October 29, 2018 - Fundraiser Pick-Up

We have received our date for fundraiser product pick-up. If your child sold any products for our fall fundraiser, they must be picked up during the date and time below. Please email Ms. Smith with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Delivery Date: Thursday, November 8th

Time: 3pm-6pm

Where: Science Wing Atrium

September 26, 2018 - Fundraising and Citywide Honor Auditions

The school year is in full swing and we are already making amazing music in the Skinner band and orchestra classes! There are also some very important events that are quickly approaching.

Great American Fundraiser - We have kicked off our fall music department fundraiser. Students received packets for the fundraiser last Thursday, September 20th. We greatly appreciate your support as we raise funds for our music program! In addition to the prizes and incentives available to students for their sales, the proceeds of this fundraiser will support the music department in raising funds for:

    • Annual Elitch's Music Festival Field Trip
    • Bringing in guest musicians to work with students and ensembles
    • Professional Performance Opportunities
    • New instruments, bows, and instrument repairs
    • New sheet music
    • A new sound system for the band/orchestra room with recording technology

Citywide Honor Auditions - If your student is interested in auditioning for Citywide Honor Band or Orchestra, detailed information about audition requirements, dates, locations, and times are all updated under the Citywide tab on this website. Students have also received audition materials in class.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Mrs. Smith

August 21, 2018 - Welcome!

Dear Scorpion Musicians and Families,

I am thrilled to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year as a member of the Skinner Band and Orchestra Program! My name is Theresa Smith and I will be your child’s band or orchestra teacher for this school year. This is my second year at Skinner, my 11th year teaching, and I am so excited to make great music this coming year!

It is very important to me that each Skinner musician has the opportunity to develop proficiency on their instrument in a safe, structured learning environment. In band or orchestra, students will learn the skills necessary to explore music from a variety of genres and cultures, to create their own compositions, to improvise on their instrument, and to critically think about how music plays an invaluable role in history, society and their personal lives. Student musicians should be active participants in their learning, sharing ideas and collaborating with one another to create music. Most importantly, they will learn how to confidently and proudly perform as a member of an ensemble within their community.

This week, your student will be receiving a Skinner Band and Orchestra handbook with detailed information about how they will be graded, requirements for the course, concert uniform, concert dates and much more. A signed handbook form will need to be returned to Skinner by Wednesday, August 29.

I believe communication is very important in ensuring the success of our students. Throughout the school year you can expect to receive detailed information about performances, curriculum, field trips, activities, and student progress. In the meantime, I hope you will check out our website. This website contains information about what we are doing in music, how to rent or purchase an instrument, find private lessons instructors if you are interested, and much more.

I look forward to getting to know each of you as we make outstanding music this year!


Mrs. Smith

May 4, 2018 - Skinner Spring Concert

The year has flown by, and the Skinner Band and Orchestra Spring Concert is fast approaching. We are excited to share with you all of the work we have done over the course of the year at this event!

The Spring Concert is on Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30pm at North High School. Orchestra students will need to report to the auditorium by 5:30pm in order to warm up and tune. All band students will need to report to the auditorium by 6pm. This performance includes Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Band.

Our Spring Concert is mandatory for all students, and is a major assessment grade for the class. As a friendly reminder, all students are required to stay for the duration of the performance as part of their grade, and to support their peers that are in other performing groups. There will be a student sign in and check out table in the lobby in front of the auditorium.

Concert attire for this performance will still be black dress bottoms (slacks/skirt, no jeans please), white dress top, and black dress shoes.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the phone number or email below. We look forward to performing for you!

May 7, 2018 - Skinner Jazz Performs at the DPS Gala

Congratulations to the Skinner Jazz Band who did an outstanding job performing at the Denver Public Schools Foundation Gala. The students played a 45 minute set in the main lobby as guests entered and appreciated their music. Here is a picture of the ensemble. Thank you for representing our school through MUSIC!

February 11, 2018 - Citywide Honor Ensembles

Another month of school has passed, and during that time 40 of our band and orchestra students had the opportunity to participate in the Denver Citywide Honor Band and Orchestra. These students worked tirelessly to prepare audition and concert music, attending sectional rehearsals and office hours often. They got to spend a Friday at another school, rehearsing with the top musicians in the district and renowned conductors from the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado Honor Band and more. We are so proud of these students and the beautiful music they created in such a short period time. Check out pictures from the events below!

December 4, 2017 - Concert Announcement

Hello Scorpion Musicians and Families!

This is a friendly reminder that all Scorpion musicians will be putting on our first performance of the year on Thursday, December 14th at 6:30pm in the North High School auditorium. Music will be performed by beginning orchestra, chamber orchestra, beginning band, concert band, and jazz band. We will be playing a variety of pieces including a few holiday favorites. You won't want to miss it!

This performance is mandatory for all students and is a significant portion of their overall grade. All musicians should plan to arrive in the auditorium no later than 6pm in order to warm up and tune our instruments. In addition, students are expected to stay for the duration of the performance to support the other ensembles. The uniform for the concert is: white dress top, black dress bottoms (skirt, slacks, etc.) and black shoes. More detailed information can be found in the Music Handbook received at the beginning of the year, or you can always call or email me with questions or concerns.

Thank you so much, we look forward to performing for you!

Mrs. Smith


Breaking News! The following Scorpion Musicians did a fabulous job on their Citywide Honor Ensemble auditions, and have been invited to participate in the Denver Citywide Honor Band or Honor Orchestra. Congratulations to these students!

  • Larken Ballinger - Alto Saxophone
  • Ellen Clark - Flute
  • Cierra Cabazos - Trumpet
  • Luke Fleener - Tenor Saxophone
  • Coen North - Baritone Saxophone
  • Hawke Phelps - Percussion
  • Zachery Proctor - Euphonium
  • Jon Stone - Flute
  • Ada Youngstrom - Clarinet
  • Lucy Caldwell - Cello
  • Alex Stone - Cello
  • Jasmine Brambila - Cello
  • Olivia Talle - Viola
  • Ellary Suger - Viola
  • Tyler Cannon - Viola
  • Charlotte Cervantes-Dunn - Violin
  • Ciriah Torrez - Violin
  • Anya Nacht - Violin
  • Alana Waterman - Violin
  • Melissa Charles - Bass

Check out these great pics from the Skinner Fall Festival performance! Outstanding job by all!

October 19, 2017

We hope you will join the Concert Band this Saturday, October 19th at the Skinner Fall Festival! The students will be performing selections by Journey, Fallout Boy and Fitz and the Tantrums. We will also be joined by the North High drumline. Below are the details for students:

  • 10:15am - Warm up and rehearsal in the band room. Please arrive slightly early as warm up will begin right at 10:15am.
  • 11:00am - Performance!
  • What to Wear - Skinner School Spirit Clothes
  • This is a mandatory performance for all Concert Band students and will count as a major assessment grade for the course.

We look forward to performing for you!