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A Letter from Disney's David Jones
May 15, 2018
Mr. Myers,

Please extend my congratulations to the members of the Eastwood High School Band for their straight superior ratings at the OMEA event!  Wow! I went to the band's website and noted the entry there, as well.  I caught a few of the pictures and, though the last week of March was a busy week for me with workshops, I do remember teaching the band.

In the past few years of teaching the Disney Performing Arts workshops a thought has been becoming more prominent in my mind, that being that it is my privilege to work with the bands who participate in our program.  It is a blessing for me to have had the opportunity to stand in front of your school’s band.  

The process of education is a two-way street, the ‘teacher’ learning as much as the ‘students’ and perhaps even more than they within that same moment.  With the variety and volume of students whom I have had the honor of directing in the workshops, my education, as such, has been one of the great experiences of my life, as good as, if not better in many ways, than the professional playing that I’ve done.

Over the time span of a professional career in music performance gigs will come and go, financial reward will come and go, even success and fame, with their prominence as societal phenomena, will come and go.  However, the experience of directing a group such as the Eastwood band happens rarely, if ever, in a lifetime.

So, then, ...the question presents itself: Which of the above is more valuable?

Thank you for allowing me that experience.  And, thank you for the kind words.  But, moreover, thank you, all of you with the Eastwood High School “Eagle” Band, for the opportunity and for the honor which I had in working with group. 

Sincerely,
David L. Jones
You can read about David Jones' professional career here.

Eastwood Band Earns Top Rating at OMEA State Large Group

The Eastwood High School Concert Band was the only Class C Band NW Ohio from a field of 13 to earn all Superior I ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association State Large Group Band Adjudicated Event held April 27-28 at Findlay HS.  This marks the first time in 25 years that Eastwood has earned a I rating at the State Level. Eastwood qualified for State competition when they earned all Superior I ratings at the District level on March 9.

 

The Superior rating of a “I” (one) is earned for "an outstanding performance, with very few technical errors and exemplifying musical expression. This rating is reserved for the truly outstanding performance," according to the OMEA rating description.

 

At OMEA State Large Group, bands perform three prepared pieces. One of the pieces must be from an OMEA list of music which determines the band's class. A new piece must be selected from the list when advancing to the State level.

 

The three prepared pieces are performed for a panel of three judges. Each judge rates the group from I to V with I being the best. Then the band is moved to another room for sight reading. The band is given a new piece of music. After only 4 minutes of individual study and 4 minutes of director instructions, they perform the new piece. A fourth judge assigns a rating from I to V. The four scores are averaged for a composite rating. Eastwood earned three I’s on prepared pieces and a I in sight for the highest rating possible of a I. Eastwood was 1 of 3 bands from a field of 23 NW Ohio Bands of all classes to earn straight I ratings at State. The Band is directed by Brian Myers and Karen Walters.


    
Faith Vermilyea, Jacob D'Amore and Lilly Schuerman


The posting of the rating can be seen in this Tweet.



OMEA Middle School Solo & Ensemble Results
Congratulations to the following band students who performed April 14th at the OMEA District 1 Middle School Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event at Timberstone Middle School. 

Receiving a I Superior Rating:
8th Grade Woodwind Quartet of Samantha Stewart, Sydney Ameling, Xander Ramsey and Logan Farnsworth 
8th Grade Alto Saxophone Trio of Kalee Moore, Emilia D’Amore and Syndney Ameling 
8th Grade Low Woodwind Duet of Logan Farnsworth and Xander Ramsey 
Luke Dilworth, flute solo 
Mary Musteric, flute solo 
Curtis Nutter, trombone solo 
Grace Dubois, alto saxophone solo 
Samantha Stewart, flute solo 
Sydney Ameling, oboe solo
Kalee Moore, alto saxophone solo
Devin Good, xylophone solo

Receiving an II Excellent Rating were: 
7th & 8th Grade Brass Trio of Kaitlyn Cully, Michael Brann and Curtis Nutter 
7th & 8th Grade Percussion Ensemble of Sami Sibberson, Bryce Kowproski-Kistner, Matt Hayes, Ian Sander & Jewell Shropshire 
Adam Stolar, snare drum solo 
Mikayla Cully, flute solo 
Kaitlyn Cully, trumpet solo 
Logan Farnsworth, bassoon solo 

Receiving a III Good Rating were: 
7th Grade Low Brass Trio of Michael Brann, Sam Gannett and Curtis Nutter 
John Dilworth III, trumpet solo

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Alto Saxophone Trio of Kalee Moore, Emilia D’Amore and Harley Ashby

