Marching Band Summer Once-a-week rehearsals begin June 21, 2016. Please review the 2016-2017 SBRHS Marching Band Calendar below for dates and details:

2016-2017 SBRHS "Blue Raider" Marching Band Calendar

Marching Band Camp will begin on August 17, 2015!

 

“Get ready for an exciting season!”

David M. Marshall, Marching Band Director


 

Preview the music below...

Files as of July 15, 2016

 

...THE HARDER THEY FALL: Movements 1 - Jack and the Beanstalk (updated 7/29/16)

...THE HARDER THEY FALL: Movements 2 - Gulliver's Travels

...THE HARDER THEY FALL: Movements 3 - David and Goliath

...THE HARDER THEY FALL: Movements 4 - The Bigger They Are...

 


 

The 2007 - 2008 Somerset High School
"Blue Raider" Marching Band Proudly Presents...

                The 2016-2017 Somerset Berkley Regional High School “Blue Raider” Marching Band is led by Drum Majors Jeffrey Silvia & Katelyn Correira, Horn Sergeant William Medeiros, Color Guard Captain Emily Belisle, Battery Percussion Captain Juliette Beaulieu, & Pit Percussion Captain William McNulty. A community sponsored organization; the Blue Raider Marching Band has proudly marched down the Main Street of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center and was the first high school marching band to march at MGM Studios.

            In addition to the band’s woodwind and brass sections, the band includes battery and pit percussion sections as well as the color guard. After tryouts in the spring, the band practices throughout the summer on a weekly basis in preparation for the Fall NESBA & USBANDS Competition Field Show Seasons. All members are helped financially by the Music Department and the Somerset Friends of Music to attend additional summer camps to further develop their skills in the marching arts. In November of 2015, the SBRHS “Blue Raider” Marching Band traveled to Dover (DE) for the 2015 USBANDS National Marching Band Championships and won the 2015 USBANDS Division 1A National Championship as well as receiving the Cadets Award of Excellence and the Division 1A National Caption Awards for Best Music, Best Percussion, Best Color Guard, and Best Visual.

            Musicians are auditioned for placement after participation in the town’s very active music program that begins in kindergarten and continues through grade 12. Instrumental lessons are provided in the schools for one to two years with recommendations for further private study. Most band members study privately.

            Many of Somerset’s music groups perform for local civic organizations and at other schools. Somerset has hosted six Southeast District Festivals involving hundreds of students. Many guest artists have performed in Somerset including: Maynard Ferguson, Greg Abate, David Martins, Walter Chestnut, Fred Budda, Ritchee Price, James Christiansen, Wendy Klien and The Stan Kenton Band.

            Somerset Berkley Regional High School’s Director of Bands, David M. Marshall is assisted by Visual Designer and Coordinator Lennie Machado, Assistant Band Director Percussion Coordinator, & Arranger Wesley Sullivan, Front Ensemble Percussion Instructor & Arranger Brandon Carrita, Front Ensemble Percussion Instructor Austin Nadeau, Color Guard Instructors Jessica Desmarais & Samantha Hussey, Hornline Tech Jarrod Russell, Drill Tech Brian Johnson, Battery Percussion Tech David Mills.

            This year’s field show is arranged by our director David M. Marshall with Battery Percussion by Percussion Coordinator Wesley Sullivan and Pit Percussion by Front Ensemble Percussion Instructor Brandon Carrita entitled "...THE HARDER THEY FALL" and is presented in four movements (Jack and the Beanstalk, Gulliver's Travels, David and Goliath, and The Bigger They Are...). This season, in addition to football game halftime performances and Grand Day festivities, the band will also performed their field show at the Putnam High School USBands Marching Band Show on September 17, Blackstone/Millville Regional High School USBands Marching Band Show on September 24, King Philip Regional High School USBands Marching Band Show on October 1, Dartmouth High School USBands Marching Band Show on October 8, Cranston East USBands Marching Band Show on October 15, New Bedford High School NESBA Marching Band Show on October 16, Somerset Berkley Regional High School NESBA Marching Band Show on October 22, USBands New England Championships in New Britain, CT on October 29, NESBA Championship Marching Band Finals at Lawrence High School on October 30, USBands National Championships at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, PA on November 5, as well as marching in the Quincy Christmas Parades, Fall River Christmas Parades, Taunton Christmas Parades and the Stoughton Parade of Lights.


Marching Band Documents

2016 - 2017 Marching Band Handbook

Marching Band Calendar
Bus Permission Slip
Health Form
Excused Absence Form
Instrument / Equipment Loan Form
Parent Volunteer Form
Student Uniform Cleaning and Apparel Order Form

 


Previous Years' Shows, Scores and Info

 

2016: ...The Harder They Fall

2015: Universal

2014: Through The Grimm Forest

2013: Shadows of Time

2012: The Illusionist

2011: Vertigo

2010: Heartbeat

2009: Hydrodynamics

2008: King Kong

2007: Wicked

 


2016 - 2017 Marching Band Staff

Marching Band Director & Music Arranger

David M. Marshall
Visual Designer & Coordinator / Drill Instructor Lennie Machado
Assistant Band Director, Percussion Coordinator, & Battery Percussion Arranger Wesley Sullivan
Front Ensemble Percussion Instructor & Arranger Brandon Carrita
Front Ensemble Percussion Instructor Austin Nadeau
Color Guard Instructors Jessica Desmarais & Samantha Hussey
Techs:  
Hornline Tech Jarrod Russell
Drill Tech Brian Johnson
Battery Percussion Tech David Mills

2016 - 2017 Student Leaders

Drum Majors Jeffrey Silvia & Katelyn Correira
Horn Sergeant William Medeiros
Color Guard Captain Emily Belisle
Battery Percussion Captain Juliette Beaulieu
Pit Percussion Captain William McNulty
 

SEASON RESULTS


 

Putnam USBands Competition

September 17, 2016 - Saturday

1st Place Division 1A

Total Score: 72.000

Caption Awards for Best Music and Best Visual Effect

USBands Contest Results


 

Blackstone Millville USBands Competition

September 24, 2016 - Saturday

1st Place Division 1A

Total Score: 74.150

Caption Awards for Best Music, Best Visual Effect, and Best Overall Effect

USBands Contest Results


 

King Philip USBands Competition

October 1, 2016 - Saturday

1st Place Division 1A

Total Score: 76.150

Caption Awards for Best Music, Best Visual Effect, and Best Overall Effect

USBands Contest Results


 

Dartmouth USBands Competition

October 8, 2016 - Saturday

1st Place Division 1A

Total Score: 78.050

Caption Awards for Best Music, Best Visual Effect, and Best Overall Effect

USBands Contest Results


 

Cranston East USBands Competition

October 15, 2016 - Saturday

1st Place Division 1A

Total Score: 80.025

Caption Awards for Best Music, Best Visual Effect, and Best Overall Effect

USBands Contest Results


 

New Bedford NESBA Competition

October 16, 2016 - Saturday

2nd Place Division 1

Total Score: 81.4

NESBA Contest Results and Contest Recaps


 

Somerset Berkley NESBA Competition

43rd Annual Musictown Marching Band Field Show

October 22, 2016 - Saturday

2nd Place Division 1

Total Score: 88.2

Caption Awards for Best Percussion

NESBA Contest Results and Contest Recaps


 

 

 

 

USBands New England Championships

October 29, 2016 - New Britain, CT

 

 

2016 USBands Division 1A

MASSACHUSETTS and NEW ENGLAND STATES CHAMPIONS

 

 

1st Place Overall in Division 1A

Total Score: 85.100

Caption Awards for Best Music, Best Percussion, Best Color Guard, Best Visual, and Best Overall Effect

 

USBands Contest Results

 

 

 

 


 

 

NESBA Championship Finals

October 30, 2016 - Hormel Stadium - Medford, MA

 

 

 

 

2nd Place Division 1  

Total Score: 95.50

Caption Award for Best Percussion

FIRST EVER NESBA PLATINUM MEDAL FOR THE BAND

NESBA Contest Results and Contest Recaps

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

USBands National Championships

 

November 5, 2016 - J. Birney Crum Stadium - Allentown, PA

 

 

2016 USBands Division 1A

NATIONAL SILVER MEDALIST

 

2nd Place Division 1A

 

Total Score: 93.250

 Caption Award for Best Color Guard and winner of the Esprit de Corps Award for Pride, Professionalism and Patriotism

 

 

 

USBands Contest Results

 

 


 

 

64th Annual Quincy Christmas Parade

November 27, 2016

 

 

 

2016 Division 2 Runner-up

 

2013 2nd Runner-up Grand Champion Division

 

Total Score: 91.2

 

 

Division 2 High Caption Awards for Best Percussion

 

 

 

 

 


To those who say Marching Band is not a Sport...

'nough said!


Helpful Instructional Playing Technique Videos

When everything goes right...This is what an ensemble should sound like!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...but Mr. Marshall, how do we achieve that level of musicianship?

see below...then practice until its perfect...then practice being perfect! :)

 


 

Proper Brass Tonguing Techniques

 

 


 

Proper Brass Breathing Techniques

 

 


 

How Brass Players Should Cool Down Their Lips After Playing

 

 


 

Free Buzzing Brass Lip Development

 

 


 

Proper Flute Slurring, Tonguing, and Vibrato Technique

 

 


 

Flute Embouchure

 

 


 

Clarinet Articulation with Tonguing and Slurring

 

 


 

Breathing Techniques for Saxophones

 

 

 


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