(from the newsletter for the week of March 2, 2014)
Success at District Assessment
Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble for earning a Superior rating at the District Assessment on Saturday, March 1.
Eight seniors were part of the ensemble that made this the 6th year in a row for TC’s top band to earn the Superior rating. And it was the 4th year they did it playing grade 6 music, the most challenging level and the level performed in college ensembles. Around 6 percent of the over 500 Virginia high schools attain a superior rating playing grade 6 music, so TC is in an elite group.
Symphonic Band also had a fine showing at their assessment performance Friday, February 28. They earned a rating of Excellent, which was the goal Mr. Rogers had set for the group this year.
Hear the Wind Ensemble performance yourself with these video clips (courtesy of Kevin and Sharon Dooley):
Order the CD
RonArt Associates recorded this year’s District X Band Assessment. Use this order form to purchase the CD—it includes both bands from TC Williams.
Solo & Ensemble Entry: Not Too Late
The Solo & Ensemble festival is Saturday, April 5, at Luther Jackson Middle School. For those with scheduling conflicts, you can play at another district’s festival on April 26. Get your ensemble together, pick your solo or ensemble piece and get to practicing. There is a small fee to enter. See your director.
Ladies Concert Dress
Fittings March 12
Weather permitting, a representative from the uniform company will be at TC on Wednesday, March 12, to measure our ladies for their new concert gowns. Fittings will happen during band class for both Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Our timeline is for the new dresses to be ready in time for the spring concert. If you can help with the fittings anytime between 11am and 3pm, please contact Anne Marie Lancour at email@example.com.
Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble
at TCW March 11
Makes plan now to brighten up a dreary March with a performance by the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30pm. The internationally acclaimed TTTE from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, is considered the “pioneer” ensemble of its kind. Music generated by and for the Tech ensemble has been performed in Japan, Australia, Canada, all over Western Europe, and throughout the United States. Indeed, they’ll be stopping at TC Williams on their way to their 8th Carnegie Hall appearance. TC Williams tuba and euphonium students will have the chance to play alongside as part of the ensemble.
Band Boosters Meet March 12
Band Boosters hold their regular monthly meeting on March 12 at 7:30 in the band room. Come learn what you can do to support you student musician and what’s in store for the rest of the year, now that Assessment is complete.
Tentative Marching Band
Marching Band camp starts August 11. It will run Monday-Friday for two weeks all day. August 25-28, it will be only three hours in the afternoon/evening. The Titan Showcase, where we all get to see the progress the band has made during marching band camp is August 28. Mark your calendars now to make sure you are in town for marching band camp.
There are many great ways to build proficiency on your horn during the summer. Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the booster website to find out more about Bar Harbor Brass camp, National Jazz Workshop, JMU summer band camps, UVA Cavalier Marching Band camps and more.
If you know of another opportunity, please send it along and I’ll add it to the list.
Save the Date: Eastern Trombone Workshop March 19-22
The Eastern Trombone Workshop is one of the largest annual events for trombone in the world. The workshop is held at Brucker Hall—The U.S. Army Band’s performance center—located on historic Fort Myer, Virginia. It is the only professionally organized and staffed trombone workshop or conference in the United States. Soloists, educators, and students—as well as university and college trombone ensembles from around the world—attend the workshop annually.
All events are open and free to the public. Activities include concerts, master classes, recitals, lectures and clinics by the leading artists of the day. The workshop annually features premier performances of new works and arrangements for tenor and bass trombone.
Did You Know?
Did you know that band requirements are changing starting next year? Read about the band program requirements for 2014 here. Then, you’ll be ready when you sign up for classes for next year, and you can encourage rising 9th graders to enroll in band.
Did you know that students can letter in band, just like they can in varsity sports? It’s true. Different band activities like marching band camp, private lessons, and district band auditions all earn points toward a band letter. Earn 100 points and get a band letter. Learn more on the Lettering in Band page on the website.
Did you know that the TC Band Boosters support private lesson scholarships? It’s true. The better each individual plays, the better the whole band sounds, marching or sitting. If you don’t already have a private lesson instructor, talk to Mr. González or Mr. Rogers. They know several they can recommend, and you can very likely get a scholarship to cover part of the lesson fee. If you already have an instructor, talk to them about the possibility of a scholarship to cover part of the lesson fee.
Have a question about the band program? Please ask and I’ll get the answer to publish here.
11: Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble @ TCW! 7:30pm
12: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
3-5: All-Virginia Band & Orchestra Event, Moss Arts Center at VA Tech
4-5: Solo & Ensemble Festival, Luther Jackson Middle School
9: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
2-3: Spring Musical
9-10: Spring Musical
14: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
21: Concert: Symphonic Band and Concert Band
TBD: Band Awards Banquet
4: Jazz Bands Concert
11: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
Send your ideas and suggestions for the TC Band Boosters to any of the following:
- Craig Schiele, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mary Dillon Kerwin, Secretary, email@example.com
- Gail Ollivierre, Treasurer, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sharon Dooley, Newsletter/Communications Chair, email@example.com
- Theresa Rhodes, Sugar Bowl Fund Raising Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
TC Williams Band Boosters