Sunday, 05 October 2014 19:00

Band, Bells, and Bach October 2014

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The Blue (beginning) Band has been working very hard during their first month together as an ensemble. Students have been  learning “The 3 B’s” (Band Body Basics) and the art of rehearsal discipline.  This ensemble just began working on an arrangement of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” called “Rock Star”, which is their first full page of sheet music.  Students rehearse as a full band on Thursdays at 11:50-12:35 and each student receives a group or individual 30-minute lesson on Thursday as well.

Members of the Blue Band are:

Stephanie, flute

Blanche, clarinet

Kelcie, alto saxophone

Addison, trumpet

Dominic, trumpet

Everett, baritone

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The Gold (advanced) Band just had their first performance on September 26 at Dowling when they played “Salute to Freedom”, “National Anthem”, and “Dowling Victors” with students from other Catholic schools. This ensemble rehearses together on Wednesdays from 11:05-11:35 and receives a small group or individual 30-minute lesson on Wednesdays.

Members of the Gold Band are:

Hannah, flute

Christina, clarinet

Emma, clarinet

Kinley, clarinet

Reagan, trumpet

Emily, trumpet

Jacob, trombone

Adam, baritone

Riley, percussion

Haley, percussion

In coming weeks, Mikayla will be joining the clarinet section as the newest member of the Gold Band.

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The Rainbow Ringers have been learning simple rhythms using math cubes to help them to learn counting patterns. They got to listen to a book called, Maestro Mouse and the Mystery of the Missing Baton so they could learn terminology and performance etiquette.

The Rainbow Ringers are: Caelin, Grace, Bayani, Chase, George, Michael, Mia, Natalie, Gracelyn, and Sophia

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The Heavenly Handbells have been enjoying our new set of White Chapel Handbells. They have also been using the handchimes that we had been playing prior to our acquisition of the bells.  Students have been learning some entirely new music and details of handbell maintenance.

Members of the Heavenly Handbells are: Matthew, Haley, Kelcie, Hunter, Blanche, Stephanie, and Sean.

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Piano lessons are in full swing. Students are making flash cards and working on note names very hard.

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