Time is running out to order your Pre-Sale Tickets to "The Sweet Sounds of Jazz"! Tickets are only $10 if you order them before on or before May 14th. (Tuesdays). After that date, tickets can be purchased at the door for $12. Do not delay, order your tickets today! To learn more about this concert and order your tickets ONLINE by clicking the link below.
Debbie Cavalier, Dean of Continuing Education at Berklee College of Music, shares with Berklee's Dean of the Performance Division Matt Marvuglio some of the reasons why teaching music in schools is still a relevant and important educational goal. Cavalier also discusses some of the resources available to music educators who wish to advocate on behalf of music education and to strengthen their own teaching abilities.
Help us reach our goal ... "600 Likes" by the end of the weekend! GBHS Instrumental Music Facebook page is a great place for us to post announcements, events, honor students, and provide information to all our members, families and friends. We try to post all of our website announcement to our facebook page to keep everyone informed. We like to promote all the hard work so many people our doing for and in the program. Help us reach as many people as possible! Below is directions on how to share our page with your friends!
Go to the GBHS Instrumental Music Facebook page and click on the little gear in the upper right corner of the screen. Then scroll down and click on "Share".
This will pop up. Choose who you want to share our pages with, by using the pull down menue. You can simple just post to your time line. This will reach all your friends. Be sure to write something ... and let your friends know to like our page! You are all done! THANK YOU!
The Grand Blanc Band Boosters are happy to announce our Little Caesar Pizza Kits Sale. The sale started on May 9th and ends on May 23rd. BAND STUDENTS ACCOUNT WILL BE CREDITED $5.00 FOR EACH KIT THEY SELL! This is a great way to raise funds for things that you need. Band Camp, Chicago Trip, Winter Guard, Winter Drumline, etc. You can use this money for any band activity. Order forms and information sheets are available in the HS Band Room, East MS Band Room, and West MS Band Room. All money and orders are due in the HS Band Room by May 24th. Check should be made out to the Grand Blanc Band Boosters. Do not delay! This is a great way to raise those funds needed!
The John Philip Sousa Band Award is the pinnacle of achievement for high school band students. Created in 1955, the award honors the top student in a high-school band and recognizes superior musicianship and outstanding dedication. It was developed with the cooperation of Helen Sousa Albert and Priscilla Sousa, daughters of the famous composer and bandmaster. Congratulations to Michael Hamilton for being chosen as for 2013 GBHS John Philip Sousa Award. Your hard work and dedication to music continues to inspire others.
Do not forget, if you plan on going to Cedar Point with us, you need to get your first payment of $35 to us on THURSDAY. We can only take the first 50 students that sign-up. Please place your payment in an envelop, label it with your name, and place it in the scrip box. Be sure to pick up a field trip permission slip that is located by the scrip box. We need that back ASAP. Do not delay! For more information on the Cedar Point trip, CLICK HERE.
Congratulations to Caitlyn for being chosen as Symphonic Bands Student of the Month! Caitlyn is a rock! She is always prepared and always working to improve her skills. She will often stay after school, or come to the band hall during her lunch to work on her music. We can always count on Caitlyn in and out of the ensemble. She is a percussionist in Symphonic Band, and also a flutist in Wind Ensemble. Last season, Caitlyn was the marching bands front ensemble section leader. Caitlyn is a senior this year, and will be greatly missed. Her work ethic is second to none. Congratulations to Caitlyn, and we wish you the best in years to come!
Congratulations to Devin Binelli for being chosen as Student of the Month for Wind Ensemble. Devin always works hard at everything she does, and takes a great deal of pride in her musical performance. She can always be counted on in any ensemble she is in. Devin sits first chair in Wind Ensemble, and was the marching band flute section leader. Sadly, Devin is a SENIOR this year and will be great missed. Congratulation Devin! You earned it!
Congratulations to Maddison for being chosen as Concert Bands Student of the Month. Maddison is a wonderful student and a great team player. We are not sure if she can speak, because we never hear a peep out of her! She is always on time, always prepared and a wonderful pl. Maddison sits first chair in Concert Band, and after completing her auditions, will be in the Wind Ensemble Trumpet Section in 2013-2014. We are all very proud of Maddison, and will continue to expect great things from her. Congratulations Maddison!
This aired on PBS NewsHour on February 24, 2012; it was produced by the Learning Matters group, specifically Cat McGrath and John Merrow. It looks at the Harmony Program out of CUNY in NYC, which provides after-school music education to under-privileged children. That program is modeled off El Sistema, a famed Venezuelan program of the same nature. For more resources on all this, consult learningmatters.tv.
Editor's note: Vince DiFiore plays trumpet in the band CAKE, which is currently touring the U.S. and Europe. The band has teamed up with the US Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) for "The Federal Funding March," a nationwide contest for high school and college marching bands.
(CNN) -- During high school, I was a consistent member of the symphonic band. The band director regularly called on me to sight-read daily rhythm exercises for the rest of the class and, more significantly, gave me the honor of conducting one of our compositions for the annual fall concert.
That leadership experience was a milestone and will stay with me for a lifetime.
Still, I fell short of joining the marching band.
When a trumpeter friend from middle school invited me to be a guest player in a pep band for a basketball game at a nearby high school where most of my classmates from eighth grade had attended, I realized the excitement involved in that music.
This scaled-down version of the marching band was loud and impactful in the reverberating gym, and at that moment, it was clear what I had been missing out on.The camaraderie alone was incredibly uplifting.
