All 34 members of the Lake Forest Jazz Band traveled to Lee University yesterday for a clinic with Professor Alan Wyatt and his Jazz Ensemble. The students took turns playing their music for each other and then broke up into small groups, so the college students could teach and help the middle school students with their jazz music. Such a great musical and educational experience for our Lake Forest band students!
Five Bradley Central High School students earned awards at the 2018 Chattanooga Youth Photography Showcase (YPS) sponsored by the Photographic Society of Chattanooga. The showcase highlights outstanding photographs taken by local public, private and homeschool students in grades 9-12. Ten schools participated in this year’s YPS, including: Baylor, Boyd-Buchanan, Bradley Central, Chattanooga Christian, Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Girls Preparatory School, Home School, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High, McCallie and Silverdale Baptist Academy.Awards were given for both digital and print photos in six categories: architecture, people/animals, scapes, photojournalism, color photographer's choice and monochrome photographer's choice. Some of the photographs were also selected to advance to the next level of judging for possible inclusion in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Youth Photography Showcase, to be held in conjunction with PSA’s 2018 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.Students who placed or earned an honorable mention at the Chattanooga Youth Photography Showcase, and those with works selected to advance to the national competition, were recognized at an awards ceremony held at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, TN on March 20th.Bradley Central High School Award Winners:
Black Fox Schoolwide Musicians Among Us Day is Wednesday, March 28th! This is a fun and exciting event where Black Fox students get the opportunity to display their musical talent in front of their teachers, parents and peers! This is an event where students get to display their musical talent during March In Our Schools Month!
The Bradley Central High School band had four students selected to the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Honor Bands this past February. The students traveled to Gatlinburg and participated in three days of rehearsals ending with an outstanding performance to mark the end of the weekend. Of the four students two of them were selected to attend the Tennessee Music Education Association All State Band in April. These students will travel to Nashville to participate with the best musicians in the state in this prestigious ensemble. The students will now graduate with distinction for participating in this ensemble.
Caleb Presley and Ryan Williams will be representing the Walker Valley High School Band and the East Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association at the Tennessee Music Educators’ Association Conference in Nashville, TN this year. On Wednesday, April 11, the two Walker Valley percussionists will be performing Ivan Trevino’s “2+1” for band directors and students during the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Honors Recital. This annual event only includes one ensemble from each regional association (East, Middle, and West) and the participants are selected from a recorded audition process. Trevino's “2+1” is composed for two marimbists on one marimba but the players face each other while performing. Meaning, one of the players performs on the opposite side of the instrument and essentially plays the keyboard upside down (while holding 4 mallets!!). From the composer, "There are many percussionists around the world who only have access to one marimba - like me! I decided to write a piece that would allow two marimbists to play a duet utilizing one marimba.” Ryan is a junior at Walker Valley and a two time TN All State Band Member. Caleb is a WVHS senior and plans to major in music at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The two students worked the advanced percussion piece up with help from director Colby Burris. This is one of the many examples of high quality music being practiced and performed in our local schools here in Bradley County. The video shows the two performing the piece for Walker Valley’s Humanities Weekly Concert Series in the stairwell during class change.
On February 28th, the Charleston Elementary Panther Cub Choir was invited by Representative Dan Howell to sing for the House of Representatives. We were very blessed to have been given this opportunity! Our students were presented with a special blue book from the state government and entertained the House with the songs “Thankful for the USA” and of course one of our beloved Tennessee state songs “Rocky Top”. Everyone in the room was on their feet clapping along! We also had a chance to tour the backstage of the Grand Ole Opry. It was a wonderful trip and we hope to repeat it again in the future!
The Walker Valley Chamber Choir makes it an annual event to go sing for the finale of the
Empty Stocking Fund followed by a day of caroling in the community. The students and directors enjoy going out to sing for different businesses and schools showcasing what the group has been working on for Christmas. It is a non-stressful day enjoying sharing their talents and making people smile. The group also goes caroling at night in local neighborhoods as well. This year the students were told “this is better than a Hallmark movie” which shows the students how much people enjoy their performances. This same group gathered at The Salvation Army on Christmas Eve and caroled during lunch that afternoon. “It was such a rewarding experience to share with others during Christmas” one of the students stated.
On April 6th, at 6:30pm at the Arnold Elementary School auditorium, students from Michigan Avenue and Arnold School will present a concert entitled, “An Evening of Irish Music” with guest artist, Siobhan O’Donnell, from Dublin, Ireland. This event was inspired from a Fund for Teachers Grant given to Cara Rogers and Siema Swartzel, Music Specialists at these schools. Last summer, Siema and Cara traveled to Ireland for the purpose of taking traditional music classes on both the Tin Whistle and Bodhran (Irish
frame drum). While there, one of the Bodhran instructors, Siobhan O’Donnell, agreed to come over to Cleveland and do a week-long Bodhran workshop with the students at MAS and Arnold. Through generous grants from Allied Arts Council and Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation, the teachers were able to buy a classroom set of Bodhrans and Tin Whistles for their students, as well as fund the trip for Ms. O’Donnell. Ms. O’Donnell’s residency will begin on Monday, April 2nd, with a free Bodhran class for music instructors in the area at Michigan Avenue School. It will continue the rest of the week, with O’Donnell instructing the students at both elementary schools in Bodhran daily. The Friday concert for the community will be the culmination of the week-long residency and is free of charge to the public.
Ocoee Middle School is proud to announce the school’s Drama Department will be bringing Disney’s The Lion King Jr. to the Ocoee Middle School stage. This will be performed in the gymatorium on April 6-7 at 7:00pm and April 8 at 3:00pm as well as April 13 -14 at 7:00pm. The Lion King Jr. features more than 80 extremely talented Ocoee Middle students who will sing and dance to capture the imagination and heart of all who see it. Tickets can be purchased from the Ocoee Middle School front office. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for students if purchased in advance or $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students at the door.
This December the Walker Valley High School Band and Choir will travel to London, England to participate in London New Year's Day Parade. This will be their sixth trip across the Atlantic to participate in the event. During their week in London, the group will tour Oxford, Windsor Castle, and the Tower of London; just to name a few activities. The parade is attended by over 500,000 People and viewed by 300 million on TV and the internet across the world.
The following link contains a video segment filmed by the BBC for the WVHS Band's last trip to London in 2016.
Find out more about the parade by visiting their website: http://www.lnydp.com