WE Expect Excellence: Band Rocks
For students at Mountain View, Five Oaks and Highland Park middle schools, Band Rocks!
Every Wednesday, for eight weeks, middle school musicians learn from and play alongside professional musicians and Aloha High School band mentors for small group instrument instruction and whole-band rehearsal. To make it fun, and to pique their interest, students learn modern and popular songs like the theme to Star Wars, "Some Nights" by the band Fun and Chicago's "25 Or 6 To 4".
"Students participating in Band Rocks benefit from the years of experience professional musicians have gained through their own journey of trying to achieve excellence," says Ashley Alexander, Aloha High School and Mountain View Middle School Band Director and Band Rocks Coordinator.
Band Rocks culminates in a whole-band concert performed for parents and family members. "The students improve dramatically in eight weeks benefiting from specialized instruction. They then take their new experiences back to their school bands and make them better," says Alexander.
The program costs $20, but there are scholarships for students who cannot pay. The next session of Band Rocks will run April – May and will expand to include all eight of the District's middle schools.