Welcome from Mr. Conaway and the Sunnyvale Raider Pride Bands
It is such a joy to be teaching in Sunnyvale ISD. I have taught for 23 years in the metro area and have enjoyed teaching kids in both middle school and high school settings. My wife (Christie) and I live in historic downtown Forney, however our two sons, Grant and Preston are proud "Raiders" and will attend 9th grade in Sunnyvale. We are truly blessed to be in this area and look forward to teaching the joy of music to your child. Go Raider Pride Bands!!
Classroom Resources:YouTube:Raider Pride Marching Band ChannelCHARMS:Charms is the online program that we use from everything such as calendar information, to fees and finances, to inventory and various assignments. We will use this system to send out parent emails and information. Use the link below to access CHARMS.You will go to the parent student section and use the school code: "sunnyvaleband"Once in, it will ask for a student ID: You will use the Sunnyvale ID given to your child. Sometimes you may have to leave a zero out at the beginning. However try it with a zero or not.Ex; 012345 or 12345
2018-19 Sunnyvale High School Band Council:
President: Grace Leitch
Vice-President: Alli Miller
Historian: Garrett Gonyaw
Any morning from 6:30am to 7:30am
Weekly Class Objectives:Concert Band Fall and Winter MusicChair Test on Secret Agent Santa due on Thursday, Nov. 18th.
Important Due Dates for Major Projects and Tests:A congrats goes out to the Sunnyvale Raider Pride Jazz Band @ the ATSSB Region 3 Jazz Auditions, held on Saturday Sept. 15th, Crandall HS. The Raider Jazz Band has worked hard on this audition music, and continues to excel in their endeavors.Here are the results from the contest and Directors Mr Royer, Mrs. Adams and Mr. Conaway could not be more proud!!Cole Ramirez, Alto Saxophone 1st ChairJoel Das, Tenor Trombone, 1st ChairColby Tindall, Bass Trombone, 1st ChairHonorable mention goes to:Steven Ohakwe, Tenor Saxophone, 1st AlternateBethany Kasselman, Bari Saxophone, 1st AlternateGrant Conaway, Bass Trombone, 1st AlternateJenna Melofsky, Bass Guitar, 1st AlternateAgain, thanks to all of SHS Raider Jazz for your incredible effort, and looking to the ATSSB Region 3 Clinic and Concert, Nov. 12th and 13th @ Quinlan Ford HS.GO RAIDER JAZZ!!A big thanks to our Raider Band as they performed on Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2018 at the Baylor, Scott and White Medical Center, Frisco TX. Our Band Members performed Holiday Carols for the families of the Medical Center and we always have a swell time in playing this annual event. A big thanks to Dr. Scott Fitzgerald and Dana Fitzgerald for organizing this concert for the band. Happy Holidays to your families from our Raider Bands!!
Congratulations to the SHS Raider Pride Marching Band as they continue a tradition of excellence at the 2017 Region 3 UIL Marching Contest. The contest was held on Wednesday, Oct. 18th and the Raider Pride Marching Band performed wonderfully their competition show "Love and War", held at Mesquite Memorial Stadium in Mesquite Texas. All three of the adjudicators gave the SRPMB First Division "Sweepstakes" ratings, and we are so proud of the kids great work for this marching season. Being a state year for Class 3A, the SRPMB marches on to the UIL Area B Contest held on Saturday, Oct. 29th @ Collins Stadium, Denton ISD.Thanks to all of the Band Boosters, Families, and SISD staff who came out to support the band. GO RAIDER BANDS!!
Winter Concert is Tuesday, December 13th.Chair Test on Secret Agent Santa due on Thursday, Nov. 18th.
About Mr. Conaway
Important Upcoming Events, Assignments or Project:On Wednesday, June 27th, several of our SHS and SMS Band kids made it out to the Norville Childern's Home Center in Kaufman, TX. The home is a safe place and environment for any kids and families that are in abusive home and family situations. This is the 4th year that we have visited this wonderful facility, and the SHS/SMS Band Students had a great time being with the kids and offering their hearts for the day. The Norville Center is always seeking donations and supplies for their program and if you would like to give, please visit the link below.We also had a wonderful stop at Steph-N- Robyn' Sweet Shop in Kaufman. Parents Ray and Sandy Rubio, along with Nicholas, Stephanie and Robyn, attend or have attended SISD schools, and have a great place for anyone looking for the best sweet shop in Kaufman County. Thanks again to the Rubio Family for their support of Sunnyvale Bands and Sunnyvale ISD.https://www.facebook.com/stephnrobynssweetshop/Congratulations to the 6th grade Beginner and 7th/8th grade combined Blue and Gold Bands at the 2018 SoundPost Band Concert Contest held on Friday, May 18th @ Canton HS, Canton, TX. The SMS Raider Bands have been to this contest many times previously, and just as our track record shows, the group came away again with all Superior Ratings from Contest Adjudicators. The SMS Raider Bands have been working hard on this music for the spring semester, and the kids had a great time at Splash Kingdom WaterPark following the contest.Thanks to the bus drivers and band parents who helped with equipment, chaperoning, and spending the day with us for this sweet event.GO SMS RAIDER BANDS!!Congrats to the SHS Symphonic Band on their amazing performance Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at the 2018 PEAK Music Festival, Eisemann Symphony Center, Richardson TX. The band performed beautifully for all three adjudicators and we could not be more proud. The band came away with not only all Superior Rating, but also was named "Outstanding High School Band" of the Day and awarded multiple solo awards. These recordings from the contest will be submitted this summer for the 2018 "Outstanding Performance Series" Contest from ATSSB and our first regional round is coming up. Great job Symphonic and GO Raider Band!!