

Day 9
Quote of the Day – Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away – Antoine de Saint-Exupe
Homework for all – Practice your instruments for GHR pass-offs, first scale test, music rehearsed in class.
Reminders:
  1. Round I call-backs will be posted this weekend.
  2. Disney Intent and $100 deposit is due on Friday, September 16.
  3. GHR third fair share payments were due on September 2.  Everyone should only have a $100 balance on their account.  Remember, your account must be current in order for you to participate in the September 30 performance.  Please contact Ms. Scott or Ms. Sabatelli, if you need financial assistance.
  4. For those attending the NC State Band Day, on September 17, please let Mr. B know by Monday (google doc.), so that we can insure your uniform will be ready for pick-up.

Happy Birthday – 

Concert Band – 1st Block

Performing Arts Share Day

Arts teacher introductions

Discussed Phantom of the Opera auditions and musical in general.

Reviewed expectations for auditorium etiquette.

Dance performance

Discussed performance

Symphonic Band – 2nd Block

Share Day in auditorium

Instructor intros
Phantom of the Opera
Etiquette
Theater performed three skeletal scenes
* Fault
* The Secret
* I Will Help You
Went into small groups to discuss –
1. What is a common thread between band and the performances witnessed today?
2. How would you describe the performance?
3. What is stage presence?  How is it different or similar between the performing arts?
 Wind Ensemble – 4th Block
Share Day in auditorium
Instructor intros
Phantom of the Opera
Etiquette
Theater performed three skeletal scenes
* Fault
* The Secret
* I Will Help You
Went into small groups to discuss –
1. What is a common thread between band and the performances witnessed today?
2. How would you describe the performance?
3. What is stage presence?  How is it different or similar between the performing arts?
Marching Percussion – 4th Block

Same as Wind Ensemble

Triangle Youth Brass Bands 2016-17

Good Morning,       

        Jesse Rackley and Matt Edwards are recruiting students to join the Triangle Youth Brass Bands program for the 2016-17 season.  The Triangle Brass youth ensembles are British-style brass bands for accomplished brass and percussion students in grades 8-12.  The ensembles are geared to providing a unique musical opportunity for the strongest players and are intended to augment the musical experiences they receive in class every day.  Our students who have been in the Youth Brass Bands have said being in these groups has been “like getting to be in an All-District Band every week”.

        There is a brief promotional video at http://www.trianglebrass.org/youth-band-auditions.html to help students better understand the value of being a member of the Youth Brass Bands.  You can find performance audio and video of the youth brass bands at https://www.youtube.com/user/TriangleYouthBB.  

        Auditions will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25.  Any skilled high school student or very advanced middle school brass and students (All-District / All-State caliber) may audition.  A make-up audition date may be available in early November if there are still empty seats to fill.  There are currently more than 70 students signed up to audition, so both demand and competition for seats is high!

        Rehearsals begin on Monday, Nov. 7, which is after marching band competition season ends for most bands.

        Jesse Rackley conducts the Triangle Youth Brass Band (our top ensemble) and Matt Edwards conducts the Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band (our second band).  Jesse and Mr. Edwards are very excited about the upcoming season and are looking forward to sharing a unique musical opportunity with our brass and percussion players.  Highlights of this season include performances in Fletcher Hall (one of the concert halls in Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts), a concert with trumpet soloist Gabriel DiMartino and a trip to compete at the North American Brass Band Association competition.

        Short version: Great experience for our kids.  Please go to http://www.trianglebrass.org/youth-band-auditions.html to learn more.

        Longer version: The Triangle Youth Brass Band and Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band will be holding auditions for the 2016-17 season on Sunday, September 25th at Sanderson High School in Raleigh.  I’ve attached a copy of the audition pieces for brass and percussion instruments.

        The solo and sight-reading are required for our auditions.  No scales are required.  Students interested in being part of the Youth Brass Band (top group) should prepare both sections of the solo.  Students interested in only the Academy Brass Band (second band) should prepare part 1.  Kids who don’t quite have the upper register for the entire solo shouldn’t be discouraged from auditioning!  The pieces get rangy at times but this is designed to let Jesse and Mr. Edwards find their soloist and ‘1st part’ players.

        They prefer percussionists to prepare audition solos for all instruments – snares, timpani and keyboard percussion.  However, they won’t turn a percussionist away from the audition if they can only prepare one or two of those instruments.  Wind players audition on their own horns.  Percussionists bring mallets.  They will provide percussion instruments.

        Playing in a brass band is a unique and challenging musical opportunity for brass players and percussionists.  The two youth bands are both outstanding groups which feature some of the best student musicians in our areas.  The kids love the challenge of the literature, the style of playing and of sharing an ensemble with other highly-motivated and like-minded musicians.  The top band is primarily 11th and 12th grade with may All-District and All-State caliber players, and the second band is mostly 9th and 10th graders with a few All-District-caliber players.  They also have juniors and seniors in the Academy Brass Band and they very much enjoy the experience.

        Students and parents can find detailed information about requesting an audition spot, rehearsal schedule, concert schedule, spring tour information and more at:

http://www.trianglebrass.org/youth-band-auditions.html

     If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Mr. B