Sunday, October 23, 2011

School Daze Weekend Reflection October 23, 2011

WHOA!  It's October 22 where is this month going?!?

Anyway, this past week has been pretty busy (again). I had scheduled a "step up" night on October 19 Wednesday but once again mother nature was not to be fooled. On Thursday October 20 (if you care to read this) -  I attended our annual NHMEA (Music Educators) Fall Conference - nothing like getting energized after attending some great sessions!  The music educators of New Hampshire were very fortunate to have Dr. Scott Shuler, President of NAfME (National Association for Music Education) speak to us about various topics such as "Vision and Challenge" for music education in the 21st century, Assessment Practices, Advocacy and much more. I even attended a session on Music Technology for $200.00 and less. Going to a conference like this just reinforces everything that we are doing right in our music department - and yes my dear students - critiques and practice logs are the way to go  :-)

Each Rose represents a senior.

Friday night, as those of you who attended the game know it was very special. The last home game and time to honor the seniors of our football team (of which we have 2 band members - Chase & Tyler), cheerleaders (no senior representation this year) and of course our band and colorguard members.

A very special thanks to Mr. Mata and his photography expertise - parents you will be very pleased with these lasting memories.

To my seniors,
Thank you for being who you are - you know what I said to you at the Salem Band Show and reiterated last Friday night -    We truly have a special bond! 

Drumline escorting the
 football team to field.

I  hope everyone checks out the photo gallery. Respect, is a two way street and these photos say it all. Thank you to the football team and coaches.

Friday night also brought out the future of the Alvirne High School Marching Band and Colorguard program - thank you to Mr. Scagnelli and Mr. Seckla and HMS 8th graders. 

Saturday October 22  the Alvirne High School Music Department welcomed 400+ high school music students across the state  to audition for the NHMEA Jazz All State Festival. Right after the AHS v. Spaulding football game students and parent volunteers helped with the setup. Once again, I would like to thank EVERYONE for all that they did to help make this event successful for the second year in a row.   The  question of the day was from a friend of mine Mr. Jim Foley, the band director from Concord HS who wanted to know about our mittens. His band and parent support group loved our show at the Salem Band Show but more importantly the parents wanted to know more about our mittens.
Sorry, Jim you can't buy these in a catalogue :-)   

Famous AHS Bronco Marching Band
Mittens as worn buy senior  Brett Reed

Well, a lot more stream of consciousness is at my finger tips but I'll save those thoughts for another blog.

Thank you for reading and following us on  Remember that the next Friends of Music meeting is on November 3@ 7:00 p.m. please stop by and be part of the parent support group for these great student performers.

Finally, if you have not purchased your tickets for the Alvirne High School Friends of Music comedy night on November 4 - what are you waiting for?   Imagine, a night out - away from the kids but yet supporting them without buying holiday pies, candles, wrapping paper, candy bars etc! Hope to see many of you there!   I appreciate your support for our music programs.

Mr. B