(link below to judges comment sheets and audio files of the recordings)Yesterday our 7th and 8th grade band members competed in the Region 3 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest. Students have been preparing music and skills for this competition as a group all semester! Music UIL is not a group "against" another group, but the students' performance against a standard as set out by the state of Texas. The performance is judged on Tone, Technique, and Musicianship, with a "Superior" rating awarded when the performance is "consistently" characteristic, expressive, dynamic, artistic, and musical. The level at which these students perform is outstanding! Check out the rubric here for a full run down. Unlike a test where a 90% score is an "A", these students must hit every note correctly, with less than 2% error to have a successful performance with high ratings. For the Concert portion, students prepare music ahead of time based on the classification of the group. For the Sight Reading portion, students have a limited amount of time to go over a piece of music that they have never seen before and must perform within a fairly tight margin of error.The non-varsity Gold Band earned First Division "Superior" ratings from every judge at UIL yesterday. That is 3 for Concert adjudication and 3 for Sight Reading adjudication for a total of 6 First Division ratings, and an overall Sweepstakes award and trophy.The varsity Blue Band earned First Division "Superior" ratings from every judge at UIL yesterday.That is 3 for Concert adjudication and 3 for Sight Reading adjudication for a total of 6 First Division ratings, and an overall Sweepstakes award and trophy.UIL is our STAAR test; it is the system by which a music program is rated and judged. Not only did these students earn high ratings, they have furthered the reputation of Sunnyvale as one of the highest achieving programs in our Region.I am continually impressed with our students' abilities, and I am honored to work with these outstanding kids every day. Please be sure to congratulate any band and choir students you see for their hard work and awards!Sunnyvale Band Families and Students,What an exciting weekend for all our band students....we are super proud of our SMS Gold and Blue Bands and our Sunnyvale Raider Pride Varsity Winter Guard. See below.SMS Band @ Cedar Creek Concert Contest, Kemp High SchoolCongratulations to our SMS Raider Pride Band students for a fantastic performance on Friday, March 23rd at Kemp ISD's Cedar Creek Concert Contest! Students performed on stage and in sight reading for judges to receive ratings based on their abilities.7th and 8th grade students in the Varsity Blue Band received Superior First Division ratings from EVERY judge for a total of 6 First Division ratings across their Concert and Sight Reading performances! 7th and 8th grade students in the Non-Varsity Gold Band received 3 Superior First Division ratings for their stage performance, as well as 2 Superior First Division ratings and 1 Excellent Second Division Rating for their Sight Reading performance.Both the Blue and Gold Bands earned SWEEPSTAKES for their overall First Division Superior ratings in Concert and Sight Reading!These students are working hard in preparation for Region 3 MS UIL on Tuesday March 27 @ Canton HS, and their showing today proved they are ready to bring home the hardware! Thank you to all the students and families for their continued support of the Sunnyvale Raider Pride Middle School Band Program!Sunnyvale Raider Pride Winter Guard @ The Colony HS, NTCA Grand Champions
On Saturday March 24, 2018 the Sunnyvale Varsity Winter Guard competed at their last contest of the winter season. There were 10 high school teams in their highly competitive round at The North Texas Color Guard Association. The Raider Pride Sunnyvale Winter Varsity Guard was awarded the top honor of GOLD MEDALIST NTCA CHAMPIONS!!!
We are super proud of these fine young men & women representing our school at the highest achievement in their class. Sunnyvale Winter Guard competed in 7 contests, never placing out of the top 3. It was a magical season for all. Please congratulate your Gold Medalist Winners:
Garrett Gonyaw, Reagan Flanery, Taylor Touma, Mia Duckworth, Talani Baker, Cassidy Ford, Grace Leitch, Alec Leos, and Loralai Milton.
The SRPWG is under the direction of Ms. Loreal Riker and thanks to SISD for all their support with this fine organization.
GO RAIDER BANDS and have an awesome "Good Friday and Happy Easter" with your families!!Congratulations to the 2018 Sunnyvale Varsity Winter Guard as they competed this past Friday, March the 9th @ the North Texas Cologuard Association Azle High School NTCA event. Although the Sunnyvale Raider Pride Varsity Winter Guard went on first of performance in their class, they took the top spot out of 7 Regional AA teams. Quite an accomplishment with some tough competitors in their class. Again, a incredible performance by our Raider Pride Varsity Winter Guard, and thanks to Ms. Loreal Riker, guard sponsor, and the parents who came out to support.Congratulations to the 2018 Sunnyvale Winter Guard in their recent performance of “Tin Man”. Raider Pride WinterGuard took home a 2nd Place finish out of 9 competitors at the North Texas Colorguard Association Competition @ Sachse HS Friday, February 9th. The guard is under the direction of Ms. Loreal Riker and look for them at their next performance @ Raider Pride Varsity Winter Guard!This past Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, the Sunnyvale High School Band students performed their prepared solos at the Region 3 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest held @ Mesquite High School. The Sunnyvale HS Band students, along with over 1,0000 others, prepared well for the event and received a great deal of compliments on how cordial they were with the judges, their attire and etiquette, and of course their great solo performances. We are pleased to announce the following ratings from the contest below,and thanks to the participating students, our wonderful accompanist Carol Adams and Eric Breon, and the many parents who came out to support the Raider Band in this event.Superior Ratings:Logan Jacobs, TrumpetTalani Baker, ClarinetAiyeem Kelton, EuphoniumKelsey Pormasdoro, Soprano SaxophoneAshley Rivera, FluteSophie Hanson, FluteVivian Tang, OboeLoralai Milton, FluteKaty Kilgore, BassoonGrace Leitch, OboeEmma Stevens, Flute,Alli Miller, FluteAnjali Petersen, FluteTai Tran, EuphoniumColby Tindall, TubaGabriela Lopez, MarimbaSteven Ohakwe, EuphoniumElizabeth Anthony, HornSamuel Joseph, Alto SaxophoneCamden Dortch, TrumpetJenning Thian, Snare PercussionCole Ramirez, Alto SaxophoneNicole Hui, TromboneBryce Fothergill EuphoniumAngela Abraham, TrumpetClaire Thomas, ClarinetLanie Westmoreland, EuphoniumAnjaly Varghese, ClarinetRachael Stevens, TubaRichard Phillips, Alto SaxophoneOutstanding Ratings:Lennon Kriby-Rivera, TrumpetJoey Robinson, ClarinetJohnavon Thian, Snare PercussionMatt Flores, Snare PercussionMark Sierra, Snare PercussionErik Kantorek, EuphoniumDaniel Segundo, ClarinetElise Norlie, Alto SaxophoneParker Sanders, Multiple PercussionNicholas Rubio, FluteShannon McCoy, Alto SaxophonePaige Sanders, FluteHaley Conger, ClarinetDylan Thomas, ClarinetGraham Asbury, HornJoyce Johnson, FluteAbigail Thomas, FluteZane Fisher, Bass ClarinetLincoln Fitzgerald, HornGood Ratings:Garrett Bradford, HornSimon Belz, Alto SaxophoneAutumn Bradford, Alto SaxophoneZak Belmir, TromboneLeon Shaji, Snare PercussionLynsie Coning, TubaCassidy Ford, TromboneBriana Woods, EuphoniumGO RAIDER BANDS!!A big thanks to our Raider Band as they performed on Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2018 at the Baylor, Scott and White Medical Center, Frisco TX. Our Band Members performed Holiday Carols for the families of the Medical Center and we always have a swell time in playing this annual event. A big thanks to Dr. Scott Fitzgerald and Dana Fitzgerald for organizing this concert for the band. Happy Holidays to your families from our Raider Bands!!Congratulations to the Sunnyvale High School Band Drumline and Front Ensemble for their participation at the recent 2017 Lone Star Drumline Competition on Saturday, Nov. 18th @ Marcus High School, Flower Mound Texas. The Raider Pride Drumline and Front Ensemble has a a rich history at this venue, being our 4th time to consecutively appear at the event. The SHS Percussionist put on an impressive show featuring the music of our marching show "Love and War". Competing in "Stand Still Red Division" class, the Raider Pride Drumline and Front Ensemble placed 4th respectively amongst much larger 4A, 5A and even 6A groups. Also, our Raider Pride Bass Drum line won "Best in Class" for this division!!. Congratulations to the Drumline/Front Ensemble, director Michael Royer, and a big thanks to the other band members and band boosters that came out to help support with equipment.GO RAIDER PRIDE BAND!!What a great run the Sunnyvale Raider Pride Marching Band had at the 2017 UIL Area B Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 28th @ Collins Stadium, Denton TX. The SRPMB had to dig our heals in due to the icy prelim start, and also drew a tough first spot in finals. However Raider Pride came with another incredible showing finishing strong in 7th place in Area B Finals. While we know that our goal of making it to the top four state bound spots was not reached, we are proud of the fact of being in UIL Area B Finals for the 3rd consecutive time, being the only Region 3 3A Band in Finals, and hanging with many fantastic state finalist and state champion band programs.A big thanks to all of SISD Administration, our wonderful Band Boosters, SISD drivers, and the many folks who came out to cheer us on. GO RAIDER BANDS!!Congratulations to Rachel Phillips, 7th grader at Sunnyvale Middle School in placing 11th chair at the recent TMEA Region 3 Middle School Orchestra Auditions on Saturday, Oct. 21st @ Westwood Junior High, Richardson ISD. Not only is Rachel a great clarinet player in the SMS Band, but she is also an accomplished Violinist and has been working hard on the Region 3 audition music. Rachel, and the rest of the Region 3 TMEA Middle School Orchestra, will be attending the Clinic and Concert @ Garland HS on Friday and Saturday, December 8th and 9th 2017, along with the rest of the Region 3 Middle School and High School students. Way to go Rachel Phillips and Go Raiders!!Congratulations to the SHS Raider Pride Marching Band as they continue a tradition of excellence at the 2017 Region 3 UIL Marching Contest. The contest was held on Wednesday, Oct. 18th and the Raider Pride Marching Band performed wonderfully their competition show "Love and War", held at Mesquite Memorial Stadium in Mesquite Texas. All three of the adjudicators gave the SRPMB First Division "Sweepstakes" ratings, and we are so proud of the kids great work for this marching season. Being a state year for Class 3A, the SRPMB qualifies and marches on to the UIL Area B Contest held on Saturday, Oct. 28th @ Collins Stadium, Denton ISD.Thanks to all of the Band Boosters, Families, and SISD staff who came out to support the band. GO RAIDER BANDS!!Congratulations to the Sunnyvale High School Symphonic Band for their recent performance on Thursday, May 4th at the 2017 PEAK Festival, Eisemann Performance Center, Richardson, TX. The SHS Symphonic Band came away with Sweepstake First Division Ratings from all three judges and won Best in Class High School Group for the Day. Also, Sophie Deshazo, Senior Flute player, was nominated for Outstanding Soloist" for the event. The Symphonic Band came away with great recordings of their performances to be sent in for the 2017 TMEA 3A Honor Band Competition held this summer.Best of luck to our Symphonic Band as they progress and GO RAIDER BANDS!!Congrats go to our 7th/8th grade Sunnyvale Middle School Gold and Blue Bands on their fantastic performances at the 2017 Region 3 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest @ Canton High School. Both bands have been working very hard on their UIL pieces, and both Mrs. Jana Crosslin, Mr. Michael Royer, SMS Band Directors, could not be more pleased.The 7th/8th grade Gold Band swept the ratings on their Concert stage performance with all Superior Ratings. Gold Band also did a great job in their Sightreading performance with all Outstanding Ratings for the group. Remember that this was a first time for a Non-Varsity MS Band at UIL....great job Gold Band!!The 7th/8th grade Varsity Blue Band had all Superior Ratings from both the Concert Stage and the Sightreading portion...a very coveted and hard to pull off "Sweepstakes" for the whole event.Again, please be sure to tell a 7th/8th band congrats and thanks to the many parents who came out to watch and listen.GO RAIDER BANDS!!Congrats to the Sunnyvale High School Concert Band as they competed at the 2017 "Sounds of Spring" Concert and Sightreading Contest @ Princeton High School, Princeton TX. The SHS Concert Band has been working diligently on their concert contest music, and they pulled off Superior 1st Division Sweepstakes ratings from all of the judges in the 3A Non-Varsity Classification.Way to go Raider Pride Concert Band!!Congratulations to our Sunnyvale High School Raider Pride Symphonic Band on their awesome achievement, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at the Region 3 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest held at Canton High School. The SHS Concert Band has been hard at work on this very challenging music, and we could not be more proud of their achievement. The SHS Band received a Sweepstakes 1st division Superior Rating from all six judges, and we had great comments from judges and other band members.Thanks to all of the parents, music lesson teachers, and of course our wonderful staff and administration for your support. Below is a link to hear the recordings from the contest.GO RAIDER BANDS!!Winterguard Takes Second Place in First-Ever Competition
Over the weekend, the Raider Pride Winter Guard took second place in the Novice Division at the NTCA meet at Arlington Martin High School. This was the first-ever winterguard competition. The guard members are led by Directors Jana Crosslin and Tabbatha Brooks.Congratulations go out to our newest ATSSB All-State Band members from Sunnyvale. The Sunnyvale Band competed this past Saturday on January 7th, 2017 @ Area North Auditions, Argyle High School. Each Area has 4 Regions that come together, so you can imagine the talent pool in our North Texas Area. SHS Band had a whopping 18 students that went up against the best of the best, and we are pleased to announce that we have 6 newest All State Band members:
