Concert Band Concert
March 6, 2018
This concert will feature all three UHS concert bands. Call time for students is 6:20 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. warm-up. Invite your friends and family. See you there!
The concert will be live streamed at: www.j-hawks.com/live
Wind Symphony Upcoming Events
Dr. Rebecca Phillips – Mini-Residency
On April 11-12, the UHS Wind Symphony will share a special performance with the Johnston High School Wind Symphony.
Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Director of Bands at Colorado State University, will be in residence to work with both schools and conduct a joint performance by the groups on the evening of April 12th.
I detailed schedule will be available on the website as the date draws closer.
The final J-Hawk Foundations Session will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 2:30pm in the PAC. Students will be expected to sit with in-season teams (spring and summer) first, then with other teams or groups they are involved in. There is typically a quick activity we will work on together at the conclusion of the session.
Music For All Summer Symposium; Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
June 25-June 30
- 99% of students would recommend it to their friends
- $Early-Bird Pricing by March 2018; Standard Price by May 2018
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan
One-week Instrumental Institutes
Jamey Aebersold Weeklong Workshop, Louisville, KY
Jazz Improvisation – Appropriate for Jazz I and Jazz I-hopefuls
Tentative Dates for Fall 2018
**Mark these with pencil**
We are aiming for band camp activities to be Aug. 4 – 17, 2018 (no weekends, except uniform fitting). Attendance at camp is vital to students’ feelings of success and the band’s quality of performance. Make plans to be home during the camp dates.
Also, we will rehearse leading up to July 4th; likely the mornings of June 29, July 2, and July 3.
We are working on next year’s official calendar of events and hope to have that ready in April. Additional summer practice and rehearsal dates will be included in the full calendar.
As a reminder, you can subscribe to the J-Hawk Band Calendar electronically using this link:
Students should be practicing feverishly for 2018-19 band placements, which will take place in lessons from March 26 – April 6, 2018. Students will be evaluated on scales, music reading skills, tone quality and technique, and history of attendance, attitude, etc.
Perry Band Olympics Results
On February 17, 2018, Urbandale High School Instrumental Music Department entered 99 events into the Perry Band Olympics Solo & Small Ensemble Contest.
Results can be viewed here.
Urbandale trumpet-playing alumni Curtis Cook and Liam Fraser will perform at the 2018 National Trumpet Competition in Denton, Texas.
Updates From The Staff:
Symphonic Band is spending some time each day practicing on scales and on sight reading in preparation for the band placement tryouts. Criteria for moving to the second band include; being able to play 8-12 major scales in 3 minutes, sight reading to a level 4 in sightreadingfactory.com, and performing with a level 3 tone quality.
I have been talking about always playing with a great tone, and we have had them listen to some great examples of what a professional tone sounds like. They are encouraged to use that concept of tone and copy it! As students grow, the physical attributes of their embouchures change, and their perceptions become more acute and they can recognize differences in tone qualities. It does take a bit of trial and error to incorporate the things that teachers tell them, but having a mental image of a great tone is essential. The more they can hear live music performed the more completely their concept can be developed.
In January, I attended the Fifth Annual Iowa Band Conductors Forum at the University of Northern Iowa. Of the many workshops and lectures I attended, the one that got me thinking the most was presented by Danny Galyen, UNI Band Director. Dr. Galyen discussed the importance of connecting music. He approached this topic from many angles but in short, it is the roll of the director to connect music for the purpose of learning and understanding both for performers and audience. His lecture made me reflect on my role here at Urbandale. The musical selections I choose must benefit the students in their musical development and prepare them for future musical experiences. The selections must also create a worthwhile program for listeners. With all of this in mind, our program for next week’s concert came together: American Concert Band Literature from Three Centuries: El Capitan (1896) by John Phillip Sousa, Tryptich II (1985) by Elliot Del Borgo, and Reverberations (2008) by Brian Balmages. Each piece on the program presents unique challenges to the ensemble and listener. Stylistically, all three are very different. From El Capitan, Sousa’s most successful operetta (Yes, the March King wrote operas!), followed by the angular and densely orchestrated Tryptich II by Del Borgo and finally, the minimalist, machine-like Reverberations by Balmages. Despite the stylistic differences, all three compositions were written for the standard concert band. We are looking forward to presenting our program next week along with Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony.
Jazz One has had a busy two months. Beginning with the Urbandale Jazz Colloquium, the band has been actively learning and supporting the learning of others. The following week, we traveled to SE Polk High School to participate in their JazzFest. We placed 2nd in the 4A Division with outstanding soloist awards going to Jack Kaman, Bobby Kaman, and Devon Valle. Last week, we traveled to Cedar Rapids. We had a clinic with Joel Negal at Washington High School and performed the next day at the Coe College Jazz Summit. The band performed very well and Honorable Mention Musician awards went to Jack Kaman, Bobby Kaman, and Devon Valle.
The Wind Symphony is hard at work preparing for 4 concerts in rapid succession. March 6, April 12, April 30 and May 5. Careful planning, diligent practice, and fast-paced rehearsals are the group’s keys to navigating the learning curve to each set of music.
Governing Value: Contributing to something larger than yourself
We appreciate the students who are pressing forward in the Wind Symphony tradition of arriving to rehearsal 5 minutes early (or more) to practice their own challenging excerpts. This is an exceptional example where students are contributing to something larger than themselves.
We thank those who are not yet on board with this tradition for taking another step towards giving this commitment to your bandmates. This is what makes ensembles reach unusually high levels of artistic performance.
Wind Symphony Repertoire for 2nd Semester:
*Jillian Whitaker: Coming Home
related listening: Aaron Copland: Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring, Rodeo (similar to Whitaker’s opening section) and Steve Reich, John Adams (innovative composers in the minimalist genre, similar to Whitaker’s middle section of the music)
Timothy Mahr: Fantasia in G
related listening: Beethoven, 9th Symphony, Movement II especially. Timothy Mahr borrows Beethoven’s Ode to Joy Theme for his fantasia as a wedding gift to his friend.
Shirley Mier: Maiden Voyage
related listening: Any folksy sea songs. Although Mier’s thematic material is original, it calls upon the style folk songs, and sea songs.
Frances McBeth: Kaddish
related listening: McBeth: Masgue, Beowulf, Of Sailors and Whales, Chant and Jubilo