November 28 2017

2017-2018 Band Placement Results

Here are the results, placed in order of overall score:

Symphonic Band Concert 1 Concert 2
Tim Haigh Mason Haselden Matthew Dorfner
Mason Malone Wyatt McGrath Alex Green
John Robinson Emily Jackson Tyler Epperson
Liam Sprott David Robinson Wayland Windham
Anna Li Lewis Eric Holmi Will Panitt
Alex Tuck Cooper Norman Adam Swanson
Jim Wilborn JH Leigh Athan Peppard
Maddox Allen Dylan Smith James Pagano
Hannah Kenis Jonathan Hudson Kyra Thompson
Maggie Packard Matt Iannuzzi Dominic Principe
Rayshard Cash

If I did the placements in order of total score, because the sight-reading was pretty close to that.  A couple people would have moved up if it was straight sight reading, and a few would have moved down.  Keep in mind that this will be the personnel setup for the Kaleidoscope concert.  Challenges will open Thursday during class.

In closing, please approach these results with an open mind and a call to action.  You will all know your weaknesses and your strengths.  These are your known elements of the January Region auditions.  Work on your weaknesses, and anticipate your hurdles for terms, scales, buzz rolls and rudiments.


November 8 2017

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Details Included for the Following:

Been a long time since an update, but want to make sure that all parents and students are on the sawm page now that we are leaving Marching Band and heading into the Fall/Winter and 2nd Semester.

Fall Concert

First off, you all should know your band ensemble assignments for the Fall Concert at this point.  There will be after-school rehearsals with the bands on Nov. 14th:

  • Concert 2 – 4:00-5:00
  • Concert 1 – 5:00-6:30
  • Symphonic Band – 6:30-8:30 (unless you get done earlier)

The Fall Concert will be Thursday, Nov. 16th at 7:00PM in the Wando PAC, and dress is full concert black (Tuxes for the guys, concert dresses for the gals)

For this concert, I have placed students into ensembles based on age, experience, and past auditions, but all future concert band placements will be based on the Fall Auditions.

Percussion Fall Auditions

Percussion Fall Auditions will be after school  , from 4-7, on Monday, November 27th.  The auditions will consist of:

  • Clinic Snare Solo
  • Snare Sight-Reading
  • Clinic Mallet Solo
  • Mallet Sight-Reading

There will not be any terms, rudiments, buzz rolls, cymbal crashes or scales as part of the audition.  Soon after auditions, ensemble placements will be posted.  Students will be expected to attend the correct band rehearsal on Tuesday, December 5th, based on these placements.

Concerto Recital

The Concerto Recital is scheduled for Thursday, November 30th, at 6:00pm.  It will consist of several of our top students playing solo works for their instruments.  We may have a percussionist joining the lineup this year, so support your friends!

Christmas Parade

The Christmas Parade is on Sunday, December 10th.  All drumline students will be part of the parade, as well as at least a few members of the pit to play cymbals.  We will start with volunteers, but will need at least 3 front ensemble members to participate.  There is one rehearsal for the parade on Wednesday, December 6th from 4:00-5:30.  The dress for the parade is full uniform, plus everyone wears a Santa Hat.

Kaleidoscope Concert

The Kaleidoscope Concert is on Tuesday, December 12th, and will consist of Concert 2, Concert 1, Symphonic, and Jazz Band Performances, in addition to several small chamber groups.  If anyone has a group of friends interested in playing a chamber piece for percussion ensemble, please let me know, and I will help you find literature.

Percussion Ensemble

There will not be any percussion ensemble rehearsals until the new year.  Please disregard the scheduled rehearsals on Monday, December 4th and Monday, December 11th.

In addition, the Percussion and Jazz Concert has been moved from Friday, April 27th to Thursday, April 26th.  update your calendars!

