Three Clarke Middle School Band members were accepted into the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association (SCIBA) Honor Bands. Each of the three honor bands has approximately 100 participants. The SCIBA Honor Band Festival will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in the auditorium at Ankeny Centennial High School in Ankeny, Iowa. Students from 75 schools located in the south central portion of Iowa will rehearse together during the afternoon and present a concert for the public in the evening. The Red Band will perform at 6:30 PM, followed by the White Band at 7:00 PM. The Blue Band will perform at 7:30 PM. The admission fee for audience members is $3 for adults and $2 for non-participating students.
Eighth grade percussionist, Colby Feehan, son of Stacey and Ron Feehan, auditioned on snare drum, timpani, and marimba, in order to earn a prestigious place in the SCIBA Blue Band. The Blue Band is the most elite of the honor bands and is made up solely of eighth graders who audition to earn their place. For his initial audition, Colby had to memorize many percussion rudiments and perform three challenging musical selections for two judges. Colby was recalled, so he had to audition again. The second audition took place in front of four judges. This year, the Blue Band will be under the direction of Randall Standridge, a composer from Jonesboro, Arkansas. SCIBA commissioned a special piece composed by Mr. Standridge, entitled “Cha’la.” The exciting debut performance of this piece will take place at the SCIBA Honor Band Concert.
In addition, two seventh grade students were selected to represent Clarke at the SCIBA Honor Band Festival. Riley Elsbury, daughter of Mary and Miles Murphy, and Jillian and Shawn Elsbury, was chosen to play trombone in the SCIBA White Band. The White Band is composed of a combination of eighth grade students who auditioned to earn their place, as well as seventh grade students who were nominated by their band directors. The White Band will be conducted by Chris Strohmaier from Waukee High School. Molly Sickels, daughter of Gina and Aaron Sickels, was selected as a percussionist in the SCIBA Red Honor Band. The Red Band consists solely of seventh grade musicians who were nominated by their band directors. The Red Band will be conducted by Michael Albarracin from Marshalltown Middle School. All of these students have been busy preparing their music during their school band lessons for the upcoming concert with Clarke Middle School Band Director, Christie Averweg. Colby Feehan also takes private percussion lessons from Rachel McCoy, and Molly Sickels takes private piano lessons from Marlene Burgus.
Mrs. Ehrhardt's 1st hour Middle School Technology Class found success building and programming a machine. Check out the video to see the cool things happening in her classroom!
On Thursday, February 23, 2017, many Clarke Middle School Band Members participated in the Clarke Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival. These band members rehearsed their musical selections and then performed their pieces for a judge. This year, the judge was Oscar Ortiz, the retired band director from Chariton Middle School. First, he listened to each performance. Immediately afterward, Mr. Ortiz offered positive feedback to each performer, as well as suggestions for improvement. Band members earned a rating based upon their performance. After the festival, each performer also received a written ballot from the judge and an award ribbon. Mr. Ortiz selected Colby Feehan, son of Stacey and Ron Feehan, to receive the outstanding seventh grade performance award for his snare drum solo. Emma Bolton, daughter of Tricia and Randy Bolton, received two outstanding eighth grade performance awards for her snare drum solo and her xylophone solo. All Clarke Middle School Band Members are students of Christie Averweg. Emma Bolton also takes additional percussion and piano lessons from Rachel McCoy.
The 7th Grade Chorus sang the National Anthem at the Iowa Energy basketball game on Tuesday, February 7, at Wells Fargo Arena. Little did they know they were the ONLY school singing! Despite being nervous, they represented the school well. The rest of the 7th graders were able to tag along and watch the Iowa Energy play.
Each year Art Educators of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council host a juried show to celebrate Youth Art Month. Youth Art Month is celebrated nationally during the month of March to highlight the importance of art and arts education programs across the country. Each member of AEI can select ten artworks to represent their school at the judging.
An artwork from each student on our team was sent to state. Judging took place in January and three students from Clarke had work accepted into the 2017 Youth Art Month Show. Jessica Vazquez (11), Alena Allen (10), and Lauren Mickle (8) will have their artwork on display with over 200 other pieces of student work from across Iowa.
A reception will be held on Saturday, March 25th at the Johnson Wellness Center at Grandview University (1500 Morton Ave, Des Moines). You are invited to attend to celebrate their achievement. Registration and activities will begin at 1 PM, and the awards ceremony will begin at 2 PM.
The Youth Art Month show will be on display at Grandview University’s Rassmussen Center (2800 E 14th St) beginning March 10 until the celebration is complete.
If you are in Des Moines, stop by to visit the show and see their work as well as some of the best K-12 artwork from across the state!
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