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This is an annual festival offered to HS band students in our area. Students are encouraged to prepare either a solo piece with accompaniment or to participate in a small ensemble (duet, trio, etc.) and perform in front of a small audience and adjudicator. This adjudicator writes comments in regards to the quality of performance and also gives constructive feedback for our students. Anyone who has gone through this process will testify that you grow exponentially as a musician when you prepare and perform a solo piece of music. The performing experience coupled with the constructive feedback of a professional adjudicator is a priceless experience for our young musicians who are looking for a challenge and to push themselves beyond the average day of music class. Students who place at the top of their instrument will go on to perform at the OSAA state solo contest.

Wind Ensemble members are expected to participate in this event. Concert or Bowmen Band should strongly consider this additional performing opportunity even though it is not required!

OMEA Solo & Ensemble Participants – Sign up on Clipboard in Band Room & Get These Items to Mr. Stai by Tuesday, February 4.

  • Name(s) performing in solo or ensemble
  • Category (Flute Solo, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Duet, etc.)
  • Accompanist Name (if using accompanist)
  • Money – $11.50 check payable to SHS – Give to Debi Bear and bring Receipt back to Mr. Stai. We don’t normally handle payments this way, but for solo & ensemble we do. Thanks!
    • Individual Solo – $11.50
    • Small Ensemble – $11.50 per ensemble (A Duet would pay $5.75 each, a trio $3.83 each, a quartet $2.87 each, etc.) Ensembles, please have ONE person pay Debi Bear and bring a receipt back to Mr. Stai.
  • Scheduling preferences – Mr. Stai is not able to negotiate scheduling preferences. The best I can do is request an AM or a PM performance, and even that is no guarantee.

Help get people involved in this great activity! Our band program grows exponentially when our musicians participate in solo & ensemble!

Important Scheduling Note: This year’s solo & ensemble festival is on the same date as our Swingin’ the Green Fundraiser (same as last year and it worked out well).

Three Points of Focus in Band Classes

Dear Students & Parents – We have 3 focal points regarding our concert bands this winter:

  1. Basketball Band Music & Performances – January & February
  2. Solo & Ensemble Music, Recital, and District Festival – February & March
  3. Festival Music – March & April Performances

“Mom & Dad, I don’t have anything to practice right now.” – This is a phrase that you will not hear out of a Sherwood Band student’s mouth. Students should be practicing 3 times per week at a minimum of 20 minutes per session.

Students should be practicing their proficiencies, Basketball Music, Solo & Ensemble music, Festival Music.

Next Playing Proficiency is Due January 27th (Bowmen & Concert Bands Only).

Basketball Band –  We have 11 games the band is performing at during the basketball season. Remember that you must attend 5 games (Yes, you are more than welcome to attend more than 5 if you would like to).

Solo & Ensemble Recital –  In December we started talking about Solo & Ensemble in class. All students are expected to find a piece of music to perform as a soloist or as a small ensemble (Duet, Trio, Quartet, etc.). We have a ton of literature here in the Sherwood Band Room to select from. We then put on a recital night on Monday, March 2 as a band program. We will have approximately 6 rooms running simultaneously with performances throughout the course of the evening.

Students actively engaged in private lessons most likely already have their literature selected, and it is most likely in the ballpark of 5 – 7.5 minutes in duration.

Anyone who has gone through this process will testify that you grow exponentially as a musician when you prepare and perform a solo or ensemble piece of music. It is a priceless experience for our young musicians who are looking for a challenge and to push themselves beyond the average day of music class.

Soloists who are looking for Piano Accompanists:

  • Dani Aldinger 503-349-2191,
  • Ray Mckean –
  • Jane Mendenhall –
  • Carol Kelly – (503)804-9221 –
  • Ruth Ann Yerden – (360) 907-4309

Katie Thiroux @GFU January 24-25th

Dear Music Educators, Musicians, and Jazz Fans,

Katie Thiroux is coming to Oregon! A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Thiroux has performed with Geri Allen, Terell Stafford, Ken Peplowski, Jeff Hamilton, Tierney Sutton, and many, many
Bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux will be performing in concert with The George Fox University Jazz Ensemble and Faculty Quintet on January 25 at 7:30pm in Bauman Auditorium on the Newberg Campus (414 N. Meridian St.). Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance HERE. (scroll down for January 2020) It will be a show not to miss!

Thiroux will also be giving a free public presentation at 5:30pm on Friday, January 24 in the Ross Building, Room 208, GFU Newberg Campus. Elementary, Middle school and high school students who attend the presentation/clinic will receive a FREE TICKET voucher for the Saturday evening concert!

Please pass along this information to your students and encourage them to attend!


Nathanael Ankeny

Saxophonist | Educator | Bandleader
Assistant Professor of Music
George Fox University

W.E. – Student Itinerary – Friday, Jan. 17

Oregon Music Education Association Conference Performance
Student Itinerary – Friday, January 17
9:15 – Group Meeting/Warmup in Band Room
10:15 – Pack up & eat.
10:40 – Load Bus
11:00 – Depart for Eugene
1:15 – Arrive in Eugene
2:15 – Sound Check
2:45 – Break
3:30 – Concert
5:15 – Concert Over, Load
5:45pm Depart for Putter’s
7:45pm – Load Bus & Return to Sherwood
9:45pm – Arrive at SHS

Student Needs: Lunch, Concert Attire, Performing Equipment

All W.E. Students need to have a PERMISSION FORM signed and turned in to Mr. Stai

Parents wishing to attend the performance in Eugene – Please read this important info from our association:

The concert hour performances during the OMEA session are not advertised as public performances. To do so brings with it some additional charges from the Hult Center (ushers, ticketing, etc.) Instead, the performances are officially for conference attendees.

If your families wish to attend, they may of course do so free of charge. They simply need to show up at the Hult Center and walk into Soreng Theatre; no tickets required. Please ask your families to NOT call the Hult Center box office and ask for tickets. 

SHS Band photo galleries

Pre-order prints are being delivered to students this week from the SHS Band Portrait Day. Online galleries are now available. Prints and personal use digital downloads can be purchased directly through the website.

Jazz 1 and 2

And for a little nostalgia for the seniors: SMS Advanced Band 2015 and LRMS Beginning Band 2013

20480 SW 216th Place
Sherwood, OR 97140

Jazz I – PAC League Jazz Festival Thursday, January 23 at McMinnville HS

2020 PAC Jazz Festival – Jazz I only
Location: McMinnville High School Auditorium
Date: THursday, January 23
Call Time: 7:15
Performance Time: 12:45
Jazz I Students Bring: Jazz Attire, Sack Lunch

Student Itinerary:

  • 7:15am – Meet in Band Room – Show up in jazz attire.
  • 7:30am – Warmup/Rehearsal
  • 8:10am – Load Bus
  • 8:20 –Depart
  • 9:10 – Arrive
  • 9:30 – Observe
  • 11:00 – Lunch
  • 12:15 – Get Gear Out
  • 12:15 – Warmup
  • 12:45 – Perform
  • 1:15 – Clinic
  • 1:45 – Gear Away
  • 2:00 – Load Bus & Go Home
  • 2:50 – Arrive at Sherwood HS

Jennifer Brooks (David Douglas HS)
Dave Sime (Redmond HS Retired)
Dan Judd (Summit HS Retired)

Parents – If you’d like to come along in the role of chaperone, please let me know. Thank you!