Symphonic Band

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Guys Measurement Form Link:

2016 Pops Concert Recordings

posted Mar 21, 2016, 11:45 AM by Matt Thiel

Senior Band Final

posted May 18, 2011, 11:04 AM by Matt Thiel

Download the attachment below.

May 2011 Calendar

posted Apr 29, 2011, 5:59 AM by Matt Thiel

The calendar includes performance and rehearsal dates for band and choir.  It also includes area high school concerts for you to attend in order to complete your concert review.  Double check the high school's website for exact times and locations.  Most concerts will take place at 7:00pm.  The calendar is located below as an attachment.

2011 Texas Music Tour Informational Video

posted Mar 8, 2011, 4:22 PM by Matt Thiel   [ updated Mar 8, 2011, 4:27 PM ]

Robert W. Smith Assignment - DUE TUE 2/22

posted Feb 14, 2011, 11:28 AM by Matt Thiel   [ updated Feb 18, 2011, 3:46 PM ]

1. Listen to recordings of Hadrian's Wall, Into the Storm, and the Tempest. *Links are posted below*

2. Answer the Following Questions in paragraph format.  Retype each question (this should be single spaced) and then answer the using at least   6-8 sentences. You may, and are encouraged to, use more.Use musical terminology whenever possible to describe what your are hearing, feeling, etc.  Paper should include your name and date in upper right hand corner.  THAT IS IT!  Please double space your answers and use Times New Roman 12 point font.  Your paper should be 2 pages (or more) in length when you are finished.

    1. How does Robert W. Smith use percussion in his music?  When does he use percussion the most?  What 
            types of percussion are used during certain sections of a piece?
    2. How important is rhythm to a Robert W. Smith piece?  How is it used?
    3. What are 3 compositional techniques present in all three of the pieces you listened to? (What sounds or feels 
            the same about all of the songs?  Think about the form, melody, rhythm, instrumentation, etc.)
    4. How will you play Hadrian's Wall differently knowing and understanding the compositional techniques used by
            Robert W. Smith in his music? (Or won't you?)


posted Dec 15, 2009, 1:14 PM by Matt Thiel   [ updated May 18, 2010, 8:03 AM ]

Each of the songs listed below are timeless contributions to the world of Concert Band Literature.  Many of the songs are written at a level for advanced high school groups or college level ensembles.  It is important for you to be aware of the good music that is available to you as a musician even if we do not play it in class.  While something like "Harry's Wondrous World" may be fun to play and enjoyable to listen to, it does not make it a great piece of music.  Rhythm complexities, range, beautiful melodies,and intricate chord structure makes the four songs listed below timeless classics.

Choose 2 of the 4 songs listed below.

After you have chosen your two songs, please listen to them in their entirety. I may or may not be able to know if you listened to the entire piece, but I ask you to please take the extra minute or two to listen to the entire piece.  You may find that you really enjoy it.

Once you have listed to the songs, you will write a one page response paper for each piece (2 pages total).  Each paper must include a 1/2 page description of whether or not you enjoyed the song.  If yes, what did you enjoy about it (use musical vocabulary and term discussed in class)?  If not, what didn't you like about it, what would you have done differently.  If there was something you didn't like, do you think the composer did this on purpose.  Was it necessary for the song even though it didn't fit your musical preferences?

The second half of your one page paper for each song will describe the composers use of color, or timbre (pronounced TAM-BER) throughout the piece.  Color or timbre is an aspect of sound that has nothing to do with pitch, loudness, or length.  It describes the unique sound of an instrument.  For example, you would be able to distinguish the difference between a flute and an oboe if played back to back.  How does the composer use different instrument groups with in the song?  Does it set a particular mood?  Does it mark a specific change in the music?  Each of these pieces uses timbre in different ways and showcases many different types of timbre.  Be sure to identify them in this section of your paper.  Please give a detailed response using some of the vocabulary below, if applicable, as a guide.

  • Reedy
  • Brassy
  • Clear
  • Focussed or unfocussed
  • Breathy
  • Rounded
  • Piercing
  • Strident
  • Harsh
  • Warm
  • Mellow
  • Resonant
  • Dark or Bright
  • Heavy or Light

***Responses are due at the beginning of the final exam period on Wednesday May 26th.  Papers should be typed, double spaced and use Times New Roman 12 Point Font.  Only put your name in the upper right hand corner of the paper for your heading.  NOTHING ELSE!  Be sure that each response is at least 1 page in length.  If you need to go on to the second or third page to answer the questions completely, please feel free to do so.***


Music Department Blog Link

posted Aug 30, 2009, 7:53 PM by Matt Thiel

Band Lesson Link

posted Aug 24, 2009, 8:52 PM by Matt Thiel

Begin by clicking on the blue "lesson" link the middle of the page.
Pick a Date.
Pick a Time.
Enter your login information.
If a time is not available, I may have a meeting, extra curricular activity, or another lesson already scheduled.

Concert Review Form

posted Aug 24, 2009, 8:51 PM by Matt Thiel

Remember to read the concert review instructions carefully and completely.  Please be sure to attach a concert program to your review.


posted Aug 24, 2009, 8:50 PM by Matt Thiel

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