Congratulations to the Cherokee Jazz Band for being one of only two schools awarded a Gold rating at the NJAJE State Jazz Preliminaries. Cherokee hosted the event on Wednesday, March 6th in the school's Performing Arts Center.
The Chiefs also won Outstanding Trumpet section. And, senior Bryana Crockett won the soloist award for percussion.
This event was one of a series of five jazz preliminary competitions, or "prelims", held at various schools around New Jersey. Throughout the five prelims, 60 to 70 schools audition for the opportunity to be one of the top nine scoring bands that go on to a final round held later this spring.
In this final round, the top three bands from each division are given the honor to perform at the New Jersey State Jazz Ensemble Gala, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE). This is a non-competitive concert with special awards for soloists and sections.
Prelim results will be released some time the week of March 11th.
Thanks to Vinny Goffin for the recording of their performance.
The annual All-State Band auditions were held on January 19th, 2019 at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ. Students from New Jersey’s three Region Honors Bands were eligible to register for the audition.
The Cherokee High School Instrumental Music Department directors and administration sponsored nine students for the All-State Band auditions. The Cherokee High School Band Director, Michael Lynch, attended the auditions and participated as a Region III judge and/or moderator.
Each student was required to perform all twelve major scales and/or the percussive rudiments, a select chromatic scale, two select solo excerpts, and a challenging short piece that was sight-read during the audition. The students studied and rehearsed the required materials for countless hours and worked closely with Cherokee band directors and private instructors to ensure the highest levels of performance.
Congratulations to the following students for winning a position with an All-State Band/Orchestra:
ALL STATE WIND ENSEMBLE 2019
Meghan Correll - Eb Alto Clarinet; 1st Chair
ALL STATE ORCHESTRA 2019
Jihyung Kim - Eb Clarinet; 1st Chair
Grace Fox - Trumpet; 5th Chair
ALL STATE SYMPHONIC BAND 2019
Alex Kaup - Bb Clarinet; 3rd Chair
Jihyung Kim - Bb Clarinet; 13th Chair
Tae Kim - Soprano Saxophone; 1st Chair
Alex Kaup - Alto Sax; 4th Chair
Grace Fox - Trumpet; 6th Chair
Ian Aquino - Battery Percussion; 5th Chair
These students will rehearse at the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University in New Brunswick during the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) convention. The ensembles will participate in several instrumental clinics, a side-by-side performance with the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, and perform a finale concert on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the NJPAC in Newark, NJ.
Cherokee senior, Alex Kaup, has been selected to perform in the 2019 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference Band.
Kaup, who plays the clarinet in Cherokee’s instrumental program, is one of 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States to have been selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Band Ensemble.
On Saturday, January 19th and Saturday, February 23rd on the campus of The University of Pennsylvania, four musicians from the Cherokee High School Band will be respectfully performing as members of the 2019 Extravaganza Honor Band and 2019 Palestra Honor Band. All freshmen, the performers include Brooke Shapiro on saxophone, April Warchol on trumpet, Lauren Hartpence on piccolo, and John Sanie on clarinet.
Under the baton of maestro Dr. Kushol Gupta, these student musicians will perform exceptional band repertoire, along with other outstanding honor band musicians from the Greater Philadelphia Region.
The student musicians were nominated by their Director of Bands - conductor, D. Michael Lynch.
Twenty-one Cherokee High School instrumental music students auditioned for the 72nd Annual All South Jersey Region III Band & Orchestra auditions on Saturday, December 8th, 2018. Cherokee’s Band Director, Mr. D. Michael Lynch participated in the audition process as manager of the Wind Ensemble. The auditions took place at Absegami High School in Galloway, NJ.
The audition process starts long before the actual audition day. Students, their directors, and their private instructors began studying the audition requirements for his/her specific instrument several months ahead of time. The students spent countless hours learning, practicing, and perfecting each aspect of the audition.
Each student is required to perform all twelve major scales and/or selected percussive rudiments, a chromatic scale, two selected solo excerpts, and a challenging short piece that will be sight-read on the day of the audition. In preparation of the audition, the students met with their directors and participated in mock auditions. These mock auditions gave each student the opportunity to workout nerves by performing for their peers, and also an opportunity to share tactics, strategies, and past experiences with each auditioning participant.
The Directors and music parents are very proud of each auditioning student. Although not every student is accepted into a performing honors ensemble, the experienced gained through the audition process is guaranteed to provide heightened skills in musicianship and invaluable life lessons.
Audition results are:
Performance dates and times:
Students in Cherokee’s Music Department put together over 200 bags of treats for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Senior Emily Davis organized the event.
You MUST get a copy of this: the food book of South Jersey
If you get yourself one coupon book, get a copy of the Food Book of South Jersey, now on sale through the Band Boosters.
As its name suggests, the coupons will help you save cash on dozens and dozens of restaurants and grocery stores. But unlike many coupon books, these are all stores and establishments in our area, such as Braddock's Tavern, Franco's, ShopRite, Murphy's Market, Philly Pretzel Factory and more.
And at only $10, this book will quickly pay for itself as you use it. For example, the first set of coupons on page 1 will save you $10 just by doing your normal grocery shopping:
Get yourself a copy at any of the upcoming band events, including the December concerts or Band Booster meetings. Check the Calendar page for dates and times. Or, just email Kim Goffin at email@example.com.
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