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March 3, 2020 - Band Updates

1. Solo & Ensemble Wrap Up A huge THANK YOU to all the students and parents involved in this year's MCPASD solo/ensemble festival, and congratulations to all student participants!  With 17 sites and over 700 performances, it's an enormous undertaking. 2. State Solo & Ensemble Registration If you received a 1* rating at the district festival, your performance qualified for the WSMA state festival on April 25th.  If you would like to perform at State, please fill out the online registration form no later than March 12th. 3. Pep Band Wrap Up Thanks to all for a successful pep band season.  There may be one or two postseason tournament games left, but otherwise everything is done.  Still missing in IC?  Get your ASR makeups in by March 20th. 4. Minneapolis Trip Get excited for our cultural weekend in Minneapolis this month!  To view the final itinerary, please check your email for a message sent on March 3 at 11:37 am with the subject "Band Updates Week of 3/2" 5. Chamber Wind Ensemble Auditions Interested in auditioning for next year's Chamber Wind Ensemble class?  Audition materials are available in the band room, and auditions will take place the week of March 30th.  Students looking for a more challenging, honors-level experience should audition. 6. Randy Sabien Jazz violinist Randy Sabien is coming next week to work with the orchestra classes and jazz bands.  He will be working with the jazz bands during their rehearsals on Monday night 3/9 from 6:00-7:30.  All band students are invited! 7. Viet Cuong Composer Viet Cuong will be working with the 6th block concert band over Skype this Friday during class.  The concert band is preparing his composition Diamond Tide for their March 18th festival performance. 8. Concert Attendance Just a reminder to do your concert listening assignment.  There are several opportunities coming up at the high school, and many at the UW this time of year as well. 9.  Upcoming Dates 3/11 -- Eine Kleine Kindermusik, blocks 1 and 2 (full orchestra students) 3/12 -- Full Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm (full orchestra students) 3/13 -- Minneapolis Cultural Weekend (students who signed up) 3/18 -- Concert Band Large Group Festival, Hamel Music Center (all band students).  More information forthcoming. 3/23 -- Spring Break! 3/30 -- Chamber Wind Auditions 4/4 -- Annual BOPA Spring Supper, evening (all band and orchestra students) --  Michael Ver Voort Music Teacher & Director of Bands Middleton High School (608) 829-9680 mvervoort@mcpasd.k12.wi.us


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