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Cherokee Orchestra PBL

Cherokee Orchestra PBL

Rylan DeHaven

Rylan DeHaven

Cherokee Orchestra PBL

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On April 8th of 2017, the Cherokee Middle School Orchestra went to Pershing Middle School to compete in the city-wide contest of band and orchestra solo and small ensembles. The soloists were strong enough players to go it alone while the small ensembles were equally as strong, but they consisted of two or more people per ensemble for harmony. Of course, we did have to work towards the contest, which was a long process. The first week was mostly composed of choosing music we saw best fit for our group. The second week was pretty rough as everyone tested out their music and began to get a taste of what it was supposed to sound like. The third week went smoother as more options to practice out of school came along. The fourth week consisted of wrapping up and finalizing our music. The soloists and small ensembles played in front of the class and got a rating from the class at the end of that week as well. This helped us understand what we needed to work on at home according to our audiences opinion. Then, on April 8th, all the grades of orchestra competed in the contest. Everyone did excellent with an average rating of ones and twos which are some of the best ratings to receive.

I am sure everyone had a wonderful time competing and that everyone tried their very best but our journey does not end with the contest. The following days after the contest we had time to begin our end-of-year PBL on the process of getting ready for the contest. Since we do have a concert May 4th we have had to postpone the PBL until after our concert. During the process of preparing for the contest, each week everyone recorded themselves playing their music. We will now use these videos to create a WeVideo showing our progress through each week to show how we grew and developed in our music.

To all the violists, violinists, cellists, and bassists already in the orchestra: It may not seem like a big deal to be playing a string instrument now, but having the talent to play an instrument is always a great skill to fall on if things don’t quite go your way. Stay in orchestra and continue playing!

 

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4 Responses to “Cherokee Orchestra Contest and PBL”

  1. Jackson Williams on May 10th, 2017 9:28 am

    me and my friend were in that

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  2. Megan Garnier on May 10th, 2017 2:25 pm

    I like how you went into detail about how the orchestra prepared and the struggles.

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  3. Isabella Davis on May 12th, 2017 2:13 pm

    I was there and I thought it was okay. 🙂

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  4. Izayah Torres on October 25th, 2017 8:24 am

    I AM IN ORCHESTRA!!!!! YAY i love the details.

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