10/18/2017 - Solo & Ensemble Festival
All students are encouraged to play a solo and or ensemble (limit three events) for the January 20th S&E Festival at Rochester HS. The form and fees are due Wednesday November 1st. Melody VanArragon, Eric Miller, and Richard Wolf are available for accompanying the students this year.
10/6/2017 - Fruit Sale
The annual fruit sale begins 10/9 and concludes on 11/6. This is a great opportunity to raise trip credits for the 2019 trip to Italy. In order to be eligible to apply for a Booster Summer Music Scholarship, students must have participated in the fruit sale... even if it's only a few items. Check out all the details in the Volunteer & Fundraising tab under Boosters in the main menu.
10/5/2017 - Pops & Pastries Auction Donations Needed
Pops & Pastries is our largest fundraiser of the year, and the auction is a significant part of this endeavor. Please consider donating an item or soliciting one from a local merchant. Donations are now being accepted. Please see the donation form under the Pops & Pastries tab.
10/2/2017 - Pops & Pastries Tickets
Tickets for Pops & Pastries are now available for purchase under the Pops & Pastries tab in the main menu. Besides purchasing individual adult and student tickets, you may also reserve a 4, 6 or 8 top table. Table reservations include the admission tickets. 6 & 8 top tables are located on the main floor, 4 top tables are located in the upper risers. Individual tickets will also be available to purchase at the door.
9/20/2017 - Pops & Pastries
The Pops & Pastries Fall Concert is Saturday November 4th. Auction donations and advertising sales forms are available under the Pops & Pastries tab. Students can earn credit for the 2019 trip to Italy by selling ads and donating services for the auction. Check it out under the Pops & Pastries tab.
8/23/2017 - Spirit Wear available for purchase
Spirit wear, including tee shirts, cinch sacks and spirit packs are available for sale until September 15th. Great for musicians and anyone who wants to support the Band & Orchestra! Check it all out under the Spirit Packs tab in the main menu.
7/27/2017 - Marching Band Camp Help Needed
It is going to be an exciting week for the kids. This is also a week of hard work in sometimes very hot conditions. To help with this, the GPSB&O Boosters made some purchases this year to help the marching band:
1. A new 10 X 10 tent. This tent will provide some much needed shade for the band members during their breaks. Additionally, it will provide shelter for the waters and snacks for the band.
2. Beverage coolers were purchased for the marching band. We purchased 2-5 gallon coolers and 1-10 gallon cooler. Each afternoon the coolers will be filled with ice and water and ice and lemonade or gatorade. Our goal is to keep the kids hydrated while on the field. The boosters will be providing the lemonade/gatorade and popsicles for each afternoon.
Even with all these items, we still need a little help from some willing parents. We have need for ice, salty snacks and sunscreen. If you can help with these items, please use the sign-up genius attached to sign-up for a day that works for you.
7/1/2017 - Marching Band Camp
Marching Band Camp is coming up. Some reminders:
Also, some important notes:
6/17/2017 - Marching Band Mini Camp
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, June 19-20-21
6/14/2017 - Used Marching Band / Color Guard Shoes
If you have Marching Band or Color Guard shoes that you will no longer be using because you have graduated or are needing a larger size, please consider donating your old shoes back to the band. We will make these shoes available to our 2017 / 18 members to help defray some of the uniform cost. There is a collection box in the band room.
5/29/2017 - Color Guard Tryouts
Color Guard tryouts for the 2017/2017 season will be held on June 7th in the MPR room at 6:00 PM. Tryouts should conclude by 8:00 PM
5/17/2017 - Spring Banquet
Spring banquet tickets are available for purchase under the Event Tickets tab in the menu. The banquet is on Tuesday, May 30 at the Assumption Cultural Center,
21800 Marter Rd. St. Clair Shores, 48080
Reservations are due 5/24
Doors open at 6:30 PM, dinner at 7 PM Semi-Formal Attire
BUFFET DINNER with the following items:
Roast Beef with Mushroom Gravy
Asiago Au Gratin Potato
Penne with Palomino Sauce
Green Beans with Almonds
Garden Salad, Bread and Butter
Soft Drinks & Coffee (Cash Bar)
5/6/2017 - Bert's Bash Volunteer Sign-Up
Many hands make light work! We are still in need of some volunteers for Bert's Bash. Many needs are very simple, such as bringing a dessert to the event. Please take a moment and see if you can assist in some way.
