OSAA Solo Competition Results 2019

Bravo to our OSAA Soloist Contestants who performed at the the State Solo Competition this weekend at Pacific University. The top Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Strings, and Vocalists from all over the state converged on one location to perform. So many amazingly talented students giving many performances in a short span of time. It was incredible! Bravo to our 12 soloists! It’s a huge honor to be invited to perform at such a prestigious event. A big thank you to the private teachers, parents, and accompanists who help make this happen.

Additional congratulations are due to students who placed in the top 5 in state. Congrats to:

  • Regan Palmer – 5th Place Euphonium
  • Cole Emery – 5th Place Low Clarinet
  • Ashley Ma – 5th Place Low Saxophone
  • Nathan Shipman – 3rd Place Rudimental Snare
  • Ethan Spencer – 2nd Place Timpani
  • Shannon Jackson – 4th Place Timpani

Recap is listed at http://www.osaa.org/docs/sol/2019results.pdf

State Chamber Ensemble Results

Bravo to our SHS Band Members who received the opportunity to perform in the 2019 Oregon State Chamber Ensemble Festival at Pacific University this past Friday. The top Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Strings, and Vocalists from all over the state converged on one location to perform. So many amazingly talented students giving many performances in a short span of time. It was incredible! Bravo to our 5 Sherwood Band ensembles who performed!

This particular event is a perfect merge of student musical ability and student leadership. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the beautiful music that I had nothing to do with, other than opening up the band room and music library from time to time 🙂 These performances were made possible by talented students who know how to organize themselves and lead themselves in rehearsals. Bravo to the students who organize these small chamber groups!

Blind Recap can be found here

Top 5 Placers:

  • W.E. Percussion Ensemble – 1st Place in Large Percussion – Shannon Jackson, William Jensen, Ian Kleditz, Ethan Spencer, Nathan Shipman.
  • Clarinet Choir – 1st Place in Large Woodwinds – Niall Alboro, Grace Applegate, Andrew Bae, Cole Emery, Brooke Guthrie, David Hilt, Sidney Sproul, Jacob Taylor, Robert Weener
  • Flute Quartet – 5th Place in Small Woodwinds – Camryn Porter, Addie McCoy, Anneka Prigodich, Rianna Upton.

OSAA Solo Contest Info – Saturday, April 27

Congratulations to the soloists that both qualified and were scheduled to perform at the State Solo Contest. Here is the OSAA Solo Schedule for Saturday, April 27 at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Below is also a map. Please make sure you have your three original copies of music for the adjudicators to use (there are three adjudicators in each room). Email Mr. Stai if you have any questions.

The Flute room location has moved to Taylor Meade. No other changes have been made that I have noticed.

OSAA Solo Music Map 2019 

Adrian Emery Low Clarinet Marsh-206 8:30 AM
Camryn Porter Flute Taylor Meade 9:20 AM
Andrew Bae Clarinet Marsh-206 9:40 AM
Regan Palmer Euphonium Jefferson 224 10:20 AM
Jon Laus High Saxophone UCC-Chapel 10:40 AM
Robert Weener Clarinet Marsh-206 11:30 AM
Travis Matlock French Horn UCC Church-Sanctuary 1:40 PM
Ashley Ma Low Saxophone Marsh-206 2:20 PM
Nathan Shipman Rudimental Snare Music Bldg-Stage 2:40 PM
Shannon Jackson Timpani Music Bldg-Stage 3:50 PM
Ethan Spencer Timpani Music Bldg-Stage 4:20 PM
Josh Busby Trombone Jefferson 224 4:30 PM

Exciting News – Guest Artist Matthew Maslanka May 2 & 3

Dear Band Students & Parents, On May 2 & 3 we are co-hosting Matthew Maslanka, son of David Maslanka, with Mountainside High School. This is something I’ve been working on coordinating for about a year now and am excited for the experience.

Matthew will be working with Mountainside HS on Thursday, May 2. However, there will be an open forum at 6:00pm at Mountainside HS where Matthew will be talking about his father’s music and about his experience working in the music industry in New York.

On May 3, Matthew will be spending time in class with the Bowmen Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble. After school from 3:15-5:15, Matthew will be working with the Wind Ensemble on David Maslanka’s Traveler.

This is going to be such an awesome experience and a type of experience that I have not yet been able to provide for our students. I would like to thank our amazing Sherwood Band Boosters for making this experience possible for our students.

More info regarding Matthew can be found below.

