On Monday, October 3, the GHS Marching Band will travel to Cadillac High School to participate in the 23rd 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 2:30. Students will need to bring their uniforms to school and change before they get on the buses. Students will also need to bring money for dinner (Fast Food). The show starts at 5:00. The GHS Marching Band is scheduled to perform at approximately 6:25. We expect to return to GHS between 10:30 and 11:00pm. 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.
On Friday, September 30 the 7th & 8th grade Band will join the Flying G Marching Band for their performance at halftime of the Gladwin vs Roscommon football game. All students should be on the practice field ready to play at 5:00. We will stay and perform with the Marching Band for the entire game and students can be picked up in HS the music room at approximately 9:30. JH students should wear blue and white for this performance.
I would like to welcom all of our incoming 6th grade beginning Band students to the Gladwin Band Family. I am looking forward to meeting you and getting you started on this new adventure. I am sure you and your parents have many questions. At the link below you will find answers to many of them. If you have any questions that I have not covered please feel free to contact me.
Band Camp 2016 will take place at The Springs on August 17 through 20. Full details in the packet at the link below. You should also receive a packet in the mail soon. Please bring your forms (filled out) and any balance due when you report for camp on the 17th. You can see and listen to the music for this year’s show here on the web site. I look forward to seeing all of you very soon.
Marching Band: I will be taking attendance at the Marathon station at 10:00 am Monday Morning. Be in block in full marching uniform at this time. If you need something from the HS I will be there between 9:30 and 9:45 (by my watch). Remember, after the ceremony at the Court House we will return to the HS and turn in uniforms. Make sure you have all pieces including your raincoat & hat box. Ladies also make sure you have your skirt from concert band. Gentlemen make sure your tuxedos are hung up in the uniform room. The uniform cleaning fee is $8. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.
On Saturday, March 19, 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 northern Michigan who qualified for this event by earning a First Division rating at District Festival. The students prepared solos and small ensembles and their performances were evaluated by trained MSBOA adjudicators. The Gladwin contingent did very well. 13 events performed with 9 events earning First Division ratings and 4 events earning Second Division ratings.
Those earning First Division ratings were Feng Jin Cui for his Piano solo, Ashley Falls for her Marimba solo, Kaylee James for her Clarinet solo, Laci Moore for her Clarinet solo, Abby Withrow for her Flute solo, Kaylee James, Emily Roggow, Laci Moore, Paige Heath, Carly Newman, Megan Trombley for their Clarinet sextet, Emily Roggow, Brooke Pickard, Megan Trombley for their Woodwind trio, Kaylee James and Allie Wood for their Flute Clarinet Duet, and Ashley Falls and Doug Ferguson for their Marimba Vibraphone duet.
Those earning Second Division ratings were Brianna Dion for her Flute solo, Kylie Levine for her French Horn solo, Marisa Sak for her Flute solo, Porche’ Brott, Colton Foster, DJ Nyman for their Trumpet trio, and Kylie Levine, Victor Edick, Grant Shafer, Carly Haines for their Saxophone Quartet.
Congratulations to all for a job well done!
On Saturday, February 20 both the JH Concert Band and the HS Symphonic Band traveled to Standish Sterling HS to perform at the MSBOA District Band Festival Evaluations. Both Bands played a short concert program consisting of 3 pieces and then were asked to sight read. Their performances were evaluated by a panel of four trained MSBOA Adjudicators. Three of the judges evaluated our concert performances and the fourth judge evaluated our sight reading skill. Both bands earned the highest rating possible from the judges, A First Division rating. The District Festival evaluation provides us with an outside opinion on the state of our Band program. Earning First Division ratings means that we are achieving the highest standard set by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. I am very proud of the hard work that both Bands put in during rehearsals which led to their fine performances at the Festival! I would also like to thank the many parents and friends who made the trip to Standish to support us.