Information for Students

Error Detection Homework

posted Nov 3, 2010, 12:57 PM by Eric Drew   [ updated Nov 3, 2010, 1:13 PM ]

Assignment due: Friday, November 5, 2010.

Instructions: Download the attached files and print the "Error Detection Playing Sheet" and the "Error Detection Worksheet".    Play each example on the "Error Detection Playing Sheet" along with the .mp3 file that accompanies it.  On the playing sheet, circle the one note that is different in the recording than on the "Error Detection Playing Sheet".  Then listen to the recording again and write down on the "Error Detection Worksheet" the notes that you hear in the recording for that example.

Phantasm Click Tracks

posted Oct 18, 2010, 7:38 AM by Eric Drew

For your playing test on Friday, October 22, all students will need to play Phantasm I along with the click track for a grade.  Below you can find MP3 files of the click tracks so that you can practice and prepare.

Phantasm Recordings

posted Sep 23, 2010, 8:18 PM by Eric Drew

Students, please visit the links below and listen to these professional recordings of our field show for this year.

Rehearsal Recordings

posted May 18, 2010, 6:05 PM by Eric Drew

Please listen to these recordings from our rehearsal and find specific measures that you can work to improve before rehearsal next Tuesday.

Assignment due Thurs. 3/11

posted Mar 5, 2010, 4:38 AM by Eric Drew

All members of the concert band wind section should listen to the following recordings from rehearsal last night and write down two things for each piece that you will practice and fix between now and next Thursday.  Bring your lists with you to Tuesday's rehearsal.  If you have any questions,  please see me in school or email me (

Professional Recordings:

Congratulations Drum Majors!

posted Mar 4, 2010, 8:10 AM by Eric Drew   [ updated Mar 4, 2010, 8:21 AM ]

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Drum Major help session and Drum Major Auditions in February.  The NBHS band is very lucky to have such promising students excited about leading the program.  After a very rigorous selection process, Cara Zajac and Olyvia Leahy have been selected as drum majors for the 2010-2011 season.  Congratulations again to everyone involved.  Let's keep working hard to make every rehearsal and performance a success between now and next season!

Drum Major Auditions

posted Feb 11, 2010, 10:26 AM by Eric Drew

Drum Major Auditions for the 2010 Fall Marching Season will take place on Friday, February 26 at 5:00pm in the NBHS Band Room.  Candidates must have completed one season of Marching Band and be in good academic standing in order to apply. Applications must be completed and turned in upon arrival for the auditions.  Anyone accepting the position must make a commitment to attend every rehearsal and performance for the 2010-2011 school year.

Audition format will be as follows:
    I. Conduct the National Anthem
    II. Informal Interview
    III. Marching Exhibition
    IV. Prepared Conducting

The Auditions will be performed for a committee of 3-6 people chosen by Mr. Drew with various backgrounds qualifying them to take part.  The commitee will select 1-3 drum major(s) as deemed appropriate with the goal being to select the strongest team of drum majors to lead the band musically and personally.  Results will be announced upon conclusion of the auditions.

The Auditions could last from one to three hours.  If there are more than five candidates, the pool will be narrowed to five students after round one (Conducting the National Anthem).

A help session will be held for all interested students on Friday February 12 at 4:00pm in the NBHS Band Room.

Anyone with questions should contact Mr. Drew

Playing Test: 2/4

posted Jan 29, 2010, 5:10 AM by Eric Drew

For your playing test on Thursday, February 4 all students will play their part for "On New Bedford".  Tempo is 120 beats per minute and you must be able to stay with the metronome and perform all notes and rhythms accurately.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to email me (

Playing Test: 1/28

posted Jan 22, 2010, 9:59 AM by Eric Drew   [ updated Jan 22, 2010, 10:24 AM ]

Playing test assignments for next week are all from Where the Sun Breaks through the Mist by Michael Sweeney.  Tempos for each section of the piece and your individual test assignments are all listed below.  Please practice with a metronome so that you can stay with the metronome during your test on Thursday.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me (

m. 1-8: quarter note = 144
m. 9-16: quarter note = 72
m. 17-120: dotted-quarter = 138
m. 121-133: quarter-note = 60
m. 134-141: quarter-note = 72
m. 142-end: dotted-quarter = 138

Test Assignments
Flutes: m. 5-8, 57-72, 129-133
Clarinets: m. 1-8, 57-72, 129-133
Alto Saxes: m. 5-8, 121-128, 170-177
Tenor Sax: m. 57-72, 121-128
Bass Clarinet: m. 9-16, 100-115
Trumpet: m. 37-48, 129-133, 170-177
Tuba: m.  9-16, 100-115

Playing Test: 1/21

posted Jan 19, 2010, 10:20 AM by Eric Drew

The playing test for Thursday 1/21 will be on line #5 of the B-flat Scale and Exercises sheet.  You must be able to play the exercise along with a metronome at quarter-note equal to 100 beats per minute.  

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Drew (  If you need a new copy of the music, you can print it yourself using the links below.

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