Welcome Parents and Students
2015 - 2016 Band Awards
VBODA District 16 Concert Band Assessment
Symphonic Band – All Superior Ratings with all captions at “A”
Musicale Festival, Williamsburg, VA
Symphonic Band – 1st Place Superior Rating
Symphonic Band – Grand Champion Concert Band Division
Jazz Ensemble – 1st Place Superior Rating
Percussion Ensemble – Superior Rating
Concert Band – 1st Place Excellent Rating
VBODA All-District Band Students
Solo – Ensemble Festival
President – Andrew Stewart
Vice President – Nolan Pettit
Librarians – Katerina Niemann, Megan, Smith, Emma Fredericks
President = Jeremy Salquero
First Class Musicianship Award
Outstanding Musician of the Year Jazz Ensemble
Outstanding Musician of the Year Concert Band
Outstanding Musician of the Year Symphonic Band
Outstanding Band Member Role Model Awards
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.