Saturday, January 30, 2010

Field Show 2010

I still have not decided on the show for Fall 2010 marching season.

However, I have really enjoyed the show featuring the music of Joseph Curiale.

Check the Cougar web site audio page for postings of more show ideas. Listen to the audio.

Rate your favorite shows.

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Music on the Way

I have ordered several new pieces including the field season warm-up, a jazz band chart that features bass trombone (Quinton!), a jazz chart by Gordon Goodwin! (very hard to play), and more.

Also, material for the winter guard flags has arrived. Winter guard is working hard to get a great show together for performance in Feb/March!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

All-State Auditions in Cougar Band Room

Yes, band students from throughout the Washoe area and beyond will be auditioning in our very own Cougar Band room. As the northern representative for the All-State Honor Band, I get to decide the location of this important event.

After school at SSHS expect wind and percussion students from McQ, Galena, Reno, and other high schools to arrive ready to record their audition for All-State Band (and Orchestra).

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

District HONOR Band

Wow! Cougars Rocked at the Washoe District Honor Band on Monday, January 11th at Damonte Ranch High School.

Our very own Cougar Band members received excellent reviews.

18 students were selected for the Honor Band! Go Cougar Bands!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Honor Band Auditions

Washoe District HONOR BAND Auditions are Monday, Jan 11th at Damonte Ranch High School.

Many SSHS Cougar Band students have expressed an interest in auditioning! This is a great thing for the band and, ultimately, the WCSD Honor Band. More Cougars in the Honor Band is a very good thing.

Students should arrive at Damonte Ranch High by 3:30pm to register. Auditions will begin at 4pm.

Students in Winter Guard and Winter Drumline should return to SSHS after auditioning at DRHS. Winter Rehearsal is Monday 5-8pm at SSHS.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

K.C. & The Sunshine Band

Fun to play Pep Tunes in Jazz Band the past few days. Getting ready for home game this Friday, Jan 8th. All welcome to come and play...jazz band will be the "core" group playing some new tunes that have the word "Boogie" in the title! lol

Call time for pep band is 6pm on Friday. Play at 6:30pm. Game starts at 7pm.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Band Dance

The school has approved the date of Saturday, February 27, 2010 for a 1st annual Band Dance to be held at SSHS. Stephanie will be working with parents to develop a detailed plan for this event. I expect it to be an event of great frivolity and jollity.

Spring Tour Update

The school has approved the Spring Tour dates of May 20-23, 2010. A detailed letter is being prepared to inform all band families of the itinerary, cost and payments. This letter will be available by Fall semester Final Exams or the following Monday. A sub-committee has formed to continue to work on the details of the trip. All are welcome to contribute in the planning. Please contact me via email at or through this blog.

Monday, January 4, 2010

School 2010

Here comes a new year! Winter Drum Line and Winter Guard dates posted on band calendar (

Jan 11th is District HONOR Band auditions at Damonte Ranch High from 4-6:30pm. Students have been practicing audition music in class.

Mr. Canfield will be joining the band as an official Student Teacher in a couple of weeks. :-)