This week in the Mercer Bands (February 8-12, 2016)

Posted February 8, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Band Camp, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Parent Information, Pep Band, PMEA, Regional Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information

BAND BOWLING! The Band Boosters are hosting a bowling party on Sunday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. at Ten Pin Alley in Hermitage for members of the 5M Band! Sign up in the band office. What section will come out victorious? Sign-up in four member teams with members of your section!

Jazz Ensemble will meet on the next two Tuesdays (February 9th & February 16th) from Advisory until 4:00 p.m.

Jazz Club will meet on Thursday, February 18th from Advisory until 3:45 p.m. in the band room.

Pep Band will perform on both Thursday and Friday this week for the final two home basketball games. Report time is 6:30 p.m.

Congratulations and best wishes to Jordyn Buchanan and Abby Grabigel who will represent Mercer at the PMEA Region I Band Festival in March at Valley High School! Jordyn and Abby are now preparing to audition for a spot in the PMEA All-State Concert Band or Wind Ensemble. Good luck to both girls!

Mini-camp for Marching Band has been tentatively scheduled for August 1-5, 2016. The camp will meet daily from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Mega-camp for Marching Band has been tentatively scheduled for August 8-12, 2016. Camp will meet daily from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The Parent preview will be held on the evening of August 12th, and the band has applied to go to perform at Kennywood on Saturday, August 13th.

These TWO weeks in the Mercer Bands (January 25-February 5, 2016)

Posted January 22, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Band Camp, Concert Bands, District Band, Marching Band, Parent Information, PMEA, Regional Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegThe three academic concert bands  – middle school, high school and wind ensemble – had a fabulous week of rehearsals! Very proud of the diligence and focus all our students displayed!

Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Club have the week off (January 25-29)!

Best wishes to Jordyn Buchanan and Abby Grabigel as they audition for a spot in Region Band at District Band this week! The festival will be held at New Castle High School, and Dr. WIlliam Stowman from Messiah College is the guest conductor/clinician.

The next Jazz Ensemble rehearsal will be Tuesday, February 2nd starting during Advisory and concluding at 4:00 p.m.

The next meeting of the Jazz Club will be Thursday, February 4th starting during Advisory and concluding at 3:45 p.m.

Wind Ensemble auditions for next year commence on Tuesday. If you have not yet signed up, please do so. Auditions will close on February 5th. Make sure all members of your group know your exact date and time. It is important that you prepare accordingly.

Mini-camp for Marching Band has been tentatively scheduled for August 1-5, 2016.

Mega-camp for Marching Band has been tentatively scheduled for August 8-12, 2016. The Parent preview will be held on the evening of August 12th, and the band has applied to go to perform at Kennywood on Saturday, August 13th.

This week in the Mercer Bands (January 18-22, 2016)

Posted January 19, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Band Camp, Band Fronts, Booster News, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Middle School Band, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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We hope that everyone in the Mercer Bands enjoyed their day off in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. This Federal Holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. President Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983. Professor Mark Camphouse (George Mason) wrote a wonderful work to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech that was delivered in March of 1963 in Washington D.C. Wind Ensemble member may remember playing “Movement for Rosa” by Professor Camphouse last May.

Jazz Ensemble will rehearse on Friday from Advisory until 4:00 p.m.

Jazz Club will meet on Tuesday from Advisory until 3:45 p.m

Wind Ensemble auditions for next year commence on Tuesday. If you have not yet signed up, please do so. Auditions will close on February 5th. Make sure all members of your group know your exact date and time. It is important that you prepare accordingly.

Pep Band will meet on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30 p.m.

Mini-camp for Marching Band has been tentatively scheduled for August 1-5, 2016.

Mega-camp for Marching Band has been tentatively scheduled for August 8-12, 2016. The Parent preview will be held on the evening of August 12th, and the band has applied to go to perform at Kennywood on Saturday, August 13th.

This week in the Mercer Bands (January 11-15, 2016)

Posted January 10, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Concert Bands, High School Concert Band, Honors Band, Jazz Ensemble, Mercer County Honors Band, Middle School Band, Music Education, Parent Information, Pep Band, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegCongratulations to the following band students who will represent Mercer at the Mercer County Junior High-Senior High Honor Band Festival at Thiel College on Tuesday, January 12th (all-day) and will present a free concert on Wednesday, January 13th at 7:30 p.m.: SH Students include Brittany Marano, Janalyn Miklas, Jordyn Buchanan, Rose Gigliotti, Claudia Brown, Sami Metts, Kyle Wamboldt, Ryan Hamilton, Andrew Brinker, Mason Borowicz, Brianna Jarrett, Matt Mathias, and Josh Wamboldt.

