May 30, 2013 – Dearborn High School Marching Band Performs in New York City

Dearborn High School Marching Band
Jeff Oshnock, director

Thursday, May 30, 2013
1:00pm
Josie Robertson Plaza
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Washington Post
Stars and Stripes Forever
Armed Forces Salute
Reeling in the Years
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
Peg
Josie
Everybody’s Everything
Detroit Rock City
Stairway to Heaven
Kung Fu Fightin’
Walking on Sunshine

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About the Artists…

The Dearborn High School Marching Band performs at all home football games, one major concert per year and also performs in the Dearborn, Michigan Memorial Day Parade. This group has performed for former President Clinton and at many interesting venues including Liberty Island, the Guinness Storehouse, and the St. Patrick Day parade in Dublin, Ireland.

Jeffery Oshnock continues to teach in the Dearborn School District, where he has been teaching since 1986. He currently directs the orchestras and bands at Dearborn High School, where he has been since 1992. Mr. Oshnock earned his Bachelors of Music from Michigan State University where he studied with Mark Johnson. He also holds a Master of Education from the University of Michigan. Mr. Oshnock is a member and officer of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.

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April 14, 2013 – Union Pines High School Bands Performs at La Villita’s Arneson River Theater in San Antonio

Union Pines High School Bands
Robert Hill, director

Sunday, April 14, 2013
12:00 PM
Arneson River Theatre, La Villita
418 Villita Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Concert Band
K.L. King | Miss Liberty
Ed Huckeby | Equinox
Fred J. Allen | Quest of the Knights

Symphonic Band
K.L. King | Allied Honor
Hugh M. Stuart | Three Scottish Songs
Elliot Del Borgo | Sailing Songs

Wind Ensemble
Edwin Franko Goldman, arr. Loras J. Schissel | Chimes of Liberty
W. Francis McBeth | This Land of El Dorado
James Barnes | Impressions of Japan

Combined Bands
Robert Sheldon | Patriotic Snippets
John Williams, arr. Michael Sweeney | Hymn to the Fallen
Arr. Steve Menendez and Tom Bernett | Ongaku
Charles Cronham | Viking Victory

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About the Artists…

The Union Pines Band program consists of 140 students, accounting for more than 13 percent of the student body. Union Pines High School is located in the small town of Cameron, North Carolina. Due to the large band program, the groups are competitive in the largest ensemble divisions (4A and 5A).

During the fall semester, the marching band competes regularly, and has brought much prestige to the school through its superior performance quality. During the fall semester, the jazz band performs many high profile events with famous artists and acts. In the spring semester, the marching and jazz bands break into three concert bands: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band. All bands compete at state level contest each year and have received excellent and superior ratings. They are a great asset to the school and the community, and can be seen at many events in Moore County, including the Fourth of July parade in Carthage, the Carthage and Southern Pines holiday parades, the Carthage Veterans Memorial Service, the Carthage Buggy Festival, and Military Child Appreciation Day. Their mission is to bring joy to their audiences through their talent of music and marching.

The Union Pines Bands have consistently received superior and excellent ratings outside of North Carolina at contests in New York City, Orlando, Washington D.C., Chicago, and most recently in Boston, and the Wind Ensemble has repeatedly placed first in its division. In Chicago, the Wind Ensemble took honors for highest overall score of the competition and was awarded the prestigious William D. Revelli Concert Band Award. The concert bands has received additional awards for outstanding soloists. As a result of these recognitions, the Union Pines High Band is regarded as one of the top bands in the Southeastern District and in the state of North Carolina. Also, many of the Union Pines Band students annually participate in the All-County Band, the All-District Band, the All-State Band, and Governor’s School.

Rob Hill, director

Rob Hill is director of bands at Union Pines High School and director of the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. and a master’s degree in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.

He has also taught middle school band and orchestra, and is a former Army bandsman trumpet player, having served in the 82nd Airborne Division Band at Fort Bragg, N.C. While in the Army band, Mr. Hill was section and group leader, responsible for training instrumentalists in their military occupational specialty. This included instruction for instrumental performance in the concert band as well as drill and ceremony marching band. Also, while in the Army band, Mr. Hill played the solo book for the jazz band and performed frequently with the brass quintet and jazz combo groups at many high-profile functions.

