Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jazz Festival Meeting

The Jazz Festival planning meeting will be this Thursday, February 11th.  Help is needed in all areas to make this event profitable for the music department.  If you aren't available for the meeting but would like to volunteer your time or make a donation of food items please contact Terri Miles at

It's money from fundraisers that made the Scott Lang visit possible for our concert band kids!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Scott Lang at PHS!!!

In case you were not aware the Pitman Panther Band Association has graciously decided to approve an expense of 2500.00 to bring in a guest conductor/leadership presenter.  Scott Lang has been to PHS in the past to work specifically with the Marching Band kids but he's coming this time to spend the morning with us teaching the kids what it means to be a musical leader and how it all applies to their real world lives outside the music department.  Scott travels around the country working with high school musicians and has written numerous books on leadership.  The following was taken from his website

It's efforts like this the make our program a very special thank you to the Pitman Band Parents and all they do for our music programs!!!

Inspiring Leadership, Laughter, and Learning.

For over a decade Scott Lang has been educating and entertaining audiences of all ages. As a nationally known leadership trainer, Scott conducts over 120 workshops annually and works with some of our countries best educational groups.
As a highly decorated veteran teacher of sixteen years Scott's bands have had many notable performances including the Pasadena Tournament of Rose Parade, the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship, the Music Educators National Biennial Conference and for the President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.
Scott is a well know author with over ten publications to his credit including; Seriously?!, Leader of the Band, Leadership Success, Leadership Travel GuideLeadership Survival Guide and the highly successful Be Part of the Band series.
Mr. Lang currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with his beautiful wife Leah and their sons, Brayden, Evan and their highly irrational Golden Retriever Rexie. He has breathed in and out approximately 264 million times and plans to keep on doing so until he doubles that number.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Boston Trip Itinerary and Updates

Hello Everyone, 

We are officially now in the week of the Boston trip up to the Berklee College Of Music's High School Jazz Festival. 

This year we are having some slight issues setting a departure time. The students first responsibility is to complete their midterms and thus I will not be setting a time to leave until they have all had ample opportunity to complete their midterms to the best of their abilities. The itinerary for Friday is very much up in the air because of this. 


Depart between 11am and 1pm with lunch on the ride up. Dinner will either be at a restaurant in Boston or a pizza party in the hotel. This is again dependent on time of arrival. 

We are staying at the
Holiday Inn Express - Boston 
69 Boston Street 
Boston Massachussetts 02125


7:00 AM - Wake Up
7:45 AM - Breakfast ( there are a few options we will decide the morning of, There is a
                 close by Panera Bread and also many options at the convention center. 
8:45 AM - Arrive at Convention Center
9:00 AM - Move Equipment to Performance Room 
9:30 AM - Warm Up
9:55 AM - Performance 
10:30 AM - Watch Bands 
12:00 PM - Meet for Lunch 
12:45 PM - Watch Bands
2:45 PM - Check In With Mr V
4:00 PM - Awards 
5:00 PM - Head To Quincy Market for Dinner and Shopping
8:00 PM - Return to Hotel 
10:00 PM - Room Check and Lights Out


7:45 AM - Wake Up 
8:15 AM - Breakfast 
9:00 AM - Depart for home 
12:00 PM - Lunch Stop 
3:00 PM - Arrive Back at Pitman High School

Students will contact their parents 45 minutes from home. Our arrival time can vary as much as an hour earlier (2PM) to an hour later (4PM) based on traffic and additional bathroom breaks. Please try to be aware that you may have to pick your student up earlier or later then 3pm. 

this trip is always a great experience for students to interact with thousands of other young musicians from across the globe and allows them to see other bands performing. It is an invaluable resource for those looking to continue on for music and also very educational for those who are not looking to continue. The emphasis of the weekend is to experience all levels of jazz and music during the festival and the weekend itself. 

If there are any more questions feel free to contact me at