Concert Program - Cary Academy

Concert Program - Cary Academy

12 th Annual Band on the Quad

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

6:00 PM

Cary Academy Quad

Concert Program

Union March (2011)

Mekel Rogers

Listen for changes in volume and style in this toe-tapping march, featuring a special obbligato

part written by Caroline Spancake and Mr. Grush. Soloists – Amy Chang, Caroline Spancake

Beginning Band

Colliding Visions (2010)

Brian Balmages

Theme from Mission Impossible (1966) Lalo Schifrin, arr. Paul Lavender

Colliding Visions – was written for a MS band whose budget was completely cut. The first

performance of the piece was the last music the MS band ever played. Listen for the reflective

opening, celebratory middle section, and reflective ending. Soloist – Cameron Abernethy

Mission Impossible – it is hard to believe how far these 6th grade students have come. Bravo!

Beginning and MS Band

Jam (2010)

Sean O’Loughlin

This music is rhythmic and bluesy with some changes in meter. The middle features our percussion section.

Soloists – Ben Dungan, Matthew Glosson, Gabe Lee, Doug Smith, Will Snider, Luke Wilson

MS Band

Roller Coaster (2001)

Otto Schwarz

Pull down the safety bar, hold on tight, and get ready to scream! This piece is VERY demanding.

Both MS and US band students have worked extremely hard to prepare it. Bravo!

MS and US Band with guests from the Triangle Youth Brass Band

Rim Shot (2007)

Austin Spika, Donald Young

Gathering of the Ranks at Hebron (1988)

David Holsinger

Rim Shot – features our senior percussionists on marching snare drums, accompanied by the rest of

the band. Soloists – Alexander Ade, Gennaro Cuomo

Gathering of the Ranks at Hebron – depicts the intensity and flurry of activity within a large army

preparing for battle. It is one of the most challenging pieces the US band has learned in recent years!

US Band with guests from the Triangle Youth Brass Band


12 th Annual Band on the Quad

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

6:00 PM

Cary Academy Quad

Concert Program (continued)

Chameleon (1973)

Herbie Hancock

This is a funk tune we played at the Jazz MPA. It features Bryce Patisaul on bass.

Soloists – Damon Blair, Michael Crow, Pranay Tankala, Vishy Kasula, Ben Lipson,

Jimmy McShane, Matthew Glosson, Gabe Lee, Yusuf Nyang’oro, Will Snider

MS Jazz Band

St. Thomas (1956)

Sonny Rollins

These impressive students have worked predominantly on their own during MS band class. Bravo!

Soloists – Damon Blair, Michael Crow, Pranay Tankala

MS Jazz Combo

Cantaloupe Island (1973)

Herbie Hancock, arr. Mike Kamuf

Sing, Sing, Sing (1936)

Louis Prima, arr. Gordon Goodwin

Cantaloupe Island – is a light rock/funk tune. We like the feel of it!

Soloists – Andy Cooper, Thomas Worm

Sing, Sing, Sing – Arranged by Gordon Goodwin, this is the version performed by

his Big Phat Band. It is by far the toughest piece we have tackled in years!

Soloists – Trevor Scanlon, Daniel Sheitman, Jeonghun Lee, Daniel Orol

US Jazz Band

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (1966)

Joe Zawinul

Joe Blue (2012)

Joseph Cornett

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – was written for saxophonist Cannonball Adderly and reached #11 on the

Billboard charts in 1967. The brand of Andy Cooper’s saxophone is a Cannonball!

Soloists – Andy Cooper, Richard Van Vliet, Thomas Worm

Joe Blue – was written by Joseph Cornett, our pianist and longest tenured member of the combo. It

is a 12 bar blues in F and will feature solos by many of the combo members - most notably the scat

singing of fellow senior, Lars Dolder.

Soloists - Joseph Cornett, Ben Davalos Martinez, Daniel Orol, Jeonghun Lee, Lars Dolder

US Jazz Combo


12-13 Beginning Band Members

Flute Alto Sax Trombone

Alex Bandong Nate McShane Raiden Mason SL

Elizabeth George

Justin Stone

Anna Ibrahim Trumpet Cedric Tucker

Caroline Spancake H SL Matthew Cinoman SL

Michael Epperson


Clarinet Ryan Scott Cameron Abernethy SL

Amy Chang H SL Aditya Surana Connor Brody SL

Haley Harris

Rohit Jain Horn SL Section Leader

Curt Sherman Peyton Gozon H NCAIS Honor Band

Beginning Band, by Connor Brody

This year I have taken beginning band. At the beginning of the year when I heard I got beginning

band I was disappointed because I had never played an instrument before. Then once we began to

test out the instruments I thought I would have a lot of fun playing trumpet so that’s what I chose.

I learned 5 notes on trumpet before I switched to percussion. During band on both instruments I

learned how to count and play many notes. Beginning band has been a fun experience and I hope

many kids take it and learn like me.

To the Beginning Band from Mr. Grush

What remarkable progress! Sounds started as painful, then became recognizable, and now have

become more polished and beautiful. You have developed skills in reading music, counting,

keeping a steady tempo, supporting a steady airflow, listening, tuning, matching sound, matching

volume, and matching style. I am very proud of you! We need you in band next year!


