MRJH BAND eNEWSLETTER
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Just a reminder that practice records are due this week. Practice time over the break was extra credit! Please make sure practice records are signed by a parent/guardian and the minutes are totaled. Practice records are posted on our website here. Thanks!
MRJH SCHOOL SOLO/ENSEMBLE NIGHT:
February 7th (Wednesday)
Just a reminder that students wishing to participate in our solo/ensemble night should have selected a piece they would like to perform and be pretty comfortable with it by now. If they are doing a solo, they should have selected an accompanist as well. In January, students should rehearse at least three separate times with their accompanist or ensemble. Band students are encouraged to participate, but are not required. The piece should be serious in nature (not pop or movie music) and at their level of difficulty. We do have a limited amount of solo and ensemble literature at the school. Students are more than welcome to check with me to see if we have any or they could check with a local music store. Private teachers are also excellent resources for finding a good solo. 9th graders who do well will be recommended for the High School solo/ensemble nights and are eligible to participate at the Region and State levels. All students who participate will receive extra credit. Ribbons will be awarded for participation, excellent and superior ratings. Trophies will be awarded for outstanding woodwind, brass, percussion and ensemble performances. Students can sign up for their performance times in the Band Room.
AFHS Band Info:
2018 Marching Band (for current 8th & 9th graders)
There will be a required parent meeting to discuss the logistics and details of the 2018 Marching Band season. We will discuss particularly our trip to Indianapolis to compete in the Grand National Championship (this only happens every 4 years—this year will be your only chance to do this).
IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN MARCHING BAND, PLEASE COME TO THIS MEETING!
We know it is short notice, but the tour company that we are using needs some firm numbers and details so that we can proceed with our planning.
DATE: Tuesday January 30
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: AMERICAN FORK JUNIOR HIGH AUDITORIUM
AFHS Band Auditions:
The audition excerpts are up on the website for the students to download and start practicing.
The requirements will the same as last year.
- Chromatic Scale 2 octave. (or full range)
- 2 Major Scales (chosen at the time of audition)
- Prepared etudes (technical and lyrical)
- Sight reading
SYMPHONIC, CONCERT & ADVANCED JAZZ BANDS ALL MAKE STATE!
Congratulations to our Symphonic, Concert and Advanced Jazz Bands. All three were selected for their respective State Junior High Band Festivals! Mountain Ridge is one of only four schools in the state to have three bands qualify. Congratulations Huskies!
MRJH BAND MEMBERS MAKE 2018 ALL-STATE!
Congratulations to the following MRJH Band students who auditioned and were selected to perform with the first ever Utah Junior High All-State Band/Orchestra. They had an amazing performance at Abravenal Hall!
- Michael Johnson-clarinet
- Lauren Jackman-clarinet
- Adam Johnson-clarinet
- Riley Barrett-clarinet
- Miranda Howard-clarinet
- Andrea Carlson-flute
- Simon Warren-bari sax
- Grant Pearce-trombone
- Isabel Rawlings-trumpet
- Ben Frantz-percussion
- Kyson Hinton-bass in the orchestra
SYMPHONIC BAND AUDITIONS:
Symphonic Band auditions will be held during class in March. Students auditioning will be given two minutes to play as many of the 12 major scales from memory as they can. Students wishing to do some two octave scales will be given three minutes. After that, they will be given one minute to play a two-octave chromatic or full range chromatic scale from memory. Remember, accuracy counts. If you make too many mistakes, the scale won't count, so don't sacrifice accuracy for speed. Scales can be found in the Foundations for Excellence Book or on the Band Website in the student resources section.
Now is the time to prepare. If you learn a scale or two per week, you'll be in great shape!
Thanks! Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and may this New Year be your best!
Mr. Bateman :-)
Ten-year study shows music improves test scores. Regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students get higher marks in standardized tests. UCLA professor, Dr. James Catterall, led an analysis of a US Department of Education database. The database was used to track more than 25,000 students over a period of ten years. The study showed that students involved in music generally tested higher than those who had no music involvement. The test scores studied were not only standardized tests, such as the SAT, but also in reading proficiency exams. The study also noted that the musicians scored higher, no matter what socioeconomic group was being studied. -- Dr. James Catterall, UCLA, 1997.