November 14 2018

End of Marching Band Check-in


First off, I want to congratulate you all at the end of a very successful marching band season.  You should all be very proud of what you accomplished as a team, and should be looking to the future to see what further boundaries we can pass!

We have a lot of stuff coming up, and I want to make sure everyone has all the information that they need.  All told, we have Jazz Band Auditions, Wando Concert Percussion Auditions, Kaleidoscope Concert, Symphonic Band Camp, and Christmas Parade, and All-Region auditions, just to name what happens before the end of the semester!  I’ll touch on all these, and go a little further…

First, I do want to point out 2 changes to the master calendar, involving the Percussion Recital and Percussion/JAzz Concert

  • Percussion Recital
    • Moved to Monday, April 15th
    • Wando Band Room
    • 4:00-8:00 (approx)
  • Percussion / Jazz Concert 
    • Moved to Thursday, May 2nd
    • 7:00pm-10:00pm
    • Wando PAC
    • Dress Rehearsals:
      • 4/28 – 4:00-9:00pm
      • 4/29 – 4:00-8:00pm
      • 4/30 – 4:00-8:00pm
      • 5/1    – 4:00-8:00pm

Now back to this semester, and a little beyond….

  • Jazz Band Auditions
    • After School, Thursday, November 15, 4:00-7:00 (approx), in Wando Band Room area
    • Audition consists of Jazz Etude and F-blues improvisation (or funk drum groove style w/ fills)
  • Wando Concert Percussion Auditions
    • After School, Monday, November 26th, 5:00-7:30 (approx) , in Wando Band Room Area
    • Determines Ensemble Placement (Symphonic Band, Concert 1, or Concert 2)
    • Consists of Clinic Snare Solo, Clinic Mallet Solo, Snare Sight Reading and Mallet Sight Reading
    • Change for 2018-2019:  Those interested in auditioning for Symphonic Band must also play excerpts from the Senior Snare Solo (mm 5-14a) and the Senior Mallet Solo (mm 10-14)
  • Percussion Rehearsals
    • Scheduled for December 3 and December 10 from 4:00-8:00
    • Will be primarily for Symphonic Band Percussion sectionals to prepare for SCMEA and Symphonic Camp
    • Schedule and plans for these rehearsals is TBA
  • Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade
    • Rehearsal Wednesday, Dec 5, 4:00-5:00
    • Parade is Sunday, December 9th, call time TBD (has been 3:00pm in the past), have returned to Wando by 10:00pm in the past.
  • Kaleidoscope Concert
    • Wednesday, December 12th, at Wando PAC, Time TBD
    • You will be placed in concert bands ahead of the rehearsals for this concert
    • Small ensembles are welcome to audition for the concert (trios or more, music doesn’t have to be holiday related)
  • December Symphonic Camp
    • Friday, December 14th after school to 9:00pm, and Saturday, December 15th at Wando all day
    • Saturday will end with a performance of material for the SCMEA concert
    • Only for Wando Percussionists in Symphonic Band, which will be determined by Nov. 26th Auditions
    • Clinician is Scott Weiss, from USC
  • All Region Auditions
    • Summerville High School
    • Saturday, January 12th
    • Auditions times will be available at a later date
  • All-State Callbacks and All-State Jazz Auditions
    • Pleasant Hill Middle School, Lexington, SC
    • Saturday, January 26th
  • SCMEA Convention Performance – Symphonic Band Percussion Only
    • Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
    • Saturday, February 9th
    • More info TBA
  • Symphonic Camp for Concert Band 1 and Concert Band 2
    • Tentatively scheduled as in-school field trip, Monday, February 4th and Tuesday, February 5th
    • All CB1 and CB2 percussionists are expected to attend the entirety of the event

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Posted November 14, 2018 by wandopercussion in category Uncategorized

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