Thursday, October 12, 2017

Music First is Ready for You! Please complete your first assignment.

Music First is ready for you and you have your first assignment which is due by October 20th.

The URL for the site is

Your login for music first is similar to the login you use for school computers.
first four letters of your last name, first three of your first name, the year you graduate from high school and then you need to add isd, (the isd must be lower case letters)


Your password is your student ID followed by ISD (the ISD must be capital letters)


Please complete your first assignment to make sure your login and password work!

Once you log in you will see your first assignment on the home screen in the "My Tasks" box. Click on the assignment, complete the response and click the submit button. This is a very short assignment and should take you 5 minutes or less to complete.

Email me if you have any issues logging in.

Ms. S.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Eastside Youth Concert Band - new opportunity

Hello Eastside Band Directors and Students!
I am excited to announce the formation of a youth concert band program to provide enhanced musical experiences for advanced high school and exceptional middle school students from Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, North Bend, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond and the surrounding areas.  During the school year, practices will be held at Pacific Cascade Middle School in Issaquah on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm with the first rehearsal on October 17.  Auditions are due the first week of October and are detailed below.  This summer, we formed a summer concert band with a concert on Friday afternoon,  July 28, and had a terrific experience!  Check it out on the Summer Band page:  Summer Band!  For a flyer you can hand out or post, click here. (also attached)  Information can be found on the website  Audition details are below and posted on the website.

To join the band, submit a link to a brief (2- 5 minute) video on Youtube (make it "unlisted") on one (or more) of the following instruments: Flute, Piccolo, Oboe,  clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba or Percussion that shows:
1) an example of your lyrical playing (something slow and pretty)
2) an example of your technical playing (something fast and flashy)
3) chromatic scale articulated (not slurred) from your lowest note to your highest note at a comfortable speed with your best tone quality.
Percussionists should include playing from multiple instruments (timpani (if available to you), snare, mallets).  

Send the Youtube link with your name and instrument in the email subject no later than Sunday, October 8 at 11:59pm to:  There is no fee to audition.  If you play more than one instrument, send a separate audition for each instrument you are interested in playing.  For example, if a flute player plays piccolo, send a separate piccolo audition, if a trumpet player plays French Horn, send auditions for both.  Students will be notified of the results of their audition by Saturday, October 14.  The participation fee is $400 for the school year payable in two payments of $200.  There will be three performances throughout the school year, and if there is enough interest, two bands differentiated by ability demonstrated by the auditions will be formed.  

You are welcome to use selections from All-State or WIBC audition materials,  available online from the links following, or etudes and excerpts from solo literature.  WIBC and All-State band auditions are due at about the same time.  These are terrific programs that you should consider also auditioning for.  
Western International Band Clinic Audition Materials
High School All-State Band Audition Materials
Jr. All-State Band Audition Materials

I look forward to hearing your amazing auditions!!

Philip Dungey
Director, Eastside Youth Concert Bands

Friday, September 22, 2017

Band Sweatshirt order date extended

I have received many emails from parents who missed the deadline to order band sweatshirts. The store is open again but will close on OCTOBER 1. Please be sure to get your order in before that date.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Federal Way Symphony Concerts October 7 and 8

Announcing the season opening concerts of the 
Federal Way Symphony! 
Ms Sunmark is the timpanist with the symphony. She would love to see you at one of our concerts.

This will be our first concert in the new performing arts center in Federal Way.

Click the link for more information and tickets.
Federal Way Symphony Season Opening Concert

Shostakovich, Festive Overture; Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Anastasia Dedik; and Beethoven, Symphony No. 9

Friday, September 15, 2017

Band Night at Liberty September 29th

Hi All,
7th and 8th grade band students are invited to play with the Liberty Band Friday, September 29 at the football game. I will need to know by September 22 if you are going to attend so we can plan for pizza.

We will meet in the band room at 5:00 p.m. Students need their instrument and the stand tunes. We will work in sectionals and then have pizza. Pizza is being provided. No money is necessary.

Students should wear their Maywood Band sweatshirt. If you don’t own one wear something with Maywood on it or something GREEN.

Students have the option to have a lyre and flip folder if it fits on their instrument. You can purchase these at Music and Arts or Kennelly Keys. Take your instrument with you to the store to be sure the lyre fits. You don’t have to have these as you can just look on with a high school student but if you buy one you will be using it in high school.

Maywood students will be released after half time. You may sit with your parents if they are attending the game (or you can stay with the band as long as your parents are there) otherwise you must arrange for a ride home. Half time is typically over by 8:15. Please plan to pick up your student between 8:15 and 8:30.
Maywood students are not allowed to stay and roam around the stadium. Please do not leave your student waiting past 8:30. 

Email Ms. Sunmark with questions.

We will not be practicing the stand tunes much in class. If you would like to download and/or print copies of your parts here is the link. There is also a link to listen to the tunes. Mr. Tanner has included a list of the easier tunes. Don't feel pressure to be able to play everything. This is more of a community and relationship building event.

From Mr. Tanner:

Here are recordings we just made of all of our stand tunes: 

Here are the parts: 

These are some of the more approachable tunes:

Land of 1000 Dances
Bad Blood
Can's Stop This Feeling (the melody rhythm is pretty tricky)
Stand tunes 1 and 2

Fight Song--except for WW

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

updated link for purchasing Maywood Band Sweatshirts

Here is the updated link for purchasing Maywood Band Sweatshirts. The shop is open until September 18th. The Sweatshirts will not be here in time for Band Night at Liberty 2017.
7th and 8th graders wear the sweatshirts for non-concert events.

6th graders, the sweatshirt is optional but if you order one this year you will have it for Band Night at Liberty 2018. Be sure to order a size large enough that will fit you next year.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pictures of Band Method Books

Book One for 6th grade Concert Band

Book Two for beginning of year for all 7th/8th grade band students
Symphonic Band will use this the majority of the year

Book 3 for beginning of year for Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony

Bach and Before Chorale book for all 7th and 8th grade band students