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
CONGRATS ON GREAT WINTER CONCERTS!
As we prepare our winter programs, we are getting excited to share our work with you! The Wind Symphony had a fantastic concert on Friday, December 6 and we are looking forward to presenting Symphonic Band and Concert Band on Friday, December 13. Please visit the PERFORMANCES tab of this website OR see the information that is presented in the Strayer Band Handbook for more specific information.
STRAYER JAZZ BAND AUDITION INFO
Congratulations to the members of the 2020 Strayer Jazz Band! Please see the JAZZ BAND page for more info.
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!
STRAYER MS INDOOR GUARD
A wonderful new opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students! If you're ready to dance, act, and get develop a new skill, this is for you!! You do not have to be in the band program to join indoor guard and you also don't have to have any prior guard or dance experience. If you have any questions, please email QuakertownGuard@gmail.com
A nice break is quickly approaching - it would be the perfect time to get instruments serviced and checked out for any tune-ups! Maybe instrument supplies like reeds, swabs, valve oil, etc, can find their way onto holiday wish lists, too! :)
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.