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Instrumental Music

Mr. Brett Morrison, Band Director

On this website you will find the most up-to-date information about concerts, rehearsals and fundraising efforts.


Hello Everyone, here are several  Instrumental Music Announcements and updates for the next week

(Music changes lives, molds lives, and sometimes even Saves Lives!!)

(Music brings relief, it rehabilitates the mind and soul, it reveals the emotions of the heart,  Rachmaninoff)

(For me, making music is a fundamental human experience,  Eric Whitaker)

(The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence,  GMS Band!)


Wichita Suburban League Information:

Students will report to GMS band room at 7:35am.

8:00am    depart for EMS in Concert Black attire

8:20am     Warm-up

8:40am     Perform

9:00am      Load bus and return to GMS

Concert Band - Gentleman will wear a black polo shirt, black pants, black socks, and black shoes. Ladies will wear a black polo shirt (no overlays, vests or extra colors), black pants or skirt (preferred), black socks, and black shoes.  Everybody must wear nice shoes - NO flip flops!


2019-2020  GMS Band Dates

GMS Band  Calendar:

9/24       GIMB   6:30pm  GHS

10/5       Fall Festival Parade

10/11     Mass Band Night

10/?       Pioneer League Honor Groups  (Andover Hosting)

10/29     GIMB Meeting  6:30pm GHS

11/26     GIMB Meeting  6:30pm GHS

12/2       GMS Band Holiday Concert  6:30pm 

1/28       GIMB Meeting  6:30pm GHS

2/11       GMS Pre-Festival Concert

2/25       GIMB  Meeting 6:30pm

3/4         League Music Festival   at EMS   

3/31       GIMB Meeting  6:30pm GHS

4/4         Mattress Fundraiser

4/27       Mass Band Night

5/2         World’s of Fun

(if a date is changed you will be notified immediately via skyward, also concert updates will be sent home via skyward for every performance)



Top Ten Skills Children Learn from Studying the Arts   

1. Creativity - Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think 'outside of the box' will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practiced thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.


2. Confidence - The skills developed through Music, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage. Music training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in rehearsal. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.


3. Problem Solving - Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through music? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. All this practice problem solving develops children's skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in any career.


4. Perseverance - When a child picks up a violin for the first time, she/he knows that playing Bach right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn't give up, that Bach concerto is that much closer. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.


5. Focus - The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus. It requires each participant to not only think about their role, but how their role contributes to the big picture of what is being created. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children's abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.


6. Non-Verbal Communication - Through experiences in Music education, children learn to breakdown the mechanics of body language. They experience different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions. They are then coached in performance skills to ensure they are portraying their character effectively to the audience.


7. Receiving Constructive Feedback - Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful. The goal is the improvement of skills and evaluation is incorporated at every step of the process. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.


8. Collaboration - Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble, or a Music production, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don't have the biggest role.


9. Dedication - When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. They practice developing healthy work habits of being on time for rehearsals and performances, respecting the contributions of others, and putting effort into the success of the final piece. In the performing arts, the reward for dedication is the warm feeling of an audience's applause that comes rushing over you, making all your efforts worthwhile.


10. Accountability - When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through the arts, children also learn that it is important to admit that you made a mistake and take responsibility for it. Because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen. We acknowledge them, learn from them and move on.



The author of this list is Lisa Phillips and was accessed from the Americans for the Arts ARTSBlog.  Lisa is an arts and leadership educator, blog journalist, and author of The Artistic Edge.





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