On Friday, October 9 the Gladwin Knights of Columbus will be having a fish fry and will split the proceeds with the Gladwin Band program. We are asking two things from all Band families. First, please help us spread the word by passing out flyers, posting on Facebook,
inviting family & friends or anything you can think of to help us spread the word and get people to join us for a meal at the Knights of Columbus Hall next Friday. Tell everyone you can think of and invite them to do the same. Second, we will be needing students to volunteer to work at the fish fry. They will be helping to serve the food and helping with the
cleanup afterward. We will need 15 to 20 volunteers to help from 3:45 until approximately 8:00. The Knights of Columbus Hall is located on M-18 just south of M-61.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Click the link for a flyer you can print and share.
KofC Band Fish Fry
On Monday, October 5, the GHS Marching Band will travel to Cadillac High School to participate in the 22nd Annual Cadillac Marching Band Review. The Cadillac Marching Band Review is a non-competitive performance that gives us a chance to perform our show for other marching bands and allows our performance to be critiqued by a panel of judges. It also gives us a chance to see other marching bands perform. Buses will be leaving the High School at 2:45. You will need to bring your uniform to school and change before you get on the buses. Please be on your bus no later than 2:40. Students will need to bring money for dinner (Fast Food). The show starts at 5:00 and the GHS Marching Band will perform at approximately 6:10. We expect to return to GHS between 10:30 and 11:00pm. If the weather is bad the event will be canceled and we will be notified at the High School between 1:30 and 2:00. We hope to have a large group of parents and friends from GHS come up to Cadillac to support us. Tickets will be available at the gate if you are able to join us for this performance.
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Cadillac Marching Review
Solo & Ensemble Festival is intended to provide student musicians an opportunity to perform a solo or an ensemble in front of an adjudicator and a limited audience, and to receive constructive comments from the adjudicator. Solo & Ensemble Festival participation can offer students many benefits including musical and technical challenges, critical listening opportunities, development of evaluation skills, and increased musical independence. Participation in Solo & Ensemble Festival is not required, but it is strongly encouraged.
Any 7th through 12th grade GCS Band student who wishes to participate needs to submit their entry form and entry fee to Mr. Falls by Friday, October 2.
JH Solo & Ensemble Entry Form
HS Solo & Ensemble Entry Form
What is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in many diverse fields?
Source: Is Music the Key to Success? – NYTimes.com
Congratulations to Ashley Falls for auditioning for and earning a spot with Legends Drum and Bugle Corp! Legends is a DCI Open Class corp that is based in Kalamazoo, Mi. Members will travel and compete during the months of June, July and August. For more information about Drum & Bugle Corps and where you can see Ashley while she is on tour visit www.dci.org.
State Solo and Ensemble 2015
On Saturday, March 21, several members of the Gladwin High School Band traveled to Manistee High School to participate in the MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival. The Festival was attended by students from all over Michigan who qualified for this event by earning a First Division rating at the District Festival that was held in February. The students prepared solos and small ensembles and their performances were evaluated in light of overall musical performance by trained MSBOA adjudicators. Gladwin had 10 events perform with 7 earning First Division ratings and 3 earning 2nd Division ratings. Earning First Division ratings were: Porche’ Brott – Trumpet solo, Ashley Falls – Marimba solo, Kaylee James – Clarinet solo, Kylie Levine – French Horn solo, Abby Withrow – Flute solo, Megan Trombley, Emily Roggow, Brooke Pickard – Woodwind Trio, Kaylee James, Janelle Dion, Christina McGuire, Paige Heath Emily Roggow, Megan Trombley – Clarinet Sextet. Janelle Dion – Clarinet solo, Ashley Falls, Abby Scott – Xylophone Duet, Porche’ Brott, Abby McKillips, Kylie Levine, Leane Byard – Brass Quartet, Congratulations to all on your fine peformances!
Concert Band ready to perform
Symphonic Band ready to perform
Seniors with the ratings
On Saturday, February 21 the Gladwin JH and HS Bands traveled to Standish Sterling HS to participate in the MSBOA District 9 Band Festival. The Festival was attended by bands from Alpena, AuGres, Gladwin, Harrison, Pinconning and Standish. Bands perform a prepared program and then sight read for a panel of trained MSBOA Adjudicators.Bands are evaluated in light of their overall performances and they receive suggestions for improvement and an overall rating of their performance by the adjudicators. The Gladwin Bands both earned the highest marks possible, receiving first division ratings from all four judges! Mr. Falls is very proud of the performances of both Bands! Mr. Falls and the Band students would like to thank all of the parents, family members and friends who were able to make the trip to Standish to support is in our performances. Special thanks go out to Eric Dion and Kim Heath for riding the buses and helping to make sure everyone was in the right place at the right time.
District Solo and Ensemble 2015
On Saturday, February 7, several members of the Gladwin High School Band traveled to Beaverton High School to participate in the MSBOA District 9 Solo & Ensemble Festival. The Festival was attended by students from all over north east Michigan. The students prepared solos and small ensembles and their performances were evaluated in light of overall musical performance by trained MSBOA adjudicators. The Gladwin contingent did very well with 15 events performing and all 15 events earning First Division ratings. The Gladwin performers were: Porche’ Brott – Trumpet solo, Casey Bishop – Euphonium solo, Casey Bishop – Tuba solo, FengJin Cui – Piano solo, Brianna Dion – Flute solo, Janelle Dion – Clarinet solo, Ashley Falls – Marimba solo, Kaylee James – Clarinet solo, Kylie Levine – French Horn solo, Abby Withrow – Flute solo, Ashley Falls, Abby Scott – Xylophone Duet, Kaylee James, Janelle Dion – Clarinet duet, Megan Trombley, Emily Roggow, Brooke Pickard – Woodwind Trio, Porche’ Brott, Abby McKillips, Kylie Levine, Leane Byard, Jesse Bishop – Brass Quintet, Kaylee James, Janelle Dion, Christina McGuire, Paige Heath Emily Roggow, Megan Trombley – Clarinet Sextet. Congratulations to all on your fine peformances!
On Saturday, January 31st the MSBOA District 9 All Star Bands performed in Alpena. The two bands (a Junior Band and a Senior Band) were made up of students from all over north east Michigan. Students were selected for these ensembles through an audition process that was judged by the District 9 Band directors. The groups rehearsed for 3 hours on Friday night, 3 more hours on Saturday morning and then performed in concert on Saturday afternoon in the Alpena HS Auditorium. Gladwin students who earned places in the Junior Band were Abby Withrow, Laci Moore, Fengjin Cui, Victor Edick, DJ Clark-Nyman, Wyatt Raymond and Abby Scott. Gladwin students who earned placed in the Senior Band were Brianna Dion, Kaylee James, Janelle Dion, Megan Trombley, Porche’ Brott, Kylie Levine, Casey Bishop, Jesse Bishop and Ashley Falls. In addition to earning seats in the All Star Bands the following students earned First Chair in their sections: Wyatt Raymond, Brianna Dion, Kaylee James, Megan Trombley, Porche’ Brott, and Ashley Falls.