Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Parent and Middle School Student Perspective

Before 2018 Christmas Band Concert

Middle School Band

From a 5th Grade Parent: 

I wanted to let you know how happy our family was at the recent Band Concert.  This being our first year participating in band, we did not know what to expect.  Well, I can tell you that the concert was something I would have paid to see.

Andrew has been enjoying getting to know his instrument and it is thrilling to hear him use words like, "measure" and other "music" words new to our vocabulary!

When we rented Andrew's instrument, the gentleman that helped me made a point of telling me that he thought the world of Mr. Palmieri.  He said that I should know what an amazing teacher he is.  The man went on to say that he communicates with many schools, and Mr. Palmieri is nothing short of amazing.  

After last week's band concert, I know he was right.  I was blown away and moved to tears.  My husband and I looked at each other several times as if to say, "Can you believe how amazing this is?"

I just wanted to share this with you because I am a big believer in giving kudos whenever something strikes me as exceptional.  ASA's band program is exceptional.  Thank you so much.
  With a Grateful Heart,
  Mrs. Andrea Beye

Anthem Performance at Drive Game

5th Grade Student Perspective: 

When I first started band I struggled. I couldn’t understand most of the notes, but by November, I started to get better, and currently I understand most all the notes and even know some notes we didn’t learn yet.

I didn’t understand most notes (but i was getting better) a week before the Band Concert at West Catholic, so I had to learn fast. I decided to do a song called “Crusader’s March” for my solo, which isn’t too hard. Honestly, I think I did really good  since this is only the third month we’ve had instruments, so i couldn’t be perfect.

At home, I practice at least four times a week, so I can improve. I’m learning the National Anthem, and it’s really fun! 

Band is really fun and I always look forward to it every day. I really love to make nice music on my trombone. Band is super fun so I’ll rate it 10/10.

The Band Concert was also really fun. Doing a solo in front of at least 200 to 250 people is crazy. I can’t believe I did that! I was really nervous, but I did good!

Drew Beye

Anthem Performance at Griffins Game

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