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 to the 2014 - 2015 Harmony Band

Symphonic Band Pre-Assessment Concert

Woodgrove High School
Rescheduled  for Thursday February 26th, 7pm.
Symphonic Band Students are to report to the Woodgrove HS chorus room at 6pm, dressed in uniform, with instrument and music. 
Symphonic Band Middle School Assessment
Tuscarora High School
Saturday, March 14th
Symphonic Band students report to the Harmony Band room at 7:45 AM, dressed in uniform. Students will return to Harmony at approx 11:30 AM 

The Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Concert Band Assessment is a yearly mandated event in the State of Virginia.  The Middle School Assessment provides an incentive for the development of musical understanding and skills, through performance showcasing each group at its most mature level of performance.  The assessment provides constructive criticism and feedback from a panel of objective adjudicators. 

The Symphonic Band will perform a warm-up march and two concert selections.  Following their stage performance, the band will proceed to the sight-reading room.  The band will be given seven minutes to study a new piece of music and then perform it for the sight-reading judge. 

A composite rating will be given form the stage and sight-reading adjudicators, and a final rating of 1 – Superior, 2 – Excellent, 3 – Good, 4 – Fair, or 5 – Poor.

Homework and Practice
All Instrumental students are expected to practice on a regular daily basis.  The amount of time a student practices is dependent upon the material needed to be mastered.  This is considered Homework for band students.  Music lab students do not have any assigned homework, but are expected to be prepared for classroom discussion and assessments that occur.

                                                     Did You Know ???

Research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the human body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness an d allows it to decipher between tone and pitch.

Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.

Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students who participate in high-quality music programs score 22 percent better on English and 20 percent better on Math standardized exams.

Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain breaks down and understands human language, making music students more apt to pick up a second language.

( When asked about his theory of relativity ) “It occurred to me by intuition, music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.” - Albert Einstein

“Music is a higher revelation than all  wisdom and philosophy.  Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”

Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is the soundtrack of your life.”  - Dick Clark  

“Keep boppin’ till you drop.”    Jazz Musician’s Retirement Plan. 

“There are two kinds of music; the good and bad.  I play the good kind.” 
Louie Armstrong   

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff” Frank Zappa

You don’t need any brains to listen to music”  Luciano Pavarotti

“Nothing separates the generations more than music.  By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music, that is even stronger than his passion for procrastination  and weird clothes.” - Bill Cosby

“life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” - Ronald Reagan  

Slow and Clean is always better than Fast and Sloppy” - Paul Shoremount    

"I might not have been President if it hadn't been for school music. Learning improves in school environments where there are comprehensive music programs."
- Bill Clinton


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The introduction music on this website is ROUGH RIDERS by Karl L. King, arranged by James Swearingen, performed by the Harmony Middle School Band. (c) 1943 by C. L. Barnhouse Company (SESAC). This arrangement (c) 1996 by C. L. Barnhouse Company (SESAC). Used by permission. Usage of ROUGH RIDERS is exclusively for the Harmony Middle School Band website. The publisher reserves all other rights.