Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Student to student tutoring available on Wednesdays in November

6th graders, would you like some extra help or just a fun opportunity to work with a 7th or 8th grade band student? Add your name to the sign up sheet in the band room! Sessions are on Wednesdays in November after school starting at 3:30 and going at least until 4.
Ms. Sunmark will be here as well.
You can either arrange to be picked up or take the activity bus (if you finish before the activity bus arrives you can go to the library).


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Two concert opportunities
Ms. Sunmark will be performing with both the Federal Way Symphony and the Tacoma Symphony in their upcoming season openers
It would be great to see you all in the audience!
Federal Way Symphony
Sunday, October 5th 2:00 pm
Red-hot opera hits from Verdi, Wagner, Puccini and Bizet (Carmen), performed by internationally-acclaimed tenor Eduardo Villa, soprano Corinna Quilliam and baritone Michael Nim.
Single tickets are available now - $32 advance purchase for adults, $31 advance purchase for seniors. Day of show prices are $35 for adults, $31 for seniors, $15 for students with ID, and free for youth 18 and under.

Call 253.529.9857 for tickets!
Tacoma Symphony
Saturday, October 25th 7:30 pm

Featuring: Evelyn Glennie, percussion
& Tacoma Symphony Women's Chorus
Geoffrey Boers, director
Location: Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $19 & up (adults); $12 & up (students)
Ravel: Bolero
O'Boyle: Portraits of Immortal Love, Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra [World Premiere]
Debussy: Nocturnes
Respighi: Pines of Rome
for tickets go to

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

One-on-One lessons with our professional musicians

Our professional musicians are visiting our classes to introduce themselves to the students. This week Florie Rothenberg (clarinet), Bruce Carpenter (oboe, bassoon, saxophone and clarinet), Rose Johnson (flute) and Rulon Brown (saxophone, flute, composition, improvisation, computer music) were here to work with instrument sections or give a presentation to the entire class.
Next week Jacob Tacher (percussion), Rebecca Musselwhite (low brass) and John Groves (low brass) will be visiting. I am corresponding with a trumpet instructor and hope to have him come to Maywood in the next week or so.

Florie, Bruce and John are now teaching after school at Maywood. We would like for Rose, Rulon, Jacob and Rebecca to join us but we need to fill up their schedule in order for it to make sense for them financially. They do currently teach either out of their home studio or a music shop.

Please let me know if you would like me to connect you to an instructor by emailing me at

You will find contact information for many of them in the band handbook as well.

Private lessons are the best way to insure good habits and success. Plus its just plain FUN!

Safety in the Band Room

Today I talked with each class about the importance of our safety at Maywood and what we would do in case of a lock down procedure or in the case of a real emergency situation. In the past we have stayed in the bandroom, turned off the lights and locked our doors. With our new instrument locker storage area we have a much safer location to go in these situations. If it were not safe for us to leave the building the storage area offers enough room for both the orchestra and band students and gives us a second set of locked doors.
Your student may share our discussion with you at home and I wanted you to have the same information.
Families will be receiving more information in the near future about our district policy on safety.
Please email me if you have any questions about our procedure in the band room.

Music Library Help Needed

For the past 5 years I have had the help of the most amazing volunteer, Bill Jo, a grandfather of a former band students. He came to Maywood every Friday to make copies and organize our music library. Bill is not able to be here this year.

I am hoping to find a few parents who have time during the school day on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays to help with our music library. We have an ongoing project that is halfway completed. We are making master copies of each piece of repertoire that will make copying for the ensemble more streamlined. Many of the originals come in a size that isn't easy to make multiple copies of.

If you are able to help please email me at and let me know what would work in your schedule.

Thank you so much everyone!
Ms. S.

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.