Welcome Parents and Students
2016 - 2017 School Year
Congratulations to the members of the Symphonic Band for receiving all Superior Ratings playing grade 4 & 5 music at the VBODA Concert Band Assessment.
All District Jazz Auditions have been rescheduled to Wednesday March 22nd.
SPRING TRIP INFORMATION - In culmination of a year of hard work, members of the music department, will be performing at the Musicale Music Festival, Williamsburg Virginia, on Saturday May 20st.
Students will be adjudicated in performance at a local high school in Williamsburg and spend the remainder of the day at Busch Gardens, where they will be able to relax, enjoy the rides, and participate in a Gala Awards Ceremony. Throughout the duration of the trip, students are divided into adult chaperoned groups of approximately 8 students. Students will travel on charter buses, with breakfast en-route in Fredericksburg. All other meals will be in Busch Gardens. Repot time to school is 4:30am with an estimated departure time of 5am. Estimated return time to Harmony approx 1:40 AM. Although this is a long day, it is very rewarding for our students. An exact itinerary will be given approximately 2 weeks in advance of the trip. All students must be in good standing with their ensemble. Students with any unexcused absence may not participate on the Spring Trip.
Student cost is $155, which includes the cost of the adjudication, awards, charter bus transportation, a music t-shirt that all students will wear in Busch Gardens, and admission to Busch Gardens. The cost of meals is not included. Checks for the trip should be made out to the Harmony Band Boosters no later than April 15th. Parents and students must realize that there will be absolutely no additions, changes or refunds after this date.
There are a limited number of parent chaperones. Chaperones are selected on a first come, first serve basis, and are paid for. Band Parents, please contact Rene’ Pettit, Band Booster President if you would like to chaperone.
Homework and Practice
All Instrumental students are expected to practice on a regular daily basis. The amount of time a student practices is dependent upon the material needed to be mastered. This is considered Homework for band students.
Generally, the more a student practices, the better they will sound on their instrument. This is especially true if they are working with a private teacher. Parents are encouraged to help set-up a daily practice regiment for the student. Parents and students interested in Private Lesson, see Mr. Shoremount for recommended teachers.
Did You Know ???
Research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the human body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness
d allows it to decipher between tone and pitch.
Children who study a
are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students who participate in high-quality music programs score 22 percent better on English and 20 percent better on Math standardized exams.
Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain breaks down and understands human language, making music students more apt to pick up a second language.
( When asked about his theory of relativity ) “It occurred to me by intuition, music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.”
“Music is a higher revelation than all
wisdom and philosophy.
Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”
Ludwig van Beethoven
“Music is the soundtrack of your life.” - Dick Clark
“Keep boppin’ till you drop.” Jazz Musician’s Retirement Plan.
“There are two kinds of music; the good and bad. I play the good kind.”
“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff”
“ You don’t need any brains to listen to music” Luciano Pavarotti
“life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”
- Ronald Reagan
Slow and Clean is always better than Fast and Sloppy”
"I might not have been President if it hadn't been for school music. Learning improves in school environments where there are comprehensive music programs."
The Harmony Band is now on "Youtube."
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Watch video's of Declaration Overture
Our Heritage & Destino !
Paul E. Shoremount, Director
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Disclaimers: The introduction music on this website is ROUGH RIDERS by Karl L. King, arranged by James Swearingen, performed by the Harmony Middle School Band. (c) 1943 by C. L. Barnhouse Company (SESAC). This arrangement (c) 1996 by C. L. Barnhouse Company (SESAC). Used by permission. Usage of ROUGH RIDERS is exclusively for the Harmony Middle School Band website. The publisher reserves all other rights.