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Thursday, August 28, 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.


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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  New! BAND NEWSLETTER.  Take a look at the latest Newsletter of the Swanson Middle School Music Department - Take Note - Spring 2014
 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.


    Conductor - Fri, June 6:  Instrumental Concert (Cadet Band, Concert Band, Orchestra & Symphony Orchestra) @ Swanson MS  - 7:00 PM
                  REFRESHMENTS NEEDED:
                       -Concert Band families - Please bring generous amounts of baked goods (cookies, brownies, etc.),
                            chips (divided into sandwich bag portions), cheese and crackers, or any other "easy to grab" food items.
                       -Symphonic Band families - Please bring baked goods (cookies, brownies, etc.).
    - 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

       - Wed, Feb 19:   Yorktown Pyramid Concert

     - 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.
      -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.

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 June 5, 2014