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Wind Ensemble Audition Info & SMB Leadership Applications

2020-2021 Wind Ensemble Audition Materials

Dear Band Members – I wanted to send a reminder that the Wind Ensemble audition materials can be found at the bottom of the Wind Ensemble page https://sherwoodbands.org/wind-ensemble/

As to when we have auditions, that will be determined at a later date.

In 2021 the Sherwood High School Wind Ensemble will be traveling to New York to participate in the 19th Annual New York Wind Band Festival. The festival takes place in Carnegie Hall and is by application only. Those wishing to participate must submit recordings of their program over the past year and must be of high quality in order to be accepted. It is my privilege to announce that our Wind Ensemble has been accepted for the 2021 festival! Only a handful of high school groups are allowed into this annual festival which includes performance, workshops, and sightseeing in New York. Estimated cost per student will be $1200 at most. Dates are February 28-March 4, 2021.

2020 SMB Leadership Applications

Sherwood Marching Band 2020 Leadership Applications are below. All applicant details, dates and expectations are in the applications. All applications are due by Tuesday, May 12 at 3:00pm.

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

All leadership positions are positions of service; the ensemble comes first. Attitude, Communication, Organization, Work Ethic, Initiative and Musical Ability are prized attributes for our 2020 Sherwood Band Leadership Team. Best wishes to all applicants.

Application – Field Conductor 2020

Application – Section Leader 2020

Application – Colorguard Captain 2020

Music Resources

Greetings Band Students, I’ve been compiling some resources to help you with practicing, listening, sight reading, composing, and improvisation. Some of these resources are brand new, some I’m very familiar with and some I’ve just discovered; all of which appear to be valuable resources for our Sherwood Band program. I only posted resources that were either free OR had a free trial period.

I’ll continue to edit/add to this link as things become more evident so that these resources stay at the top of our home page. Happy practicing everyone!

Practicing & Playing

1) DAILY BRASS WARM-UP LIVESTREAM: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242289003466971/permalink/244149236614281/

Beginning Monday, March 16th at 8:00 AM, Jupiter Artist Harry Watters will be hosting a daily warm-up livestream, focusing on the fundamentals for brass musicians of all levels.  Lasts for about 20 minutes, will be archived on his YouTube Channel for viewing anytime! https://www.youtube.com/user/HarryFrankWatters?fbclid=IwAR2wOnIBuo8B7lzI9wGXDybUzZaht-Xtkg–6obWuAmJGlsL-cR3NTHjims

Harry Watters (Jazz trombonist/Soloist) has created the social distancing warm-up session. He livestreams every morning on Facebook, uses ireal Pro, and does a series of excellent long tone, lip slur, articulation, and scale exercises. Easy to play along with. Designed for ALL brass players (or WW).

2) Smartmusic is a music practice online software program that offers a vast library of music available for students. https://www.smartmusic.com/ – free trial available

3) Sight Reading factory https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/ – free trial available

Jazz

1) Jazz I & II Students – Please watch/participate with this video from Nathanael Ankeny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxNXloJ8Ns0&feature=youtu.be

2) Jeff Antoniuk – Youtube videos that include pdf’s – over 100 lessons in improv

Music Theory & Composition

1) Free music notation/composition software Musescore – https://musescore.org/en

2) Free music theory lessons for music students provided by composer Chris Pilsner – https://www.chrispilsner.com/premade-exercises

Listening

1) US Army Field Band (Educational & Performance Videos) – https://www.armyfieldband.com/education/instructional-video-series

2) Berlin Philharmonic – Free Voucher to watch/listen to performance archives! https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home?a=bph_webseite&c=true

3) St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Video Library – Recorded live music performances – https://content.thespco.org/music/concert-library/compositions/by/video

4) Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Youtube Channel for clips of their musicians) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFhCyd0u4PXBbOeWhBsAoSF2KIYRQOo4p&utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=D2020.03.20SOLWorkStoppage%231-SoftAsk&utm_content=version_A&uid=2318564&promo=36277 

Music Leadership

Free Scott Lang Music Leadership Seminars – http://www.leaderoftheband.org/?fbclid=IwAR1T4C5lbUGnI8uacLCDIZvN-EogR8BrtaSvf5gkZyB5HhAOp6rmkcLt3Yo

Lessons

If you have a local private lessons teacher, check in with them to see if they have any remote lessons available. I know at least a few of our lessons teachers have found a way to do online lessons.

