This week, our Music Department along with the Auditorium is consumed with our preparations for the ASBOA Region IX Assessments that will be place Thursday and Friday. We have not been released the official schedule yet but we will post it as soon as we get it. But, we can tell you that the first group to perform will be at 2:30 PM each day and the final group will play around 8:30 PM. The Assessment program will take place in the Auditorium. For those of you that have never been to an Assessment, three judges will grade and critique each of the three selections the bands or orchestras will perform. At the end, the judges will give them a number score of between 1 and 5 with 1 being Superior. The three judges scores are then totaled and divided to come up with the composite score. After a band or orchestra performs in the Auditorium, they will then go to the Second Floor of the Music Complex to do sightreading. In the past, the sightreading room has been open to allow those to watch. This year, however, a new rule passed by the Region IX Directors, will close the sightreading room. Only the one judge doing sightreading along with the band or orchestra and their director can be allowed in the room. If you will be picking up a student after they play, they will be ready for pickup about 30 minutes after their sightreading time begins. You can pick them up out front of the Auditorium or in the lobby. We invited the community to come out and see these young people perform. Free Admission.
This end of the week period has been busy for us here at the Auditorium. Thursday Night, we had a great Pre-Assessment Concert with our Junior High Bands. They all played well. We will be posting the schedule that all the bands and orchestras will be playing at the ASBOA Region IX Assessments Next Thursday and Friday, February 28th and March 1st.
Tonight, Marguerite Vann Elementary has their 1st Grade Square Dance program. If you like classics to sing to like "Old McDonald" and "Happy Trails", well this is program you need to come and see. The children will be square dancing as well. So come on out and admission is free. Also, some kudos go out to Music Specialist Jana Hefner who is going to be putting on two programs in three weeks. We will have the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade students in here to rock the "50s on Friday, March 8th.
Then Saturday Night, the Conway High School Beauty Revue will be held as 19 wonderful ladies selected by the Sophomore, Junior and Senior classes will compete for the title of Yearbook Queen. Jeani Johnson, our Yearbook and Journalism advisor does a great job every year and this year will be no different with the theme "An Affair To Remember". Come out for a great evening. Admission is $4.00 in Advance and $5.00 at the door.
An annual tradition will take place in our Auditorium Saturday as around 60 students from 3rd through 8th grade in Faulkner County will be in our building to compete in the 2013 Faulkner County Spelling Bee. This is step number two in the journey to the Scripps National Spelling Bee which will take place in May in Washington, D.C. Our building will be open for registration around 8:15 Saturday morning. We will begin the preliminaries including a practice round at 9 AM. Overseeing the Bee for the first time will be Conway Public Schools Gifted and Talented Director Dr. Charlotte Green. And Dr. David Larsen will be back again as our pronouncer. He is one of the very best and makes the students feel at ease during a difficult morning. Since this will be my 15th Spelling Bee to witness, may I offer just some simple suggestions to you as a parent for your child. 1) Get a good night's rest. 2) Eat a Good Breakfast. 3) Hydrate properly (The lights on stage are a little on the warm side so be prepared). And finally, get here on time. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Our Maintenance Department team has been very busy in the Auditorium lobby getting some new lights installed. We are very appreciative of all that has been done to our main lobby over past several months and there are still a couple of more projects on a smaller scale to finish up. You can come see the new lobby lighting for the first time next week for the CHS Drama Department production of Mary Chase's comedy, "Harvey". We will pass along more info about the show and admission prices early next week. So, b
I hope that everyone had a great Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday. We are back and the CHS Drama Department is getting with it in preparing for their production of "Harvey" by Mary Chase. We also have another run of elementary school programs coming up after the play is over so February is going to be a very busy month. In fact, we are going to be extremely busy until Spring Break. So, be watching the front page or go the calendar of events for the latest on what is going on here.
Conway High School Full Orchestra Concert is tonight at 6:30 PM. But, you already know about it. The Log Cabin Democrat had a picture of them rehearsing in this morning's edition. If you want to see it, go to thecabin.net and click on the E-Edition link. Please come out. Our students have worked very hard on this music and it would be nice to reward them with a lot of people in attendance.
Each year, we look forward to a special night involving our High School music students. For one night, the members of the Conway High School Orchestra join forces with Woodwind, Brass and Percussion students from our Band program to present a Full Orchestra Concert. Why has it become so special? The main reason is that it marks only one of two times that our Orchestra and Band students get together to make music. The other is for the Musical in April and that is on a limited scale. Conway High School Orchestra Director Karla Fournier always puts together a great program and we look forward to their performance on Thursday Night at 6:30 PM. Doors will open at 6:00 PM and it is free and open to the public.
I just wanted to give a special thank you to the directors of ASBOA Region IX for a wonderful Jazz Clinic held here in the Auditorium and also in the Music Complex and also in the New High School Lobby. We had the performances of all the groups Saturday Afternoon in the Auditorium and the directors of the four bands prepared their students well and made it a most enjoyable concert on a dreary afternoon. The ASBOA Region IX Band Clinic by the way will be in Russellville. For more information on the event there, contact the Music Department at Russellville High School.
This Friday and Saturday, High School and Junior High students from our area will be in the Auditorium and Music Complex preparing to play jazz pieces for the ASBOA Region IX Jazz Clinic. The public concert will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday and the doors will open to the general public sometime after 1:00 PM. I promise if you do not get here until 2:30 or so, you can still get a good seat.
There will be four Jazz Bands that will be performing. They are
The 2nd Junior High Jazz Band directed by Cody Jernigan of Heber Springs High School, assisted by Robin Ratliff of Heber Springs Middle School
The 1st Junior High Jazz Band Directed by Bill Spainhour of North Little Rock High School
The 2nd Senior High Jazz Band directed by Christian Carichner, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Central Arkansas
And the 1st Senior High Jazz Band directed by Dr. Jackie Lamar, Professor of Saxophone at the University of Central Arkansas
We would encourage you to come out and join us for a great afternoon of music. And the best part is admission is free.
The date for the 2013 Conway High School Beauty Revue has been changed to Saturday, February 23rd at 7:00 PM. We hope that you will make your plans to attend this annual event sponsored by our Yearbook and Newspaper staffs. More information will be forthcoming.
Mike Woodrum is the Auditorium Supervisor for Conway Public Schools, also does the P.A. Announcing for UCA Football and Basketball, Conway High Basketball, Conway Junior High Football, and if that is not enough, has been a summertime thespian with the Conway Dinner Theater productions over the last four summers. And Mike will return this summer for "9 to 5 The Musical".