22 May: Stringfest, is Thursday, May 25. See above for schedule. MEMORIAL DAY PARADE IS MONDAY! Arrive at the HS no later than 730. Green pep band shirts are the uniform! Reminder that this is mandatory and a part of your grade! We need everyone there!
1 May: We are nearing the end of an incredible year. Here are some dates keep on your mind: May 18-20: Classical All State May 25: Stringfest May 29: Memorial Day Parade (this is mandatory and super important) June 1: Concert Dress Rehearsal June 2: Spring Concert June 8: Awards Night June 11: Graduation
14 April: Music Booster Summer Scholarship Forms are out!! They are due by May 19. See the booster summer scholarship page for more info!
The first thing to mention is that the noncompetitive format is different than decades past. There are no ranking with regards to first, second, third. Instead groups are judged against a score rubric that looks something like this: gold: 95-100 silver: 90-94 bronze: 85-89 honorable mention: 80-84
So multiple groups can receive each "award".
The outstanding musicianship awards are the same- 5 per division. But they've added an award called the Dale Hoff award, which designates the most outstanding individual musicianship of the division.
All groups received a I, except Somes Sound, who received a 2.
All groups received an award: Big Group: Silver Somes Sound: Honorable Mention Silent Oxen: Bronze Richard: Bronze Chainsauce: Silver Funky Dow: Bronze
Finally, the musicianship awards- these results are so awesome. I still can hardly believe it: Multi-combo A: Outstanding Musicianship Awards to: Camden Garland on piano and guitar Emily Homer on trumpet
Multi-combo B (received 4/5 awards in this division!) Outstanding Musicianship Awards: Irene Choi on trombone Ben Watson on bass Chase McGee on bass Matt Cox on tenor sax Dale Hoff Award (TOP outstanding musician)
Multi jazz bands: Outstanding Musicianship Awards: Tristan Higgins on drums
Division 3 big bands:Outstanding Musicianship Awards: Ben Watson on guitar Dale Hoff Award to Ben Hagle on trumpet
orchestra: https://sis-opusstrings.wikispaces.com 12 March: Jazz States are Friday and Saturday (17/18). Friday: load bus at 540am, bus leaves at 6am FIRM, return roughly 830 Friday is all combos and Somes Sound Saturday: load bus at 645am, bus leaves at 7am, return TBD at awards based on new night finals format Saturday is Big Group
12 March: Congratulations to Big Group for receiving an Outstanding Performance award at the UNH Clark Terry Jazz Festival! Feb. 7: Berklee Jazz Festival is on Saturday! Big Group performs at 9:55am, Thistle Swann at 1pm(ish), Silent Oxen at 2:30 If you are in the area, check us out!
January 3: Some more info for folks going to jazz all state. We leave immediately after school on Thursday and students are responsible for their own ride home:
January 3: Wednesday Big Band is modified: 330-445, Somes Sound, 445-6, Big Group. PEP BAND ON WEDNESDAY- ALUMNI GAME! Be there at 6. PEP BAND ON THURSDAY! Be there at 6.
December 16: please continue to check the calendar for our pep band schedule.
December 6: DRESS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE, MONDAY, DEC. 12: 2:30-4: BAND 4-5:30: CHORUS 5:30-7: FULL ORCHESTRA
December 6: The PEP BAND SCHEDULE has been updated on the calendar. Check it out!
December 5: BAND CHECK IT, Swamp Rabbit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZyrmBkKdzY
December 2: We are so pleased to announce that we've had 27 students accepted into the MMEA Classical All State Band, Orchestra and Choruses! New school record! They are: Irene Choi- trombone Adam Christianson- trombone Devin Christianson- trumpet Cala Coffman- soprano Alec Fisichella- trumpet Kai Fox- tenor Teddy Geary- bass Carolyn Graber- alto Ashley Graves- alto Ben Hagle - trumpet Emily Homer- alto Megan Howell- flute Taki Ishimura- violin Emerson Jeffery- bass Abby Kelley- flute Oriahnna Kelley- soprano Dani LeDuc- clarinet Katie Losquadro- clarinet Mary Paola- alto Desmond Reifsnyder- tenor Ivy Sanborn- alto Nayan Sawyer- violin Claire Shaw- soprano Delaney Smith- tuba Bonnie Snyder- soprano Thistle Swann- soprano Sara Todd- soprano
November 29: Big Band Rehearsals start on Wednesday. Somes Sound is 3:30-5:30 and Big Group is 5:30-7:30! The rehearsal schedule will be full on starting next week with: Monday: 3:30-5:30 Big Group 5:30-7:30 Somes Sound
Wednesday: 3:30-5:30 Somes Sound 5:30-7:30 Big Group
November 18: INFO ABOUT THE GAME: Be at the high school to load the bus by 940. The bus will leave MDIHS at 10am, PLEASE be on time! If you are an alumni or community member joining us, we are going to try to arrive at 1:30 to enter through the expo entrance. If you want to get it in with the band (for free), you’ll have to go in with us. You are also required to wear a pep band shirt. We are allowed to wear coats and warm clothes (and you should! STAY WARM!) but have to have a pep shirt too. I will have extras.
