Cary, NC — Attention all Cary area music teachers, band directors, and parents of student musicians: The Cary Town Band is currently seeking wind/percussion instrumental students to sit in and play with the band for both a series of rehearsals and for a formal concert held at the Cary Arts Center on Friday, March 27, 2015.
Cary Town Band Invites Students to “Play with the Band”
Cary Town Band will present a very special concert–its fifth of the 2014/2015 season–on Friday, March 27, 2015 in the Cary Arts Center theater. This event, entitled “Play with the Band,” invites nominated student musicians to sit in and play with the band at both the formal concert and at the pre-show rehearsals that occur in the weeks beforehand.
Any young wind/percussion student musician in the greater Cary area can be nominated to play, but Cary Town Band is especially interested in including students who have not experienced a formal band program or those who only take private lessons, who are home schooled, or who attend a school with a limited (or nonexistent) band.
A Unique Learning Experience
Cary Town Band envisions that the rehearsals, and the concert itself, will encourage students to venture out of their comfort zone and play pieces that are slightly challenging. That being said, the experience is meant to be exciting and fun for young musicians.
As the pieces get harder and the less experienced students feel the challenge is too great, they may simply listen to others play while they remain seated within the band (or optionally leave the stage to listen from the audience). Local school music directors and private teachers can “nominate” students they feel are advanced enough to enjoy and grow from this experience. Requests will also be taken from parents.
Experience New Music
This community band experience will include selections drawn from the band’s normal fare of marches, circus music, waltzes, rags, polkas, famous overtures, and other classical music of the 1860’s to the 1920’s with an occasional nod to modern flair–which will provide a new and exciting repertoire for young musicians with limited years of playing experience.
Music selections for the show will start off with easier pieces (for grades 1-2) and get progressively more challenging (up to grades 5-6) depending on the makeup of the full band. Student participants will have their own music and, where possible, sit beside adults playing the same instruments and parts with the adults serving as mentors.
Nominate a Student
If you would like to nominate one or more students to participate in this Cary Town Band event, please gather the following information about each nominee.
Student Participant Nominee Information
Instrument, First & Last Name, Age, School Grade, Years played, School, Email address (if any). Indicate if the student is a resident of Cary (Y/N) and if they are currently in a formal band program (Y/N).
Student Sponsor Contact Information
Sponsor type (Teacher, Director, Parent), Name, Email Address, and Phone Number.
Send all information to firstname.lastname@example.org or nominate a student by calling 919-847-8806. Nominations must be made by February 15, 2015.
Questions about the event or the selection process can be sent to the above email address or be answered by phone. Participants will be announced my email no later than February 17, 2015. When nominating a student, assure that the student and parents are aware of the rehearsal and transportation requirements.
Play with the Band: Formal Concert
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Cary Arts Center Theater, 101 Dry Avenue, Downtown Cary
The Cary Town Band rehearses at the Cary Arts Center on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30 pm. Student rehearsal dates include: Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 05, Mar 12, Mar 19, and Mar 26 (dress rehearsal).
It is required that all student participants attend at least three rehearsals–two regular rehearsals plus the dress rehearsal. Sponsors or parents are expected to provide transportation to and from the Cary Arts Center for rehearsals and the concert.