More Honor Band News!
Congratulations to Evan Mickas - Tenor Saxophone for being selected for the CMEA Bay Section Honor Jazz Band. They performed at San Jose State University on Friday January 10th at 3:00 pm in the Music Hall.
Congratulations to Andrew Chow - Baritone Saxophone and Max Buchholz - Trombone, for being selected to the Contra Costa County Honor Jazz Band. They will be performing at San Ramon Valley High School on Sunday March 9th at 2:00 pm in the Performing Arts Theater. Admission is free!
SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to Ryn McWhirter - Clarinet and Max Buchholz - Trombone, for being selected this year to the prestigious California All-State Honor Band. The All-State Honor Band runs from Thursday through Saturday, February 20-February 24, 2014 in Fresno. The concert will be on Sunday February 24, 2014 in the Saroyan Theater. Admission is free!
It's wonderful to see Acalanes representation in these highly acclaimed events. GREAT JOB BY ALL!
2014 Contra Costa County Honor Band Audition Results
Congratulations to the following twelve Acalanes Instrumental Music Students that were accepted into this year's Contra Costa County High School Honor Band:
Andrew Bertics - Percussion, Max Buchholz - Trombone, Andrew Chow - Clarinet, Daniel Croak - Clarinet, Kyle Everly - Bassoon, Kennedy Kim - Trumpet, Alex Lee - Trombone, Maya Marshall - Euphonium, Ryn McWhirter - Clarinet, Ryan Summerlin - Clarinet, Spenser Tejada - Horn, and Kyra Vanhoven - Clarinet
This year's honor band represents 14 high school programs. The County Honor Band weekend runs from Thursday through Saturday, January 30-February 1, 2014. All rehearsals and the performance will be at San Ramon Valley High School this year. The guest conductor this year is Dr. Martin Seggelke from the San Francisco State University.
This promises to be a wonderful honor band this year! The Concert will be on Saturday February 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the San Ramon Valley High School Theater. Admission is free!
IMPORTANT SPAIN UPDATE 9/6/13
IMPORTANT SPAIN UPDATE
Greetings! The 2014 Summer Spain Tour that was scheduled for June 20-28, 2014 (Fri-Sat) has been slightly altered to June 18-26, 2014 (Wed-Thurs, 2 days earlier). According to World Projects, the tour dates we had set (June 20-28) have turned out to be very difficult in terms of available seats and especially cost. In order to avoid having to go back to you for an airline surcharge, World Projects started looking at slightly different dates. It turns out the best dates for this tour will be June 18-26 (2 days earlier). World Projects have secured seats on three airlines (Air Canada, USAir, and KLM) - these seats are within the budget for airfare.
The order of the tour has been changed, and will start in Barcelona, then go to Peniscola, then to Valencia, then back to Barcelona. The great thing about this new schedule is that the final concert will now be at the Palau in Valencia. This will be the centerpiece concert of course, and now all the previous concerts will crescendo to this one!
World Projects and the directors understand these new dates will require some slight adjustment and flexibility on everyone’s part BUT our goal was to NOT increase any costs AND to give you the best artistic and cultural experience, which this new schedule will certainly provide. Ending the tour with the BEST concert venue is a HUGE plus!
With this change, the June Pre-Tour Rehearsal Schedule will be adjusted as follows:
Sunday June 15, 2014 - Rehearsal #5, 2:00-5:00 pm (San Ramon Valley)
Monday June 16, 2014 - Rehearsal #6, 2:00-5:00 pm (San Ramon Valley)
Tuesday June 17, 2014 - Rehearsal #7, 2:00-5:00 pm (San Ramon Valley)
Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm (San Ramon Valley)
Short Concert 7:30pm (San Ramon Valley)
Wednesday June 18, 2014 - Departure from SFO (Time still to be determined)
PLEASE NOTE: The first four full rehearsals scheduled on February 11, March 11, April 8, and June 3 remain the same (6:00-8:30 pm each rehearsal, sites still TBA).
REMINDER: The tour dates are June 18-26, 2014 (Wed-Thurs).
Thanks you for your flexibility. This promises to be the experience of a lifetime.
What do Universities Say About Music?
In light of all the tradeoffs kids have to make these days when thinking about college admissions, music can make a big difference:
- The College Board, the administrator of the SAT Test, identifies the arts (including music) as one of the 6 areas that students should study in order to succeed in college.
- University admissions officers clearly state that students who participate in arts classes continually through high school have an advantage over students who do not when applying for high-end schools.
- During the admissions process, colleges and universities look for students who "stand out" and who have something to offer to the campus. Music students who have played for at least 3 years in high school ensembles are automatically placed in this category (assuming they have met all other requirements).
- Continuous enrollment in music is valued much more highly than extra years of foreign language classes. Students having to choose between music and extra language classes, especially at the Junior High level, should always choose music according to admissions officers from several universities.
- Playing an instrument well can help a student get into a university if they are willing to play in the university's ensembles. Students do not have to be a music major to take advantage of this. All universities have to have enough musicians on each instrument to feature high-level performing groups. University band and orchestra directors will find a way for a talented student/musician to get into a school.
- Having music on a student's transcript all through high school shows that a student has developed skills in group work, multi-tasking, spatial reasoning, mathematics, leadership, community spirit, and many other areas. These types of skills cannot be found all together in any other class.
Also check out this related article - Why Take Music?
Sources: NAfME-The National Association for Music Education “Music Education Facts and Figures” 2002 & www.schoolmusicmatters.com