Marching Band 2020 – A LOT of Information is in this Post!!

Hello Everyone!

I am SO excited for your season! I realize the current coronavirus pandemic has presented a tremendous amount of questions, concerns, and ‘what ifs.’ But I am moving forward with the intent that we will have a Fall Season. The music for this year’s show is:
The Music of Led Zepplin!
1. Kashmir https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10273814
2. Black Dog https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10273849
3. Stairway to Heaven https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10087927

Please listen to the links provided…this is our music!

The Marching Band Packet is currently being revised and will be provided to everyone shortly. Music will also be provided to everyone before the end of the school year. Our student numbers for this coming year also look fantastic! Band Camp is scheduled for July 27 to July 31. Due to school being closed for the remainder of the year, auditions for Drum Major, Section Leader, and Color Guard Captain will be held a little differently this year. All Color Guard information including Color Guard Captain Auditions are below.

WHAT: GS COLOR GUARD TRYOUTS

WHEN: MAY 25 THRU MAY 29 may send videos anytime this week (*special note we have summer rehearsals!)
BAND CAMP: JULY 27 thru JULY 31(must attend if want to participate)

WHERE: go to YouTube channel: DONNA WHENRY look for GS color guard skills video AND GS color guard try out piece “Kashmir”. (You may use a broomstick if you do not have a flag)

HOW: SEND TRY OUT VIDEOS TO: Donna Whenry djwhenry@gmail.com Along with your name, grade, personal email and contact number. (Will email summer schedule)
WHY: BECAUSE IT’S FUN! ~WE ARE THE STUDENTS WHO TWIRL FLAGS, TWIRLING RIFLES AND DANCE @ FOOTBALL GAMES & PARADES ~ COME JOIN US!

WHO: ANY STUDENT IN HS (Current 9-11) OR 8TH GRADE

COLOR GUARD CAPTAIN TRY OUT SHEET
1. EACH STUDENT INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT FOR A CAPTAIN POSITION WILL HAVE TO CHOREOGRAPH A MINIMUM 45 SECOND PIECE TO A CLEAN VERSION OF A SONG OF THEIR CHOICE THAT CONTAINS FLAG WORK AND DANCE. ( MAY USE RIFLE AS WELL, BUT NOT IN PLACE OF FLAG WORK). PERFORMED ON THE LAST DAY OF TRYOUTS. (send video to djwhenry@gmail.com)

2. EACH CANDIDATE MUST WRITE A MINIUM 100 WORD ESSAY DESCRIBING WHY THEY WOULD MAKE A GOOD CAPTAIN. ( send to djwhenry@gmail.com)

3. IF MADE CAPTAIN MUST ATTEND THE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS IN THE SUMMER (JULY) AND FOLLOW THE CAPTAIN RESPONSILIBITES GUIDELINES.

4. MUST BE A JUNIOR OR SENIOR AND HAVE A MINIMUM OF 2 YEARS IN GUARD.

5. THE DIRECTORS, IN ADDITION TO THE ESSAY AND CHOREOGRAPHY, WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING. A. DO THEY WORK WELL WITH OTHERS. B. HAVE THEY SHOWN LEADERSHIP QUALITIES IN THE PAST. C. THEIR COMMUNICATION SKILLS. D. ABILITY TO PICK UP CHOREOGRAPHY QUICKLY. E. THE ENERGY, PRIDE AND EXPRESSION GIVEN IN PAST PERFORMANCES. F. HAVE THEY OBEYED ALL UNIFORM AND MARCHING BAND RULES IN THE PAST ( GIVEN NOTES FOR ABSENCES, IN FULL UNIFORM, HAIR DONE PROPERLY, ARRIVE ON TIME, NO MISSED PERFORMANCES)

6. THE DIRECTORS HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECIDE HOW MANY CAPTAINS ARE CHOSEN.

7. BEING A CAPTAIN IN THE PAST DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU A CAPTAIN SPOT.

8. AFTER BEING POSTED ALL DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

GS COLOR GUARD SCHEDULE 2020
Q’S CALL Donna Whenry717- 354-4151/ 717-701-9849
djwhenry@gmail.com MEET @ GSHS AUDITORIUM
Tuesday JUNE 30, 6-8:30 PM
Thursday JULY 2, 6-8:30 PM

Tuesday JULY 7, 6:30-8:30
Thursday JULY 9, 6-8:30 PM

Tuesday JULY 14, 6:30-8:30 *schedule is subject to change Thursday JULY 16, 6-8:30 PM

Tuesday JULY 21, 6:30-8:30
Thursday JULY 23, 6:30-8:30
(July 21 & 23 may be canceled due to my schedule, will let students know ASAP)

