2017/2018 brings the 7th year of UMS Percussion Ensemble! I'm really passionate about this after school club which started in 2011. Some things have changed: in our first year, we had twelve drummers, and couldn't quite make it through our song: George of the Jungle. Some things have stayed the same: this is a safe and creative environment where musicians of all experience levels work together in a supportive way to create something really cool. Good music, awesome skills, and kindness. While winning is fun, we are here for something much more important than that: we are here to grow passionate and creative musicians.
UMS Percussion is a winter percussion ensemble that runs from October to our April 7th final competition (roughly 2nd and 3rd quarters on the school calendar). The purpose of our club is to teach students how to play percussion instruments in an ensemble setting. Our instructors work with students to develop technique, reading skills, and well-rounded musicianship. We practice after school Tuesdays and Thursdays (3:00 - 4:30), and play at school performances and competitions on the NCPA circuit.
All skill levels are welcome from never-played to advanced, and our instrumentation includes battery: snare, quads, basses, cymbals; and front ensemble: marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, electric bass, drum set, auxiliary, and synthesizer. Our members are diverse in musical background and in personal interests and that is what makes our membership so rich.
Please fill out this form if you are interested in joining UMS Percussion Ensemble, and come to the informational meetings: Student Info Meeting: Tuesday 9/26 at lunch in room 3 (bring your lunch) Parent Info Meeting: Thursday 9/28 7:00 in the UMS band room
Additionally, feel free to email Mrs. Reynolds with any questions or come by room 3 at UMS.
Mrs. Reynolds email@example.com
Important Dates/Links: Here are the show dates and other important dates for the season. When links are ready for show timeline and volunteer sign-ups, I will post them here (as well as send out through email and remind). In general, the shows will take from 1:00PM to 9:00PM including lot time, performance, and watching other bands. NCPA link
10/5 and 10/10: Tryouts at UMS 3:00 - 4:30 (Bring your winning smile and your positive attitude, sticks if you have them and/or mallets. I have PLENTY of sticks and mallets if you don't have them.)
2/10 NCPA Competition @ TBD (Bay Area) TBD Workday at UMS 3/10 UMS Band Concert @ UMS Gym 6:30PM 3/11 NCPA Competition @ Independence HS in San Jose TBD Friends and Family Show @ Leigh HS TBD Open House @ UMS: Call time 5:45/ showtime 6:30/ clean-up RIGHT after (like practice) TBD Ida Price Family and Friends 4/7 NCPA Finals @ Logan HS in Union City Shutterfly link for sharing pictures and videos. Snacks at Practice Snack Sign-Up for Practices link. Please be sure to send nut-free snacks, enough for 32 kids, and relatively healthy. We have students who are vegetarians, gluten free, and dairy free, so fruit or veg is something they can all eat. A GREAT idea is grapes (cut stems a little and wash), mini carrots, snap peas, or cuties and some cracker variety, or cheese sticks. There is plenty of filtered water here on campus. Thank you SO much for doing this. I believe it's the favorite part of practice for many students.
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