Denise Westby – Flute – denise.westby5@gmail.com
Dunja Marcum – Clarinet – dunjajennings@gmail.com
Nathanael Ankeny – Sax, Improv, Composition, Jazz Piano – www.nathanaelankeny.com, ankenymusic@gmail.com
Dave Bamonte – davebamonte@gmail.com

SHS Band Update for Students & Parents

Dear Band Students & Parents,

I hope this correspondence finds you healthy! I wanted to communicate prior to heading into the long break.

Please take instruments home over the break. Every ensemble (Jazz, Bowmen, Concert, Wind Ensemble) has festival music and proficiency music they can be working toward.

If anyone needs help transporting an instrument home, please let me know.

Please consider listening to these fine ensembles for inspiration & education:

  • Jazz: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Count Basie Orchestra, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderly, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach, Paul Chambers, Snarky Puppy, The One O’clock Lab Band.
  • Concert Band/Classical Style: Vienna Philharmonic, Cleveland Symphony (Szell), US Marine President’s Own Band, North Texas Wind Symphony, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony.

Cancellation Clarification:

  • All competitions have been canceled for colorguard and percussion.
  • The April 1st concert has been canceled; we will try to reschedule at some point as time & facilities allow.
  • The Wind Ensemble festivals on April 3rd and April 6th are being postponed until we can reschedule.

Until we have more certainty, we will take this one day at a time.

Sincerely,
Brant Stai

OMEA District 14 Solo and Ensemble Results

OMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival Participants, I’m proud of everyone who took the time and effort to take their music to the next level. Solo & Ensemble is one of the most challenging things we do. The growth that is demonstrated from each musician through the journey helps constitute what we are able to achieve in our larger ensembles. I hope you all grew musically and learned something through the process.

In particular, the mentorship I have the privilege to witness every year as our older students coaching younger students is always heartwarming. Also, the initiative of students to run their own ensembles at a very high level is also very commendable.

I will have adjudicator feedback forms & scores for students on Tuesday.

I’m only posting OSAA Solo & Ensemble State Contest Qualifying results. If you are a District Champion, you automatically qualify to go to the State Contest. If you are an Alternate, you qualify to go to state but will only be scheduled if there is space available.

I will explain in further detail what all of this means in class on Tuesday (lots of numbers and other variables come into play when listing who goes to the next level; only people who the judge recommends move on to state OR earn alternate titles).

Congrats to everyone who earned the adjudicator’s nod to be considered “state contest worthy”.

 2020 District Solo Results by Room

Flute

  • Camryn Porter – District 2nd Place – STATE (more than 15 in category)

Bassoon

  • David Ma – District 4th Place – 2nd Alternate to State

Clarinet

  • David Hilt – District Champion – STATE
  • Robert Weener – District 2nd Place  – STATE (more than 15 in category)
  • Jacob Taylor – District 3rd Place – 1st Alternate to State

Bass Clarinet

  • Brendan Laus – District Champion – STATE
  • Holly Schroeder – District 2nd Place – 1st Alternate to State

High Sax

  • Amanda Esser – District 2nd Place – 1st Alternate to State
  • Zach Mirek – District 4th Place – 3rd Alternate to State

Low Sax

  • Ryan Fillinger-Palotay – District 2nd Place –  1st Alternate to State
  • Zach Szklarz – District 3rd Place – 2nd Alternate to State

Trumpet

  • Jonathan Wakefield – District Champion – STATE
  • Nora Robertson – District 3rd Place – 1st Alternate to State
  • Brandon Kuske – District 4th Place – 2nd Alternate to State

Horn

  • Travis Matlock – District 3rd Place – 2nd Alternate to State

Trombone

  • Luke Soto – District Champion – STATE

Euphonium

  • Liam Hardy – District 2nd Place – 1st Alternate to State

Timpani

  • Shannon Jackson – District Champion – STATE
  • Ethan Spencer – District 4th Place – 3rd Alternate to State

Mallet Percussion

  • Jason Hale – District Champion – STATE
  • Anthony Lee – District 3rd Place – 2nd Alternate to State

Orchestral Snare

  • Anthony Lee – District 2nd Place – 1st Alternate to State

Rudimental Snare

  • Anthony Lee -District Champion – STATE
  • Logan Vaughn – District 2nd Place – 1st Alternate to State
  • Everyt Schroeder – District 3rd Place – 2nd Alternate to State
  • Ethan Spencer – District 4th Place – 3rd Alternate to State

