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Nebo Summer Band 2014

posted Jun 17, 2014, 3:23 PM by Danielle Dinkelman

I have had a blast (no pun intended) working at the Nebo Summer Band this year. I had the privilege to work with two brand new trombonists for two and a half weeks. We had so much fun while learning fundamentals of trombone playing and the end result has been amazing to me. It is incredible what bright young kids can learn in so little time. We learned about trombone breathing, sitting tall for good posture, how to hold that heavy awkward trombone, how to read the music notes on the page and it all culminated in playing a couple song for the parents this afternoon. I have never enjoyed working with beginners so much. It makes me excited for next year. 




Sterling Scholar

posted Jun 17, 2014, 3:17 PM by Danielle Dinkelman

Giovanna worked tirelessly preparing the Mozart, Concert Rhondo in preparation for Solo & Ensemble but also for the Sterling Scholar. She competed for this scholarship against other vocalists & instrumentalists from the Southeastern Utah region and was in the end selected as the winner and recipient of the Sterling Scholar for Music. She earned it. She has been a hard working and very teachable student and I am proud to have been a part of her musical ventures. You go girl!

State Solo & Ensemble 2014

posted Jun 17, 2014, 3:11 PM by Danielle Dinkelman

Ben and Giovanna both performed wonderfully! Each also received superior ratings once again. 

Giovanna at State S&E 2014

Solo & Ensemble 2014 Regionals

posted Jun 17, 2014, 3:09 PM by Danielle Dinkelman

Regional Solo & Ensemble competition was completed in February 2014. Two of my students competed and did very well. Both Ben (9th grader) and Giovanna (Senior), recieved the highest rating possible, "superior" or a "I", as we say and as such qualified for state! I couldn't be more proud of these two fantastic young musicians.

Ben's 2014 Regional Performance

Legacy Music Alliance

posted Oct 23, 2013, 7:31 PM by Danielle Dinkelman

In September I joined a non-profit organization called Legacy Music Alliance. As one of their private instructors, I can be invited by band teachers who have joined the program as a clinician for their trombone/low brass sections. This is how I was paid for all four of the clinics I did this month. It is great, because the band teachers just pay a $50 membership fee for the year and in return receive 10 clinician hours for them to use. Then when I go and run a clinic or sectional, LMA is the one that pays me. It is such a great deal for the band teachers' budgets, and they are able to get some really useful help from specialists on a variety of instruments. I thoroughly enjoyed working so many clinics this month and hope that more band teachers will continue to use this great program. 

October Sectionals

posted Oct 23, 2013, 7:25 PM by Danielle Dinkelman

I have been pretty busy this month working in the schools. I worked with the concert band kids at Spanish Fork Junior High twice. These kids are doing great and we were able to really focus on blending as a section as well as musicality. I love it when we get to start focusing on what music is really about, you know, the music!

I also made a trip down to Payson to help out Connie Erickson at Payson Junior High. Let me just say, I was so impressed with how Connie is running that program. She is instilling some great values and principles in those kids. I had a great time working with her jazz trombone section, including two converts from euphonium who are doing quite well. We spent most of our time talking about how to not rush the quarter notes in jazz charts. I think they were starting to catch on. Then we worked a lot on balance, making sure the lead is leading, but not overwhelming the rest of the section. I really love working with Jazz sections; there is so much to talk about!
Then I worked with the trombones and baritones from the beginning brass class. There were 5 trombones and 2 baritones. I love seeing such a good sized group of kids starting out! I wish everyone of them would sign up for lessons! I just hope they all stick it out and learn to love it. It was truly a pleasure to work with so many great kids this month. 


Freedom Festival Parade

posted Jul 5, 2013, 2:07 PM by Danielle Dinkelman   [ updated Jul 5, 2013, 2:07 PM ]

My husband and I decided to brave the crowds and take the kids to the 4th of July parade. My favorite part, of course, was the marching bands. This is a huge event, so there were several bands that came from all over. Foremost in my memory was Maple Mountain High School, which I had the privilege of working with during their marching band camp last month. They are a small band but they are run by a passionate director, and my good friend, Chris Wilson. He has instilled a passion for greatness and perfection in this band and it came through very impressively in their performance yesterday. They looked sharp and they sounded great. It's not the numbers that make the band, it's the leadership and also the commitment to greatness of each musician. Way to go Maple Mountain! 

We also heard from Springville High, Spanish Fork High, Riverton, Nephi, and American Fork. There is unfortunately a stark contrast between most of the northern groups (AF & Riverton) and the southern groups (Springville and Spanish Fork). The bands are smaller here in the southern part of the valley, and they lack the energy and precision of the northern groups. I was actually quite impressed with Nephi's band. Nephi is a small rural town south of Utah Valley altogether. Overall I walked away with a greater resolve to get involved with these high schools in Southern Utah Valley. Music is such a wonderful thing to be a part of and I want to help more of these programs thrive. I am not suggesting that I can turn these programs around single handed, but I do believe that as one private teacher starts to make a difference, others will follow, and the enthusiasm of directors, parents, and students will grow until we can have marching bands and music programs that we are proud to call our own. 


AF Jr High Summer Band

posted Jun 28, 2013, 1:25 PM by Danielle Dinkelman   [ updated Jun 28, 2013, 2:01 PM ]

Wow! What a great experience I had this week in American Fork! Anyone involved in music in Utah knows that the American Fork music programs have a reputation of being some of the best. This week I saw a glimpse of what keeps the tradition going.

The brand new beginning band students from three junior highs all gathered for three weeks to participate in the Summer Band program. Each group of instruments was tutored by a specialist on their instrument for an hour each day. I was invited to fill in for the trombone instructor for just the last three days and the final concert. I was very impressed at how much these kids had learned about playing trombone in such a short amount of time.

At the concert today, each group of beginners played a song or two for their family and friends there at the AF High School Auditorium. After the beginners, there was a joint Jr High Intermediate band that had been rehearsing these last few weeks as well. Anne Boyer directed them beautifully. I was pleasantly surprised by their mature sound and overall performance for such a young group.
After the concert was "over", there was a surprise encore by the American Fork High School Marching Band. Now granted, the sound of a drum line cadence seems to always bring me to tears, but I really was blown away by this band. 250
 strong, the drum line and horn sections were phenomenal. They looked sharp and they played perfectly. My personal favorite was their selection of The Music Man's "76 Trombones". Wonder why :)

I walked away from that program feeling grateful to have been a small part of promoting the wonderful musical culture of this part of Utah valley. It also made me wonder how we can foster this sort of enthusiasm for music in the Southern Utah Valley. I definitely think that summer band programs like this are a great place to start. These kids are well prepared to begin their band experience. Not only that, they were exposed to some great examples of where music will take them in the coming years. 

Thank you American Fork, for a great experience!

~Danielle Dinkelman

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