CONGRATULATIONS to Jacob, who was chosen as Mr. Hutchison's 6th grade woodwind class, STUDENT OF THE MONTH. Jacob plays clarinet, and is doing an awesome job! He is always at class on time, continually works hard, and never forgets his practice logs. He is playing at a very high level, and is always working ahead in the book. He takes a great deal of pride in his playing, and likes to set the example with his posture and technique. If he continues on this path, he will be a monster player someday. Congrats Jacob! Keep up the good work!
Congratulations to Andrew Tyckoski, Ben Hendrickson and Aaron Goofellow for being selected for the 2014 MSBOA, Distict III, Honors Band! The honors band day is a non-competitive activity of the MSBOA. They were selected based on their outstanding performance at the MSBOA Solo and Ensemble, or by the recommendation of their directors. The conductor of the high school honors band is Mr. John Madden. Professor Madden is the Assistant Director of Bands at Michigan State Univeristy, and the Director of the Spartan Marching Band.
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CONGRATULATIONS to all the band students on a fine performance at the 2013 Winter Concert. Your hard work these past few months have really paid off. Your performance was truly amazing. We can not be more pleased with your hard work, performance on stage, and your ability to represent your program with class. Grand Blanc is truly proud of your accomplishments! Thank you!
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A huge CONGRATUALTION to the members, staff and parents of the Grand Blanc High School Marching Band. We are very proud of all the hard work you all put into the season. It was a long road full of ups and downs but so worth it at the end. A strong finish proves that all the hard work pays off at the end. Congratulations! The band finished 8th, with a score of 82.5!
Yesterday the GBHS Marching Band performed their 2013 show entitled "Balance", at Lakeland HS. The marching band placed 7th in their class, scoring 81.7. The group had a great run, and did a wonderful job! We are so proud of their accomplishments this year. Next week the band performs at MCBA STATE FINALS. This is the 9th straight year the band has qualified for state finals!
Yesterday the GBHS Marching Band performed their 2013 show entitled "Balance", at Clarkston HS. The marching band placed 3rd in their class, scoring 81.8. The group had a great run, and did a wonderful job! We are so proud of their accomplishments this year. Next week the band performs at Lakeland HS for their last regular season show. Good Luck!
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See Teens At Their BestThis is a followup article to an article, “14 Ways to Volunteer for a Marching Band to Appreciate and Applaud what is Good about Teenage America”, which focused on ways to share your talents and abilities and experience the youthful, enthusiastic atmosphere around a marching band during competition season. This post focuses on some of the values marching band students learn.
Some larger competitions can involve dozens of bands with thousands of students with nothing resembling the level of supervision in a high school before or after school or as classes change. For the most part, band parents and the directors are the only ones with direct oversight….. and after a performance, most students are free to congregate back at the stadium to watch the other bands as they mix and mingle.
In uniform, before a performance, you’ll see focused faces as students prepare to do what they are there to do. You might see them move quietly and in formation from the bus area to visual and musical warmup and then to the stadium.
Band students learn dedication, commitment and that striving for excellence is a worthy goal.
Most marching band operations are very structured with responsibility and accountability. There are seniors, section leaders, drum majors, staff, directors (where do I put parents in this list) all with authority over the band student. Participants appreciate compliance and cooperation.
Band students learn the value of, and respect for chain of command.
Unlike a basketball team with its starting five, there is no bench in marching band. Everybody is in. Everybody is a starter. Few other types of groups will involve people from varied backgrounds. There are children of doctors and lawyers marching with children of single-parents working multiple jobs or utilizing government help. There are the students who have their own cars and those who need rides, those with the iPhones and the free phones or no phone. You will find students in most bands from every church in the community and others who have never been inside a church. And yet, with all these differences, when they put that uniform on (actually, even before they dress)…..they are all on the same team, all equal. A good result requires the best from everyone. Students learn teamwork and cooperate with those outside their friend circle.
Band students learn to cooperate and collaborate with those from different backgrounds and capabilities.
You will see students cheer and applaud for good performances of other groups, including those with whom they compete. You’ll see them wishing each other good luck, especially when a band is transiting through the pre-show stages and passing others who have either already performed or have a while yet to go. In a recent competition, I saw a band applauding the same-county rival band and the new band that their previous director had transferred to. When our band was relaxing and enjoying a band-parent-provided soup & chili bar supper following a recent performance, a competitor band passed by, still in uniform, returning from the field following their performance. Our students applauded their rival until the last one had passed. One of their directors found me to tell me that, “Your students are a class act.” That is sportsmanship….or should I call it bandsmanship?
Band students learn good sportsmanship.
Marching band is a time-consuming extreme weather sport. Summer rehearsals are in extreme heat and often go 8+hours a day for multiple weeks before school starting in the fall. Think about the temperatures in September and then imagine putting on a winter coat, hat and gloves and running around a football field at a fast pace. But then, by the time mid-October comes, it gets cold enough that students are wearing under armor and other garments under the uniform to try to stay warm. Then, add periodic rain. Sometimes they have to move rehearsals in and outside to avoid it and other times they get wet. When school starts, add 8-10 extra rehearsals Mon-Thur, 4-5 hrs for a Friday football game, then 12-14 hours on Saturday for a rehearsal, travel and competition — sometimes two.
