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8th Grade Band

Welcome to 8th Grade Band!!!

It’s A Great Day!!!

It has been an honor and a privilage to work with this amazing group of musicians. They are so willing to challenge themselves and I love to see the amount of growth that they have had as musicians from last year to this year! I know we are going to accomplish great things this year!! 

We are currently working out of the Essential Elements, book 2 and 3. We are building upon all of the fundamentals that we built last year and are challenging ourselves with new music. We are currently working on sight reading music, playing sixteenth notes, legato and staccato tonguing, balancing and blending as a group, rhythm reading, and music notation.

All eighth graders are encouraged to be working on their practice logs (even just a little every day.) By having that work outside of the classroom, it means that we can work on harder techniques inside of the  band room.



December 21, 2016

Objective: We will demonstrate the ability to analyze music by listening to various works and selecting a lyrical piece and a technical piece to perform for the MSWAC Festival.

Assignment: Using a rubric, listen to the following works of music. Evaluate each one on what you hear. At the end, you will be asked to vote on ONE lyrical piece and ONE technical piece. 


Lyrical Works of Music

Amazing Grace – Sean O’Loughlin

Let the Spirit Soar – James Swearingen

Maesong – William Owens


Technical Works of Music

Eagle Mountain Overture – Robert Sheldon

Oak Park Overture – David Gorham

Park Street Celebration – James Swearingen

Ancient Ritual – Elliot Del Borgo