Six Brookland Bearcat Band students were selected to the Arkansas Region V band on Saturday, January 18, at MacArthur Junior High School. These students were selected by blind audition in competition with students from all across Northeast Arkansas.
FIRST BAND: Rachel Stewart - 12th chair Clarinet, Trevor Belyew - 4th chair Bass Clarinet, Jacob Perkins - 2nd Chair Baritone Saxophone, Daniel Baxter - 5th chair F-Horn
SECOND BAND: Allison Brown - 15th chair Clarinet, Katelyn Ratley - 8th Chair Trombone
Miss Stewart, Mr. Belyew, Mr. Perkins, and Mr. Baxter also qualified to audition for All-State band in February, at Arkansas State University.
Students in the 8th and 9th grade band travelled to Pocahontason Saturday, December 14, to compete for positions in the Arkansas Region 5 Junior High All-Region Bands.
Students competed in 3 categories against other students from across Northeast Arkansas who play the same instruments that they do. Region V includes all of the junior high schools in Clay, Greene, Mississippi, Craighead, Randolph, Lawrence, Poinsett, Sharp, Independence, Fulton and Jackson counties, as well as parts of Cross county. The students were judged on music they have been rehearsing for the last 2 months, on performance of memorized scales and on sight reading ability. Sight-reading is performing a new piece of music that the student has only seen for 20 seconds before asked to play it!
Students selected were:
FIRST BAND: Dylan Lane - 7th chair clarinet, Olivia Langner - 4th chair F-horn, Amanda Tyler - 8th chair Tuba
SECOND BAND: Haley Ratley - 10th chair flute, Adam Baxter - 3rd chair Oboe, Dylan Wallis - 2nd chair Clarinet, Zach Proctor - 9th chair Trumpet, Dylan Neff - 8th chair Trombone
ALTERNATE: Blake Martin - 2nd alt. flute
These students will be performed in concert with the other qualifiers from our region at 2:00 p.m., at the ASU Fowler Center on Saturday, January 25th. The concert was free and open to the public. The students selected in December to the Junior All-Region band also performed with their groups.
Trevor Belyew, an 11th grade bass clarinet player in the Bearcat Band auditioned against 36 other bass clarinet players from around the state on February 15, and earned a score that secured a spot in the All-State Band. There are 9 regions in Arkansas and each region sends their top 4 bass clarinet players as determined by All-Region auditions held in January. Mr. Belyew earned the 12th spot, landing him in the 3rd All-State Band.
The All-State band performed in Hot Springs on February 22, after only 3 days of rehearsal under the direction of Richard Saucedo.
Arkansas Small Band Association Honor Band
The following students were selected to the Arkansas Small School Bands (ASBA) Honor Band at auditions on February 19, 2014, at Riverview High School in Searcy.
Brent Cochran - Flute 6th Chair, Rachel Stewart - Clarinet 2nd Chair, Allison Brown - Clarinet 6th Chair, Trevor Belyew - Bass Clarinet 3rd Chair, Jacob Perkins - Baritone Saxophone 1st Chair, Tristan Skaggs - Tenor Saxophone 1st Alternate, Katelyn Ratley - Trombone 3rd Chair, Ethan Nelms - Trombone 6th Chair, Tim Casey - Euphonium 5th Chair, Xavier Armistead - Percussion 2nd, Jordan Ferrell - Percussion 7th Chair, Alex Turner - Percussion 8th Chair, Zach Rucker - Percussion 11th Chair
They will be performing a concert at Atkins High School on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:30PM with other students from across the state selected to the group. The band this year will be conducted by Mr. David Gorham who has an extensive list of compositions under his belt and one of the most well known high school bands in the country.
Region Concert Assessment
The Brookland Band performed a Regional Assessment on Saturday, March 14, 2014, at Greene County Tech. Regional assessment involves playing several pieces that they have been working on for several weeks and one piece they only saw for the first time.
The prepared pieces ("Air for Band" by Frank Erickson and "Canticle" by Bruce Pearson) were judged by Monty Hill of Little Rock; Joe Trusty of Cabot; and Sara Abbot of North Pulaski; who listened to both peices and then gave the band a rating of 1,2,3,4, or 5 (1 being the highest). All three judges gave the band a 1 rating for an overall rating of 1, or SUPERIOR!