Band students learn to commit, persevere and endure.
You’ll see both excited and disappointed students as the results are announced, but they will display professionalism many adults would be good to observe and learn from.
Band students learn that there are no shortcuts to success.
Many students, seemingly for the first time in any significant way, are given tasks and responsibilities and held accountable for them. The band student is responsible for loading and unloading his/her equipment; instrument, gloves, show shirt, correct socks and marching shoes. Some students have “section leader” responsibilities, which for most is a first time they’ve had management and oversight responsibilities for others. They have to learn leadership and people skills. Often, at the end of a 4-5yr career, graduating seniors will talk about how band “taught them” responsibility and accountability.
Band students learn that they are individually important.
There is nowhere to hide in a marching band. All students are active participants. In a typical Indiana marching competition, there are six judges watching and listening; four in the press box and two walking around the field going eyeball to eyeball with performers. Band students understand that a trained judge’s eye automatically goes to what is different; someone out of step, out of line, out of tune, and that an individual performance reflects on the total ensemble score. Seniors and section leaders learn how to balance their role as a mentor and teacher/trainer for the newbie members, while also ensuring that even the newbies get up to speed in time for performance.
Students are trying to follow the ‘dots’ from their chart/dot books that tell them where they are going. It is difficult to see the big picture from that spot on the field, so there are directors or instructors watching from farther back (and sometimes higher up) who will adjust a form or shape. Or perhaps it is to point out that an individual is playing too loudly and needs to balance and blend better with others around them. This is contrary to much contemporary educational philosophy which emphasizes only the heaping of praise on what students are attempting to do. Band students know better, and expect to hear how to improve individual performance. Achievement through excellence enhances self-esteem . The challenge for the individual is to “not take it personally”. I describe to students regularly that I highly value them individually, but that when we are trying to improve a marching performance, that they are but one small moving part of a larger machine and that my job (as a director) is to fix the part to improve the machine….no matter who the part is. Nothing personal.
Band students learn to accept criticism, and that self-esteem is raised through the achievement of excellence.
With the extreme time commitment a marching band requires, students must learn to prioritize their time and use it efficiently, especially when it comes to getting homework done.
Band students learn time management skills.
When you ask people who were in a marching band years ago, they may remember how their overall band performed or competed, but probably not likely that weekly score or placing that seemed so important at the time. But they will remember the values they learned, which is why former band students encourage their children to participate in band as well. This is not the article to argue that band utilizes academics, multiple arts and significant athleticism….. but they get all that as well.
- BY JOHN GARNER
Yesterday the GBHS Marching Band performed their 2013 show entitled "Balance", at the West Bloomfield show. The marching band placed 3rd in their class, scoring 76.25. The group had a great run, and did a wonderful job performing all the changes we made to the show this week. Great job everyone!
Congratulations to the 2013 GBHS Marching Band for their fine performance at the Lakeland competition. The band placed 3rd, with a score of 72.9. This was the first competition performance of the season, and we are very pleased with their performance. Great job everyone. Next Saturday the band will travel to West Bloomfield High School.
The Grand Blanc High School Instrumental Music Department is proud to announce Ryan, as Marching Band's Student of the Month! CONGRATULATIONS Ryan! Keep up the great work!
The Grand Blanc High School Instrumental Music Department is proud to announce Andrew, as Wind Ensemble's Student of the Month! CONGRATULATIONS Andrew! Keep up the great work!
The Grand Blanc High School Instrumental Music Department is proud to announce Mary Ann, as Symphonic Band's Student of the Month! CONGRATULATIONS Mary Ann! Keep up the great work!
The Grand Blanc High School Instrumental Music Department is proud to announce Garrett, as Concert Band's Student of the Month! CONGRATULATIONS Garrett! Keep up the great work!
Since the start of our new website back in April, we have reached over 10,000 visits! THANK YOU for visiting our website and supporting the GBHS Music Department. We hope that our website is a place that everyone can visit often, and keep up with all the amazing things our students are doing. As always, if you can not find what you are looking for, use the SEARCH button at the top of the page. THANK YOU!
Ronal "Ron" David Brewer passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Genesys Hospital surrounded by his family. His passing was peaceful in spite of his courageous and inspiring battle with the disease that finally claimed his body. Ron was born on March 27, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Robert H. Brewer and Delores (Peterson) Brewer. Ron attended Union City High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. He went to Central Michigan University where he served as the Manager for the Chippewas, was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and attained his degree in Secondary Education. His Masters Degrees came from Tampa University and Central Michigan University in the field of Education Administration. His love for Michigan State University and the University of Florida was evident to all who knew him. Being an old fashioned shop teacher helped him realize his dreams of coaching the offensive line for football teams in Hillsbourgh County Schools, Florida and Grand Blanc High School. During his lifetime, he owned and operated Grand Blanc Hardware for thirteen years. He served his community as a member of the Grand Blanc Fire Department, as President of the Grand Blanc Business Association and a member of the original Strategic Planning Committee for Grand Blanc Community Schools helping to set the vision for the education of the students he loved. Leading young people toward goals and lives they can be proud of was his passion as a classroom teacher, student advisor and offensive line football coach. His influence is reflected by the countless students who to this day, claim Coach Brewer as a lifelong friend.
