Announcements & Events

These announcements help provide details to concerts, events, and opportunities. Click the arrow on the right of each one to expand and see all of the detailed information.

5th Period Wed 2/1 Middle School Groundbreaking

  • 5th Period: Wed, Feb. 1 - middle school groundbreaking (in-school)

    • black tux shirt, black dress pants, dinkles

    • 1st period meet in bandroom

    • Marching Instruments!

        1. Go Hawks Go

        2. Defense Pack (ESPN/Seven Nation/Halftime)

        3. Jump On It

        4. Hey Song

        5. Fight Song

    • Done by the end of 2nd period

Jazz Band Music Performance Assessment - 2/8

Students enrolled in jazz band classes will be performing in the Jazz Music Performance Assessment hosted at Satellite HS on either Wednesday, February 8. This event's schedule will not be available until late-January, so please be sure to keep both of these days/nights free if at all possible. If there is any kind of issue with one of these dates, please contact a director at eggen.dominick@brevardschools.org and dix.maria@brevardschools.org

Dress is professional/business attire: Suits & ties, blouses & dress pants, or dresses/skirts that are at least knee-length (longer is preferrable).
- Examples:
https://www.sph.emory.edu/careers/documents/ProfessionalDressforSuccess.pdf


ITINERARY - 3rd period jazz only
Arrive to school dressed for your performance!
10:28am 2nd period ends, go to 3rd period
10:33am Organize belongings and instrument/music
10:45am Load van/trailer
11:00am Bus arrives - load up and depart
11:20am Arrive at Subway (near Satellite HS)
11:30am Eat lunch (pack a lunch or bring $$$ for subs)
12:15pm Depart for Satellite HS
12:30pm Unload all gear at SHS & organize
1:15pm Green Jazz Band (Eggen) warm-up
1:45pm Green Jazz Band (Eggen) performance
WATCH BANDS FOR A WHILE
3:00pm Gold Jazz Band (Dix) warm-up
3:30pm Gold Jazz Band (Dix) performance
4:00pm All students are dismissed - have a parent/guardian pick you up from Satellite HS (or carpool home)

ITINERARY - 7th period jazz only
Arrive to Satellite HS dressed for your performance!
5:45pm Arrive at Satellite HS Performing Arts Center
6
:00pm Watch Satellite Jazz Band performance
6:30pm Watch Merritt Island Jazz Band performance
7:00pm Warm-up
7:30pm Performance
8:00pm Load-up/Dismiss

Band Solo & Ensemble - Friday/Saturday, 2/10 & 2/11

S&E SIGN-UP WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY, 12/12
Solo sign-up link: https://forms.gle/96FYezeR9fsDTM7BA - please pay $10 per solo (not including an accompanist, if needed)
Ensemble sign-up link:
https://forms.gle/tNRLtM3MLDHK3c6c8 - please pay $5 per ensemble member

On Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11, Viera HS will host the FBA Solo & Ensemble MPA. This event allows students to perform solos and small ensemble chamber literature for evaluation for trained adjudicators. This includes auxiliary (color guard), percussion, brass, and woodwinds.

The above links are for students to register their various events. Here are a few basic rules:
- Students may participate in up to four (4) different performances
- A student may perform only one (1) solo on an instrument.
- This means a flutist can perform both a flute solo and a piccolo solo, but NOT 2 solos on flute.
- See below for a longer list of various Exceptions & Directions - see a director for any clarification and explanations.

Please email a director with any questions you might have:

Mr. Eggen - eggen.dominick@brevardschools.org
Ms. Dix -
dix.maria@brevardschools.org


Exceptions and Directions:

  • Piccolo: Piccolos may select music from the flute list. Keep in mind the selection will also be evaluated on its suitability.*

  • Oboe / English horn: English horns may substitute any double reed solo from the list.*

  • Oboe Trios may play from the Flute Trio List with alterations to range permissible. Change the category to Woodwind Trio.*

  • Bassoon Trios may play off the Trombone Trio List. Change the category to Woodwind Trio.*

  • Eb Clarinet: Eb Soprano Clarinet may play suitable music from the Bb Clarinet list.*

  • Bass Clarinet may play from the Bb Clarinet List. Appropriateness of chosen repertoire should be considered. Change the category to Bass Clarinet Solo.

