Welcome to the
Manchester Valley High School

    Instrumental Music Department     

 

Lisa Castellano

Instrumental Music Director
lacast2@carrollk12.org

 

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 (all)  December 12 5-7pm MVHS

                                                    Winter Concert December 13 7pm (Call: 545 winds/perc, 615 strings)

                                                    In-School Winter Performance-TBA

                                                    Festival (March 13-15) honors performance groups
                                                              --Orchestra 1  and Band 1 by Director Invitation
                                                              --Location: SCHS  Time: TBA
                                                              --Chaperones and driver for equipment trailer needed!!! 
 

                                                    Spring Dress Rehearsal (all) May 8 5-7pm

                                                     Spring Concert May 9 th 7pm (Call: 545 winds/perc, 615 strings)

                                                     Graduation  (Band I/Wind Ensemble required)
                                                               --Saturday June 3rd 7pm McDaniel College
                                                               --Chaperones and driver for equipment trailer needed!!! 
 
                            Optional: TBA:
                                     Spotlight on Youth
                                     Solo and Ensemble
                                     May 10th--7pm Small ensembles concert (Jazz) 
                                                                (other ensembles must have director approval)
 

Optional Opportunities:       

date

event

location

time

Nov. 8

All County String Auditions

WMS

6-9

Nov 13

All County Band Auditions

WMS

6-9pm

Nov 10

Jr All State Audition

TBA

TBA

Nov 17

Sr All State Audition

   

Jan 8

All County Strings Rehearsal

TBA

7-830pm

Jan 15

All County Orchestra Rehearsal

TBA

7-830pm

Jan 22

All County Orchestra Rehearsal

TBA

7-830pm

Jan 24

All County Orchestra Rehearsal

TBA

7-9pm

Jan 25 

 AC Orchestra Day Rehearsal

TBA

9am-3pm

Jan 26

AC Orchestra rehearsal/Concert

TBA

9-2

Feb 6

AC Band

TBA

7-830pm

Feb 12

AC Band

TBA

7-830pm

Feb 14

AC Band

TBA

7-9pm

Feb 15

AC Band Day Rehearsal

TBA

9-3p

Feb 16

AC Band rehearsal/Concert

TBA

9am-2

*Feb 9    

Snow date for AC Orch Concert

TBA

 

*Feb 28

Snow Date for AC Band Concert

TBA

 

Mar 1-3

All State Orch

TBA

 

TBA

All State Band

TBA

 

TBA

Solo and Ensemble

Carroll Comm

TBA

Apr tba

State Festival Assessments

Tba

TBA

May 11

State String S & E

TBA

tba

May18

State Wind and Perc S & E

Tba

TBA

 

 

 

                                                  
 
                                        

 

                       

  

 

Marching Band:

 

              

Jazz Band:

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

 

 

 

 

ENRICHMENT

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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