Stanley Middle School Music Department
Welcome to the Stanley Middle School Music Department, where "We All Play Together." It is our pleasure and honor to have all new and returning student musicians and parents join us in this very successful and ever-growing music program.
Through the generosity of community donors such as the Julia Burke Foundation, the Stanley PTA, the Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE), and the Generations in Jazz Foundation, we have been most fortunate to develop a music program that has been recognized at the local, state and national levels for its outstanding achievements in music education and performance.
Our program is also successful due to the many talented volunteers—musicians and non-musicians—who come to the Music Room regularly to work with the children.
To find information on this site, please select from the links at the left under navigation, or on the right under news and upcoming events, or use the search feature at the top right. For students and their parents, Information for Stanley Families and the Student Calendar are good places to start.
AUDITIONS: During the first three weeks of the school year, the schedule for attendance by instrument is as Follows:
Wed., Aug. 26 – All drummers/percussionists, and guitarists
Thurs., Aug. 27 – All bass players and pianists
Fri., Aug. 28 - All woodwind, brass, and string players, except bass players
Mon., Aug. 31 - All drummers/percussionists, and guitarists
Tues., Sept. 1 - All bass players and trombonists
Wed., Sept. 2 - All woodwind, brass, and string players, except bass players
Thurs., Sept. 3 - All drummers/percussionists, and guitarists
Fri., Sept. 4 - All bass players and pianists
Mon., Sept. 7 – HOLIDAY
Tues., Sept. 8 - All woodwind, brass, and string players, except bass players
Wed. Sept. 9 – This day will be reserved to hear some players individually or collectively. The list of
musicians for this rehearsal will be posted in the Music Room on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
12:30pm Wed., Sept. 9 - Final results for Jazz Band placement will be posted. If you aren’t certain, show up
on Thurs., Sept. 10 @ 7:15am.
BAND SELECTION: The result of the above rehearsals will render two groups based on competency.
Competency on your instrument means how well you play it: tone quality, technical ability (scales, etc.),
ability to read music, and in Jazz, the ability to improvise. Think of this class like Major League Baseball. The
Jazz Messengers are the Majors and the Jazz Crusaders are the Minors.
The Jazz Messengers – five saxophonists, four trumpeters, four trombonists, two pianists, two guitarists, two
bass players, and two drummers. (There is a possibility that a flutist and a clarinetist can be placed in the
Messengers). The number in the group will be based on competency. (Ex. If only two trumpet players are
competent, they will be the trumpet section).
The Jazz Messengers rehearse 3 days a week: Tuesday, 7:20am to 8:05am; Wednesday, 7:20am to 8:50am;
Friday, 7:20am to 8:05am. We perform several times a year, including some weekend Jazz Festivals. A
weekend Jazz Festival takes priority over your other activities. (This is helpful when making life choices!).
The Jazz Crusaders – made up of everyone not in the Messengers. Included are the following instruments:
violin, viola, cello, tuba, mallet percussion, and any other instruments in standard band or orchestra
The Jazz Crusaders rehearse 2 days a week: Mondays and Thursdays from 7:20am to 8:05am. We perform
two night concerts, one in February, and one at the end of the year: The Jazz Café.