Holley Schools celebrated the 34thAnnual Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM) in March. The purpose of this nation-wide event is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to share their music programs with both the school and community audiences, and demonstrate the benefits that music brings to students of all ages. Holley hosted a variety of activities and performances to celebrate and support this movement.
Holley hosted the second Orleans County Music Educators’ Association All-County Festival on March 1-2. Forty-eight students participated in a concert that featured the All-County Elementary Choir, the All-County Middle School Band and the All-County High School Choir.
Elementary Concert Band members and fifth graders attended a performance of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the historic Eastman Theater. During this concert, students were taken on a journey out west to mine for gold during the California Gold Rush of the 1850s. Students learned about instrument families, rhythm, melody and dynamics.
At the Elementary School, Concert Band and Beginning Band members logged their practice minutes for the Holley Band Olympics. It was a close race, but Beginning Band pulled together a whopping 2,456 minutes of practice in three short weeks. Our gold medalists who tracked the most practice minutes include: Layla Kingdollar, Makenzie Daniels, Mya Brown, Brody Williams, Chase Kempa, Aidan Kelley, Charli Gearing and Karlee Sanders. Way to go, Beginning Band!
Several assemblies and concerts demonstrated the importance of MIOSM. The District Choral Concert was held on March 14 and the District Band Concert was held on March 19. Elementary School students also attended a school-wide assembly in the MS/HS Auditorium on March 21. The assembly featured performances from all grades and instruments! The Elementary Concert Band, the Elementary Choir, and fourth grade ukulele and third grade recorder classes were highlights of this annual assembly.
The Music Department would like to thank all students, teachers and staff for celebrating these important events with us.