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

Basket Raffle Winners

Thank you to Rose Roy for taking on the basket raffle and for sending us this information about the winners of the raffle. Here is her list of winners:

 Music Basket: Nicole Newman
Apex Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center PC – Denette Jury
Activity Basket- Natalie O’Neill
A Mom’s Day Out Basket- Kendall & Leslie Haney
Dad’s Day Out Basket- D. Johnston
Pamper Basket- Susan Campbell
Fritz Othrodontics Basket- Donna Pile
Family Night Basket- Tricia Stagner
Teen Basket- Linda Kenne

Basket Raffle Descriptions

Here are the descriptions for the baskets being raffled off on Friday. Each basket is worth over $200.00

Tickets sold Wednesday and Friday during HOT Lunch as well as on Friday at the Concert. You do not have to be present to win.

$2.00 for 1 ticket
$5.00 for 3 tickets
$10.00 for 7 tickets

 

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.

Havelock Competition Schedule

Havelock Competition – The schedule for the day 🙂

It will be a long day on Saturday, especially if we are honored as one of the final eight bands to perform in the final round (23 bands in prelims). Many thanks in advance for those parent volunteers traveling with us to make our show a success.

Friday, night is a football game, and it’s middle school night.  With Mr. Pittman’s approval, we will depart the game shortly after the conclusion of our halftime performance.  We will load the trucks on Friday night, and students will receive their halftime paid meals from Mr. Krovetz upon departure.  I do not know the exact time we will be finished on Friday, however, plan for a time between 9-9:30 PM.

USBands Regional Schedule

Here’s the first draft of the schedule for USBands.  This may change particularly with warm-up times, however, wanted to release this version so you can prepare your day.

As this is the NC USBands Regional, it is sponsored by The Cadets Drum Corps from Allentown, PA.  It is a ticketed event, and tickets are $15 at the gate.  I realize this show is an hour and a half from Holly Springs, however, we certainly encourage as many of you to attend and cheer us on.  Believe me, when I say this, your presence at the Fuquay show helped us immensely.  It was so wonderful to take the field to cheers.  Kids felt they were important, and they fed off that in their performance.  We have been given a block of 100 tickets.  If you’d like to purchase a ticket ahead of time (Parent Volunteers will not need a ticket), I have them for $5.00!  Please let me know PRIOR to Saturday if you would like one.  Please make checks out to HSHS Band Boosters.  Do not forget your friends and family that may live in the Kernersville area who are coming to the show.  Save $10 by purchasing your tickets early!

This is a BIG show.  As we continue to grow our program, the staff and I are always looking for more opportunities to perform among the best.  This show features at least two bands that have attended National Championships in the past.

Looking forward to another Great Day with the GOLDEN HAWKS REGIMENT!!

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

Fuquay Festival of Bands Results

Message from Mr. Biasi

Congratulations to the Golden Hawks Regiment on their record setting performance yesterday at the Festival of Bands.

The ensemble finished 3rd Overall (13 bands) and 2nd in the 4A class behind Middle Creek (Grand Champion) and Apex-Friendship (3A) with a 90.7 Superior Rating (highest ever at FOB).

Some of the other areas of distinction included:

3rd Overall Music Ensemble

2nd Overall Marching

2nd Overall Visual Effect

3rd Overall Guard 

They also placed 2nd in all of the captions in the 4A class.  Many thanks to all of our supporters who came to watch us perform on Friday and Saturday, especially those who worked directly as Parent Volunteers.  We couldn’t succeed without all of you.  Also thank you to Coach Furth for your support and Coach Whitesell for having our buses ready and allowing us to use the stadium in the morning for our rehearsal.  It really made a difference Saturday night.

A special thank you to our ensemble members for your high work ethic, and the ability to by in to what we’re attempting to achieve.