District Contest Information

District Contest will be held at Lake HS on Saturday, March 11th.

Symphonic Winds-

  • Doors Open- 7:45 AM
  • Depart PHS- 8:15 AM
  • Warmup- 9:43 AM
  • Performance- 10:20 AM
  • Depart Lake for PHS- 11:30 AM*

Concert Band-

  • Depart PHS- 9:30 AM
  • Warmup- 10:58 AM
  • Performance- 11:30 AM
  • Depart Lake for PHS- 12:30 PM

We would like to have Symphonic Winds stay to hear Concert Band perform, but this will depend on timing.  The schedule is VERY tight and we most likely will not be out of sight reading in time.  If we get out of sight reading in time, please plan to listen to Concert Band, and Symphonic Winds will depart at Noon.




Guest Clinician

This Tuesday, Dr. Terry Austin from the Virginia Commonwealth University will be in to work with Symphonic Winds during our regular rehearsal time.

Terry Austin is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University where he oversees all aspects of the band program and teaches courses in conducting, and music education. Under his leadership, the Virginia Commonwealth University Symphonic Wind Ensemble has earned a reputation for musical excellence and has been invited to perform at many professional conferences including the American Bandmasters Association, MENC, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Virginia Music Educators Association.

He is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator and is published in numerous journals and is the general editor of The Journal of Band Research, A Repertoire Anthology (1964-1989) published by GIA. He is one of the regular guest conductors of the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble in Tokyo. In 2016 he was appointed as Guest Professor of the Center of General Education of Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, China.

Austin was the 78th President of the American Bandmasters Association and is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is the chairman of the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest, chairman of the Bandworld/John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor, a member of the Board of Directors of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and a past board member of the National Band Association, and the Southern Division of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He is a past-president of the Virginia Music Educators Association.

Dr. Austin is included in Who’s Who In America, Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a multiple recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and in 2005 he received the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Distinguished Achievement Award of Excellence.

He founded and conducts the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble, an ensemble of the finest high school musicians in the Richmond metropolitan area, and the Commonwealth Winds, an ensemble comprised of Richmond area teachers and professional performers.

Austin earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Hawaii, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Congratulations to Mrs. Karen Martin

Mrs. Martin has been selected to be the 2017 recipient of the University of Akron’s Distinguished Music Educator Alumni Award!  This award is presented annualy to an active or retired graduate of the School of Music for outstanding service to the profession of music education.  The award will be presented on February 3rd at the OMEA Conference in Cleveland, OH.


Marching Band!

It’s that time of year!  The 2017 summer Marching Band schedule is now online.  We will complete the fall schedule as dates become available, but it will look very similar to past years.

Please be aware that morning rehearsals are 7-11 this year, based on your feedback.  During 2 a days week, mornings will be 8-Noon to give you an extra hour of sleep.  However, if it gets blazing hot, we can adjust those if you wish.

Click on the schedule of events to view dates.  Plan your vacations accordingly.  If you aren’t here, you won’t have a spot!


Solo and Ensemble

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Solo and Ensemble contest yesterday!  Regardless of your final rating, and whether you are happy with it or not, you improved through the process and that is what is important!  Many of you challenged yourselves by pushing to the next level of difficulty, and the directors are proud of all of you.  If things didn’t go as well as you liked, then you know what to work on for next year.  Always remember, strange things happen at contest:  nerves, reeds, etc. etc.  Don’t beat yourself up if you prepared well but didn’t get the rating you wanted.  There is no such thing as a perfect performance.

Your comment sheets will be available in the band office on Tuesday morning.  Please be sure to pick up your music if it was left with a judge.

If you are not a senior, and earned a Superior rating on a Class A solo, you need to consider auditioning for the OMEA All State Band.  Please contact Mr. Smith and your lessons teacher if you are interested.


Solo and Ensemble Schedule

Please click here to download the Solo and Ensemble schedule for next Saturday.  Please arrive at Massillon HS no later than 30 minutes before your event.  Our homeroom/warmup room is A213.  We are looking for a few parent volunteers who are willing to sit in the homeroom to “guard” equipment.  We need a parent from 8AM-Noon and Noon-4PM.

All scores must be numbered and given to your judge prior to your performance.

Please be advised that rooms D211 and D218 have switched.  (If you were in D211, go to D218, and vice versa.)

Please click here to download the schedule.