Monday, October 9, 2017

Spartan Sound - 1A/2A Grand Champion at Forestview!


Our Spartan Sound Marching Band spent a soggy Saturday preparing for and participating in their second competition of the season.  Early rain postponed some morning rehearsal time outdoors, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the students. After catching a quick lunch and loading up, the band headed to Forestview High School to compete in Class 2A competition.

The skies slowly began to dry up, allowing the Spartan Sound to take to the field and present their production "Imagination!".  Students were evaluated in the areas of Music, Marching, General Effect, Percussion, Colorguard, and Drum Major.  The Spartan Sound competed in Class 2A (Classes are determined by the total number of woodwind and brass players).  The band received trophies in all captions due to the fact that there were no other bands in class 2A.  However, the band also achieved a Superior rating and placed 1st among all the bands in the 1A class also.

After looking at the recap sheet it was also determined that our percussion section placed 3rd out of all 14 schools represented, our colorguard 6th, and Drum Major Branden Rucci was 7th for the day.  Out of 14 total schools the marching band placed 6th overall.  This was done with some less than perfect moments in the performance and the fact that there were five students absent and one out due to an injury.  The Spartan Sound is excited to take their field show on the road again on October 14th to North Gaston High School, where they will perform at 2:50pm.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

New Uniforms Debut!



Drum Major Branden Rucci (center) with hornline and percussion captains in their new uniforms at the SV v. Olynmpic football game on September 15, 2017.

September 15th, 2017 marked the debut of the Spartan Sound's new marching band uniform.  The new design incorporates a maroon Spartan head onto a black and maroon jacket.  The new plumes are a little larger as well and are also black and maroon.  This new design is a stark difference to the previous maroon and white design that had a gold "S" along the front.  Several years of planning and fundraising made this possible.  The new uniforms are also more lightweight and machine washable.
2017 Mellophone section in their new uniforms 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 Marching Band Season Underway!

Our Spartan Sound 2017 marching band completed their band camp on Tuesday with an indoor music performance after heavy rains, thunder, and lightening cancelled the annual outdoor parent preview.  Thankfully the skies cleared in time for the pool party.

The band's 2017 halftime/competition show, titled "Imagination!", is an custom arrangement from composer Ben Hylton, with percussion parts arranged by Cisco Hance.  The music is based on the song "Pure Imagination", from the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The arrangement explores various tempos, moods, and styles of music.  The show will include solos by Jack Keoseyan on alto sax, Carina Blomberg on trombone, and Stuart Rodgers on mellophone. Drill design by Brad Slusarczyk, guard choreography and instruction by Gina Frankenberg.

The band begins their season at the first home football game on August 18 and will also march in the annual Matthews Alive parade on September 2.  The Union County Marching Band Preview will be at Marvin Ridge HS on Saturday, September 16.

The marching band will attend the following competitions this year:

September 23 @ District 3 Stadium - Rock Hill, SC
October 7 @ Forestview HS - Gastonia, NC
October 14 @ North Gaston HS - Gastonia , NC
October 21 @ East Rowan HS - Salisbury, NC
October 28 @ Porter Ridge HS - Indian Trail, NC

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Inaugural Andy Damery Memorial Scholarship Selection

This year marked the presentation of the first, and what will become annual, Andy Damery Memorial Scholarship.  This $1000 scholarship is given to a Sun Valley High School Band senior to be used for higher learning educational expenses.

The scholarship is given in honor of Andy Damery, a 2003 Sun Valley graduate and percussionist with the band program who passed away unexpectedly in January 2016 due to an undetected heart defect.  This annual scholarship is presented to a senior band member who epitomizes Andy's passion for music and love of performing. Students were asked to submit an essay describing how music has played a role in their life and how they intend to keep music alive in their life after high school.

This year's Andy Damery Memorial Scholarship winner is Joe Bulla, a saxophone player. Joe plays the alto sax in the concert band and tenor sax in the jazz ensemble.  He will use the scholarship to assist with his studies in the fall at Appalachian State University.

Joe Bulla (center) receiving the Andy Damery Memorial Scholarship. Assisting with the presentation is Andy's wife, and former flute/piccolo player, Cassie Damery, Andy's brother Logan, and his parents Beth Damery and Rod Damery. 


Monday, January 16, 2017

All District Audition Results

Congratulations to the following high school band students who have been selected to the South Central District Honor Band. They will participate in the district honor band clinic at the end of January.

9-10 Band
Lynslie Higgs - Flute, 4th chair & eligible for all state
Ashley Davis - Trumpet, 12th chair
Carina Blomberg - Trombone, 2nd chair & eligible for all state

11-12 Band

Jack Keoseyan - Alto Saxophone, 3rd chair

Additional congratulations to these Sun Valley Middle band members for also making the middle school honor bands.

William Foster (5th Chair - Symphonic Band)
Nicholas Catapano (6th Chair - Concert Band)
Ryan Griffith (13th Chair - Concert Band)



Thursday, February 4, 2016

All District Band Participants

Band members Lynslie Higgs (9th), Branden Rucci (10th), and Emmanuel Alvarez (11th) participated in the South Central All District  Honor Band Clinic at Stuart Cramer High School on January 29-30, 2016.  

Monday, December 1, 2014

Musician Gift Ideas

Ever wonder what kind of gifts are ideal for a band student?  Below are a few suggestions.  It might be helpful to know if they already have these, and in the case of reeds, you will want to know their preference of Brand and Size. 

TUNER
METRONOME
TUNER/METRONOME Combo
PERSONAL MUSIC STAND
REEDS

SmartMusic Subscription
***This is a great resource for general practice, sightreading, improvisation, etc.  Click on the link and view the information video for more details. 

***Students may also want to visit the Music & Arts store at the Arboretum and browse their music selections or talk to their teachers about private lessons.
Music & Arts at the Arboretum