CONGRATULATIONS to all of those who took part in Week 1 Summer Practice Challenge! The individual winner for the most minutes practiced was SCOUT BOSTLEY. The section with the most minutes practiced was the BIG REEDS. There was a three way time for the sections with the most participation. Congratulations to the Tubas, Low Brass and Clarinets! Scout will participate in the pizza party, and the low reeds will be first in line for all meals on MONDAY. We are now on Week 2 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.
We share the joy with our 2013 Senior class as they participate in their graduation ceremony tomorrow. We are so proud of each and everyone of our day band students. In an effort to celebrate with them, we will honor each senior by posting a picture of them on FACEBOOK and their musical activities at GBHS. We have 29 day band students, so each 1/2 hour, from 9am - 10pm, a new senior will be announced. We hope that you enjoy watch each student throughout the day. Congratulations seniors, and we hope you have a wonderful evening!
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.
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!
Jessica and Courtney are the two newest members of the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps. Both students attended color guard camp this weekend, and were offered contracts to marching this summer. This is a wonderful opportunity for both of them. CONGRATULATIONS! We are very proud you! They will move out to Grand Rapids when school is out, and travel all summer competing against other drum corps. Their season will end in Michigan City Indiana, at the DCI Open Class World Championships on August 6th.
Congratulations to Chris Wilson who was chosen to be the Junior Drum Major for the 2013 season. Chris has proven himself as a performer and leader over the past few years. He successful auditioned for Wind Ensemble his Sophomore year, and was also trumpet Co-Section Leader for the 2012 Marching Band. Chris is an active member of the GBHS Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo and Orchestra Pit. Congratulations to Chris as he takes on this new leadership position.
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Thank you to all the students who took our survey to help us decide the 2013 student leaders. We have so many GREAT members of this ensemble, it was a difficult decision. Congrats to all the students.
Flute Section Leader - Emma Czajka
Clarinet Section Leader - Daniel Holland
Alto Section Leader - Matt Colligan
Big Reed Section Leader - Hunter Prieur
Trumpet Section Leaders - Jake Klinck, Aaron Goodfellow
Mello Section Leader - Scout Bostley
Low Brass Section Leader - Darren Maschino
Tuba Section Leader - Alex Hannah
Battery Section Leaders - Jacob Reichsteiner, Khalid Malik
Front Ensemble Section Leader - Erreona Hodo
Color Guard Section Leader - Jessica McCallum
Drum Majors - Matt Harrell & Chris Wilson
CONGRATULATIONS to Roy for being chosen as Wind Ensembles Student of the Month. Roy has been a great performer and a role model for all members of the music program. We can always count on Roy to do his part as a member of every group he is in. This is his senior year. Roy is in Wind Ensemble, Marching Band and Jazz Band. Roy is always willing to step up and do any job that needs to be done around the band room. He takes pride in being at every rehearsal. In fact, a week before band festival, Roy had both his appendicitis removed. (Yes we know, usually people only have one. Roy is that dedicated!) Just a few DAYS after he was hospitalized, he was back in rehearsal. Roy refused to miss rehearsal as we prepared for festival. Great job Roy! We are very proud of him. Congratulate him by leaving a message below.
CONGRATULATIONS to Caleb for being chosen as Symphonic Bands Student of the Month. This is his senior year, and Caleb has always been a performer that can be counted on. Caleb takes great pride in being a strong performer. This year he is in Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band and Jazz Band. We always know that Caleb will come to class with his music prepared. He has worked hard in his four years in high school, and his work ethic, talents and his positive attitude will be missed. (He is also a really nice person.) Congratulate Caleb by leaving a message below. Great job!
CONGRATULATIONS to Errenoa for being selected as Concert Bands Student of the Month. Erreonoa is a very hard worker in every ensemble she is in. She always has a positive attitude in all that she does. Erreonoa is in Concert Band, Marching Band and Indoor Drumline. She worked very hard on her Wind Ensemble audition, and was successful in filling one of the open percussion positions for the 2013-2014 school year. We are very pleased with her progress, and we know that she will go far in everything she does. Great job! Congratulate her by leaving a message below.
MCGC awarded over $7000 in scholarships this weekend. Danielle Pierson was a recipient of one of the MCGC Scholarships. This scholarship is to be use for her winter guard marching dues for next season. She was awarded for outstanding achievement, leadership and service to the color guard community. Congratulations Danielle!
Congratulations to ALL students who auditioned for the 2013-2014 GBHS Wind Ensemble. We heard many wonderful players and listened to some great solos. Unfortunately, there are not enough positions for everyone. The results are posted on the WIND ENSEMBLE page of our website. Click like to congratulate those who auditioned.
Congratulations to all the members of the GBHS Jazz Band! Your performance was amazing! SUPERIOR ratings are also a nice ending to the evening. We are very proud of you and your accomplishments. Well done!
The Michigan Youth Arts Festival showcases outstanding high school artists in over 50 interactive, hands-on, educational rehearsals, workshops and master classes taught by distinguished working professionals in the arts. Nearly 20 performances and exhibitions are also an integral part of the Festival experience. The level of talent is extraordinary. Students are challenged and inspired not only by the Festival’s educational programming, but also by opportunities for interaction with other artistically gifted peers. Students are nominated by their outstanding performance at MSBOA State S&E. This year, DEVIN BINELLI was nominated to participate in the MYAF Honors Band. Joel McElwee, Hunter Prieur, Leah Underwood, and Matt Harrell were nominated for Outstanding Small Ensemble. CONGRATULATIONS to all these students!
Congratulations to Michael Hamilton (snare), Jacob Rechsteiner (tenors), Khalid Malik (snare), and Devin Johnson (tuba), all contracted with the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2013 season. Great job! CLICK HERE to see their summer schedule, and see where you can catch them at a show! Their first Michigan Show is in Kalamazoo on June 25. CLICK HERE for show and ticket information.
FLINT, MI -- The Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m., March 27 at The Whiting.
“FYSO will cover a lot of musical ground for this concert with classics like Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, music from old-time western movies, and even an opera,” according to a release from FYSO.
The Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Flint School of Performing Arts Director, Davin Pierson Torre, includes more than 80 musicians from 25 zip code areas throughout the mid-Michigan region, including Saginaw, Davison, Goodrich, Lapeer, Grand Blanc, Owosso, Millington, and Flushing.
Ticket prices for the performance at The Whiting are $12 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and under. Go to The Whiting's website for the event to purchase tickets.
The Whiting is located at 1241 East Kearsley Street in Flint.
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Believe it or not, it is time to start getting ready for our Spring Concert and Senior Recognition Night. It seems like just yesterday that they started high school and were new to the band program. Soon they will graduate and start a new chapter. Before they go, we would like to recognize them. One way we do this is by adding their senior picture to the slide show presentation at our concert, and to our website.
Please send us 2 or 3 of their favorite senior pictures. If they did not have senior pictures taken, please send us some recent photos. It is VERY important to us that EVERY student is recognized.
You can e-mail those photos to us by CLICKING HERE. (jpg files are the best)
You can also visit the 2013 Senior Pictures portion to our website by CLICKING HERE.
Please do not delay so we can get this done ASAP.
Thank you all very much!
Mr. Cory Hutchison
Director of Bands
Come check out the MSBOA Honors Band Concert today at 5pm. Performance is at Linden HS and FREE to the public. Jake Klinck, Warren Lissner, Chris Wilson, and Darren Maschino are all representing Grand Blanc. Good luck gentlemen!
Put it this way: Jazz is a good barometer of freedom… In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country. - Duke Ellington
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