Middle School Honor Band (Grades 7 & 8)
This ensemble is for 7th and 8th grade band students from each District 112 Middle School. you must be nominated by your band director before enrolling in this course. Honor Band is an advanced ensemble for middle school students who work hard in band and have reached high levels of achievement on their instruments. Students will learn 6 pieces within only 10 rehearsals and then have two performance dates. There will be an Elementary School tour on Friday, June 1 and a finale concert on Monday, June 4 at Chanhassen High School. This course will be co-taught by Matt Potter and Gina Ford at Chaska Middle School East.
Matt Potter teaches 6th-8th grade band with District 112 at Chaska Middle School East. Matt has his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Matt’s primary instruments are the saxophone and the piano, but Matt teaches lessons for all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. In addition to teaching, Matt still frequently performs with two rock bands and at a church. Matt believes middle school music students should have the opportunities to perform, create and listen to many styles of music.