I hope that everyone has enjoyed a great break and happy holidays. Shortly after we return, the students who made the final all state cut will audition. Times and information are on this site under the "events" link.
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the district honor band and all state tryouts this weekend. Over 930 students auditioned for approximately 340 spots. Pope was in the top 4 schools in participation from all the schools in Cobb and Douglas counties, Marietta City, and area private schools. 26 of our students passed the first round all state tryout and will continue to the final auditions. Congratulations to these students and good luck with the final audition!
11th & 12th Grade Honor Band 9th & 10th Grade Honor Band
Kaie Westmass Aly Soriano
Megan Miller Ashley Marino
Brett Sutherland Kesem Shaier
Joey Tracy Sydney Reese
Brandon Harnick Ted Shang
Jake Parker Matthew Hodgetts
11th & 12th Clinic Band Kevin Worley
Sam Caballero Josh Cooper
Jennifer Alber Abby Warbington
Sydney O'Donnell Angie Jackson
Emily Haar Wesley Dale
Taha Rahmutallah 9th & 10th Clinic Band
Stewart Davidson Michelle Zhou
Nick Ratte Alex Erdman
Sydnei Church Hangil Ryu
Michael Kranzlein Matt Anderson
Raymond Durr Jessica Kranzlein
Connor Coffey Jake Blaydes
Tim Neja Ethan Thomas
Julian Lee Jacob Sherwin
Our 17th Showcase of the Arts upheld the tradition of high quality and great entertainment. Many thanks to all of the students for their time in preparation and their wonderful performance. Thanks to all of the Fine Arts teachers for contributing to the showcase...it is truly a unique opportunity for visual art, drama, and all of the music ensembles to share their talents.
One really special moment this year was when our principal, Dr. Downs, became a part of the show and narrated "The Night Before Christmas". Well done, Dr. Downs!
We are fortunate indeed to be in a situation where the teachers work well together and the students are capable of performing challenging music, creating high quality art, and engaging the audience with their acting ability. It was a full house at the new Lassiter Concert Hall, and we look forward to our next showcase in 2014!
Thanks to everyone for a great winter concert at Hightower Trail MS last night! All of the groups performed well and the standing room only audience was fantastic. We had a planned "sing along", but also several spontaneous audience participation moments as well. Everyone seemed to have a great time. Special thanks to Paula Williams for stepping in at the last moment to cover parts in our percussion ensemble for a student who didn't show up at the concert...and for providing a surprise appearance by Snoopy! Thanks also to those who set up the reception following the concert...the room was packed. We appreciate the staff and administration of HTMS for allowing us to come to their facility for the concert. It is really important to us that we get to interact with the middle school students so that they can see the high school bands and
Thanks to all who helped us with the Children's Healthcare Parade on Saturday! It was a bit chilly, but the students took it in stride and delivered a great performance. The parade was televised on WSB-TV and we got immediate e-mails and text messages saying that the band looked and sounded really good. Along the parade route, parade viewers were heard to comment on how much they liked our new uniforms...really gratifying and not something you typically hear during a parade! Thanks to the chaperones, uniform moms and equipment team members who worked on the event. Everything went smoothly.
Thank you to those who filled out our survey regarding the future of our band program. Approximately 52% of our parents and students answered the questions. We now have some concrete data to consider instead of rumors and supposition. We will be analyzing the results and formulating plans for our future over the next couple of months.
Remember...if you gave your input we appreciate your opinions and will take them into consideration as we move forward. If you did not participate, then we hope that you will cheerfully accept the changes and respect the process enough not to complain after the fact.
Thanks again to those who helped us with this endeavor!
Monday evening, we took 50 students along with another 50 from chorus and orchestra to an event sponsored by the Cobb Energy Center. Our students got to sit in on a sound check, meet and ask questions of the artists, have a clinic with an area professional musician, have dinner, and then enjoy a great show.
The featured artist was Dave Koz, an L.A. based sax player, and four of his guests...Keiko Matsui, who has shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Miles Davis, world-renowned singer Oleta Adams, who first came to prominence when Tears for Fears asked her to appear on their The Seeds of Love album and who has released eight acclaimed CDs of her own, crossing effortlessly between R&B, Jazz, Popular and Gospel music, and Jonathan Butler, who was the first black artist played on white stations in his native South Africa and has since earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields.
The students learned about being a professional musician, how the setup for a show works, jobs "behind the scenes" with sound, lights, and management, and the interaction among musicians during the show.
Every artist shared the same sentiment with our students...if you love music, listen to it often...find a great teacher...perform for anyone and everyone as frequently as you can...and network yourself with a resume, bio, picture, and recordings (all of which are easily done these days with computer technology).
We are thrilled that 50 of our kids took advantage of this opportunity and we encourage more to take advantage as we announce similar events for the future.