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The Band Kicks Off a Positive Year
August 8, 2017 -- The Salem Marching Blue just finished up their band camp and gave a preview performance to the community on July 28, 2017 in the High School Gym. This year’s band includes 63 members and only 11 of them being seniors. It is another young, hardworking group that has a lot of positivity. It seems like every year is the same with young members maturing into great musicians well beyond their age. That is because the Salem Marching Blue believes in a high standards that make us all better people in and out of the public eye. This year and years past we have been working towards our goal of making band a safe and promising place for everyone to pursue music and their individuality. With a few bumps in the road we have been getting closer to that goal. This year we will be doing a behavior bracelet system where every member gets a special bracelet for completing outstanding acts like community service, naming every member of the band, and random acts of kindness.
This new system is first designed to improve individual behaviors on a daily basis. This year during our 2017 band camp, students were much more positive even while spending almost 8 hours together at times. Students were bringing snacks to share, helping each other move equipment, complimenting each other, spending time together outside of camp and even reaching out into the community to perform service acts. We have already had a few students completing their community service bracelet, but have about 60 more band members looking to complete their community service project to complete their bracelet. We urge community members to reach out to us and let us know of any service projects you need completed.
Making a better fellowship between students will improve how productive we are together. Having a strong relationship with each other allows us all to be flexible and solve problems with ease. Our band Motto this year is “Part of the ship, Part of the BLUE.” This motto not only defines our goal of better fellowship amongst ourselves, but fits our theme for the 2017 Marching Show. Our theme this year is Pirates. The show consists of three movements. The band will be playing the role of a colonial navy defending their treasure against the color guard members who will be acting as pirates. Who will win? The Pirates or the BLUE?
Jaden Dunn - Junior Alto Saxophone Player
Contact the Band Director: David Schatz
Phone: (573) 729-6641 ext. 148
Receive updates & photos about community projects and other performances on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/salemmarchingblue
2017 HS BAND OVERNIGHT TRIP
We are excited to announce that we will take another overnight trip next year to Branson, MO. The trip will include attending 2 marching festivals in the Branson, Missouri area and then attending the Silver Dollar City theme park the following day. Below is more information about the trip’s cost, itinerary and other general information.
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Click to download 2017-18 HS Band Handbook & Forms to sign & return
MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND AT MUSIC FESTIVAL
April 25, 2017 -- Congratulations to the Salem R-80 Middle School Band who attended the St. James Music Festival on Saturday, March 22, 2017. They performed two pieces for a panel of judges and received an Exemplary 1 Rating.
STATE & DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL: Salem High School Band
Congratulations to the Salem High School Concert Band for receiving Outstanding (2) ratings at the State Music Festival in Union, MO, on March 24, 2017.
April 5, 2017 -- The Salem High School Band also took 19 Solos & Small Ensembles to their District Music Festival in Union, MO and received: four Satisfactory (3) ratings, twelve Outstanding (2) ratings and three Exemplary (1) ratings. Congratulations to the following students that received Exemplary (1) ratings on their solos (see picture above): Kristen Pike, Abby Payne and Jacob Stacy. These students will advance on to perform their solos at the State Music Festival on April 28, 2017.
SCA Honor Band
January 17, 2017 -- On Tuesday, January 10th several members of the Salem High School and Middle School Bands traveled to Mountain Grove High School to audition for the 2017 SCA Conference Honor Band. 13 SHS students and 5 SMS students were selected to participate. These eighteen students will perform a concert to the public at Ava High School on February 4th at 5:00pm.
HS Band Photo (left to right): 1st Row – Laura Benowitz, Emma Schott, Maddie Van Dien, Faith Jasper, Rachel Paul, Jacob Stacy 2nd Row – Abby Payne, Chuck Van Dien, Christopher McSwain, Chrissie Warner, Johnathan Stark, Kira Lacy, and Hayden Gotchal
MS Band Photo (left to right): Adam Holland, Desirae Scott, Hannah Shepherd, Martin Jones and not pictured Samantha Tune
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District Honor Band
October 17, 2016 -- On Tuesday, October 11th several members of the Salem High School Marching Blue traveled to Camdenton High School to audition for a spot in the 2016 Central District Honor Band. Seven SHS students were selected to participate. The bands are comprised of outstanding students from nearly 20 Missouri schools. Representing Salem in the Concert Band are Emma Schott, 2nd Chair Flute; Faith Roberts, 21st Chair Clarinet; Kira Lacy, 6th Chair Trombone, and Maddie Van Dien, 1st Chair Tuba. Salem students selected for the Honors Band were Jacob Stacy, 4th Chair Alto Saxophone; Laura Benowitz, 19th Chair Clarinet, and Abby Payne, 1st Chair Piccolo. Both bands will perform at 5:00 p.m. on November 5th at Camdenton High School. Not pictured Maddie Van Dien
Band Takes Class 2 1st Place in Branson!
October 10, 2016 -- On Saturday, October 8th the Salem Marching Blue participated in the US Bands Southwest Regional Marching Festival at Branson High School in Branson, Missouri. The band did a fantastic job placing First in Class II and winning caption awards for Best General Effect, Best Visual, and Best Music. Their success in the preliminary round of competition earned them a spot in the finals round where they performed a second time against bands from Class I through Class VI schools. The Salem Marching Blue finished with a ranking of 10th place out of the 22 participating schools. David Schatz, who is currently in his third year as band director at Salem High School, comments “I knew going into this year this group of students had a lot of potential. This weekend our band showed some pretty big schools that some great musicianship is being cultivated in our small town of Salem.” The band will finish its 2016 field competition season on October 15th at 10:15 a.m. when they perform at the Reeds Springs Marching Festival.
2016-17 Honor Band Audition Materials
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