  • Saxophone solos: Soprano Saxophone may play from the Tenor saxophone list.*
    Bass Saxophone may play from the Baritone Saxophone list.
    Baritone saxophone may only play from the Alto Saxophone list with special permission from the S&E Music Committee Chair.

  • Mixed Ensembles: Mixed ensembles may use substitute instruments only as included on the original score.

  • Trombones: Trombone and Euphonium lists are interchangeable. The interchangeability of Trombone and Euphonium parts applies to Brass Ensembles, as well as the Solo List.*

  • Bass Trombone may play from the Tuba List. Appropriateness of chosen repertoire should be considered. Change the category to Trombone Solo.

  • Euphoniums: Trombone and Euphonium lists are interchangeable. Change the category in MPA Online to the correct instrument.*

  • Treble Clef Baritone may play from the Trumpet List Grades 1-3. Change the category to Euphonium Solo. *

  • Mallets: Mallets soloists may play grade 1, 2 & 3 Flute and Oboe Literature.*

  • Ensembles:
    Instruments bracketed parenthetically indicate optional parts.
    In addition to listed choir music, quartet, quintet, and sextet music may be used to form choirs. There must be at least two(2) players per part.*
    Percussion ensembles may NOT double parts.
    Chamber winds MUST be performed in the exact instrumentation listed - NO DOUBLING, NO SUBSTITUTIONS.

  • String Bass: A string bass player in a school that does not have an orchestra, may perform a double bass solo at the FBA solo/ensemble MPA. The solo must be on the FOA solo list. The difficulty levels shall be determined as follows:

    FOA Class A = FBA Grade 5
    FOA Class B = FBA Grade 4
    FOA Class C = FBA Grade 3
    FOA Class D = FBA Grade 2
    FOA Class E = FBA Grade 1
    Students must play a Grade 5 (class A) to be eligible for State MPA.

  • Extended Time for Longer Solos: If you have a student who wishes to play a solo that is longer than the allotted time limit after making appropriate cuts as described in the FBA Handbook on page 21-22, you may request an extended time block for their performance:

    • The request should be made to your district chair. Let them know how much more time the student will need.

    • District chairs: after you schedule your MPA, you can extend the student's timeslot in MPA Online:

      1. Go to the "Schedule" page

      2. Select the student's Judge from the Judge drop-down

      3. Find the student's entry and click the "+2 min" button. This will push all events after this one 2 minutes later each time you click that button. Repeat for each additional 2 minutes the director has requested.

*When playing music from another category, the director must change the category of the entry in MPA Online. For example, if a Trombone is playing a piece from the Euphonium Solo list, after you enter it in MPA Online it will think it's a Euphonium solo so you must manually change the "Category" to "Trombone Solo." Or, if you are doubling parts of a quartet, quintet, or sextet to make it a choir, you must change the category of the MPA Online entry to the appropriate type of choir.


Orchestra Rehearsal - VHS Auditorium Tuesday, 2/14

Students enrolled in orchestra classes will be rehearsing in the Viera HS Auditorium on Tuesday, February 14. This is in preparation for the Music Performance Assessment the following week, so please be sure to keep this afternoon/night free if at all possible. If there is any kind of issue with one of these dates, please contact a director at eggen.dominick@brevardschools.org and dix.maria@brevardschools.org

Dress is casual - there is no need to dress up for this event. ALL are welcome to come listen to us rehearse on the VHS stage!

Orchestra Music Performance Assessment - Friday, 2/24

Students enrolled in orchestra classes will be performing in the Orchestra Music Performance Assessment hosted at Titusville HS on Friday, February 24. This event's schedule will not be available until late-January, so please be sure to keep this day/night free if at all possible. If there is any kind of issue with one of these dates, please contact a director at eggen.dominick@brevardschools.org and dix.maria@brevardschools.org

Dress is your black tux shirt, black dress pants, black belt, tall black socks, & dress shoes. If you choose to wear open toed dress shoes, be sure to check if they are appropriate with a director ahead of time.

