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Jazz band encourages student self-expression through freeform music

Jazz band encourages student self-expression through freeform music

Taylir Charest, JAG people editor

December 21, 2018


Filed under Special coverage, VOICES

Every day, classes of students meet in the band room to showcase their talents, but a certain group, known as Jazz Band, meets in the band room to explore their creative side when performing music. Junior saxophonist Joey Gillette believes jazz band is special because of the makeup of the group. “Ja...

Blue and Silver bands perform concert at school

Blue and Silver bands perform concert at school

Ben Wieland, JagWire Opinions Editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under NEWS

The band performed a concert on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the school.  The performance, which featured the songs “Accolade” by William Himes, “American Riversong Suite” by Pierre la Plante, “Whispers from the Heart” by Yuji Nomi, “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes, “As Eagles Soar” by James S...

Band adds new percussion and freshmen to their lineup

Band adds new percussion and freshmen to their lineup

Sophia Armendariz, JagWire reporter/photographer

October 23, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Changes affect the band this year with the arrival of new pit percussion instruments and freshmen gaining the ability to join the marching band. The arrival of new percussion instruments, including xylophones, bells and marimbas, to the marching band holds new potential. In competitions, something as s...

All freshmen in band should be able to march in the show

All freshmen in band should be able to march in the show

Molly Smith, JAG senior ads editor

October 20, 2018


Filed under OPINION, Opinion columns

 The school has not let freshmen march in competition marching shows until the 2018 fall season. In previous years, freshmen have been in Silver Band, a class separate from upperclassmen, but, this year freshmen had the opportunity to audition for Blue Band. While Silver Band teaches freshmen to first ...

Marching Jaguars receive all one ratings at Central State Marching Festival

Marching Jaguars receive all one ratings at Central State Marching Festival

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

October 9, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The Marching Jaguars received all one ratings at the Central States Marching Festival, hosted by Kansas State University, on Saturday, Oct. 6. The band was judged based on five criteria: performance, musicality, auxiliaries, repertoire and coordination. They competed against forty other schools and we...

Band places third at Emporia State Marching Festival

Band places third at Emporia State Marching Festival

Ben Wieland, JagWire opinions editor

October 4, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The band competed at Emporia State University in the Emporia State Marching Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 3, where the band earned a one ranking and placed third against many other local high school bands. The band performed “The Phoenix” by Fall Out Boy, “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay and ...

Band makes school a more exciting experience

Band makes school a more exciting experience

Marah Shulda, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

August 20, 2018


Filed under OPINION

While I would like to say that I enjoy coming to school simply for the learning experience and classes I take, I have to acknowledge that is not the case. Personally, I rather enjoy walking down the halls and seeing the familiar faces of my friends and teachers. One of my favorite teachers in particular...

Freshman Jason Kingsbury invests in $3,000 instrument

Freshman Jason Kingsbury invests in $3,000 instrument

Marah Shulda, Jordan Robinson, JagWire photo editor, JagWire photographer

November 12, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Opening his case, freshman Jason Kingsbury pulls out his trumpet and begins to warm up, just like he does every Silver 1 block. He plays through the scales and songs, aided by his professional grade trumpet. Earlier this year, Kingsbury decided to invest in a Bach Stradivarius trumpet, costing ov...

Blue band presented superior one rating at Central States Marching Festival

Blue band presented superior one rating at Central States Marching Festival

Tricia Drumm, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

October 9, 2017


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

Blue band took to Manhattan on Saturday, Oct. 7 to compete in the Central States Marching Festival. While there, they went through a clinic with Kansas State University band students in the morning and performed in the late afternoon. At the end of the night, there were one ratings among drum line...

Marching band receives new uniforms after 17 years

Marching band receives new uniforms after 17 years

Elizabeth Joseph and Michael Sandri

September 28, 2017


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The new band uniforms have finally arrived after much anticipation by members of the band. Unlike the old navy outfits, the new black uniforms are sashless, use jackets that zip in the back and have hats featuring plumes about six inches in height. The marching band wore the original uniforms for 17 years, since...

Students compete in regional solo and ensemble competition

Students compete in regional solo and ensemble competition

Tricia Drumm, JagWire features editor

April 11, 2017


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

Choir and band students traveled to De Soto High School on Saturday, April 8 to compete in the regional solo and ensemble competition. From Mill Valley, five instrument soloists, two instrument ensembles, 11 vocal soloists and four vocal ensembles qualified for state. To prepare vocal soloists for...

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