The History of Honor groups in PYLUSD
The PYLUSD has had a long history of providing an avenue for students of exceptional talent on a musical instrument to be able to perform together in a setting where their talents can shine. We have accomplished this by giving these students the opportunity to perform together in either our district honor band or honor orchestra. At one time or another we have had honor bands and orchestras at the elementary, middle and high school levels. We now currently only offer this great opportunity to our elementary school students.
How Students are chosen to participate
Over the years we have implemented a couple of different ways to evaluate the talents of the students for participation in these fine ensembles: these are auditions and music teacher recommendation/nomination. We have utilized both successfully in the past. This year, and for the foreseeable future, the elementary music team and district music administration has decided that we will be implementing the teacher recommendation/nomination process to choose students for these ensembles.
Students from each school with be nominated by their school's music teacher for participation in each of our honor groups. Each individual music teacher will evaluate their own students from each of their schools and choose the students, based upon their professional opinion, that are best qualified to participate in each honor group.
Nominated students will be receiving a letter from their music teacher inviting them to participate in one on the ensembles. Nominated students and parents are asked in the letter to accept or decline the nomination.
The rehearsal and performance schedule for these groups is listed below.
All Honor Band and Orchestra rehearsals will be held from 3:30PM to 5:00PM on the following dates:
- Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (No Monday rehearsal this week due to the Presidents’ Day Holiday)
- Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (No Monday rehearsal this week due to the Presidents’ Day Holiday)
- Monday, February 24, 2020
- Monday, March 2, 2020
- Monday, March 9, 2020
- Monday, March 16, 2020
All Honor Band rehearsals will be held in the Wagner Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room.
All Honor Orchestra rehearsals will be held in the Morse Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room.
The Elementary Honor Band and Orchestra concert will be held at the District Performing Arts Center at El Dorado High School on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm.