KINGSFORD - All area band students who will be entering eight or ninth grade in 2011 are urged to be part of the fourth annual all - middle school- marching band workshop slated for July 6 9 this summer.
Exceptional seventh grade students may be eligible per the director's approval, organizers said.
Middle of the Open Road (MOTOR) Marching Band, under the direction of Breitung Township Schools Band Director Ben Sherk and a team of Kingsford High School Band members, is the first Northern Michigan/Wisconsin Middle School Marching Band.
The band is designed to teach participating students the basics of marching in parade formation, marching in step with the proper spacing, and playing their instruments while on the move.
"Teamwork is the key to a successful marching band," says Sherk. "In addition to teaching marching fundamentals, we'll teach team-building and leader/servant skills through games, and help keep the students' musical skills in top form over the summer with fun, energetic music for marching."
Participants will then put their skills in action by marching in the Pioneer Days Parade in Negaunee on Saturday, July 9.
The cost for the workshop is $35 per student and includes instruction, four on-site lunches, a MOTOR T-shirt and music, and will be held at Kingsford High School. Transportation to and from the Negaunee parade site will also be provided.
Enrollment in the program is under way now and interested students are urged to act quickly. Enrollment forms should be completed and mailed with the fee this week.
For more information or forms, contact Sherk at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 779-2670.