12-13 Middle School Band Members

Flute Alto Sax Trombone

Samuel Chow H Esra Balkas H Caleb Norfleet H

Margaret Cece Jackson Blaakman Patrick Schaefer H

Shaan Dhawan

Michael Crow SL

Jessica Jenkens SL Jessica McCoppin Tuba

Drake Richards

Danny Sharp O

Tenor Sax

Clarinet Damon Blair SL H R Bass

Coleman Mitchell

Bryce Patisaul

Margaret Muth SL H


Robert Schellenberger Sydney Brown SL Percussion

Pranay Tankala O H D S Chase Coley Ben Dungan

Miriam Weathers Ben Lipson Gabriel Lee

Jimmy McShane SL

Matthew Glosson SL

SL Section Leader Yusuf Nyang’oro Doug Smith

O Officer John Peterson Will Snider

H NCAIS Honor Band Chris Toy Chris Toy

D All-District Band

Luke Wilson

S All-State Band

R All-Region Jazz Band

MS Band, by Danny Sharp, President

At the beginning of the school year, many new and old faces came into the Cary Academy band room in 6th period

ready to play new music. These were 7th and 8th graders, and they came in, not exactly knowing their place. The 8th

graders had to adapt to being leaders and teaching the 7th graders how to play music in certain situations the 7th

graders didn't learn before. The 7th graders needed to adapt to the more rigorous music learning experience, and as a

group, we all grew together as a group into the band you see currently.

To the MS Band from Mr. Grush

Danny superbly points out the greatest challenge we have had. I would like to complement each of you on your

individual effort and how you have come together as a group. What we have done is not easy, but it is exceedingly

rewarding. We need rising 8 th graders back next year to lead the MS band, and we need rising 9 th graders in US

Band and US Jazz Band to carry the torch left behind by our 12 graduating seniors!


12-13 Upper School Band Members

Flute Tenor Sax Euphonium

Emma Astrike-Davis Jason Franklin * Jacob Bruner *

Ruchi Desai SL O H 13

Liz Walton H 13 Trumpet Tuba

Devrim Goktan * Austin McCall *


Varun Kasula SL

Andy Cooper O H Alan Yeh * Bass

Marisa Gao O H 13

Ian Brundige

Elizabeth Hunt SL H


Joshua Mitchell Rachel Knieri * Percussion

Pranay Tankala * Ben Shafer * Alexander Ade O 13

Erickson Smith * Gennaro Cuomo SL 13

Oboe Sawyer Harris *

Hannah Scanlon * Trombone Trevor Scanlon D *

Kendall Bell O H

Jack Pullen

Alto Sax

Andrew Hamrick

Michael Averell O SL 13 Jay Hornaday * 13 Class of 2013

Daniel Sheitman SL

* Guest

D All-District Band

O Officer SL Section Leader H NCAIS Honor Band

US Band, by Ruchi Desai, President

This year, the theme for music for the US Band was solos. While working on various pieces of music for our

concerts, each person in the band picked a song they liked on SmartMusic to use as their solo. This taught us a lot

about learning music on our own and playing solos in front of a large audience. Being able to choose our own music

made our experience in band a lot more fun this year.

To the US Band from Mr. Grush

While I am very proud of the individual effort made on solos, I am even more proud of our corporate effort to learn

some challenging band music. Playing in a small band is much more difficult than playing in a large band. Plus, the

music we play is intended for larger bands. We thank our guests for helping to give us a larger band, but the real

credit goes to the 16 people determined to be a band. I admire and appreciate each of you!


12-13 Middle School Jazz Band and Combo Members

Alto Sax Trumpet Bass

Michael Crow C Jimmy McShane Bryce Patisaul C

Pranay Tankala C

Ben Lipson

Chris Toy


Tenor Sax

Matthew Glosson C

Damon Blair C O R Piano Gabe Lee

Danny Sharp C

Yusuf Nyang’oro


Will Snider C

Vishal Kasula

C MS Jazz Combo

O Officer R All-Region Jazz Band

MS Jazz Band, by Damon Blair, President

Jazz Band is a place where musicians can convene and enjoy work towards a common goal: the

learning and understanding of jazz. Taught by Mr. Grush, the jazz band has refreshing snacks

after a long day at school. Jazz band typically has two or more performances in a year – one in

the fall and a couple more in the spring, including a performance in front of a judge to get

feedback. The other concerts in a year are for you to share your knowledge for jazz music at the

end of the year for your parents and friends to enjoy.

To the MS Jazz Band and Combo from Mr. Grush

MS Jazz Band, you could select a club that requires no work on your own. Instead, you play in

MS Jazz Band, which requires a great deal of work. Thank you! MS Combo, I wish I had been

smart enough to send you guys out of class at the beginning of the year. What you have done on

your own in a matter of a few months is amazing. Keep playing next year!!


