Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall Jazz Band for 7th and 8th graders

Fall Jazz Band Starts next Thursday, September 25th right after school. All instruments are welcome. There are no auditions but we can only take 2 drum set players. We can have 5 percussionists overall but 2 will be the dedicated set players and the others will trade off on auxiliary percussion and vibraphone. We need piano, stand-up bass, electric bass, and guitar players as well. You must read music.

If you plan to be involved in wrestling or girls basketball you will have to wait for the Spring session of jazz band (you would be missing our December and January rehearsals and our concert is the first week of February). If you are in cross country, softball or volleyball you will miss most of the October jazz practices but will be able to join us for our November, December and January rehearsals and therefore be ready for the February 4th performance.

Our Spring session will start on February 12th. Those involved in boy's jambouree basketball, boy's basketball, girl's soccer and girls jambouree soccer will not be able to join us for the Spring session. Those involved in track will be able to participate in jazz band.

Jazz rehearsals end at 3:55 in time to catch the activity bus.

Hope to see you on the 25th!
Ms. S.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year

Hi Everyone,
I'm working on updating the website and getting the dates on for this year's performances. I'll post a message when everything is ready to go. In the meantime be cleaning your instrument and getting ready for a great year of music!
See you next Wednesday.
Ms. S.

Monday, June 16, 2014


Ideal for middle school students who want to amp up their improv or jump deep into jazz band. This eight-session class happens Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9 pm, July 9 - Aug 27 at Music & Artsin Downtown Issaquah, WA. The final session is a concert and jam session. Led by professional jazzcomposer and performer Rulon Brown, this workshop is player focused. You'll be part of a jazz combo and learn to read chord and solo with greater confidence, play the blues, get practical tips and tricks of the trade, and gain powerful insight into theory, improv, and more.

All instruments and musical backgrounds welcome!

$170 tuition for current private students. $200 tuition for workshop only

Enroll by or (206) 930-5105

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Maywood Pops Concert at Liberty Thursday, May 29th

Hi all,
Just a reminder that our final concert is next Thursday at Liberty.
Call time for Jazz Band and 8th grade Wind Ensemble is 5:30pm.
Call time for 6th grade Concert Band and 7th grade Symphonic Band is 6:00pm.
House will open for parents at 6:00pm.
Concert begins at 6:30pm.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Liberty Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band Auditions

Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band  information and materials are available at the following link for all 8th grade band students interested in auditioning for either of these groups.

Audition times are available at Maywood, Wednesday April 16th from 8:30 - 9:30am and Thusday, April 17th from 2:30 - 4:00pm. There will be a sign up sheet in the Maywood band room.

If you are interested in Wind Ensemble please register for Symphonic Band. If you are accepted into Wind Ensemble we will change your schedule.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Band Concert March 4th!

Hi All,
Our concert is next Tuesday at the Liberty Performing Arts Center.
Jazz Band students must be there and ready to rehearse at 5:20.
All other students call time is 6:00pm.
6th grade will gather in the choir/orchestra room and 7th and 8th grade will gather in the band room. Same as last time.
I will posting this message on our website as well as a link for parent volunteers. I need one parent to help with programs, one or two to help with seating in the auditorium, one parent for each warm up room and one to monitor our recording device (very easy).click here to volunteer

If you are in Aladdin and are not in jazz band you should plan to be picked up from your Aladdin rehearsal at 5:30 to give you enough time to eat and change. You must be at Liberty by 6:00pm.
Please follow the band dress code (check the handbook if you need a reminder) or you will be asked to change. Jazz Band students will wear their regular concert clothing not jazz band attire.

As always, students are required to stay for the entire performance and help clean up.
We will have a section of seating roped off for the 6th graders. 7th and 8th graders will stand along the walls when not performing. This will allow for more seating for family members.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Time to Start Planning for Solo and Ensemble

On Saturday, March 8th hundreds of music students from the Eastshore Region will descend on Islander Middle School for our Solo and Ensemble Festival. Participants prepare a solo or small ensemble (duet, trio, quartet....) and perform in front of a professional adjudicator. Students receive a critique and a certificate with a gold, silver or bronze rating. It isn't a competition. Any student can receive a gold based on how well he or she performs.

Plan on around an hour of your time for arrival, warm up and performance and possibly staying to hear other performers. Dress in concert attire.

This is an optional event and one I highly recommend. If you are taking private lessons you should select your music with your instructor. If you are not studying privately see Ms. Sunmark for music suggestions.

Your music must be a written published piece of the classical or jazz but  not "pop" style.

I'll post another message when registration forms are available but you should be selecting and working on your music now if you are interested in participating.