February Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 09, 2008 - 07:08 AM  •  Filed under: news
Studying The Full Score Part II

The authors presume that the conductor has been given adequate formal training and now is ready to begin a searching, probing study of the full score, which task is for removed from the ephemeral joy of making music.



Beat The Boom!

Remember those pictures from ancient drum books that taught how to play the concert bass drum? Whether it was some spiffy kid in a sharkskin suit or someone’s grandfather in a bow tie, they showed some techniques that by now should have gone the way of their clothing style.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 04, 2008 - 11:27 AM  •  Filed under: news
Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 12 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.

Ms. Schlosser will be available in the Middle School Band room on both days, but only from 4:00 - 5:15 pm.

Mr. Heydenburg will only be available on Tuesday, February 5 from 4:00 - 6:45 pm. He will be located in the Middle School Band Room as well.



High School Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 5 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM in the Gym.

Ms. Schlosser will be available on Tuesday, March 4 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.

Mr. Heydenburg will be available on Wednesday, March 5 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. (There is also a BPC Meeting on 3/5 at 7 pm)



If you cannot find a time to meet with a teacher, please feel free to contact us and set up an appointment.

January Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 29, 2008 - 02:57 PM  •  Filed under: news
Aesthetics in Rehearsing the Symphonic Band by Dr. Edwin C. Kruth

Aesthetics are defined as being perceptive, to feel, the branch of philosophy dealing with the beautiful, chiefly with respect to theories of its essential character; also the branch of psychology treating the sensations and emotions evoked by the fine arts.



Reaching with Music Across Interdisciplinary Boundaries of Learning by Peter F. Ayer

Relating what the student already knows to what he or she needs to learn can be an effective motivational technique.



Studying The Full Score - Part I by Dr. James Neilson and Dr. Karl M. Holvik

The authors presume that the conductor has been given adequate formal training and now is ready to begin a searching, probing study of the full score, which task is far removed from the ephemeral joy of making music.

Saginaw Bay Orchestra Competition

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 25, 2008 - 06:00 PM  •  Filed under: news
The Saginaw Bay Orchestra has announced the Citizens Band Wealth Management Young Musician of the Year Competition. Students living in Bay County and younger than 18 years old as of March 3, 2008 are eligible. Students submit an application and recording to be considered for a $500 cash award and featured performance at a Saginaw Bay Orchestra concert. Please see the SBO website for more information.

The Sound of Music

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 23, 2008 - 05:58 AM  •  Filed under: news
Western Bands were featured in an article in the Bay City Times written by Patti Brandt. The article covers our recent grant funding and instrument purchases.



"Hannah Cook, a junior at Western High School, is enjoying her new tuba, purchased by the school last fall. Senior percussionist Tom Calvo relishes his new kettle drums, and senior Tim Reinke loves the new French horn he got a few weeks ago." read the article in the Bay City Times.

School Cancelled Tuesday, January 22, 2008.

Posted by Ms_Schlosser on Jan 21, 2008 - 11:16 PM  •  Filed under: news
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2008 - this

includes closing of our Alternative Education program and also our Parent Involvement Center (PIE).

Western Bands Receive Grants

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 16, 2008 - 11:16 AM  •  Filed under: news


PRESS RELEASE



JANUARY 16, 2008



From: Western Band Parents Council, Bay City Public Schools, Auburn, MI



Bay City Western Middle and High School Band Program has received $45,000 in grant funding for the Instrument Replacement Grant Funding Project that began in January, 2007. The need for new instruments was identified due to the age and deterioration of many current instruments in the existing inventory, and the remodeling of Western Middle School to include a new band room. Building improvements, including the construction of the new middle school band room and renovation of the existing high school band room were part of the $67 million dollar bond proposal that was passed for the Bay City Public Schools in May 2006.





Footnote: click below to read the rest of the story...

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December Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 08, 2007 - 08:34 AM  •  Filed under: news
The Happy Classroom Part 3 by William Gourley

You Get What You Expect.

