Congrats to both Mongoose and Squid for their performances to UNH and to Squid for receiving a special recognition award! Please don't forget to read down below the daily rotation for news! Check out MDIHS music on Instagram HERE. Do you have trouble reading notes? Trouble reading rhythms? Check out THIS
March 15, 2018 Chorus Band- remember, listen to Liberation by David Maslanka. Ideally with headphones and nothing else happening. Feel free to watch the score as you listen (it's within the files) Orchestra
11 March: Jazz States are this weekend! On Friday, all groups other than Squid will load at 8am and leave at 815am. They'll be home roughly 9pm but it's hard to nail down exact return times. On Saturday, Squid will load at 1 and leave at 1:15pm and return very roughly at 8pm.
6 March: MDI big bands will be heading the UNH jazz festival this Friday after school and performing on Saturday. Squid plays at 1030am, Mongoose plays at 2pm.
2 March: District Show Choir tonight! District VI Vocal Jazz Festival at Ellsworth HS Show Stoppers / Con Em-MDES @ 12:00 Pemetic @ 2:00 Trenton @ 3:20 TREBS @ 6:00 Mixed @ 7:20 26 Feb: This is the D6 instrumental jazz schedule and D6 Vocal Jazz schedule. Mongoose (big band) is missing and we are waiting on an update to the schedule, so stay tuned!
25 Feb: Busy couple of weeks ahead of us: Tuesday: Island Jazz Night, starts at 6pm. Need help setting up the stage at 4:30. Students should arrive by 5:45. Event will probably go until 8. High School musicians should watch and support middle school bands. Looking for folks to play combo jazz in between set changes. Looking for people to run sound. Looking for people to help change sets. Dress for all jazz events is all black. Wednesday: HS Instrumental District Jazz Festival at Ellsworth High School. Load bus at 745, leave at 8. Back around 830pm. Friday: District Show Choir Festival at Ellsworth. Trebs warm up at 520, perform at 6, Mixed warms up at 650, performs at 720. March 9/10: UNH Jazz Fest. Leave after school on Friday, March 9, return very early Sunday 3/11. March 16/17: State Instrumental Jazz Fest @ Nokomis.
12 February: TOURNY GAMES 1 and 2 INFO: Friday, Feb. 16: load bus BY 2:45, bus leaves at 3, game at 5 at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, home at roughly 7:30pm. Trenton IGA stop would be roughly 715pm on the way home. Check music website and facebook for updates on arrival home. GAME 2: Saturday, February 17. Busses loaded by 6:45AM. Bus leaves at 7am, sharp, pickup at Trenton IGA, roughly 715am, game is at 9:05am at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, home roughly 11:30, Trenton IGA roughly 11:15am. Check music website and facebook for updates on arrival home. We desparately need anyone and everyone that can play, has played or will ever want to play at these games. Tell your friends!
7 February: Because tonight’s basketball game was cancelled, it will now be a DOUBLE PEP again tomorrow night. These are the boys and girls Ellsworth games! HUGE night. Arrive at 430. Don’t be late.Senior night is still on for between the two games (senior parents still should arrive no later than 615). The second game will be over around 830, depending on game play. Thank you for all that you do!
4 February: Only two more regular season pep games: Wed. Feb 7 and Thurs. Feb 8 (senior night). The Wed. Jazz schedule will be slightly impacted by the pep bame. It’ll be Mongoose: 230-415 and Squid: 415-6. Also a reminder that TOURNEY’S are coming up and we need everyone there!! The games typically start on the Friday before break (Feb. 16) and then fall on Sat. 2/17, Wed. Feb. 21, Sat. Feb 24, depending on how the schedules fall and the teams advance. As usual, check here for updates!
30 January: PEP update: Game cancelled for tonight due to weather. Wednesday's (1/31) pep band will stay the same: be there at 6, done between 815-830. (Jazz will be, Mongoose: 230-415, Squid, 415-6). Thursday will now have double games. Be there at 4:45 sharp. Games over between 815-830.
