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Band Booster and Alumni Newsletter

Fall 2002 Greetings from the Moeller Band! Since our last issue, we have been very busy. In this issue, you'll find about the great accomplishments of our students these past few months. We would like to invite you to our Christmas Concert, to be held Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 pm in the Sycamore Jr. High auditorium. This is always a good opportunity to catch up with some old friends, as well as hear some great music! We hope that all is well with you and your family, and we hope to see or hear from you soon! Sincerely, Bob Browning, Director of Bands

Marching Crusaders Wrap Up Season

The Moeller Marching Band had a successful season, entertaining thousands of fans and supporting the team at football games, as well as competing in several local and regional competitions. The show consisted of music from the motion picture The Patriot, arranged by Paul Kindt, with show design by Johnnie Green, and choreography by Tana Weingartner. With its exciting music and dramatic visual impact, the show was a favorite with audiences and the students. At the Kings Invitational held September 14th, Moeller competed against 6 other bands in the AA class. Moeller finished 3rd in that competition, behind first-place Fairborn and second-place McNicholas. On October 12th, Moeller finished 2nd in the third annual Mid States Band Competition in Lebanon. Competing against 4 other bands in the AA Class, the Moeller Marching Band won the Best Percussion award and finished second in the AA division, behind first-place Colerain. The 2002 Mid-States Band Association Championships were held November 2nd at Beavercreek High School. Moeller finished 13th in the preliminary competition, just missing a chance to compete in the finals. Although this was a little disappointing for the students, the marching season was both fun and rewarding, and all members experienced great personal and musical growth.

First Fine Arts Showcase A Success

The combined departments of Band, Chorus, Visual Arts and Drama presented Moeller's first annual Fine Arts Showcase November 22 - 24. The Chorus presented great music of Richard Rodgers in celebration of the centennial of his birth. The drama department presented William Sayoran's Hello, Out There, a one-act tragedy about a man jailed for a rape he didn't commit. Works from Art III and IV and Photo II were displayed in the cafeteria, where refreshments were available. The Band department performed on stage after intermission. The jazz band played My Funny Valentine and Manhattan, both by Rodgers and Hart. The marimba ensembles played works by Bach and Mozart, and the Symphonic Winds played great music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern Eras, including Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. The event was designed to bring the various art disciplines together so they could experience each other's work, as well as reach a broader audience. Based on audience response, the weekend was a resounding success, so look for more collaborative events in the future!

Moeller Band Members Selected for Honors Ensembles

A number of Moeller Band members have been expanding their musical horizons by participating in musical organizations outside Moeller. While further developing their own talents, they also are spreading the reputation of our outstanding music department. Clarinetists Tony Rudd, Michelle Linder, and Doug Wertepny, Percussionist Andy Thierauf, Trumpeter Joey Stein, and Trombonist Seth Tsui are members of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE), a group selected by audition in August that rehearses every Sunday at the College Conservatory of Music. Their next concert will be Sunday, November 17th, 7:00 p.m. at Mason HS Auditorium. Trumpeter Joe Carlo was selected as an alternate in the prestigious Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra, and trumpeter Joey Stein is a member of the Blue Ash Youth Symphony Orchestra. Percussionist Andy Thierauf is timpanist in the Seven Hills Sinfonettia, an otherwise all-adult community orchestra that rehearses in the evening. Joey Stein and Flutist Elizabeth Mushaben were selected from over 300 auditionees for the OMEA District 14 Honor Band. Congratulations to these outstanding musicians. As the year progresses, our students will be auditioning, and no doubt selected, for honor bands sponsored by Ohio University, Ohio State University, and Wright State University. We'll post the results in our next issue.

Honor Band picture, (from left to right) Andy Thierauf, Tony Rudd, Elizabeth Mushaben, Joe Carlo, Michelle Linder, Seth Tsui, and Joey Stein. Not pictured: Doug Wertepny "Music's only purpose should be for the glory of God and the recreation of the human spirit." Johann Sebastian Bach

Thomas Jurkiewicz Memorial Scholarship

By Bob Browning, Director of Bands Frank and Marie Jurkiewicz, parents of Tom (`99), have established a new scholarship for students who are planning to continue their study of music at the college level. The scholarship is established as a memorial to Tom, who was killed in a car accident two years ago. Tom was a trumpet player and band president his senior year. When Frank approached me with the idea of the scholarship, his only request was that he and Marie be allowed to select the recipient the first year. They awarded the scholarship to Trumpeter Chris Imhoff. In addition to his outstanding musicianship, Chris frequently performed for various functions of the Veterans post at which Frank is a member. Tom had often played for ceremonies there, and Chris had played alongside Tom, and continued to donate his services after Tom died. Frank presented a check to Chris at the spring band banquet. Through this annual scholarship, the memory and spirit of Tom will live on. Our thanks go to Frank and Marie Jurkiewicz and congratulations to Chris Imhoff.