Percussion Recital Preparation

The Percussion Recital is scheduled for Monday, May 7th, from 4-7 in the bandroom.  All students will play a solo piece (unless prior approval is given for a chamber work).  The works will be as follows:

  • Freshmen – John Pratt Snare Solo (I will assign)
  • Sophomores – 4-Mallet Solo (I will help you choose)
  • Juniors – Multi-Percussion or Timpani Solo
  • Seniors – Senior Project revolving around a pre-approved solo performance

Please email with any questions or concerns



July 16 2017

Band Camp is Coming!


We are now a week away from the start of Rookie Camp!  I am really excited to get everything going this year, and hope everyone is ready to get started on what is going to be a great season!  Let’s get some details out of the way first:

Leadership workdays are this week, July 20 and 21st, from 8:00-4:00 each day.  This time is for leadership to get all music, equipment, and the rooms ready for band camp and the season.  Due to the amount of work that needs to be done, and the fact that we will be using most of the facilities, I would not suggest this as a good time for sectionals or individual practice, except if we have all 5 basses there as a section.  Every other section will benefit more from individual practice at home, without distractions.  And mallet players, you will have plenty of time to work on music next week.

This brings us to the rookie camp schedule, linked below.  Please note that the percussion schedule is different from the band schedule that week.

Rookie Camp Schedule

There are a few things you should all plan on having going into rookie and band camp, and the rest of the season.

  1. 3 ring binder(the $3 ones work just as good as the $20 canvas wrapped ones)
    1. Plastic Sheet Protectors for all music (music order will be made available soon)
      1. All Exercises
      2. Show Music
      3. Other music
    2. Pencils
  2. Water bottle (1/2 gallon jug, something like this.  Fill with water and ice in the morning, refill throughout the day)
  3. Hat (wider brimmed the better, keep sun off of your face and neck, baseball cap is ok, but think shade over fashion)
  4. Sunglasses (Again, not a great time to make a fashion statement, I hate hearing the phrase, “Do you think my Costas are in the lost and found?”)
  5. Sunscreen and Bug Spray

Some things to consider before camp(s):

  1. To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is un acceptable.
  2. No shirt no shoes no service (always wear close-toed shoes, and a shirt, even if you have been on the beach all summer in just you bathing suit).
  3. It is going to be HOT
  4. Wear light, loose fitting clothes.  It is a good idea to bring a change of clothes in case you get too sweaty.
  5. Be considerate of you friends and bathe.  Either the night before, in the morning, or both.
  6. Sunscreen is your friend.  Reapply.  Your 50 y/o self will thank your 14 y/o self.
  7. You are going to work hard.
  8. Eat a good hearty breakfast, try and stay away from milk, since it has a tendency to “resurface” after exercise.
  9. Drink more water that you think you need, before, during, and after rehearsal.
  10. This is going to be the hardest thing that many of you have ever done.  Keep focused on the end goal, and don’t let the daily activities drag you down.  Kids have been doing this activity for a century, and everyone has gone through the same process.

A lot of information, looking forward to seeing EVERYBODY next Monday night, the 24th!


June 14 2017

Rehearsal Goals Tonight, and Percussion Summer Rehearsals


Due to floor waxing, we will be in a few different spots tonight, will clarify once we get there tonight.

Our goals for tonight:

  • Solve any carrier/equipment issues
  • Solidify Pit positions
  • Work on Wando Warm-ups in Sub-Sections
  • Work on Wando Warm-ups Full Battery and Pit
  • Work on Wando Warm-ups Full Ensemble

Here are some clarifications about the Wando Band and Percussion Summer rehearsals:

We have 3 pre-band camp summer rehearsals scheduled for percussion.