12-13 Upper School Jazz Band Members

Alto Sax Trumpet Bass

Rachna Kuchibhatla 13 Zach Graves 13 Nick Trombetta

Richard Van Vliet Ben Davalos-Martinez Thomas Worm SL 13

Alex Wang H

Josh Milligan

Daniel Orol SL 13 H


Tenor Sax

Nick Trombetta

Andy Cooper O SL R H Trombone Thomas Worm SL 13

Rachna Kuchibhatla 13

Daniel Sheitman

Jeonghun Lee



Trevor Scanlon D

Bari Sax

Grace Gittelman

Austin Mangelsdorf H Devon Witek D All-District Band

R All-Region Jazz Band

H NCAIS Honor Band

13 Class of 2013 SL Section Leader O Officer

US Jazz Band, by Daniel Orol, President

US Jazz Band has continued to be an enriching experience. As the group has continued to learn and grow, we have

been able to pick more of our own music and enjoyed more responsibility in terms of learning it. This has meant

more time actually playing in class, either as a group or in sectionals, as everyone knows the music better than in

previous years. Being able to play more means that we are tackling progressively more difficult pieces of music, and

the Jazz Band has once again been a truly fantastic experience.

To the US Jazz Band from Mr. Grush

I echo Daniel’s sentiment – the group this year has worked very hard and has tackled some tough music. We’re

playing a professional version of Sing, Sing, Sing in keys we have never attempted before as a group! Our core of

upperclassmen has used its experience to inspire some very talented underclassmen. I hear a difference in our group

precision and challenge us to continue to improve in the coming year. We’ll really miss the seniors, though!


12-13 Upper School Jazz Combo Members

Andy Cooper, tenor sax R Ben Davalos-Martinez, trumpet Richard Van Vliet, drums

Joseph Cornett, piano R 13 Jeonghun Lee, soprano and tenor sax Thomas Worm, bass O 13

Lars Dolder, guitar 13 Daniel Orol, trumpet 13

13 Class of 2013 R All-Region Jazz Band O Officer

US Jazz Combo, by Thomas Worm, President

The US Jazz Combo is tons of fun. You and your close compadres get to jam to some gnarly

tunes and have a blast. I would recommend the combo to anyone who likes to play music and

wants to get better at improvising.

To the US Jazz Combo from Mr. Grush

A special group of musicians like yourselves is extremely rare and I could not be more grateful

for the opportunity to grow and learn with you. Seniors, you have set a high standard for those

who come after you and we will deeply miss you. Returning members, it is up to you to pass on

the tradition to our rising members. Most importantly, however, we should celebrate the

tremendous passion for music you all foster and share with each other.


Awards Program

Certificate Symbols of Participation


This represents the

effort made by any

student who

auditioned to

participate in an

honor ensemble.


This represents the effort

made by any student who

performed in an honor


Other Ensemble

This represents a

student’s participation

in a second

instrumental music

group at Cary


Jazz Band or


This represents

membership in a Jazz

Band or Combo


This represents a

student’s performance

at the NC Music

Educators Jazz Music


Assessment (MPA)

Officer or Section

Leader - This

represents a student’s

leadership role in class.

Pep Band or

Drumline Club -

This represents a

student’s participation

in Pep Band or US

Drumline Club

Band Solo Recital

This represents a student’s

participation in the recital

at the Glenaire Retirement



Award Descriptions

Director's Award for Leadership

Students exhibit leadership in many ways. Some motivate those around them to work together to

stretch personal limits. Others lead by example, teaching those around them by being prepared and

playing their music as it is meant to be played. Still, others lead by demonstrating consistent effort

and excellence in their overall approach to playing music on their instruments. Students receiving

recognition for outstanding leadership have served as role models throughout the year by

demonstrating exceptional musicianship and effort.

Director’s Award for Improvement

Playing a musical instrument seems to come easier to some people than others. However,

determination and hard work often make the difference in a student’s musical growth. In addition,

seeking help from a teacher or friends and incorporating their advice into practice habits yields

further growth. Musical ability is less inherited than it is earned. Students receiving recognition for

outstanding improvement have shown an intense desire to better their playing, exemplary effort,

and have demonstrated a dramatic increase in their musical skills.

Director’s Award for Spirit

Students also display spirit in many ways: Energy… Interest… Positive Attitude... Some see what

needs to be done, often without being asked, and do it. Others are curious and always interested in

doing or learning something new or different about music. Still others have a demeanor and

enthusiasm about playing music and about life that is simply contagious. Students receiving

recognition for outstanding spirit have inspired and challenged us all to strive for excellence

throughout the year through their enthusiasm, service, and attitude.

John Philip Sousa Band Award

This national award is given to an Upper School student in recognition of outstanding achievement

and interest in band, for singular merit in loyalty and cooperation, and for displaying the high

qualities of conduct that school music requires.

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

This national award is given to an Upper School student in recognition of outstanding achievement

and interest in jazz music. Exceptional ability in solo and ensemble playing are consistently

demonstrated by the recipient of this award.

Band Letter (first awarded in the 2004-2005 school year)

Upper school band students earn a band letter by being enrolled in a band class beyond the one unit

of credit required for graduation. Therefore, students enrolled in one band class per year earn band

letters during their third year. Students enrolled in both band and jazz band classes in their first

year earn band letters for enrolling in at least one band class during their 2 nd year.


A Brief History of the CA Band Program

Sixteen years ago, in the fall of 1997, Mr. Grush began developing the instrumental music

program. There were 10 students in the Upper School Orchestra, 32 students in two Middle School

(7th and 8th grade) classes and 25 students in the Beginning (6th grade) classes. All instrumental

music classes were held in room 108 in the middle school, now a science lab.

