Prepping for “Band-o-Rama” with Mrs. Petteys and the Ranger Bands!

IMG_0026You can always count on great instrumental music at Northwood Local Schools! The Ranger Roundup caught up with Mrs. Petteys to discuss what has been happening in fifth, sixth, seventh, and high school band. She explained that students have been focusing on the annual “Band-o-Rama” concert which will take place on Wednesday, February 24th, at 7pm in the high school auditorium.

Mrs. Petteys stated that students have been working through a variety of music rangingIMG_0029 from the classical works of Holst to the more popular Lady Gaga, and the traditional Sousa! Students are focusing on scales and rhythms to improve playing. Additionally, students have been using the iPads to practice and record themselves at home!

Students have enjoyed playing many different styles of music. Mrs. Petteys said that every band student has a favorite. For example, many in the seventh grade band enjoy the song “Dr. Rockenstein” because it has the eerie feel of Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” but with a rock beat. Others like the piece “Conundrum” because of the fast past feel and texture of the instruments. The high school students are excited that they will have the chance to play solos and perform in small ensembles as part of the concert.

Make sure to mark your calendars for February 24th, as you will not want to miss this “Band-o-Rama” concert and the performance of these wonderful pieces:

5th Grade Band – Selections from the “Essential Elements” book

6th Grade Band – Soar with the Dragons, Flashpoint, and Bandroom Rock

7th Grade Band – Born This Way, Conundrum, and Dr. Rockenstein

High School Band – “Jupiter” from The Planets, The Light Eternal, and Black Horse Troop

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