Saturday, April 18th at Waterloo East High
The Iowa High School Music Association’s Solo and Small Ensemble Festival is a GREAT opportunity for our band students to grow into more confident and independent musicians. While it is not a requirement for students to participate, students can earn 15 Band Points toward their letter for each event in which they participate!
The registration fee for each student will be covered for ONE event only. For each additional ensemble a student chooses to participate in, he/she will have to pay $12 (check made out to Waterloo West Band; memo: S & E registration).
If any students end up not being able to perform for whatever reason (lack of preparation or illness, for example), they will be required to pay the registration fee for all events for which they had signed up.
For example, if a trombone student wants to prepare and perform a trombone solo, a trombone duet, and a brass quintet, he/she would owe $24 (to Waterloo West Band) plus whatever the pianist charges to accompany the solo (paid directly to the accompanist).
Any instrumentalist can play a solo (usually with piano accompaniment). It is recommended that the students who are studying privately pick a solo with their private teacher.
Soloists should make sure that they have two original copies of the piece they are playing, and that they are well-prepared for their performance. Coordinate with your accompanist to schedule rehearsals and figure out payment.
A full list of possible ensembles is posted on the band bulletin board.
Students who are interested in participating will submit a Solo and Ensemble Roster Sheet to the directors by Friday, February 13th.
Mr. Conrad and Mr. Kleinheinz will approve, decline, or make modifications to rosters based on the ability levels of the students, and the availability of pieces written for that particular ensemble.
We know that you will want to play in ensembles with your friends, but the directors will have to have the final word on who plays in which ensemble so that everyone can have a positive experience.
Students will need to prepare their individual parts to the best of their ability and should to rehearse with their ensemble on a weekly basis.