All three judges commented on how much they appreciated the band's attentiveness to musical details and tone. While they could find things to "pick at," they were very impressed by how well the band played. Mr. Hogard was most proud of Mr. Hill's reference to the disciplined look of the band!
The Sight Reading Judge listened to us as we had 7 minutes to rehearse a piece none of us had ever seen before and then play the piece. She also gave us a rating of 1.
Solo and Ensemble 2014
Students returned from Highland High School on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26, after performing individual and small group events for judges. Students had been learning solos and or ensembles and were rated by the judges on how well they performed their piece. Students were rank as Division I (supperior), II (Excellent), III (Good), IV (Fair) or V (Poor). Brookland had no students in the Division IV or V categories. The following students received these ratings (note that some student performed more than one event:
Chase Dalton Key Solo (I), Drum Solo (I), Brianna Gibson Key Solo (I), Drum Solo (I), Aaron Schug Key Solo (I), Drum Solo (I), Gavin Jones Key Solo (I), Casey Smith Solo (I), Colby Shortnacy Solo (I), Sean Simpkins Solo (II), Noah Smith Solo (II), Breanna Condon Solo (II), Nathan Lamb Solo (I), Sayje Martin Solo (II), Daniel Pasmore Solo (I), Ben Pierce (I), Ben Robison Solo (I), Lexi Willis Solo (I), Hailey Ratley Solo (I), Nikkolette Solo (II),
Ethan Scurlock Solo (I), Joseph Shinault Solo (II), Kyle Wyatt Solo (II), Adam Baxter Solo (I), Zach Proctor Solo (I), Jacob Easley: Drum Solo (II) and Keyboard Solo (I), Creed Edgar Drum Solo (I), Abber Aljaad Solo (I), Drew Daniels Solo (II), Jared Harrison Solo (I), Tayor Mosbey Solo (I), Parker Odom solo (I), Noah Mooneyham Solo (I), Jacob Scallion Solo (II), Alex White Solo (II), Tyler Ballard Solo (II), JD Davis Solo (II), WinterHicks Solo (II), Kyle Luna Solo (II), Samantha Sennett Solo (II), Abby Bass Solo (II), Amanda Tyler Solo (I)
Blake Martinez Solo (I), Blake Martin Flute Duet (I), Oliver Quiroz Solo (I), Olivia Langner Solo (I) and Horn Duet (II), Chris Morgan Solo (I) and Clar-Sax Duet (II), Dylan Lane Clar Duet (II) and Clar-Sax Duet (II) and Brass Duet (II), Bryce Vaughn Tuba-Bassoon Duet (II), Joseph Erickson Clar Duet (II) and Woodwind Quartet (II), Tyler Weaver Clar Duet (II), Dalton Thompson Woodwind Quartet (II) and Flute Trio (I), Dylan Wallis Woodwind Quartet (II), Zach Gibson Flute Trio (I), Shane Spencer Flute Trio (I), Nathan McMinn Jazz Combo (II), Dylan Neff Jazz Combo (II), Leo Montgomery Jazz Combo (II), Michael Daugherity Trum Duet (II)
Brent Cochran Solo (I), Flute Duet (I) and Jazz Quartet (II), Katelyn Ratley TBone Solo (I),and Flute Solo (I), Ethan Nelms Tuba-Trom Duet (II) and Trom Duet (II) and Woodwind Quartet (II), Zach Rucker Trombone Duet (II), Cody Pemberton Trum Duet (II)
Xavier Armistead Solo (I)and Brass Duet (II), Allison Brown Clar-Trump Duet (I), Trevor Belyew Sax-Bass Cl Duet (I)
Chandler Tate Clar-Trump Duet (I), Jacob Perkins Horn Duet (I)and Sax-Bass Cl Duet (I), Rachel Stewart Clar Duet (II), Perri Wright Sax Solo (I), Tristan Skaggs Drum Solo (I) and Tenor Solo (I)
Most Awards for the Bearcat Band are awards that any student can earn if they seek to earn them. The Bearcat Band Award system is based on earning merits. On this page, you can find links to how to earn merits for each award at each grade level.