202A8878Matthew Maslanka is a clinician, publisher, music engraver, performer, and composer. Matthew is the foremost authority on his father David Maslanka’s music and is in demand as a clinician and educator worldwide. He publishes his father’s music through Maslanka Press and heads the David Maslanka Foundation. As a music engraver and copyist, he regularly works on such hit films and video games as Shazam!, The Incredibles 2, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. With performance degrees from Michigan State University and Indiana University, he has performed as a euphoniumist and trombonist on Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof and with New York’s Chelsea Symphony.


Mt. Hood Jazz Festival – Saturday, May 4 – Jazz I, Jazz II, Jazz Combo

Mt. Hood Jazz Festival @ Mt. Hood Community College – Saturday, May 4th    

  • 7:15 – Call Time/Meeting in Band Room
  • 7:45 – Load Bus
  • 8:00 – Depart from Sherwood
  • 9:00 – Arrive
  • 9:30 – Jazz II Warmup
  • 10:00 – Jazz II Performs (Location: AC1005) – Jazz I Observe
  • 11:00 – Combo Warmup
  • 11:30 – Combo Performance (Location: AC1309) – Jazz I & II Observe
  • 11:30 – Lunch (Bring a Sack Lunch or money for concessions)
  • 12:30 – Peter Martin Masterclass (Location: AC2102)
  • 1:00 – Jazz I Warmup
  • 1:30 – Jazz I Performance (Location: AC2102) – Jazz II Observe
  • 2:00 – Observe Mountainside & Sunset
  • 3:00 – Load Buses
  • 3:20 – Depart
  • 4:25 – Arrive at Sherwood HS

NWJBF Schedule 2019v5 11×17

Chaperones – I could use a driver or two for equipment so. I could also use a couple of chaperones to hang out and be on hand for the day. For chaperones, I will have free admission tickets for you. Please let me know if you plan on riding the bus or driving (we will be tight on space in the bus).

Rhythm Section – Read the note to you below from the festival director regarding what is being provided and what is not being provided for equipment.

From the Festival Director: This year’s guest artist is pianist Peter Martin. Peter has toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Betty Carter, Christian McBride and Josh Redman. I invited him not only because of his incredible musicianship, but because he is the CEO of Open Studio, an online resource for jazz education. He runs the “You’ll Hear It” podcast/YouTube channel and is doing amazing things for jazz education! Prior to your visit to our festival, please share these resources with your students. I have purchased an all-access pass for my department and students and have it available on computers in the department for them to study under some of the leading artists on the scene right now!

You will notice that in addition to performances by over 70 jazz ensembles that day, your students (and you!) can have exposure to 50-minute masterclasses with local jazz giants in a hands-on environment. Your students are invited to bring their instruments where appropriate (probably not for the drum set one for obvious reasons….). Space is limited, so it will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. There are suggestions in the Director’s Packet on how to help your students schedule their day so they get a little bit of everything.

Instrumentalists Needed for VPA Concert

VPA Concert Instrumentalists needed! Come see Mr. Stai if you are interested.


  • Bass
  • Guitar
  • Synth
  • Violin


  • Drumset
  • Cabasa
  • Shekere
  • Tambourine
  • Djembes
  • Congas

Rehearsal – Tuesday, May 14th:

4:00-4:30 pm: Drum kit, Bass, Guitar, Synth, Violin

5:00-7:30 pm: Percussion: Cabasa, Shekere, Tambourine, Djembes, Congas

Dress Rehearsal – Wednesday, May 15th 

Dress rehearsal from 6:15-8:30

Performance – Friday, May 17th:

7:00 pm performance

State Small Ensemble Contest – Friday, April 26 at Pacific University

Congratulations to the ensembles that both qualified and were scheduled to perform at the State Small Ensemble Contest. Here is the schedule for the OMEA State Small Ensemble Contest at Pacific University on Friday, April 26. Please make sure you have your three original copies of music for the adjudicators to use (there are three adjudicators in each room).

Time Ensemble Category Ensemble Name Room
9:00 Small Woodwind Ensemble Sherwood Flute Quartet Church Sanctuary
1:50 Large Brass Ensemble Sherwood Trumpet Quintet Multi-purpose Rm (Basement Washburn)
2:00 Large Brass Ensemble Sherwood Horn Quintet Multi-purpose Rm (Basement Washburn)
2:40 Large Woodwind Ensemble Sherwood Clarinet Choir Church Sanctuary
3:30 Large Percussion Ensemble Sherwood Percussion Quintet Music Building Stage
4:30 Awards Presentation Music Building Stage