Our mission is to promote the excellence and importance of musical education in our community. This website will be the primary method to communicate Armada's instrumental and vocal programs, fundraising opportunities, musical events, and a pictorial of students in action. Please continue to visit our website often for updated information and enhancements.
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Check out the Picture Tab for new pictures of our choir and chorale.
MS Cedar Point Trip Update
The MS Cedar Point Itinerary and room assignment has been posted on the Information Tab.
UPCOMING EVENTS.............Updated 5/23/13
2012 - 2013 Music Calendar has been revised as of March 2013 and is available for viewing under the Information Tab.
05/24/13: Seniors Last Day
05/24/13 -05/25/13: MS Cedar Point Trip
05/27/13: Memorial Day Parade. 10 am HS / Armada Amvets Hall
05/28/13: Baccalaureate. Volunteering musicians. 7 pm at the Ruth Isaacson Auditorium
05/29/13: Graduation Rehearsal. 10 am HS Gym
05/30/13: Graduation Ceremony. 6 pm HS Gym
06/13/13: L&L Scholarship Dinner. HAS BEEN CANCELLED THIS YEAR.
07/29/13 - 08/02/13: Marching Band Camp.
08/12/13: Open Armada Fair. HS Marching Band. 5 pm.
Successful Music Department / Parent Meeting
The music directors and booster members were so excited to see so many families attend the Parent Meeting held on April 25th. We have some initial feedback to share:
Booster Meeting Date: Some parents commented that Tuesday's are not a good day to attend the meeting. In addition the choir director, Rachel Ulinski is unable to attend on that day. The booster team will look at other alternatives for the 2013 - 2014 school year.
Booster Meeting Entrance Point: Please note that the MS keeps all entrances locked after school hours. Those wishing to attend the booster meeting (5/07/13) and beyond should go to the MS Band Room Door 20 and knock on the door. The band room is on the west side of the school by the driveway.
Information Tab of Website: Some parents commented that they couldn't download some of the files from the Information Tab. We have updated all 2012 - 2013 files to .PDF format. The forms under the Booster tab have also been modified to .PDF format.
Volunteers: Thank you to the parents who have already expressed their desire to assist with booster duties and volunteer activities. We are so excited to pass along our knowledge of the programs to new individuals. Having new faces also adds a new level of creativity and ideas. The boosters will be seeking plenty of help for the summer fair fundraisers. Please sign up during the spring concerts.
Also review the Volunteer Opportunities located on the Information Tab and contact the booster members with any questions.
Middle School Cedar Point Trip 2013
Mr. Thomason has prepared an informational letter regarding the Cedar Point Trip 2013. It can be accessed on the Information Tab.
Music Department - Parent Meeting - April 25, 2013
The Music Department is hosting a Parent Meeting on April 25, 2013 in the Ruth Isaacson Auditorium to discuss the music program and the need for parent volunteers to assist with booster duties and general volunteer duties.
The current booster group consists of two parents with no children in the music program and two parents whose kids will graduate in 2014. In order for the booster group to continue there is a dire need for volunteers. The need for volunteers is now in order to ensure a smooth transition.
The booster group has been highly successful with a few key fundraisers such as the annual fair parking and barn work. This fundraiser generated $15,000 in 2012. This money is shared with participating students. The majority of the funds support band camp instructors and drills, is used to purchase sheet music throughout the year, and is used for festival fees to name a few.
Other successful fundraisers are the annual Bleed for the Band Blood Drive, the annual dinner dance, and the Florida Orange/Grapefruit sale and pizza kit sales. This was the first year the pizza kit fundraiser was cancelled due to a lack of a coordinator.
Only with the support and dedication of parents/students will the booster group prevail.
The Music Directors will communicate the time of the meeting as it approaches. It will also be posted on the website shortly.
