Bandas, directores y lecciones 2020-2021

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About the Bands

Small Group Instruction


This year, small group instruction will be centered around our solo and ensemble unit. Each student will prepare a solo, and small group instructors will be in during the months of January and February to help prepare students for their solo performance.​




Cardinal Band


As the entry-level band for incoming 9th-grade wind, brass, and percussion musicians, the Cardinal Band is a performing ensemble with a curriculum designed to promote individual musical growth and improved technical skills. Students will meet in a fun, fast-paced rehearsal and also receive more personalized attention in weekly small-group instruction. Cardinal Band members are eligible for participation in festivals, concert field trips, marching band, pep band, and jazz ensembles. Three evening concerts presented to the public culminate study units. Certain school instruments are available for student rental for a maintenance fee of $50.00 per year. Note: Possession of a well-maintained instrument is recommended, however, some large instruments are available through the school - see your instructor for additional information. Mr. Brown, Mr. Ver Voort, and Mr. Rothacker work with the 9th graders in addition to many upperclassman tutors.




Concert Band


The Concert Band is designed for 10th and 11th graders who are ready to study and learn challenging repertoire. Advanced concepts of phrasing, musical precision, and interpretation will be stressed. Though concert repertoire remains at the core of the curriculum, Concert Band members have the opportunity to explore jazz, chamber music, and marching band. Student learning is personalized and assessed in small group instruction. Activities include performances at music festivals, eligibility for solo/ensemble performances, and regular public performances. Expectations beyond the classroom include evening events throughout the year including concerts and community service performances. Certain school instruments are available for student rental for a maintenance fee of $50.00 per year. Note: Possession of a well-maintained instrument is recommended, however, some large instruments are available through the school - see your instructor for additional information. Private lessons are encouraged. Sophomore Concert Band meets during Block 6




Junior Concert Band


Junior Concert Band is designed for 11th graders who are ready to study and learn challenging repertoire. Advanced concepts of phrasing, musical precision, and interpretation will be stressed. Though concert repertoire remains at the core of the curriculum, Junior Concert Band members have the opportunity to explore jazz, chamber music, and marching band. Student learning is personalized and assessed in small group instruction. Activities include performances at music festivals, eligibility for solo/ensemble performances, and regular public performances. Expectations beyond the classroom include evening events throughout the year including concerts and community service performances. Certain school instruments are available for student rental for a maintenance fee of $50.00 per year. Note: Possession of a well-maintained instrument is recommended, however, some large instruments are available through the school - see your instructor for additional information. Private lessons are encouraged. Junior Concert Band meets during Block 2




Wind Ensemble


This group is designed for 11th and 12th graders who are ready to
study and learn challenging repertoire. Advanced concepts of phrasing, musical
precision, and interpretation will be stressed. Though concert repertoire remains at the
core of the curriculum, members have the opportunity to explore
jazz, chamber music, and marching band. Student learning is personalized and
assessed in small group instruction. Activities include performances at music festivals,
eligibility for solo/ensemble performances, and regular public performances.




Marching Band


The MHS Cardinal Marching Band is made up of students in grades 9-12 by registration in the Spring. In addition to a summer "band camp" just before school starts, the band rehearses during ASR periods in the days before our competition. Each year, the band performs at the Good Neighbor Festival and Homecoming parades, at home football games, marching competitions, and at Memorial Day observances in Ashton and Cross Plains.




Pep Band


The MHS Cardinal Crew, or Pep Band, will play at a number of games for girls and boys sports this year. Each band student is required to sign up for several performances from November through March, though many students elect to attend additional games for fun and additional points toward band awards.





Directors

Director - Douglas J. Brown


It is an honor and a privilege to be a Herb Kohl Fellowship recipient. I am grateful to work with students and educators who continue to innovate, create, explore, and are not afraid to push boundaries. An effective teacher finds ways to inspire enthusiasm in students, and incite a drive for more learning; with this fellowship, I will continue to foster student growth and do my part in preparing the next generation for success. Douglas J. Brown, a native of Middleton, Wisconsin, earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. At Eastman, he studied percussion with John Beck, Bill Cahn, and Ruth Cahn, and established a series of music outreach events for inner-city schools that involved collaboration with both the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, he began his Masters at Louisiana State University, studying Wind Conducting as a student of Frank Wickes. During his time at LSU, Mr. Brown served as a graduate conducting associate with the Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, and the Wind Ensemble, as well as a teaching assistant with the LSU Tiger Marching Band. Adding to his assistant student conductor experience from the Eastman Wind Orchestra and Eastman Wind Ensemble, Mr. Brown was an assistant student conductor of the LSU Big Band, Chamber Jazz Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Brown’s education and professional experience has given him the opportunity to work with a diverse group of composers and arrangers including Joseph Schwantner, Bill Conti, Steven Stucky, John Mackey, Rolf Rudin, Mark Scatterday, Donald Huntsberger, and Frederick Fennell. He has also had the pleasure of working with many solo artists including Bill Cahn, Bob Becker, Nexus Percussion Group, Kroumata Percussion, Brian Shaw, Brett William Dietz, and Halie Silverman. Mr. Brown is currently in his fifth year as Director of Jazz Studies, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Hip Hop Education, and Co-Director of the Middleton High School (MHS) Band Department. Under his direction, the band program has seen growth in all sections, and student involvement has flourished. During Mr. Brown’s time at MHS, the jazz program has grown from two ensembles to four. Over 175 students are now involved in the jazz program, including members who are vocalists, orchestra musicians, and rock band performers. For the first time in the history of the Middleton jazz program, the Seven O’Clock Jazz Band, directed by Mr. Brown, advanced to the Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival in NYC in 2019. The concert ensembles which currently have over 300 students enrolled at MHS have also undergone an overhaul under Mr. Brown’s direction, and now include four large band ensembles and an audition-based Wind Ensemble with 44 students. Mr. Brown has created a program that provides students with opportunities for individualized instruction as well as small group instruction. Artistic staff members with specialization on specific instruments help with each students' progress on their respective instruments and provide valuable collaboration among teachers and students. Members of the MHS Band will showcase their skills by participating in over 200 events at the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival in February. For the past four years, Mr. Brown’s percussion class has competed at the Percussive Arts Society International Competition in the chamber ensemble division, solo marimba division, rudimental snare competition, and solo timpani division. Students have earned scholarships for world-renowned festivals, colleges, summer music clinics and are earning acceptance into the nation’s top musical institutions. Before Mr. Brown’s arrival at MHS, the marching program was non-competitive and only rehearsed during the school day. He has helped transform the participation to a volunteer organization with an MHS record-making 198 members. For the 2019-2020 marching season, the MHS Bands performed a marching band show titled “Electric Counterpoint” that encompassed a juxtaposition of acoustic and electric music. The show featured students enrolled in Mr. Brown’s Evolution of Hip Hop course alongside colleagues of the MHS Band Department. Recently Mr. Brown attended the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) African American Male Achievement Symposium to engage in transformative schooling discussions for K-12 African American Boys. He also attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he worked with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Mr. Brown organized and conducted a high school ensemble performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City and a side-by-side showcase with musicians from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He also attended the Essentially Ellington Band Director Academy in NYC as well as the Hip Hop in the Heartland Summer Institute.