5/3/2017 - SUMMER STUDY SCHOLARSHIPS
The Grosse Pointe South Band and Orchestra Boosters award scholarships to returning Band & Orchestra students, meeting the qualifications below, who undertake music studies over the summer months. Scholarship awards may be applied towards summer music camps, summer workshops, institutes and private lessons on the student’s band/orchestra instrument, or instruments pre-approved by the music directors. Students may apply for multiple scholarships. The number of scholarships and monetary value of each are decided at the discretion of the Music Directors and the B&O Boosters Executive Board.
Please see the attached form… APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017. Scholarships will be presented at the Annual Band & Orchestra Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
Qualifying students must:
- Currently be enrolled in Band or Orchestra at South High School.
- Schedule participation in the curricular Band & Orchestra program for the coming school year.
- Participate in the 2016-2017 Booster Citrus Sale Fundraiser.
4/16/2017 - Carnegie Hall Departure
The buses for New York will depart South HS at 8:00 PM on Monday 4/17. Students need to report to South by 7:30 PM.
4/8/2017 - Senior Bios
Reminder that senior bios are due on Friday April 28th. We have had some website issues, so if you submitted your information before 4/8, please check with Mr. Takis or Mr. Gross to ensure they have your information.
3/21/2017 - Michigan Youth Arts Festival
Congratulations to the following South Band & Orchestra Students and ensembles nominated to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Nominations to this prestigious event are based on the musician's performance at the State Solo & Ensemble Festival.
Nominations to the Youth Arts Festival Orchestra:
Amelia A. Viola
Brianna C. Cello
Alex F. Violin
Catharine F. Viola
Charlotte F. Violin
Anna J. Violin
Parker M. Cello
Nominations to the Youth Arts Festival Band:
Hadley H. Trumpet
Jared S. Trumpet
Nominations to audition for small ensemble performance:
String Quartet: Charlotte F. Violin, Anna J. Violin, Amelia A. Viola, Brianna C. Cello
Brass Choir: Josh A., Seth A., Kelly B., Julianna B., Jack E., Daniel G., Hadley H., Kurt H.,
Scott L., Jared S., Teddy S.
Nominations to audition for solo performance:
Amelia A. Viola
Charlotte F. Violin
3/21/2017 - MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Results
The Grosse Pointe South Band & Orchestra students had exceptional results at the State Level Solo & Ensemble Festival. Following is a summary of the scores:
FIRST DIVISION (superior rating)
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
20 Solos, including four 99 ratings; two 98 ratings, one 97 rating, two 96 ratings, one 95 rating; one 91 rating and four 90 ratings.
We also had 8 Second division (excellent rating) including 7 solos and one quartet.
Congratulations to the South Band & Orchestra students!
3/15/2017 - MSBOA Band Results
Congratulations to our bands for their performance at the MSBOA Band Festival!
WIND ENSEMBLE (class AA) - straight first division rating, and all A's in every category from all three judges on stage
SYMPHONY BAND (class B) - straight first division rating on stage, second division in sight-reading, overall first division rating
CONCERT BAND (class D) - straight second division rating
3/13/2017 - National Youth Orchestra
South junior violist Amelia A. was named to the National Youth Orchestra who will participate and perform at Carnegie Hall this summer.
3/4/2017 - MSBOA Orchestra Results
Congratulations to both Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra for their Division 1 ratings at the MSBOA Orchestra Festival. Both orchestras will move on to the State Orchestra Festival in late April / early May.
3/2/2017 - Senior Solos
Congratulations to the following seniors who were chosen to play a solo at the upcoming spring concert on May 16th: Emilija C. (viola), Catharine F. (viola), Kira G. (cello), Hadley H. (trumpet) and Jared S. (trumpet)
2/27/2017 - MASTA Chamber Music Festival
Congratulations to the South String Quartet for their Honorable Mention rating at the MASTA Chamber Music Festival. Charlotte F. (Violin) Anna J. (Violin) Amelia A. (Viola) Brianna C. (Cello)
CO - Concert Orchestra SO - Symphony Orchestra
CB -Concert Band SB -Symphony Band WE-Wind Ensemble JB -Jazz Band MB -Marching Band
October 25 & 26
All State Auditions
November 1, 2017
Solo & Ensemble
November 4, 2017
Pops & Pastries
CO, SO, CB, SB, WS
November 6, 2017
November 7, 2017
November 24, 2017
December 5, 2017
December 8, 2017
Middle School Tour
December 8, 2017
Yule Be Boppin'
December 19, 2017
CB, SB, WS
December 20, 2017