2018-19 Solo FestivalsStudents at Pioneer have the opportunity to attend two different solo festivals. The Erie County Music Educators Association (ECMEA) solo festivals are in January, and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festival is in May.
ECMEA Elementary FestivalFor students in grades 5-6.Saturday, January 12 @ Depew MS/HSECMEA Junior High FestivalFor students in grades 7-9Saturday, January 19 @ Orchard Park High SchoolDeadline to sign up for ECMEA festival: November 15.NYSSMA FestivalFor Students in grades 5-12Friday & Saturday, May 10-11 @ Pioneer High SchoolWhat is solo festival?At solo festivals, students play for an adjudicator who will give them comments and a grade based on their performance. Although preparation requires extra practice and work, students who perform at solo festivals gain a great amount of experience. Students who score among the top are invited to perform at All-County or Area All-State bands.What do students play at solo festivals?Students are required to prepare scales or rudiments (percussion only) and a solo, which is chosen by his/her teacher. The last part of the evaluation is sight reading, where students are given 1 minute to look at a piece of music they have never seen.ScalesLevels 1-2: 3 ScalesLevels 3-4: 7 ScalesLevels 5-6: 12 ScalesSnare Drum Rudiments