Percussion Ensemble Large

  • Wind Ensemble Percussion Ensemble – District Champion – STATE

Woodwind Ensemble Small

  • W.E. Clarinet Quartet – District 2nd Place – 1st Alternate to State

Woodwind Ensemble Large

  • WE Clarinet Choir – District Champion – STATE
  • W.E. Flute Choir – District 4th Place – 3rd Alternate to State

Brass Ensemble Small

  • Gorsky & Layne Duet – District 4th Place – 3rd Alternate to State

Brass Ensemble Large

  • WE Trumpet Quintet – District 2nd Place –  1st Alternate to State

Maps & Schedule for OMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival at West Linn HS

2019 FORM WLHS Main Building.1st Floor Map

2019 FORM WLHS Perf. Arts Bldg Map

SHERWOOD Performer Schedule – March 7

At no time during the day should anyone… teacher, student, or parent approach an adjudicator during the course of the Festival. If there are any questions or concerns, the contact persons are Kevin Egan and Chad Davies.
Woodwinds and Strings Rooms are in the MAIN BUILDING
     Warm-up areas will be located near the rooms, and students can warm-up in the cafeteria.
Brass and Percussion Rooms are in the PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
     Warm-up rooms are avaiklable from the A St door in the hallway between the Band and Choir Rooms.
Warm-up rooms will not have pianos available (the pianos that are left in practice rooms are BADLY out of tune. I would not use them with an accompanist prior to performing).

DON’T FORGET  YOUR INSTRUMENT OR MUSIC (And Adjudicator’s Copy)

GROW – SHARE YOUR TALENT – BE CLASSY – HAVE FUN – SUPPORT EACH OTHER!

March 7 Solo & Ensemble Information, Reminders, and Good Ideas

  • Show up to West Linn HS about 45 minutes ahead of time  so that you can:
    • Figure out parking, which isn’t ideal out there.
    • Warm up in the Commons/Cafeteria Area
    • Find your room and be there 10 minutes before you perform.
    • There is NO REGISTRATION TABLE for this event. Follow the signs in the hallways.
    • Room Name defines where the kids are playing. Consult the maps for where rooms are located or follow signs when on site.
  • Make sure you bring an original copy of music (pencil mark free) for the adjudicator to read off of. (Do not bring a photocopy unless it’s an emergency).
  • Coordinate with your accompanist. Make sure you are on the same page with your performance schedule.
  • Performance scores will be posted anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours after the performance.
  • Wear Attire that is Classy (Err on the side of formal).
  • Make the performing space (stands, chairs) comfortable for your needs.
  • Optional – Tune to the piano in the room IF you are good at making tuning adjustments and ONLY IF you have plenty of time (your solo or ensemble piece is not too long).
  • Another Good Idea – Once you are done performing and are at peace with the world. Stay and listen to other musicians in your performing area, you can learn a lot and will be amazed by what other musicians are doing in our region.
  • ALSO – go listen to and support and clap for other Sherwood soloists and ensembles performing. Use the attached schedule to find them!

GROW – SHARE YOUR TALENT – BE CLASSY – HAVE FUN – SUPPORT EACH OTHER!

Swingin the Green Silent Auction Open NOW!

Good Evening past and present band families-

Please take a moment to check out our link to the silent auction which is now open for bidding! You do NOT need to be present to win!  We have some really awesome items ready to receive your bids!  100% of your donation/bid will benefit the band programs in the Sherwood School District.  We are working really hard to make this auction be our main/only fundraiser for the year, but we need your bids to make it successful.

There are also awesome raffle tickets being sold for Disney Park Hopper Passes and/or fee waivers for marching band or SPE!

Please help us make this evening successful for the band program by participating in the auctions (live or silent) and by purchasing raffle tickets!

https://charityauction.bid/SWINGIN2020

As a reminder, the silent auction will be open for bidding until 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening.  Share the link with friends and neighbors that may be interested in any of the auction items (silent or live) so that they can participate and win!

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Save the Date – W.E. to Carnegie in 2021

In 2021 the Sherwood High School Wind Ensemble will be traveling to New York to participate in the 19th Annual New York Wind Band Festival. The festival takes place in Carnegie Hall and is by application only. Those wishing to participate must submit recordings of their program over the past year and must be of high quality in order to be accepted. It is my privilege to announce that our Wind Ensemble has been accepted for the 2021 festival! Only a handful of high school groups are allowed into this annual festival which includes performance, workshops, and sightseeing in New York. Estimated cost per student will be $1200 at most. Dates are February 28-March 4, 2021.

Please see the Wind Ensemble audition requirements for more info regarding the audition process.