In the spring of 1998, twenty students in grades 6-9 formed an after school Jazz Band Club.

Beginning in ’98-‘99 rehearsals moved to twice a week before school at 7:00AM. Fall of 2000

marked the formation of MS Jazz Band - a club that met once per week for 45 minutes and was

open to all 6th - 8th grade students, regardless of their enrollment in Band class. US Jazz Band

became a class in fall of 2000, but still met before school twice per week until 2002. In 2001, Mr.

Qiao arrived to teach the orchestra classes and Mr. Grush focused on the Band and Jazz Band.

We began yearly themes in 08-09 with Kansas City Jazz, Island Music in 09-10, Movie Music in

10-11, and World Music in 11-12.

For the 2012-13 school year, there are 20 Beginning Band students, 32 MS Band students,

16 US Band students, 17 US Jazz Band students, 8 US Jazz Combo Students, 7 Music Theory

Students, and many members of the MS Pep Band Club, US Drumline Club, and MS Jazz Band

Club. This year, our theme has been “Solos” and we have all prepared and performed solos for the

class. Some of us even played at the band solo recital at the Glenaire Retirement Community.


Campbell University

Elon University

NC School of the Arts



In the Community

Angus Barn

Carmen’s Cuban Café

Cary Senior Center

Meymandi Concert Hall



Raleigh School

SAS building V

Performance Locations

District MPA

Asheboro, NC

Durham, NC

Hillsborough, NC

Jacksonville, NC

Monroe, NC

Morrisville, NC

Shelby, NC

Tarboro, NC

Other Festivals and


Atlanta, GA

Charlotte, NC

Myrtle Beach, SC

New Orleans, LA

Orlando, FL

Richmond, VA

Williamsburg, VA

Wilmington, NC

Winston-Salem, NC

Honors and Awards

Jazz performances at the NC Music Educators Association Convention – November 10, 2008

• 2 Grand Champion/Highest Score Awards

• 9 First Place Awards

• 5 Superior Ratings at District/Region MPA

• 74 Students in All-District Band

• 14 Students in All-Region Jazz Band

• 19 Students in All-State Honors Band

• 2 Students in All-State Jazz Band

• 2 students in NC Governor's School

• 65 students in NCAIS Honor Band

• 30 students in CA Band for all 7 years

• 2 Performances at Meymandi Concert Hall

• 4 Videos with CA soundtracks from Disney

• Almost 300 pieces of music played in 16 years

• Over 100 performances in 16 years


Band Class of 2013 when they started at CA

Alexander Ade


Michael Averell


Joseph Cornett


Gennaro Cuomo


Ruchi Desai


Zach Graves


Daniel Orol


Thomas Worm


Rachna Kuchibhatla


Lars Dolder


Marisa Gao


Liz Walton


Band Class of 2013 as Seniors


To the band class of 2013 from Mr. Grush . . .

Participating in the band music program and putting up with me for this long does indeed deserve special

recognition and some reminiscing! The class of 2013 is the largest band senior class ever with the largest

group of 7 year seniors ever! In 2006 Michael was playing clarinet, Joseph played trumpet, and Thomas

played trombone. Where would we be if you 3 had not switched and the other 5 had not continued to play

the instrument they started?! Rachna joined Jazz Band in 9 th grade as the only female member until this

year. In 10 th grade, Marisa, Liz, and Lars arrived to strengthen an already strong class of musicians. The 12

seniors have played for a total of 69 years in the Cary Academy Band Program! Phenomenal!!! I am proud

of your musical growth, but most proud of the exceptional young people you have become. Without your

amazing talent, dedication, and leadership, the Cary Academy Band Program would not have approached the

level of success we have attained. I admire each of you, am deeply grateful to you, and will dearly miss you.

Do you remember . . .

06-07 the Beginning Band in-class demonstration when you wrote your own music to perform.

06-07 the trip to the music store and then on to ride go-carts (Grush beat you all).

07-08 the Halloween Concert at the Cary Senior Center.

07-08 the Dixie Classic – US Jazz Band and Jazz Combo earned Superiors!

08-09 the NCMEA Convention – US and MS Jazz Bands performed for the state’s jazz teachers.

08-09 Kansas City Jazz – Cecil, Ramon, the CA Swing Dance Club, and the 30’s style outfits.

09-10 Island music - reggae with Mickey Mills and Panyelo; Salsa with Orcesta Gardel; the Salsa club

09-10 the Busch Gardens Competition – we won 9 awards!

10-11 the Disney trip – making a soundtrack for the Fantasia 2000 video (Donald Duck Noah’s Ark)

10-11 Movie Music – creating your own soundtrack to the youtube video of your choice

11-12 World Music – US Band composing music for the project re-runway fashion show or recital

11-12 the Dixie Classic – US Band and US Jazz combo earned superior ratings!

11-12 Combo’s trip to New Orleans – Preservation Hall, earning tips playing at the hotel restaurant


Senior Band Memories and Future Plans

Alexander Ade

Guilford College

Business (and hopefully playing basketball)

My favorite memories have to be Grush's jokes. His go to lines are the best.

