Showing posts from January, 2007

An All Too Rare Compliment

It's sometimes easy for me to forget how good things are going, therefore it's time to let my performers know how they are doing.

I just want to take this chance to let all the FHSCB, Choir, and JHCB members know that you are all making tremendous progress on your pieces for the upcoming mid-year concert. The literature is fairly difficult, and you are making things much easier on me by being prepared for rehearsal, giving your full attention, and working your hardest to play correct notes and rhythms so we can concentrate on making music, balance, blend, etc.

Please keep up the good work. You are fine performing groups and I can't wait to show off what you've accomplished on March 6 (concert) and March 10 (FHSCB contest).


Pep Band Changes in Schedule

Okay...Something went screwy and the basketball schedule is now nothing like what it appeared to me at the beginning of the season. Here's the changes:
There is no home game on Tuesday, February 6. That game is away. Scratch it off.There is now a home game on Friday, February 9. I am out of town that weekend so we will not be performing that night.Senior night is now on Friday, February 16. There is no school that day, but we have to play this game, so please add it to the calendar.
I have no idea what happened to my carefully planned schedule. I'm not sure if I just messed up, or if the schedule was changed without my knowledge. Either way, we fix it and we go on. Please adjust your calendars accordingly. Thanks for your flexibility and understanding

MS Pep Rally

Thanks to all HS band members who made the day of all the middle school students, staff, and cheerleaders. Your effort was appreciated. Back to rehearsal tomorrow with a review of all three pieces we've worked so far.

Solo & Ensemble $$$

Just a reminder to high school private lesson students who are entered in the district 15 OMEA solo and ensemble contest on February 17...please pay Mr. Keller your $13 entry fee as soon as it is convenient. I wrote the check out of my personal account, so if you are writing a check, please make your check payable to me and not to the band or the boosters.

"Wicked" Tickets...A great show!

Ms. Angie Vertucci is organizing a group ticket sale event for the Columbus production of the Broadway musical Wicked . See the attached flyer and contact Ms. Vertucci if you are interested! Click the pic to enlarge and get more details. Thanks to Ms. V for getting this together and getting this GREAT group rate on tickets!

Note: This ticket sale is not affiliated with the Fairbanks Music Department or Fairbanks Local Schools. Transportation will not be provided, nor will supervision or liability.

New York Times Arts Section Online

I'm excited that the New York Times is now totally online. I was was told by a mentor that I should get the NYT Arts section at least once a week to keep up with what is going on in the world of music and art, and now anyone can check it out for free. You should see what's going on from time to time by reading the NYT Music section. I've bookmarked it and plan on visiting every day...maybe you should too.

Pep Band Pictures Posted!

Originally uploaded by fhsbando. I finally got pictures from Saturday and Tuesday up. Sorry they are so late by my intenet at home has been down quite a bit lately. Thanks to Katie for being my guest photographer on Tuesday!

Columbus Symphony This Weekend!

Since there is not a pep band game this weekend, why not take in a little culture. The CSO is presenting a great program, featuring guest pianist Stewart Goodyear. Student tickets are available for $5...yes...FIVE DOLLARS! Go to the CSO student tickets page and follow the instructions!

6th Band - No. 135 is Online

Brass and Woodwinds: Your speed challenge, number 135 in your book, is available for listen/download on the member page. First attempts have been unsuccessful due to the lack of steady tempo. Please listen, then play along to insure you play the proper tempos and rhythms. If you forget the username/password, simply email me and I will send them to you ASAP. Best of luck on your preparation for the challenge.

Confucious Sez...

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop."
-- Confucius

Pep Band Tuesday

Just a reminder that we have another pep band game Tuesday night. We will not rehearse, only warm at 6:45, then play immediately after. Please be there unless you notified me in advance. We were missing a LOT of people on Saturday, some excused, some UNEXCUSED. Please, as a courtesty to me and to your fellow band members, let me know when you won't be at a pep band event. Also, if you have quit pep band and haven't told me, please do so ASAP.

Let's cheer our Panthers (undefeated in the WCOC) to another victory!!!!

School Cancelled Monday

Just in case you haven't heard, school is now CANCELLED on Monday. See you Tuesday, Robbie. (Confirmation at 10tv)

Pep Band Tonight 6:30 PM

Just a reminder that the pep band plays for tonight's girls BB game. Rehearsal is at 6:30. Let's play and cheer Allison and the girls onto a victory!

FMB - Thoughts on the 2007 FMB Show

Dear FMB,

It has been a difficult Winter for me in regards to the Fairbanks Marching Band. We wrapped our most successful season in school history with one victory and two second place finishes, all in classes above our rating AND with fierce competition at every contest we attended. Your passion for the show and the hard work most certainly paid off! Why was that difficult you ask? Because now we have to top it somehow.

