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Martin Jones makes All-State Band Alternate Position
Congratulations to Martin Jones for making an Alternate Position in the 2018-19 Missouri All-State Band on the Contra-Alto Bass Clarinet. Students who make the All-District Band are eligible to audition for the All-State Band. Over 1,000 students auditioned and 27 were auditioning on the same instrument as Martin, in which he ranked 4th overall. The Salem High School Band Director, David Schatz, says “To my knowledge this is the highest ranking any Salem High School band student has ever received in the Missouri All-State Band. This is a rare honor for only a sophomore to receive and it is a testament to Martin’s work ethic."
2018 HS District Band Results
On November 3, 2018 eight students performed with the All-District Honor Bands at Waynesville High School. The following students Faith Jasper, Martin Jones, Kira Lacy, Christopher McSwain, Johnathan Stark and Emma Schott are eligible to audition for a spot in the All-State Band on December 1, 2018.
Salem Marching Blue Completes Record Setting 2018 Season
October 29, 2018 -- The Salem Marching Blue traveled to Reeds Spring, MO on Saturday October 13th to compete in the Ozark Mountain Marching Festival. In class competition, the students were up against bands from Harrison, Cassville, Smith-Cotton HS (Sedalia), St. James, and Trenton. SMB students persevered through wet weather and chilly temperatures to bring home a 2nd place finish in class competition, just behind the band from Harrison, Arkansas. The band qualified to perform in Finals competition, but it was canceled due to rain.
SMB students wrapped up their competitive season on October 20th at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, MO. Students once again fought through the elements of over 20 mph winds and gave an outstanding preliminary performance that earned them 1st place in class competition. With two 1st place finishes and one 2nd place finish on the season, the Salem Marching Blue represented the school & community in outstanding fashion and they have raised the standard for future bands at Salem R-80. The band would like to thank the band booster organization, band parents, SMB corporate sponsors, as well as the teachers, staff, & administration at Salem R-80. Our success is a testament to your continued support and commitment to set the standard for music education in Missouri.
This Salem Marching Blue Is Ready to Erupt Towards Success
August 11, 2018 -- The Salem Marching Blue just finished up their band camp and gave a preview performance to the community on August 2, 2018 in the High School Gym. This year’s band includes 66 members and only 10 of them being seniors. Every year the band keeps getting younger, but they have also been getting better. This year’s group is disciplined and hungry for more success to build upon from last year.
This year’s marching show is titled, Volcano. The first movement will portray a Luau party that includes hula dancing, fire twirling and the popular tune “You’re Welcome” from the Disney movie Moana. The next two movements are when the volcano wakes up and erupts onto the field and leads to a dramatic ending. It has been a very interesting year around the world with all the tragic volcano eruptions. These modern events will bring forward some authentic teaching moments as we explore the Polynesian culture that inspired this year’s show.
Make sure to stay tuned throughout our whole season to see how it all develops. Also you can catch our performances at our Marching Festivals throughout the year or our Community Performance on Thursday, October 18 at the Tiger Stadium.
We will be doing our community service project again this year so if you need any assistance please contact the Salem R-80 Band Director.
Phone: (573) 729-6641 ext. 22148
You can receive updates & photos about community projects and other performances on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/salemmarchingblue
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