Music Is Instrumental – Year 2

As music from the Star Wars Theme rang off the walls of the Taft 7-12 High School Gym in May 2016, the families and friends of the 120 sixth grade band students from Taft Elementary leapt to their feet with thunderous applause! This second year of our Studio to School Project could not have ended on a “higher note.” The mandatory 6th grade band program lead by Principal Nick Lupo, under the direction of Andy Hordichok and Mike Freel proved to be a resounding success and has been cited by the school district as a model for years to come. We believe Music is Instrumental and in addition to 6th grade band, we achieved the following.

Music Literacy All 400 Oceanlake students in kindergarten through grade 2 and 420 Taft students in grades 3 – 5 had a semester program for reading music, understanding notation and playing a variety of instruments. All students performed in a concert for family and friends that included some original compositions by their music teacher, Mike Freel.

Music Outreach and Artists in Residence Over 1,000 students were educated and entertained through the unique talents of visiting musical artists and theatrical performers. Musical productions such as Miss Jones is Missing provided an entertaining follow-up to classroom reading lessons for grades K-5. The Missoula Children’s Theatre offered students the opportunity to act. This summer, Taft 7-12 Jazz Band students will work with Siletz Bay Music Festival legends Dick, Hyman, Ken Peplowski and Mei-Ting Sun and perform selected numbers at our June 24th Community Concert.

Taft Commons Performance Venue With the addition of lighting and sound elements last year, the Taft Commons became a performance venue that students and the community will enjoy for years to come. It now serves as the rehearsal venue for the 2016 Siletz Bay Music Festival musicians. We welcome Festival patrons and community members there to enjoy our 2016 concerts Peter and the Wolf (July 3) and Music is Instrumental (June 24).

Taft 7-12 High School Musical Orchestra The production of Fiddler on the Roof cast included students from all three of our local schools singing and dancing their way through this timeless classic. Performances were enhanced by a live orchestra comprised of local professional musicians, under the direction of Andy Hordichok.

The first two years of our Studio to School Project have brought great success! The district has shown strong support for music in our schools by funding a new teacher in addition to Andy Hordichok and Mike Freel. While the Siletz Bay Music Festival does not benefit financially from this grant, the partnership has had an immediate and profound impact on all students and their families in Lincoln City.

We appreciate the support of our principals and teachers, the musicians and friends of the Siletz Bay Music Festival, the Lincoln City Cultural Center and the Lincoln County School District. We look forward to future success!