Bring money for food. I imagine we’ll be back sometime around 8pm, but you never know. I’ll encourage students to call their parents from Ellsworth to ensure a timely pickup once we return to MDIHS.
Feel free to email me with any questions!
November 15: If you missed the jazz/show choir parent meeting, the handouts are HERE, and the video of the presentation is HERE.
JAZZ AUDITIONS will be Tuesday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 16. Audition material has been emailed and is HERE
SHOW CHOIR AUDITIONS!! You need to attend all three days. Monday you should stay for all of -- or most of -- the entire time. Tuesday and Thursday you will have a specific audition time: we'll sign up for these on Monday. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MONDAY, Nov. 14: 2:45-5:00 Learn the audition (followed by the parent meeting) TUESDAY, Nov. 15: 2:30-we're done (5:30?) DANCE AUDITION THURSDAY, Nov. 17: 2:30-we're done (5:30?) VOCAL AUDITION
11/3: ALL STATE AUDITIONS DEPARTURE TIME Saturday 11/5: 9:45 a.m., Music wing. You need: INSTRUMENT. MUSIC. WATER. $$ for stop at DD or concessions on site. Pillow? Whatever will make you comfy on a VERY PACKED BUS. Dress nicely, but comfortably. VOCALISTS: don't over-do talking/singing on the bus!!! SAVE IT FOR THE AUDITION/WAY HOME. Remember, we are guests in another school. Best behavior, please. No one leaves campus without Remy or Bronwyn.
27 October: FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT PEP BAND- November 4 is the first playoff game. Stay tuned for more dates!
21 October: HERE is a list of who's signed up for what jazz- info soon on auditions. PEP BAND UPDATE: Check at 5pm for updates about weather and potential cancellations, if the game is cancelled, we play on Saturday at the same time.
Pizza Money DUE MONDAY!
13 October: Classical All State Folks, check this list to make sure that the information is correct and to receive your audition times!
6 October: Pizza sales packets are here! Sell some pizza, make some dough. All orders are due by October 24. Check it:
"LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA KIT SALE... starts TODAY. All orders (with full payment) are due on Oct. 24th. This is a quick turn around fundraiser that will earn students ~$4.00 per kit. The amount is dependent on the total number of kits our department sells. 200+ kits and we avoid a delivery charge. Delivery will be on Friday, November 4th. Pick up your orders in the HS Cafe between 2:15 -6:30pm. Kits need to remain frozen so it is very important for them to all be picked up on 11/4. Order forms can be picked up in the Music Room."
4 October: Pep Rally tomorrow! PEP BAND this Friday, be here at 6. If you have cross country, come as soon as it's over! Homecoming game!
27 September: If you are auditioning for classical all state, I need to know by October 5 to input information. Email Remy.
23 September: PEP BAND TONIGHT, BE THERE AT 6!!
21 September: We are looking for more people to play bass for jazz. Remy will teach you. If you play bass and want extra help, sign up. If you play trumpet and want to also play bass, sign up. If you want to learn about bass fishing, email me. 21 September: Folks interested in jazz, please fill out the interest survey on the jazz portion of our website. We are fielding interest now to ballpark how many groups we think we might offer and to figure out if we need more directors on staff. Fill it out! Tell your friends! I'd love to see a lot of new faces in the jazz program!
20 September: Four things: 1) documentary is posted. 2) there's a sign up on the bulletin board for folks that interested in doing jazz combo gigs this year 3) there's a sign up for jazz all state in the hall- make sure that if you are planning to audition, that your name is on that last.
18 September: Pep Band this Friday!! Be there at 6pm, be prepared to be picked up around 9 (you never quite know when the game will end but it's somewhere in there). For folks still needing pep band shirts, they are $8 and are available to purchase now- see Remy!
15 September: Ellsworth Community Music Institute has an opening for an older student volunteer who might wish to earn community service hours one afternoon each week at our registration desk in the atrium (large room inside the entrance to the Moore Community Center). Duties will include greeting parents and faculty, accepting payment from parents or other adults, etc. Typically, the hours would be from 2:00 until 6:00. http://www.ellsworthcommunitymusic.org/
14 September: Thank you to those who came to the parent meeting! If you didn't have the chance, we are excited to have a handbook for you to check out! It's a working draft. Throughout the year if you find places where things should be edited or sections should be added, please let us know! The handbook is the second item in the menu. It is expected that every member of the music program understands the material in the handbook! When there are edits, they will be posted in this section of the website!
13 September: Music Parent Meeting tonight, 6pm in the music room- will be short but juicy! Come and get the scoop for 2016-2017.
Pep Banders, here is a list of the music you should have in your books, check it out. If you are missing something talk to your section leader and Mr. Remy.
9 September: WELCOME BACK! We are off to a great start! Music Department parent meeting/open house on Tuesday, September 13 at 6pm! Hope to see you there!
1 September: Band folks, bring your instruments on day 1!! There is pep band this Friday, September 2. Freshman need to bring $8 to buy a shirt on Friday. Arrive at 6pm. For football pep band, we play pregame, timeouts (sometimes...), half time and at the end of the game. We estimate that the average football game is over between 8:45-9PM. Students should be picked up shortly afterwards. This game will be televised! Tell your friends.