July Events

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July 13. Student activities registration opens
July 21-23. Drumline/colorguard minicamp
July 21 and 23. Fun and Fundamentals (all members)
July 27. Rehearsals begin
July 27-30. Music memorization tests

JOIN MARCHING BAND!

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The marching band is one of Minnetonka High School’s most exciting and vital organizations. It’s a large, spirited, and close-knit group of dedicated student musicians who take great pride in their artistic performance and competitive achievement.

Each and every member plays a crucial role in the success of the band. There aren’t starters and backups. Everyone plays. It’s a supportive and inclusive ensemble that works to make sure everyone reaches their potential. And they have a great time in the process.

Looking to do something musical, challenging and fun? Marching band is for you. Become a proud part of an award-winning tradition of excellence. Make lots of great friends. Develop your talent. Accomplish something awesome.

2015 CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
June 9-11. Kickoff
June 12. New member registration deadline
July 21-23. Drumline/colorguard minicamp
July 21 and 23. Fun and Fundamentals (all members)
July 27. Rehearsals begin
August 3-7, 17-21, and 24-28. Weekday practices 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
August 9-16. Band camp at Koinonia
Late August. State Fair parade
September through mid-October. Two rehearsals a week 2.5 hours each. Five Saturday competitions. Half-time show at home football games.

Download the 2015 marching band registration forms here.
Download the 2015 band camp forms here.
Download the full 2015 marching band calendar here.
Download the marching band brochure here.

STAFF OPPORTUNITIES
Interested in being a dormitory assistant, drill assistant, or volunteer drill tech? Download the 2015 band camp staff application here

2014 Marching Band Competition Results

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YIM-2014

 

 

October 11, 2014
Youth In Music
2nd Place
Outstanding Color Guard
Outstanding Solo – Scott Moser

September 20, 2014
Cumberland Northern Lights Marching Classic
1st Place
Best Music

September 13, 2014
Rosemount Marching Band Festival
1st Place
Outstanding Drumline

Outstanding Color Guard
Outstanding Drum Majors

September 6, 2014
Prairie Colors Band Festival
1st Place
Outstanding Winds
Outstanding Color Guard

September 6, 2014
Eastview Marching Festival
2nd Place
Outstanding Color Guard
Outstanding Drum Majors

Video

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There is now a YouTube channel devoted entirely to Minnetonka Bands. You can find it here. We’ll do our best to keep it updated year-round with videos of activities and musical performances. If you have some quality video that you’d like to contribute, please contact Rich Stromwall at rich@stromwallonline.com.

Band Performance Schedule 2014-2015

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Follow the link below for an electronic copy of the Band Calendar from Mr. Mortensen.

It does not include:

  • All the jazz dates
  • Pep Band
  • Music Listening
  • Percussion ensemble
  • Pit orchestra
  • Audition dates

Click Here to download the calendar as a PDF.  The dates have already been added to the booster’s calendar.

Be a Band Booster!

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MUSIC MAKES A DIFFERENCE! And the Minnetonka Band Boosters are dedicated to the support and promotion of the entire band program in their pursuit of musical excellence at Minnetonka High School.

The boosters provide a wide variety of much needed services.

Money we raise is used to hire guest artists, bands, conductors and instructors; it purchases music, instruments and equipment; and it provides scholarships for all-state students, travel study participants, marching band campers and more.

We produce printed and online promotional materials. We help out at concerts, competitions, football games and parades – with everything from maintaining uniforms to hauling equipment to providing refreshments. We also organize banquets and other social events.

Our meetings are held from late summer through the school year. Come help us plan and organize another exciting year for our students! Click here to download the membership form.

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW SITE!

We have changed things up a bit at Minnetonka Band Boosters, but the information you need is still here. Here are a few hints to help you get around:

  • The most recent posts will always be on this first page.
  • Click the menu items at left to see posts specific to that category (just like the old site).
  • Now there’s a search engine for specific information (i.e. search for “schedule” to find posts with that term). In the search results, click the header to expand the entire post.
  • The site also has mobile support, so reading and navigating is easy on a smart phone.

Small Ensembles

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There are a number of student led ensembles that form during the year and practice outside of normal school hours. Most years there are ensembles for brass, flute, saxophone, clarinet and percussion. The groups usually perform at the annual Solo and Ensemble Contest held in the spring. Some ensembles also choose to play at other events for fun. These often include playing prior to MHS play performances, at local Senior housing or even Ridgedale Mall. If you have an interest in playing in a smaller ensemble, contact Mr. Mortensen for more information.

Music Listening

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Music Listening is a competition for students throughout the state of Minnesota. Teams of three students study musical pieces selected each year for the contest. Each year the contest has a featured composer, genre and type of ethnic music. This year’s featured themes are Handel, Guitar and music of Hawaii. The teams meet with Mr. Mortensen to study and prepare for the competition.

Check out the official Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest page.

Jazz Bands at Minnetonka

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Minnetonka High School offers participation in two extra curricular jazz ensembles, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Too! Both groups rehearse after school during the school year.
Auditions for both groups are held in the fall.  Contact either Mr. Mortensen or Mr. Rosen with questions.

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2013-2014 Jazz Ensemble