Spring Trip

We have registered our Band, Chorus, and Orchestra for Master Classes at GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY as part of our Spring Trip to BUSCH GARDENS in Williamsburg, VA on Friday, June 3, 2016.

We will first travel to George Mason University where the Stone MS Band, Chorus, and Orchestra will have an individual performance, followed by a clinic session conducted by a GMU Professor. All Stone MS Music students will observe this 45 minute session. Following the clinic, our students and chaperones will have the opportunity to spend a good portion of the day enjoying the Busch Gardens Amusement Park.

The cost for the Busch Gardens trip is $115.00. Cash or Checks should be made out to Stone MS. This fee includes: Admission with unlimited rides in the Amusement Park, Coach Bus transportation, GMU Master Class participation, and the music department T-shirt.

To properly plan for this event, we will need a firm commitment from both students and parents. Payment will be collected by Friday, May 6, 2016.

The directors reserve the right to withdraw any student from participating because of failure to meet requirements respective to their band/choral/orchestra expectations. Refunds are not possible due to bus, ticket, and master class payment deadlines.

We are excited about this trip and realize that it will take a great deal of hard work to make this a rewarding and memorable experience. Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support of our first-rate music program at Stone Middle School.


Band Composite

Your child was recently photographed for the "13th Annual Commemorative Band Composite," being made for the Stone Middle School Band, showing a pictorial history of the program. We are very pleased to have photographed 135 of our band students. The composite is a huge success! Thank you for your support.

Portrait Proofs will be shown in the Stone MS Band room (no appointment necessary):

Tuesday, April 5 (2:00 - 8:00 PM) or Wednesday, April 6 (2:00 - 8:00 PM)

You may order portraits from North American Theatrical Photographers. If a purchase is made, a deposit will be required. The amount of your deposit is determined by the amount of your purchase. Students may not view proofs unless accompanied by a parent.

This project is NOT a band fundraiser. The band does NOT profit from your purchase of your child's portraits. The BAND will receive one pose of every student, mounted on a large board, framed and covered with plexiglas, forming a composite picture of the total band program for the 2015-16 school year.


No-Fuss Fundraiser

The "No Fuss" Fundraiser has been mailed to your home. If you have not received a letter, you can also download it here. The "No Fuss" Fundraiser (letter writing campaign) is our attempt to raise funds for the band program without labor-intensive, door-to-door selling. You have been to the performances and have witnessed a high level of excellence. Your support is vital to our ability to respond to the growing reputation of Stone MS music and to keeping our band program strong while maintaining this high level of excellence. We hope that each family will be able to participate.

Please make your tax-deductible donation payable to Stone Middle School and mail your check to:

Please don't hesitate to call or email if you need further information about this "No Fuss" fundraiser and again, let me thank you in advance for your support on behalf of all the students in the Stone Band program.




We had two very successful BAND ASSESSMENT performances at Lake Braddock Secondary School this past Saturday, March 5, 2016. The students performed very well on the big stage. They had the focus and concentration to perform at their highest level to date. I am very proud of them all. A special thank you goes out to the band parents for your understanding, support, and patience. You, as the audience, were fantastic!

The Stone MS Symphonic Band and Concert Band each received an EXCELLENT rating for their Assessment performance.

BAND ASSESSMENT provides the incentive for the development of musical understanding, skills, and taste through performances that are aimed at exhibiting each group at its most mature level of performance. The festival also affords students and directors an opportunity to hear performances by groups of their peers. It stimulates growth and provides constructive criticism from objective adjudicators. The adjudicators rate each band's individual performance. This is not a competition.

What is an EXCELLENT rating? It is an excellent interpretation and performance -- both technically and musically. Technical demands are met with precision and the musical requirements are met with integrity displaying the composer's intent, desires, and instructions. It is an authentic reading, marred by some technical errors and intonation defects.

Thank you all for making sure your child arrived to the performance on time, with their instrument and in the proper concert dress uniform. Again, thank you all for your continued support! The Band SOLs are complete -- bring on the Core Class SOLs :-)


Assessment Concerts

Concert Band and Symphonic Band will have their Assessment Concerts this weekend, on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Lake Braddock Secondary School Auditorium.

Please refer to this handout for schedule, concert dress, and directions.


Solo and Ensemble Festival

Solo and Ensemble Festival is coming up on April 16, 2016 at Washington Irving Middle School. If you are interested in performing an adjudicated solo or ensemble for comments, a rating, and possibly a medal, please take a look at this letter for more details. Fees and your entry form are due by March 4, 2016.


Assessment Concert Coming Up

Concert Band and Symphonic Band will have their Assessment Concerts on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Lake Braddock Secondary School Auditorium.

Please refer to this handout for directions and schedule.


All-District XI Audition Results

We are happy to announce that Matthew Vice (Clarinet) made the band this year. Schools that participated in the auditions included Lake Braddock, Robinson, Frost, Irving, Lanier, Liberty, and Stone. Congratulations!

All-District Band will take place over the weekend of February 4 - 6, 2016 at W.T. Woodson High School.


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