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PMEA District 7 Band Audition Solos Announced!

posted May 19, 2015, 7:44 AM by adam_gumble@hempfieldsd.org   [ updated May 19, 2015, 7:54 AM ]

The 2015-16 PMEA District 7 Band Audition material has been announced! District Band is a PHENOMENAL experience for student musicians and serves as an achievable goal for members that want to achieve something great with their playing! Even if you don't make the ensemble, the audition process (preparing, auditioning for judges, using the evaluation as a tool for growth) will undoubtedly help you as you move through your musical career as well as the rest of the "auditions" in your life! 
  • View the Solo List (PDF)
  • Order the CORRECT EDITION of the solo! (Amazon, SheetMusicPlus, etc.)
    • The Battery Audition Etude and Trumpet Solo are FREE and downloadable from bands.hempfieldsd.org! Download and get to work! :)
  • Enroll in Hempfield Band Academy for private instruction! 
  • Develop an action plan for solo/scale preparation! 
Auditions are on Saturday, December 5th! The sooner you order your solo, the sooner you can get started! 


HSD Private Instructors List (Revised April 2015)

posted Apr 20, 2015, 9:55 AM by adam_gumble@hempfieldsd.org

The achievement of the musical ensembles across the Hempfield School District is a direct reflection of the quality of each member. Every student musician plays a vital role in the success of our overall program!

There is no substitute for weekly sessions of individualized instruction by an instrument specialist. As lessons are not offered during the instructional day at the middle level, we recommend that students look into private instruction for their child upon entering 7th Grade. The list of Private Lesson Instructors in the Lancaster area is attached in PDF form! 

Private lesson instructors serve as an ideal model and mentor to assist in your child's improvement in the areas of tone, technique and general musicianship. The helpful hints or minor adjustments suggested by the instructor will greatly improve your child's playing ability and, as a result, their enjoyment of our music program! 

  • Specific Fees, Lesson Availability will Vary
  • For a more specific recommendation based on your individual interests/needs, please contact your band director!

NEW Tuning Packet!

posted Sep 8, 2014, 7:34 AM by adam_gumble@hempfieldsd.org   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 7:35 AM ]

Many students feel as though their instruments should come "ready-made" to press down the right keys, blow some air, and play in tune! Unfortunately, we live in a world where even professional instruments have notes that are naturally out of tune, so it is up to the individual player to know their instrument and adjust accordingly! 

The attached packet contains an Intonation Chart as well as some helpful tips to live a more in-tune existence with your instrument! Thank you to Fred J. Allen of Stephen F. Austin University! 

Revised Band Handbook > Download Now!

posted Aug 21, 2014, 10:45 AM by adam_gumble@hempfieldsd.org

Greetings, all! As we move into the 2014-15 school year, the Band Handbook has received a "facelift" and is now available for download! The 2014-15 "Statement of Understanding" will be due for all Concert Ensembles by Tuesday, June 2nd. 



2013-14 Reflection/Evaluation

posted May 29, 2014, 4:56 AM by adam_gumble@hempfieldsd.org

3MP Documents

posted Feb 4, 2014, 9:48 PM by adam_gumble@hempfieldsd.org   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 10:19 PM ]

Greetings, all! Attached to this post you will find:
  • 3MP Rehearsal Map (you are responsible for preparing material for each rehearsal)
  • 3MP Assessment Sheet (includes Lit Excerpts)
  • Performance Levels Rubric (in case you don't have this handy)
  • Literature Strips (to keep in your folder for self-evaluation)
  • Macro Goals Sheet (for your long-term planning)
  • Major Scales and Arpeggios (for EVERY instrument!)
Arpeggios > You will notice the addition of "Major Arpeggios" to our Skill Builders. For those that are not familiar, these are simply broken chords (Do-Mi-Sol-Do-Sol-Mi-Do) that are found in music. Following scales, these are the most critical patterns for musicians to commit to muscle memory as they are sprinkled throughout music fairly liberally. We will begin to work these into our Daily Drill, so I would recommend adding them to your Weekly Goals! 

Chop Busters 1 > Concert Band members will notice "Chop Busters 1" as part of their 3MP assessment. Parts are available for download at Concert Ensembles > Downloads of this site. 

REMEMBER > Your success is a residue of your preparation! Ensure that you reach your highest achievement level possible through planning and preparation!

Fall Showcase Concert Evaluation

posted Oct 27, 2013, 4:47 PM by adam_gumble@hempfieldsd.org

1MP Literature Excerpts

posted Oct 7, 2013, 4:50 AM by adam_gumble@hempfieldsd.org

Hempfield Band Academy > NEW in 2013!

posted May 21, 2013, 5:45 AM by adam_gumble@hempfieldsd.org   [ updated May 21, 2013, 6:06 AM ]

Enroll in the Hempfield Band Academy TODAY!!!!


  • INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION from professional artist educators!
  • FLEXIBLE lesson times with your summer schedule!
  • CONVENIENT lesson locations!


  • Head Start for 1st Year Members
  • One Week of “Basic Training” to set yourself up for success!
  • $30 for 4 consecutive days!


  • Designed for developing elementary/middle level musicians
  • Study with professional artists who play your instrument!   
  • Return to school a better player!
  • $10 per 20-minute lesson
  • $15 per 30-minute lesson (recommended)*


  • Designed for advancing middle/high school level musicians
  • Study with professional artists who play your instrument!
  • Return to school a better player!  
  • Ideal for audition prep!  
  • $15 per 30-minute lesson*

You will be contacted by a member of the Hempfield Band Faculty to schedule a lesson day and time.  Number of lesson dates and location will also be verified.

Payment for lessons should be taken care of at the first summer lesson with cash or check (payable to the lesson teacher). 

Academy Faculty: 

Ms. Morgann Davis (Flute)*

Ms. Lauren Fairfull (Oboe and Bassoon)*

Mr. Adam Gumble (Brass)*

Mrs. Kelly Gumble (All)

Mr. Andrew Kissling (Trumpet)*

Mrs. Sherry Ober (All/Trombone and Baritone)

Mr. Phil Smith (All)

Ms. Rachael Smolinsky (Clarinet and Saxophone)*

Mr. Jack Steiner (Percussion)*

*Developing and Advanced Lessons Only

*Rate is for 2013 Hempfield Band Academy Only and do not reflect typical lesson fee.  

PMEA District 7 Audition Repertoire List NOW AVAILABLE!

posted May 6, 2013, 9:45 AM by adam_gumble@hempfieldsd.org   [ updated May 23, 2013, 9:19 AM ]

Repertoire List > ATTACHED!

Solos can be purchased through any online retailer or local music shop!  Get your solo ASAP so that you can get to work in preparation for 2013 District Auditions!     

To Purchase Online, Copy the Following Search Criteria (Paste to Google, Amazon, etc.)

Flute Concerto No 2 in D Mozart 

Oboe Sonatina Jacob

Bassoon Sonata in F minor Telemann

Alto Sax Introduction Dance and Furioso Couf

Tenor Sax Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player Teal

Baritone Sax Recitative and Rondino Koepke

Clarinet Adagio and Tarantella Cavallini

Alto Clarinet Allegro Spirtoso Senaille

Bass Clarinet Lamento Bassi

Trumpet Arban

Trumpet Lyrical Etudes Snedecor

Horn Nocturno 7 Strauss

Trombone Melodious Etudes Book 1 Bordogni

Euphonium Lyric Suite White

Bass Trombone Praeludium, Chorale, Variations and Fugue Mueller

Tuba Concertpiece Painpare

Percussion Command Performances for Percussion Cirone

Percussion Portraits in Rhythm Cirone

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