Montrose Music Department

Building Musicians. Building People.

Band Camp, Day 1!

Well, day one of marching band is in the books!  I had an awesome day getting to know everyone.  Today we dusted off our instruments, found that we should’ve maybe practiced more this summer, and got to cover some marching basics!

A reminder that tomorrow’s rehearsal is CANCELLED!  I’ve got some training in Harrisburg to attend to!

Thanks for a great day and I’ll see you all Friday!

~Mrs. Hentges

Fruit Sale 2016

Today we are kicking of our annual fruit fundraising drive!

As in years past, we will be selling apples, oranges, pears, grapefruit, beef sticks, and string cheese. But we are also adding some new options!

New Meats and Cheeses

We will offer cheese spreads, summer sausage, two kinds of beef sticks, cheese and meat gift boxes, and a variety of mixed gourmet nuts this year through our fruit order forms. These are great for the holidays!

Food Essentials

Through Deli International, we will be offering a catalog of dry mixes to make breads, cakes, desserts, and dips. Peek through the pages to see if there are any goodies you’d want for your holiday gatherings.

Gourmet Coffee

We are sending a flyer out with a selection of gourmet coffees in several flavors. Customers can buy both traditional coffee packages (10-12 cups per pack) and K-cups (single serve cups for Kuerig machines). Let us help you get through the mornings while you support our band program!

Our sale will go through November 14. Spread the word and support our band students!

2016 Honor Choir and All-State Chorus

Congratulations to our 2016 Honor Choir!

Our Honor Choir includes some of our most dedicated and talented choir students, and these students will participate in two major events, represent our school at the South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra, and perform pieces at contests and concerts.

Here are the participants this year:


Sarah Kipp – soprano
Jocelyn Krouse – alto
Caleb Krouse – tenor
Collin Cleveland – bass


Maddie Cheever – soprano
Abigail Van Ruler – alto
Cody Sechser – tenor
Dawson Hopkins – bass


Vinessa Sowell – soprano
Tate Reiner – tenor
Peyton Cleveland – bass
Koltan Lindstrom – bass


BEC Honor Choir – Monday, October 17, 2016
This event will be held in Volga, SD, this year. Students will attend for a full day, taking off from the school at 8:00am and returning after the concert (probably back by around 9:00pm). The concert is held at Sioux Valley High School at 7:00pm, and the cost for admission is generally around $5 per adult and $3 per student to attend the concert. Student meals are provided through the music program.

Freeman All-State Extravaganza – Thursday, October 20, 2016
This event will be held at Freeman High School in Freeman, SD. Students will leave the school at 8:00am and return by 3:00pm. The concert is at 1:30pm [edited 10/18/2016] in the high school gym in Freeman, and there is no cost to attend. Students will need to pay for their meals at this event.

Region II Contest – Monday, March 13, 2017
This event is held at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Students will be participating in a single event as a choir, scheduled some time during the day. Depending on when the event is scheduled, students may need to bring money for lunch. The event is open to the public, and many different schools will have participants in various events all day. We plan to leave by 8:00am and return before the end of the school day.

The Honor Choir will perform three to four selections over the course of the school year at our two public concerts, including our Christmas concert (December 8) and our spring concert (April 27).

Again, congratulations to these accomplished students for their extra work and commitment to the practice of choral performance!

Jazz Composers Unit – Resources

Please use the following resources when researching your jazz composer/innovator:

We made a sound booth for recording. This is what it looks like.

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Choosing the Right Reed

So you’re a sax or clarinet player, and you’re just starting your career. There’s a whole lot of confusing stuff out there–mouthpiece, reed, ligature, care and maintenance items.

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Tuba Humor

For those of you who suffered through playing a tuba in marching band, this is for you.

And yes, that’s the dude from Back to the Future. Seriously.

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