Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Show title: La Primavera
Show Music to be drawn from:
- Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" - you tube
- Copland's "Appalachian Spring" - you tube
- Vivaldi's "Spring" from The Four Seasons - you tube
Rehearsals will be Monday evenings in Jan, Feb, and March. All contests are in March. Several basketball-halftime performances will be in Feb. Instructors TBA.
Here we go Cougars, here we go!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Much has happened with the Cougar Band recently including:
- jazz band playing in the halls
- Greg Canfield subbing for Mr. R (his first sub job ever!- yea!)
- Winter Drum line sign-up netting 16 names - music being written over break :-)
- Christmas Carols in the halls at lunch - featuring Mr. Anderson's original song
- Solo & Ensemble entries - 16 entries
- recording of scales and etudes onto CD during class
- Percussion class performed with Choir and Orchestra (2 concerts!)
- Sub-Committee formed for Spring Tour (think Disneyland)
Wow! I'm tired and happy. The Cougar Band has had a magnificent Fall. Here comes Winter.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I hope to get much done with regard to itinerary, meals, hotel selection, budget, and payment plan. Also, a draft of the letter to parents explaining the trip and payment schedule.
See you there.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
p.s. pep band last night at game was fun....jazz band rhythm section and a horn section.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Thanks to all. Great things are in store for the Cougar Band.
Friday, November 27, 2009
The Tournament of Champions featured many fine groups playing music that was recognizable to the audience; much of it was classical music themes in powerful musical arrangements for the modern field band.
I am enjoying a day continuing to settle into our new house in Spanish Springs. Still full from yesterday! Lots of leftover turkey, etc.! Trying to find the box with Christmas lights...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Northern California CHAMPIONSHIPS are held annually at Fairfield High School - home of the Scarlet Brigade - in Fairfield, California.
The Cougar Band will finish the marching season today! Under cool, clear skies the band members will work for a couple of hours, load charter buses, travel to Fairfield, warm-up, compete, and finally watch some of the best bands in northern California. It will be a fun day of friendships.
I plan on having fun! Each band member will return home - very early in the AM (about 3am) - with the marching season behind them and many memories to carry into their lives.
Best wishes for a successful day to each Cougar Band member (and all the parents, staff, and supporters!)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
As the season comes to a close the Cougar Band can rest assured that the load of work has been worth the great effort. Each performance has been better than the performance before. I am so pleased with the progress of the Cougar Band in this last week.
Now let's go to the "Tournament of Champions" at Fairfield, CA and have a blast entertaining a big crowd. :-)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I am pleased to announce a contest to guess the exact amount of change - actual coins - gathered on band day. The winning Cougar Band member will receive Movie Tickets. Good luck!
Now, on with the last two practices and final performance of the "Watches of the Night" field show at Fairfield High School (CA).
p.s. I slept early and long on Saturday night. My feet hurt! Cry baby. lol
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Cougar Band marched and played to the huge crowd lining Virginia Street. Without cases, hat boxes, or pit/props the band quickly loaded and returned to SSHS well ahead of schedule.
Great job Cougars! I love to support the Veterans of the USA at this annual event.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Please note that cougar bands is plural in the new web address. This reflects the presence of multiple ensembles at SSHS including jazz band, concert band, wind ensemble, and - of course - the Cougar Marching Band.
The sound system will also allow wind instruments to be heard through the use of individual wireless microphones.
I am excited about this addition to the Cougar Band inventory.
This performance will be in full uniform and include all band members. Pit performers will play alternate instruments (cymbals, toys, or wind instrument - if they play one).
The parade begins at the 11th hour (of course, Google that if you don't know why). Note: the US Congress says that "Veterans' Day" is correct; attributive rather than possessive.)
I am sincerely proud of the progress and achievement presented to the band fans at UNR on Saturday, 11/7. The "Watches of the Night" show was amazing. Great job. Thanks to the many parents that made it all work (food, props, moving equipment, chaperoning, etc.).
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
The Cougar Band had an awesome rehearsal Monday evening (11/2) of this important week of band rehearsals and performances. After a big win - scoring 91.5 - at Carson High on 10/31, the Cougar Band members are ready to show the world on an ever-improving musical/visual package.
With the added home football game this Friday (11/6) - the first ever Playoff Football game hosted at SSHS - the band will enjoy an additional opportunity to entertain Cougar Football fans with stands tunes and the all-important field show "Watches of the Night".
Some parents were thrilled to see the Cougar Band outscore Elko at the Carson show last Saturday. I am proud that the band placed 2nd overall. Although there is not an "official" ranking of bands, it is clear that the Cougar band has placed 2nd behind McQueen and ahead of all other bands in northern Nevada. Let's keep closing the gap with consistent improvement! Go Cougars!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteer parents the band was able to move all equipment to Carson and back to SSHS in a timely manner. The Cougar Band has an awesome parent booster group and talented design and technical staff. The success of the Cougar Band is due to this pool of wonderful volunteers and staff.
