April Instrumental Music Newsletter

Issue 9, Volume 7

Venturing into Online Learning

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during this unusual time. We have a number resources and materials for students via their Google Classrooms to support musical exploration at this time. This is a great opportunity to explore new music, listen to various performances, and develop new skills on your instrument!

Please remember to practice (just a bit) every few days to maintain your embouchure, hand position, playing position, and keep your mind sharp!

If you or your student has any questions or would like additional assistance, please let me know!

I miss my daily interactions with our students and parents! In the mean time, I would love to see/hear recordings of your work, videos of you practicing, at home concerts, and more!

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Go Wildcats!!

-Stephanie Bonitz, Director of Bands

Distance Learning Resources for Students

Listed below are some great tools for students to play with during our distance learning experience. Please let me know if you have any questions.

OSFABB - public domain solos, duets, concert music and more

The Shed - guided solo transcriptions

Web Rhythms - percussion play alongs

40 Essential Rudiments - snare drum play alongs and video instruction

Easy Music Lesson - pop music video and music play alongs

National Music Museum - virtual tours

Mogadore High School Band 2019-2020

Booster Information

Officer and Committee Nominations

We have a number of officer positions and committees that need volunteers for the 2020-2021 summer and school year. If you have a student in Grades 5-12, we would love for you to take an active role in our booster organization. Please complete the google form below to nominate yourself or someone you know that would be interested in helping out!

Our organization does so much to support the education of our students in Grades 5-12. From purchasing new equipment (snare drum kits for elementary use, mallets, oils, reeds), to supplying funding for our adjudicated events (junior high ensemble members, accompaniment)---the organization is an amazing support group for our music program.

Please consider getting involved! Elections will occur in May.


Booster Group Remind

The Music Boosters have set up a remind account for parents to get some more assistance for our events, chaperoning, and volunteer activities. This group is open to any music department parent in grades 5-12! Normal text messaging rates may apply.

Mogadore Junior/Senior High Band News

Congratulations, HS Band-OMEA News

Our High School Band did a fantastic job at their OMEA District 6 Large Group Performance at Medina High School on Saturday, March 7. The Band received a Superior Rating overall and I was extremely proud of their I rating in Sight Reading (that can always be so tricky!). This qualified our program to compete at the OMEA State Adjudication in April.

Unfortunately due to the mandates, we will not be competing at State this year---but I know the students would have done a fantastic job!

Bravo, students and thank you for your hard work!

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Junior High Solo and Ensemble

I was very excited to share these participants for this year's OMEA District 6 Junior High Solo and Ensemble event! Although the event is cancelled, I feel it is important to recognize their work since January!

Parents: This would be a great opportunity for student's to do an "at home concert" and perform their piece for you! (We might even be able to get the piano accompaniment recorded for soloists to use).

Instrumental Solos:

Jacob Burns, Snare Drum Solo

Dominic D'Angelo, Trumpet Solo

Bryan Davis, Bb Clarinet Solo

Mia Gaetjens, Bb Clarinet Solo

Isaac Hetsch, Trumpet Solo

Jacob Iczkowski, Alto Saxophone Solo

Jude Leeser, Trumpet Solo

Lonnie Massey, French Horn Solo

Tristyn McCaman, Trombone Solo

Cecelia Nelson, Flute Solo

Jack Snavely, Alto Saxophone Solo

Elizabeth Terry, Flute Solo

Logan Zwissler, French Horn Solo


Mogadore Snare Drum Trio

Mogadore Trombone Duet

Mogadore Trumpet Duet

Mogadore Trumpet Trio

Mogadore Woodwind Duet

Mogadore Flute Trio

Mogadore Saxophone Trio

Mogadore Flute Duet

Mogadore Clarinet Duet I

Mogadore Clarinet Duet II

Performance Reminders: Instrumentalists: Please be working on memorization for your required scales.

Upcoming Events- Junior High and High School

Senior Class 2020 Through the Years

O.H. Somers Elementary Instrumental Music News

Fifth Grade Band News

Students will need a copy of the Standard of Excellence Book 1 by Bruce Pearson for their in class work. If your student does not have a copy of this book, books can be obtained at Taylor Band and Orchestra. Please contact Mrs. Bonitz if you need assistance.

Please check the Google Classroom as I will be putting up videos to start our work on PG 13 with eighth notes!

Percussion should also be starting to work on snare drum technique (if your student does not have a snare drum at home--please let me know and I can try to get something for them)

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