*The last half hour of these practices will be for rifles only. All others are free to go at 8pm.
~BAND CAMP JULY27 THRU JULY 31 8-12 & 630-930
MONS. & THURS. IN AUG. 630-930 TIL SCHOOL STARTS
NOBODY CAN MISS BAND CAMP !!!
AND NO MORE THAN 3 DAYS MISSED IN JULY!
~WEAR SNEAKERS, DON’T BE LATE, BRING H2O AND HAVE FUN!!!
~A PARENT SIGNED NOTE MUST BE HANDED IN AT LEAST 1 WEEK BEFORE IF YOU ARE GOING TO MISS ANY REHEARSALS, AND WORK OR YOUTH GROUP IS NOT AN EXCUSE.
~IF YOU HAVE 2 UNEXCUSED PRACTICES THEN A WARNING WILL BE GIVEN, AFTER 2 MISSED PERFORMANCES REGARDLESS IF THERE IS A NOTE YOU MAY BE ASKED TO TURN IN YOUR UNIFORM.

PERCUSSION/ PIT SCHEDULE 2020

Q’S CALL Chad Whenry 717-354-4151/ 717-203-3727
The.whenry.family@gmail.com

TUES. JUNE 30 6-8:30 PM MEET @ BAND ROOM
THURS. JULY 2 6:30-8:30 PM

TUES. JULY 7 6:30-8:30 PM
THURS. JULY 9 6-8:30PM

TUES. JULY 14 6:30-8:30PM
THURS. JULY 16 6:30-8:30PM

TUES. JULY 23 6-8:30 PM
THURS. JULY 25 6-8:30 PM

(JULY 7, 9, 23, 25may be canceled depending on my schedule, will let you know ASAP)
*schedule is subject to change

~BAND CAMP JULY 27 THRU JULY 31 8-12 & 630-930
MONS. & THURS. IN AUG. 630-930 TIL SCHOOL STARTS
NOBODY CAN MISS BAND CAMP !!!
AND NO MORE THAN 2 DAYS MISSED IN JULY!
~WEAR SNEAKERS, DON’T BE LATE, BRING H2O AND HAVE FUN!!!
~A PARENT SIGNED NOTE MUST BE HANDED IN AT LEAST 1 WEEK BEFORE IF YOU ARE GOING TO MISS ANY REHEARSALS, AND WORK OR YOUTH GROUP IS NOT AN EXCUSE.
~IF YOU HAVE 2 UNEXCUSED PRACTICES THEN A WARNING WILL BE GIVEN, AFTER 2 MISSED PERFORMANCES REGARDLESS IF THERE IS A NOTE A CONVERSATION WITH MR. FITZ WILL TAKE PLACE.

DRUM MAJOR AND SECTION LEADER AUDITIONS
Due to school being closed for the remainder of the year, SL and DM auditions must be held in a slightly modified manner:

SECTION LEADER AUDITIONS
1. If you were a section leader this past year, not graduating, desire to continue in this position, and have the approval of the marching band staff, you will continue in your duties without any audition required
2. If you desire to audition for an opening within your section, the requirements are:
i. Submit a one-page document stating your intentions, your experience in a leadership position, and why you would be an excellent candidate
ii. Submit a video of you performing a lyrical selection and technical selection. The video must show you performing – audio-only selections will not be accepted. Both musical selections do not need to be long: 16-32 measures
3. Final selections will be determined between Mr. Fitz and the current Drum Majors

DRUM MAJOR AUDITIONS
1. Requirements are:
a. WILL BE A SENIOR (12TH GRADE) DURING THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR
b. Submit a one-page document stating your intentions, your experience in a leadership position, and why you would be an excellent candidate
c. Submit a video of you performing an original salute. This may be done with a partner, but both students must submit a separate video for their specific audition
d. Submit a video of you conducting the National Anthem – WITHOUT MUSIC. You must hear this music in your head – no prompting or assistance of any kind will be permitted.

All documents and videos for both Drum Major Auditions and Section Leader Auditions should be submitted directly to Mr. Fitz:
Email: rich_fitz@elanco.org

Any questions, comments, or concerns may also be submitted to the same email address.
I wish all of you good luck, please stay safe and healthy and I look forward to your audition!

DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 BY MIDNIGHT!

The British Invasion Show 2019!!!

Here are the sound files for our British Invasion Show 2019.

1. Saturday’s Alright

2. Bicycle Race – this chart is edited. We will end the chart on the bicycle bells.

3. Bohemian Rhapsody – this is the entire composition, but you will hear it as a piano piece. You can still play your part along with this recording.

