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Assess for Success: Efficient and Effective Assesment practices for the High School Band

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  • Assessment of the individual player is an essential element to any healthy band program. The problems that arise however are that we aren’t sure if we have enough TIME to assess, or we just don’t know how to do so in the first place. In this clinic, we will outline assessment and audition practices that have proven effective in one of the largest and most successful band programs in Cobb County, GA.
  • Patrick Erwin (hillgroveband@gmail.com)
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  • Patrick Erwin assumed the Director of Bands position at Hillgrove High School in July of 2013. He served as the Assistant Director of Bands from the school’s opening in 2006. Under his direction, the Hillgrove Bands have thrived in one of America’s finest districts for music education, Cobb County, GA. In 2015, the Hillgrove Wind Symphony was named a “National Winner” in the National Wind Band Honors competition for their recording of the Symphony for Band by Vincent Persichetti. The Wind Symphony has also performed at GMEA State Convention, The UGA JanFest, and Music For All Regional Concert Festivals. The Hillgrove band program currently serves 325 students daily, in 5 concert ensembles. The school also has a 190 member volunteer marching band which has been a consistent top-10 finalist at Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Events, being named a Regional Class AAA champion in 2012. In 2015, Mr Erwin was nominated for and awarded the George N Parks Leadership in Music Education Award. This award is given to a music educator who embodies the principals of, Collaborative spirit, Dedication to knowing students as individuals, Perseverance and enthusiasm, and the Ability to instill qualities in students beyond achievement in music. In 2014, Mr Erwin was named a “Hero In the Classroom” by the Atlanta Falcons, Suntrust Bank and the Symetra Corporation. Mr. Erwin’s professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, GMEA, NBA, and NAfME. Mr. Erwin currently resides in Dallas, GA with his wife, Aaren, a Spanish teacher at Hillgrove High School, two sons, William and Andrew.
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