Although I haven't heard it since middle school, "It's really nice to see me today"

was my favorite. Also when he didn't try to be funny, the guy was pretty funny.

One of my favorite memories is when he described "Dre Beats" as "Doctor

Beats". All jokes aside, I really did love playing percussion for Mr. Grush,

although I didn't practice a lot or do the projects on time. Every year, I continued

to sign up for band because playing music was a nice emotional outlet between

stressful classes. My greatest memories in Band were truly spending time with

Mr.Grush, and decreasing my stress level every day in Band class.

Michael Averell

Harvard University

Double major in economics and Chinese

I absolutely loved doing the tango during the last band assembly with

Liz. While we most likely danced awkwardly, we poured our heart and

souls into it. We not only danced the tango, but also got to MC in

Chinese! At least a few people understood us.

Good times with Liz!

Joseph Cornett

Yale University

In 9th grade, I joined the jazz combo as the new pianist. It was exciting! But I

felt so completely out of my league: I couldn’t improvise for squat, I didn’t

know any of the jazz scales, and I couldn’t play anything that wasn’t written

note-for-note on sheet music. I was an adept classical pianist, but jazz was a

completely new world. My next three years then saw a musical expansion that I

never would have predicted. (To give an idea, my music submission to colleges

this year contained three videos: one was a classical piece, but the other two

were a jazz improvisation and an original composition—two things that I had

absolutely no experience with as a freshman.) I will always be grateful to Mr.

Grush for his facilitation of my musical development—and most importantly

for the faith that he has always had in me.


Gennaro Cuomo

NC State University

Engineering, Computer Science

I remember going to my first all-district try out in middle school

and completely botching my solo. It was quite embarrassing to

stand in front of the judges as I watched them marking my score


Ruchi Desai

UNC Chapel Hill


I've been in band since 6th grade and I've made many great

memories in this class. I remember walking into the band room for

the first time in 6th grade and seeing four or five instruments set

out for people to test. Many of us had never played a wind

instrument before, so we could barely get a sound out of any of

them. After attempting to play the different instruments, I decided

to pick the flute. Over the last seven years, I have learned so much

in band and I hope to continue playing music throughout college.

Lars Dolder

NC State University

Engineering and Physics

My favorite band experience was jazz Combo's trip last year to

New Orleans. I think we really came into our own on that trip and

evolved as a group into a more cohesive and effective unit.


Marisa Gao

UC Berkeley or Vanderbilt

Biology, toxicology, pre-med

My favorite memories of band definitely involve the members I've

grown so close to! Ruchi, Liz and I have been through so much

together and I couldn't have had nearly as much fun in band without

them. We make faces across the first row at each other and bond over

band-ly things; it's completely unique to us! I will miss the band trips

and the competitions, the jokes and the music, but most importantly,

the people. My years at Cary Academy were more colorful because of

the band room and it's been a great experience. I can't wait to come

back and visit next year.

Zach Graves

Furman University


Choosing the trumpet - it was early in 6th grade, and I had just joined

band, but I remember trying to pick an instrument. While now it seems

like such an easy choice, then it seemed like a life or death decision.

Other memories include the Busch Gardens trip, where after playing we

were set free inside the park. I think I am missing hearing in my right ear

still because of Nicole's incredibly loud screams on the roller coaster. I

have fond memories of a much less chill pre-concert Mr. Grush, which

was so bad I distinctly remember some seniors prescribing him chill pills

while I was in middle school. The last couple of years have been a blast.

It has been tons of fun learning some tough music, and I have enjoyed

the laughs that this year's class in particular has provided.

Rachna Kuchibhatla

New York University

International Relations

Jazz on the Quad my freshman year was the first time I played a solo

and in my nervous excitement, I squeaked four times in a short, eight

bar solo. It was INCREDIBLY embarrassing and I got teased for it

quite a bit but listening to my improvement over these past four years

is something I feel confident about. And being the only girl in the

band for three years was quite a bit of fun. :D


Daniel Orol

University of Pennsylvania

Engineering and possibly robotics

My favorite band memory is the jazz combo trip to New Orleans.

This exciting trip allowed us to play for live crowds in a famous

jazz city, and we even made some tip money to buy snacks with!

Not only did we get to play a lot of music, but we also heard some

really incredible players who knew all sorts of styles of jazz.

Highlights included being able to explore the city, losing our

boarding passes before every single flight, and accidentally calling

the police.

Elizabeth Walton

Washington and Lee University

Business, Psychology, French

My favorite band memory was the trip that we took to Disney

World my sophomore year. Not only were we able to play with a

Disney conductor, but we were also able to spend some time at the

various parks. I also loved being the MC for the band assembly

this year during C-block with Michael. We both had so much fun

and it was a great way to end our senior year. I've really enjoyed

being in band through high school and even in three short years

I've learned so much. It has been a great experience and I'll admit

that I'll even miss Mr. Grush's jokes next year. Thank you!

Thomas Worm

Denison University

Geoscience and Communications with a minor in music

My favorite band memory is jamming in N'awlins with the combo.

