Friday, January 30, 2015

Join the Jazz Band on Twitter!

I know for many of you twitter may be a foreign concept but it can be quite entertaining and informative. There are many music, education, and just plain fun twitter users out there. The jazz band twitter is approved and monitored by the administration at the high school and is a wonderful source for updates and information concerning the band and our activities.

This weekend the jazz band twitter will be chronicling the trip to Boston and I want to encourage everyone to join in. The jazz band twitter is:


Please join us and follow our trip, send words of encouragement to the band, and if you're with us tomorrow tag us in your posts and photos.

I will also try to post here after tomorrows performance and the nights activities.

Mr. V

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Boston Trip Last Minute Changes

Hello All, 

Unfortunately due to the cancellation of school on Tuesday we are no longer able to depart as early as I hoped. The jazz band will now leave the school as close to noon as we can. Students first obligation is to finish their exams and then we will be able to proceed. I also wanted to touch base on a couple more items pertaining to the trip. 

I am really excited to see so many families joining us this year. Thank you so much for coming. If anyone was planning on following the bus I would recommend meeting at the high school at noon. 

There is always the possibility of inclement weather. There is also always the possibility that what is predicted will be wrong or change. The utmost importance to me is always the children's safety and we will never put them in a situation where it is unsafe to drive. If there is an issue where we are in Boston and have another snow storm hit we will make the decision to either leave early or stay longer then anticipated to allow for the safest possible travel conditions. It is also important to keep in mind that New England is much more prepared for snow fall then we tend to be. 

Finally I wanted to take a second and thank everyone for the support at out performance at Bus Stop Music Cafe on Friday night. The turn out was amazing and it was so great to see alumni and their families also join. I have truly sought to build an atmosphere that the band, current and former members, are a family and all part of a growing tradition. I see now that many of the parents and families of the members are also becoming part of that tradition and from the bottom of my heart I would like to say thank you. Your support of all the hard work the students put in truly makes my job easier and provides the students with such a great experience. Once again thank you.

Looking forward to a great weekend in Boston and we will keep you updated as we go!

Mr. V

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jazz Takes Over the Bus Stop Music Cafe

This Friday, January 23rd, the Jazz Band and Small Group are taking over Bus Stop Music Cafe in downtown Pitman to present an evening of Jazz and more. The groups will perform 2 sets with the first beginning at 7pm. There is a $8 cover charge at the door with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the bands travel expenses. We are really looking forward to a great night and a great turn out. Spread the word to friends and family as this is the last (and only) chance to see the band and small group before they head off to compete in the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival next week. Once again the details are:

Pitman HS Jazz Band and Small Group Present:

An Evening of Jazz and More @ The Bus Stop Music Cafe 
Friday January 23rd - First Set at 7pm
$8 Cover Charge at the door

Can't wait to see everyone there, 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Boston Trip

Hello Everyone, 

This evenings rehearsal featured a lot of information being passed on to students and I just wanted to take a second and pass that on to you as well. 

The final cost for the trip is sitting around $165. This is not final however as we have had some circumstances that are causing the number of members attending to be in question. The final cost will be definite on Tuesday night. The good news is it will not jump up much higher then the $165, if it moves at all. 

Next, I handed out the medical forms and permission slip forms this evening. These forms must be completed. If you have already completed the permission slip and had it notorized because you were in marching band I will still need a copy for the jazz band, just not notorized.  The medical form is the same If you filled one out for marching band I still need a copy for the jazz band. 

Students also received a packet with information concerning the trip. This packet also requires your signature. A itinerary will be available next week as we are finishing up details concerning our schedule on Friday. The students have mid terms that day and school comes first, so we are doing our best to adjust the schedule to allow students ample opportunity to fulfill their obligations that morning. 

I am really looking forward to this trip and am extremely excited about those of you who are joining us in Boston. 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Jack Stamp on "Why Music Matters"

Olympic Conference

Congratulations to the students that were accepted into the Olympic Conference Honors Band.

High School-
Jordan Creamer- Flute
Brian Foley- French Horn
JB Muermann- Trombone

Middle School-
Catherine Simons- Trumpet
Humphrey Foard- Trumpet
McKenna Maloney- French Horn
Walter Foard- Baritone

Jazz Festival Planning Meeting

Thursday Jan. 22 we will be having a meeting to plan for our annual Jazz Festival.  All parents are encouraged to attend especially those with children in our Jazz Ensembles.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 in the PHS Choir room.  If you are unable to attend and would like to volunteer please email and let us know what you will be able to do.

Summer Music Camps for Anyone Interested

I am writing on behalf of the 2015 WCU Elementary School and Middle School Summer Music Camps and the High School Summer Music Institute. I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about our programs and to pass along the attached brochures and applications.

Our Elementary School and Middle School Camps (Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26) offer large ensemble and small ensemble experiences for all students, low student-to-teacher ratios, and daily faculty recitals. Both camps culminate with finale concerts featuring performances by all ensembles. Our Elementary School Camp now features an Elementary School Choral Track- please see the attached flyer for more information. We now offer online registration (with a credit card) for our Elementary School and Middle School Camps- please encourage your students’ parents to visit (the online registration link should be posted sometime soon).

Our High School Summer Music Institute (Monday, July 6 - Saturday, July 11) offers large ensemble and small ensemble experiences for all students, private lessons and studio masterclasses, college prep classes, music theory/ear-training classes, faculty recitals, and finale concerts featuring all ensembles. The Institute’s faculty consists primarily of WCU music professors. We offer an Honors Track (DVD audition required) for advanced students- please consult the brochure for additional information. Acceptance into the Honors Track will include participation in advanced chamber music ensembles. 

Our Jazz Camp (Sunday, July 12 - Friday, July 17) offers jazz ensemble performance opportunities for instrumentalists and vocalists. Instruction is offered in the areas of jazz improvisation, jazz styles, arranging and orchestration, music technology and jazz history. Please contact Marc Jacoby ( if you have questions about the Jazz Camp.

Please visit our Facebook page (login at and search “WCU Music Camps”) to view photos and videos from past camps, registration deadlines and other important info. Please “like” the page and encourage others who might be interested in our camps to do the same. 

I’d like to remind those of you who teach high school students about our HS Summer Music Institute scholarship. The scholarship, awarded annually to an incoming freshman WCU music major who attended our HS Institute, is a $2,000 award ($500 per year for four years). Please pass this info along to your students who plan to apply to WCU and encourage them to attend our HS Institute in order to be considered for the scholarship. We also offer scholarships and pre-screening WCU entrance auditions for rising seniors who plan to apply to the WCU School of Music- please visit for more information. 

I have attached the applications for the EL/MS camps, the EL choral flyer, and the brochure and application for the HS Institute/Jazz Camp. Please forward this email to your students’ parents and encourage them to take advantage of our early registration discounts- deadlines can be found in each brochure. I also ask that you forward this email to other teachers in your district who might be interested in our programs. Thanks for your time- please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Professor Ralph Sorrentino
Director, WCU EL/MS Summer Music Camps
Director, WCU HS Summer Music Institute
Assistant Professor of Percussion
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

Monday, January 5, 2015

PPBA meeting Thursday

The PPBA General Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2014 at 6:30 in the Choir Room of the High School.  We hope you can join us!

Please note the time change.

General Meeting


January 8, 2015


Welcome/Approve Minutes



• End of Marching Band Season






• Fundraising
Beef & Beer Committee
Clothing Drive
• Disney Trip
• Grant Writing
• Communications Policy Update
• Jazz Festival





• Current Account Balances