Congratulations to senior THS Band drum major and tuba player, Michael Wolsek!
Also in the article photo are band seniors Tyler Garcia, Sam McKee, and Alex Herin
Question: "Mr. Kurilko, can I be a swimmer and still be in marching band?"
Answer: Ask any of the band member swimming state champions, 14 'swando' girls league champion swimmers, and 24 boys league champion boys swimmers who are not just in band, but are drum majors, swim team captains, school record holders who are also band members. Furthermore, if a swimmer can be in band with their before-school and after-school schedules, ANY athlete can be in band.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I challenge any other band in the midwest to a swim meet, boys or girls.
Congratulations to all the band swimmers and good luck at leagues and states!
This year’s Spring Raffle and Jazz Cafe will be held Monday April 27 at 600pm at the St Paul Lutheran Church on Charlton across from THS. This is not just an event for jazz, but it is the big Spring Fundraiser for the band. The money raised allows the Boosters to fund expenses for the Fall Show, so we need the support of the entire band to be successful. Raffle tickets will be mailed home in March, and each band member is asked to sell ten tickets. If each band member sells ten tickets, that’s $18,000 for uniforms, props, transportation and more! Please stop by the table during the 2nd Trimester concert on February 26 and see how you can help.
Hello all -
As we head into 2020, I want to keep everyone updated as to what's going on in the music department.
We have been working on the spring musical, "Mama Mia!" since school started back up in January after break. Furthermore, many students are preparing for the MSBOA District 12 Solo and Ensemble festival which will be held on Saturday, Feb 1.
In February, we will have the 2nd trimester music department concert on Wednesday, February 26 at 7 pm. It will consist of concert band, chorus, and solo/ensemble participants. This is our more formal concert - dress will be white/black.
March is spring musical performance month. Check the spring musical page on this website for dates and times. State solo/ensemble festival also occurs on Saturday, March 14 at South Lyon HS for those who qualified with a superior rating at district festival.
Tuesday, March 31 is the Jazz Clinic at Carlson HS which the THS Jazz Band will attend. The jazz band will also be travelling to Royal Oak HS on Saturday, April 18 for the MSBOA State Jazz Festival. A THS jazz combo will also be performing. Later in April, the Jazz Cafe event occurs on Monday, April 27.
I have been busy recruiting for the 2020 THS Marching Band. My show designers and I have also been working out plans and ideas for our "Bewitched" show this fall. It's going to be a good one!
'Six THS Band students spent their Friday night with members of the Rotary Club to visit restaurants and clubs around the Downriver area collecting donations. The event was a success as thousands of dollars were donated to the Salvation Army during the group's performances of traditional holiday music during the evening. Nice work, kids!.
The 2019 Solstice concert and music department talent showcase event will be Wednesday, December 18 at 7 pm. Concert band, chorus, jazz band, 12 student acts including singers, dancers, combos. FREE ADMISSION but donations VERY appreciated. THS Auditorium.
Students should dress "nice" and holiday wear is also encouraged. All students must be in the band room or choir room by 6:45 pm
The first Trenton HS home game for next year (2020) is officially changed to Thursday, September 3. It was on Friday in earlier communications but they changed it for Labor Day weekend. Good news as far as I'm concerned!!!
:Band room will be open (lobby doors) from 4;30-5:30 pm to get instruments if they weren't take home the night before.
Be at parade route by 5:30 pm Meet at Cherry St (one street up from Trenton Theater - same location as years previous) Parade starts at 6 pm
BAND ROOM WILL NOT BE OPEN AFTER THE PARADE! ***Nutcracker going on in the auditorium and THS parking/traffic will be an issue at the time the parade is letting out!!! Lots of people in the ticket lobby as well so we will avoid the THS building after the parade completely.*** Take your instrument and equipment HOME after the parade.
Dress for parade is blue/gold, varsity jackets, or dress Christmas-y warm. Light yourselves and your instrument up as much as you want! We will be using drumline LED lights and guard wings. Warm hats and even gloves (if you can still play using them) are all OK for this parade.
TRENTON HS MARCHING BAND 2020
The show theme for next year's marching band was announced at the season-end pizza party on Monday. While the show details, visual plan, drill, and music is still being discussed, this is the set of music currently being planned (subject to change):
Come Little Children from "Hocus Pocus"
That Old Black Magic - version from the movie "Green Book"
Evil Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Witchy Woman - The Eagles
Theme from "Bewitched" - movie version/Steve Lawrence (swing version of TV show)
Night on Bald Mountain - Mussorsky
We've got eight months before any of this needs to be finalized so the music may be changed here and there to fit ever-developing show plans. Conceptually, we are going for a fun, Halloween type of witch theme with recognizable music and foot tapping, crowd pleasing music. We aren't looking to portray our witch theme as being dark or evil. If you've ever seen the 1960s TV show, "Bewitched", you know what I mean. Even "Hocus Pocus" has moments that are sort of dark - we won't be doing any of that. If you hear the music for the opener and seg 3 (below), you'll understand where we are going. Fun magic!
Two special things are going to occur at Monday's pizza party. First, today I just received the band letters to distribute to rookies! Just in time! Any THS student (not the AMS kids yet) who completed the marching band season will receive their band varsity letter which can be sewn onto a varsity band jacket (Sportway, other places sell them if you want them). If a rookie is not at the party, I will make sure he/she receives it soon thereafter.
Also - I will be revealing the 2020 THSMB show theme and music at the party!
Over 200 students in four ensembles - jazz band, chorus, concert band, and marching band - enjoyed a successful in-concert performance on Monday, Nov 4. Next performance events will be the Trenton Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 7 at 6pm Downtown Trenton and the Solstice 2019 Music Department Concert and Talent Showcase on Wednesday, December 18 in the THS Auditorium. More info on both event coming soon.