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Manchester Valley High School

    Instrumental Music Department     


Lisa Castellano

Instrumental Music Director

***We are currently seeking a guard instructor for the 2018-2019 season! if you are interested, please contact Lisa Castellano for further details.


Band I Required Method Book: (available at all local music stores) * be sure to purchase the correct book for YOUR instrument

                                          Foundations for Superior Performance Warm Ups and Techniques: Richard Williams and Jeff King

                                                        ISBN: 0-8497-7003-3


Orchestra I Required Method Book (available at all local music stores)

                                   Superior Strings in Sixteen Weeks: Peggy Wheeler and Carrie Lane Gruselle

                                                                           ISBN: 978-1-56939-827-2



Instrumental Music Calendar

                          REQUIRED PERFORMANCES

                                                    Mystery Music and Masterpieces October 25th TIME TBA

                                                    Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal December 20 5-7pm MVHS

                                                     Winter Concert December 21 7pm (Call: 545 winds/perc, 615 strings)

                                                    Festival (March 13-15) honors performance groups. details TBA

                                                    Spring Dress Rehearsal May 9 5-7pm

                                                     Spring Concert May 10th 7pm (Call: 545 winds/perc, 615 strings)

                                                     Graduation (Band I/Wind Ensemble) Saturday June 9th 7pm McDaniel College





Marching Band:

 We are currently seeking a guard instructor for the 2018-2019 season! if you are interested, please contact Lisa Castellano for further details.



Jazz Band:

Audition information will be posted in December. Rehearsals will be weekly after school starting in January.






see  Mrs. Castellano for details about All County, All State and Solo and Ensemble!!

Many instructors are available at the local music stores and are accepting new students.

Please contact:  Coffey Music (Westminster, MD) (410) 876-1045

                           Menchey Music (Hanover, PA)  (410) 848-7585

                           Menchey Music (Westminster, MD)  (410) 848-7585

                            Hess Music: (Manchester, MD) (410) 374-5447  

                             Peabody Prep; 410.869.8008


McDaniel Lessons and Performance Opportunities: Contact Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick. She can be reached via email or phone (410) 857-2550

Encore Music: http://www.encoremusic.us/

Baltimore Youth Symphony: https://www.bsomusic.org/education-community/young-musicians/bsyo.aspx





Downloads / Tools

Smart Music is an Inovative way to practice and improve musicianship. Students never practice alone when they have SmartMusic at home. This interactive, computer-based practice system helps students get better faster, and makes practicing more fun. With amazing accompaniments for more than 30,000 titles, challenging exercises, and the ability to record personal CDs, SmartMusic is the future of music learning.
You can purchase smart music software and a 1 year subscription for only $25 with the following code. On the smart music website enter the the "code" : emsmusic


 Free Music Writing Software -http://www.musescore.com/

Free Mixing software- http://www.audacity.com/

 Free Real Player - Allows you play certain music files from the internet that can not be played using Windows media player. Many of the recordings on JW Pepper require this software

Brass Fingering & Slide Position Practice
How well do you know your fingerings or Slide Positions? Here is a great way to check and practice!  I encourage students to use this free site frequently!
Click Here to test your skills and practice!

Note Name Practice
Do you know your notes?
Find out and Practice Here!

Keyboard Percussion Practice
Do you know your notes on the Keyboard Percussion? It's the same as the Piano.
Practice Here!

Go to musictheory.net and emusictheory.com for more games and practice



Useful Web Links

J.W. Pepper - is a great place to look for solo and ensemble music, listen to band music we are working on, and other music related needs. (You may need to download real player to listen to some of the music. See below under "downloads")

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