| Choir - 2nd period
Choir class is an elective class.
Students enjoy learning basic singing skills, exploring the history of
music, trying different styles of music and refining performance skills.
Students are expected to participate in a variety of performance opportunities
including, the Fall Concert, Winter Concert, Regional Large Group Choral
Contest, Madrigal Feaste, End of the Year Concert, District Tour, Regional
Solo/Ensemble Contest, Spring Concert, and Education Jamboree.
Wind Ensemble - 3rd
Band is an instrumental arts class with emphasis on basic instrumental
skills and performing Concert and Pep Band music. Many styles of music
will be experienced through performance and listening. Students enjoy
learning the fundamentals of music, and will explore historical periods
of music. They will develop sight-reading and team work skills, and
will help encourage school spirit. This group performs frequently. This
group is expected to participate in many performance opportunities as
they double the Pep Band for home football and basketball games during
the fall and winter. Wind Ensemble also performs at fall, winter, spring
and end-of-the year concerts, Madrigal Feast, and Regional Large Group
Contest. Members are encouraged to participate in Regional Solo/Ensemble
contest, Jazz Band and Marching Band.
- 1st Semester: 4th period
Theater Class is an elective credit class. Students will study the history
of theater, basic acting skills, the physical make-up of performance
areas, musical theater appreciation, and will implement the performance
skills they have learned. There will be opportunities provided to attend
plays and musicals outside of class time if students choose.
Class - 2nd Semester: 4th period
This is an elective credit class. This class traces the history of music
from its earliest traditions to the present day and explores the many
different forms of music. A creative teaching style includes lecture,
games, artwork, movies, and more.
The award winning Sultan Marching Band includes an award winning color
guard and is an after-school program rehearsing 2 nights a week during
the fall and spring competitive marching seasons.
During the fall season an entertaining "fieldshow"
performance is created during the summer band camp and fall rehearsals.
The Marching Band travels to 4 regional competitions to compete with
up to 70 local bands at each competition. The fieldshow is sometimes
based on Broadway musicals or the music of specific artists. The 2002
fall show is based on the music of the beloved movie "The Wizard
of Oz". The band not only marches and plays music but many "stage
antics", dance routines and intricate drill work is woven into
an entertaining, competitive show. The Sultan Marching Turks have been
state champions in their league in this demanding area for 7 of the
past 9 years. Their innovative presence in the regional marching band
competitions has encouraged many other similarly sized schools to enter
the Competitive Marching Band Regional Tour and raised the level of
excellence in this competitive field.
Spring season sees the Marching Turks competing
at 4 area parades including a 3 day trip to the Festival of Bands in
Victoria BC. Each spring the Turks create award winning parade routines
with audience pleasing tunes. They were first in their divisons in 2
of 3 parades during the spring 2002 season.
The Sultan Turk Pep Band is also our Wind Ensemble class. This group
helps promote school spirit at numerous pep rallies and also performs
at home football and basketball games. They play upbeat pop tunes of
the past and present.
The Sultan High Jazz Band is an after school instrumental ensemble that
meets one night a week during the winter. They usually keep going during
the spring with sporadic rehearsals as well. They perform with the Show
Choir for the annual Swing Dance at SHS and represent Sultan at numerous
local events including Winterfest, the Waterfront Stage in Victoria,
Bite of the Valley and more. This group concentrates on traditional
swing and jazz with some contemporary hits too.
This group consists of 10 couples and is audition only. This is an after-school,
high level, performing group. They meet one morning a week and in several
"mini-camps". Varsity choir performs competitive a cappella
numbers for regional contests as well as entertaining "show style"
numbers incorporating dance and singing. They also plan on contributing
to this year's madrigal feaste with several rollicking medieval madrigals.
This group garnered the highest scores of the competition at the Regional
Large Group Choral Contest for the past 3 years in a row.
A new addition this year to the Sultan Music program, this group is
a high level "girls only" group. They will meet one morning
a week and will be learning intricate advanced choral music. They will
perform at Regional contests and at area events.
This is an after school activity provided by the Drama Club and the
Music Department. Any one in the school can try out for drama, singing,
dancing, backstage, and "orchestra pit" parts. For 6 of the
past 7 years Sultan High School has mounted a full score Broadway musical.
These events include as many as 70 students in productions with full
dance members, live pit accompaniment, drama, period costumes etc. Year's
past have seen The Musical Man, Guys and Dolls and many other great
shows. This year 4 performances are scheduled for the second weekend
of March. Auditions for all parts begin in mid December with rehearsals
beginning in January. This year's Musical is "The Sound of Music"
by Rogers and Hammerstein.