Vivian Tang, 11th grade OboeJacob Miller, 12th grade ClarinetAndrew Miller, 12th grade Tenor SaxophoneLogan Jacobs, 11th grade TrumpetLilly Kirby, 12th grade French HornJenning Thian 10th grade PercussionThese members will be headed to San Antonio on February 8th-11th, 2017 to represent Sunnyvale at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. This is the highest level of achievement for band students across the state of Texas.Also, of wonderful note are several 1st alternates to the ATSSB All State Band. If there are any last minute openings from our Area, these SHS Band students will be on first call.Ashley Rivera, 10th grade, 1st Alternate FluteClaire Salser, 12th grade,1st Alternate ClarinetSeth Fredrickson, 12th grade, 1st Alternate Alto SaxophoneTai Tran, 10th grade, 1st Alternate EuphoniumWe want to say how proud we are of ALL the kids and their hard work on the All State audition music. Also, a big thanks to our SISD Band Lesson Staff, our wonderful Sunnyvale Band Boosters for providing budgets for masterclasses, and of course band parents for your contribution to our program. Our success stems from these combined efforts, and both Mrs. Crosslin, Mr. Royer and I are very thankful to be a small part of such a thriving program.L to R: Tai Tran, Logan Jacobs, Claire Salser, Jenning Thian, Andrew Miller, Jacob Miller, Ashley Rivera, Lilly Kirby-Rivera, Vivian Tran (not pictured Seth Fredrickson)A big congratulations to our Sunnyvale High School Band Members on their recent auditions and placement in the DCI group "Genesis". Logan Jacobs on Trumpet, Jacob Bradford on Baritone and Taylor Touma on Color Guard were recently selected for call backs to the Drum Corps International Genesis group, located in Austin Texas. Genesis is part of an Open Class division of DCI and these groups are considered the professional level of marching band ensembles. Genesis auditions took place on Dec. 18th-20th @ Bastrop High School with over 450 extremely talented students auditioning. Both Jacob Bradford and Logan Jacobs have completed 2 rounds of auditions and are therefore placed, with Taylor Touma auditioning in April for final placement. Way to go to these fine individuals and way to represent Sunnyvale Bands in their endeavors.Congrats to our Sunnyvale High School band members in their recent audition at the ATSSB Region 3 Band Auditions held this past Monday, Dec.5th at Kemp High School. The kids competed against 500 plus kids from many different districts, and we are pleased to announce that we had 26 Sunnyvale members make the ATSSB Region 3 HS Band. These students, along with the 26 Sunnyvale Middle School band students, will be among the best of the best for our region at the Region 3 Band Clinic and Concert held on January 19th and 20th @ Canton High School. We are proud of all of our kids that tried out for this elite group and look forward to seeing Sunnyvale Bands represented later in January @ Canton HS.Pictured L to R Back Row: Nicole Hui, Lilly Rivera, Andrew Miller, Colby Tindall, Jenning Thian, Angela Abraham, Nyssa Kantorek, Aiyeem Kelton, Lennon Kirby-Rivera, Tai Tran, Jacob Bradford, Logan Jacobs, Zane FisherL to R Front Row: Sophie Hanson, Sophie DeShazo, Aleah Fredrickson, Ashley Rivera, Jacob Miller, Bekah Shoemaker, Kayla Pormasdoro, Alena Alexander, Claire Salser, Vivian Tang, Kelsey Pormasdoro, Elise Norlie(Seth Fredrickson not pictured)Congrats go out to our Sunnyvale Middle School 7th and 8th grade band members in their recent audition at the ATSSB Region 3 Band Auditions held this past Thursday, Dec.1st at Scurry Rosser MS. The kids competed against 650 plus kids from many different districts, and we are pleased to announce that we had 26 Sunnyvale members and 2 alternate make the Region 3 MS Band. These students, along with the Sunnyvale High School band students, will be among the best of the best for our region at the Region 3 Band Clinic and Concert held on January 19th and 20th @ Canton High School. We are proud of all of our kids that tried out for this elite group and look forward to seeing Sunnyvale represented later this month.Pictured L to R Back Row: Mia Vaughn, Dylan Slyter, Joshua English, Freddy Alex, Joel Das, Bryce Fothergill, Jonathan Samuel, Sam Frank, Lynsie Coning, Rachel Stevens, Katy Kilgore, Andrew Beard, Alex Salser, Ella Ranta, Noreen Antony, Shannon McCoy,L to R Front Row: Arjun Sharma, Preston Conaway, Camden Dortch, Hannah Lawless, Haley Conger, Karis Starnes, Aleena George, Hannah Thomas, Loralai Milton, Anjali Peterson, Emily McCoy, Andrew Luong
GO RAIDER BANDS!!Congrats on a great showing for the 2016 Raider High School Jazz Band Members for the ATSSB All State Band. On Saturday, November 12th, the Area Jazz Panels met to listen to Area jazz tapes from around the various regions of Texas. While we did not have a person that made the All State Jazz group this year, there were three individuals who came very close.Alto Saxophone, Senior, Seth Fredrickson placed 7th chairTenor Trombone, Senior, Jacob Bradford placed 10th chairBass Guitar, Sophomore, Jenna Melofsky placed 4th chairWe are very proud of these individuals on their placement at the Area and State Levels of ATSSB Jazz Band and check out pic below from Region 3 Jazz Clinic and Concert @ Quinlan Ford HS.Congratulations to the SHS Raider Pride Marching Band as they continue a tradition of excellence at the 2016 Region 3 UIL Marching Contest. The contest was held on Wednesday, Oct. 26th and the Raider Pride Marching Band performed wonderfully their competition show "Alice's Mad World", held at Mesquite Memorial Stadium in Mesquite Texas. All three of the adjudicators gave the SRPMB First Division "Sweepstakes" ratings, and we are so proud of the kids great work for this marching season.On Saturday, September 17th, the Sunnyvale High School Jazz Band students competed at the ATSSB Region 3 HS Jazz Band Auditions @ Crandall HS. The competition was tougher that ever this year, with many sections doubling their number of students auditioning. The SHS Jazz students did a wonderful job representing Sunnyvale ISD, and the following students made the group.Seth Fredrickson, Alto Saxophone 1st Chair Region and Area Jazz QualifierKelsey Pormasdoro, Alto Saxophone, 1st Alternate Region JazzJacob Bradford, Trombone, 2nd Chair Region Jazz and Area Jazz QualifierKayla Pormasdoro, Piano, 1st Alternate Region JazzJenna Melofsky, 1st Chair Region Jazz and Area Jazz QualifierThese area qualifiers recorded their professional tapings to be sent to the area rounds next month. If the students make the cut, they would then advance