Moeller Color Guard News

By Tana Weingartner, Moeller Color Guard Instructor What an amazing year so far! The 2002-2003 Moeller Color Guard is having a phenomenal year. With a record 20 guard members on the roster this year, the guard is the biggest and strongest guard in the past five years. This year's show, The Patriot, has proven to be both fun and challenging for everyone. Generous strides in the guard's budget have provided amazing silks that provide just the right mix of drama and flare to the show. A big thank you to all of the parents and supporters who worked so diligently to get the flags purchased and sewn! Of course the flags are nothing without the talented group of ladies spinning them. The guard's routines are the most challenging to date and really demand a lot of the team. The 18 ladies performing the show (the other two are on the disabled list) have consistently risen to each challenge and are beginning to bear the fruits of their labor. At the marching band's first competition at Kings High School, the color guard received third place out of the nine guards in their class. Among the many changes this year, each member is continuing to train on all pieces of equipment (flag, rifle, sabre) in an effort to increase the depth and strength of the guard for the winter season and into the future. Lone senior and guard captain Katie Hogan is supported by juniors Christina Clevenger (squad leader), Michaela Lundy, Kate Mirlenbrink, and Amanda Roll (squad leader). Sophomores Toria Harmeyer, Julia Mushaben, Bethany Rahilly, Kelly Scavo, Cari Shoemaker, Melissa Tate, and Christina Vangeloff, along with fresh(wo)men Holly Albers, Christa Asbrock, Betsy Cammet, Danielle Carroll, Kaitlin Corbett, Caitie Johnston, Melissa Linder, and Meghan Lundy complete the talented list of guard members this year.

The Moeller Color Guard at the Moeller-Colerain game at Nippert Stadium.

Don't the new Moeller band uniforms look sharp? If you have a soft spot in your heart for the old uniform, we might have the answer! The old uniforms have been turned into pillows. You can support the Moeller band and have a cherished memento of the old uniforms for only $40.00. To place your order, simply send your check to Mr. Browning. Obviously, there will be only a limited number of pillows available. And, pillows will be produced to order ­ meaning there is a lead time for delivery. Don't miss out and wait until the last minute. Order your Moeller Band uniform pillows today!!

One of the traditions of Moeller Band camp is the annual senior skit. This is a photo of the cameo star of that skit. (This is not a plug for the upcoming Spring Antique Show. But, you should mark your calendars. The Antique Show is March 7-9, 2003.)

Moeller Band Alums ­ Thank you for your continued support of the Moeller Band. We'd like to hear from you. If you have any news to report (weddings, babies and/or grandchildren!), please send details to [email protected]

You can keep updated on the latest happenings of the Moeller Band by calling the band hotline ­ 791-1680, ext. 385. Or you can visit our web page,

The New Field Commander

By Toria Harmeyer, Moeller Band member

Field Commander Jenny Lee has come a long way since the hot summer days of June. The process of selecting a field commander is very difficult and the decision is based upon many details. Throughout the marching season, Jenny has done an excellent job fulfilling the responsibilities and expectations of her position. Despite the fact that Mr. Browning and Mr. Kindt had complete confidence in her abilities, it is not easy to be a female leader of an organization sponsored by an all-boys high school. Jenny felt she had to work that much harder to prove herself worthy. This experience has taught her how to be a leader, helping the band reach its full potential. Not only has Jenny become a great field commander, but she has also demonstrated those leadership skills throughout school and with her friends by being a good example to everyone.

Moeller Musical Vocal Arts

By Jim Balbach Moeller has a rich history in the Musical Vocal Arts. In the early 60's, the Men's Glee Club was an afterschool activity. Singers performed at Christmas and other times - sometimes with Mt. Notre Dame's female vocalists. A barbershop quartet and other specialty groups formed in 1962. Bro. Thomas Donahue was the director. In 1964, the Moeller Senior Glee Club, along with the Moeller Band, recorded their Spring Concert and produced a two-record album of the concert. Buddy Rogers acted as a guest conductor for part of this project. Bro. Daniel Stupka directed the Glee Club and the tradition of Glee Club singing continued, always drawing a number of "bathtub tenors" and basso profundos. The 1980's gave birth to the "Choir Homeroom." Students studied liturgical music for upcoming Masses under the direction of Bro. Howard Lohrey, Mr. Rick Hagee, and Mr. Chuck Sellars. In 1992, Mr. Jim Balbach was hired as the vocal/choral director for the annual spring musicals. During the 1997-98 school year, he was hired to teach a full-credited class - "Men's Chorus." Exposing students to many choral traditions and time periods, the Men's Chorus has performed music by George Gershwin, musical theatre specialties and the choral music of Aaron Copland. In Spring of 2001, the Men's Chorus, along with the newly formed X-Block Chorus, (an ensemble of twelve students devoted to more challenging literature) gave rousing performances of the music of the Beach Boys. The 2002 Fall concert featured the music of Richard Rodgers. What's ahead on the December 14 Christmas concert? Traditional holiday favorites and some great love songs made famous by Elvis Presley!

The Moeller Band would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for supporting the Moeller Band!

Mark your calendar Saturday, December 14 - Christmas Concert 7:00 PM Saturday, February 15 - OMEA Solo & Ensemble (All Day) Friday-Saturday, February 28 ­ March 1, Louisville Jazz Festival All day, Overnight Friday ­ Sunday, March 7-9, Spring Antique Show Monday, May 26 - Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade, 8:00 AM

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