Sunday, September 22, 2013

District Choir Results

Please see attached for 11/12 District Choir lists. Thanks for your patience with the list. That extra time allowed me to feel confident in the accuracy of the selected students, and in the quality of the choir that resulted. 

There is a separate tab for each voice part. 

Top 25 students are in bold.

Cut off scores out of 99 points possible:

Soprano - 57

Alto - 55

Tenor - 56

Bass - 59

Thank you for a smooth and successful audition day. Your students represented your programs well in both musicianship and citizenship. Congratulations to all who participated, and we'll see you in October!


The Freshman/Sophomore list is attachted.  Scores are not included, and they are in alphabetical order by school.

Cut offs out of 58 points:

Soprano - 54

Alto - 52

Tenor - 38

Bass - 40

Stay tuned for 11-12 scores.

Please do not reply asking.

It's been a long day.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Jr. High Honor Band

Hello Everyone, 

The deadline for nominations for Jr. High Honor Band is October 4th (two weeks away)  :)  The website: has been updated with an online entry form.  Just go to then click on Jr. Band VP, then look for the entry form link.  If there are new people in our district, or your conference, and you see that they are not on my email list, please help with with getting me their name and school.   I can find the rest.  

Our clinicians for this year are: Amanda Meyer 7th grade and Tom Meyer 8th grade.  As soon as they pick music I will get that to you, but it will definitely be in your hands by the High School Honor band audition date.  (11/5/13)   I will ask Steve to post a schedule, and Marshfield Jr. High directions to the website.  

If you have any questions please feel free to email me or call me.  (E-mail may be faster) 

Rick Castens

November 16, 2013
Marshfield J.H. School
  Arrive:                          7:30-7:45 AM
                                    Register and pay $10.00 fee per student.
                                    (Checks/PO's made out to SCMMEA. Cash accepted also.)
 Report to audition rooms:
There will be room info and a map at the registration table.
Chair Placement/Sectionals                8:00-8:50    
Rehearsal                                             9:00 - Noon               
Lunch                                       Noon - 1:15     (On your own)
Rehearsal                                             1:30 - 3:30
Concert                                                4:30 PM
                                    You will change clothes between end of rehearsal and concert.
                                    Bring nice clothes to change into.
Clinicians                    Amanda Meyer - 7th grade
Tom Meyer  - 8th grade
Dinner                         After the concert:  on your own, on your way home, after you get home.
This year's concert is at 4:30 at Marshfield Junior High School. The 2 District Bands plus the HS District Jazz Band will perform at this concert. 
If any of your students cannot participate, just replace that person with a suitable replacement from your own band.  Only replace with like instruments.  If you don't have a suitable replacement, please email me ASAP. 


When auditioning for Jr. High Honor band Chair placement the process needs to be short and simple.  The idea is to finish quickly and have sectionals with the rest of the time. 
Please only use these scales with 7th Grade:  Concert Bb for all winds except horns they will use Eb
Please only use these scales with 8th grade: Concert Eb for all winds except horns they will use Bb
Please break ties with tone quality or Sight Reading there is no need for additional scales. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Update Leon Bradley

Leon Bradley (former C of O Band Director, retired) is currently in Select Specialty Hospital (1630 E Primrose St  Springfield, MO 65804  (417) 885-4700) in their ICU. I went to visit him today and he looked the best I've seen him in quite awhile. Because of his trach, he is unable to talk but is alert and communicates by mouthing words.He anticipates getting moved out of the ICU soon. I even got him to laugh (the best he could) a couple of times, and the light is back in his eyes. 
He still has quite a long recovery ahead, but things are certainly looking up. I'm sure he would enjoy hearing from his friends. Please continue to keep him and Mary Elizabeth in your thoughts and prayers.


Cathy Coonis, Seymour H.S.