This was just sent out by Trenton Schools:
Students and parents will have an opportunity to access their locker, the locker room, and/or the band room to retrieve wanted materials. All four buildings will be open from 8:00 am until 11:00 am and again from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. If you have specific ideas for students, use any of your current electronic outreach avenues to share your ideas with them before they come in on Wednesday.
I will have new music, plans, and resources for all music students available at school on that day as well as online accessible on this website. You're gonna get really bored with four weeks off with no sports, play rehearsals, or any other school activities, gang - might as well practice your music on your instrument! : )
I will have more information after Monday's administration meeting. At this time, the only doors planned to be open are the main THS doors. Other access points such as ticket lobby entrance will be discussed. More info to come when I get receive it. MK.
All: At this time, there is no building access for anyone to be able to get their instrument or anything else. If that changes, I will let you know immediately. Also, we are currently assessing for the reschedule of the spring musical which now cannot be held on it's original weekend of March 26-28. We are aware of DYPAC, elementary events, and other THS auditorium events that will be held from mid-April through May and what their potential date changes would do to planning. At this point, we are confident that we will be able to reschedule without too much disruption to already planned events. Note: The Jazz Clinic on March 30 at Gibraltar Carlson HS has been cancelled. No word on April 18 MSBOA jazz festival - however all other jazz festival sites scheduled for March and the first week of April have been cancelled. The DMG All-Star Band scheduled for Saturday April 25 is also in flux at this time and is being reevaluated. Again, I will keep you informed. Keep your chins up, everyone. We will get through this.
All TPS activities including the spring musical and all sports have been suspended indefinitely. I currently do not know about the status of Friday, March 13 school day yet. As soon as I hear anything official regarding any other cancellations and suspensions, I will post and link to facebook. Same with updates on spring musical rehearsals and other music department events that are upcoming.
All: I will be updating this blog and linking it to the THS Band 2019-2020 facebook page as information comes in and the situation changes regarding actions taken by the school district and music department regarding upcoming events.
Currently, everything is status quo regarding everything other than the cancellation of the pep band for the state hockey final four and cancellation of MSBOA state solo/ensemble festival.. Upcoming events that I have been getting questions about include the spring musical, Jazz Cafe, jazz clinic in Gibraltar, jazz festival in April, drumline practices, and DMG All Star Band. At this point, everything is still a 'go', When or if that status changes, I will post it here, link it, and also contact the band boosters to send out an email blast.
The annual THS Marching Band Banquet will be held on Tuesday May 5 at Crystal Gardens at 600pm. This is our final celebration for the THS Marching Band. Please review all the details on the flyer below and send in your RSVP and payment as soon as possible (due April 17!). Any questions please contact our drum major moms (contact info listed on the flyer). See you there!
Thank you to everyone who has been sending in gift cards for Jazz Cafe donations. The Jazz Cafe is one of two primary fundraisers responsible for funding the Fall Marching Band program. If you were unable to stop by the table at the 2nd Trimester Concert and pick up a donation request, please feel free to purchase a $10 gift card from a local establishment and send it with your student to give to Ava Carson in band class. Thank you so much for supporting this event and our THS Marching Band. Please contact Melissa Carson with any questions: email@example.com
Nominations for board members: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are being accepted for the 2020-21 school year. If you are interested in a position or would like to nominate someone, please email Mark Revesz, Booster President at firstname.lastname@example.org
The second trimester music department concert will occur one week before 2nd tri finals week on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 @ 7pm in the THS Auditorium. Free admission. This concert will be the most formal of all four of our school concerts and will have the theme "Rivers To The Past". The Chorus will sing five songs, all with lyrics and themes of flowing rivers:
"When I Close My Eyes"
"The Beautiful Rain"
"Down To The River To Pray"
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Three of the superior rating solo and ensemble events who qualified for state S/E festival on March 14 will perform after the chorus.
The THS Concert Band will perform five selections as well in reverse order of the year of composition ("Rivers to the PAST"). Each selection will be explained in advance from the stage by Mr. Kurilko then related directly in terms of musical style and influence to the next piece to be performed. The five selections have been chosen from five different eras of wind ensemble styles and will be performed in that order:
"Burn" - Roland Barrett (2014)
"American Riversongs" - Pierre LaPlante (1992)
"Chant and Jubilo" - W. Francis McBeth (1062)
"The Black Horse Troop" - John Philip Sousa (1924)
First Suite in E-Flat, Movement III: March - Gustav Holst (1909)
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!