Marching Band Time

It’s time to start planning for the next Marching Band Season.  We will be again hosting some Saturday events to introduce what we do to potential students.  The first such event will be held on March 3rd in the band room at the HS.  The other dates include April 7, and two Saturdays in May.

We are in the process of creating an Honor Band for the region.  The dates for that have not been set yet, but will likely require us to cancel one of the May MB clinics.  As soon as that information is locked in we will update you.

Either way you will want to keep both May 12 and 19 free for band.

A Message From Scott Lang

With greater rigor comes a greater education. This has been the mantra and formula used by reformists and political pundits for almost two decades. Through it all, America’s youth have been pushed, pulled, prodded, and cajoled through dizzying levels of sleep deprivation and stress, often leading to depression, angst, and academic burnout.

Since 2010, schools across this country have turned to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based curricula in hopes of feeding the frenzy of helicopter parents who crave competition and rigor. Needing proof that their children are prepared for college and a global marketplace, schools are being forced to drive curricula towards technical skills that have an ever decreasing shelf life of relevance and usability.

Are we pushing kids too far too fast? Is it possible that in an effort to do good, we are actually doing long-term damage? Where will it stop? When will it end? How long before preschool becomes pre-med?

Gone are teaching and training of soft skills. Gone are the days of teaching of requisite and important social skills. Gone are the days of exploration and discovery.

Through it all, there is some evidence that STEM is not driving innovation but is in fact inhibiting it.

As a part of a major initiative to analyze its workforce, Google undertook a comprehensive and long ranging study of its employees and what makes them successful or not. What they found shook not just Google but the entirety of Silicon Valley, akin to the earthquakes they have become accustomed to.

Project Oxygen concluded that, “among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise came in dead last. The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others, valuing different points of view; having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.”

Those traits sound more like what one gains as an English or music major than as a computer programmer. Could it be that top Google employees were succeeding despitetheir technical training, not because of it?

After bringing in anthropologists and ethnographers to dive even deeper into the data, the company enlarged its previous hiring practices to include humanities majors, musicians, artists, and even the MBAs and company founders once viewed with disdain.

Yes, science, technology, and math are important. We need engineers to understand schematics. We need architects to understand blueprints. We need programmers to understand code. But, we also need humans who understand humans.

And the arts, music in particular, makes people more human and help us to understand what it is to be human.

Have a great week!


Parent Meeting

For the new students coming up, or anyone that thinks they need to hear this stuff.  The Jazz Band will be performing a short concert too.

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Summer Band Opportunities

If you did not register for the Marching Band you may think that you have no summer band options.  You would be wrong.  There are three options for anyone to take band this summer.

1.  Parade Band

If you show up, starting on June4, on Tuesday mornings you can be in the parades with us.  We will march in four parades.  July 4 and 24 / Aug 3 and 10.  Practices will be held at UHS from 8am – 9:30am

2.  Marching Band Shadow Band

Come to UHS whenever the marching band is practicing and practice with us.  If we have a student gone for the day you can march their spot.  If everyone is here you can shadow someone that plays your instrument.  It is a great way to see what marching band is and learn from someone that knows more than you.  You don’t need to come to every practice, just come when you want.  The MB full schedule can be found here.

3.  Jazz Band Shadow Band

Just like the Marching Band this is an opportunity to shadow what we do in Jazz Band.  They rehearse Tuesdays from 11am – noon.  (Starting June 4)  If you learn the music you can even perform with us at the Run Da Funk on July 27.

Other info:

The cost for summer band is $35 regardless of which one you choose, or even if you choose all three.  Need instructions to pay on line?  Read this: Online instructions

You may do just one, two, or all three.

A copy of the flyer we are sending home next week is here: Summer Band 2013

Registration to participate is here.

Recital Concert at VMS Mar 15 7pm.

Prelude in Db Major “The Raindrop Prelude”, by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Piano—Erin Brown

Nella Fantasia by Chiara Ferrau and Ennio Morricone (1928-Present)
I Have Dreamt from the opera Wuthering Heights by Bernard Hermann (1911-1975)
Tamra Ratieta—Vocalist
Accompanist—Karen Ady

Flute Concerto in G Major, Adagio, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Flute—Anna Nakai
Accompanist —Cheryl Langley

Elegie Op. 24 by Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
Cello –Dante Zubel
Accompanist—Kirsten Anderson

Sonata for Trombone, 3. Allegro Giocoso, by Eric Ewazen (1954- Present)
Trombone—Kirk Jones
Accompanist—Gretchen Johns

Menuet by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Adagio by Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Gavotte by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
String Duet
Cello –Dante Zubel
Bass- McKenzi Bigler

Sad Birds, by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Piano—Nicolette Sam

Ballade No. 2 by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Piano—Mariah Sam

O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
The Jewel Song from Faust by Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Soprano—Hannah Lovato
Accompanist—Kirsten Anderson

Concerto in A minor, No. 1, by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Christian Peterson—Piano
Accompanied by Jacqueline King

Carmen Fantasy for flute and piano (on themes from Bizet’s Carmen), by Francois Borne (1862-1929)
Flute—Katrina Jones
Accompanist —Karen Johnson

Sonata K.283, I, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano—Hannah Jones

Trio op. 49, no. 1 – Molto allegro agitato F. Mendelssohn (1778-1862)
Boyd Edwards, violin
Annaliese White, cello
Gretchen Johns, piano

Supporting the basin arts email group

“Supporting Basin Arts” is a free email service created to connect the Arts community in the Uintah Basin. If you know of local cultural events, and would like them included, please email Carla Cleavinger at

Parade Waiver

If your child will be in the parade with us at all this summer I need the form below filled out and turned in ASAP.  If I don’t have one for your child they can not participate in the parade.