• c-facebook

© 2023 by Art School. Proudly created with Wix.com

Band News

Band News

Oct 23, 2018

Here Comes the Europe Trip!

0 comments

 

Here comes the Europe Trip! Info meeting on November 14th at 7PM!

 

Here is a brief description of the trip. I highly recommend you read the blogs from the three most recent trips to give you a taste of what the experience is like. The blogs can be found by clicking “about” then “Europe Trip” on the home page of the band’s website and in the links below.

 

We are going to Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany and Florence, Italy. The dates of the trip have us leaving from KCI on May 30 and returning on June 10th. This trip will mark 40 years of the exchange between our band and the Jugendblasorchester of the Musikschule of Bietigheim-Bissingen (that is a lot of Germanic syllables to say Youth Band from their Music School). The trip features home-stays with German band families, day trips (examples include visits to Stuttgart-home of Mercedes and Porsche, Heidelberg-home of an awesome castle and a University established in the 1300s! and other cultural, historical, and just plain interesting locations). There are also very well attended concerts, festivals, pot luck dinners (they copy American potlucks they experienced while visiting here but with great German food) and an epic co-ed soccer game (they usually cheat by bringing in ringers that aren’t in their band but it is all good because we do the same thing when we play the game in Overland Park!) After our stay of about a week in Germany, we will head South through the Alps and end up in Florence, Italy-birthplace of the Renaissance. Think Michaelangelo, DaVinci and Dante-amazing art and architecture…and gelato! We will absorb this amazing city for three days then head to Rome and fly home.

 

The cost of the trip is 3200.00. The exact same cost as the trip four years ago. There will be four payments of 800.00 each. Payments will be due in late November, January, March and April. Additionally, travelers will need to get a passport if not already in their possession and you will want additional spending money for shopping and some snacks and lunches. An exact payment schedule will come out at our 7PM info meeting on November 14th. There will also be a series of permission forms, releases, medical info forms and the like that will need to be filled out. All will need to be turned in in a timely and complete fashion.

 

Symphonic Band members are automatically invited (not required) to go on the trip. Music for the tour will be rehearsed in symphonic band and probably some additional rehearsals near trip time. Additional students may be invited based on the number of students signed up from sym band and to insure proper instrumentation. If you are interested in the trip, try out for symphonic band. Even if you don’t make it, the students that go through the effort to prepare for the audition will have a leg up if we are looking for additional travelers.

 

Some links that you might enjoy….

https://www.smsraiderband.org/europe-trip Scroll down to see blogs from our last three trips.

Below is the town’s website. The video is the one I showed in class.

https://www.bietigheim-bissingen.de/deutsch/stadt-und-tourismus/sehenswertes/sehenswuerdigkeiten

 

Of course, you can google and youtube to your hearts content. Start with “Bietigheim-Bissingen” and “Florence, Italy” and just see what you find. It is an amazing trip!!!

Commenting is off for this post.
New Posts
  • The Winter Concert and chili supper will be on December 4th. It has been on this website's calendar for 12/11 but due to theater availability issues, we need to move it up a week. The correct date has been on the school and sunflower league calendars for some time and has now been updated on this website. Thanks to Mrs. Kutz for catching the discrepancy! We had a big day at District Auditions this weekend with our students earning 24 chairs in the honor bands with 3 more students designated as alternates. The last time we had this many students make District was 2010! Music will be sent out in the next week for these students to prepare for the Dec. 7th concert which will be held at Blue Valley HS. All students that play on the concert, including alternates that are called to perform are eligible to audition for All-State on Jan. 11. Those earning positions are: Blue Band (Red and Blue Band are equal groups) Snare 2-Lauren Crain Mallets 1-Will Cooper Tbn 4-Caden Swanson Trp 3-Blake Helton B CL 1-Alexis Monks Cl 15-Megan Bogner Fl 4-Anna James Pic 1-Bryn Davis Red Band (Red and Blue Band are equal groups) Tuba 3-Lloyd Dodson Euph 2-Kate Herrmann Tbn 2-Isaac Obeidat Tbn 3-Corbin Wood B Cl 2-Nick Camburako Cl 9-Emily Markum Fl 6-Hanna Velicer Fl 2-Laura Bogner Gold Band (Gold Band is the top concert group) Bssn 1-Jay Selzer BSX 1-Andrea Edwards Tbn 5-Teddy Blair Tuba 3-Jacob Legg Mallet 3-Alex Johannes Jazz-3 Chris Petrella-Trp 3 (Our first freshman to earn a spot at District!) Julian Duff-Trp 4 Matthew Eagleman-Tbn 3 Alternates-3 Cl 1-Kaleah Petersen Tbn 2-Dorian Sanders Tymp-Ben Shaw
  • I hope the day went well for each of you at today's District Auditions that were held at Olathe East. For those who performed today, I appreciate the courage, preparation and discipline you exhibited to push yourself to take on this extra challenge. Regardless of the results, taking on challenges like this builds character and confidence that will help you realize you can handle a stressful demanding situation that puts you in contention for opportunities that wouldn't otherwise be possible. Auditions today are preparing you for auditions tomorrow. Yes, today it was music but tomorrow maybe it is a tryout for a team, or a show, or an interview for a scholarship, college admission, or a new job! The District bands are formatted differently this year for the first time. Previously, there were, along with the jazz band, two even 5-6A concert bands and a 1-4A concert band. This year, there will be a "top" band of 66 players and two even bands of 98 players each and a jazz band. These bands can have members from any size classification (1-6A are the six different size classifications for high schools in Kansas). There will still be 66 spots in these three bands that must be filled by 1-4A students. All participants in the 3 bands qualify to audition for State. When I was turning in the trombone room scores today, I was told that results would be posted on Tuesday. I know, waiting for results is really tough! There will be those that will check constantly but try not to think about it too much until Tuesday. Results will be posted at http://eckmea.org/ . It will be listed under "Rosters" on the right side of the page. Those who earn positions and any alternates that play on the December 7th concert will be eligible to audition for the KMEA All-State Ensembles. Those auditions will be on January 11 in scenic Salina.
  • Please come out to hear the free concert by the US Air Force Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble, an 18 member big band, in our auditorium tonight at 7PM. This group is made up of professional musicians that serve our country by performing around the US and abroad sharing great big band jazz! All band members that attend will get 50 pts extra credit! Jazz band members are required to attend. Spread the word so we can get a nice audience for these musical service men and women! Our symphonic band results are posted. Thanks to all those who put in the effort to prepare for this audition. I encourage everyone who played to see me to get a review of your performance. I have recordings of all wind performances that you can listen to. Next week, I will give 2nd semester class lists to the counselors and they will make needed schedule adjustments. They will call you in if they need your help. District auditions are this Saturday at Olathe East High School (14545 W. 127th St., Olathe KS 66062). You start with a meeting of everyone trying out in the gym at 7:30AM. You will get instructions there for the rest of the audition. You don't need to dress up for this, the judges never see you. When you are done with your audition/auditions, you may leave. Results will be posted on Sunday or Monday and music will be sent digitally for those who earn a spot. For specifics on audition requirements, check this link http://ksmea.org/hsband/excerpts/ . For ranges of chromatic and major scales, check this link https://eckmea.org/hsband/eckmea_hsband_scale_ranges.pdf