Saturday, December 20, 2008

Concert Reflections

Congratulations to all of the percussion ensembles on a wonderful concert. I hope that you all had a good time. Mr. Jelinek and I have some fun pieces planned for the next semester. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Open House

Thanks to all of the members of the Honors Percussion who participated in the first Open House performance of the year. You all did a great job. There were tons of positive comments from prospective students and parents. Way to go!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Permission Slips & Registration Forms

Well the year is off and running. We are busily preparing for upcoming performances and working on the fundamentals that should provide a solild foundation for the rest of the year. As a matter of procedure, parents should please make sure that they have submitted the Permission Slip for the year's off campus events and the Band Registration Form. There are still many students that have not returned these documents. Both can be downloaded from the links on the right sidebar. The registration form can be submitted electronically. Both forms can also be printed out and returned physically. If you are unsure, feel free to contact me or check your son's grade on Edline (the permission slip has been entered as a grade).

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pandora's Box is OPEN!

Well not really, but the website http://www.pandora.com/ is one of the coolest sites that I have seen to date. As a musician, it is a MUST SEE!!!!!!!!!! Basically, it is an online radio that you CONTROL and it is FREE! The user types in their email address and then can select music by genre, sub-genre, and even artist. They then create a "station" for that artist or genre that will play that specific artists music or something similar.

In my humble opinion, it seems like the variety and amount of music is unlimited. It even has music from obscure artists (even solo trombonists - how much more obscure can one get?). The only downside is that you can't download music, but if you want to take it with you, Pandora can be downloaded to function on an iPhone, on Facebook, or other file as well.

As a teacher, I am recommending this to all of my students. Yes they will probably only want to listen to "their music" but they should never again have to say that they haven't heard the music of ___ musician. I am not in the habit of recommending a website to people, but I have to make an exception in this case. Parents & Students, please check this out: http://www.pandora.com/.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New Music

Check out the recordings of the pieces that we are rehearsing. Click a link on the left for some pretty cool tunes!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Welcome to the New Percussion Blog

Here's where you can find everything related to the Saint Patrick Percussion Ensembles. On the right you will find helpful documents that you can download, print, or even email to Mr. Carroll or Mr. Jelinek. Please come back often and check for updates and valuable information related to the Saint Patrick Percussion Ensembles.