Highlights of the show performance included a very smooth "on and off" of the pit and props. Thanks Dads! Also, the excellent work of all three drum majors: getting "outside the box" (Michelle), leading/conducting/moving props (Stephanie), and conducting/playing-trombone (Quinton). The drum majors will continue to promote excellence - you can be sure - as the season moves forward. The staff provided excellence in preparation at SSHS and Carson.
It was a great pleasure to see the Cougar Band rewarded with a score placing them above all the other bands - including Elko, Douglas, Reed - excepting McQueen. We will keep building a better band. McQueen can see us in the rear-view...here we come.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I am excited to watch the Cougars achieve success. There is a good vibe today ... an awesome performance is in the air.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
It was also SENIOR Night for all band, cheer, and football players. Thanks seniors for all you have done.
As if that wasn't enough....the 8th grade band members from Shaw cheered and played with the Cougar Band. Thanks Ms. Lynner and Coyote band members.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Go Drum Majors! Give it all you got. Get out of the box! We believe in you....Go Cougars!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
All three Drum Majors, the many kids that hustled all day doing a thousand things including loading, setting up, cleaning up, selling, promoting, performing, etc.
Wow! A total success on many levels. The Spring Tour is now a major step toward reality. Next steps include presenting a draft of the budget and itinerary. These have been already developed; just a bit more work and a formal proposal can be made the SSHS Administration.
Thanks, everyone. Thank God.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I spent three hours working on the Spring Tour....that is what the Car Show is all about: supporting the Cougar Band on a trip to that magical kingdom.
Thanks, God, for great weather tomorrow. May this event promote excellence in the future of the Cougar Band.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
- 30.5 - Effect Music & Visual
- 12.95 - Music Individual & Ensemble
- 14.05 - Visual Individual & Ensemble
- 16.4 - Percussion
- 15.5 - Auxiliary (Color Guard)
- 73.45 - TOTAL
The percussion score was only "1-point" behind the McQueen percussion score and second highest of the show! Congrats to the students and percussion staff (Mr. Wilfon and Liz Cruz).
The Guard received the second highest score of the evening as well. Great job ladies and Laura Peltier; your hard work each zero period is really paying off.
I am proud and pleased with what we have accomplished together for the Cougar Band and SSHS. With planning and hard work, we will continue to hone the "Watches of the Night" into an entertaining musical and visual package that will score well at Carson, UNR, and Fairfield, CA.
I wish each band member "best wishes" in presenting this creative show to an enthusiastic audience at Galena High this evening at 6pm.
Thanks to all the many parents and staff that have made this possible.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
These additional "purple" jackets, bibs, hats, plumes, etc. will help the band look better by providing additional fitting options for the many students with over sized (or tight-fitting) uniforms. The band "uniform moms" have done a fantastic job fitting all band students into uniforms. Now their hard work will have an even better result.
Thanks to Mr. Gregory for helping provide $5000 to the band for this much needed addition to the Cougar Band inventory.
Now the band can grow in total number of performers for the 2010 season without fear of running out of uniforms. :-)
I hope that hundreds of people attend this event, sponsoring the Cougar Band by purchasing food, entering cars, and getting involved in the raffle and silent auction.
Go Cougar Band!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The band worked a hard 6-hours, with only a brief stop for lunch, to learn put the closer "Darkness Ends" on the field.
Great work staff, students, and boosters.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Students and staff are very pleased with the drill Mr. Cowee provided the band. Thanks Greg Cowee!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Congrats to instructors Liz Cruz (pit percussion) and Kevin Wilfon (battery).
Each member should proudly tell their stories of a successful day competing at McQueen High on Saturday, October 3rd.
I am proud of the accomplishments of all Cougar Band members; offering my special kudos to the pit and battery percussionists.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tonight the Cougar Band utilized the new props created by dedicated band dads (Glen and Phil, et. al). The "numbers" are amazing - they look great.
Mr. Cowee, Mr. Dunlap (both home ill), and Mr. Wilfon were sorely missed. A big thank you to Greg Canfield, Laura Peltier, and Liz Cruz for making rehearsal a success.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Go Cougar Band!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Go Cougard Band!
Thanks to all the parents that help with pit, uniforms, and FOOD. The post-game food was great!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Opener - first part of the field show music - is getting prepared for the second Home Football game this coming Friday, Sept. 18th.
The Drill - Mr. Cowee and Mr. Reynolds are working to get the drill finished.
The Pit - cymbal racks are partially installed and cymbals, bags, and more is on the way.
Uniforms - Guard uniforms are IN - Yea!, also - all MTX marching shoes, gloves, and Drum Major gauntlets/gloves!
T-Shirts and Caps - designs are finalized, Purchase Order processed...printing soon...then we get 'em!
There is an endless list of needs and wishes for the Cougar Band.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The band looked good, played well, and had fun. Thanks to all the parents that made it possible: food, uniforms, chaperon, pit crew, and fans. :-)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A big thanks to Kirk, maintenance staff member, for welding cymbal rack support bars onto xylophone, vibraphone, and marimba instruments. These bars were pre-cut by the ultimate volunteer: MEL.