The Madrigal Feaste
This is an entertaining event that hundreds of people have enjoyed over
the past 7 years. This event is a Curriculum project for both performing
music classes. Students learn dances, ensemble music, instrumental music,
customs, dress, lifestyle, art and all they can about the Medieval to
Early Renaissance period of England. All students are in costume and
character as we turn the High School Commons into a Medieval Castle
Great Room for a time of Holiday Cheer. The students decorate the entire
Commons and perform as jesters, jugglers, puppeteers, troubadours, poets,
actors, dancers, gypsies and all the other participants of a Medieval
court. Their parents and friends are invited to enjoy this spectacle
and a Royal meal. The Band Parent Association uses this event as a fundraiser
for their organization as they prepare all the food. Students choose
roles as serving wenches, nobles, jesters, knights and more. This year's
Madrigal Feaste date is December 14. This event will have 2 performances
only at 2pm and 7pm. Don't Miss It!!
This event is usually during the month of February and it gives our
Jazz Band and Varsity Choir a great place to entertain. The public is
invited, the Band Parents provide super desserts and a '40's style dance
hall is created in the High School Commons. The students learn to swing
dance (if they don't already) and a fun, wholesome time is had by all!
This annual event is designed for students who are preparing solos or
ensemble pieces for the Regional Solo/Ensemble Contest. An informal,
friendly atmosphere of coffee and pie is provided and each participant
performs their "final run-through" before the big contest
day. It is always Thursday before contest in early February.
This event happens each year on a Saturday in early February and is
hosted by the Professional Music Teachers Association in the area. It
is at a member school in the region and comprises a full day of competitions
hosting 1000's of students from the area. Each student is judged by
a competent judge and scored on their piece. Then they have a 10 minute
"lesson time" with that professional. It is designed as a
learning opportunity for performing students. All pieces must be classical
or "art pieces" from the classical tradition and must be accompanied
Regional Large Group Contests:
Choral and Band
These events are in late March on consecutive Tuesdays. These events
are regional competitions sponsored by the regional Music Teachers Association
for large instrumental or vocal ensembles from all High School in this
region. Several hundred choirs compete each year. In the Band Contest
Sultan High Takes Wind Ensemble class each year and consistently receives
high scores. At the Vocal Contest, Sultan High takes the Choir Class
as well as Varsity and Treble choirs. For the past 3 years the SHS A
Cappella Choir (now Varsity Choir) recieved the top scores in the competition.
PLU Honor Band
This event is sponsored by Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, every
other year. It comprises 2 days of intense work under the direction
of guest, college level conductors with 2 choice bands on upper level
music. At the end of the 2 days a festive performance of all the pieces
is presented for parents and friends in the PLU concert hall and is
made available on CD. Students are recommended by High School Music
Teachers for the honor of participating in this experience and it is
a great learning experience for upper level band members. In 2001 we
had 4 students participate in this excellent opportunity.
This event is sponsored by the Washington Music Educators Association
every other year. Students are recommended by their teachers and must
submit professionally recorded audition tapes to be considered for this
event. The top students from all over the state are chosen to participate
in one of 5 performing groups: All State Band, All State Choir, All
State Jazz Band, All State Jazz Choir, All State Orchestra. For 3 days
in February at Yakima. These groups work with guest conductors to perfect
challenging pieces. The students also have the opportunities to attend
many educational seminars and concerts during this intense learning
time. At the end of the 3 days, a gala concert presents all the groups'
work to the community and parents. This event represents the highest
achievement for high school musicians in the state and requires much
work to be considered. Only a few students from each school are chosen.
Last year three students from Sultan were chosen; two for Choir and
one for Band.
The Band Parent Association
This is a nonprofit organization that supports All music students at
Sultan High School. The band parents meet in the band room at the High
School on the first Tuesday of each month. They raise funds to buy instruments,
costumes, band uniforms, host the annual band camp and provide emergency
funds for students when away at competitions. The group also organizes
uniforms, helps with color guard, decorates for concerts and events,
creates costumes for musicals, provides chaperones for may events, puts
out a monthly newsletter and hosts the annual summer band camp. They
have several fundraisers throughout the year and welcome ALL parents
of music students to be involved on any level. This year's officers
Co-Presidents: Jackie Corcoran and Karen McIntosh
Secretary: Jo Lynch
Treasurer: Michelle Gienger