On Tuesday, November 24, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association announced the membership of the All State Ensembles. Every year over 2600 students from schools all over Michigan audition for membership in one of 5 ensembles (a High School Band and Orchestra, a Middle School Band and Orchestra and a Jazz Band). From these auditions, fewer than 300 students statewide are chosen. The All State Ensembles perform during the Michigan Music Conference – a conference for all music teacher (instrumental, vocal and general music) in the state of Michigan, which takes place in Grand Rapids in January. This year Senior percussionist Ashley Falls has earned a place in the High School Band. She is the first Band student from Gladwin HS to be accepted into this prestigious group.
The MSBOA District 9 Junior High Solo & Ensemble Festival will be held on Saturday, December 5 at Tawas Area High School.
Click the link for the schedule of Gladwin events and some general information.
On Tuesday, November 10 The CMU School of Music announced the members of the 2015 CMU High School Honors Band. The band is made up of HS students from all over Michigan. Students must submit an audition recording that is evaluated by the music faculty at CMU. This year Gladwin Band members Brianna Dion, Ashley Falls and Kaylee James earned a place in the Honor Band. They will be rehearsing on Saturday and Sunday and presenting a concert on Sunday, November 15 at 4:00 in the Staples Recital hall in the CMU School of Music building. Congratulations Brianna, Ashley and Kaylee!
We are pleased to announce the FIRST PERFORMANCE, a demonstration concert of this year’s Beginning Band Class. It is an exciting event that you won’t want to miss. Bring your cameras and video recorders so that you can enjoy this special moment for years to come.
We will demonstrate what we have learned to this point and talk about some of the events to come. It will also present an opportunity for us to discuss your child’s success.
We want to look our best for this first performance so we are requesting that all students “Dress Up” (dress slacks, nice shirt, & dress shoes), no jeans or tennis shoes. Students must arrive at the High School no later than 7:00 for seating, tuning and warm up. Our first note will sound promptly at 7:30 and the entire performance should last about 20 minutes. Please bring a dessert to share (finger food such as cookies or brownies) so that we may share some refreshments immediately following the performance (Band Boosters will provide punch).
Please join us and bring all your friends and relatives so that we can celebrate this FIRST PERFORMANCE together.
On Saturday, October 17 Members of the GHS Marching Band will travel to CMU for their annual Band Day. We will rehearse with the CMU Marching Band and HS Marching Bands from all over the state in the morning. After lunch we will attend the CMU vs Ball State football game and perform with the combined bands at halftime. After the game we will stop for dinner in Clare and return to GHS at approximately 6:30 pm. Anyone who wishes to go needs to fill out the form and turn it in to Mr. Falls no later than Wednesday, October 14.
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.
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.
Click the link for permission form
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.
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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.