to the state Level of Jazz Auditions.Way to go to all of the Sunnyvale Jazz Students who worked hard on the music and came out to the auditions. GO RAIDER JAZZ!!On Tuesdays, June 14th and July 19th, several of our SHS Band kids made it out to the Norville Childern's Home Center in Kaufman, TX. The home is a safe place and environment for any kids and families that are in abusive home and family situations. This is the 2nd year that we have visited this wonderful facility, and the SHS Band Students had a great time being with the kids and offering their hearts for the day. The Norville Center is always seeking donations and supplies for their program and if you would like to give, please visit the link below.Congratulations to our Sunnyvale High School Raider Pride Concert Band on their awesome achievement, Wednesday, March 2nd at the Region 3 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest held at Canton High School. The SHS Concert Band has been hard at work on this very challenging music, and we could not be more proud of their achievement. The SHS Band received a Sweepstakes 1st division Superior Rating from all six judges, and we had great comments from judges and other band members.Thanks to all of the parents, music lesson teachers, and of course our wonderful staff and administration for your support. Below is a link to hear the recordings from the contest.GO RAIDER BANDS!!Congratulations go out to our newest ATSSB All-State band members from Sunnyvale. The Sunnyvale Band competed this past Saturday on January 9th, 2016 at Area "A" Auditions, Argyle High School. Each Area has 5 Regions that come together, so you can imagine the talent pool in our North Texas Area. SHS Band had a whopping 24 students that went up against the best of the best, and we are pleased to announce that we have 5 newest All State Band members:Wednesday, Nov. 11th: SHS Concert Band performs Veterans Program SHS @ 9am in the HS gym. Parents and of course veterans are invited. Wear nice concert dress for this event.Friday, Nov. 13th: SHS Drumline and Choir perform @ Town East Rehab Center, Mesquite 9am. Drumline wear nice clothes for performance as we honor our veterans at the center.Friday, Nov. 13th: Playoff game versus Van Alstyne @ Williams Stadium, Garland ISD. We will eat after school, get uniforms on, load and leave at 5:45pm. Map link is below to stadium:Monday and Tues, Nov. 16th and 17th: Region 3 Jazz Clinic and Concert @ Quinlan Ford HS. More info coming, however link is below for schedule of both days.Thursday, Nov 19th, Second NOLA Trip Payment Due: Thanks for all who are going..should be a good time and we will send another update on your accounts before this second payment.Thursday, December 3rd: ATSSB Region 3 Middle School Auditions @ SMS hosted by SHS Band and Band boosters. We always do a great job of hosting this event and are looking forward to our MS band students competing with the best of the region. Look for more info coming as we get closer.Sunday, December 6th: Sunnyvale Band Chaperone Band Booster Parent Party @ Conaway Home,5pm. More details coming soon, however this is always a great time and fun night to relax and enjoy good food and company. The Crosslin's and Conaway want to thank boosters for their incredible service through the year, and we want to honor you for the night. Bring a funky "white elephant" gift and a good time.Monday, December 7th: ATSSB Region 3 High School Auditions @ Kemp HS.Tuesday, December 15th: All MS and HS Bands Winter Concert @ 7pm SHS Cafetorium. Great time coming performing all of our holiday music from 6th grade to 12th. Bring your friends and family.Friday, December 20th: Possible SHS Jazz Concert @ Christian Care Center featuring holiday jazz music. More info coming.GO RAIDER BANDS!!Congrats go our to our High School Raider Pride Drumline and Front Ensemble for their spectacular work at the 2015 Lone Star Classic on Saturday, Nov 7th @ Marcus HS. The drumline competed in Red Stand Still II Division, and did quite well, placing 5th overall and top of their classification. Impressive enough was that RPDL went up against many other larger and more experienced 4A, 5A and 6A programs. Check out the pics and site link below. Way to go RPDL!!Congratulations to our Sunnyvale Raider Pride Marching Band as they competed on Tuesday, Oct. 27th at the 2015 Area B Marching Championships @ Collins Stadium in Denton TX. The band qualified for area marching, which comprises 40+ other qualifying 3A bands from Regions 2, 3, 21 and 25. The Raider Pride Band made finals with a solid 9th place showing from the pre-liminary round. After some tweaking of sounds and marching, the group was able to move up in their second performance another 3 spots to 6th place in Finals, ahead of many of the larger and more experienced groups. UIL takes only the top four spots from area to state championships, and regrettably the band barely missed by just a few judging scored points. Again, a big thanks to all of SISD staff, parents and fans who came out with us and helped with equipment and meals.GO RAIDER PRIDE BAND!!Congratulations to the Sunnyvale Raider Pride Marching Band on their incredible performance at the Region 3 UIL Marching Contest @ Mesquite Memorial Stadium. The band performed this past Wednesday, Oct. 14th under some very stressful conditions with the heat and humidity. However, Raider Pride rose to the occasion and scored a perfect "Sweepstakes" superior ratings from all three judges. Thanks to the many parents and families that not only came out for the day, but also the great equipment help we had.Congratulations to the 2015 Raider Pride Marching Band this weekend at the Mesquite Marching Festival and the North East Texas Marching Invitational in Commerce TX.The band put on a great show at the Mesquite Marching Festival, and received 2nd division Outstanding Ratings from the judges. Also the band came away with the 3A "Best in Class" Drumline for the event. Sunnyvale Guard was Runner Up for "Best in Class" 3A Guard.At the NETEX Marching Invitationalin Commerce, the Raider Pride Band scored Superior First Division Ratings from all judges and received "Best in Class" 3A Guard for the event.Way to Go Raider Bands and wish us good luck as we continue to improve for our UIL performance on Oct. 14th.Here is a great photo from the Jacobs Family!!Do you need a quick link to our CHARMS calendar to check a date for today or this week. Here is a quick link below.Here is our CHARMS link for the band calendar: This is our official calendar. (updated through Aug 2016)https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/calendar.asp?s=sunnyvbCheck out these cool pics of our 2015 SHS Marching Band Back to School Party. Thanks so much to Debi and David Holley, of ASI Gymnastics, for letting us use their home. Also, be