7th & 8th Grade Spring Band Concert Shakopee West Junior High

Welcome to our final concert of the year. This web page is designed to help you follow along with the music during the concert. Traditional concert etiquette would never allow for electronic devices to be used during the concert, but we're going to break the rules tonight.

We would ask that you do follow some of the following guidelines during the performance:

  • Try to keep distracting sound to a minimum. That would include conversations with an fellow audience member or your smartphone notifications.
  • Taking photos or videos is awesome. Who doesn't want to have memories of awesome band concerts? Double check to make sure your flash is turned off. If you would like a picture of your child on stage, please wait until the end of the concert. I'll be sure to leave the stage lights on so you get a great shot!
  • While following along tonight turn your screen brightness down to be respectful of your neighbors in the audience.
  • And the best "rule" of all - please support the students by applauding at the end of each piece. You'll know it's the end when the conductor lowers his arms and steps off the conductor's podium.

2nd period 7th Grade band...

The Secrets of McDougal's Cave by Ed Huckeby

From the composer: Probably the most infamous and mysterious cave in American literature is McDougal's Cave, or as it is known today, the Mark Twain Cave. Located about 2 miles south of the boyhood home of Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) in Hannibal, Missouri, this approximately two-mile-long cave has a most unique and interesting history

The cave was first discovered in the winter of 1819 or 1820 by Jack Sims. In the 1830s the Clemens family move to the area and young Samuel made many secret visits to the cave. Using the pen name, Mark Twain, Clemons made McDougal's Cave famous in his classic book, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." In his autobiography he described several of his childhood visits to the cave and recalled how he took bats home from the cave to "scare" his mother. He also indicated that the "Injun Joe" character in the book was a real person who often frequented the cave.

Over the decades the cave has seen it's share of interesting events, including as a secret ammunition store during the Civil War, as a hideout for Jesse James, and eventually as a tourist destination. The cave has been open to visitors continuously since 1886 and is now a Registered National Landmark.

Gothic Dance by Patrick J. Burns

Gothic Dance is based on "Douce dame jolie", a 14th century love song by the French composer Guilllame de Machaut. A translated excerpt of the lyrics reveal the writer's underlying devotion to his beloved:

Sweet, lovely lady / for God's sake do not think / that I am devoted to any woman / but you alone.

For always, without falsehood / I have cherished you, and humbly / served you all the days of my life / without deception.

Machuat chose not to compose a flowing, tender melody to match his lyrics, but instead crafted a rhythmically vibrant, dance-like tune whose energy is unrelenting. Apart from one note alteration in the this band setting, the melody is presented exactly as Machaut wrote it. All other musical material is original and is intended to highlight the passionate spirit of Machaut's masterpiece of the Middle Ages.

River Valley Serenade arranged by Patrick Wilson

All three folk songs used in this medley are well known to Americans, through their origins may be elsewhere. "Red River Valley", earlier known as "In the Bright Mohawk Valley" from a turn-of-the-century Broadway play, is based on a traditional Canadian folk song of James Kerrigan. Both Scotland and England had a role in "The Water Is Wide", known in those areas as "O Waly, Waly" or "Waly, Waly Up the Bank". OF these three tunes, "Shenandoah" (or "The Wide Missouri") is closed to being purely American, as this old sea chantey once was the ballad of a trader who wooed the daughter of an Indian chief, then left her on the shores of the Missouri River.

Stone Mountain Fantasy by Ed Huckeby

Ed Huckeby is an arts consultant and freelance composer, arranger, conductor and clinician. His career has included roles in higher education and arts administration, most recently serving as President of Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma, until his retirement in 2014. Prior to his appointment at SCU, he was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow (OK). Huckeby also served as an arts administrator for Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Inc., and holds the title of Emeritus Professor of Music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he served for over two decades as Music Department Chairman and Dean of the Graduate School. He spent eight years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of Oklahoma, where his marching, concert and jazz bands won state and regional acclaim. His success in the public schools led him into the college teaching ranks where he became internationally recognized as an outstanding music educator and composer of almost 200 published works for concert and marching band. Ed's ability to write interesting and accessible instrumental music can be attributed to his experience at a variety of musical levels.

We need a few minutes to switch the stage. Feel free to stand and stretch, but don't go far!

7th period 7th Grade Band...

Korobushka arranged by Michael Story

"The Peddler" is a Russian folk song and dance. It is based on an poem written in 1861 by Nikolay Nekrasov. The music was written sometime in the late 19th century, although the composer is unknown. The dance that accompanies the song became popular in the early 1900s and was brought to America by Russian immigrants. The melody is probably most well-known by a certain generation as one of the musical themes used in the original Tetris game on Nintendo.