4. Hey Jude/Sgt Peppers – the YouTube video has a small edit – we are performing the ENTIRE arrangement.

5. Fairest of the Fair – without repeats

HS Band Holiday Music

Here are the links to our Holiday Music.

1. On This Day:
2. Holiday Celebration:
3. Ding, Dong Merrily On High:
4. Brazilian Bell Carol:
5. Three Wise Guys:
Enjoy!

Individual Charts for Field Show

Band: Here are the individual music charts for our field show. This may aid in practicing certain charts or sections without having to load the entire show.
1. We Got the Beat

2. Talking in Your Sleep

3. Open Arms

4. Funkytown

5. Africa

6. Liberty Bell

Marching Band Updates

All GSHS Band Members:
This Friday is our first football game and it is a home game!
Please remember your full uniform, helmet, gloves, black shoes/socks

Also: our game on Oct. 13 vs. Cocalico is their homecoming.
We will perform the pregame show that evening.

GSHS Marching Band Field Show Music

Included in this blog are the three (3) selections the band will be performing for their 2017/2018 Field Show. Everyone should already have their music. If not, please let me know asap by emailing me at: rich_fitz@elanco.org
1. Let’s Dance


2. Shut up and Dance


3. Dancing Queen (the edited version)

Welcome to the GSHS Music Department Blog

(THIS SITE IS CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT)

This blog is dedicated to the GSHS Music Department. Within this site, you will find information pertaining to:
1. Band
2. Marching Band
3. Chorus
4. String Ensemble
5. Jazz Ensemble
6. Vocal Ensemble
7. World Beat
8. Vocal Techniques
9. American Musical Theater
10. Guitar Lab
11. Music Theory
12. AP Music Theory

HS Music Staff:
Mrs. Deb Olson – HS Chorus, Vocal Ensemble, American Musical Theatre, Vocal Techniques, Special Education Music, MS Chorus, MS Orchestra
Mr. Richard Fitz – HS Band, Marching Band, Guitar Lab, Jazz Band, Music Theory, AP Music Theory, MS Jazz Band, MS Band (asst.)
Mr. Lynn Stover – HS World Beat, MS Band
Mr. Jon Rehrer – HS String Ensemble

THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Will be posted in both the chorus room and band room.
Will not be the same week to week
Students need to check the schedule to ensure they are attending the correct rehearsal
Attendance is taken at each rehearsal. If students are scheduled to be in band, but go to chorus, they will be marked absent.
HS Orchestra rehearses after school. Exact days and times are TBD.

Applied Music and iSpartan
1st Semester – Days 1-4; return to your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th block class in accordance with the number day.
Days 5-10 – You will be assigned an iSpartan placement dependent upon your current grades
2nd Semester – Days 1-4; as above. Days 5-10; Applied Music
Lunch – must be eaten in the café. Students are not permitted to eat in the music department.
Any student in the music department during lunch/iSpartan must have a pass.

CONCERTS
HS Chorus – Oct. 26, Dec. 18, May 17
HS Band – Dec. 18, Feb. 27, May 17
HS String Ensemble– Dec. 18, May 17
Vocal, Percussion, Jazz Ensembles Concert – May 10
These dates are listed on the HS Website
Please mark these dates in your calendar.
Students should inform employers of their HS commitments
Missing a performance due to work is not an acceptable excuse

CONCERT ATTIRE
The concert attire is for both chorus and band
Girls – all black
Guys – white shirt, black pants, long tie, black shoes, black socks
Small ensembles: vocal ensemble, jazz ensemble, world beat, may have different attire.

SMALL ENSEMBLES
Sr. Vocal Ensemble – Mrs. Olson
Jazz Ensemble – Mr. Fitz
World Beat – Mr. Stover
Vocal Ensemble/Jazz Ensemble – by audition only
See Mrs. Olson for questions pertaining to Sr. Vocal Ensemble
Auditions for Jazz Ensemble will be posted very soon.
Current openings are: trombone, trumpet
See Mr. Stover if you are interested in World Beat

MARCHING BAND
Report times will be posted outside my office door
Throughout the marching season – if a students has any conflicts, they MUST SEE MR. FITZ at least ONE WEEK prior to the conflict. Just because they have an excuse does not mean it will be accepted!
Excuses must be in writing and signed by a parent/guardian and given to Mr. Fitz NLT than ONE WEEK prior!
Texting your friend or myself is NOT an acceptable way to communicate. You MUST contact me directly!

MB Show for 2016

Attached are the sound files for our MB Show, “The Elements of the Universe.”