  • Wednesday, June 14th – 6:00-9:00pm
  • Monday, June 26th – 6:00-9:00pm
  • Friday, July 7th – 6:00-9:00pm

We ask that if you are in town, you are at the rehearsals, and if you are out of town for any reason, to please communicate that to me via email.  (

There are also 2 Summer “Basic Training” Workshops.  These are designed mainly for the winds, but also have some time built in for movement instruction.  We found that a few of the new percussionists were a bit behind their peers in terms of moving once we hit band camp last year, so we are currently working on a schedule that will include a set time for movement during these times.  I will clarify any specific movement rehearsals once they are defined, but at this time, the rehearsals are scheduled for:

  • Monday, June 19 – 5:30-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 20 – 5:30-8:30pm
  • Monday, July 10 – 5:30-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 11 – 5:30-8:30pm

These times are also a great opportunity for all percussion to come in for sectional, one-on-one and individual practice.

Once we get past that, we have Leadership workdays Thursday and Friday, July 20th and 21st from 8:00am to 4:00pm, and then we get into Rookie (Pre-Band Camp) Camp.

The Percussion Schedule for rookie camp looks like this:

  • Monday, July 24th
    • 8:00am – 12:00pm – All Freshmen, Leadership, and New Marchers
    • 6:0opm-9:00pm – All Percussion
  • Tuesday, July 25th
    • 8:00am – 12:00pm – All Freshmen, Leadership, and New Marchers
    • 6:0opm-9:00pm – All Percussion
  • Wednesday, July 26th
    • 6:0opm-9:00pm – All Percussion
  • Thursday, July 27th
    • 8:00-12:00 – Everyone (Full Band, Percussion and Guard)
    • 6:00 – 9:00 – Everyone (Full Band, Percussion and Guard)
  • Friday, July 28th
    • 8:00-12:00 – Everyone  (Full Band, Percussion and Guard)

That should clear up any questions about the master schedule.  I will clarify the June 19-20 and July 10-11 dates as soon as possible.  Thanks for all your hard work, and I look forward to working with you all tonight!

June 5 2017

Drumline Audition Results, Leadership

I know you all have passed this around, and I should have posted it earlier, but it has been a crazy week.

Pit positions will be figured out as we go into the summer, but here are the Drumline results (in alphabetical order)

  • Snare Drum
    • Rayshard Cash
    • Tim Haigh
    • JH Leigh
    • Mason Malone
    • Liam Sprott
    • Jim Wilborn
  • Quads
    • Anna Li Lewis
    • Will Panitt
    • John Robinson
    • Alex Tuck
  • Bass Drum
    • Wayland Windham
    • Mason Haselden
    • Maggie Packard
    • Hannah Kenis
    • Alex Green
  • “Flubs”
    • Matt Ianuzzi
    • Wyatt McGrath
    • Cooper Norman
    • Ryan Young


Pit Leadership: Maddox Allen, Tyler Epperson, Jonathan Hudson

Drumline Leadership: Rayshard Cash, Tim Haigh, Alex Tuck

Equipment Manager: Mason Malone

Truck Manager: Emily Jackson

All leadership should try and make it to the leadership workday tomorrow, 9-3 at Wando.  Please inform me of any conflicts, I am sorry for the late notice.



May 15 2017

Upcoming Spring Training 5/18/17

Just a reminder that the next Spring Training will be this Thursday, 5:30-7:30.  Meet in band room, but we will practice somewhere else, due to parent orientation 7:00-9:00.  There will be a band Spring training afterwards from 6:30-8:30, and drumline and pit auditionees are not expected to attend that, but are welcome to hang out afterwards to work in small groups until the end of the parent orientation.

For all of you thinking about a battery spot, be sure to check out the bass drum audition material posted here:  There are 4 playing examples, and an audio file that goes along with the music.   All 4 of these will be fair play for the audition, and I strongly recommend that anyone interested in doing anything associated with the drumline learns the entire bass audition just in case they don’t get the spot they first desired.

In addition to that, especially in regards to snare and tenor auditions, be sure to be placing the most attention on skills, technique and overall sound production, rather than learning as much music as possible.  Work the technique, and the music will be easier and stronger.

Please don’t hesitate to email me at if you have any questions.