Concert Band Concert
March 6, 2020
7:00 PM ($5 admission)
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 and Valley Concert
March 10th, 2020
7:00 PM (free admission)
An itinerary is posted below. This concert will feature both the Valley Symphony Band and the Urbandale Wind Symphony. The performance will end with both ensembles performing two pieces together. We hope to see you there!
The final J-Hawk Foundations Session will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 2:30pm in the PAC. Students is all activities from Band to Bowling should plan to attend!
Drum Major Auditions: Prep Sessions – March 10 & 12 at 7:15 a.m. in Mr. Dupuis office
Auditions held on March 26; Students will sign up for a specific time.
*Drum majors are required to audition for All State or SCIBA honor band in the fall.
They must attend the All State mock auditions in order to continue improving throughout the marching season.
Students interested in playing in the Battery-section of the drumline (snare, tenors, basses), should start preparing their “showcase” to be done by May 3rd. The Showcase should consist of a student playing as many snare drum rudiments as they can – at the fastest speed they can play accurately. Here is a website to help them practice.
SUMMER MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES:
Music For All Summer Symposium; Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
June 22-June 27
- 99% of students would recommend it to their friends
- $Early-Bird Pricing by March 2020; Standard Price by May 2020
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
*There are many other opportunities for students over the summer. Please contact a director in order to find a camp that works better with your schedule.
Tentative Dates for Fall 2020
**Mark these with pencil**
We are aiming for band camp activities to start on Aug. 4, 2020.
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 July 1, July 2, and July 3.
*Additional drumline rehearsals will include June 29th and August 3.
We are working on next year’s official calendar of events and hope to have that ready in April. More specifics about summer practices and rehearsal dates will be included in the full calendar at that time.
As a reminder, you can subscribe to the J-Hawk Band Calendar electronically using this link:
Students should be practicing feverishly for 2020-21 band placements, which will take place in lessons from April 6 – 17, 2020. 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 22, 2020, Urbandale High School Instrumental Music Department entered 97 events into the Perry Band Olympics Solo & Small Ensemble Contest.
Results can be viewed here.