Ron married his college sweetheart Jane (Ward) Brewer, August 15, 1970 and they were married for 43 years. He was the proud father of two daughters, Heidi Lynn (Bryan) Klochack of Grand Blanc and Kristin Jane Brewer of Palm Harbor, FL. His grandchildren, Peyton James Klochack and Kendall Jane Klochack meant the world to him and they loved their Grandpa Brewer. He leaves to cherish his memory, his father Robert H. (Sara) Brewer, brother Robert D. (Robin) Brewer; nieces Jennifer (Jim) Remington of Chantilly, VA and Lindsay (Kevin) Wickham of Austin, TX; great-nieces Elizabeth and Abigail Wickham of Austin, brothers-in-law, Richard (Nancy) Ward of Bonita Springs, FL and John (Meredith) Ward of Estero, FL.; his niece Katherine Jane (John) Gordon, nephews Ira Lance Ward and Ian Daly and great-nephews Jack and Ben Gordon. He also leaves his 93 year old mother-in-law, Jane (Day) Ward of Bonita Springs, FL. This completes his immediate family. Mr. Brewer considered many close friends as family especially Larry Smith and the Craig Smith/Vidcam family. He was a member of St. Christopher's Church in Grand Blanc due primarily to Father George Cleaves who supported Ron throughout his walk in faith and his long illness. Reverend Cleaves will celebrate a memorial service to be held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 9020 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI on September 14, 2013 with visitation beginning at 11:00am and until the time of the service at 1:00pm. Cremation has already taken place. He was preceded in death by his mother, father-in-law Milton M. Ward, paternal grandmother Cora (Smith) Grimes, maternal Grandmother Irma (Albright) Peterson and grandfather Maurice "Todd" Peterson and tailgating partner Larry "Art" Polzin. The family thanks Genesys Hospital staff for their caring and compassion during his final hours and Ann Arbor Health Systems for their role in his on-going care. Thanks also to DaVita at Genesys for their wonderful care during his treatments. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Christopher's Building Fund, the Grand Blanc Educational Foundation or the Genesee County Humane Society.
Congrats to the 2013 GBHS Marching Band for an OUTSTANDING band camp. The students learned over half of their show with music, drill and color guard work. This was the most productive camp we have every had. We are so proud of all the members! We decided to present students with awards at the end of camp, to acknowledge their hard work. There were so many great students, it was a very difficult decision. Below is a list of students and sections who earned these awards. Congrats to everyone!
Congratulations to SEVEN Grand Blanc Students (previous mistake from last post) who participated in DCI Open Class Finals.
Legends (8th, 85.70) was 5th in Brass, 6th in Visual Proficiency and 7th in Music Effect, Music Analysis and Percussion. Color Guard took 8th and Visual Effect and Visual Analysis finished 9th. Legends finished behind 7th Regiment by less than a point and just ahead of Raiders (9th, 84.95).
Pictured from left to right ... Devin Johnson, Robert Sparks, Jessica McCallum, Courtney Misener, Michael Hamilton and Jacob Rechsteiner. Not in this picture, Katy Howie.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of those who took part in Week 4 Summer Practice Challenge! This week has been the BEST week for most sections. The individual winner for the most minutes practiced was KRISTEN POLLISTER. With 486 AVERAGE minutes, and the section with the most minutes practiced was the COLOR GUARD. With 75% of members participating, and the section with the most participation was the FLUTES. Congratulations! Kristen will participate in the pizza party, and the Flutes will be first in line for all meals on Thursday. TODATE ... the band has practiced a total of 39, 051 minutes. That is AWESOME! We are now on the FINAL Week of the challenge. REMEMBER that sectional work can be counted in the challenge so be sure to record those minutes! To see the details of the result ... CLICK HERE.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of those who took part in Week 3 Summer Practice Challenge! The individual winner for the most minutes practiced was ALLYN PIERSON. The section with the most minutes practiced AND the most participation was the Pit. Week 3 Practice Challenge was a clean sweep for the pit! Congratulations! Allyn will participate in the pizza party, and the Battery will be first in line for all meals on Wedneday. We are now on Week 4 of the challenge, so all the scores start over! REMEMBER that sectional work can be counted in the challenge so be sure to record those minutes! To see the details of the result ... CLICK HERE.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of those who took part in Week 2 Summer Practice Challenge! The individual winner for the most minutes practiced was THOMAS VOLKER. The section with the most minutes practiced was the BATTERY. There was a three way time for the sections with the most participation. Congratulations to the TUBAS and FLUTES! Thomas will participate in the pizza party, and the Battery will be first in line for all meals on TUESDAY. We are now on Week 3 of the challenge, so all the scores start over! REMEMBER that sectional work can be counted in the challenge so be sure to record those minutes! To see the details of the result ... CLICK HERE.
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