GOD BLESS AMERICA PROJECT

Ms. Kluga is so proud of our students for creating this musical distance-learning experience. Although virtual performances will never replace the educational value and magic of live music, she’s so happy we could put something together to honor the significance of this day in our community.  The video is in this week’s email. Please enjoy.

Thank you to local veteran Pat McDonough and the Yorktown American Legion for providing the photos and information about our local war memorials contained in our project.

YORKTOWN AMERICAN LEGION “VIRTUAL” PARADE

Please take 15 minutes out of your Memorial Day to watch this excellent video created by Pat McDonough and members of the Yorktown American Legion. The video takes you on a virtual tour of our local war memorials, with historic details and information skillfully narrated by Mr. McDonough.

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA

In an effort to honor Memorial Day in a socially-distanced way, please consider participating in this National experience.

At 3:00pm on Memorial Day, trumpet players and instrumentalists of all types are invited to step outside their homes and perform Taps for their neighborhood. More details and a link to the music can be found below. If you participate, Ms. Kluga would love to see a photo of you or hear your video. She plans to play Taps from her driveway. Her sister, who is a trumpet player in the Air Force, will be playing Taps from where she is stationed in Illinois.

Details: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-to-participate-in-steve-hartmans-taps-across-america/

Music: https://tapsbugler.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/TAPS-MUSIC.jpg

FYI: Trumpet players – if the music is too high for you Taps can be played using any valve combination for all notes (like a lip slur). Try starting on low D (1+3) and using that fingering for all the notes.

DISTANCE LEARNING THIS WEEK:

ASSIGNMENTS for 5/18 – 5/22:

·      Video: Taps – Stories Behind the Soundhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-zEvRCNJd0

Please take 12 minutes to watch this video about the significance of Taps – featuring the buglers at West Point.

·      God Bless America Project – we will use this week to put the project together.

o   Ms. Kluga will contact you if you need to fix your recording.

o   If you have not yet attended a zoom lesson to learn the music, contact me. Once you have attended your lesson, Ms. Kluga will send you your project link.

o   Information on the project is below.

·      No Sight Reading Factory assignments this week.

ZOOM LESSON MAKE-UPS

If you did not attend this week’s zoom lesson, please contact Ms. Kluga to schedule a make-up. Specific help is listed below:

·      Percussion: ***TIME CHANGE**** Please meet Ms. Kluga for a lesson make-up on Monday 5/18 at 12pm**** She will send you the zoom link on Monday morning. She apologizes for having to move the time.

GOD BLESS AMERICA PROJECTS LINKS HAVE BEEN DELIVERED

If you attended your zoom lesson, Ms. Kluga has sent you a link to start your project. The link already contains recordings from some of our seniors, so you can hear how your part fits. Click on the link to record your part.

Before you record, please read the project directions again – to make sure you understand the steps (they are attached if you need them). Then, click the link Ms. Kluga sent you. You can listen to the senior’s recording first, as you read along with your sheet music, to hear how your part fits. When you are ready, select a square in the project, and record your part.

NHS TUTORING AVAILABLE

Do you need help on the music for God Bless America? Seniors in NHS are available for tutoring hours by request. Please contact Ms. Kluga and she will set it up.

BAND SNACK TIME VIA ZOOM

Many thanks to our very dedicated YHS Band Officers for hosting a weekly band social event! This week, please join the Officers on Wednesday 5/20 at 3:00pm for band snack time. Because, even in quarantine, Band = Food. This week’s event is hosted by senior and WE President, Connor Townes.  Info below:

Topic: Band Snack Time
Time: May 20, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88559858813?pwd=TUJSQ2dSdXoxbUtkUVNzanJ6RFFYZz09

Meeting ID: 885 5985 8813
Password: 0UwqGR

MUSIC MONDAY

As you know, one of the pillars of our distance learning has been the Acapella app. Earlier this month, all students experienced using this platform to create small ensembles.  Below are two student ensembles for your enjoyment 🙂

1.     WE Percussion Ensemble – Quadradic Equation by Chris Crockarell

https://mixcord.co/acapella/p/p5ZdHoeS09b5xYFSN4ZAeg/

2.     WE Clarinet Choir – Caprice for Clarinets by Clare Grundman

https://mixcord.co/acapella/p/d-nSm5U5c2cAzay247cXQA/

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DISTANCE LEARNING THIS WEEK:

ASSIGNMENTS for 5/11 – 5/15:

·      No Sight Reading Factory assignments this week

·      Zoom lesson groups this week – see below for details

·      God Bless America Project – information is attached

ZOOM GROUP LESSONS THIS WEEK

As part of our God Bless America project, we will hold small group lessons via Zoom. For your lesson, make sure you have your instrument, your sheet music for God Bless America printed, and a pencil.

Here is our schedule:

Tuesday 5/12 @9am: Flute/Clarinet/Oboe

Tuesday 5/12 @10am: Trombone/Tuba/Euphonium/Tenor Sax/Bari Sax/Bassoon

Wednesday 5/13 @9am: Trumpet

Thursday 5/14 @12pm: Percussion

Friday 5/15 @8am: Alto Sax/Horn

ZOOM CELEBRATION OF OUR SENIORS – WED. 5/13 @7:30pm

This would have been a week filled with beloved senior band traditions; final rehearsals, our pre-concert senior dinner at Little Sorrento’s, our Spring Concert performance (filled with senior recognitions), and post-concert reception/senior celebration.

This Wednesday evening 5/13 at 7:30pm Ms. Kluga would like to invite seniors, their families, and all interested YHS Band families to a Zoom celebration of our seniors. She will send out the meeting invitation later this week.