Monday, February 6, 2012

School Daze Week of February 6, 2012

 Good Evening,

I hope I have offered enough information from my previous blogs. Don't forget to scroll down or check the archives.

Just a couple of reminders as Semester II is on it's way.  Practice logs need to be handed in. The majority of a student's grade is based on the practice log and weekly repertoire work. There will be a couple of written quizzes to test competency 2 knowledge (Notation) and some playing test in the next couple of weeks.

The following  students enjoyed being part of the 30th Anniversary performances  at the NHMEA Jazz All State Festival hosted by Windham High School this past weekend. They truly made Alvirne and the Hudson Community proud.  I would also like to extend a "Thank You" to all faculty members and  especially the FOM parents who did not have students in this festival but gave up time from their personal lives to support these students at the festival. 

2012 NH Jazz All-State Honors Choir

Soprano Voice – Samantha Migneault 
                             Devan Lyman
Bass Voice – Kurtis Garnick

2012 NH Jazz All-State Jazz Choir

Soprano Voice – Chantal Choinere
                              Heather Hotham
                              Cassandra Strokus
Alto Voice – Tayla Lemieux
Tenor Voice - Eric Mealey

2012 NH Jazz All- State Honors Band

Tenor Sax 2 – Steve Caporale  
Trombone 1 - Matt Sidilau  
Guitar – Chase Clark
Drums – Eric Dupont

2012 NH Jazz All- State Band

Trumpet 4 – Cody Knapp 

I would like to shed a little bit of light with regards to what the weekend entails. As you know, students auditioned for this festival back in October,.  After being selected, music was sent out and students needed to learn their music (we call that shedding).  On Thursday February 2 -13 of Alvirne's finest  left AHS by bus and headed to the Holiday Inn in Salem to register along with 93 other students and their directors representing 32 schools from across the state. We had a little something to eat then headed for Windham High School for the festival registration.

5:00 p.m.  after a brief meeting with the festival director and committee, students went to their assigned areas to begin the process of putting together the different bands and choirs. Rehearsals began at 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Afterwards, students were shuttled back to the hotel to get some well deserved rest. 

 7:30 a.m. on Friday students were bussed back to Windham High School for breakfast and rehearsals. Students rehearsed from 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. with breaks at the conductor's discretion. Lunch at 12:45 p.m. then back to the rehearsal from 1:45 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.
There was a dinner break at 5:00 p.m. then back to rehearsal from 5:45 p.m - 7:15 p.m.

In the evening, students were treated to the 30th Anniversary Jazz All State Alumni Celebration Concert until 9:00 p.m. then it was back to the busses and hotels for "night/nights".

Saturday Feb 4 students were back at it from 7:00 a.m. having breakfast, dress rehearsals, lunch, then the concerts began at 1:00 p.m.   I know that Mrs. Migneault recorded some great moments and hopefully we will be able to share snippets of them with our readers. Now, I must tell you that it was not all work as the directors (myself included) had a chance to enjoy each others company while listening to the various guest conductors and also attend a couple of clinics. We got a chance to meet Michael Buble's trumpet side man and get a little bit of the "behind the scenes" scoop!  It was also fun just "hanging" with people who have the same interest.

Soooooo,  that was my weekend with 13 of the best musicians that Alvirne has to offer - How was your weekend - besides the obvious :-(
Time to design a couple of practice logs so for now......
Good Night!
Mr. B