There are three levels of awards that Bearcat Band students can earn based on merits.
The Musicianship Award - This award consists of a certificate. It can be earned by meeting minimal expectaions for members of the Bearcat Band.
TheMusical Achievement Award - This student earns the Musicianship Award certificate, a Musical Achievement certificate and a pin. This award can be earned by every student who earns above minimal expectations and maybe does a little bit more, like attending concerts for other musical groups, writing papers, buying CD's, etc.
The Musical Excellence Award - This award consists of everything the Musical Achievement Award recieves, plus the Musical Excellence plaque. This is for those students who reach for the highest expectations and pushes beyond the scope of the classroom.
The Outstanding (Woodwind, Brass, Percussion) Award - This plaque is given to 7th and 8th grade students and usually only given to one student in that section of the band. It is based on several considerations, including lines and scales passed, merits, demonstration of Musical Leadership; etc. Students must have been in the Brookland Band all year to earn this award.
The Director's Award - This award is a nationally recognized award and goes to a Junior Band student who has shown leadership over the course of their 7th and 8th grade band years. Average Merits for 7th and 8th grade years account for 1/2, and Average band grade for 7th and 8th grade years counts for 1/2. The tie breaker will be grade in 8th grade, then merits 8th grade, then grade in 7th grade. Students must have earned the Musical Achievement Award or higher in either the junior and senior year.
The Outstanding Marcher Award - This certificate will be given to one student in each class (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th) as voted on by the students at the end of the marching season. Students are automatically disqualified if they have unexcused absences from any marching band rehearsal or performance.
The Brookland Academic Award - This award is given by the school and will be given to the student with the highest GPA in each class: Beginning Band, Junior Band, High School Band, Jazz Band and Music Theory.
The Special Service Award - There are several ways to earn this Certificate, including learning and performing on a new instrument that is necessary to the success of the band for the current year; being involved in another school activity, and, while they may not be able to be at all rehearsals, having perfect attendance to all band performances (including pep rallies); anything Mr. Hogard deems as going above and beyond the call of being in band.
The Esprit de Corps Award - is a pin given to high school band students who are dedicated to band. While they may be involved in other activities, these students have perfect attendance to all band performance and rehearsals, no discipline issues in band class (including excessive tardies) or rehearsal, and are involved in at least one fund-raiser. These students must be enrolled in 5th period band class (no exceptions) and they must have fewer than 10 tardies throughout the school year.
The Outstanding (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior) Award - This plaque is given to one student in the named class. Selection for this award is based on a combination of merits (51%) and leadership points (49%) as voted on by the students. Students must have been in the Brookland Band all year to earn this award.
The AMRO Award - This medal is given to the two seniors with the most merits in their senior year and who have earned the Musicianship Award or higher in every grade they have been a member of the Bearcat High School Band. It will not be given to the winners of the John Phillip Sousa, Leadership, or Governor's Award winners.
The Governor's Award - This Medallion is recognized by the state and is not given every year. It will be calculated based on average grade in high school band and average merits in high school band. Ties will be broken by student leadership votes. To be eligible must have been in the High School band for at least the full Junior and Senior years to recieve this award and earn at least the Musical Achievement award their senior year.
The Student Leader Award - This award is given to a Senior as voted on by the students of the High School Band. It is based on the student vote, but students may not win this award and the John Philip Sousa Award. Students must have been in the Brookland Band all year to earn this award.
The John Philip Sousa Award - This award is a nationally recognized award and goes to a Senior who has shown leadership over the course of their Junior and Senior years. Student leadership votes count for 1/3 of this score, Average merits for their 11-12 grade years count for 1/3, and average band grade for the 11-12 grade years counts for 1/3. The tie breaker will be Senior grade, then Senior Merits, then Junior Grade. Students must have earned the Musical Achievement Award or higher in either the junior and senior year.
The Senior Plaque - This award is, in my estimation, the hardest to earn and the highest honor. It is given to all Seniors who graduate as members of the Brookland Bearcat Band. Students who drop and come back, must have served at least 1 full year as a member of any high school band prior to dropping. Students who start band at a later age must have attained a level that would allow them to perform with the high school band on the final concert.