Southern University Band Auditions

The band director for Southern University (LA), Nathan Haymer, will be in the area auditioning seniors on Thursday afternoon from 3-4:30. Let me know if you would like more information about the audition. Juniors and Seniors can leave rehearsal a little early to make it to the audition, if they wish. That particular college is VERY heavy on marching band, and highly competitive, even with a 200+ piece marching band. “Cupcakes” need not apply. 🙂

After School Rehearsals

As a reminder, we are finalizing our preparation for our performance assessments on March 31 (Festival Band) and April1 (Orchestra). We have after school rehearsals  on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 for orchestra (this is a bit longer than anticipated) and on Thursday from 2:30-4 for Festival Band. These rehearsals are important, and everyone in each ensemble is expected to make arrangements to attend. Unfortunately, several students  in Festival Band and Orchestra are not meeting the minimum proficiency requirements for performance, and we will not be able to take those students with us for these important performances this spring. I will be evaluating progress very closely over the next week to make this determination.

Contact Mr. Martin if you have any questions

Festival Rehearsals

Today begin our weekly after school orchestra rehearsals until festival assessments. Since Mr. Lucini indicated that the cellos and basses did such an outstanding job at the clinic, this rehearsal will be optional for them. We do need all our violins and violas in place. Tomorrow (and each Thursday) is Festival Band rehearsal. These important after school rehearsals are graded, and they are particularly important for our displaced band and orchestra students who are in the basic band class.

Our festival assessment times have been finalized. The Festival Band will perform at 3:25 on Friday, 3/31, and the Orchestra will perform on Saturday 4/1, at 12:00 noon at Northwestern HS.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mr. Martin

Spring Concert @ PHS – 02 May 2017, 7-8:30pm

Updated Spring Schedule

Hello to All,

I have finally been able to make time to get the paper edition of the spring schedule out. I am attaching here for your reference. An earlier edition that a few kids got had the orchestra assessments on the wrong day. That event is on Saturday, 4/1. We may have to make a change here or there to accommodate areas of greatest need, but it will mostly stay intact.

Enjoy your weekends. We have our first annual Winter Symphonic Clinic on next Saturday for the Orchestra and Festival Band! I will be enlisting the help of our non-festival musicians (mostly basic band and percussion) for next Saturday!


Mr. Martin

Wolftrap Awards Grant to PHS

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Parkdale High School, Prince George’s County, MD

The main act: Everett wants to increase the quality of music literature and instruction for his Orchestra and Symphonic Band. He is using the grant to commission a work by composer Chad Hughes, as well as provide a symphonic clinic with various experts and leading educators in the DC area. Through the commissioned work and master classes, students will expand their knowledge of symphony literature at the required grade level, and receive individual attention for upcoming festival assessments.

The grand finale: Students will perform their composition at the school’s spring concert in May 2017 at the Parkdale High School auditorium.

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Grambling State University Recruiting at PHS

Grambling State University Band Audition Requirements 2017Grambling State University Band Audition Requirements 2017

Grambling State is an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) in Louisiana. One of their assistant band directors will be in the area to audition kids who might be interested in attending this week. I am attaching the audition requirements. The solos that the kids have learned for S&E is what they should use for audition music, as that music *should be* the hardest music that they are playing at this time. FYI, Grambling is also one of a few HBCUs that does have an orchestra (My alma mater, Hampton, also has one). Mr. Damon will be in town from 2/16-2/18. Please let me know ASAP if you might be interested in scholarship opportunities at Grambling State or in speaking to Mr. Damon about auditioning next year.

2017 Cluster Concert

We had a great evening of music and mentorship at our annual cluster concert this past Wednesday! We had close about 450 instrumental kids (200 orchestra, 250 band) participating from our cluster schools. That’s a record for us, and we hope many of those students will continue playing as they journey toward high school.