This past weekend the was the Band Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment for Brevard County. Students prepare and perform solos and small ensembles for judges who rate them based on a rubric of high musical standards. The students receive ratings from Superior to Poor. Stone Middle School was well represented. Students were given solos to work on that allowed them to dive deeply into a piece appropriate for their level of musicianship. Several students performed solos on their instruments on Friday evening.
Coady M., Percussion solo, grade 2, Excellent
Cade W., Alto Sax solo, grade 2, Excellent
Christian G., Oboe solo, grade 1, Superior
Rhyley B., Trombone solo, grade 2, Excellent
Xander D., Tuba solo, grade 2, Superior
Urvesh A., Trumpet solo, grade 2, Superior
Joe F., Euphonium solo, grade 5, Superior
Emily G., Percussion solo, grade 4, Superior
Rebecca M., Flute solo, grade 1, Excellent
(submitted by Mr. Lee, Band and Orchestra Director)
Jeremy S. and Melinda S. auditioned along with 300+ other middle school students. Competition was fierce and only the best of Brevard successfully made it through the rigorous audition process. Both Jeremy and Melinda earned a spot in the first violin section. If you know these students or if you see them around campus please congratulate them for their efforts and accomplishments!
Timothy is to be commended for his hard work on the trombone.
Congrats to Tim!
-- Dan Lee
Director of Bands and Orchestras
Rebecca N. on Violin
Anisa K. for Violin
Anthony C. for Double Bass
13 Stone band students participated in this year’s Solo and Ensemble (S&E) assessment. 4 students received a rating of “excellent” and 9 received a rating of “superior.” Students prepared the music on their own and performed for a judge. The judge listened and critiqued the performance giving each student a private lesson. This was a great showing for the stone band. All participants are very proud of their efforts and deserve to be congratulated.
Florida Orchestra Association Solo and Ensemble Festival. Stone sent two
ensembles and five Soloists. They played for a judge who gave them a rating on a scale from Superior (I) to Poor (V). All of the orchestra students who represented Stone were very well prepared.
Cello Quartet: Superior (I)
Violin Duet: Excellent (II)
Violin Soloist, Victoria A.: Superior (I)
Violin Soloist, Caleb A.: Superior (I)
Viola Soloist, Courtney S.: Excellent (II)
Violin Soloist, Jun X.: Superior (I)
Violin Soloist, Elliott S.: Superior (I)
Mr. Lee (Band and Orchestra Instructor) commented: "I think I was more nervous than they were. They played beautifully for a judge who was very impressed and gave them a Superior rating, the highest possible. If you see these students be sure to congratulate them, the deserve it."
Palm Bay High School's Band Director, Dr. paid a great compliment to Stone's Band Director:This is my ninth year at Palm Bay High School, I have seen 5 different band directors come through here, and what Ms. Carrick has done in one year is nothing short of astounding!
Featuring music from the Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, Strings Orchestra and Advanced Band, the Music department certainly demonstrated that Stone Students Rock!
A DVD of the concert will be made available by Ms. Carrick for a low price of $10 or a special bundle price of the Winter Concert and the Spring Concert for $10.
Way to go Advanced Band!!!