28 January: (Pep this week: Tuesday, Wednesday AND Thursday. Oh boy!! Be there at 6 for all games. Done between 815-830, depending on momentum of games!
19 January: MS PEP STUFF: Opening Set, Alma, Banner, Firework, Happy, Say Hey, Uptown, I Want You Back, Hey Song, Jock Jams, Championship, Gold on Ceirling, Brick Horse
18 January: Middle School Pep Band Night is January 24, Wednesday. Arrive by 545 (NO LATER) to help get the middle school students settled. January 26 is a double pep band night, be there at 5, picked up around 9 (games are at 6 and 730).
5 January: The bus for jazz all state will leave at 1pm on Thursday. Reminder that students are responsible for their own ride back from South Portland.
2 January: Welcome back! Alumni Pep band game is this Saturday, January 2. The game starts at 5, be here around 4, picked up around 6:30! Booster Meeting on Thursday, January 4, 6pm. Jazz All State is next weekend January 11-13 (students are responsible for their own rides home!). More info on jazz all state if you scroll down a bit.
18 December: Congratulations to the 19 students accepted into the MMEA All State Band/OrchestraChoruses! They will be performing on Sat. May 19 at UMO. Stay tuned to the website for more info on the festival! Great job to everyone who auditioned! Peter Benson (SATB), Irene Choi (band), Adam Christianson (orchestra), Matt Cox (band), Alex Eason (SATB), Alec Fisichella (band), Carolyn Graber (SATB), Ashley Graves (SSAA), Emily Homer (SATB), Taki Ishimura (orchestra), Winslow Jeffery (SATB), Oriahnna Kelley (SATB), Sarah Knox (SATB), Dani LeDuc (orchestra), Desmond Reifsnyder (SATB), Ivy Sanborn (SATB), Bonnie Snyder (SATB), Sara Todd (SSAA), Alain Zhang (band).
18 December: Below is information from MMEA about jazz all state. This info has also been emailed to all of the students involved! Feel free to email Mr. Remy if you have any other questions! Students should be working on their music!
18 December: Anyone interested in the Bagaduce young composers forum, check out the info above! 12 December: Pep band starts next week, Monday and Tuesday Dec. 18 and 19. Jazz plan for pep on Monday: 330-445: Squid 445-6: Mongoose 6: pep
7 Dec: Unified Pep Band added to calendar for Feb. 15- will happen right after school (game starts at 330).
1 December: Band/Orchestra students- you need to update your lead sheet and finish your forum responses by Tuesday morning. Go here for more info.
27 November: Basketball PEP BAND schedule has been added to the calendar.
26 November: Classical All State Auditions are this Saturday, December 2. We will depart the high school at 7:30am SHARP. Be to MDIHS no later than 7:15. You need: INSTRUMENT. MUSIC. WATER. $$ for concessions on. 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.
5 November: WINTER CONCERT IS COMING UP!!Dress rehearsal: December 13 after school.Concert: December 14, 6:30 (Call: 5:45).ATTIRE:Black pants/skirt, socks/tights, shoes. White shirt (not a t-shirt). -SHOW CHOIR AUDITIONS coming up:Nov. 13, 14 and 16.
30 October: Classical All State Sign Ups must be completed this week. If you aren't sure if you are signed up or want more info, see Mr. Remy. Pep Band on Friday, November 3.
26 October: The Music Booster Fruit Sale is kicking off now! Get your hands on some delicious citrus right when you need it! Go HERE for more info!
19 October: Remaining football pep band schedule: October, 20, October 27, November 3, November 11 (7pm) and November 17 (state). If lose at any point during play offs, the later dates won't apply.
