Bloomfield Middle School Bands


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Winter Concert 2012

Posted by Mr. Tiedemann on December 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (22)

The 7th and 8th Grade Bands performed on the BMS Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 12. The 7th Grade Band performed Leroy Anderson's famous "Sleigh Ride" and a trombone section feature called "Senor Slide." The 7th Grade Band, which is really two separate classes, rehearsed as an entire group 4 times over the last two months, and did a fantastic job making all of the logistics and music work despite limited rehearsal time. The 8th Grade Band performed a song inspired by the carol "Ding, Dong, Merrily on High" called "Holiday Bells are Ringing" and a two section piece that featured all sections called "Ayre and Dance." The 7th and 8th Grade Choirs and Orchestras also performed on the program. We are already looking forward to preparing new music for our Spring Concert on May 22!

Band Night 2012

Posted by Mr. Tiedemann on October 2, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (1)

The 8th Grade Band performed Santana's "Evil Ways" with the High School Marching Band to close the halftime show at Friday's football game. Over 50 8th Graders prepared the music in class, rehearsed with the High School Band before the game, and had the opportunity to meet the High School Band students and play with them in the stands. Each 8th Grader was paired with a High School student who guided them through the music and logistics of Band Night. We can't wait to work with the High School Band again when they visit BMS on Wednesday, November 21!

Click here to see pictures from the Band Night performance.

Click here to see a video of the Band Night performance.


Hershey Park Trip

Posted by Mr. Tiedemann on June 3, 2012 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

On Friday, June 1, 67 band students (8th Graders and select 7th Graders), as well as choir and orchestra members, partcipated in the High Note Festival at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA, followed by a day at Hershey Park in Hershey, PA. In total, the trip involved almost 200 BMS students. After arriving at BMS before 5:00 AM, the band departed for Elizabethtown, and on arrival, performed "All Trails Lead West" and "Horkstow Grange" for a panel of two band judges. The judges awarded the band with a rating of "Excellent" and gave both written and audio comments. Following the performance, students spent about 5 hours in Hershey Park, where we were lucky to have a cool, cloudy, but not rainy day. Just as the BMS group gathered to leave, the rain started - very good timing! A big thank you goes to all of the band leadership who worked behind the scenes in the days and weeks before the trip to make sure everything went smoothly, as well as the band chaperones, who volunteered an entire day to help out the band. We're already looking forward to next year's trip!

Spring Concert

Posted by Mr. Tiedemann on May 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (153)

On Thursday, May 17, all BMS band classes performed on the Spring Concert. The concert began with a successful performance by the 7th & 8th Grade Combined Beginning Band, their first concert playing full length pieces. The Beginning Band first performed "Fanfare on Ode to Joy"  based on Beethoven's famous melody from the 9th Symphony, followed by "Creatures in the Attic," and ending with "Monuments." The concert continued with the 7th Grade Band, who played four pieces: "The Lone Star Trail" featuring music from Texas and the Southwest, "You Raise Me Up" featuring trumpet soloists Seanna LaBudde and Ronny Mora, "Colliding Visions," and a patriotic medley "God Bless America/America, The Beautiful" again featuring trumpet soloists Seanna LaBudde and Ronny Mora. The concert ended with the 8th Grade Band, who also played four pieces: "The Liberty Bell" march named for the famous Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, "All Trails Lead West," "Horkstow Grange" featuring trumpet soloist Andrew Betts, and a collection of famous John Williams movie music in "John Williams Trilogy." Congratulations to all on a very successful and musical concert!

Wycliffe Gordon Performance

Posted by Mr. Tiedemann on April 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

On Wednesday, April 25, eight Bloomfield Middle School students, one Bloomfield High School student, and eight family members attended a live jazz concert at "Trumpets Jazz Club" in Montclair. The performance was hosted by the One More Once Big Band, and they brought in guest soloist Wycliffe Gordon, a world class trombonist, trumpet player, and singer. Not only did the students get to hear over 2 hours of live professional music, but they also got a chance to meet Wycliffe Gordon and talk to him about his instruments, practicing techniques, and music. He even let them look through his sheet music afterwards. Bloomfield Middle School through Mr. Goncalves helped to make the evening possible by purchasing the student tickets. Click here to see photos from the event.

District Jazz Festival

Posted by Mr. Tiedemann on April 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The District Jazz Festival took place on Thursday, April 12 in the High School Auditorium. The Middle School Jazz Band opened the program with Mambo No. 5, Its Only A Paper Moon, Our Love Is Here To Stay (featuring Joe Parrish on vocals), Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Tears in Heaven, and Eye of the Tiger. The High School Jazz Band finished the concert with swing, rock, and Latin charts featuring many soloists including senior alto saxophonist Eric Montague, who will be continuing his music studies as a jazz music major in the fall. The Middle School students were able to meet the High School students in a reception after the concert.

Townwide Concert

Posted by Mr. Tiedemann on March 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

On Monday, March 19, the 8th Grade Band performed at the annual Townwide Concert. The band performed "All Trails Lead West" and "John Williams Trilogy" featuring music from John Williams' many famous movie scores. They shared the concert with the Combined 6th Grade Band, the combined 6th Grade Orchestra, the 8th Grade Orchestra, the High School Band, and the High School Orchestra. Students had the opportunity to play with the High School Band in the concert finale, "Let Freedom Ring." All proceeds from the concert ticket sales benefit the Summer Arts Workshop, held annually in Bloomfield, which offers a variety of music, art, and drama classes for elementary thru high school students. 

Barnes & Noble Performance

Posted by Mr. Tiedemann on March 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Several BMS Band students performed at the BMS - Barnes & Noble fundraiser on Thursday, March 1. Nine students performed individually and in small groups for an audience of BMS parents, students, and customers in the store. It was a great performance experience for all involved! Click here to see photos from the event.

Winter Elementary Schools Tour

Posted by Mr. Tiedemann on December 27, 2011 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday, December 22, the BMS Jazz Band toured 4 of the Bloomfield elementary schools. The Jazz Band is made up of talented 7th and 8th Graders who successfully auditioned for the group and meets once a week after school. With limited rehearsals before our first performance, the students worked hard to get ready on their own. The tour began at Watsessing School, and continued to Carteret, Berkeley, and Demarest schools. At each of the schools, the entire school population - Kindergarten through 6th Grade - attended the performace. The Jazz Band featured saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, piano, and drum solos. In the spring, the Jazz Band will tour the remaining 4 elementary schools.

Winter Concert

Posted by Mr. Tiedemann on December 27, 2011 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday, December 15, all BMS band students performed on the Winter Concert. The 7th & 8th Grade Combined Beginning Band performed on the Winter Concert for the first time since the beginning band classes were created at BMS. The 7th Grade Band performed 3 full length pieces on the concert, and successfully showcased the alto saxophone section in "Saxsational." The 8th Grade Band also performed 3 full length pieces, including "Still, Still, Still", which students learned with only one week of rehearsal. The 8th Graders also featured the low brass and woodwinds on "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer." Many thanks to all of the parents and neighbors who helped to get all of the students to the concert, and a big thank you to the Music Parents Assocation of Bloomfield Middle School, whose advertising supplement in the program raised significant funds for the annual music department trip. Thanks again to everyone who made the concert a success!