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DCI's Celebration and SoundSport is a month away

DCI's Celebration and SoundSport is a month away

Jul 21, 2021

Look for the GPG Music Stage at the Drum Corps International, Marching Music’s Major League™ Celebration and SoundSport event. Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium play host to three days of high-energy performances, Thursday, August 12 through Saturday, August 14, with more than 20 corps representing DCI’s World Class and Open Class divisions. These three days of non-competitive celebration events, also live streamed on FloMarching, will feature produced, in-stadium video content and special ensemble performances on the GPG Music stage, along with a variety of creative adaptations of more conventional drum corps field performances. Dozens more ensembles from throughout the USA and abroad will participate in SoundSport via an online celebration of achievement with hundreds more taking part in a virtual individual and ensemble  competition open to all instruments, ages and abilities. GPG Music proudly partners with DCI to make this event a reality. We hope to see you there!

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Fall 2021 Upcoming School Year Planning Tips

Fall 2021 Upcoming School Year Planning Tips

Jun 22, 2021

Maestro Musings

As many schools are developing plans for the upcoming school year for in-person learning, music teachers are looking for music for their ensembles to learn to play. If you’re struggling to find a show for your marching band or a piece for your concert ensemble, below are a few tips to consider when looking for music for your students to play this fall. 

Keep your ensemble's musical strengths and weaknesses in mind. Always think about the younger, less experienced performers in your group so they can feel a sense of achievement after working on their part for some time. Picking slightly easier music is always a safe choice, especially for those ensembles coming off a year of distance learning. To challenge your more experienced players, look for music that has multiple parts per instrument, features specific sections, or features soloists

If your group progresses faster than anticipated, you can keep your students engaged by covering finer musical detail, adding more music to your ensemble’s repertoire, providing solo literature for your students, or giving your ensemble additional visual responsibility. Always select music you’re confident you can teach to your ensemble, and you know your ensemble can achieve. Coming back from distance learning is going to have its fair share of obstacles for students; getting to make music together should not be one of them.

Help #InspireTheNextGeneration with new and exciting (but achievable) music for your students to come back to.

 

Accent

Last week we released the sixth episode of StylePlus Next Designer TV unveiling the first part of GPG Digital Design Studio Challenge. This weekend, binge watch episodes six through twelve to learn which contestants are in the lead designing the best costumes and flags for twelve GPG Music field shows. The designs are in and judging begins! The judges provide critique and feedback to the designers across the last several episodes. The panel includes StylePlus TV host Vance Anderson, DCI Phantom Regiment’s Stephanie Chavez, and Steve Martin of GPG Music. Tell us what designers you think will win on our Facebook or YouTube channels.  #GPGMusic #StylePlus

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Meet the Maker - Dr. Curtis Melton

Meet the Maker - Dr. Curtis Melton

Jun 11, 2021

Meet the Music Makers: Dr. Curtis Melton is an active composer, with his shows, “Boundaries” and “Twisted”, and concert band piece “Exaltation Fanfare” published through GPG Music. Dr. Melton is Director of Bands at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, which consists of a 140-member marching band, three concert bands, a beginning band, a jazz ensemble, a color guard and winter guard program, and an AP Music Theory course.

His original compositions have received several honors over the past few years; in 2015 he was nominated for “Best Original Score” at the Idyllwild International Film Festival and also in 2015, he won “Best Original Song” at the Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Festival. He was named a finalist in the Ravel Association International Soundtrack Competition hosted in Italy in 2016, and named a semi-finalist in The American Prize Composer Competition for his original works “The Genesis Effect” and “Forever Through The Fire”. We are delighted to work with such an esteemed composer as Dr. Melton who continues to #InspireTheNextGeneration.

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Partnering with GPG Music

Partnering with GPG Music

Jun 11, 2021

Each week GPG Music sends out a newsletter with tips, tricks, and different tools. We normally enjoy Conductor Steve Martin’s comments along with these weekly updates. This time, we’re sharing some thoughts from Dr. Adam Wilke, Director of Bands at James Logan High School in Union City, CA. Dr. Wilke and his ensemble used Our Virtual Ensemble, for their 2021 virtual performance. More than 500 people watched the finished program on Twitch for the virtual ensemble debut  — both the band members and the audience loved the results. If your band is doing virtual programming in the fall, consider partnering with GPG Music for your performance.

