Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Full-Orchestra Amazing at Festival

The performance of the Spanish Springs "Full" Orchestra at North Valleys this afternoon was simply amazing. The "Full" references the inclusion of woodwinds, brass, and percussion. SSHS was the only school to present this "symphonic" orchestra; all others were string orchestras.

The Cougar musicians made the directors and parents proud, the judges complimentary, and other orchestra directors pleased. Thanks to all that supported the Cougar Orchestra today in your thoughts and presence at the festival. I will post the video and audio of New World Symphony, Mvt. 1 in the very near future at

Go Cougars! Congratulations to Dr. Mariani and his wife, Dr. Mariani. ;-)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spanish Field Music - on the Web

The audio page of the Cougar Bands dot org web now includes some early samples of the music for the 2010 field show. Spanish / Latin flavor with trombone solo, percussion and trumpet features, and lots of room for pleasing the audience. Check out the music - click here.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Northern Nevada CHAMPS - Guard & Drum Line

Wow! What a great day we all had on Saturday, March 27th. The Guard and Drumline from SSHS performed great shows for an enthusiastic crowd. We supported the fantastic groups from Shaw (both were awesome) and cheered for the amazing eNVision Percussion Theater.

Awards were given to the highest scoring drumline and highest scoring guard regardless of division: BOTH awards went to the Cougars from Spanish Springs High! That's right! Highest scoring Drumline and Highest Scoring Winter Guard!!! Go Cougars!

To finish with class and a bit of flare, the Cougars went to the MOVIES at Century Summit. The movie was rated Two-Thumbs-Up according to the Cougar Band members: "How To Train Your Dragon". Thanks to staff, parent boosters, and every Cougar for making Saturday 3/27 a major success for all.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Concert to Feature 3 Schools!!!

On Friday, May 14th in the SSHS Auditorium, the bands of Carson High and Pyramid Lake High will join the Cougar Bands for a fantastic end-of-the-year concert. The program will include:

7:00pm = Carson Jazz and Cougar Jazz playing a Gordon Goodwin set:
  1. Count Bubba's Revenge (SSHS)
  2. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (Carson)
  3. The Jazz Police (SSHS & Carson)
7:25pm = Carson Wind Ensemble (???), Cougar Bands (Heartbeat 5, Reflections of Form), Pyramid Lake Band (Trailblazers)

8:00pm = ALL THREE BANDS (MobBusters!)

Plan on attending this fun concert at SSHS, 7pm, May 14th. No Cost!

DrumLine and WinterGuard at DRHS

On the afternoon of Saturday, March 27th you will have the an opportunity to enjoy the final performance of the SSHS Winter Guard and the penultimate performance of the Winter Drum Line at Damonte Ranch High School.

Come out to support the Cougars at Damonte Ranch High School. Performances begin at 4pm. There is an admission fee that supports the event.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Winter Gaurd & Drumline UPDATE

After trying to put a square-peg in a round-hole, I have decided to have the Winter Guard and Drumline both perform at the Northern Nevada Championships at Damonte Ranch High School this Saturday (3/27). This is a big change for the Guard! The guard simply cannot make the trip to Northern California Championships due to transportation issues.

MOVIES: The Guard and Drumline will celebrate a successful season by going to the movies after the contest - "How to Train Your Dragon" at Century Summit theaters!

Band Festival

This Thursday WIND ENSEMBLE will be leaving school at 1pm to travel to DRHS for the annual Washoe Band Festival.

Friday the SYMPHONIC BAND will do the same (time/location).

Best wishes to both groups.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pre-Festival CONCERT - Tomorrow

I am excited to host the concert tomorrow (Thurs., 3/18) at SSHS Auditorium with Dr. Alec Mariani. The concert begins "officially" at 7pm...but the Jazz Band will play "prelude" music starting at 6:35pm.

The concert includes: drumline, jazz band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, and full ORCHestra!

Admission is free, as always. See you there!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Show 3/13: FUN and $$$

Thanks to all that helped with the show today (Sat., 3/13): Boosters, Drumline members, guard girls, boyfirends, staff (Laura, Greg, Mark, Jose, et. al.), band directors (5!), and parents/family. We received donations and sold snacks for a bit of profit that will go toward guard scholarships to aid our current ladies with tour expenses.

The event received many accolades from fans, coaches, and performers. Thanks to all.

Congratulations to: North Valleys, UNR, Reed, McQueen, Shaw, Mendive, Depoali, and Cougars!

Field Show 2010

I have posted an update on the field show for 2010 - click here. There are links to several audio samples of ideas for the show. Possible show title: "Primaveras Espanolas". (that's Spanish Springs in Spanish) ;-)

Mr. Reynolds

Show TODAY at SSHS - Guards/Drumlines

Guards and Drumlines will start arriving at SSHS gymnasiums around noon to perform between 1pm and 2:30pm.

Come help/support/cheer. Admission FREE, no judges, no trophies, just fun.

Snacks and Candy will be on sale.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Zone Concert - 340 band members!

A great band concert is a good thing. 340 band students performing jazz, concert, drumline, and guard is a great thing. I had a fantastic time. Thanks to all.

University Bands at SSHS Band Room

U of Montana and Northern Arizona U will have there finest bands at the SSHS Band room afterschool TODAY, 3/11.

Come to here some great music!


Whee! Here we go for a huge concert in the SSHS Gymnasium.

Tonight, Thursday 3/11, the 6th grade band students, Shaw bands, and SSHS Cougar Bands will all perform. Plus, bonus performances by the Cougar Drumline and Winter Guard.

6pm - ready to go in gym
6:35pm - jazz performs
7pm - concert starts
8pm - concert ends

See you there!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


At the annual REGIONAL Solo & Ensemble Festival three Cougars were highly successful:
  • Michelle - Superior Flute Soloist
  • Eric - Superior Trombone Soloist
  • Quinton & Eric - Superior Trombone Duet
You three make us all proud.

Contest at Reno: Guard, Drumline

Cougar Winter Guard and Cougar Drumline were both well-received at the CONTEST held at Reno High today, Saturday, March 6th. Both ensembles demonstrated excellence in technique and expression. I am proud of the success of these early performances. Contests will occur throughout the month of March for both the Winter Guard and Drumline.

Scores will be posted on the band web site:

Thanks to each student performer, Richard Burger - master of the trailer, and our excellent staff: Ms. Cruz, Ms. Peltier, Mr. Canfield, Ms. Centeno, Mr. Scrivner.