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
CONGRATULATIONS HONORS BAND
Ten representatives from Strayer performed in the BuxMont Intermediate Honors Band concert on Friday, January 31 at Pennridge Central Middle School. We are so proud of these awesome student musicians who spent their time at multiple long rehearsals to put a concert together with other extremely motivated and dedicated musicians from Pennridge SD, North Penn SD, and Souderton SD. We are proud of you!
Aydan Leighton, clarinet
Mary Wilkinson, clarinet
Morgan Lee, clarinet
Jordyn Jones, tenor sax
Eli Thomas, bari sax
Sophia Piccolo, trumpet
Zach Polek, trombone
Julia Huff, trombone
Richard Strader, baritone
Anthony Callan, percussion
EARLY SPRING CONCERT
...is right around the corner! The Early Spring Band Concert will feature the three wind band concert groups: Concert Band,
Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony, and also the Strayer Jazz Band.
HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL
The QCHS Jazz Show will be held at Strayer on Thursday, March, 5, 2020. All middle school band students are encouraged to attend to hear some great jazz! This event is required for Strayer Jazz Band members. The following night, Friday, March 6, 2020, Strayer will host our own jazz show with the QCHS Jazz Ensemble as the featured exhibition. Jazz Band families, look for an email soon from QMPO MS Band Coordinator/Jazz Show Coordinator Vikki Callan! The Jazz Show will be "all hands on deck"!
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.