Director - Michael Ver Voort


Michael Ver Voort is in his eighth year of teaching music at Middleton High School. As Co-Director of Bands, Mr. Ver Voort is actively involved in the concert and chamber ensembles, marching band, pep bands, jazz bands, and music production. He also was recognized by the University of Chicago for excellence in teaching and mentorship as an Outstanding Educator in 2018. During his time at Middleton High School, the Band Department has seen many changes, including an overhaul of concert ensembles, jazz bands, pep bands, marching band, and general music instruction. The program has grown by several hundred members and has welcomed two new full-time band directors to the team. In addition to four curricular band classes and an orchestra class, Mr. Ver Voort oversees the operations of the band department and is dedicated to the success of each student. During the fall semester, concert ensembles break out into chamber ensembles and spend a considerable amount of time focusing on individual and small group instruction taught by a team of artistic staff who specialize on a specific instrument. Members of MHS Bands participated in over 850 events at the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival in 2019 and will be sending many qualifying events to the state level festival this spring. Mr. Ver Voort instructs the award-winning clarinet choir as well as other chamber wind groups. Outside of the high school, Mr.Ver Voort maintains a small trumpet studio, containing students that have been accepted into the National Trumpet Competition, earned scholarships for festivals, colleges, and summer music clinics. He also performs with several local ensembles on trumpet, tuba, trombone, and clarinet. “Coach Mike” also serves as an assistant coach for the school’s men’s swim team. This past year the team took second place at the WIAA State Conference.




Director - Eric Rothacker


Eric Rothacker is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is a student of Dr. Jeffrey Lyman and Dr. Colleen Conway (B.M. in Bassoon Performance '18, B.M. in Music Education '18). Eric also completed his student teaching with Mr. Nate Lampman, the Michigan Association of Teacher Educators Mentor Teacher of the Year (2018). During his education, Eric worked with the conducting and music education faculty on conducting and rehearsal pedagogy to achieve higher artistry with ensembles. Eric led multiple full ensemble clinics for high school bands from the greater Ann Arbor area under the direction of Dr. John Pasquale to highlight effective and efficient methods of communication of an aural analysis from the directors perspective as well as reaching superior performance strategies through regimented fundamental technique for players. He also assisted with bassoon pedagogy research for Dr. Jeffrey Lyman to help write and create a virtual supplement to the most commonly used bassoon method book in the world, Weissenborn's Practical Method for Bassoon. Eric is also a published researcher in the Michigan Music Education Association research publication Michigan Music Educator v. 55 Summer Edition. His article featured research collected from educators across multiple states including California, Massachusetts, Virginia, Texas, and Michigan covering “Observations from Recent Hires in Music Education”. Being a proficient trombonist and brass instructor, Eric was also fortunate to intern for Dr. Andrea Brown at the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps teaching and instructing the entire 2016 hornline and conductors in conjunction with the Brass and Program Staff. Eric has also been in charge of leading conducting clinics and camps for Drum Majors across several states as well as caption head for the Briar Woods Falcon Regiment from 2013-2017. Knowing that education involves being a lifelong learner, Eric strives for higher artistry through visual communication techniques and ensemble conducting. In this pursuit, he has been accepted to participate and learn at multiple conducting symposiums from thousands of national candidates including events at Michigan State University, University of Oregon, and Northwestern University. Eric is a passionate and dedicated teacher who enjoys sharing music and life lessons with his students. He believes in the importance of making music available and accessible to everyone. Eric strives for each of his students to become lifelong learners by teaching important life skills through music. Currently, Eric is enjoying his first year as Associate Director of Bands at Middleton High School in Middleton, Wisconsin where he teaches multiple general music classes, jazz bands, marching band, pep band, and five curricular wind ensembles. He believes in the importance of opportunities for his students and enjoys collaborating with his coworkers to bring prominent educators, experts, clinicians, and artists to Middleton such as the Akropolis Reed Quintet. Outside of teaching, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, discussing film scores, and spending time with friends.





Private Lessons

Private Lessons


Students are highly encouraged to take private lessons with outside professionals to enrich their music experience. Approximately 1 of every 3 of MHS band students study privately. Mr. Ver Voort maintains this updated list of local professional teachers.





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