sure to check out ASI's wonderful programs for your family needs!!SHS Band Earns TMEA State HonorSee link below for TMEA Certificate of Congrats, TMEA article, and our TMEA publication on the ranks of other Honor Band State FinalistThe Sunnyvale Raider Pride Marching Band congratulates Kayla Pormasdoro and Claire Salser, our 2015 SHS Drum Majors, for their hard work at the June 14th-18th 2015 Texas A&M Commerce Leadership Camp held in Commerce TX . The girls were in intense training all throughout the camp and they had a great time meeting new friends and learning new techniques on how to lead as Drum Majors. Here is a pic with their lead Drum Major instructor, Koji Mori from Drum Corps International Phantom Regiment.Congratulations to our Sunnyvale Middle School Raider Spirit 7th/8th grade Band on their awesome achievement on Wednesday, March 25th at the Region 3 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest in Canton HS, Canton TX. Mrs. Crosslin and the 7th and 8th graders have been working very hard on their music and we could not be more proud of their achievement. The Band received a Superior Rating in both Concert and Sightreading and we had so many compliments from the judges and parents.Thanks to all the parents who have been bringing the kids to sectionals and other outside rehearsals. We appreciate your support always and always love showing off the incredible talent of Sunnyvale MS Bands.Also...congratulations to our Sunnyvale High School Raider Concert Band on their awesome achievement on Tuesday, March 25th at the Region 3 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest in Canton HS, Canton TX. The HS students have been working very hard on their music and we could not be more proud of their achievement. The Band received Superior Ratings in both Concert and Sightreading.Thanks to all the parents who have been bringing the kids to sectionals and other outside rehearsals. We appreciate your support always and always love showing off the incredible talent of Sunnyvale HS Bands.Why do we enjoy teaching music, and in particular, band to your kids? Because we realized what great skills the kids receive from being part of not only our groups, but being involved in other school sponsored activities. Take a look at this great article below. It will make you feel great about how your child is maturing into a responsible adult!!18 Lessons Marching Band Teaches Our KidsRefer to the CHARMS Sunnyvale Band calendar for all the rest of the 2014-15 dates.Sunnyvale Band Page with instructions on CHARMS login.Some cool pics from Drum Major/ Leadership Camp, June 15th-19th in Commerce @ TAMCU. Way to go Ruby!!Get Ready for KA. We already have the 1st and 2nd movement drill by Mr. Coulson and we are excited about this larger and always improving band. Stay tuned as the summer progresses.A huge congratulations to our Sunnyvale High School Raider Band as they competed in the Region 3 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest at Canton High School on Thursday, February 27th. The band students performed a great concert and also scored well on the sight reading portion. Each judge (six in total) gave the Sunnyvale Band first division ratings, making this the third consecutive year for a sweepstakes concert ratings for our Sunnyvale Bands. A big thanks go out to our parents who came with us, the many lesson teachers who helped with music, and also to Ms. Donahoo at the MS and Chase Kallemeyn (student teacher) for their preparatory help with this event.This past Saturday, February 8th, 2014, the Sunnyvale High School Band and Strings performed their UIL Region 3 Solos and Ensembles at Mesquite High school. The Sunnyvale kids were simply amazing and received a great deal of compliments on how cordial they were with judges, their attire and etiquette, and of course their great performances. We are pleased to announce the following ratings from the contest:Arianna Lopez, Flute Solo, Superior RatingAmber Nichols, Flute Solo, Superior RatingAleah Fredrickson, Flute Solo, Superior RatingMichael Flores, Clarinet Solo, Superior RatingClaire Salser, Clarinet Solo, Superior RatingMitchell Belz, Alto Saxophone Solo, Superior RatingSeth Fredrickson, Alto Saxophone Solo, Superior RatingNicholas Nguyen, Alto Saxophone Solo, Superior RatingGabrielle Allen, Tenor Saxophone Solo, Outstanding RatingMargaret Dasari, Bari Saxophone Solo, Superior RatingKali McDermett, Trumpet Solo, OutstandingRatingAndy White, Trumpet Solo, Superior RatingLilly Kirby-Rivera, Horn Solo, Outstanding RatingPaul Baker, Trombone Solo, Outstanding RatingJacob Bradford, Grayum Fitzgerald, Grayson Hawkins, Adriana Palomo, Nick Whitaker, Andy White, Brass Sextet, Outstanding RatingJoel Philip, Snare Solo, Good RatingDayne Ramirez, Snare Solo, Outstanding RatingNyssa Kantorek, Marimba Solo, Superior RatingJimmie Henson, Colton Nash, Joel Philip, Dayne Ramirez, Percussion Ensemble, Not RatedVinni Swad, Viola Solo, Outstanding RatingThe following students also advanced to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition which will be held in Austin at the end of May.Ruby Cherian, Clarinet Solo, Superior RatingSophie DeShazo, Aleah Fredrickson, Arianna Lopez, Amber Nichols, Flute Quartet, Superior RatingLydia Philips, Violin Solo, Superior RatingAleah Fredrickson, Lydia Philips, Vinni Swad, String Trio, Superior RatingPaul Baker, Lilly Kirby-Rivera, Daniel Marino, Kali McDermett, Jack Moore, Brass Quintet, Superior RatingDaniel Marino, Trumpet Solo, Superior RatingNicholas Nguyen, Margaret Dasari, Gabrielle Allen, Mitchell Belz, Saxophone Quartet, Superior RatingAustin Norsworthy, Andrew Miller, Seth Fredrickson, Saxophone Trio, Superior RatingMichael Flores, Jacob Miller, Kayla Pormasdoro, Vinni Swad, Diane Tang, Clarinet Choir, Superior RatingRuby Cherian, April Pate, Dominique Roquemore, Claire Salser, Clarinet Quartet, Superior RatingLydia Phillips, Marimba Solo, Superior RatingColton Nash, Marimba Solo, Superior RatingRyan DeShazo, Marimba Solo, Superior RatingJacob Clements, Marimba Solo, Superior Rating
Again, we are super proud of all the hard work the High School band kids have put in. Congrats and as always...GO RAIDER BANDS!!Congratulations go out to our newest ATSSB All-State band members from Sunnyvale. The Sunnyvale Band competed this last weekend at Area Auditions in Argyle High School and we are pleased to announce that we have five members that made the All State group and will be going to San Antonio on February 12th-15th to represent Sunnyvale at the Texas Music Educators Association convention. This is the highest level of achievement for band students across the state of Texas.Way to go to all the Sunnyvale Band members who auditioned, and also a congrats to our Sunnyvale Choir Members who also placed in the All-State choir!!!
