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    Please browse this website to find important information about the Mendon High School Music Department as a whole or more specifically about the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band and Pit Orchestra at MHS as well as philosophical information about my approach to and goals for each of these ensembles.

     

    Feel free to contact me at anytime at paul_maguda@pittsford.monroe.edu or 267-3865.

     

     

    Current Information:

     

     

    2020-2021 Concert Band & Wind Ensemble:

    Thank you for your patience with the performance assessment/Wind Ensemble audition process that we nearly completed prior to the school shutdown.  It was wonderful to hear you put so much effort into preparing the required materials.  Please know that I see great potential in all of you and I thank you for your work.

    Each year, this is a challenging process as there are so many motivated students.  The primary aspect I am looking for in all auditions is skill readiness, readiness to tackle the very advanced repertoire that the Wind Ensemble performs that is demanding with technique and exposed with intonation and soloistic passages that require a developed sense of expression.  This is why we had so many discussions about goal tempos and opportunities to add extra dynamics to or bring out existing expression of your etudes.  A secondary aspect I consider is rate of learning.  The Wind Ensemble not only plays very advanced music, they also learn a large amount of repertoire at a much faster rate.  This is why there was a limited timeframe on the audition process (prior to the shutdown disrupting that).   Another aspect I consider is group/instrumentation balance.  Like any team activity, there has to be a balance of all roles on the team for success.  A team is ineffective when they have too many defensive players and not enough offensive players.  Both of our teams/ensembles should be balanced for success.

    As you can imagine, this year’s process was disrupted by the school shutdown and we had to make some modifications.  Most students were assessed while school was still in session.  Those students had their assessment grade posted in Infinite Campus and were considered for next year’s Wind Ensemble as well.  Most of the remaining students submitted a video once the shutdown started.  These video submissions were not graded, but were used to consider placement in next year’s Wind Ensemble only.  Because the counseling department now needs the roster for both Concert Band and Wind Ensemble to complete their scheduling, any students who did not complete the assessment/audition while at school or who did not submit a video from home were placed in the appropriate ensemble based on their performance consistency and growth throughout the school year.

    Having said that, I have attached (below) the Concert Band & Wind Ensemble rosters for next year.  Know that I am proud of all of you and am very excited to work with the collective talent of both groups next year.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3 Updates for all:

    1.  NYSSMA has officially canceled all solo festival and major organization festivals across the state this spring.  With the exception of the all-state jazz solo festival, none of your parent’s checks were deposited before the school shut down, so I will be returning all original checks to your families once I’m allowed back at school.  I am told that NYSSMA will be reimbursing the school for the all-state jazz solo festival as well.  I will update you on how they will handle selection for next fall’s area all-state and conference all-state festivals once they decide the process.

     

    2. Given that NYS remains in a state of emergency, we are not able to continue with the NYC trip. We are very sad we won't be able to take the trip with our students, but keeping our students safe during this time is our first priority.  Please read the information below from First Choice regarding the process for refunds:

     
    We are working with the vendors on obtaining refunds on your behalf.  All families have the cancel for any reason insurance and should email tgpittsfordclaims@tours4students.com the following information to open their claim:
     School Name and Trip
    Parent Name
    Student Name
    Phone Number
    Address
    Email
    Trip Dates
     Once we receive this information we will forward it to Travel Guard on your behalf.  They will send you further documents to fill out to the best of your ability.  Please know, we are working on refunds on your behalf from vendors and you will be filing for the difference between what you paid and what we are able to get back for you.
     

     

    3.  There are some outstanding musical resources that usually cost a subscription fee that are now free.  The one I’d like you to have fun with is Smart Music.  Although the play-along error detection accuracy is flawed, the amount of great tunes to play-along with is outstanding.  .  I put in a request for you to have access to the program through my account and am waiting on approval.  Once approved, I’ll share access with you all.