Prelude and Dance by Jack Stamp

From Jack Stamp: While leading two-day band reading session at the University of South Dakota during the summer of 2013, I was approached by a young conductor during breakfast at the hotel. She was a fine percussionist in the director's band and decided to express her frustration with the repertoire. She told me that while she enjoyed the new band works being read, her band could not really play any of the new works being explored. She taught at a small, rural, private school in which the band was a grades 7-12 makeup with limited instrumentation.

I decide to put my "pen where my beliefs were," and told her that I would write her a piece with flexible scoring as well as a variety of difficulty depending on the part. The result was "Prelude and Dance" which incorporates many of the techniques that can be found in my more difficult works.

Greenwillow Portrait by Mark Williams

Greenwillow Portrait is a lyric work in the British folk-song style, very much in the of Percy Grainger. Mark Williams was one of the premier composers for school bands and orchestras. Co-author of the Accent on Achievement Band Method, Mr. Williams had over 200 published works to his credit. As clinician and guest conductor, he traveled to 34 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and Australia. Mr. Williams was born in Chicago and grew up in Spokane, Washington. He taught music in the state of Washington for many years, specializing in elementary band.

Mr. Williams held the Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Education degrees from Eastern Washington University and served as woodwind performer and arranger for the 560th Air Force Band. Renowned for his compositions for band, orchestra, and choir, Mr. Williams earned numerous awards including the Western International Band Clinic's Gralia Competition and several ASCAP Special Awards. In addition to his writing and travel schedule, Mark performed regularly on bassoon and served as Conductor and Artistic Director for the Spokane British Brass Band.

Westridge Overture by James Barnes

Professor Emeritus James Barnes taught music composition, orchestration, arranging and wind band history/repertoire courses at The University of Kansas. At KU, he served as Staff Arranger, Assistant, and later, Associate Director of Bands for twenty-seven years. Barnes served as Division Director for Music Theory and Composition for ten years. In spring 2015, he completed his fortieth year of teaching at KU.

His numerous publications for concert band and orchestra are extensively performed around the world. His works (including seven symphonies and three concertos) have been performed at such venues as Tanglewood, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and Tokyo Metropolitan Concert Hall.

8th Grade Band

Marche Militaire Francaise by Saint Saens, arr. by James Swearingen

In July 1879, Saint-Saëns wrote a Rêverie Orientale for a concert arranged by the pianist Wilhelmina Szavardy to benefit the victims of a flood in the Szégédin district of her native Hungary. The Rêverie was a musical memento of the composer’s moonlight visit to the exotic Algerian town of Blidah five years before, and in July 1880, while on a seaside holiday at Boulogne-sur-mer, he surrounded it with three other orchestral postcards to create the Suite Algérienne; Edouard Colonne conducted the work’s premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet on July 19, 1880. The Suite closes with a flamboyant Marche militaire française that speaks not only of Saint-Saëns’ patriotic pride but also of the colonial domination that France had held in Algeria for the preceding three decades.

Earth Song by Frank Ticheli

From the composer: “Earth Song is one of only a few works that I have composed without a commission. Instead, it sprung out of a personal need during a time when so many in this country, including myself, were growing disillusioned with the war in Iraq. I felt a strong impulse to create something that would express my own personal longing for peace.

It was this longing which engendered the poem’s creation. Normally, I would spend countless hours, weeks, perhaps months, searching for the perfect poem to set. But in this case, I knew I had to write the poem myself, partly because it is not just a poem, but a prayer, a plea, a wish—a bid to find inner peace in a world that seems eternally bent on war and hatred.

But also, the poem is a steadfast declaration of the power of music to heal. In the end, the speaker in the poem discovers that, through music, he is the embodiment of hope, peace, the song within the Song. Perhaps music has the power not only to nurture inner peace, but also to open hearts and ears in a world that desperately needs love and listening.”

Festive Dances by Robert Thurston

From the composer: Most of the musical ideas in Festive Dances derive from the interval of a major third - specifically the notes C-E-C. These are the initials of Charles Carter, composer of many classicals of the school-band repertoire; works whose endurance over five decades is a testament to Charlie's impeccable craftsmanship, boundless creativity and musical charm. Charlie passed away shortly before this piece was premiered, and it is dedicated , in part, to his memory.

This piece is in three movements, the first being light and energetic. The second movement is flowing and more transparent. The final movement is also light and energetic, but with a quicker tempo.

... for the support of your child's interest in music! Your continued encouragement means everything for the developing musician. Please take time to thank your child for their performance and to praise them for a job well done!


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