 

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Music students turning to composing

Music students turning to composing

Jun 11, 2021

Through the pandemic, many of our music-loving students turned to composing while dealing with the lack of access to in-person music. As instructors, we need to provide positive guidance to those young composers to ensure they understand theory and instrument roles, while at the same time teaching them that cool software doesn’t necessarily make them a “master composer.” We want to help them succeed with the basics, support and good guidance.

Steve shares some thoughts on this topic.

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"What it used to be" and "normal"

Jun 11, 2021

Steve shares some thoughts on the move towards “what used to be,” even if it isn’t “normal.” Sign-ups for conferences are back. And he reminds us to think of the young students who missed music exposure because of the pandemic. We need to plan now how best to engage with students and how we can meet the challenge of remediation and move forward.

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Marching Band is more than notes and steps

Marching Band is more than notes and steps

Jun 11, 2021

Our conductor Steve Martin, owner of GPG Music, shares a few thoughts about how Marching Band is more than notes and steps.

 

 


Marching band brings so much to the table. It’s more than the music notes, the marching pattern and the flag work. It’s the team work, the comradery, and what it means to be a cog in the wheel, a part of the machine and where your role is so that you can be the best for the greater good.

Going back into in-person marching band is so exciting and even more so exciting to know that it is a safer sport being outside in the open air. 

We’re so excited to be back on track and fill in that hole we missed. GPG is here to help you teach more efficiently, faster and more accurately and now more than ever that’s important.

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Incorporating Connection within Comprehensive Musicianship

Incorporating Connection within Comprehensive Musicianship

Jun 11, 2021

As music educators, we address the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards in our classrooms-creating, performing and responding. The fourth standard of connecting often gets overlooked because of budget constraints or difficulty in measurement. Maybe the challenges from the pandemic and solutions in addressing ensemble music education virtually have shown a path to incorporating connection as part of comprehensive musicianship in the curriculum.

Certainly, students in traditional and emerging ensemble music need to conceptualize, develop and refine artistic work.

The second stage of interpreting artistic work; understanding the artist’s manipulation of the elements and the context of the work; learning to make interpretative decisions with expressive intent and refining those techniques enhance the level of performance standards. In learning to respond students must analyze the work and context, discern the artist’s expressive intent and evaluate musical works and performances on established criteria.

Read the full article here.

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We're beyond thrilled - check is out in the Halftime Magazine

We're beyond thrilled - check is out in the Halftime Magazine

Jun 1, 2021

Check this out! We’re pleased to be featured in the January/February Halftime Magazine issue discussing the importance of virtual performances during COVID. Bands and the music they make enhance the game-day experience for athletes, fans, and students by creating hype and promoting school spirit. This virtual performance by the IMB is a spectacular example of how we can do this virtually.

With all the hard work we do as a team, it feels good that we’re making noise and others are hearing it. But we can’t do it without our whole team — those behind the scenes deserve the recognition. We want to give special thanks to Aaron Hines who manages video editing, from the lining up of video submissions to audio editing, finalizing the mix and balance of the final audio, and supervising graphic design. Another essential team member to thank is production manager Spencer Hannibal-Smith, who also manages the Our Virtual Ensemble classroom support and maintenance. A last shout-out goes to Dave Isaacs who contributes to the visual designs using his graphic design skills for individual scenes.

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GPG Music creates Our Virtual Ensemble - saving music for the students

GPG Music creates Our Virtual Ensemble - saving music for the students

Jun 1, 2021

When we started the journey to create Our Virtual Ensemble, we wanted to save music for students. As educators, we know how important music is for our students and how many of them need it now more than ever. Educators themselves may be tired and uninspired as the pandemic wears on, but our goal is to help make educator's workweek a little less hectic and a lot more musical. 

Consider reading Teagan Serink's story in the Sierra Nevada Ally. We are happy to see her inspirational work.

The feedback we received was outstanding and we're thrilled with how much we could help, support, and nurture musical communities around the country.

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