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SRHS Marching Band in Finals!

The SRHS Falcon Corps and Colorguard will be taking the field in divisional championship competition at 10:31 AM on Saturday, November 18th at Huntington Beach High School.  If we either win our division (4A), or score one of the top six non-division-winning scores, we will participate later that evening in the state championships!  If you can join us at HBHS, awesome!  If not, then please send your positive thoughts to us at performance time.

Good news: you can livestream the championships online!  Bad news: it costs $29 to livestream the finals.  Solution: get together with friends and split the cost!  The more friends you get together with, the lower the per-person cost is!  The purchase of the livestream includes all divisional championship performances from divisions 4A, 5A, and 6A, as well as the state championships that begin at 7:00 PM.  Divisional championship performances begin at 9:00 AM, and coverage continues through the 6A awards that will start at 4:45 PM and go a bit past 5:00 PM.  If you include the state championships, it’ll be over 11 hours of total and complete marching mania!

Divisional championships performance schedule

You can preview the state championships performance schedule by going to > Events > CSBC Championships – Finals.  Remember, the state championship bands won’t be finalized until after the division 6A awards ceremony.  A complete schedule should be available sometime after 5:00 PM.


Nov. 13 – 17, 2017

PRACTICE RECORDS: All students have a regular weekly practice record, complete with parent signature in ink, due at the beginning of their band/orchestra class on Friday, November 17th.  If you know you’re going to miss one or more of the later days this week for family travel, please plan ahead to complete and submit your practice record early.  Also, I DO NOT accept late practice records after long breaks such as Thanksgiving Break.  If you are unexpectedly absent or forget your practice record at home on Friday, a photo or scan of it must be emailed to me no later than midnight that night.

THANKSGIVING BREAK: There is no school next week for Thanksgiving Break!  While I encourage you to practice your Winter Concert repertoire throughout the break, there is no practice record due for your practice during the break.  You may start practicing for your practice record that will be due on Friday, December 1st on Friday, November 24th.

ALL CLASSES: We have one week, then Thanksgiving Break, and then a week-and-a-half before our Winter Concerts.  Students should be able to play all of the pitches and rhythms in their repertoire, with steady tempo, from beginning to end by the end of the week.  After the break, we will add as many musicality details as we can in each piece ahead of the performances.

SRHS MUSIC FUNDRAISER: The SRHS Music Department is holding a restaurant fundraiser at Pick Up Stix by new Vons on Monday, November 13th.  Pick up some delicious food and support the high school music program!  (Click here for the flyer)

SDUSD MS HONOR GROUPS: Please see the post below for any and all information and materials pertaining to this year’s SDUSD Middle School Honor Band/Orchestra.

FINANCIAL UPDATE: Thank you to the families who donated to the program this past week!  Please see the financial update blog post below for the latest figures for each class.

MUSIC TUTORING: This will be the last post about music tutoring, however, it will continue to be offered for the remainder of the year should students need it.  Parents, please be aware of this fact as there are far more students that could benefit from music tutoring than are actually taking advantage of it.

SSC AND CHAMBER MUSIC: SSC will meet at lunch on Tuesday and Thursday as normal.  Chamber music ensembles will rehearse at their normal times this week.

SDUSD MS Honor Band/Orch.

The 2018 SDUSD Middle School Honor Band and Orchestra information and audition materials are now available!  Please see the following info for all necessary details relating to this activity:

Auditions: Thursday, November 30th from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at De Portola Middle School

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will occur on the evenings of January 11th, 18th, 25th, and 31st, as well as February 1st and 2nd.  Please see the audition materials for specific timing details, which are slightly different between band and orchestra.

Dress rehearsal and performance: Dress rehearsals will occur on the afternoon of Saturday, February 3rd (different times for band and orchestra), with a performers’ call time of 6:00 PM and concert start time of 7:00 PM.


Honor Band: Materials       Audition reservations       Application form

Honor Orchestra: Materials       Audition reservations       Application form

Food for Musical Thought


If you find yourself bored and needing a good article or two to pass the time, here are a few from my good friend, Dr. Noa Kageyama, a.k.a. “The Bulletproof Musician.”

What to Ask Yourself After a Failure or Setback

8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently

“Perfect” Practice May Be Preventing You from Learning that Tricky Passage

Why Listening to Reference Recordings is an Important Part of Practicing

The Importance of Writing Notes in Your Music (one of my favorites!)

For more delightfully thought-provoking articles about music and becoming a better musician, feel free to browse Dr. Kageyama’s blog, and feel free to email me with any articles you don’t see above that you found to be applicable to middle school musicians.