As we prepare for the next few weeks, lets all hope and pray for consistent weather. I hope that everyone had a chance to spend some extra time with loved ones while staying warm and drying during our inclement weather, and I hope that everyone is eager to get back to work for our final few weeks of festival (LGPE) preparation.
Before I post a few reminders about next week, I want to take a minute to congratulate our All-State students on a WONDERFUL weekend in Athens. We were represented in the GMEA All-State Bands with 4 students, a school record!
Maggie Hines participated in the 9-10 Full Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Marilyn Seelman and had the opportunity to perform American Salute by Morton Gould, Milhaud’s orchestration of Overture and Allegro from Francois Copuerin’s La Sultane Suite, and March Slav by Peter Tchaikovsky.
Carter Culwell participated in the 11-12 Full Orchestra under the direction of Kirth Mosier and had the opportunity to perform with State Winner of the Georgia Concerto Competition, Judy Li. Judy performed the first movement of Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18 written by Sergei Rachmaninoff and all that I can say is WOW! After speaking with Judy’s parents, I discovered that she finished in 2nd place in the national concerto competition and after witnessing her performance with the All-State Orchestra I could see why. Carter also had the honor of performing RUN!, a piece written by his conductor, Cuban Overture by George Gershwin, and the very exciting Russian and Ludmilla Overture by Mikhail Glinka!
Ross Gordon and Daniel Kuntz participated in the 11-12 Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Kevin Sedatole. Their concert began fast and furious with Clare Grundman’s adaptation of Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, followed by a beautiful impressionistic piece depicting the ever changing Great Lakes titled Pale Blue on Deep by Aaron Perrine, and concluded with fanfare and fireworks with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, which was adapted for band in a 13 movement suite. They performed all 13 movements with wonderful energy!
Although the students only had a day and a half of rehearsals they prepared these concerts and performed them with excitement and artistry. It was very enjoyable to accompany them during the breaks, but especially enjoyable to witness their joy and pride as they represented our school and community at the highest level that can be achieved by instrumental music students in the state of Georgia! Bravo and Congratulations!!!
This week’s Schedule:
Monday: Wind Ensemble Rehearsal with Dr. Chester Philips from Georgia State University from 3:45pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday: Winterguard Rehreasal from 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Wednesday: Symphonic Band Rehearsal from 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursday: Winterguard Rehearsal from 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Wind Ensmeble Percussion Ensemble from 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Friday: Symphpnic Band Percussion Ensemble from 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Saturday: Winterguard WGI Performance at Ola HS –
WGI Atlanta Itinerary
6:00 Call Time
6:30 Depart for Ola High School
9:00 Warm up
12:00 Depart for Golden Corral
A (we don’t make finals)
3:00 head back to Ola to watch shows (dinner at concessions)
9:00 Head Back to Carrollton
11:00 Dismissed from Carrollton
B (we make finals)
3:00 Depart for Carrollton
Sunday (subject to changes based on performance order)
5:00 Call Time
5:30 Depart for Ola High School
8:00 Warm up
12:00 Lunch Concessions