     

     

     

     

     

    WIND ENSEMBLE:

    Message 2 

    Dear Wind Ensemble Members,

     

    I hope you are all doing well and keeping your spirits up while staying safe at home.  I so look forward to the time when we can come together again and have fun making some great music.  Hopefully, you have been working on getting The Marriage of Figaro up to performance tempo and are ready for the next challenge.  To meet that challenge, you should sign up for free Smart Music (if you haven’t already done so) by doing the following:

    1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
    2. When prompted for a class code, please enter: PDWY2-HHFJY

     

    We are going to start looking at one of the all-time classic pieces of the wind band repertoire (which is also a piece suggested by you back in the fall): Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite.  Start by listening to the recording by the United States Marine Band that I posted on my webpage.  Go to Curricular Ensembles, then Wind Ensemble, then Listening Examples.  Once you get a sense of the whole piece (all 3 movements), find your part on the attachment and listen again to the first movement (March: Seventeen Come Sunday) while following your specific part.  To help you get a sense of the original folk song, I created a lead sheet for everyone to learn the melody and to see the story of courtship behind the piece.  Find your appropriate transposition to learn the melody (attached).

    Once you have the first movement in your ear and have started looking at your part, then you will be ready to try out the assignments in Smart Music.  You will see the following 4 assignments:

    1. Movement 1 from measures 1-64
    2. Movement 1 from measures 64-96
    3. Movement 1 from measures 97-end
    4. Run-through the entire 1st movement

    Your goal should be to play with accuracy and confidence under tempo and then to speed up each section to the performance tempo of 104.  When you are ready, try the 4th assignment and run the entire movement.

     

    Dig in and have fun!

     

    Message 1

    I hope you have settled into a routine at home that works for you and part of that routine should be spending some time enjoying making music on your instrument.  It is my sincere hope that we will be together again soon.  In the meantime, I hope you will continue to learn and grow from some of the greatest wind band literature that exists.

    My first challenge to you is to get The Marriage of Figaro up to performance speed (half note = 144).  The original orchestral recording is on my website under the Wind Ensemble, Listening Examples page and the sheet music is attached below here.  This goal is more easily achieved with the brass and percussion parts than with the woodwind parts.  That is why my second challenge to you is to learn a part that is different from the part you already know (i.e. clarinet 3 learn clarinet 1, flute or percussion learn oboe, trombone learn bassoon, trumpet learn clarinet, etc.).  To truly understand a great piece of literature, you need to see/hear how all parts work together.  Again, all parts are attached below.

    Mozart’s Marriage of Fiagaro overture is one of the world’s most recognizable melodies, which is why this joke from the original Willy Wonka movie works so well.  Enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4r-FbGivk

    Take care, be safe and have fun making music!

     

     

     

     

    CONCERT BAND:

    Message 2

    Dear Concert Band Members,

     

    I hope you are all doing well and keeping your spirits up while staying safe at home.  I so look forward to the time when we can come together again and have fun making some great music.  With that goal in mind, I’m presenting you with your next musical challenge.

    If you have not already done so, please sign up for Smart Music for free by doing the following:

    1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
    2. 2. When prompted for a class code, please enter: KW4XP-UNHGJ

     

    Once you have set up your Smart Music account, you will find 4 assignments there all working on A Childhood Remembered.  They are as follows:

    1. Measures 1-35
    2. Measures 35-50
    3. Measures 51-74
    4. Run the entire piece

    Your goal should be to work each section from a slower practice tempo gradually up to the goal tempo of 96 and then try running the entire piece.  Hopefully, you have already been gaining some confidence with this piece and these assignments will be in good shape.  If so, that means you will be ready to start looking at our next piece.

     

    Emperata Overture by Claude T. Smith is one of the classic pieces in the wind band repertoire and Claude T. Smith is one of the most influential composers in the band world.  I put a recording of this work (played by the Taiwan Wind Ensemble) on my webpage.  Go to Curricular Ensembles, then Concert Band, then Listening Examples.  Listen to the piece as a whole first, then find your specific part and listen again while following along.  Attached you will find all parts for this piece. 

     

    Dig in and have fun!

     

    Message 1

    I hope you have settled into a routine at home that works for you and part of that routine should be spending some time enjoying making music on your instrument.  It is my sincere hope that we will be together again soon.  In the meantime, I hope you will continue to learn and grow from some of the greatest wind band literature that exists.

