This special "Kick-off" gives students across their District an important jolt to the start of the year with an emphasis on instrument assembly & care, warm-up and at-home practice direction, note reading & fingering drills, and tuning & group-play rehearsal.
Every AIMA student is given a slot of time to perform for an adjudicator who gives them positive and encouraging feedback! This is an important part of student's music education emphasizing personal feedback and room for improvement. We have 5 goals for Solo/Ensemble:
This is the highlight of our musical year! Students spend the day learning and rehearsing as a large group, and then perform a special 1:00pm Festival Concert, followed by Band/Music Awards! AIMA District Festivals:
**Honor Band Tour**
Students who reach a level of playing ability (usually in their 2nd year) are nominated to the All-State Honor Band and are honored for their progress and hard work. The HONOR BAND TOUR is a 3-day event where students from around the country come to work on intermediate to advanced musical selections for a series of several concerts.
For 2019: the Tour will begin in Washington DC and end in Virginia Beach.
Fall ExtravaBANDza 2018 Dates
Sep 19: VA Lynchburg/Roanoke
Sep 23: NC Winston-Salem/Triad
Sep 27: TN Knoxville
Oct 3: VA Hampton Roads/ VA Beach
Oct 4: MD/VA Washington DC area
Solo/Ensemble 2019 Dates
Jan 27: NC Winston-Salem/Triad
Jan 31: TN Knoxville
Feb 3: VA Lynchburg/Roanoke
Feb 6: VA Hampton Roads/ VA Beach
Feb 7: MD/VA Washington DC area
Feb 10: NC Charlotte
District Festival 2019 Dates
Apr 22: VA Lynchburg/Roanoke
Apr 23: NC Charlotte
Apr 27: MD/VA Washington DC area
Apr 28: VA Hampton Roads/ VA Beach
May 1: TN Knoxville
May 7: NC Winston-Salem/Triad
HONOR BAND 2019 Dates
Sunday - Tuesday, April 26-28
Washington DC -to- Virginia Beach
Mr. Weer has been directing Bands on the local and national level for 15 years. A frequent guest conductor, Mr. Weer brings excitement and authenticity to Band students. We are proud to present this opportunity under his leadership.