Lessons programs: Because Paul can't teach every student how to play an instrument, each ensemble has its own lessons program. Paul brings in musicians on a week to teach specific instruments and to help with practicing a parts. Whether you play trumpet or cello, there is a lesson for you. Often taken place during class, teachers take entire sections of the ensemble and works with them to better their sound. Certain teachers are available for after school group or private lessons.
The Concert band is Gregori Music's largest ensemble. Self proclaimed "Band Geeks," the band is a very zaney group of musicians. The band has been given the opportunities to have clinics with many talented musicians and instructors to improve their sound. It's with these opportunities and much hard work that has gotten the band to achieve 2 UNANIMOUS superior ratings. The band has sent over 12 students to the honor band. In the summer, many of our band students perform (including Dan) at Moband every year at the Mancini Bowl.
The String Orchestra originally started off as a group of 7 in its first year. This year, we proudly present a group of 40 students and counting. The orchestra began to play at festivals in its third year. At their first C.M.E.A festival, they received a SUPERIOR rating. Since the begging of GMA, the orchestra has sent 10 people to the all-county honor orchestra. As they grow in size and sound, Dan has brought in clincians to get the orchestra ready for new things he has in store for them. You'll be hearing more from the orchestra.
The Jazz band has grown so large over the past 4 years, that it had to be split into two: Jazz A and Jazz B. Jazz B is for the students who are new to the instrument or have yet to fully master it. Jazz A are for students who have been playing for a while. Jazz "A" band performs at festivals and competitions and will also be playing at graduation. Jazz A has competed in the Delta Jazz Festival and has won 3rd and 2nd place in the past 3 years. Jazz B may be entering in their own festivals in the near future. Both bands meet during 0 period (7 in the morning.) Most days, the bands will rehearse in their respective bands, however, there are "big band" days where both groups have a lesson together. The band gets to play many challenging and famous jazz pieces from Miles Davis to Duke Ellington. Jazz band also introduces students to improvisation which can be a little scary at first. This helps musicians come out of their musical shell of playing just what is on the sheet music.
The athletic band/ pep band/ the group of loud people was founded in 2011 to perform for the Gregori football season. Now, the athletic band has gotten to perform at the Challenged Athletes games and was invited in 2014 by the Tribute to Fleetwood Mac band to perform alongside them in the Modesto X-Fest and at the Modesto Area Music Awards (MAMA's). Although these performances required special rehearsals, our typical football game performances do not. The athletic band requires no special technique, just the right notes and rhythm. We play various excerpts from popular songs like the Jaws theme, Mission Impossible, Eye of the Tiger. Athletic Band is the time to show School Spirit. in 2017-2018 we will perform at a UOP Basketball game, and at a Fresno State and SJSU Football game. The benefits of it all are not just to play freely, but you get in to football games for FREE. Overall, the athletic band has the most fun at the football games than anybody else.
Matt and Katrina are in charge of the color guard. Just as committed as the drumline, the guard meets Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-6:30. The guard has earned 3rd and 2nd place and now are 2013 champions. As our ensembles begin to grow, the guard program grows alongside with it. As more students sign up to participate in this art, GMAA can't wait to see what this year has in store for the guard.
GMAA added another addition to its program in its 3rd year: chamber ensembles and solos. Students are given the opportunity to put together and perform in small ensembles like a string quart, percussion ensemble, or jazz combo. For the much daring musician, students can perform solos as well. Each group that is formed must meet once a week after school. These ensembles and soloists perform in their own concert, a ticket only dinner concert. These groups may also be given the opportunity to be evaluated by a judge at the C.M.E.A chamber and solo evaluation at CSU Stanislaus. Other groups like the jazz combo can perform at fundraisers for other Gregori Programs, and academic block G events.
The Gregori Drumline is and after school and weekend-based ensemble. The drumline consists of two parts: the pit and the battery. The pit is the front ensemble, where the mallet players and auxillary players perform. The battery are all of the drummers who must both play and march in sync. This ensemble requires a huge commitment to rehearsal. It requires 3 hours of practice every Tuesday and Thursday night. Saturday, they typically rehearse from 9 in the morning to at least 5 in the afternoon. Though the commitment is quite large, it is not wasted. The drumline's hard work and dedication has brought them championships for three years. As seniors leave and new students arrive. There are bigger shoes to fill. Whether you choose bruises or blister, there will never be a dull moment in the drumline.
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