    My first challenge to you is to listen to and learn A Childhood Remembered.  We barely got started on it, but it immediately showed the promise of an outstanding performance.  Your goal tempo is 96.  Here is a link to the publisher’s recording:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uDaRTvTF-I

    My second challenge to you is to learn a part other than the one you normally learn (i.e.  flute or percussion learn the oboe part, trumpet learn the clarinet part and vice versa, alto sax learn the bari sax part and vice versa, etc.).  To truly understand a great piece of literature, you need to see/hear how all parts work together.  I’ve attached all parts below for you to see.

    Take care, be safe and have fun making music!

     

     

     

    SCHOOL CLOSURE:   During this challenging time, please be safe and stay healthy.  Do continue to check your school student e-mail account regularly as I plan to send files as well as playing and listening goals to you throughout this closure so that we will be ready to resume successfully once allowed. 

     

    3/20-21:  All-County Classical Festival in West Irondequoit & at Eastman Theater  CANCELLED

     

    3/26-28:  RENT (High School Edition)  POSTPONED

     

    3/30:  NYC student & parent meeting in MHS auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  CANCELLED

     

    4/15:  Faculty Music Recital at CRMS at 7:00 p.m.  CANCELLED

     

    4/17-4/19:  Music Department Trip to NYC  CANCELLED

     

    4/28:  Wind Ensemble NYSSMA Majors at Spencerport HS at 2:10 p.m.  Students will be out of school from 12:20 - 3:45 p.m.  CANCELLED

     

    5/1-5/2:  All-State Jazz Solo Festival in Canandaigua  CANCELLED

     

    5/15:  District Jazz Festival at Sutherland HS at 7:00 p.m.

     

    5/18:  Pittsford In-House Solo Festival at CRMS  CANCELLED

     

    5/25:  Memorial Day town ceremony at 11:00 a.m.

     

    6/5:  Small Ensemble concert at 7:00 p.m.

     

    6/5-6/6:  All-State Classical Solo Festival at Gates-Chili HS  CANCELLED

     

    6/9:  Final Band concert at 7:00 p.m.

     

    6/24:  Jazz Ensemble at the Rochester International Jazz Festival at 5:15 p.m.  POSTPONED UNTIL THE FALL

     

    6/27:  Graduation at R.I.T. at 10:00 a.m.

     

     

     

     

     

     

       

    Congratulations to the following musicians who were selected to this year's NYSSMA & MCSMA Honors All State Festivals!

     

    Jr. High Area All State

    Grace Wu (flute), band
    Jenny Zhao (flute), band
    Ella Henry (French horn), band
    Ethan Hess (French horn), band
    Natalie Schnose (French horn), band

     

    Sr. High Area All State

    Katherine Huang (flute), orchestra
    Emily Oldfield (clarinet), orchestra
    Madeleine Eckhardt (French horn), orchestra
    Kathy Yan (flute), band
    Olivia Harkin (clarinet), band
    Sydney Grossman (clarinet), band
    Sadie Oldfield (alto sax), band
    Molly Collins (trumpet), band
    Sadie Wallis (trumpet), band
    Alex Pogharian (euphonium), band
    Owen Oldfield (tuba), band
    Lauren Romanick (clarinet), alternate
    Emma Stenzel (trombone), alternate
    Libby Merkel (snare drum), alternate

     

     

    Conference All State

    Emily Oldfield (clarinet & alto 2), Symphonic Band & Treble Chorus
    Katherine Huang (flute), alternate
    Kathy Yan (flute), alternate
    Sadie Oldfield (alto sax), alternate
    Alex Pogharian (euphonium), alternate

     

    MCSMA Jazz All-County

    Sadie Oldfield (alto sax)
    Molly Collins (trumpet)
    Peter Foley (bass)

     

    MCSMA Classical All-County

    Katherine Huang (flute), orchestra
    Kathy Yan (flute), band
    Grace Wu (flute), band
    Jenny Zhao (flute), band
    Lauren Romanick (clarinet), band
    Sydney Grossman (clarinet), band
    Emily Oldfield (clarinet), band
    Olivia Harkin (clarinet), band
    Sadie Oldfield (alto sax), band
    Claire Cunningham (alto sax), band
    Johanna Merkel (alto sax), band
    Molly Collins (trumpet), band
    Madeleine Eckhardt (French horn), band
    Alex Pogharian (euphonium), band
    Libby Merkel (timpani), band

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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