From Left to Right: Ryan DeShazo-All State Jazz Drumset, Jacob Clements-All State Percussion, Jimmie Henson-All State Percussion, Daniel Marino-All State Trumpet, and Ruby Cherian-All State Clarinet (2nd year)Congrats go out to our Sunnyvale Middle School 7th and 8th grade band members in their recent audition at the ATSSB Region 3 Band Auditions held this past Tuesday at Sunnyvale MS. The kids competed against 520 plus kids from many different districts and we are pleased to announce that we had 21 Sunnyvale members make the region band. This is our highest total ever for our MS kids from Sunnyvale. These students, along with the Sunnyvale High School band students, will be among the best of the best for our region at the Region 3 Band Clinic and Concert held on January 24th and 25th @ Canton High School. We are proud of all of our kids that tried out for this elite group and look forward to seeing Sunnyvale represented later this month.GO RAIDER BANDS!!Bottom Row L to R: Justin Collins, Elise Norlie, Logan Jacobs, Mari Barrientes, Ashley Rivera, Clayton Beard, Jenning Thian, Matthew Flores, Matthew Lee, Zane Fisher, Alan GeorgeTop Row L to R: Alena Alexander, Vivian Tang, Kelsey Pormasdoro, Grace Leitch, Nicole Hui, Sophie Hanson, Tai Tran, Colby Tindall, Paige Nelson, Sharon CherianThe Sunnyvale High School band recently competed at the ATSSB Region 3 All-Region Band tryouts on Monday, Dec. 9th 2013 at Kemp High School. The auditions included around 425 students from 20 different schools and the competition was tough. These Sunnyvale students earned a spot in the Region Band with several members also advancing to the Area level of competition being held later on January 11th at Argyle High School. Area students then have a chance to track to the state level of competition being held later in February in San Antonio. We are proud of all of our band members who tried out and wish the area advancing students good luck.Names of Sunnyvale Band students:First Row:Kayla Pormasdoro, Clarinet, Concert BandClaire Salser, Clarinet, Concert BandLilly Kirby, Horn, Concert Band and Area AdvancedRuby Cherian, Clarinet, Symphonic Band and Area AdvancedDominique Roquemore, Bass Clarinet, Area AdvancedPaul Baker, Trombone, Concert BandRyan DeShazo, Percussion, Symphonic BandBack Row:Michael Paul Flores, Clarinet, Concert Band and Area AdvancedSeth Fredrickson, Alto Saxophone, Symphonic Band and Area AdvancedNick Whitaker, Trumpet, Concert BandJacob Bradford, Trombone, Symphonic Band and Area AdvancedDaniel Marino, Trumpet, Symphonic Band and Area AdvancedAndy White, Trumpet, Concert Band and Area AdvancedJack Moore, Trombone, Concert Band and Area AdvancedJacob Clements, Percussion, Symphonic and Area AdvancedNot Pictured:Margaret Dasari, Baritone Saxophone, Symphonic and Area AdvancedJimmie Henson, Percussion, Concert Band and Area Advanced2013 Sunnyvale HS Band Christmas Caroling Fundraiser, Friday Dec. 6th and Saturday Dec. 7th
To help our Sunnyvale High School band students raise funds for our 2014 Sunnyvale Fine Arts Band Trip, we are taking orders forChristmas Carols performed “live” at your home or another’s home for the holidays. What a great gift! The high school band students will be in the Sunnyvale area or very near Mesquite area. 100% of the donation applies to the sponsored student of your choice. We have two nights (Friday, Dec. 6th and Sat. Dec. 7th) from which you can choose your live “caroling experience”. This is always a great time and we would love the opportunity to come to your home. Happy Holiday's from Sunnyvale Bands!!A big congrats to Ryan DeShazo for making the ATSSB All State Jazz Band on DrumSet. Ryan, along with Paul Baker, trombone and Daniel Marino, trumpet, advanced to the area level of jazz competition earlier this fall. Our three Sunnyvale jazzers sent their tapes in to be adjudicated at the area level and then had the opportunity to advance to state level if chosen. We are proud of Ryan, Daniel and Paul for their hard work and great job to all of our Sunnyvale Jazz members who auditioned. Ryan, along with other members for the group will be in San Antonio on Feb. 12th-14th for the clinic and concert of the 2014 ATSSB All-State Jazz Band.Congratulations to the Sunnyvale High School Marching Band at the Area B Marching Contest held on Saturday, October 26th @ Collins Stadium in Denton. The band achieved one of our biggest goals, and made it to the final round of competition. Unfortunately, due to the severe weather with rain and lightning, the finals were cancelled and the preliminary order was chosen as the final placement for sending bands on the the state finals. Sunnyvale had a great showing (current 8th) place out of 20 groups and we knew that if we had another good go at the second round, we easily could have moved up. Again, not bad at all Sunnyvale in our very first time at area competition. Congrats on a great job and thanks to the many parents that helped us through all of this wonderful journey. Let's keep building on this great tradition of excellence.GO RAIDER BANDS!!Congratulations go the Sunnyvale High School Marching Band as they competed at the 2013 Region 3 UIL Marching Competition on Wednesday, October 16th @ Mesquite Memorial Stadium. The Sunnyvale band performed a great marching show at the competition and received straight superior ratings from all three judges. For the first time in Sunnyvale history, the marching band has advanced to the Area Level of Marching Competition. The Sunnyvale Band will compete later on next week on Saturday, October 26th at Collins Stadium in Denton, TX. Be sure to give a congrats to these young musicians for their tremendous effort during the marching season. GO RAIDER PRIDE BANDS!!A great big thanks is in order for all of the volunteers, students and staff that helped with our 2013 Sunnyvale Marching Invitational. We had 14 schools, estimated around 1100 people in the stands on Saturday, Oct. 12th. No rain, and great show and everything went very smoothly!! Sunnyvale received some great comments, straight superior ratings and hosted this event in good fashion. All the visiting members commented on how polite our volunteers and kids were. Thanks again for your incredible amount of time put in to this event. We will continue to host this each year.Congratulations go our to Lydia Phillips, sophomore Sunnyvale band member, and violinist for making the 2013 Region 3 Orchestra. Lydia auditioned this past Saturday, Oct. 12th at Garland High School among other orchestra high school members across the region. We are pleased to announce that Lydia made 3rd chair in this advanced group. This will be her second year to make this ensemble and her placement will allow her to continue advancing to the area level and perhaps to State. Please give Lydia a pat on the back for an incredible feat. GO RAIDER STRINGS!!This Friday, Oct. 11th is our game against Commerce, There. We will meet in the band room after school, get bibs on and load equipment. 