Mr. Hill received the Fiesta-Val Award of Distinction for his notable contribution to musical excellence, and the prestigious William D. Revelli Concert Band Award of Distinction for top ensemble in competition in Chicago. In addition, his ensembles have consistently received superior ratings at numerous marching band competitions and state festival contests in all graded levels of music, and have taken many grand championships. His bands have competed across the country in cities such as New York, Orlando, Williamsburg, Boston, and Chicago, and have represented the state of North Carolina in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. His jazz bands have performed with Latin jazz Grammy Award winning artist, Dave Valentin, and his wind ensemble has performed under the direction of Grammy Award winner, Eric Whitacre. Most recently, the Union Pines Band has been invited to perform at the National Festival of States in San Antonio, Texas. His students consistently make the All-County, All-District, and All-State Bands, and the North Carolina Governor’s School for music. Many go on to pursue music in college, and a large percentage of those students go on to various careers in music. Many of his students also march in university bands and Drum Corps International.

Mr. Hill has served as the Southeastern District Honors Band guest clinician and as the district’s high school representative for Music Performance Assessment at the state level. He is also a Music Education Ambassador for the United States, and was part of the first music education delegation to China in 2009. He is currently the Tri-M Honorary Music Society adviser for Union Pines High School and sits on the school district’s graduation task force, formed recently to help raise graduation rates. He was recently nominated and named Teacher of the Year. Mr. Hill hosts the Annual Viking Classic Marching Band Competition at Union Pines High School. This event has become one of the most exciting venues for marching band competition in the state of North Carolina. Mr. Hill is also a member of the National Association for Music Education.

Mr. Hill is also a freelance trumpet player and has performed in various bands for world famous artists, including Stanley Jordan, Bobby Shew, Harry Watters, Jamey Aebersold, Michael Berkowitz, Joe Chambers, Valery Ponomarev, T.K. Blue, Gary Brunotte, Charles Lazurus, and Dave Valentin. He played and toured for a number of years with Orquesta Ideal, a 13 piece salsa band. He is currently part-time faculty at Sandhills Community College and is playing lead book and solo trumpet books for the Heart of Carolina Jazz Band, the Eddie Barrett Big Band, the Gregg Gelb Swing Band/Latin Band, and the Tom Bernett Swing Street Band. Mr. Hill also is a member of the Moore Brass Quintet and plays the trumpet frequently for many local community events including performances by the Moore County Choral Society, Moore On Stage, the Temple Theatre, and the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Mr. Hill resides in Whispering Pines, North Carolina with his wife, Carole and their four young sons, Nathan, Andrew, Landon, and Carson.

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April 12, 2013 – Farmington High School Scorpion Sound Regiment Performs in San Francisco

Farmington High School Scorpion Sound Regiment
Chris Argotsinger, director

Concert Band
Friday, April 12, 2013
12:00 PM
Union Square Park
San Francisco, CA 94108 (map)

Jazz Band
Friday, April 12, 2013
3:00 PM
Pier 39
2 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)

Program – to be chosen from the following:

Armed Forces Medley
America the Beautiful
Lullaby
The Maelstrom
March of the Belgian Paratroopers
Ye Banks and Braes O’Bonnie Doon
O Fair New Mexico
Legacy March
Music from The Lion King
Star Chaser

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About the Artists…

The Scorpion Sound Regiment of Farmington High School (FHS) in New Mexico boasts award-winning concert, marching and jazz bands.  The groups consistently receive high marks from judges at festivals they attend.  The high school band has grown from 40 to 60 students in the past five years under the direction of Chris Argotsinger.  During Mr. Argotsinger’s tenure with the bands, student members of the FHS band have been selected as members of the New Mexico All-State Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Orchestra and Jazz Band.  The band’s motto, Dignity, Honor, Pride, is practiced by all members of the band in rehearsals and in everyday life.

Chris Argotsinger, director
Mr. Argotsinger graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  He had the honor of directing the UNC Pride of the Rockies Marching Band for two years as one of Drum Majors and performed with the UNC Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Lab II Band. After graduating from UNC, Mr. Argotsinger started his teaching career in Colorado Springs, CO then moved to Farmington in 2008.  Mr. Argotsinger is now in his fifth year sharing his passion of music with over 130 students at his two schools, Tibbetts Middle School and Farmington High School. Mr. Argotsinger currently lives with his wife, Laura, in Aztec, NM and is enjoying having her on board at FHS as the new choir and guitar teacher.

