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5th Grade Band

The 5th grade band students at Union Elementary have been learning a lot about their instruments.  They have taken what they learned in their music classes with Ms. Mattatall and have applied pitch, rhythm, singing, harmony, and the physical aspects of breathing and sustaining notes on their instruments.  Brass players have learned how to buzz their lips super small for trumpet and larger for trombone.  The wood winds have learned how their bamboo reeds vibrate to make a sound, and the flutes are figuring out fast air for high notes and slow air for low notes.

Band students have also performed for a recent PTA meeting.  This was the first time many of them had performed in front of a large crowd!  Union, Marshville, Rock Rest, and Wingate elementary schools will be performing together for a mass band concert on May 21, at 6:30 PM at Forest Hills High School.  There will be about 120 band students combined to perform that evening!  All of the band students are gearing up for this special event and can’t wait to show off their skills.

April is Jazz Appreciation in our schools, so they are listening to various jazz performers playing their instruments and in jazz bands.   The featured song for the combined concert in May is When the Saints Go Marching In.  We feature some students playing a slow New Orleans funeral march procession with drums at the beginning, and then they “liven up” the stage with clapping, singing, and playing a fun Dixieland style Saints!  Please join us for this May concert, and take a look at the band website for pictures, video, and music lessons. (https://sites.google.com/a/ucps.k12.nc.us/harris-band/)

Written by: William Harris, Band Director
Posted: Apr 15, 2015 by Jennifer Williams

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