History of the Bearcat Band
|Posted by thogard on October 1, 2015 at 5:35 PM|
Bearcat Senior Band Beats Old Record at High School All-Region!
Once again, Bearcat Band students step up, this time at the high school level! 11 Bearcats were selected to High School All-Region and 1 was selected to alternate on her instrument. In addition, 4 students will definitely be auditioning for All-State, with 1 other student being "on-call" for auditions.
Auditions for Senior Region are run the same as they are for Junior High (where Bearcats shattered the precious record), but the music is of a higher difficulty level. Region clinic for Junior and Senior Student will be Friday and Saturday, January 23-24, at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Concerts are open to the public on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. for free at the ASU Fowler Center.
High School 2nd Band
Bassoon: Ethan Nelms (2nd chair)*; Clarinet Allison Brown (14th chair); Tyler Weaver (20th chair); Dylan Wallis (22nd chair); Joseph Erickson (24th Chair); Alto Sax: Chris Morgan
Trombone: Katelyn Ratley (1st chair)**; Euphonium: Tim Casey (4th chair); Horn: Olivia Langner (alt.)
High School 1st Band
Flute: Brent Cochran (7th chair)*; Clarinet: Dylan Lane (11th chair)*; Bass Clarinet: Trevor Belyew (2nd chair)*
* Auditioning for All-State
** On-call alternate to audition for All-State
RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR BEARCAT BAND AT JUNIOR HIGH ALL-REGION
The Brookland Bearcat Band boasts the highest number of Junior High All-Region Band Members in school history - sixteen. The students auditioned on Saturday, December 6, at Paragould Jr. High. The auditions involved performing 3 pieces that they had been preparing since September, scales, and performing a short piece of music they had never seen with only 20 seconds to look over it. They competed against over 700 students from schools in Clay, Greene, Craighead, MIssissippi, Lawrence, Randolph, Poinsett, Fulton, Izard, Independence, Sharp, and Jackson counties. These students will be performing a public concert in January, at Arkansas State University.
Flute: Winter Hicks (5th Chair); Oboe: Nikkolette Perkins (2nd Chair); Clarinet: Drew Daniels (12th chair), Parker Odom (15th chair); F-Horn: Abby Bass (6th Chair)
Flute: Hailey Ratley (2nd chair); Oboe: Adam Baxter (1st Chair); Clarinet: Abeer Aljaad (19th Chair),
Taylor Mosbey (26th Chair); Baritone Sax: Ethan Scurlock (1st Chair); Trumpet: Zach Proctor (3rd Chair); Trombone: Carson Woodard (7th Chair), Jacob Scallion (9th Chair); Tuba: Amanda Tyler (6th Chair); Percussion: Creed Edgar (9th Chair), Brianna Gibson (10th Chair)
Statistics: Brookland had 16 students selected, placing 6th over-all; Brookland placed 3rd in number of students making 1st Band; and tied for 2nd on number of students earning 1st Chair.
Brookland's ASBA Honor Band Members
On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 10th - 12th grade members of the Brookland Band travelled to Riverview High School in Searcy to compete with students from other schools with AAA or smaller ASBOA classifications for postitions in the ASBA Honor Band. These students will be travelling to Pangburn in April to perform in a concert band made up of students from Brookland and the other schools. The Honor Band will be conducted this year by noted clinician and composer Robert Sheldon. Information on the auditions and the clinic in April can be found at arkansassmallbandassociation.webs.com.
Students selected were: Brent Cochran - 4th Flute; Blake Martinez - Oboe; Ethan Nelms - Bassoon; Dylan Lane - 3rd clarinet; Allison Brown - 7th Clarinet; Tyler Weaver - 23 Clarinet; Dylan Wallis - 25th Clarinet; Trevor Belyew - 2nd Bass Clarinet; Chris Morgan - 2nd Alto Sax; Olivia Langner - 7th Horn; Katelyn Ratley - 2nd Trombone; and Alex Turner - 12th Percussion.
Once again, the 2014-2015 Brookland Band students set a record for the number of students seleted to Honor Band. Congratulations to all who made it!
Bearcat Band Performs Very Well at Assessment
On Friday, March 13, 2015, the Bearcat High School band travelled to Jonesboro High School to perform music they had been working on for the past several weeks and be assessed on that music by a panel of band directors who assessed and rated that performance.