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April 8, 2013 – Aiken High School Marching Band Performs at Disney’s Epcot Theme Park in Florida

Aiken High School Marching Band
Ryan Westberry, director

Monday, April 8, 2013
10:30 AM
Future World at Disney’s Epcot Theme Park
1320 Avenue of the Stars
Bay Lake, FL 32830 (map)

Come join the festivities at the world famous Epcot Theme Park as the Aiken High School Marching Band, led by director Ryan Westberry performs and marches through Future World at 10:30 AM on Monday, April 8, 2013 as part of Disney Performing Arts.

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about the artists…

Aiken High School is a 3A high school located in Aiken, SC. With a rich history of superior ratings at concert, jazz, and marching festivals, the Aiken High School Band has received many awards and honors for its performances and community service. Most recently, the band had the honor of representing South Carolina in the 2012 Independence Day Parade.

Ryan Westberry earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina where he served as a graduate assistant with the Carolina Bands. Mr. Westberry is in his ninth year of working with the Aiken High School bands. He was the band director at Aiken Middle School for four years before becoming the band director at Aiken High School in 2008. Prior to coming to Aiken, Mr. Westberry taught at Busbee Middle School in Cayce, SC and Effingham County High School in Springfield, GA.

Mr. Westberry’s ensembles have consistently earned Superior and Excellent ratings in marching contests, concert festivals and jazz festivals in South Carolina and Georgia. He was the Teacher of the Year at Aiken Middle School in 2005 and was awarded the Golden Apple from WJBF TV in Augusta, GA in 2006.

Mr. Westberry is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, South Carolina Band Directors Association, American Schools Band Directors Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

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March 24, 2013: Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Performs Outdoor Concert at Piazza della Minerva, Rome

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Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Marching Band
Kevin Plekan, director

Sunday, March 24, 2013
5:00 pm
Piazza della Minerva
00186 Roma, Italy (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program: An outdoor marching band performance with repertoire to be chosen from the following:

Italian National Anthem
Star Spangled Banner
On Wisconsin
Menasha High School Fight Song
Kernkraft 400
Bad Romance
Soul Man
YMCA
Jenny Jenny
Dirty Deeds
Party Rock Anthem
Baby
25 or 6 to 4
RESPECT
7 Nation Army
Smooth Criminal
Thriller

Information: 800-395-2036
mara@musiccelebrations.com

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About the artists… 

Special Awards and Travel of the Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Marching Band: 

2012
Superior rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

2011
Won the BCS Gator Bowl National Field Show Marching Competition and took second place in the BCS National Parade Marching Competition; performed at the BCS Gator Bowl Pre-game and Halftime shows

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade in Appleton, Wisconsin for 100,000 people

2010
Performed three concerts in Madrid, Spain

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed as part of the FVA North Mass Band for the Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons regular season football game

2009
Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

2008
Performed as part of the halftime show of the BCS National Championship Football Game between Louisiana State University and the Ohio State University; took second place in the BCS National Championship Field Marching Competition

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

2007
Played several concerts in Rome, Italy, including in front of the Pantheon

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed as part of the FVA North Mass Band for a Green Bay Packers regular season game

2006
Superior rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

2005
Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

2004
Played for a wreath laying ceremony at Omaha Beach in France as part of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion; played two additional concerts, one in Paris, and one near the base of the Eiffel Tower

Played for the pre-game show of the Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin for 70,457 people

2003
Superior rating and second place trophy at Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade  for 100,000 people

2002
Played for the halftime of the Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers playoff game at Lambeau Field for 65,000 people

Performed two concerts during a spring break trip to New Orleans, Louisiana

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

2001
Excellent rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

1999
Nominated by Governor Tommy Thompson to represent the state of Wisconsin for the “100th Anniversary of the Death of Johann Strauss American Celebration of Music” in Austria; performed in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck, Austria, and Budapest

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

1998
Performances at Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios in Florida

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 20,000 people

1997
Halftime show for Superbowl XXXI featuring the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Excellent rating and first place trophy at Music in the Parks Marching Competition in Illinois

1996
Performances at Epcot Center and MGM Studios in Florida

Kevin Plekan, director

Mr. Plekan has been the band director at Menasha High School since 2006. He is also the Music Department Chair and Drama Director at Menasha High School, and the Choral Director at St. Timothy’s Church in Menasha. Kevin is a 1989 graduate of Lawrence University with his Bachelor of Music degree, and a 2001 graduate of Marian College, where he earned his master’s degree in administration and his State of Wisconsin Principal’s License.

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