I discovered a record (that's a round, black, flat thing made of vinyl for you young folks) at the antique store in Shreve - the Triway High School Spring Pop Concert 1965! I couldn't believe my luck, and the record was in very good condition. I burned a CD of the record and used that to make the following mp3 and wma files. The record includes four songs from the high school band and three songs from the junior high band (I take that to mean the 7th and 8th grades were combined to make one junior high band -- they have been separate bands for quite some time now). This was the second full year for the Triway High School Band, and its director was Don Carpenter. He left Triway in 1968 to go to *Orrville*.
Selections From "Mary Poppins" I Left My Heart In San Francisco Mancini Medley Thundercrest March
This was the last year for the THS Band to compete in Class C under Mr. Brooks. We received straight I's at district contest! But at the state level, we got straight II's on the floor and a I in sight reading for a grand total of II. We were disappointed, of course. However, this was the year of the big New York City (band only) trip with the Music Maestro Please organization! We saw "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway and competed in the music contest where we received a silver rating.
This year had its ups and downs. After receiving an excellent rating at state contest the year before, Mr Brooks decided to move us up to Class B. The transition was a little rough, and we got a II at District Contest. Better luck was to come next year.
Paula Moore (soph)-1st trumpet
Geoff Litteral (frosh)-2nd trumpet
Andy Bowman (senior)-horn
Matt Mackey (junior)-trombone
Tony Colich (junior)-tuba
We had a blast together, and we practiced and practiced and practiced, and it was well worth it with a superior rating. I highly recommend this piece for any ambitious brass ensemble looking for a class A to take to contest.
Much improved from the last year, this band received a superior at District Contest. Due to some intonation problems, and maybe a few others the judges had, we got a II at State Contest. We were pretty good kids but sometimes lacking in "rehearsal discipline". (Warming up before the All-Triway Band Concert in the band room comes to mind...) However, we played a lot of good music this year, and I believe there were a few pieces that especially helped us grow as musicians and helped us to have a wonderful band the next year. Here's to all the '94 seniors (21 of them) who stayed with us through 4 years of band!
The 1994-95 school year was by far the best year in recent history for the Triway High School Symphonic Band. Of course there are always things that could have been played better, but we were a small (63 concert members), non-audition high school band made up of all four grade levels. Bigger is not always better! I am very proud of the great job we did and thank Mr Brooks for getting us there. It was Mr Brooks' last year as the THS band director. He was retiring after 27 years at Triway with a few more in Fredricktown and elsewhere. My class was the THS Class of '95, and I must say, I think we did a very good job of being leaders and role models for the rest of the band. After wondering if we'd ever get another plaque on the wall, it came in May of 1995: a superior rating in Class B! We also received a Gold rating for an adjudicated event in Chicago through the Music Maestro Please organization.
These rehearsal recordings are from my seat in the band, courtesy of my trusty mini tape recorder!
There are always a few tunes to play before the seniors enter, and in 1995 "Flourish For Wind Band" was chosen. We played it the year before for a concert, so it wasn't completely new. This song was Geoff's debut as first chair in the trumpet section, and it was also his first solo as such! I decided it would be fun to play the split 1st trumpet part just to have some nice harmony. This recording does not include the ending.
Pomp and Circumstance is whole for the first time through to the repeat. Then, I repeated the first time we played and spliced on the second ending to end the song. That is how we would play it for the processional, unless we needed to go back to b, c, d, etc., if the seniors weren't in their seats yet. Usually, Mr. Brooks would convey what we went back to by using sign language for the letter. The Grand March has a stop in the middle, since this was rehearsal, then I pick it back up after a few measures after he gives some directions. My recorder was on the setting to stop when it didn't hear any sound. When it picked back up, there are some weird things going on with the tape, so the pitch gets messed up just a little in a few places - I was not doing that with my trumpet!
Akron U Concert
Our concert season actually began during the last week of marching band. We had the Akron U performance coming up on December 3, and we needed to get cracking! I think getting started on the right foot earlier than usual really helped us out. Our performance was a little rough because it was early in the season, but taking into consideration we put together a four-song concert in a month, we did extremely well! These excerpts mostly feature the woodwinds.
Spring Pops Concert
To top this fantastic year off, we played 7 songs at our Spring Pops Concert. The first song was our required piece from state contest, and the other 6 were new - never performed by us before! Before we left the band room to go into the gym that night, Mr. Brooks handed out our BLUE medals we received for our superior rating at state contest, which we then proudly pinned to our shirts to wear for the rest of the evening.
This year the band and choir went to New York City in the spring. One of the things many they did on the trip was make a recording of songs. Since the band and choir don't participate in the OMEA large group contest anymore on "trip years", they choose some songs for their repetoire that they usually wouldn't have time to do. The band's theme was Amercian music. The last selection is a very nice piece for SATB choir with instrumental accompaniment - I thought it would be nice to include. Other than some very bright vowels by the guys, it showcases some of the choral talent that Stan Willis has had through the years.
This was a trip year, so the band and choir once again went to New York City in the spring. They again made a recording of some songs. This year the band played selections from Holst's "The Planets". I remember when Mr. Brooks first distributed this piece to us when I was a freshman. We read through it a few times, but then he decided we would do something different and I never thought about it again until I heard the band play this at the All-Triway Concert.
The Spring Concert this year was dedicated to veterans of our Armed Services and was held at Fisher Auditorium at the OARDC. Among the many songs was an Armed Services medley where veterans were invited to stand when their Service Song was played. The following are excepts from other songs of that evening.
This was a trip year, so the band and choir once again went to New York City in the spring. They again made a recording of some songs, some of which they played at the All-Triway Band Concert. They also did not participate in the OMEA large group contest since it was a "trip year". The theme for the concert season was to play songs from many different nations. This included pieces from Japan, France, Russia, England, and to top it off, the "United Nations March"!
Music is from all 3 pieces the band played at the All-Triway Concert. They would have played these at district contest, too, but the event was canceled due to our March "blizzard". Novena, written by Jim Swearingen in 1980, is an absolutely beautiful piece. Three Scottish Vistas was the band's required number - they returned to Class C this year.
The following excerpts are from two of the pieces the band played at the All-Triway Band Concert. Exaltation, by our favorite Ohio composer, has a particularly beautiful theme in the middle, but there are some serious pitch and intonation issues that likely contributed to the rating of II in Class C at district contest.
The first excerpt is from a piece performed at the All-Triway Band Concert. I really like this song, and I hope someday I'll get a chance to play it in community band. The second excerpt is from one of the pieces performed at the Spring Concert.
Both excerpts are from songs performed at the All-Triway Band Concert. The first excerpt includes the tune commonly known as the "Can-can".
Both excerpts are from movements of a song performed at the All-Triway Band Concert. The band also performed a march and "Visions of Flight". Since I already have excerpts of "Visions" from two previous years, I felt another would be overkill.