That raised the question...what now? What do we do to follow up such a successful season? I have been dedicated to a change of genre from early on. We've done three Broadway musicals in a row (Superstar, Phantom, West Side Story), and while the music of the Broadway theater is powerful and dramatic, it can be a bit tiring after three years. My first direction was in the way of Opera. I had in mind doing a show based on Bizet's Carmen, which while being very stylistically interesting and appealing to contest judges, is just too difficult for us right now…

Today In Music History

I recently found a daily podcast on the iTunes music store called Today In Music History. It is a daily 5 minute broadcast featuring important events in the world of rock and popular music, including samples of music of mentioned musicians and songwriters. You can click here to go to the iTunes music store where you can subscribe to the podcast, or just download individual episodes. It's worth 5 minutes of your day.

If you need iTunes, just go here. It's free.

Quote of the Day - "Spending Oneself"

"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
-- Sarah Bernhardt

Otterbein to Perform "On The Transmigration of Souls"

UPDATE: We have a pep band gig this night and it is senior night. If you need to be excused to attend this event, please contact me ASAP!

The Otterbein College department of music will be presenting John Adams's On The Transmigration Of Souls on Tuesday, February 6, at 8 P.M. in the Fritsche Theater in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville, Ohio. John Adams is the most-performed living American composer, and the winner of many composition prizes, including the 2003 Pulitzer prize, for this very composition.

On The Transmigration Of Souls is a 25-minute work that was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in 2002 to commemorate the victims of the September 11 attacks. It utilizes orchestra, chorus, childrens' chorus, and taped spoken dialogue, made up from text from the countless missing persons signs that became a symbol of the heartache New Yorkers and all Americans suffered to to this tragedy. It is a powerful work that is not performed very frequently, so I would …

FHSCB @ Vets Auditorium - May 25

I just booked Veterans' Auditorium for the FHSCB's annual Spring band performance! The concert will be on Friday night, May 25 at 7PM. The dress rehearsal will be on Thursday, May 24 from 2-5 P.M. More details will be released as the performance draws nearer. Please mark your calendars, band members, as this is a required performance. Please also spread the word about the event, as the tickets for this event help fund the Fairbanks Music Department as well. I will again be inviting a guest conductor, and I will get back to you as soon as I have one confirmed.

Exciting News for Pep Band!

I'm very excited to announce that the Fairbanks Pep Band will perform at the Columbus Clippers baseball game on Friday, April 27 at 6PM. The band will play before the game, then perform the National Anthem. After we play, we get to put the instruments away and are admitted to the game free! Tickets will be available soon for $6 for family, friends, and the general public, and we get to keep a percentage of our ticket sales as profit! Bus transportation will be provided for students free of charge. More details will be made available very soon!

Friday...I'm Out

I woke up ill this morning, so I'm out today. Please be good for your sub. Thanks :-(

P.S. - Hope you liked the movie, Victor :-)

You've Got To See This!

Apple, Inc. (new name!) has introduced the iPhone after years of speculation. It's going to change the way we live...that is after you can afford a phone like this. The kenynote demonstration by CEO Steve Jobs at Tuesday's Macworld convention is availalbe for viewing HERE and the product page on is stunning. It's available in June and costs $500 and only runs on Cingular as of now. I must admit, I'm totally in awe. This is our childhood adolescent science fiction fantasy becoming fact. Check the links and I guarantee you will be floored with not only what this thing does, but how it does it!

I'm Out This Morning

I'm out this morning getting my arm checked out. I'll be back for afternoon classes. Be good for your sub.

A Look Inside the Cymbal Factory

Thanks to Bob, my music guy, I found out about John Ratzenberger's Made In America - a Travel Channel show that tours American factories and shows how things are made. This week's episode takes a tour of the Zildian cymbal factory. It first airs on Tuesday at 9PM, but runs several more times this week. See the picture for the viewing schedule.

Pep Band 1/5/07 Pictures

Pep Band 1/5/07
Originally uploaded by fhsbando. Pictures from the Lima Temple game are on the picture page. Thanks to Robbie for being my guest photographer. Enjoy the pics and have a great weekend!

JHCB - Twin Peaks Recording

I have found a streaming version of Legend of Twin Peaks at a publisher's site. It is in RealAudio format, so click HERE to listen. If you do not have RealPlayer, click here to go to the download site. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

2006 FMB Portrait in Band Room

Thanks to Mrs. Garwood, our ever-dedicated FMB photographer, the 2006 composite photo is now in the band room and ready for hanging. Thanks a bunch to Mrs. Garwood and all the work she does for us. Stop by and see it in the band room any time!

Pep Band Friday!

Our next pep band game is this Friday, January 5. Rehearsal is at 6 PM. See you there! Upgrade Info

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