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Monday, April 21, 2014

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Welcome parents and students! Those of you who are not new to Swanson already know the school year offers many exciting and enjoyable Music Department activities and opportunities. For new Swanson families, there is a wealth of information to share, and you are in for a treat. Swanson band, orchestra, and vocal music students continue to amaze us with their level of musicianship.


IMPORTANT NEWS

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  Link to photos of the bands throughout the year from Suzette Niess: http://swansonbands.shutterfly.com/

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 Check out photos of the 2013 SMS Music Department Masquerade Party:  https://swansonmasquerade2013.shutterfly.com

Musical Note  BAND NEWSLETTER.  Take a look at the latest Newsletter of the Swanson Middle School Music Department - Take Note - Fall 2013
 
 Need to order a band uniform? Please complete the attached Band Uniform Order Form and return to the Band/Orchestra Room with your payment.  Please make checks payable to Swanson Middle School and note your musician's name on the Comment line.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES  (Updated 4/13/2014)

 
BAND:
 
 
 *April
 
    - Tues, April 1:  Percussion Ensemble Concert @ 7:00 PM - Yorktown HS (Open to the public! All are welcome!) 
                            -Swanson students meet at Yorktown by 6:00 pm; Swanson plays 7:10-7:20;
                           (Click for complete schedule of performances)
 
    - Wed, April 2:  Ohio Trip Parade/Marching Band Rehearsal @ Swanson - 2:30 - 3:30 PM
 
    - Wed, April 9:  Ohio Trip Parade/Marching Band Rehearsal @ Swanson - 2:30 - 3:30 PM
 
    - Tues, April 22:  Cedar Point, OH Trip Forms Due (Click here to view/download forms)
 
    - Fri-Sat, April 25-26:  Solo and Ensemble Festival @ Herndon Middle School
                            -For performance schedule, visit:  http://kilgoresolutions.com  (Click on "Arlington, Virginia", then "Schedules", then select "Swanson Middle") OR click here for performance schedule (as of April 1)
 
    - Wed, April 30:  Ohio Trip Parade/Marching Band Rehearsal @ Swanson - 2:30 - 3:30 PM
 
 
 *May
 
    - Wed, May 7:  Ohio Trip Parade/Marching Band Rehearsal @ Swanson - 2:30 - 3:30 PM
 
    - Thurs-Sat, May 8-10:  Spring Trip to Cedar Point for Wind Ensemble, Symphonic, Top Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble
 
    - Sat, May 17:  Spring Trip to Six Flags for 6th Grade Band, 6th Grade Orchestra & 6th Grade Chorus
 
    - Tues, May 27:  Yorktown Auditions/Clinics for 2014 YHS Marching Band Members (Percussion) @ Yorktown HS - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
 
    - Thurs, May 29:  Yorktown Reading Session for 2014 YHS Marching Band Members (Winds) @ Yorktown HS - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
 
    - Fri, May 30:  Band Concert (Symphonic, Jazz Ensemble & Wind Ensemble) @ Swanson MS
 
 
 *June
 
    - Mon, June 2:  Yorktown Auditions/Clinics for 2014 YHS Marching Band Members (Percussion) @ Yorktown HS - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
 
    - Tues, June 3:  Yorktown Reading Session for 2014 YHS Marching Band Members (Winds) @ Yorktown HS - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
 
    - Fri, June 6:  Instrumental Concert (Cadet Band, Concert Band, Orchestra & Symphony Orchestra) @ Swanson MS
 
    - Mon, June 9:  Yorktown Auditions/Clinics for 2014 YHS Marching Band Members (Percussion) @ Yorktown HS - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
 
    - Tues, June 10:  Washington-Lee HS Jazz Big Band Auditions for Open Slots @ W-L HS - 6:00 PM
 
    - Wed, June 11:  Washington-Lee HS Reading Session (mandatory for any incoming freshmen who will be in the WL Marching Band) @ W-L HS - 7:00 PM
 
    - Wed, June 18:  8th Grade Promotion (Selected students from 6th Grade Band) @ Swanson MS
 
 
*Jazz Ensemble rehearsal every Tuesday from 2:30 - 4:00 pm

ORCHESTRA:
 
    February:
 
       - Wed, Feb 19:   Yorktown Pyramid Concert
 

CHORUS:
 
   January:
 
     - Mon-Tues, Jan 13-14: Yorktown HS Choral Auditions @ Swanson MS 
        Please sign up outside the Chorus Room. Mr. Oliver will hear students vocalize and sing a short perpared song if they have one ready. Each audition will last 5-10 minutes.  
 
     -Fri, Jan 17:   All-Virginia Chorus Auditions - DEADLINE to submit forms!
       Please give your recorded auditions and your $12 check to Mrs. Klontz.
 
  February:
 
      -Fri-Sun, Feb 7-9:   Once Upon A Matress Performances

     - Fri-Sat, Feb 14-15: District Chorus (for those selected) @ Marshall High School
       The participation fee of $37 is payable to Swanson Middle School.

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Want to Stay Informed of Swanson Band, Orchestra and Chorus Events?
 
Join the Swanson Band and Orchestra email lists by sending an email to the following from the email account where you want to receive messages (no subject or message required):
 
   Band:  swanson-band+subscribe@googlegroups.com
 
Join the Swanson Chorus Parents Facebook Group and download important forms from the Choral Music Information Page
   Chorus: Email cherie.kasch@me.com
 
Free Online tuner/metronome at http://www.seventhstring.com
 




We hope you find this website informative and easy to use. Feel free to give us any suggestions on how to make it better by sending an email to the Music Department website manager.

 
Last Modified on April 13, 2014