NEW DATE SET FOR ANNUAL DINNER DANCE
Please be advised the annual music department dinner dance scheduled for April 12, 2013 has been changed to Friday, April 19, 2013. This change will accomodate many of the musicians who are also involved in robotics and HOSA state competitions.
Tickets are on sale between March 4th and April 9th. If you purchase tickets after 4/09/13 up to the night of the event there is an additional $5.00 fee per ticket.
An updated Ticket Form can be printed from the Information Tab if desired.
We will certainly accept the ticket form that was distributed to the students with the 4/12/13 date.
Turn your forms and payment to your music director.
AHS Musicians Selected for GVSU Honors Band 2013
Grand Valley State University and the Department of Music hosted the 22nd Annual Grand Valley State University High School Honors Band the weekend of February 16, 2013. This ensemble boasts some of the best musical talents from across the state of Michigan!
A total of 80 musicians were selected to perform at this event. Armada High School was pleased to have three musicians audition and selected for the band. Ryan Schmidt - Bb Clarinet, Sarah Sheridan - baritone sax, and Rosie Cunningham - trumpet.
To learn more about GVSU's honors program, please visit their website at: www.gvsu.edu/bands
Monthly MS Band/Orchestra Newsletter
Mr. Thomason is publishing a monthly Middle School newsletter to keep parents and community members informed of events pertaining to the band and orchestra. It will be sent via email directly from Mr. Thomason. You can also find copies on the website by going to the Information Tab.
High School Solo & Ensemble Results
Armada High School students performed well at the annual Solo & Ensemble Festival held at Rochester High School on January 26, 2013. Blow are the performances earning a Rating of I and II.
Annie Cunningham - District Solo –Trp I
Rosie Cunningham - District Solo – Trp I
Ryan Schmidt - District Solo - Bb Clarinet I
Lauren Goedtel - District Solo – Viola II
Sarah Sheridan - District Solo - Baritone Sax I
Anna Dillingham - District Solo - Bb Clarinet II
Karalee Jerse - District Solo - Violin II
Rosie Cunnigham, Annie Cunningham - Ensemble-Duet – Trp I
Autumn Killop, Ashley Cefali, Ryan Schmidt, Bailey Ernst - Ensemble-Quartet - Woodwind Ens I
Kylee Pepples - Ensemble-Duet - Brass Ens II
Renae Greenia - Ensemble-Duet – Trp II
Ashley Cefali, Autumn Killop - Ensemble-Duet - Tenor Sax I
Elizabeth Polzin, Kaele Polzin - Ensemble-Duet - Flute II
Congratulations to all the performers.
Middle School Band & Orchestra Handbook 2012-2013
The music department has created a band and orchestra handbook for this 2012-2013 school year. All students received a copy along with an acknowledgement page that was to be returned to the school. A copy of the handbook has been added to the Information Tab.
Marching Uniforms Dry Clean & Return
As the marching season has come to a successful end, it is now time to get the uniforms dry cleaned and inventoried for next year. Each student is responsible to take their uniform to a reputable dry cleaning establishment and return to the band room by October 30th at the latest. Uniforms need to be returned in the dry cleaning bag and placed within the marching band garment bag.
As a courtesy for past business, Dan from Diamond Laundry & Cleaners is offering to clean Armada's uniforms for $10.95.
Diamond Laundry & Cleaners
36130 Priestap St
Richmond MI 48062
Music Booster Quilt Raffle
"Growing OUR Band.....Together"
MIDDLE SCHOOL TUXEDO SHIRT & BOW TIE
All incoming 6th grade students will need to purchase a tuxedo shirt and bow tie for concert season. Parents, please stop by the band room during Open House on Tuesday, 9/18/12 between 6 pm and 6:45 pm. 7th & 8th grade students needing a size change can also stop by. The cost for both items is very reasonable at $20.00. Shirts/ties can also be purchased individually at Hobby Lobby.
"Enriching students lives one beat at a time"
Site Updated May 23, 2013