High School Band Florida Trip
The Eastwood High School Band traveled to Orlando, Florida March 23-30, 2018. The band has been taking this trip every 4 years since 1986. In Disney's "You're Instrumental" Performing Arts Workshop, the concert band sight read, prepared and recorded a polished performance of special Disney music selections, including an pairing the band with the closing scene of Frozen. The workshop was lead by professional trumpet player David Lee Jones. The marching band performed Friend Like Me from Aladdin in the Magic Kingdom's Festival of Fantasy pre-parade for a park full of over 69,000 spectators. The band was able to visit four Disney parks, Typhoon Lagoon water park, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The band was accompanied by band boosters, family members and band alumni. Trip arrangements were made by Noteworthy Tours, Sandusky. The Eastwood Band is under the direction of Mr. Brian Myers.


Top Rated Eastwood Band Advances to State

The Eastwood High School Concert Band qualified for state when they earned a superior rating at the Ohio Music Education Association District Large Group Adjudicated Event on March 9 at Sylvania Southview HS. The Band is directed by Brian Myers and Karen Walters.

The superior rating of a “I” (one) is earned for "an outstanding performance, with very few technical errors and exemplifying musical expression. This rating is reserved for the truly outstanding performance," according to the OMEA rating description.

At large group, bands perform three prepared pieces. One of the pieces is required to be from an OMEA list of music. This piece determines the band's class. This year the Eastwood Band competed in class C.

The three prepared pieces are performed for a panel of three judges. Each judge rates the group from I to V. The band then goes immediately to another room for sight reading. The band is given a new piece of music. After only six minutes of study, they perform the new piece for one additional judge, who assigns them a rating from I to V. The four scores are averaged for a composite rating. Eastwood earned three “I’s” on prepared pieces and a “I” in sight reading (best possible scores), for an overall rating of “I”. Eastwood was one of six bands from a field of 16 class C bands to earn straight “I” ratings.

The Eastwood High School Concert Band will travel to Findlay for State OMEA competition April 27.

Christmas Ensemble Spreads Holiday Cheer
The Eastwood High School Christmas Ensemble brought smiles and warm holiday greetings through their musical performances at Salem Grace United Lutheran Church Live Nativity, Luckey; The Toledo Zoo's Light's Before Christmas; The Bowling Green Home Depot; The Pemberville Village Tree Lighting; and Eastwood MS and HS. This volunteer ensemble performs a myriad of holiday pieces from the Salvation Army's Caroler's Favorites.
   

Capital University Honor Band
Eastwood Band members Luke Coffman and JaeEun Schermerhorn performed as members of the Capital University Honor Band, November 17-19. This year's featured composer/conductor was Frank Ticheli.

BGSU Honor Band
Congratulations to HS Band members Melinda Barman, Aaron Fleming and JaeEun Schermerhorn for being accepted to the BGSU Honor Band, November 16-18.

Tri-M Induction Ceremony

  

Eastwood High School Tri-M Chapter #5458 held its Induction Ceremony Sunday, September 24 at the Pemberville Opera House. JaeEun Schermerhorn performed Rhapsody in g minor by Brahms. The following chapter officers were installed: Catherine Wasylyshyn, President; Maddie Booms, Vice Presdient; Jacob Booms, Secretary and James Wasylyshyn, Treasurer. There were 10 second year members, including the officers: Billy Barker, Talia Barker, Mary Cathers, Ashley Heskett, Tori Martin-Crosby and JaeEun Schermerhorn. Twenty 23 students were inducted as new members: Elizabeth Arntson, Mason Baum, Bailey Beard, Emily Bolton, Rachel Booth, Kaitlyn Bridge, David Deniston, Tabitha Escalante, Aaron Fleming, Sheldyn Geisbuhler, Cole Good, Shaunna Jubenville, Taylor Lasits-Brooks, Jakob Nutter, Erik Pease, Emily Pustay, Alissa Ray, Cortasha Richardson, Reagan Schuerman, Sydney Sobieralski, Aidan Stevenson-Powell, Faith Vermilyea and Amanda Withrow. The chapter adviser is Mr. Brian Myers, Director of Bands.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a program of the National Association for Music Education. It is an international music honor society for secondary students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership in their school and community.




Directors
Brian Myers
bmyers@eastwoodschools.org
419-833-3611 x1220

Karen Walters
kwalters@eastwoodschools.org
419-833-6011 x1335

Jennifer Conklin
jconklin@eastwoodschools.org
419-833-6011 x1336