My high school band teacher's name was John McRae. Now, as the trumpeter for the band CAKE, I work with songwriter John McCrea. Parallels can be constructed beyond the similar names.
Certainly, it could be said that the world of rock shares many of the same elements as the high school society: cliques, direct attention to individual issues of attitude adjustment and, most importantly, the frequent notion of liberating oneself.
Basically, both realms share themes that are recurrent throughout an entire lifetime. During high school, however, these issues face our promising citizens in an abrupt and acute way.
That sense of belonging, having a healthy perspective on weighty issues and the ability to self-individuate may be never fully realized, even in a lifetime. What is necessary in the microsociety of high school is a sturdy vessel in which to navigate a safe and fulfilling journey to the next transition.
In high school, music programs are that vehicle.
Our drummer, Paulo Baldi, for instance, lived in three states as a teenager (Colorado, New Mexico and Washington) while attending four different high schools. Joining the marching band in each unfamiliar place helped to connect his high school experience. He made friends through each transition, and it made comfortable what could have otherwise been an alienating experience.
Gabriel Nelson, the bassist for CAKE, was in jazz ensemble at Sacramento High School. He learned a great deal there, at a critical time in his life.
After excelling at music theory in a piano class, he was recruited into the school's accomplished jazz band, as it needed a competent bass player. Gabriel and his friends in that group later went on to form bands together outside of school.
Paulo Baldi testifies that, "Marching band in particular is the savior for people who may or may not be athletic. Marching band is music, memorization, eye-hand coordination and good for your posture. It may hurt to be told your paradiddles suck, but it builds character. It's a team sport. You create friendships that become your buddies for life. High school music is something focused to do. You don't have to be great to belong, and members immediately have something in common."
Aside from the social benefits, students in high school music programs have higher test scores and cognitive development. A U.S. Department of Education study found that those who reported consistent involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12. (This observation holds regardless of students' socioeconomic status.)
Additionally, students who learn to play an instrument develop a greater language capacity and a greater ability to learn a new language. In another context, it is invaluable to gain a wider perspective on cultural history by being exposed to centuries of our rich cultural heritage.
When the track "Federal Funding" (from CAKE's new album "Showroom of Compassion") was completed, there was something about it that made it sound like a ready-made marching band arrangement.
The topic of the song (the delicate issue of applying for federal grants and receiving favors from friends in high places), in the hands of CAKE, became a romp that was full of syncopation, melodies and counterparts, with a mean and bouncy rhythm section.
At our studio in Sacramento, California, as the dust hadn't quite settled after completing our album, I returned to remove all the electric instruments and the drum kit from the session, then recorded my friends in town who had played saxophone, tuba and drums in various marching bands around northern California. The result is the "Federal Funding March," an ode to the epic marching band sound.
On a fall weekend in junior high, my dad took me to see a marching band parade in Long Beach, California. We sat in the VIP grandstand, shoulder to shoulder, with Iron Eyes Cody, the actor who portrayed the tearful witness to roadside littering in the public service announcement from the '70s. All the marching bands were playing "Star Wars" that year.
It is our hope that every band will be playing the "Federal Funding March" next year. Band directors, we're offering the charts for free, and we guarantee that you, and your players, will gladly accept it into your repertoire.
Best wishes for an exceptional marching band season next year.
We are still in need of a few chaperones for our June 19th trip to Cedar Point. Its a very easy day to chaperone.
While at Cedar Point, students will be on their own (never alone!) to explore the park, but each student must check in with their assigned chaperon twice during the day. The preferred method is to call your chaperon at the assigned time. If you do not have a cell phone, you must meet them by the “DODGEM” bumper car ride. (This is near the center of the park.) For more information on the trip, or to sign up to chaperone, click the links below.
We would like to invite you, your family and friends to attend our upcoming concert. On Wednesday, May 8th, the Grand Blanc High School Band will present "A Spring Concert" at 7pm in the Howard Pepper Auditorium. The concert will feature a variety of musical selections and admission to the concert is FREE.
Our band members have been working hard in ensemble rehearsals, sectionals and through individual practice to prepare this music for your entertainment and enjoyment. I know the students will give their best efforts as performers and hope that you, as audience members, will help provide the students with a true concert atmosphere.
Even though the Winter Drumline did not perform in MCGC this year, they have been working hard, refining their percussion skills. The GB Winter Drumline has been rehearsing on Monday and Thursday evenings, from 6:30-8:30pm since December. To show us all what they have been working on, they will perform at the Spring Concert on May 8th. Come check it out!
The 2013 Grand Blanc High School Marching Band held their first rehearsal on Thursday, May 2nd. Over 120 students attended, and some members could not be at the first rehearsal due to sports activities. Many staff members commented on how great the students responded to instruction, and how quickly they improved. Most notable was the large number of color guard members, and the high number of returning members. The show music was also played to the members, and we will be announcing the show shorty. It looks to be another great year for the GBHS Marching Band!
If you haven’t already, please consider visiting our RED Envelope table at the Spring Concert. This is a fast, easy way for us to raise much needed funds for our band program! It’s simple!! Just choose an envelope from the board and fill it with money to match the number on the outside of the envelope! You have 2 weeks to return the envelope either to Amy Rechsteiner or just put it in the SCRIP box inside the band room!! (If you took a Red Envelope at a past event and have not yet returned it, please do so asap. You may turn it in at the concert if you’d like.)
For more information about our Red Envelope Fundraiser, CLICK HERE.
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