MS Students students Jess McGraw, Samantha Jarrett, Jayme Heffern, Michaela Johnson, Grant Haggard, Sarah Coryea, Kyle Kaster, Domanick Nosker, Lilly Roman, Darby Miller, Peyton Miller, Chris Wilms, Kellen Borowicz, David Ellis, Max Puskar, Malachi Shablesky

Pep Band – see you at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday for our game!

MS Jazz Club will meet on Thursday beginning during advisory until 3:45 p.m.

HS Jazz will meet on Friday beginning during advisory until 4:00 p.m.

Reminder to students in grades 8-11 – see Dr. Weller if you need audition music for next year’s Wind Ensemble. Please schedule your audition with Dr. Weller as soon as possible.

Finally, students in grades 7 & 8 interested in auditioning for the PMEA Jr. High District Band Fest – your audition must be completed (recorded) by the end of the week. Please see Dr. Weller for information.

This week in the Mercer Bands (January 4-8, 2016)

Posted January 4, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Wind Ensemble

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegHappy 2016 to all our band members!

Jazz Ensemble Members are reminded of rehearsal on Friday, January 8th beginning during advisory and concluding at 4:00 p.m.

Pep Band Members are reminded of the games on Tuesday evening and Thursday evening this week. Report time both evenings is 6:30 p.m.

Audition information for the 2016-17 Wind Ensemble will be available on Friday, January 8th. Students in grades 8-11 interested in auditioning should pick up materials from Dr. Weller.

Students in grades 7 & 8 who would like to audition for the PMEA Junior High District Band Fest are reminded that their recording must be completed (in an mp3 format) by January 17th. The audition material consists of the four exercises you received in band prior to break and a one octave chromatic scale. Set up your audition time with Dr. Weller as soon as possible.

 

This Week in the Mercer Bands (December 14-18, 2015)

Posted December 11, 2015 by tjweller
Categories: Concert Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Middle School Band, Parent Information, Pep Band, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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Pep Band! See you on Monday evening for our next game. Rehearsal in the band room begins at 6:30 p.m.

Any concert band member in grades 7-12 who did not yet take the 2nd Quarter Concert Evaluation should do so by clicking on this ridiculously long link.

Are you in marching band? Do you still have your raincoat and hat (instrumentalists)? If you answered yes, please turn them in outside the band office. Hats should be returned in their hat boxes. Please make sure to clean any personal effects out of the box. Raincoats should be washed and dried prior to return.

Jazz Band and Jazz Club – please consult your schedule for our next rehearsals in January.

How about some quick and easy gift ideas for your favorite musician? While many of these links direct you to the Woodwind/Brasswind Company, local stores like Marks, Music Showcase, and Volkweins (Pittsburgh) can order these for you!

– Combination Tuner/Metronomes are great and less taxing on phone batteries.

Clarinets and Saxophones might be interested in a new mouthpiece. Even a box of new reeds (Recommended Mitchell Lurie or Vandoren 3.5 strength for clarinets, Vandoren 3.5 strength or LaVoz medium-hard for saxophones) is a nice stocking stuffer!

– Middle School and High School Trumpets might also be interested in a step-up mouthpiece. The Vincent Bach 5C (Middle School) or 3C High School may be a good option.

Baritones, Trombones (Vincent Bach 6 1/2 AL), and Tubas have some mouthpiece options as well.

– Need more ideas? Contact Dr. Weller.

 

 

2nd Quarter Self-Evaluations

Posted December 11, 2015 by tjweller
Categories: Assessment, Concert Bands, Concert Evaluation, High School Concert Band, Middle School Band, Wind Ensemble

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As part of our second quarter studies, concert band and wind ensemble members in grades 7-12 should click on this ridiculously long link to begin taking the self-evaluation and concert evaluation.