Concert Band Rehearsal - EGHS Auditorium Tuesday, 2/28

Students enrolled in the 4th, 5th, & 6th period band classes will be rehearsing in the Eau Gallie HS Auditorium on Tuesday, February 28. This is in preparation for the Music Performance Assessment the following week, so please be sure to keep this afternoon/night free if at all possible. If there is any kind of issue with one of these dates, please contact a director at eggen.dominick@brevardschools.org and dix.maria@brevardschools.org

Dress is casual - there is no need to dress up for this event. ALL are welcome to come listen to us rehearse on the EGHS stage!

Concert Band Music Performance Assessment - Tuesday, 3/7

Students enrolled in the 4th, 5th, & 6th period band classes will be performing in the Concert band Music Performance Assessment hosted at Titusville HS on Tuesday, March 7. This event's schedule will not be available until late-January, so please be sure to keep this day/night free if at all possible. If there is any kind of issue with one of these dates, please contact a director at eggen.dominick@brevardschools.org and dix.maria@brevardschools.org

Dress is your black tux shirt, black dress pants, black belt, tall black socks, & dress shoes. If you choose to wear open toed dress shoes, be sure to check if they are appropriate with a director ahead of time.

  • Concert Band (4th period) & Symphonic Winds (6th period) itinerary

      • Arrive to Viera HS dressed in your black tux/black pants/black shoes/socks/belt

      • Pack a lunch! There MIGHT be food available for purchase, and we will post that menu if it is made available.

          • Consider bringing a snack/water as well.

      • Come to the bandroom at the beginning of 2nd period (9:40am)

      • Gather your belongings and move to the auditorium
        10:00am Load trailer & buses
        10:30am Depart for Titusville HS
        10:15am Unload and organize
        11:45am Eat lunch at Titusville HS
        1:45pm 4th Period Concert Band WARM-UP
        2:15pm 4th Period Concert Band PERFORMANCE
        2:45pm 4th Period Concert Band SIGHT-READ

      • 3:45pm 6th Period Symphonic Band WARM-UP
        4:15pm 6th Period Symphonic Band PERFORMANCE
        4:45pm 6th Period Symphonic Band SIGHT-READ
        5:15pm Load all equipment & students on buses
        5:30pm Depart for home
        6:00pm Arrive at VHS, unload and clean-up
        6:15pm Dismissal

  • Wind Ensemble (5th period) itinerary

      • Provide your own ride to Titusville HS - you need to eat ahead of time! Consider bringing a snack/water.

      • Arrive dressed in your black tux/black pants/black shoes/socks/belt
        5:30pm Arrive at Titusville HS
        5:45pm Watch a band perform
        6:15pm Watch a band perform
        6:45pm 5th Period Wind Ensemble WARM-UP
        7:15pm 5th Period Wind Ensemble PERFORMANCE
        7:45pm 5th Period Wind Ensemble SIGHT-READ (on stage, probably)

All-County Jazz details - March/APril

The All-County Jazz Concert will be held on Saturday afternoon, April 1st at the Merritt Island HS Auditorium.


Tickets are free, but the amount we can give you may be limited. Please know how many you will need for family and close friends who hope to attend. Speak to Eggen or Dix to get tickets.

Rehearsals for the All-County Jazz Band will be:

Thursday, March 23 6:00-8:30pm at Viera High School

Thursday, March 30 6:00-8:30pm at Viera High School

Friday, March 31 10:00am-5:00pm at Viera High School

Saturday, April 1 ??? at Merritt Island High School

Students who are selected for the jazz band must attend all rehearsals to retain membership.

Wind Ensemble performance at UCF- Wednesday, 4/12

The Viera Wind Ensemble (5th period) will travel and perform at the Dr. Phillip's PAC on Wednesday, April 12 for the UCF/Orlando Music for All Concert Band Invitational: https://ucfbands.com/event/2022-concert-band-invitational/

Once again - CONGRATULATIONS to you and your student ensemble for your selection to perform in the 2023 Music for All UCF-Orlando Concert Band Invitational, presented by Excelcia Music Publishing, April 12 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando. We’re very excited for this very special day, to share it with you and your band community, and to share our students with you.