Read Part 1 | Read Part 2



The Changing Instrumental Rehearsal by Gary Wolfman

A different approach to teaching performance-based classes.



Tapping Into Tambourine Technique by Cary Nasatir

Like many auxiliary percussion instruments, the tambourine can present some real challenges for a young player.

Bay Music Foundation

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 07, 2007 - 02:15 AM  •  Filed under: news
All Band students are reminded that they can compete in the Bay Music Foundation's annual Scholarship competition. Scholarships can be used for music camps, instrument purchase and private lessons and can be as high as $600. The competition is in February, 2008, but the applications will be due in January. Please visit their site for more information. Grades 6-12 are eligible to compete.

Bay Commitment Scholarship Information

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 03, 2007 - 02:03 AM  •  Filed under: news
High School Seniors that intend to go to college at Delta or Saginaw Valley should investigate the Scholarship being offered by the Bay Commitment Organization. The Application is available from their website.

MSBOA All-State Ensembles Announced

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 29, 2007 - 10:01 AM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to the following Western Middle School and High School Students for being selected to the Third Annual MSBOA All-State Ensembles.



Mike Jarema - Percussion - All State High School Orchestra - 2nd chair

John Costello - Alto Saxophone - All State Middle School Band - 6th chair

Matt Costello - Trumpet - All State Middle School Band - 2nd chair

Daniel Schindler - Trombone - All State Middle School Band - 5th chair

Austin Ballor - Tuba - All State Middle School Band - 3rd chair



All five students will be performing at the Annual Michigan Music Conference to be held in Grand Rapids at the Amway Grand on January 24 - 26



Thank you to all the Western Students that Auditioned!

November Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 06, 2007 - 01:30 PM  •  Filed under: news
There's a secret formula for success lurking in your bandroom; the PPM by William Collins, D.M.A.

Passive positive motivators (PPM) quietly purse excellence and, in the process, influence others around them to achieve excellence as well.



Part III: Protagonists and Spectators: "One Band! One Sound!" by John Picone

MUSIC, ME AND YOU

Read Part I: Protagonists and Spectators

Read Part II: Protagonists and Spectators



The Happy Classroom Part 2 by William Gourley

Examine how music education influences the young musician's relationship with others - peers and adults - as well as her relationship with the surrounding world of popular culture.

Read The Happy Classroom Part 1

October Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Sep 24, 2007 - 12:27 PM  •  Filed under: news
The Happy Classroom Part 1 by William Gourley

In the case of the music instructor we are concerned with how we encourage students to stay in our programs year after year.



Part II: Protagonists and Spectators: The Bard Looks At Beethoven by John Picone

Let's look at the relationship between the musician and the meat and potatoes of music education.



Extending Range and Endurance in Young Brass Players by Bobby Thorp

The subject of extending range and endurance in young brass players is a hot topic for music educators.

September Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Sep 15, 2007 - 02:02 PM  •  Filed under: news
Protagonists and Spectators: The Bard Looks At Beethoven by John Picone

What happens in a music studio happens nowhere else in a school.



Developing Better Musicians Through Curriculum Design by William W. Gourley

Creating a curriculum does not have to be an overwhelming task



How to Choose a Good Set of Cymbals by Gene Markiewicz

This article will focus on the actual cymbals and what I recommend to choose good sounding drum set cymbals

Foundation, schools to help send local kids to college

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 30, 2007 - 02:31 PM  •  Filed under: news
More than 1,100 Bay City Public Schools employees gathered at Western High School today to hear how the district and the Bay Area Community Foundation have teamed up to offers scholarships worth $2,000 to 100 graduates of the class of 2008.



It's no Kalamazoo Promise, but Bay City leaders are hoping the Bay Commitment will inspire more high school graduates to go to college - especially those whose parents aren't college-educated themselves.



Read the whole story at MLive.com

Lockers!

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 22, 2007 - 03:31 AM  •  Filed under: news
The new lockers are being installed at school. I managed to get some secret spy-photos. I added them to the previous photos in the New Construction IV photo album. Check 'em out!

