It’s Music in Our Schools Month: What are the Schools Around the Country Doing? Part 1

March is Music in our Schools Month and I have searching the internet to see what activities and events are being held in order to celebrate the month and to bring awareness to music education in our schools. This first school has a lot of activities. Way to go Kalona Elementary!

kalona_elementaryKalona Elementary School – Kalona Iowa

March = Music in our Schools Month
The month of March will be a very busy one for the music department at Mid-Prairie. We start out the month with the MS 6-8 grade Choral Variety Show.  The 6th grade choir, the 7th/8th grade choir and multiple small groups and soloists will perform that evening.

Next, we have the HS Choral Pops & Pie Concert. The Mixed Choir will perform “All For Me Grog,” “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that Swing.” The Ladies’ Lyrica will perform “Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now,” “The Rose,” “Count On Me,” and “My Heart Will Go On.” There will also be a wide variety of soloists and small groups. Come hungry to this concert as there will be a plethora of pie, and bring your wallet for the silent auction for some amazing desserts. All proceeds from the silent auction will go towards the Fine Arts Booster future auditorium fund.

The second week of March brings our band concerts.  The 6th grade band will perform “Themes from Dvorak’s New World Symphony,” “Of Castles and Kings,” and “Incantation & Ritual.” The Middle School Jazz Band will present their first and only performance of the year. They will play “Swing Fever,” “Spring’s Awakening,” and “Into the Sun.” Lastly, the 7/8th grade band will perform the music that they will have played at the SEIBA large group band contest. They will play “Northland Pines,” “A Childhood Hymn,” and “Aces of the Air March.”

tallcorn_jazzThe Mid-Prairie High School concert band and jazz band will be performing on Thursday, March 12. The jazz band has competed at several competitions this season, including the Iowa High School Music Association state jazz contest where they received their 6th consecutive Division 1 rating. The jazz band is also competing at the Tallcorn Jazz Festival at UNI on Saturday, February 21, the Coe College Jazz Summit in Cedar Rapids on Friday, February 27, and SEIBA district jazz contest at Iowa City West High School on Saturday, March 7. During this concert, the jazz band will be performing “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Wave,” and “Arnge Drank,” and the concert band will be performing “Burma Patrol March,” “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

The third week of March is to showcase our elementary talent. Tuesday, March 17 brings the Wellman Elementary students to the spotlight, and we finish with the Kalona Elementary students on Thursday, March 19th. All elementary concerts are free and open to the public.

Two Mid-Prairie HS seniors will also be presenting their senior recitals this month. Madisen Nielsen will present her recital on Saturday, March 21st at 2:30pm, and Haylee Marner will present her recital on Sunday, March 22nd at 3:o0pm.

On Monday, March 23rd, 24 students (from MS & HS levels) will be attending the conference honor band at Northeast Gooselake. This is a great honor for our students and we know they are looking forward to the experience.

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