12 th Annual Band on the Quad
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Cary Academy Quad
Union March (2011)
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
Colliding Visions (2010)
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
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
Roller Coaster (2001)
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)
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
Cary Academy Quad
Concert Program (continued)
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)
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 Blue (2012)
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
Anna Ibrahim Trumpet Cedric Tucker
Caroline Spancake H SL Matthew Cinoman SL
Clarinet Ryan Scott Cameron Abernethy SL
Amy Chang H SL Aditya Surana Connor Brody SL
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
Michael Crow SL
Jessica Jenkens SL Jessica McCoppin Tuba
Danny Sharp O
Clarinet Damon Blair SL H R Bass
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
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
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
Michael Averell O SL 13 Jay Hornaday * 13 Class of 2013
Daniel Sheitman SL
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
Matthew Glosson C
Damon Blair C O R Piano Gabe Lee
Danny Sharp C
Will Snider C
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
Daniel Orol SL 13 H
Andy Cooper O SL R H Trombone Thomas Worm SL 13
Rachna Kuchibhatla 13
Trevor Scanlon D
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.
Certificate Symbols of Participation
This represents the
effort made by any
participate in an
This represents the effort
made by any student who
performed in an honor
This represents a
in a second
group at Cary
Jazz Band or
membership in a Jazz
Band or Combo
This represents a
at the NC Music
Educators Jazz Music
Officer or Section
Leader - This
represents a student’s
leadership role in class.
Pep Band or
Drumline Club -
This represents a
in Pep Band or US
Band Solo Recital
This represents a student’s
participation in the recital
at the Glenaire Retirement
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.
NC School of the Arts
In the Community
Carmen’s Cuban Café
Cary Senior Center
Meymandi Concert Hall
SAS building V
Other Festivals and
Myrtle Beach, SC
New Orleans, LA
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York University
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.