July & August Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 06, 2007 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: news
Left Hand Development by Denny Hair

The need for left hand development comes from the unevenness of the hands when drumming.



Honks, Squeaks, and Proper Clarinet Voicing by Thomas Ridenour

Fine characteristic tone and good tuning are essential to the success of any clarinetist.



The Clarinet Embouchure by Dr. Edwin C. Kruth

The clarinet embouchure is one of the most widely misused and misunderstood aspects of clarinet playing.



Warm-Up Procedures for the Brass Player by James Neilson

Technical competence is achieved only when there is adequate preparation.



Timpani Tuning: Developing Aural Acuity by Al Payson

There are two aspects of learning to tune timpani.

Michigan school district cracks down on cellphones, iPods

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 04, 2007 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: news
A Detroit-area school district is getting tough on students who use cellphones or iPods in school, punishing them with automatic suspensions for breaking the rules.

Instead of having the items confiscated or serving a detention — as most school districts do — students in the Plymouth-Canton (Mich.) Community Schools now will be suspended one day for a first violation and up to five days for four or more violations. Read the rest of the story >>>.

Herters Music Center Sale August 2, 3 & 4

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 31, 2007 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: news
Pre-back to school sale. Stuff at historically low prices. Really good prices - check it out!

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More Construction Photos

Posted by Mr. H on Jun 20, 2007 - 04:11 PM  •  Filed under: news
I've posted a few more photos of the construction in the new 2007-2008 Photo Album. There are also a few in there of the 'Naked Band Room' before it gets the floor tile ripped out next week. After that is done, I'll try to post some more. I'm going to have them remove some of the cabinets and move a few around, so the room will look a little different. :)



I've also posted the photo of all the graduating 2007 Seniors. See if you can figure out who was added into the photo after the fact (treasure hunt!).



Also - if you care, there are some additional construction photos available on the BCPS District Website.

Concert Recordings

Posted by Mr. H on Jun 04, 2007 - 09:59 AM  •  Filed under: news
There are now podcasts of all of the Concert Band and some of the Jazz Band from the 5/30 concert posted. That is all that will be posted because of technical problems during the concert (I think I need an audio assistant). There will be a video shown to the bands on exam day (in addition to rehearsing!) which was the whole concert (thanks Ms. Schlosser!).

BayCityWestern.com has new look!

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 30, 2007 - 11:18 AM  •  Filed under: news
Not only has Bay City Western received a facelift recently with the new construction, but the school website has also received a facelift.



The newsite has ditched the 'flash-screen' entrance page and has a bit more of a "Web 2.0" feel to it. The design is simpler and appears to incorporate some kind of content management system as well as some new features.



Check it out!

More April Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 29, 2007 - 02:15 PM  •  Filed under: news
Inquiring teachers ask: When is a question not a question, but an answer? by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

A partial list of the questions teachers ponder.



Rehearsal Techniques: Phrasing and Phrase Content by James Neilson

Questions and answers of phrasing and phrase content.

Bay City Public Schools is closed Monday, April 9.

Posted by Ms_Schlosser on Apr 09, 2007 - 12:56 AM  •  Filed under: news
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to school bus vandalism for Monday, April 9, 2007 - this includes closing of our Community Education and Alternative Education programs and also our Parent Involvement Center (PIE).



Please note: Both the HS Jazz Band and the WST Jazz Band will still rehearse tomorrow, Tuesday, April 10. HS JB: 6:36 AM - 7:25 AM and WST 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

April's Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 04, 2007 - 04:43 AM  •  Filed under: news
Ideas for Improvisation and Solo Building by Greg Abate

Students who are learning how to improvise often need practical examples



Have a Successful Clinic by Alan Raph

Your clinician may have a lot to offer - And never get it across- This might be YOUR fault!



Rehearsal Techniques: Attacks and Releases by James Neilson

Music is composed in many styles and idioms, each with its own type of attack and release.
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