Montrose Music Department

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MS Large Group Contest

On Wednesday, March 29, our middle school students will be attending the BEC Large Group Contest in Chester. Here is the information for the event:

  • Leave for Chester high school by 9:45
  • 7-8 band performs at 11:05
  • MS choir performs at 11:55
  • Meal available at the event (pizza, nachos, drinks). Students should plan to bring around $5-10
  • Leave for home by 12:30

Students will be able to catch busses when we return, so no extra transportation plans need to be made. The event is open to the public as well. 


Due to weather related rescheduling conflicts, we will not attend today’s vocal contest in Sioux Falls.

We will perform our small ensemble pieces at the spring concert. 

Vocal Contest 2017

On Monday March 13, our choir students will be participating in the Region II Vocal Small Ensemble contest at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. Our students will be performing in four separate ensembles throughout the day. The schedule is below.
For the performance, students are asked to dress in concert attire (same dress code as our concerts). Students should also plan to bring money to purchase lunch, which we will have at the Empire Mall.
Here is the schedule for the day:
8:30am: leave from the event doors
9:00am: arrive at Augustana University Fine Arts Building; prepare for the first ensemble
9:24am: Female Vocal Ensemble 1 (“Down in the Valley to Pray”) performs, V01
10:00am: Female Vocal Ensemble 2 (“Poor Wayfaring Stranger”) performs, V01
10:08-11:00am: Students watch other ensembles
11:00am: Leave for lunch at the Empire Mall
12:00pm: Leave to return to the contest
12:30-1:15pm: Students watch other ensembles
1:15pm: Honor Choir prepares for their performance
1:48pm: Honor Choir (“Loch Lomond”) performs, V02
2:18pm: Male Vocal Ensemble (“On the Deep Blue Sea”) performs, V02
2:45pm: Students leave to return home
3:15pm: Return to school.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
-Mr. Whitcomb

Yankee Candle Fundraiser 2017

It’s time for our final fundraiser of the year! If you’ve been patiently waiting to order your Yankee Candles, the sale is finally here!

Students will be selling candles, votives, decorative accessories, and even some gourmet popcorn this year through the Yankee Candle company. You can order two different ways:

Order in Person: Talk with a band member in any grade to order through the catalog. Simply choose your items, pay for the items (add tax), and wait for delivery in about six weeks.

Order Online: Get our group code and a code for your favorite student, then visit to check out the online catalog. Simply choose your items, put them in your cart, and pay with a credit card. Items will ship directly to your door (there is a small shipping fee).

The best thing about either way is that your favorite band student will receive the profits for the order, whether online or in person.

As always, thanks for supporting the band program through your purchases!

Fruit, Food, and FanCloth Updates

If you’ve been waiting for your fruit or dry mixes to come in from this fall’s band fundraiser, your wait is almost over! In addition, we are expecting our FanCloth exchanges at about the same time!

Fruit and Food orders will be available by Monday December 19. Please arrange to pick up the orders after school if possible.

Any FanCloth items that were returned for replacement should also be available at that time. This may also include the backordered Item 11 hoodies we have been waiting for as well.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas concert and supported our students as they performed last night! It was a wonderful concert, and the community turnout was amazing.

We received some items for our food drive for the McCook County Food Pantry, but many students have said that their families forgot to bring items before the concert. For that reason, we are going to extend our food drive to Tuesday morning!

Please send items in to the music room on Monday or Tuesday to help support our community this holiday season!

Here are some pictures from last night’s concert:




2016 Christmas Concert


On December 8, 2016, the Montrose Music Department will be presenting its annual Christmas Concert!

Last year’s festive sweaters were such a hit that we’re bringing them back again this year!

Students: wear your favorite festive sweater for the event!

Parents and Community: join in the fun and wear yours as well!

To add to the event, we will be holding a food drive for the McCook County Food Pantry. Please bring a nonperishable food item or a personal care item to the concert and help those in our community who are in need of basic supplies this holiday season. For more information on the food pantry, click here.

Whatever you wear or bring, make sure you bring your holiday cheer as we share our favorite Christmas songs, both old and new. See you there!

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!

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