Information provided to us by UCF Bands:

We’re a couple of months out, so would like this message and linked information to serve as the first round of details that we hope will be helpful to your continued planning. As you can imagine, assembling a sophisticated event such as this, and coordinating with our partner organizations, Music for All, Inc., the Dr. Phillips Center, and the UCF Celebrates the Arts event planners, means many layers and lots of moving parts, but we’ve been pleased with how much everyone has already put into being as accommodating and supportive of this event as they can be.

NEW, THIS YEAR - ALL important information for directors, staff, students, and supporters to know will be shared via a web page especially developed for this event - https://ucfbands.com/event/ucfm4a-director-information/ PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE both now and ongoing. As additional details are confirmed they will be added to this page. From here, you’ll simply receive periodic e-mails asking you to check this page for newly added information.

PLEASE take the time to read as thoroughly as possible, as soon as possible, and let me know what questions you have.

NOTE: you’ll see that near the bottom of the web page are blocks through which you can submit items/information that we need from you as soon as you’re able, including:

1. Program Information
2. Security List (must be submitted by March 1)
3. Setup Diagram for your ensemble
4. Percussion Needs
5. Preference & associated information regarding instrument/equipment storage

Once more, congratulations, and thank you for being a part of this tremendous day. We’re looking forward to sharing great music and education and hope you’ll reach out at any time between now and April 12 if you have questions or specific needs that we can address.

Jazz Bands perform at Lakeside Jazz Festival - Saturday, 4/15

Students enrolled in jazz band classes will travel and perform at the Lakeside Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 15. This event is held at the Port Orange City Center (1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL 32127). Details of this day-long event will be available later.

Orchestra & Jazz Spring Concert - Wednesday, 4/26

ALL CONCERTS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

On Wednesday, April 26, Viera Instrumental Music will hold both an Orchestra Concert and a Jazz Concert in the VHS Auditorium.

Orchestra students: wear your Black Tux Shirt, as well as pair of black dress pants, black dress shoes, TALL black socks, and a belt - please do not wear excessive jewelry or make-up

Jazz students: Dress is professional/business attire: Suits & ties, blouses & dress pants, or dresses/skirts that are at least knee-length (longer is preferrable).
- Examples:
https://www.sph.emory.edu/careers/documents/ProfessionalDressforSuccess.pdf

Percussion Spring Concert - Monday, 5/15

ALL CONCERTS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

On Monday, May 15, Viera Instrumental Music will hold a Percussion Concert in the VHS Auditorium.

Band Spring Concert - Tuesday, 5/16

ALL CONCERTS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

On Tuesday, May 16, Viera Instrumental Music will hold a Band Concert in the VHS Auditorium.

Band students: wear your Black Tux Shirt, as well as pair of black dress pants, black dress shoes, TALL black socks, and a belt - please do not wear excessive jewelry or make-up

Band performs at Graduation - Friday, 5/26

On Friday, May 26, the Band students will perform at the Viera HS Graduation Ceremony, which begins at 6:00pm.

Orchestra, Jazz, & Band Mid-Term exam project

Mid-Term Exam Project: Tone Quality Listening Assignment: https://forms.gle/7Lmq3EEq4n5mFiqB8

Mid-Term Schedule: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KLazSc8eK4N3sb7Jfe_V2K7Yb5gCPa-7/view?usp=share_link

Students in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th period band, orchestra, and jazz classes will need to complete a "Tone Quality Listening Assignment" for each class they are enrolled. Students are expected to complete this assignment by the date of their scheduled Mid-Term. In addition, students will be given a grade for participating in the in-school rehearsal that day, where we will sight-read & rehearse music for the 2023 Spring Semester.

Students enrolled in multiple classes should complete this assignment multiple times - for example:
- Cody Hale will complete it once (Clarinet) for Wind Ensemble
- Carson Schollmeyer will complete it twice (Bari Sax) for Wind Ensemble & Jazz Band
- Vince Carrillo will complete it three times (Trumpet & Bass) for Wind Ensemble & Jazz Band as well as Orchestra