I loved being able to hang out in a city that is so saturated with

music. I want to thank Mr. Grush for putting up with me all of these

years and for letting me stop playing the euphonium. I think the

bass was a much better fit for me in the long run. - Thom


Mr. Grush’s memories of seniors and future predictions


I remember how proud I was watching you play in All-District Band in middle school. After 7 years, I think

you own the record for the most assignments turned in late over one band career! Your dedication to

drumline over the past 4 years has made a huge difference. I’ve also got to say that I loved watching you

dunk at the Homecoming Pep Rally.

Future Prediction: Alex works his tail off and makes the Guilford College basketball team as a walk on.

He sets a school record for blocking fouls because he consistently gets to the spot . . . just a little late!


How can someone going to Harvard be so perplexed by the simple concept of a key signature? Our school

has benefitted from the scholarly discussions you have organized for the Upper School and from your

prowess in debate. I am also glad to know that you consider 5% of my jokes to be funny. That’s more than I


Future Prediction: Michael uses a college internship in the Chinese musical instrument manufacturing

industry to springboard him to an eventual career as Chairman of the Fed.


Your hands are perpetually attached to a keyboard, which is good because you need something to stabilize

yourself as you move, sway, and gyrate all over the place while you play! It also helps you to fit as many

fast notes as possible into your jazz solos. I truly admire your musicianship, your resolve to face difficult

challenges, and your desire to improve yourself. It is not about the destination; it is about the journey.

Future Prediction: At Yale, Joseph forms his own Jazz combo that has a standing gig at a local coffee

shop. He bills the performances as “BroJoe’s Mojos Shows at Cup-a-Joes.”


For years you played both in band and jazz band, playing percussion, drumset, and vibes. I still remember

you playing El Caribe on mallets with Gaurav and the Jazz Band. You had just grown tall enough to see

over the instrument. Rim Shot was made for you and you have truly taken ownership. It was high time to

bring you out from the back of the band to feature you and Alex in front!

Future Prediction: After graduating from NCSU in computer science, Gerry joins his father in their lives’

work. They both live in the basement and play with their band!


I remember you and Jen coming to talk to me about my idea to give group grades. You were passionate and

persuasive and I appreciated your candor. Also, I wish I had been able to see you dance at some point, as

your talent is not limited only to music. However, you have been the musical leader of the flute section as

long as I can remember – sort of a Napoleon kind of thing.

Future Prediction: Ruchi finishes her Biology degree, graduates top of her class in Med school, and

becomes a world famous surgeon. Other surgeons begin to imitate her – by standing on a stool to operate.


I know in middle school that you were Mr. Music. At CA, you arrived exactly when we needed a talented

guitar player in Jazz Band and Combo. Also, you have been the life of the drumline. During combo

rehearsals you inspire us with your dance moves and vocal stylings. This year we have enjoyed your

impersonation of Michael Jackson in I Want You Back. Best of luck next year as you major in

procrastination. Future Prediction: While at NCSU, Lars earns pizza money by performing on

Hillsborough Street – singing, playing guitar, and dancing – kind of like the Jackson 5 meet Mick Jagger.



Our band was incredibly fortunate to have such a talented clarinet player join CA in 10 th grade! This year

you even made time to start clarinet lessons to further your playing. My primary memory of the NCAIS

Honor Band this year was taking you, Ruchi, and Liz on a grocery store run at night. You 3 brought back

enough snacks for our entire group of 17 . . . and they were just for the 3 of you! Future Prediction: Even

after becoming a medical examiner, Marisa continues to work part time at Red Bowl. When asked why, she

says, “I hate it, but every time I look at my check I remember I like to spend money.”


Last year you were sick for Jazz on the Quad and Daniel covered your solo for you. This year, you

got to actually play your solo and did a superb job. Also, your improvised solo project showed a lot of

promise. I wish you had started improvising years ago! I also wish you had used your tuning slide years ago

. . . and it would not have been stuck in place since 7 th grade! Future Prediction: Modeled after the

adjustable Krispy Kreme hat, Zach manufactures an adjustable mouthpiece, making trumpet tuning slides

obsolete. Tuning slide grease manufacturers sue, but Zach’s product puts them out of business.


You are a brave young woman, playing with a group of all guys for 3 years! I am proud of you for facing

your anxiety about improvising and playing an excellent solo at Jazz on the Quad this year . . . and without

squeaks! Also, I was very impressed with your presentation on Manga for the MS Unbuntu festival. You

would be an excellent teacher if you choose to teach!

Future Prediction: Going to NYU is just a means to continue her hobby, clubbing. The international

relations part will be sampling the international dance music and foods from various NYC establishments.


You were thrown into being the Jazz Band’s lead trumpet player as a freshman. While you were playing the

first part, it took some time for you to actually start being a lead player. When you figured it out, the entire

band took off. Early on, you shied away from improvising. Now, after asking about scales and learning

through trial and error, you seek out chances to improvise solos.

Future Predictions: Being that he is physically unable to smile for pictures, Daniel dedicates his life to

developing robotic facial muscles for hockey players who suffer too much jaw and dental damage.


I have never met anyone who started playing a band instrument as a 10 th grader. Your courage and

persistence are remarkable. The only thing you have done more than improving your flute playing is talking

to Ruchi during class. Almost every week since the Disney trip you have asked if we can go on another trip.

When I gave you the chance to organize one this year, I never heard back. Not an easy task, huh?!

