Leroy Says:

Holiday/Winter concert is next Thursday (Dec. 13th).
I had to cancel our unit in the Coburg Parade due to back problems :-(
The concert on Dec. 13th will involve the Bands and the Choir. Click here for specifics. The paper version went home with all of the students today.

All music grades are now posted. As always, if you have specific questions regarding your child's grade, feel free to contact me anytime.
Parents, you can see your child's grade in Student Vue/Parent Vue by clicking on the Report Card tab. Don't click on grades. If you have difficulties, contact Dulce, our registrar in the front office.

Special Note for Spartan Jazz Band families. Welcome to the world of middle school Jazz Band - the best world in the world! Click here for specifics about Spencer Butte's New Jazz Band.We'll have our own site soon.
Right now, we're preparing for the holidays with new music for each band and choir.

Below are some reminders about class

Beginning Band Students:

  Keep turning in practice cards because it's a great feeling to get an A grade.

  We have passed out our first sheet music - Jingle Bells and Up on The Housetop. Keep reading a bit in your book and don't move further into the book until you can play each song well.

Concert and Symphonic Band Students:

 We have our new books and new sheet music. We are focusing on holiday music and reading in our books as a way to get slowly and slowly better so we can play anything we want to. In other words, we're getting good - fast!

  Bring a music binder of your choice and a pencil, every day.

Jazz Band:

 Students, focus on our newer music such as In the Mood, Salt Peanuts, and Frosty. We'll add Freddie Freeloader to our list and keep improving on Chameleon and It Don't Mean a Thing.  We're getting ready for Holiday Market performance on Dec. first, main stage.

Choir Students:

We are learning to read music notation and Solfege (Do Re Mi.....) and we recently sang at Churchill Estates and had our joint rehearsal with the Churchill Concert Choir. What a blast!!

Always bring your folder and a pencil to class because we use them every day.

"Si necesita más información en Español sobre esta clase, por favor comuníquese con Vanessa Vasquez al 541-790-5717 o por correo electrónico  “vasquez@4j.lane.edu”

See the Syllabus tab above for specifics on your child's class.

 You can print a practice card from HERE.

Other Musical Notes
and free Sheet Music
Free Jazz Concert Tickets:
The Shedd Concert Hall has lots of Jazz concerts and many are free for students. Here is more specific information.

Take advantage of your ability to read and play by ear. Here is a place to find thousands of songs in the Public Domain that composers over the centuries have left for us to learn - and it's free! Lots of music is on this site to download and share for free.
To download a specific piece of music, follow this example: The music is listed alphabetically, so I chose: Clarinet Duet 1 (Reintjes, Roy). Click that > scroll down to "Complete Score" and click. A PDF of the song should appear. If you have any problems, just ask me to help.

For a copy of the Syllabus for any of our classes: Beginning Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band or Music Circus (Explore), click on Syllabus in the tab above - all class information on grades, expectations and specific information is there.

Mr. Powell plays in a few adult, Jazz, and Classical groups.

The website for Mr. Powell's Jazz Band - The Invisible Arts Project is here. 

To communicate, it's easiest if you write to my email address (below) and I will connect with you promptly. We can set up a time to meet or I can answer any questions you may have. You may also leave a note for me in the office if it's open.

Take Care,

Mr. Powell
Musical Director Arts and Technology Academy & AHS Jazz Band
541-790-5764   powell@4j.lane.edu          Music Web Site:  https://sites.google.com/site/arttechband/

"Music is the healing force of the Universe" - Albert Ayler