4:30pm is the dinner time in the cafeteria. Leave at 5:30pm and at Commerce around 6:30pm. Back at the band room that night around 11:30pm.Remember that we have our 2013 Sunnyvale Marching Invitational the next day, Oct. 12th. All HS marching band students will attend this event and work the rest of the day. Our meet time is 7:30am, and we perform at 9:00am. Wear your Spartacus Shirt the rest of the day. Parents will have a yellow staff shirt for their participation. Contest will be run all day in a pre-lim finals format with the last band scheduled at 4:45pm in final.A big Congrats goes out to the Sunnyvale Marching Band as they competed in the 2013 Mesquite Marching Festival along with other area bands. The Sunnyvale Band continues its mark of excellence in receiving all Superior 1st Divisions from the Marching Judges. The band did a great job in spite of the rain and the cold. Thanks to all the parents and supporters who came out in the cold. We had a blast and the kids are fired up about their first competition. Although the Sunnyvale Band did not win any caption awards, we still came away with great comments and a good starting point to develop our show even more.Here are some pics from the contest!! Way to go Band!!Band Booster Meeting: Tuesday, October 1st in the HS band room, 7:00pm. As we prepare for the Oct. 12th Sunnyvale Marching Invitational, we need all HS students and parents at this mandatory meeting for event assignments and a discussion of how the days event will run. This is our first year to host this event, and we want to make sure that we provide a great experience to our 13 groups that are coming to us. Refreshments will be served.Caddo Mills Game and 2013 Mesquite Marching Festival: It was a great time in Farmersville and thanks to the many parents who helped with snacks, equipment and just being there for us. Our next game is a home game against Caddo Mills. Band members will be dismissed after school to either go home or hang in the band room. Please be sure that you bring your change of clothes for under uniform: light shorts, Spartacus shirt, and long black socks. After the game, we will head over to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch video of our halftime performance.Remember that the next morning we meet at 9:30am at HS band room for light breakfast, a rehearsal and run through in our stadium and off to show off Sunnyvale at the 2013 Mesquite Marching Festival. Performance time is 1:45pm. We would love your support in the stands.Thanks parents for a great weekend of homecoming activities. This Friday 26th is our game against Farmersville, there. Please see CHARMS email sent regarding all info. Below is a great pic from the 2013 Homecoming Parade, courtesy of Sarah Bradford. Jacob Bradford is a trombone player in HS band.This past Saturday, Sept. 14th, the Sunnyvale HS Jazz Band competed in the 2013 ATSSB Region 3 Jazz Band Tryouts @ Crandall HS. This event is open to any High School Jazz Band members in our region, and we are pleased to announce the following Sunnyvale HS members in making the group this year. Daniel Marino, 2nd chair Trumpet, Paul Baker, 4th chair Trombone, and Ryan DeShazo, 1st chair Drumset. Along with making the Region Jazz Band, they will attend a Region Jazz Clinic and Concert on November 18th and 19th @ Quinlan-Ford HS. Also, these Sunnyvale Jazz members recorded tracks that will compete on to the Area level of Jazz Tryouts and then on to the State level if advanced. Congrats go out to all of our 2013 Jazz Band members who auditioned. Go Raider Jazz!!
Left to Right: Paul Baker, Daniel Marino and Ryan DeShazo.Monday, September 9th 4pm to 6:30pm: After school marching rehearsal..learn sets 33 to 37.Tuesday, September 10th: Band Booster Meeting 7pm in the HS Band Room.Friday, September 13th: Italy Game, here. Meet in the band room at 6:00pm to get equipment ready for game. As it is still forecasted to be very warm, we will wear Band polo and Shorts again. Head into stadium at 6:50pm. We will also eat at a local restaurant afterward to watch our halftime video. More info later.Saturday, September 14th: ATSSB Region 3 HS Jazz Band Tryouts, Crandall HS. We will meet at 8:00am at Sunnyvale HS to load equipment on bus.Saturday, September 14th: JumpStreet and NorthPark Mall Fun Evening with Sunnyvale HS Bands. Meet at HS at 4pm to take bus over to JumpStreet. All info has been given to kids. Bring $ for meal at NorthPark Mall.On August 16th, the Sunnyvale Marching Band held a back to school summer band party at the David and Debi Hollie's residence. We had a great time with the crazy games, pool fun and cookout. Thanks David and Debi for hosting this again. Check out this crazy pic from the party. GOOD TIMES!!On June 16th through June 20th, three of our band leadership students took part in a wonderful summer leadership course at Texas A&M Commerce Summer Music Camps. Lauren Hendricks, Dominique Roquemore, and Ruby Cherian learned a great deal about how to encourage and work with peers as part of this experience. This hands on course is always a great way to show student leaders how they can be effective once their role of leadership starts for the school year. Pictured are the girls at the camp banquet, one of the fun activities with the camp. Way to show off Sunnyvale!!Several of our Sunnyvale Percussionists attended the University of North Texas Drumline Camp on June 9th through 14th. Ryan DeShazo, Jacob Clements, Dayne Ramirez and Colton Nash had a great time learning how to be a great drumline member and also meeting new kids in the process. Paul Rennick and Rob Ferguson were the camp clinicians and were amazing to watch. We are super proud of these kids for taking their summer time to learn more about their respective instruments. Check out a couple of the pics: