Marching Forms and QCYSE Audition Information


WE MUST PLACE THIS ORDER SOON. Please get that paperwork in - if money is tight at the moment please talk to myself or Mrs. Bumann so we can locate some gloves/shoes... but I need to get a head count for everyone.

August 9th are audition for the Quad City Youth Symphony. They have a good handful of slots. Check out their e-mail below!


Hello all,

It's that time of year again - it's time to renew your SmartMusic stuff!

Folks who are colorguard only - and not in any other band - can ignore this.
Concert band percussionists - you can ignore this. (Marching percussion do sign up)

For those of you who are new - SmartMusic is our Music Assessment software. We upload music, and it has practice tools - metronomes - fingering charts - the ability to hear your part in MIDI format - the ability to practice as slow or fast as you'd like with the band - etc. 

Time to sign up... 

  1. If you are the same concert ensembles as last year, you're all set.
  2. If you are in marching band, you'll need to re-enroll for just marching band. (We'll use it this year)
  3. Go to
  4. Create an account - I don't care what e-mail you use, SO LONG AS YOU CAN LOGIN TO IT AND ASSIGN A PASSWORD YOU'LL REMEMBER.
  5. You'll be asked for a class code...
    1. Marching Band = PFVHZ-U4YT2
    2. Concert Band = FVNJD-AKFU7
    3. Symphonic Band = VUD2T-KZUDH

Sign up for the classes needed. It's mandatory and part of the class... again, the exceptions to this are as follows:

Colorguard NOT enrolled in a concert ensemble.
Concert Band Percussion (Symphonic percussion, you're now apart of this so sign up for symphonic band)

Trombone Opportunity

From the University of Illinois Trombone Professor...



I wanted to be sure you are aware of our summer trombone program that is open to trombonists graduating 8th grade thru graduating 12th graders.

It is being held 6/24-30 and there are still spots available.


The faculty includes myself and Max Bonecutter as guest faculty.


Description is included below and you can find more info at:


Please feel free to respond back with any questions you might have.

Thanks very much for considering this program.

Best wishes for a great summer!

Elliot Chasanov


isym pre-college trombone program

june 24 - 30, 2018



Elliot Chasanov, University of Illinois,

Max Bonecutter, guest faculty,


This program, for senior high trombonists, provides the opportunity to develop advanced technical and interpretive skills in a variety of musical styles and genres through masterclasses, individual lessons, chamber ensembles and private practice time. Students are exposed to a wide range of repertoire and learn about diverse facets of trombone literature and performance practice. New to the program this year, trombone students will have the opportunity to perform in brass quintets, trombone choir, and a brass choir coached by ISYM faculty members as part of the ISYM Pre-College Academy. Trombonists will also participate in a daily brass chamber seminar with all ISYM brass faculty to cultivate brass chamber performance skills.

Here is what a typical day in the Pre-College Trombone program will look like:

  • 8:15-9:15 am:  Warm-Up/ Master Class
  • 9:30-10:30 am: Trombone Choir
  • 10:45-11:45: Pre-College Chamber Music hour (brass quintets and brass choir)
  • Noon- 1:00: lunch
  • 1:15- 2:15 pm: Small Ensemble rehearsal
  • 2:30- 3:30 pm: Individual Practice
  • 3:45-4:45 pm: Brass Chamber Music Seminar
  • 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
  • 10:30 pm- lights out

Elliot Chasanov | Professor of Music-Trombone | Chair-Brass Division

UI School of Music | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

Trombone at Illinois Website | Trombone at Illinois on Facebook 

2018 Summer Trombone Camp |  

Michael Rath Trombone Artist | Chasanov Brass Arrangements

email: | Cell Phone: +1(217)799-8800

Office: 4044 Music Bldg | 1114 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801 

Black Hawk College Opportunity

Hello graduating seniors and interested juniors (underclassmen should read this too!)

Dr. Crockett came into our band classes last week discussing the opportunities at Black Hawk college. We have a truly amazing asset in our own back yard. They offer a Music Achievement Award which is detailed below. If you’re at all interested, please contact Dr. Crockett (contact information is at the bottom of his announcement)



Dear Band Musician,


Thank you for expressing interest in music at Black Hawk College!

We would be honored to have you join us as you continue your education.

As mentioned earlier, we have a full range of music courses at BHC.


These courses include:


Symphonic Band

Symphony Orchestra

Jazz Bands

Concert Chorale

Chamber Singers

Community Choir

Music Fundamentals

Music Theory (I-IV)

Class Piano (I-IV)

Electronic Music (I-II)

Music Appreciation

Music Literature

Private Lessons (voice and all instruments)




We offer associate degrees which prepare students for transfer programs in Music Education, Music Business, Music Therapy, Music Theory/Composition and Music Performance. We also offer a one year certificate: Music Industry Certificate Program (MICP.) Our graduates do very well in transfer and have found gainful employment in music.


We are writing to inivite you to audition for a Music Achievement Award at BHC.

As mentioned earler, you do not have to major in music to qualify for a Music Achievement Award.


We are holding auditions on Tuesday, July 24 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for graduating and upcoming high school seniors.

To reserve an audition time, please email our area head, Mr. Jon Palomaki, at to request a Music Achievement Award Application form. 


You should prepare 6-8 minutes of music of your choice. We prefer to hear a number of contrasting styles that demonstrate your technical and musical skills. We may also ask you to sight read and play scales as well.


Please contact me or Mr. Palomaki if you have any questions or you need to schedule your audition on another date.

Once again, we would be honored to have you join us.




C. Edgar Crockett, Ph.D.
Professor of Music
Black Hawk College
6600 34th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

Jon Palomaki, Area Head

Professor of Music
Black Hawk College
6600 34th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

Band results are in. Please know that the 4-5 minutes I heard you playing are not indicative of you as a person or musician. I do the best I can with the snap shot I get.

That said - if you have a question or concern, please wait until Monday to ask IN PERSON.

As for marching band results - we'll have leadership results posted on Wednesday or Thursday after Drum Major Auditions end. For now, I've put everyone in with their most obvious instrument. 


Weekly Reminders


Hello all,

Happy Concert Week from the UT Instrumental Music Department. A few reminders…

8th Period Wednesday we will have an Africa Dress rehearsal with everyone in the band room. This will be the only opportunity we have to play it all together, so we’ve got to make it count. Unless administration says otherwise, this will be our time. This includes world drums. (Please be flexible if this needs to change – it’s May, and there are a lot of conflicts – I will update if this changes)

UT Concert and Symphonic Percussionists will be with their bands on Thursday during 4th or 6th period depending on your specific class. 7th period will be a lunch.

Call time for band students is 6:30pm on Thursday in dress or tuxedo. World drums is 6:50pm, wearing all black. The concert is Thursday night and starts at 7:00pm. I hope to have the final note of the final piece played by 8:45pm. There are a few field trips occurring that day – so please work it out as best as able. 

It will also be senior recognition night. We will recognize band seniors with a flower and a solo walk (no parents/guardians) in between concert and symphonic band.

Rental tuxedos must be turned in that night or NO LATER THAN FRIDAY BY LUNCH. Please bring a change of clothes.

Banquet is on Friday, May 18th – dinner to start at 6pm, awards to begin by 7pm. Attached you will find a flyer that was distributed today (5/14) during class. This is due no later than the end of the day on Wednesday.

If you didn’t fill out the awards survey, it’s too late to receive anything. We had 85 people work it out – but if you do have something pressing, please talk to Mrs. Minard.

Tomorrow (5/15) concert winds will have a playing quiz during class. That assignment was told to them during class today and is attached to the e-mail. This tune is not in SmartMusic, and instead will be done in class.

Banquet Request!

A message from Mrs. Bumann, who can be reached at

It’s band party time!! The end of the year brings celebrates for your wonderfully talented students. We will hold the annual band banquet Friday, May 18th in the UTHS cafeteria. Time to be announced. More details coming.

If you like to plan parties, decorate, and are willing to help plan and set up for the Band Banquet on May 18th this is the spot for you. Please see the sign-up sheet to help organize and celebrate your students.

Tapes from the year

Below is a link to all of the judge's tapes for Chicagoland for both bands, and 2 of the 3 superstate listening judges. (The lost one is in the mail apparently)

Skyward E-Mail...

Hello all,


Just a few friendly reminders from the band room. Apologies in advance for the length…

  • For Chicagoland, we’ll be collecting $2/3 a student to provide pizza on the way home. Please bring any snacks for the ride there.
  • Report time for Chicagoland is 8:30am, with a departure promptly at 8:45am.
  • The full itinerary for the event is on the website (, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, and was Remind texted out.
  • Mrs. Bumann has asked I send out this link for CHAPERONES WHICH WE NEED for Chicagoland, if you want a free ride to Hersey… I’d advise signing up.
  • Our band parent meeting for tonight (4/3) has been cancelled.
  • Please e-mail Mrs. Bumann ( with any interest in helping with our booster bash basket. If you’re new, the $10,000 (You read RIGHT! $10,000) Booster Bash Raffle drawing happens at BOOSTER BASH! The band traditionally has had the coolest raffle basket there (each group presents a basket that is raffled off) – please e-mail Mrs. Bumann if you’re interested in helping in that endeavor.
  • BOOSTER TICKETS – if you received a booster ticket and haven't sold it yet, please do so ASAP. Ticket sales across the board as miserable this year – and it's honestly the one of two things the boosters ask us to do (band parents also staff concessions pretty regularly) – but if you want a raffle ticket and haven’t recieved one yet, have your student talk to me.
  • Our Spring Concert is May 17th. Our band awards will be May 18th.
  • Be on the lookout for another e-mail with more information about Chicagoland specifics. I will try and send that later tonight.
  • Auditions for UT students will be the last week of April or the first week of May. Students have this information.

More to come! 

From Mr. Bacorn's post on Facebook, plugging Mr. Brown's Brass Camp...

This is an AMAZING value for a camp of this nature. A normal single lesson hour costs what, $30 plus! It is $40 for the week. You will not be disappointed.

Cool opportunity from @IllinoisStateU Music Department.

Aforementioned link is below...


Reminders from the band room...

Hello all,

A few reminders…

This Saturday (3/3) is Solo & Ensemble Contest. We still have about 50 slots that need filling for room monitors! Please, please, please sign up below for a time. It’s easy stuff and a good way to give back to the band program. Mrs. Swanson is taking food donations for the concession stand and judges room as well… your students can volunteer too!

Next week, Tuesday March 6th is our Pre-Festival Band Concert. It starts at 7pm and admission is free. Tuxedos and dresses of course. Report time for the bands is 6:30pm (that’s when we start warming up concert band– so if you plan on changing when you get here you’ll have to arrive).

Also next week, Thursday March 8th, the Symphonic Band will be excused for the day to go to the University of Northern Iowa Concert Band Invitational. Attached is the packet I gave to all students. They will need to bring their own lunch for the day for timing purposes and attire is business casual as it’s a long day.

For those students doing PIT in the musical, I’ve attached our PIT ONLY schedule to rehearse. Two days have already passed. What is NOT on the sheet is that starting April 17th, per Mr. Greer, we will begin rehearsing with the cast every day after school.

Looking forward, Saturday April 7th is the Chicagoland Band Festival for both bands. We don’t have a schedule yet for this but it will be a full day event at Hersey High School. More information to come.

That’s all I can think of at the moment! Have a good day and of course e-mail me with any questions! It’s a hectic time of year for all of us but we always appreciate the sacrifices you make in the name of making great music!

-Mr. W

Music Therapy Information

The Midwestern Regional Music Therapy Conference is being held at the Voxman Music Building in Iowa City from March 16-18, 2018.  As part of our conference, we are hosting an informational session for high school students who are interested in learning more about the field of music therapy.  This session will be on Saturday, March 17th from 10:00-11:15 am and then students will be able to tour our exhibit hall and attend a conference session from 12:30-1:30 pm if they are interested.  The students will have a chance to ask questions to music therapy professionals, students and professors as part of this panel discussion.  Attached is a flyer and informational letter that I hope you will hand out to any interested students.

Please share with any students who may be considering music therapy as a potential career!  And please share with any colleagues that I may have missed.

If you have any questions about this event or if you ever have any students interested in learning more about music therapy, please email or call!

Thanks so much!

Kelly L. Carlson, MA, MT-BC
Music Therapist-Board Certified and Member of the AMTA Workforce Development and Retention Committee

Co-Chair of the 2018 MWR Music Therapy Conference

Director of Music Therapy Services
Music Therapy Services of West Music Company