JOHS Music Newsletter

May 1, 2020

Hey there, and welcome back for our week 6 quarantine newsletter! If you're wondering what you should be doing for band right now in preparation for next year, I've included a quick list below. Thanks!



  1. Sign up and select which ensembles you want to be part of for next year. This is the most important item on our list and should be done immediately!
  2. Send your senior farewell videos to me (eleni.miller@mnps.org) ASAP.
  3. Send in your auditions for wind ensemble. These are due May 11th!

Educational Resources

Now that teachers are uploading assignments to Schoology, please use that platform as your way of receiving our educational resources. I've included free access to a wonderful music theory program, Breezin' Thru Theory, which has a wide range of information for varying ability levels. Each band and orchestra ensemble have specific guidelines listed on schoology as to where they should start in the program. Check it out on schoology!

Meme of the week

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LET'S MOVE!!!

Y'all know what time it is!!! It's Black Widow time! For those of you that weren't in marching band last year, this was one of our physical conditioning songs that everyone JUST LOVED! I can still hear the moans and groans of the band from the days when I announced we'd be working our cores. Ah, the memories. Now, get up and do this SHORT workout. It's literally one song. You all can do it! I believe in you!

JOHS - Black Widow

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT - LUIS LOPEZ

Luis is a senior trumpet player in the wind ensemble, and has been an absolute joy to teach the past four years! Besides being a wonderful trumpet player, Luis is one of the nicest guys you'll meet, and we know he is going to on to do amazing things in the world!


Favorite color? Blue


Favorite food? Steak with rice and beans


What clubs and organizations are you apart of? Wind ensemble, jazz band, marching band, cybersecurity, and Escalera


Favorite song and artist currently? I don't really have a favorite song or artist. I just listen to whatever I find that I like at the moment.


What has been your favorite pass time during the COVID19 quarantine? I've enjoyed being able to spend more time with my family and have more time for myself.


What do you miss most about school? I miss the teachers and being able to be with my friends during classes.


Do you have a secret talent? I don't really have any secret talents, but some hobbies I enjoy are playing soccer and video games.


What advice do you have for the underclassmen? Join marching band! It's really amazing being able to quickly fit in and make amazing memories. I promise you, you won't regret it. Last thing, don't stress over school too much, but still stay on top of your work.

listening snack

Lincolnshire Posy composed by Percy Grainger


  • Licolnshire Posy is a six movement work adapted from folk songs that Percy Grainger gathered on a trip to Lincolnshire, England in 1905. This is one of the most well known pieces in wind band literature, and rightly so! Each movement is short in length but full of compositional finesse and intricacies. Enjoy!
  • The second movement is one of my personal favorites, incase you were wondering. You probably weren't...oh well!

Evelyn Glennie - Percussionist


  • Evelyn Glennie is a well known percussionist, but there is more to her than just being a great musician. Learn more about her below.
  • "Glennie's musical studies began on the piano at age eight and clarinet a couple of years later. She began to lose her hearing around age eight, and by age 12, she was profoundly deaf. It was at this age she became involved with the percussion section of her school orchestra. She began to study timpani, working extensively with her teacher to learn to sense percussion vibrations."
  • Glennie performs Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
  • Glennie performs part of Vivaldi's Concerto in C Major, I.

Roll by Fatai


  • This has been one of my favorite songs to listen to for many years now. It has such a great beat, Fatai has such great depth and soul to her voice, and it's nearly impossible not to move when listening to this song. Trust me, it's worth a listen!

Sharing Corner

Let's see what everyone has been up to this week!


Have a project you've been working that you'd like to share in the next newsletter? Send it my way! Eleni.Miller@mnps.org

In Case You Missed It !!!

A NOTE of inspiration (pun intended)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors explain why music education is important to everyone, no matter if you pursue a career in music or not! Thank you CMA Foundation for this message and for always advocating for music education!
The Music In Medicine

Recruitment

Do you know a current 8th grader who is interested in joining band or strings next year? Send them over to our new member page on the Overton Band website. They can learn everything they need in one place!

Scheduling for 2020-2021

Please check with your counselors that you are enrolled for the appropriate music classes. Everyone should at least have band, orchestra, or percussion on their schedules. If you do not, please please please take care of this. I am happy to help.


IMPORTANT! Guard, AICE music, and beginning strings still need more people to enroll in order for the classes to make it on the master schedule. If you have room in your schedules or know others who may be interested, please let me or a counselor know!


New members (current 8th graders) and current members should complete this form so we can start gathering interest and organizing the ensembles for next year. Go to the new member page for more information!

Office Hours

Official district mandated, school office hours for our band, orchestra, and guard classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm. I may be reached via schoology messaging or email at those times. We will continue to have band Zoom calls on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, as well.