Soon the pit will have cymbals mounted on each perfectly rolling instrument. Pit instructor LIZ is getting the actual cymbal order ready. Go Cougars!
Now Cougar Jazz Cats are working on funk, rock, swing, and shuffle charts in preparation for a great season of jazz performances. A solid rhythm section is the foundation of a good jazz ensemble; we have a section that will be rock solid in time. (pun intended)
Monday, September 7, 2009
So many awesome things are happening to make the Cougar Band a success in 2009: preliminary work on a car show fundraiser, early planning for a spring tour, additional drill writing, construction of pit percussion cymbal racks, prop creation, and much more.
I received many positive comments from faculty and school administration after the first public performance of the Cougar Band at the all-school assembly held in Cougar Stadium on Friday, September 4th. The band performed exciting music throughout the event including Zuit Suit Riot, Pick Up the Pieces (Uh-Huh!), and Cougar Fight Song.
Orders in progress: Shirts, Shoes, Gloves, Flag Material, ....
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I went home pleased that the booster parents were so motivated to achieve success by creating an environment of Excellence for the Cougar Band. It is undeniable that the year will be a huge success with this level of motivated parent volunteerism.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Cougar Band is set for a great year of band. Things on my mind lately include visual ideas for contest field show, class atmosphere, leadership, and spring tour. Also, stuff to order like: pit mallet bags, cymbals, shoes, gloves, pep tunes, contest entry fees, tuner, and more.
Tuesday evening is a Band Booster meeting in the band room. I hope to have the band handbook ready to go for parent review. The handbook will have a schedule of ALL band events for 2009-2010 including solo & ensemble, festivals, concerts, and graduation.
With all that in mind, Bring it on! the Cougar Band is ready to roll.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tonight there will be a pizza feast at 5pm, a parent meeting at 6pm, and a performance by the 2009 Cougar Band from 6:30-7:00pm. ALL are WELCOME. I do hope lots will attend this great conclusion to a memorable band camp. After so much hard work, a night of celebration is a must.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday we reviewed what we learned on Monday and added 4 more moves. Then we marched while "holding" instruments.
Wednesday we reviewed what we learned on Monday/Tuesday and marched while playing!
That is fast learning. Retention of learned material is very high. Visual skills continue to improve with each day. I am excited to teach NEW DRILL today, Thursday. The Cougar Band is making great forward progress toward the ultimate goal of a completed show.
Also, I am pleased to see new members joining the band.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Go Cougar Band!
Now for some rest....
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Honestly, I am fired up for Day 4 - Thursday! Things that will be awesome: new pep tunes, visual block with instruments, and adding "9 to 10" from the show "Watches of the Night". Go Cougar Band!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The Staff has proved to be a great team with loads of talent. There is much to do with the entire band to develop a fundamental visual technique. While marching skills seem to be under-developed, everyone is pushing hard in visual basics block. The work ethic is excellent. The addition of one more staff member, Rose Reynolds, on day three will be a big help with visual.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I am so pleased to have enjoyed a relaxing, eventful summer. Now, fully re-charged, I am prepared to witness the powerful combination of motivated students, highly-trained staff, and great musical/visual design. The Cougar Band is in for a great marching season.
Bring it on!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I had a very busy end of the week with two trips to Sacramento due to a death in the family (Grandmother died at age 95) . Now my full attention is on Cougar Band 2009.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
As Band Camp is fast approaching, much is being accomplished to prepare for a great 2009 marching season. Go Cougar Band!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thanks for Mark Rauh for providing excellent photo images for use on the web page. Expect many more cool images, audio, and video to be posted as band camp gets underway.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Bass Drums are officially ordered! Yea! Also, mallets, drum heads, shoes, and gloves!
Currently there are more than 110 band members enrolled in the Cougar Band. Spread the word that this 2009 marching season will ROCK. Get everybody on the bandwagon. (pun intended)
Friday, July 24, 2009
After the bass drums order is processed, a subsequent order of tenor drums and snare drums will provide the SSHS Drum Line with awesome equipment allowing the well-worn Yamaha equipment to be retired. A formal retirement ceremony will be scheduled to honor the passing of such dedicated instruments that have served many students and the entire band for nearly a decade. ;-)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
With the careful assistance of Ms. Cruz (drum instructor) the order for battery percussion was finalized. Hunter, Jerry, and Brandon kept very busy organizing the room, tuning timpani, fixing mallet carts, and much more. Stephanie and Lauren (Brandon, too) worked on brass and woodwind instruments. GG checked for detailed needs of woodwind instruments.
A highlight for me was spending quality time with both (!) principals and a quick meeting with the athletic director.
Stephanie went home with a wind score and Ms. Cruz a percussion (pit/battery) score. My confidence in the success of the 2009 marching season continues to grow as I witness first hand the willing support of students, parents, administrator, and staff. Go Cougars!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Boosters: Tonight I will meet with Boosters for the first time.
Staff: Still working on building a complete staff of highly skilled and motivated coaches.