While the Bearcat Band is only required to play at least one grade level 2 (1 is easiest, 6 is hardest) or harder piece and one of any difficulty level (including easier), Mr. Hogard elected to perform a grade 3 and a grade 2, making this the toughest assessment selections Brookland has attempted in his 7 years as band director. To make matters even tougher, the grade 3, Cajun Folk Songs, by Frank Ticheli is listed as a grade 4 in at least 8 other states and by the publisher. Our second piece, Rites of Tamburo by Robert W. Smith is clasified as a grade 2.
The judges assessed the band on style, musicianship, stage presence, tone, intonation, tuning, as well as getting the correct notes and rhythms and assessed the band at a rating of II (2) on rating scale where Roman numeral I is best and Roman numeral V is lowest. Mr. Hogard was very proud of that rating, noting that not many bands would take a small band of 47 players, with only 4 seniors and 6 juniors to assessment and play music that hard.
Judge 1 (John Webb): Gave the band I in Articulation, Note Accuracy, and Style; and a II in Tone, Intonation, Rhythm precision, Balance, Phrasing and Dynamics. Judge 1 Overall Rating: II
Judge 2 (Starla Welty) Gave the band I in Note Accuracy and Dynamics, but a II in the other categories. Judge 2 Overall Rating: II
Judge 3 (Jon Shultz) Gave the band a I in Note Accuracy, but a II in all other categories. Judge 3 Overall Rating: II
OVERALL RATING (averaging all judges): II
The band continued a tradition begun last year of earning a I in Sight-Reading (judged by Mark Tenney). Mr. Hogard said his proudest moment all year came when two of his students asked about how to perform the style of the piece. Never in his career has this happened in the sight reading room.
Rating Key: I = Superior, II = Excellent, III = Good, IV = Fair, V = Poor
|Posted by thogard on July 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
The 6 Brookland students who were selected to the 2013 ASBA Honor Band - Megan Espy, Allison Brown, Rachel Stewart, Trevor Belyew, Jacob Perkins and Daniel Baxter - performed a concert on April 6th, in Atkins, Arkansas, with approximately 110 other Arkansas students. The Honor Band was conducted by Joe Trusty of Cabot High School. The band performed 5 pieces, including Music of Earth Wind and Fire, arranged by Richard Saucedo; Grace by Randall Standridge; Lincoln Variations by William Harbison; and Rise and Shine march by Donald Moore.
|Posted by thogard on April 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
On Tuesday, February 5, 13 students travelled to Riverview High School, located just off the interstate in Searcy. These students auditioned against other students from across the state for the opportunity to perform in the Arkansas Small School Honor Band concert in early April in Atkins, Arkansas.
Students were required to perform sections of two pieces of music they had been studying since September, 2 scales that had to be memorized and sight-read a short piece of music they had never seen before. They were judged by two hidden judges who then scored and ranked them against other students who played the same instrument and took the top players into the Honor Band.
Students selected were Jacob Perkins (1st Chair, Bari-sax), Daniel Baxter (2nd chair, French Horn), Trevor Belyew (3rd chair Bass Clarinet), Megan Espy (6th Chair Flute), Allison Brown (6th Chair Clarinet), Rachel Stewart (11th Chair, Clarinet), and Tristan Skaggs (Alternate, Tenor Sax).
UPDATE: These students will be leaving school on April 5 for rehearsals in Atkins that evening and on the morning of April 6th. They will perform a concert on April 6th, at 2:30, at the Atkins High School Auditorium. Parents and families are invited to attend this free concert.
|Posted by thogard on February 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
Trevor Belyew, 10th grade, will be auditioning on Bass Clarinet in Russellville, on Saturday, February 2, 2013. He qualified for this honor by scoring in the top 4 at All-Region auditions in January. Megan Espy, Senior Flute Player, may get to audition, having earned an alternate audition spot if someone cancels.
Update: Both students auditioned and, while they both scored well, neither was selected for All-State.
|Posted by thogard on January 29, 2013 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
Congratulations to the 2012-2013, Region V, All-Region Band members from Brookland:
Junior High - Brent Cochran - Flute, Brian Jones - F-Horn, Olivia Langner - F-Horn, Ethan Nelms - Trombone
Senior High - Megan Espy - Flute, Rachel Stewart - Clarinet, Allison Brown - Clarinet, Trevor Belyew - Bass Clarinet, Carson Harris - Bass Clarinet, Daniel Baxter - F-Horn, Jacob Perkins (1st Alternate) Baritone Saxophone
They attended a clinic January 17-18, 2013 at Arkansas State University's Fowler Center and presented a concert on Saturday afternoon.
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.