17 October: We're pleased to announce that 10 MDIHS musicians have been accepted into Jazz All State. The Jazz All State Festival will be held at South Portland High School from January 11-13, with a concert on Jan. 13. Here's the list: Matt Cox, alto saxophone Dani LeDuc, bari saxophone Adam Christianson, trombone Irene Choi, trombone Alec Fisichella, trumpet Emily Homer, soprano Bonnie Snyder, soprano Carolyn Graber, alto Ivy Sanborn, alto Desmond Reifsnyder, tenor
13 October: Anybody interested in jazz should head HERE and sign up! -Pep Band tonight, Oct. 13 -Pep Band next Friday, Oct. 20
21 Sept: If you weren't able to attend the Parent Meeting/Open House/Jazz and Show Choir meeting, see the attachments to the right to get caught up. We also ask that you review our handbook.
27 Sept: District VI Jazz Festival will be on February 28 at Ellsworth High School with a snow date at March 1. 26: Fall Jazz Thursday, 230-330.
25 Sept: There are now TWO, yes two, listenings due for band/orchestra. Head to the forum section to check them out. Also, all students in band and orchestra must update their portfolios by Thursday at 3pm. Go to here for more info.
From the MDIHS Music Boosters: "Call for Volunteers !!! The MDI Marathon Pre-Race Pasta Dinner will be held Saturday, October 14th (we'll be done and cleaned up before the Homecoming Dance) and we need 20-25 helpers!! Students may earn community service hours too. Lots of different jobs to be filled. This event is critical to our Summer Scholarship Program. Help us help YOU !! email@example.com"
21 Sept: All band and orchestra students are required to listen to and respond to the first listening. Check out "forum". The only rule is that you have to write a REAL response, not just "I like it" or "Stinks" or "Cool". Tell us why! We will do these once a week. Every recording after this one will be released on Monday!
18 Sept: Parent meeting tomorrow! Pep Band on Friday! Sign up for Jazz All State Auditions by Friday! See Remy for questions!
12 September: TWO saxophone end plugs were left on the floor by the lockers. You need these. You should put this back in the end of your horn each day when you put it away. Come get them if they are yours!
-Are you interested in playing jazz? If so, check out the jazz portion of the website for more info. Are you interested in auditioning for jazz all state? Deadlin is Sept. 22. To sign up or get more info, check here.
6 September: Reminder! Pep Band on Friday! Everyone needs to be there! DO IT! Arrive at 6pm. If you don't have a pep band shirt, you can buy one for 8 bucks. If money is an issue, just let me know! Tunes will be: Superstar Piece of the Rock Horse I’ve Got The Music In Me El Cucumbero Alma Mater Star Spangled Banner Brick House I Want You Back Hey Song Championship Gold On The Ceiling Carry On My Wayward Son Kung Fu Marmalade Sweet Caroline Sing a Song Jock Jams Land of 1000 Dances 1 September: ARE YOU A CONFUSED MUSIC STUDENT IN C BLOCK?
You aren’t alone. We’re all a little confused. Your priority today is to make some music, have a lot of fun and make sure you eat lunch.
For today, Friday September 1 the schedule is Band, Orchestra, Chorus.
If you aren’t in Band, you go to lunch first.
If you are in Band and Orchestra, you go to lunch during Chorus.
If you are in Band and Chorus, you go to lunch during Orchestra.
If you are in ALL THREE, Band, Orchestra and Chorus, you’ll go to lunch part way through Orchestra (we are just going to meet for a bit and chat about the plan since there’s a large mix of beginners).
You’ll get the hang of it, I SWEAR! 31 August: Jazz All State Audition Materials are HERE: www.mainemmea.org/jazz-all-state-audition-material.html Jazz All State Auditions are on October 13 at University of Maine in Augusta. All students 9-12 should consider auditioning! Auditioning leads to massive growth and the more you do it 1) the better you get at auditioning and 2) the better you get at playing music. It's entirely painless and super fun. We take a bus down during the day and stop for lunch at Panera and just have a blast! Freshman should especially consider auditioning! Sign up for jazz improv class for more assistance! Also sign up for practice room time with Remy to work one on one or in small groups!