Arcanum music departments keep busy


ARCANUM – The music departments at Arcanum Schools have been quite busy this year already with several band and choir performances and contests.

The choir departments, led by Director Bobbi Wiseman, recently held a spring concert and rocked the house. All who attended raved about the progress the students have made.

The choir also attended a production of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at LaComedia Dinner Theatre. The students got to see performers using their talents in a professional production and learned the value of their own musical gifts.

The Arcanum Middle School band students recently participated in solo/ensemble contest held in the school cafetorium. These students now are focusing on their upcoming Ohio Music Education Association band contest. Heather Marsh will lead them in Class A, one of the most difficult musical classes, on May 11 at a to-be-determined time.

The Arcanum High School band has been busy with contest preparation, fundraising and mentorship opportunities.

High school band students are volunteering in a new mentorship program this school year designed to assist young band students with their music development. Not only is this a benefit to the young musicians, but it also teaches the importance of leadership skills to the older students.

The band received a Superior Rating in March to qualify for OMEA state band contest. The band will play at state contest the morning of April 27 at a time yet to be published.

The band also is in the midst of fundraising for band camp and its big Walt Disney World trip. A# Discount cards are available from any band students for $10 each.

The next big fundraiser for the band will kick off on April 15. The band will sell raffle tickets for a chance to win two one-day Park Hopper Passes to Walt Disney World. There will be 10 winners to this drawing. There is no limit on how many tickets an individual can purchase or win; raffle tickets are $25 each. The winning tickets will be drawn at 4 p.m. May 19 during the band’s annual mattress sale at the Field House. The mattress sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The AHS jazz band will perform along with the fifth and sixth grade bands at 7 p.m. May 2 in the high school gym. The AHS and AMS bands will be in concert, also in the gym, at 7 p.m. May 13.