Stage Band

2017-18 Blue Devil Band Handbook

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***CONCERT DATES FOR ALL 2017-18 High SChool Stage Band Music STUDENTS***

2017 Fall Semester

  • Friday September 22, 5-8PM: Homecoming Performance, Outdoor Commons
  • Wednesday, November 15, 7PM: Fall Band and Choir Concert, MRH Theatre

2018 Spring Semester

  • Friday, March 16, 9-11:30AM: HS Awards Celebration, Theatre
  • Wednesday, May 9, 7PM: Spring Band & Choir Concert, Theatre
  • Saturday, May 19, 10AM-4PM: Taste of Maplewood

***Class attendance is mandatory during all performance weeks.  Check this calendar prior to signing up for field trips.***

Stage Band (1 year course / 1 credit)

Course Description: Rhythm and blues, folk, rock, jazz, gospel, soul and other pop music styles will be performed by this ensemble with emphasis placed on developing ensemble playing, as opposed to developing individual improvisational skills.  This ensemble may be composed of the traditional “big band” instrumentation – saxophones, trumpets, trombones, rhythm section, and augmented with non-traditional instruments.  This music performance class features the Rhythm & Blues Band, the school rock band that involves some of the school’s finest instrumentalists and vocalists.  The main focus of the band is to provide engaging and inspiring music at school and community events.  In addition, over the past several years, the group has been able to expand its musical repertoire and perform at a variety of other venues, such as: Maplewood’s Concert for a Cause, Taste of Maplewood, and the National School Boards Association Conference in New Orleans, LA.  Students must supply their own instruments except for drums and keyboards; amplifiers are provided at school.   All students will be expected to memorize all of their music and choreography.

The instrumentation of the ensemble is composed of the rhythm section (drum set, bass, guitar, keyboards), horns from Jazz Ensemble II (trumpet, alto, tenor, trombone), vocalists, and dancers. 

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All performances are posted on the calendar page of this website. 

Prerequisite: Audition required.  Open to vocalists & rhythm section musicians with prior experience.  All student auditions will take place when the class meets during the first week of school.  Students without prior experience are encouraged to enroll in Music Theory I for one semester while taking weekly private music lessons on their chosen instrument outside of school.  These students may audition for Stage Band at the start of the next semester.  If outside music lessons are not possible, students should take Music Studio with Mr. Urvan while simultaneously taking Music Theory I with Mr. Harris so they are properly prepared for the Stage Band Auditions the following semester.

Method Book


Rhythm Section Workshop: The energy core of any ensemble or combo is the rhythm section! It radiates the groove, time and essence of the music. This outstanding and comprehensive series includes introductions, explanations and instructions on the essential elements of performance, such as style, performance tips, and genres required for the solid understanding of what is required of a successful member of this vital part of the jazz/rock                group. There is also a play-along piece at the end of each chapter for reinforcement and further development of appropriate skills. The seven genres covered in this excellent method for your rhythm section are: swing, bossa nova, rock, shuffle, samba, funk, and ballad. Additional topics include: volume -- or knowing when not to play; how to keep time as a rhythm section; and effective comping. Each student book includes reproducible pages and a compact disc. The CD offers examples of jazz grooves, complex rhythms, and accompaniment tracks for the play-along pieces. Demonstrations of the examples are effectively presented by a driving rhythm section on the DVD.  Each book is authored by a professional musician and teacher in the respective performance area. The entire ensemble will reap huge rewards when the rhythm section plays as a cohesive unit and comprehends the elements of the chart being performed!