Band Camp Itinerary and daily activities
Wow what an exciting and rewarding weekend for the King Philip Music department. A big Congratulations and Thank You go out to all the students and parents of the King Philip Music program. The King Philip Music Department along with the King Philip Music Association once again hosted the annual Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association Festival at the King Philip High School. MICCA host an annual Festival for Elementary, Middle School and High School Symphony, Concert, Wind, String and Choral Ensembles. The King Philip High School was host to 30 groups over this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The King Philip High School Symphony and Concert ensembles, under the direction of Mr. Joshua Wolloff performed on Saturday at the Bellingham High School. Both ensembles were inspiring and their performances were fantastic. The Concert Band was awarded a Silver Medal for their performance and the Symphony Band was awarded a Gold Medal for their performance. The Symphony Band will be performing their Gold medal performances again at the Boston Symphony Hall on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:30.
The King Philip Middle School Music department also entered their 7th and 8th grade bands into the MICCA Festival. Under the direction of Mr. Michael Keough the bands performed at KPHS on Friday night. These young musicians were fabulous in their performance. The 7th grade band was awarded a Gold Medal for their performance and will be performing once again at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Sunday April 13, 2014. The start time for the 7th grade band is 11:40. The 8th grade band will be traveling to the Boston Symphony Hall on Saturday April 12, 2014 to perform their Gold Medal performance and the start time for their concert is 11:20.
The King Philip Music Department also had two Choral groups enter the MICCA Festival. The King Philip Middle School Chorus was awarded a Silver Medal for their performance on Sunday. The King Philip High School Chorus was also awarded a Silver Medal for their performance on Sunday.
Congratulations to all of our students who continued our legacy of excellence last weekend
Congratulations to the KPHS Jazz I students who received a gold medal at the MAJE district competition in Stoughton last Thursday night. They will continue on to the state finals in Framingham at the end of the month.
Congratulations to our KPHS Jazz II students who received a bronze medal at the MAJE district competion in Stoughton. All of the Wednesday snow days didn’t hold them back.
Congratulations to our 7th through 9th grade music students who competed for a spot in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association junior district bands, chorus and orchestra back in December. They performed this past weekend in Attleboro.
Congratulations to Mr. Levesque and the members of the top Jazz Compbo on being named Outstanding Combo at the UNH Jazz Festival.
Last but not least, congratulations to our indoor percussion group who received a silver medal this past weekend at our home show performing “The Time Traveler’s Medley”.
KPHS Chamber Recitals are on Tuesday and Thursday, January 28 and 30, 2014 respectively beginning at 7pm at KPHS. Chambers are intimate groups of student musicians performing varying types of music. The students must not only learn their musical part, but learn to work in a small group, communicating with each other without the benefit of a conductor.
The King Philip Regional High School Marching Band took the top honors for the second year in a row at the USBands National Championships. The Pride and Passion scored at 96.138 for first place in Division 3 open competition and also was awarded for best visual, best music, and best percussion. The King Philip Marching competed, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, in the final round of 16 against other bands who also made to the national championship competition in their division. In total 700 bands participating in the USBands program.
The more than seventy 8th though 12th grade music students participate in the program without any auditions, but just a willingness and requirement to do their best. In the KP program no one is ever benched and everyone has to carry their weight. It’s all about the passion to perform.
Under the leadership of Joshua Wolloff, KP Music Director, drum majors Amelia Schneider and Kyle Bechet directed seniors Melissa Bannon, Dan Corwin, Kelly Dunham, Kayla Eastty, Matt Farrelly, Steve Gerry, Kelsey Greene, Riannon Heasley, Courtney Hebert, Robert Kenerson VI, Alex Lown, Anne Maglio, Kayla McGhehey, Sam Norris, Melissa Sheperd, McKenzie Silva, along with the rest of the band and color guard on the the field for competition.
This year the marching band performed the show entitled Pandora’s Box with music by Bela Bartok, Samuel Barber, Billy Joel and Dimitri Shostakovich.
The band started practicing this routine in May and got in line Saturday ready as they could be. They were last band to perform and left absolutely nothing on the field. The band sounded larger than life, the color guard moved with amazing coordination and smoothness, the percussion was absolute perfection, and the drill was tight. The crowd was in awe of their complicated music and very fast drill. The kids and staff had smiles a mile wide with tears streaming when they got done. They knew they had done their best. They ultimately came in first with best percussion, best visual and best music. Colorguard came in a strong 3rd.
The band returned Sunday night to a “rolling-in” rally at King Philip High School.