Future Predictions: Liz combines all of her areas of interest and franchises a new business concept -

French culinary therapy. Clients talk as they prepare a meal together. It is called “Quiche and Tell”.


For almost 4 years you have been telling me the bass you are building is almost done. I do not believe that it

exists! I’m just glad we got you playing bass. You are a very gifted musician and your passion for playing

music has lifted our entire jazz program. About every other week you ask me, “Mr. Grush can we play . . .”

some different song you have come across. Before I can even get that song, you ask about a new one!

Future Predictions: The geoscience should be fine but I have reservations about communications and the

minor in music. Don’t those two fields require that you actually be able to read?


2012-13 Band Event Descriptions

Music Camp (Summer 2012) Margaret Muth (’17)

Summer music camp is insanity: you're eating bad food and sleeping in dorms that smell weird, and in an ensemble for

five hours a day, but you learn a tremendous amount in a really short period of time. At the end, you're learning and

performing amazing music and everything is so challenging that there isn’t a moment where it gets boring (other than

when the director’s working with those darn percussionists…), and everything sounds amazing. If you do go to UNCG,

though, bring enough money to eat at Subway for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’m not kidding about the food.

US Advanced Music Theory Class (year-long)

Joseph Cornett ('13)

Advanced Music Theory is a year-long course, taken in the same time slots as other core classes. The best thing about

the class is how it accommodates students with wide ranges of music theory knowledge; don't let the "Advanced" part

throw you off! Many people in the class this year began with not much theory knowledge at all -- and trust me, you'll

learn fast. This class will be fun and useful, both for those who simply want a musical break in their tough schedule and

for those who want an intense delving into how to interpret and create music.

US Drumline Club (Year-long) Alexander Ade (’13)

In drumline you're able to perform percussion music that expresses school spirit. Drumline is one of the best ways to

hype the entire school during events such as tailgates and pep rallies. You will also have the opportunity to show your

talent in the school variety show. However, drumline is not just for percussionists. You don't necessarily have to know

how to play the drums, but you must be an entertainer that's willing to do creative things to put on a show. If you're

either filled with school spirit or passionate about playing the drums, drumline is perfect for you!

Theme for the year – Solos Samuel Chow (’18)

This year's theme for band class was "solos". In the two trimesters we did this, we used Smart Music to choose a piece

that we would play in front of the class. It was played alone with an accompaniment from Smart Music. We could pick

any style music we wanted. We had a whole trimester to perfect this piece before we played it in front of the class. It

was fun working on it.

Beginning Band In-Class Demonstration (September 2011) Anna Ibrahim (’19)

The 6th grades beginning band’s first in-class concert was quite interesting. Knowing that we as beginning band

students, not knowing anything about band, were going to play something in front of our parents was quite a shock and

nerve racking experience. It came easy to some but to others it was the worst thing that a human can endure alive. You

could also see the parents sitting in the back very disturbed by the reckless non-stop noise. When it was over the

parents, and students as well, were relieved to go have a refreshment of lemonade and cookies. Overall the in class

performance was quite an adventure.

Jazz on the Quad and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (October 2012) Devon Witek (’14)

This Fall's Jazz on the Quad was a big success and entertained dozens of audience members, as they listened to US

Jazz, MS Jazz, US Combo, and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble. Additionally, students got to work with Dr. Gregg

Gelb, a well-known and respected musician who has dedicated his life to sharing jazz music with everyone. The concert

itself takes away the stressful feeling of performing in a theater with the spotlights on you, while providing an open

environment and allowing family and friends to relax.


NCAIS Honor Band (November 2012) Amy Chang (’19)

The NCAIS Honor Band took place at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. What I liked the best about the

NCAIS Honor Band was that a lot of people came together all knowing how to play an instrument nicely. In addition,

they all love music like you do. We practiced as a group and had a lot of fun for two days. We also met more new

friends who love music just like you and I. Then, we performed the music together. The performance sounded really

good! I hope you will come next year and be part of NCAIS Honor Band.

Christian Tamburr Quintet visit (November 2012) Ben Davalos-Martinez (’15)

The Christian Tamburr Quintet assembly was one of the best experiences I have had. It was not only great musical

experience, but it was also a great event to enrich my life. I got the chance to not only play my trumpet, but also take

everything that I knew and share it with the professionals. They listened to me and gave suggestions that I will use until

the day I put down my trumpet. It is something that all musicians should have the opportunity to experience. It will take

what you have learned and make it seem so worthy of the hard effort to took to learn how to play when they give you a

pat on the back and say good job.

Winter Band Concert (November 2012)

Alex Bandong ('19)

The Winter Band Concert was tons of fun; one of my favorite things was performing on stage. When you play in your

first concert, you may be nervous, but you should be super proud of yourself because you got up there on that stage and

performed songs in front of lots of people. The theme this year was Solos, and so for this concert everyone wore black

with one solo item which showed your personality. This concert was a very memorable experience; don’t be nervous!

Beginning Band Trip to Music Store (December 2012) Caroline Spancake (’19)

In December the 6 th grade beginning band class went to a local music store to try different instruments, nicer models of

the instruments that we (the 6th band) play, and to buy music and other gadgets for instruments. It was fun to see our

classmates attempt to try to play different instruments as well to try a nicer version for our instruments to see what we

could upgrade to later when we become better musicians. Not only did we get to try instruments we could also get some

cool music and gadgets!


All-District Band Auditions (January 2013)

Trevor Scanlon ('15)

The all-district band auditions are a great opportunity to find out how you stack up to other top players in the area. I

would strongly encourage everyone to do it. Just by preparing for the auditions, you are learning and mastering much

needed skills such as your scales and sight-reading, but if you make the band you are exposed to difficult music that

you would not have otherwise ever seen.

All-Region Jazz Band Auditions (January 2013)

Michael Crow ('17)

This year’s audition was very fun and also very challenging. During the audition, each student plays scales, a solo,

improvises, and sight reads a piece with two judges in a classroom. None of them are very hard, but you must do them

very well to make the band. Every student that plays jazz should try out because it only takes a little more work to get a

good score.

Band Solo Recital at Glenaire (February 2013)

Emma Astrike-Davis ('17)

Throughout the year all of the band classes have focused on developing creativity in style and technique through solo

performances. The band solo recital at the Glenaire retirement home offered a wonderful opportunity for several

students to showcase their work. Many residents of Glenaire attended the recital and they enjoyed hearing a great

variety of solo music and a few pieces by the Jazz Combo that had many dancing in their seats. It was a fun and

meaningful evening for all involved!

All-District Band Clinic (February 2013)

All-State Band Clinic (May 2013)

Pranay Tankala ('17)

It felt great to qualify for the All-District Band Clinic again this year.

The All-District clinic was held in Greensboro and I enjoyed making

friends, learning new music, and performing with the Middle School

Symphonic Band. Our conductor was Mr. Terry Blalock, a talented

band director who has played back-up for jazz greats like Jimmy

Dorsey, legends like Henry Mancini, and Elvis Presley! Mr. Blalock

had a terrific sense of humor, and it was lots of fun working with him.

We had two days of rehearsal and playing in the concert was a

wonderful experience! Qualifying for the All-State Clinic was a huge

surprise, and I’m looking forward to being a member of the North

Carolina All-State Honor Band.

All-Region Jazz Band Clinic (February 2013)

All-State Jazz Band Auditions (March 2013)

Andy Cooper ('14)

The All-Region Jazz Band Clinic was a great

opportunity to play with some of the best high

school jazz musicians in the area. Auditions were

held in January for two high school bands. For the

clinic, we practiced as a group with our conductor

the first day and played a concert the next.

Everyone in my group was talented and passionate

about jazz. Our conductors were professional

musicians and some of the best teachers in the

state. I learned so much from listening to the

players around me and to my conductor's advice.

Anyone who enjoys playing jazz would definitely

get something valuable out of the audition process

and the clinic.


UNC Wilmington Honor Band (February 2013)

Richard Van Vliet ('15)

The UNCW Honor Band is a wonderful experience overall. Going there helps you with music enormously. Intensive

classes help you in every aspect of playing. The people there are great and you will make a lot of new friends if you go!

MS Pep Band Games (February 2013)

Miriam Weathers ('18)

Playing in the Pep Band was a great opportunity not only for extra-credit points, but to also get a sneak peek into what

it would be like to perform in front a lot of people. The Pep Band played at Homecoming, one blue girls basketball

game, one blue boys basketball game, one gold girls basketball game, and one gold boys basketball game. It was a fun

time to be able to play your instrument with your friends and cheer on your team, but to also see some really cool

basketball. It was also a really good help for stage fright! I would really encourage people to do this next year!

MS Jazz Combo Matthew Glosson (’17)

The Middle School jazz combo is one of my favorite parts of MS band class this year. It started in the second trimester

as seven students working independently during class once or twice a week to collaborate, to learn, and most

importantly to play music together. This trimester, the MS jazz combo has become something much more than that.

Now we are a very tight ensemble who thoroughly enjoys playing and improving together. I see limitless possibilities

for future combos and am excited to see what the future holds.

US Jazz Combo Performances Jeonghun Lee (’16)

The combo performances were definitely a blast. It was a great way to spread jazz and to just let people enjoy the music

you play. To have fun and at the same time watch people enjoy the music we put such effort into was a great and unique

experience. Some were big events like the UNC Children’s Hospital Donor luncheon at the Angus Barn, the SAS Vocal

Motion concert, Grandparents Day, and the Raleigh School. Some were smaller like the Southeastern Brain

Conference. However, they were all great experiences. At the UNC Children’s Hospital Luncheon, one lady thought

we were music majors from the UNC music department!


Band Pins 2012-13

Since we have started a tradition of awarding band letters to Upper School students who have participated in

more than two band classes, we want to give all students the opportunity to begin earning pins to wear as

well. Budget constraints prohibit awarding so many pins, but students who have earned special pins may

purchase their own to wear on their concert outfit if they wish, until they have earned a band letter. This is

strictly optional.

Pins cost $6 each. Special pins for which students may be eligible include:

Students may also want a pin of the instrument they play. Instrument pins also cost $6 each.

Options include:

You may order pins tonight if you wish. See the Band Pin Eligibility List to see who is eligible. We will

place a group order from the pin vendor next week. Our goal is to receive the pins before the end of year and

distribute them in class.


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