Newsletter 2.3.17

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Thanks for reading our new newsletter format! Hopefully this makes this information easier to access!

In this edition:

    • Solo & Ensemble
    • Honor Jazz
    • SmartMusic
    • Wednesday Jazz
    • CU Honor Band
    • Empty Bowls
    • AHS Musical
    • All-State Band
    • Colorado West

Solo & Ensemble: Friday, 2.10.2017

Many of our students have been working hard to prepare solos and ensembles for next week’s festival at Rifle High School.  We are so excited to see their hard work and dedication pay off!  Here’s to bringing home many Division Is!

8AM: Bus leaves from AMS headed to RHS

10AM: Arrive at RHS, find homeroom, begin warming up.

10:40: First event

1:30 Finished/Head back to AMS

3:30 Arrive @AMS


  • Dress to Impress!  This is a formal performance and you are being judged!
  • Bring $10 for pizza/beverages for lunch
  • Make sure you have an original score with the measures numbered for the judge *You will lose points if this is missing*
  • We are hoping to be back in time for the normal afternoon bus run, but we could be delayed if performance rooms get behind schedule.
  • We need 2-3 chaperones!  If you would like to spend the day with us, please send me an email at
  • Solo & Ensemble Permission Slip Please sign and return ASAP.

Honor Jazz: Saturday, 2.4.2017

A big shout-out to Jeremy Martin, who is representing Aspen Middle School at Jazz Aspen Snowmass’s Honor Jazz Festival in Carbondale.  The concert is free and at 6PM Saturday, 2.4.2017 at RFHS.


Beginning today, students will receive a weekly SmartMusic assignment!  Students will have one week to work on and turn in each assignment, and late work will be accepted for reduced score until the end of the quarter.  If you are having issues with SmartMusic, please get in touch with us or with SmartMusic support.  (We use “SmartMusic Classic” in our program)

Wednesday Jazz!

We want to get the Wednesday Jazz club back up and running, but we need commitment from students and parents to attend before we pay an instructor to run the club!  So, please have your student put their name on the sign-up sheet on the band room door.  If we get enough students, the club is back in action!  All students on any instrument in any grade wanting to learn jazz are welcome!

CU Honor Band

Congratulations to Kara, Jeremy, and Leah for making it to the CU Honor Band!  This is the first time AMS has ever had students make it in!  Be sure to follow our Instagram @aspenbands to keep up with their experience!

Empty Bowls

The AMS & AHS Bands will be playing Empty Bowls this year!  Starting at around 6PM on March 1st, our AMS Jazz Band, the AHS Rock Band, and the AHS Jazz Combo will be entertaining the crowd.  Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.

AHS Musical: Pippin

This year, we have a record number of students performing in the musical pit for Pippin.  Rehearsals will be on Fridays from 3:30-5 (or later as needed).

All-State Band

Congratulations to Lauren Anuszewski for making it to Colorado’s All-State Band for the second year in a row!

Colorado West Invitational

On Friday, April 21st, the AMS Jazz Band and Double Black Band will be returning to Grand Junction to compete in this year’s Colorado West Festival.  Stay tuned for more information as we get closer.