The theme for this band bash was ” St. Patricks Day.” Kids were asked to dress up with that theme in mind. We were overwhelmed by the great response we got! So many of our kids dressed up, it was hard to decide the winner of the “best dressed” contest! We chose five winners this time… Logan Fowler, Michael Whitehead, Kacie Oelkers, Jeannine Foley and Luciano Anderson. The winner of the freeze dance contest was Vincent DiPietrantonio. Kacie Oelkers won the hula hoop contest and the dice game winner was Amelia Damelio. We also had a balloon pop contest and karaoke. Grant Clark sang an energetic version of “That’s All Right Momma.” Great job to all our kids! Thank you parents, kids and Mr. Clowers for another fun night!!
The Port Orange Music Academy was invited to perform at the 3rd annual “Cuts for Cudas”. This is a great fundraiser to help “at risk” teens. Sadly, there are many students registered as homeless in Volusia county. This event helps keep those kids in school by providing school supplies and other essentials kids need to not only attend school, but thrive there. Also, the band featured solo singer, Emma Murray. All the kids did great and we thank everyone who was involved in this event!
Tuesday evening, the Port Orange Music Academy played for a packed house at their first concert of the year. The Advanced, Jazz and Elite bands each played a selection of songs directed by Mr. Ed Clowers. There was even a rendition of What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, beautifully sung by Emma Murray. It was a great night for the kids that showed off all their hard work in preparing for this event. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a success. A big ”thanks” to Port Orange United Church of Christ for allowing the kids to practice and have their concert at the church.
Our Band Bash was a great success! The theme was a “Winter Luau” and the kids came dressed in grass skirts, tropical shirts and straw hats. We played lots of games and ate pizza and sweets. It was a fun time for all. The kids got to sing karaoke and there was even a costume contest! Thank you to Port Orange Church of the Nazarene for allowing us to have this event at their church. We even met their new pastor who joined in the fun. Thank you to all the parents who sent goodies in and who helped chaperone. Can’t wait for the next one!
The theme of the Christmas parade Sunday was “A Cartoon Christmas.” Our float was decorated with Spongebob characters. It was designed by Mr. and Mrs. Garcia who spent many hours on it. Thank you… it looked great! The stars of the parade, our kids, shined brightly under the direction of our band director, Mr. Ed Clowers. It was a fun day, and showed all the hard work the kids have put in practicing. We had an awesome show of support from the parents as well! Thank you to all parents who showed up at 10 a.m. to help decorate the float and to those who walked the parade route with the kids! We have the best kids, the best band director, and it was the best day ever!!!
Click Images to Enlarge
Topics of Discussion
- Port Orange Christmas Parade (December 2nd) – drop off/pick up/time/location details
- Distribution of Band Shirts
- Band Discount Card Fundraiser (biggest fundraiser of the year)
With the Port Orange Christmas Parade coming up soon, there are a few items that may help if they are taken care of in advance. Please make sure your child has long khaki pants, the Port Orange Music Academy polo shirt, and a red Santa hat.
See you at the meeting!
The Port Orange Music Academy had its first pancake breakfast fundraiser at Aunt Catfish’s over the weekend. It went great!!! We had many parent volunteers who really did a great job. I cannot say enough about how well the kids helped out. From rolling silverware to cleaning tables - they were fantastic! Those of you that have been to Aunt Catfish’s, know they have views that can’t be beat. Everyone should visit this great restaurant that loves to give back to the community. We had a great time. Band members were there playing for our guests. Thanks to all our sponsors… Aunt Catfish, Winn Dixie, Smart Start, Lithocraft, McDonalds and Superwash Express, who helped make our fundraiser a success with their generous donations. A special thank you to all our supporters who bought tickets and made this a really fun and successful event. Can’t wait to see you next year!
Click Images to Enlarge
6:00 PM (Beginning Band Members)
7:00 PM (Advanced Band Members)
Port Orange United Church of Christ
651 Taylor Road
Port Orange, FL 32127
Our new beginning band members meeting will be hosted by the instrumental company, Music & Arts. They will be on hand to answer any questions, and provide instrument rentals and accessories for beginning band students. An overview of the Port Orange Music Academy band program will be provided by our Band Board. Students and parents are invited to come out for this exciting night! This meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 PM.
Advanced band members and parents should meet at 7:00 PM to discuss important events for this upcoming year. Please make every effort to attend this meeting. Our first big event will be on September 29th. More details will be shared at the meeting.
Our summer band camp is going strong! These kids are dedicated! Being Grand Champions two years in a row takes a lot of hard work and dedication. These kids, along with our director, Ed Clowers and some great volunteers, are learning new music and having fun! They are receiving a lot of individual attention, as well as group instruction. We even have a few kids who have never played an instrument before and can now play a song and recognize notes. The kids show their crazy side by participating in wacky hair day, crazy sock day, twin day, and dress as your favorite famous person day.
Click Images to Enlarge
From the News Journal;
“They’re Grand Champions again!”
“Proving that last year was no fluke, The Port Orange Music Academy, formerly known as Spruce Creek Elementary Band, were named Grand Champions of the OrlandoFest Music Festival for the second consecutive year. The Academy entered its Advanced and Jazz bands, under the direction of Ed Clowers and his son Brent. Each band played three songs. Both bands received superior and gold rankings for their performances. In capturing the Grand Champions award, Port Orange Music Academy, which is made up of 3rd through 5th grade musicians, topped two high school bands…”