Welcome Parents and Students
to the 2015 - 2016 Harmony Band
SYMPHONIC BAND WINTER CONCERTS
BAND ASSESMENT & PRE-ASSESSMENT CONCERT
This year the District 16 Band Assessment will be held on Wednesday, March 9th, at Rock Ridge High School, 43460 Loudoun Reserve Dr.
Ashburn, VA 20148
Our performance time is 6:15 pm. Students will stay at school that day, eat dinner provided by the Harmony Band Boosters, change into their band uniforms, and be transported by LCPS buses to the event. After our performance, students will return to Harmony Middle School at 8pm.
To help the student’s better prepare for Assessment, the band will be sharing a pre-assessment Concert and clinic with the Woodgrove High School Band on Thursday February 18th , at 7pm in the Woodgrove High School auditorium. Students need to report to the Woodgrove High Choral Room at 6:15pm, dressed in uniform. All parents are invited to this performance, as well as the Concert Band Assessment on March 9th.
These are our most important performances of the year, and attendance by the Block 1 Symphonic Band members is required.
This is the bands busiest time of the year. All of their hard work will also benefit them when the band competes this spring in Williamsburg. Details of the Spring Trip will be given to band members and posted on the bands web site, later this semester.
Congratulations to the following Harmony Band Students for being selected for this years All-District Band
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.
Generally, the more a student practices, the better they will sound on their instrument. This is especially true if they are working with a private teacher. Parents are encouraged to help set-up a daily practice regiment for the student. Parents and students interested in Private Lesson, see Mr. Shoremount for recommended teachers.
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
d allows it to decipher between tone and pitch.
Children who study a
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.”
“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.”
“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff”
“ You don’t need any brains to listen to music” Luciano Pavarotti
“life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”
- Ronald Reagan
Slow and Clean is always better than Fast and Sloppy”
"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."
The Harmony Band is now on "Youtube."
Search - Harmony Middle School.
Watch video's of Declaration Overture
Our Heritage & Destino !
Paul E. Shoremount, Director
Additional News and Information:
Disclaimers: 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.