In the event that our weather provides us with another snow day, or two-hour delay, on Thursday, February 28, here is the plan for Band Festival:
Regular School Day
No School (Snow Day)
It is unlikely that there will be any issues, however, this is Michigan (!), and we want to be prepared for any circumstance.
As most of you know, the District Band Festival taking place on Thursday, February 28, coincides with the first day of second trimester final exams. To avoid an "academic vs. academic" situation, there are several options available to the Band students.
Here are the options as sent forth by the High School Administration on February 6:
The Concert Band will be leaving at 8:00 a.m., and returning around 12:10 p.m. For any student in Concert Band, they will be able to take exams on Friday morning during the 3rd period exam time. Depending on their lunch, this will mostly effect the 1st period exams.
The Symphony Band will be leaving at 10:50 a.m., and returning after school. For any student in Symphony Band, they will be able to take exams on Friday during either their 5th period review and/or exam time; this will effect their 2nd hour exams.
If for some reason a student is unable to complete the exam during these time frames, we will proctor their exams on Monday, March 4.
Back on February 7, the Concert Band and Symphony Band students were instructed to speak to their teachers about setting-up the alternative testing date/time. If this has not been done, it needs to be taken care of immediately!
Because this impacts two academic classes, the "burden" falls to the school to make the appropriate accommodations. If you have questions, please contact either Mr. Blackmer, or the High School Administration.
This only impacts Concert Band and Symphony Band. The Wind Symphony's festival is the evening of Friday, March 1 - not affected by the exam schedule.
A new "fact sheet," as well as two sample calendars for next September and October, can now be downloaded from the Marching Band page on the Band website.
Please be sure to read all of the information carefully. There have been changes to the rehearsal days since the original letter came out. After reading through all of the materials, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail Mr. Blackmer.
On Saturday, February 9, 2013, several thousand high school band and orchestra students from the mid-Michigan area performed at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District 8 Solo and Ensemble Festival. The festival took place at Haslett High School where 55 events from Grand Ledge High School performed. These students were evaluated by adjudicators in the areas of tone, intonation, rhythm, technique, and interpretation, and given a rating from 1 to 5 (with a 1 being a “superior” rating).
Grand Ledge High School soloists receiving a “First Division Rating” (Superior) included: David Allen (trumpet), Maddie Allen (bass clarinet), Ben Arking (horn), Jared Arking (snare drum), Adam Batz (tuba), Lillie Butkovich (trumpet), Noah Dudley (trombone), Nat Fellows (tuba), Caleb Ford (alto saxophone), Noah Ford (snare drum), Noah Ford (vibraphone), Daniel Gerhardt (marimba), Daniel Gerhardt (snare drum), Ryan Gerhardt (bassoon), Stephen Gute (trombone), Michelle Hart (flute), Ashley Hedlund (piccolo trumpet), Ashley Hedlund (trumpet), Steven Hogan (horn), Jacob Hoskins (trumpet), Rachel Krahulik (alto saxophone), Hannah Legal (clarinet), George Marshall (alto saxophone), Kayleigh Merz (alto saxophone), Carol Nesbitt (horn), Elizabeth Nesbitt (flute), Nicholas Osborn (oboe), Lizzie Rodeck (clarinet), Laura Schramm (flute), Jaren Scoggins (trombone), Jackson Sykes (tuba), Joshua Trentadue (marimba), Joshua Trentadue (piano), Jonah Weller (trombone), Matt Wilcox (euphonium), Carson Williams (horn), Tim Wright (horn), Andrew Zakerski (marimba), and Andrew Zakerski (snare drum).
Ensembles that received a “First Division Rating” (Superior) included: Adam Batz, Jaren Scoggins, and Jackson Sykes (trombone/tuba trio); Troy Anderson, Stephen Gute, and Jonah Weller (trombone trio); Maddie Allen, Kare Krupp, Hannah Legal, and David Weiss (clarinet quartet); Troy Anderson, Greg Brown, Noah Dudley, Nathan Goshka, Stephen Gute, and Jonah Weller (trombone sextet); David Allen, Troy Anderson, Greg Brown, Stephen Gute, Ashley Hedlund, Justin Hess, Jacob Hoskins, Carson Williams, and Tim Wright (chamber brass ensemble); Becca Albert, Ryan Gerhardt, Callan Miller, Lizzie Rodeck, and Tim Wright (woodwind quintet); and Phoebe Boutwell, Caleb Ford, Rachel Krahulik, George Marshall (saxophone quartet).
Soloists receiving a “Second Division Rating” (Good) included: Elizabeth Becker (flute), Rachel Gute (horn), Rachel Hogan (horn), Jessica Krawczyk (clarinet), Kara Krupp (clarinet), Zach Richardson (trumpet), and Diana Thompson (flute).
Soloists and ensembles receiving a “Third Division Rating” (Fair) included: Lissa Mueller-Hayes and Collin Wise (trumpet duet) and Doug Hardy (euphonium solo).
Soloists and ensembles that received a “First Division Rating” are eligible to perform at the State Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 23, hosted at Okemos High School. The registration/fee deadline for State Solo & Ensemble has been extended to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14.
Congratulations to everyone to performed at District Solo
Band Parents & Students,
DISTRICT SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the MSBOA District 8 Solo & Ensemble Festival this past Saturday at Haslett High School! There were many terrific performances, and some great feedback from the adjudicators!
Those events that received a "First Division Rating" at District Solo & Ensemble are now eligible to register for State Solo & Ensemble Festival. The State S&E date is Saturday, March 23 at Okemos High School, however, the registration deadline is this week. Mr. Blackmer will need all event registration fees paid to him no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13. The State S&E fees are as follows:
9th Grade Solo - $15.00
Proficiency Solo (Grade 10-12): $21.00
Piano Proficiency: $25.00
Percussion Proficiency: $25.00
Chamber Ensemble: $5/person in ensemble
Checks should be made payable to Grand Ledge High School.
BLUE LAKE FINE ARTS CAMP SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS
A representative from Blue Lake will be at Grand Ledge High School this coming Tuesday, February 12, to hear students play for potential scholarships. The auditions are very short (a few minutes), and music can be selected from anything that would best show the individual students playing ability and technique. Blue Lake generally gives "some" scholarship money to everyone who performs and auditions, and it is frequently several hundred dollars. Also, by performing an audition, the students are not obligating themselves to anything.
The Blue Lake rep will be conducting these auditions during the school day, and students are encouraged to sign-up for an audition spot. The scholarship letters (with the granted dollar amount) generally go out within a couple of weeks after the audition date.
BAND PARENT/STUDENT MEETINGS
There are two upcoming Band parent/student meetings in the next couple of weeks. The first is on Wednesday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m., to discuss the changes taking affect in the High School Band for the 2013-2014 school year.
The second meeting is on Tuesday, February 19, also at 7:00 p.m., and this is an informational meeting regarding the Marching Band's trip to Florida in April 2014. Both meetings will be held in the High School Band Room.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the parent/student 2014 Florida Tour information meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, has been moved to Tuesday, February 19. Still at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Band Room.
Again, this is an optional informational meeting. You can find additional information about the tour on the Band webpage under the "Florida 2014 Tour" tab.
If you have questions, please contact Mr. Blackmer by e-mail.
There will be a parent meeting on Wednesday, February 13, to discuss the changes in the High School Band rehearsal schedule taking affect next school-year. The meeting will take place in the High School Band Room at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend!