WELCOME TO OUR HOMEPAGE
Thanks for visiting the website of the Strayer Middle School Band. This is your resource for all aspects of the band program. Use the navigation bar above to view our full performance schedule for the 2019-2020 school year and learn about all the opportunities available in the Strayer Band. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, be sure to send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (215) 529-2316. Make sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SoundCloud!
THE LATEST FROM THE BAND ROOM
Nov 4, 2019
COUNTDOWN TO THE HOLIDAYS!
As we prepare our winter programs, we are getting excited to share our work with you! There are 33 days until the Wind Symphony Concert (Friday, December 6) and 40 days until the Symphonic Band and Concert Band Concert (Friday, December 13)! Please check back here as we get closer to the dates for more information OR visit the PERFORMANCES tab of this website OR see the information that is presented in the Strayer Band Handbook.
STRAYER JAZZ BAND AUDITION INFO
November brings us the start of Jazz Band with Auditions happening just before Thanksgiving. Please Follow these steps to audition for Jazz Band:
Sign Up on the Google Form, link found on strayerband.com or on Canvas as an Announcement.
Pick up an info packet from Mrs Urq.
Start practicing! Listen to each chart.
Make sure the jazz schedule works with your family - all sectionals and rehearsals are mandatory.
Audition! Let Mrs Urq know ASAP if you can’t make your audition date and we will work something out!
Tuesday, November 19: Trumpets
Wednesday, November 20: Trombones/Low Brass
Thursday, November 21: Saxophones
Tuesday, November 26: Rhythm (set, bass, guitar, piano, aux)
Please visit the newest page of the Strayer Band website (currently under construction) to keep up with QMPO (Quakertown Music Promoter's Organization) happenings and important info!
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Strayer Middle School Band is a group of approximately 150 seventh and eighth grade students at Strayer Middle School in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. The band's director is Mrs Rachael Urquhart, a 2007 graduate of QCHS. The 2019-2020 school year will be Mrs Urquhart's first year at Strayer, but eighth year teaching.
The concert bands perform several times a year. In 2019-2020 the band will perform concerts in December, February and May. The band will also perform in the Quakertown Halloween and Memorial Day Parades. In addition to the three concert bands open to all students, the band program includes a highly competitive and successful Jazz Band which is by audition only. Strayer's Jazz Band has consistently received Superior ratings in local festivals and multiple awards for best sections and soloists.
The Strayer Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the 2017 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Conference in Erie, PA, and the Jazz Band performed at the PMEA Conference in 2016 in Hershey, PA.
LISTEN TO US ON SOUNDCLOUD
SoundCloud is a free social media site which allows our band to post recordings of our concerts. You do not have to sign up to listen. This is a great way to share our wonderful performances with family and friends and to listen to them again and again.
Click on the app above to bring you to our full SoundCloud page where you can hear recordings of over 100 pieces performed by the bands going back to the 2011-2012 school year.
The aim of the Strayer Middle School band is to provide every student with an exceptional musical experience, to give every student a chance to explore their creativity and develop their talents in a safe and positive environment and to help every student navigate the social landscape of middle school with a supportive group of peers who share a similar interest in music.