Admittedly, this is a post primarily for grandparents and Aunt Kathy the music teacher. I don’t expect anyone else to care much about the adventure of band life for Jr. High kids. However, if you like Jr. High band concerts and contests, you may read on…
We had the end of year concerts for Burnett Jr. High in the Wylie East auditorium. It was a fun night of music. Plus, Grandma & Grandpa Denton (my parents) were in Texas for those concerts. The presence of a grandparent makes it a bigger deal than if it’s just mom and did sitting in the audience listening. It was a fun evening. Afterwards, I snapped a picture of the two kids and friend, Ellie J.
The first band of the night was JJ’s, made up primarily of 7th graders and directed by Mr. Denis. I got one song recorded, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” JJ plays percussion, so he’s out of sight from our seats.
I got several videos of Amelia’s band playing. One of their songs was “Cahokia”. Amelia is first chair flute. You see her at the front in the flute section to left of director.
Here’s them playing one of their songs from this year’s UIL contest, the “Honor Roll March.”
The band playing “Stonehenge.”
And they jumped back to an 80′s classic to do “Final Countdown.” It even included an invitation to sing along from the director, Mr. Burks. By the way, here’s a little tip to my band (and choir) director friends – As cool as it is to hear your kids play (or sing) a song from your own teen years, it’s also high on the cheesy factor. Nothing like hearing your kids turn a rock song into elevator music to remind you how old you’ve gotten. Here’s the song…
Another week later was the UIL solo contest competition. It ended up being a little crazy with UIL band competitions and auditions for the Wylie East Band; then solo contest the next week. It left a lot of rehearsing for that last week before the solo competition on the next Friday night. So, I’m even more impressed with their performances. Their pieces are combined in this video. JJ played “Equity” on several percussion instruments. Amelia played “Gavotte.”
Now we’re into summer lessons and high school marching band camps. No more concerts until next fall. Until then, here are a few of the pictures from the events featured above.
Posted: June 7, 2011
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