This week in the Mercer Bands (November 16-20, 2015)

Posted November 15, 2015 by tjweller
Categories: Booster News, Chamber Music, Concert Bands, Concert Information, Food, High School Concert Band, Honors Band, Jazz Ensemble, Middle School Band, Music Performances, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegThe Holiday Recital “Cocoa, Cookies, and Carols” is coming up on Wednesday, December 2nd. It will be held in the cafeteria and we will be serving cookies and hot and cold drinks. All 9-12th grade students are asked to provide 2 dozen cookies to contribute to the evening. Please drop off or send in with your student (can put in shoebox or similar) to Jen Wamboldt in the guidance office on Tuesday, December 1st all day OR Wednesday, December 2nd until 3:30 p.m. The cookies are needed ahead of time to set up. Thank you! A couple of items to make note of:

  • Report time for all participants is 7:30 p.m. and the music will begin at 8:00 p.m.
  • There will be 3 performance areas in the cafeteria (Stage A, Stage B, Stage C). Band members will be notified by the end of the week as to what stage they will perform on, as well as the performance order.
  • ATTIRE FOR THE RECITAL IS ALL BLACK DRESS CLOTHES FOR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear a holiday tie, and ladies may accessorize with appropriate holiday colors (e.g. scarf, headband)

​Best wishes to Jordyn Buchanan, Rose Gigliotti, Sami Metts, Janalyn Miklas, Abby Grabigel, Andrew Brinker, Clifford Hughes, Brianna Jarrett, Liz Ludwig, and Chris Majonek who will audition for the PMEA District 5 Honors Band at Westminster College on Tuesday evening.

Pep Band t-shirt orders are due by Friday, November 20th. The order form can be found on the bottom of the schedule. If you have not already signed up to play this year, please do so by Wednesday (11/18) of this week. The organizational rehearsal will be on Tuesday, November 24th from starting during advisory and concluding at 4:00 p.m.

Jazz Club will meet on Thursday starting during advisory and concluding at 4:00 p.m.

Jazz Club will meet on Friday starting during advisory and concluding at 3:45 p.m.

If any jazz band member, jazz club member, or pep band member need a schedule, check out last week’s post!

Need a holiday gift idea for your favorite musician? Send an email to Dr. Weller!

 

 

This week in the Mercer Bands (November 9-13, 2015)

Posted November 9, 2015 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Chamber Music, Concert Bands, Concert Information, Concert Performances, Food, High School Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Middle School Band, Music Performances, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegThank you and congratulations 5M Band on an outstanding season! Stay tuned to our site in the weeks to come so that you can take the year end survey!

Middle School Jazz Club will hold their first meeting on Friday during Advisory until 3:45 p.m. Contact Dr. Weller if you still need a schedule, or are interested and have questions. The Jazz Club Schedule is posted here.

Pep Band t-shirt orders are due by Friday, November 20th. The order form can be found on the bottom of the schedule. We are using the same style of shirt as last year. Sign-up list is now up in the band room. Even if you are unsure how many games you can attend, please sign up so that we can build our roster. The Pep Band schedule is posted here.

High School Jazz Ensemble will rehearse on Thursday this week beginning during Advisory and concluding at 4:00 p.m. Download a HS Jazz Ensemble Schedule by clicking here.

Our Holiday Recital “Cocoa, Cookies, and Carols” is coming up on Wednesday, December 2nd. Report time for all participants is 7:30 p.m. and the music will begin at 8:00 p.m. Make sure you have acquired ALL BLACK DRESS CLOTHES for the concerts. Ladies are welcome to accessorize with an appropriately colored holiday scarf, and gentlemen are encouraged to wear a holiday tie. Warm-up/tuning times will be posted next week, as well as the performance order. The recital is free! More details about cookie donation will be available next week as well!

This week in the Mercer Bands (November 2-6, 2015)

Posted October 30, 2015 by tjweller
Categories: Band Fronts, Band Senior Information, Football Game, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information

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Monday, November 2 – The Indoor Marching Band Show at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time ($2 adult, $1 student). 5M Members should report no later than 6:15 p.m. for inspection and warm-up. The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a brief introduction of the Senior Class. Immediately following the IMB Show, there will be a reception in the cafeteria for all marching band members and their guests.

All marching band seniors should turn in their Senior form to Dr. Weller by 3:15 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd (Distributed to Seniors at the rehearsal on 10/30).

Thursday, November 5th – Jazz Ensemble (SH) will rehearse from the start of advisory until 4:00 p.m. Jazz Ensemble Schedule.

Friday, November 6th – Jazz Club (MS) will meet from the start of advisory until 3:45 p.m.
Jazz Club Schedule

Marching Band Sr. Recognition on November 6th – The final football game of the year will take place on Friday evening. All Marching Band Members should report by 5:30 p.m. for warm-up and inspection. All Marching Band Seniors are asked to join the band in the front of the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. for a brief meeting. The Senior 5M Members will be recognized along with the cheerleaders and football players prior to the game starting at 6:20 p.m. All Rookies (regardless of class) will clean the stadium – For the last time this year!

As a reminder, Pep Band t-shirt orders are due on November 20th. The organizational rehearsal will be held on November 24th from advisory until 4:00 p.m.


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