The Official Home Page of the Eastwood Band Program

Upcoming Events
November 13-14   Concert Uniform Fittings, sign up in the band room
November 17   BG Holiday Parade, 10am parade
November 25   Pemberville Lighted Christmas Parade, 6:30pm parade
November 26   Band Boosters Meeting, HS Library, 7:30pm
December 1     BG Home Depot, Christmas Ensemble, 10-11am
December 2     Perrysburg Holiday Parade, 2pm parade
December 3     6th & 7th Grade Bands Concert, 7:30pm
December 5     Pep Band Rehearsal, 4:00-5:30pm
December 6     Pep Band, Girl's Basketball, 6pm
December 8     Salem Grace Live Nativity, Christmas Ensemble, 6-8pm
December 10   8th & HS Bands Concert, 7:30pm
December 13   Pep Band, Boy's Basketball, 6pm
December 16   Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas, Christmas Ensemble, 5:30pm
December 18   Christmas Ensemble at EMS, 7:15am
December 20   Christmas Ensemble at EHS, 7:15am
                      Otterbein Pemberville, Jazz Band, 6pm
                      Pep Band, Girl's Basketball
Honor Ensembles
Congratulations to Luke Coffman, Jacob D’Amore and Connor Oberhouse for being accepted to the Capital University Honor Band. They will hear several ensembles, rehearse and perform at Capital from November 16-17.

Congratulations to Logan Farnsworth and Cordelia Howard for being accepted to the OMEA Northwest Region Honor Orchestra. They will perform a free concert at Findlay HS on Sunday, November 20 at 3pm.

Congratulations to Jacob D'Amore for being accepted to The Ohio State University Honor Band. He will spend January 18-20, 2019 in Columbus listening to ensembles and rehearsing with other talented high school musicians. Connor will perform Sunday, January 20 at 1:30pm in Weigel Auditorium.

Withrow Accepted to OMEA All-State Orchestra
The Eastwood High School Band is pleased to announce the acceptance of Senior oboist Amanda Withrow to the 2019 Ohio Music Education Association All-State Orchestra. Amanda served as principal oboist of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra 2016-2017, principal oboe of the The Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony 2017-2018, and currently is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Amanda began studying oboe with Mr. Howard Williams, retired Woodmore High School Director of Bands. She is currently a student of Dr. Nermis Mieses, Assistant Professor of Oboe at Bowling Green State University, where she plans to major in oboe performance next fall. As a member of the OMEA All-State Orchestra, Amanda will rehearse and perform with the top high school orchestra students in Ohio from January 30 through February 1 at the OMEA Professional Conference in Cleveland.


Eastwood HS Band Room Remodeling
Many students, parents, band alumni, community members, and Eastwood employees played a part in remodeling the HS Band Room this summer. The project began with the purchase of Wenger instrument storage lockers from an auction at Liberty Center Schools. Superintendent Brent Welker gave the green light to the project, and approved funds. Then Assistant Band Director Karen Walters and family first scouted the auction, and helped secure replacement parts. Band parents, students, band alumni and HS Head Custodian Jeff Dierker brought the cabinets back to Eastwood in the spring on a semi trailer provided and driven by the Hirzel Family (Joe Jr., Joey & Sam)/Hirzel Canning, Pemberville. 

The summer began with HS band students removing the contents of the band room, offices, uniform room, library and practice rooms. All of our stuff filled the entire auditorium stage! Under the instruction, scheduling and procurement of Building & Grounds Supervisor Phil Donaldson, a crew of Mitch Volschow, Ryder Boice, Andy Henson, Kris Nuhfer, and Brian Burrell painted the band room suite, moved storage lockers from Pemberville bus garage; built bases; installed storage lockers; and installed baseboard trim. A large group of HS Band students and parents cleaned the interior of the all the lockers. HS band students, spearheaded by Hannah Friend, repaired broken latches, and assigned locker numbers.

The percussion storage cabinet in the back of the room was demolished, and the floors stripped and waxed by the HS custodial summer crew of Jeff Dierker, Zach Brown, Scott Zellin, Wendy Thornton, Kendra Haag, Zach Pease, Hannah Sponaugle and Morgan Rost. A new storage cabinet spanning the entire length of the back wall was designed by band parent Dan D'Amore. The cabinet has 3 sliding doors that provide easy access and double the storage space. The Bowling Green Home Depot donated some materials for this project. Helping build the new cabinet were Nathan Howard, Joel Yeasting, Alun Deniston, Brian Myers, and Dan D'Amore. The entire D'Amore Family returned several times to put finishing touches on the cabinets, including staining it black. The Building and Grounds crew installed carpet on the top of the cabinet. The top shelf is used for easy marching percussion storage and large instruments, while underneath houses percussion instruments, including 6th grade percussion bell/snare kits. The additional storage frees up enough space in the percussion room for it to be used as a small practice room.

In the technology department, the Smart Board project was completed by Matt Routson, Director of Technology. This includes a designated lap top computer. The sound for the Smart Board is run through the band's large powered speakers for a quality listening experience.

The HS band room currently serves half of 6th Grade Band, 8th Grade Band, HS Jazz Band, and HS Marching & Concert bands. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH THIS MUCH NEEDED PROJECT! The room looks outstanding, and will be a source of pride for band students for years to come. Please feel free to stop in and take a look.
  


YouTube Channel
Performances of the Eagle Marching Band will be posted on our YouTube Channel. Thanks to Eastwood Band Alumni Jacob Booms '18 for uploading many past performances.

$$$CA$H RAFFLE$$$
The Eastwood Band Booster Cash Raffle is new and improved this year. Five tickets were sent home with each band student this week. Only a 1,000 tickets will be sold for $20 each. Some big additions this year are the Early Bird drawings that start the 2nd week of September (for students sellers, too), and continue every other week until the cash prize drawings on October 23 at the HS Marching Band Pops Concert. Tickets can be purchased from band members or online. A flier and details are attached.

Eastwood Band Clothing Sale
The Eastwood Band Clothing Sale is now open through September 11! These items are a great way to show your band pride. They also make great Christmas presents! This is an online sale only. 

Upcoming Events
Date                    Grades  Event
Fri., Oct. 12            HS           Half Time Show @ Woodmore, report 5:30pm*
Sat., Oct. 13           HS           Oak Harbor Apple Festival Grand Parade, report 11:30am (eat before arriving), 2:00 parade*
Tue., Oct. 16          All           Band Boosters, HS Library, 7:30pm
Fri., Oct. 19            HS, 8       Pre-Game & Half Time Show vs. Genoa, rehearsal 5:30pm* - 8th Grade Band Night
Sat., Oct. 20           HS           Swanton Bulldog Bowl – OMEA Marching Band Event, report 3pm (bring $ for dinner)*
Tue., Oct. 23          HS           Marching Band Pops Concert, HS GYM, 7:30pm, report 6:45pm*
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