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Band Materials


Song List:

We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Metallica)
Today (Smashing Pumpkins)
Jump (Van Halen)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)

Performance time everyone! Check out your individual columns for notes.

We’re Not Gonna Take It Map

For Whom The Bell Tolls Map

Today Form

Jump Form


Focus on Jump! Practice with a metronome. You bringing a solid groove to that riff will make a world of a difference in keeping you all together. Also practice the guitar solo progression so timing is rock solid. Also don’t forget to sing choruses on We’re Not Gonna Take It!¬† Would do you well to run it at home with that intention.


Great job on vocals and performing! Review review review Today, and do whatever you need to do to memorize your starting note for your solo. Make sure you also know Should I Stay or Should I Go form like the back of your hand so you can help sing the chorus pickup confidently, especially getting out of the guitar solo.


Your focus should be to keep running your drum songs so you can sound as confident as possible (especially coming out of the solos on Jump), making sure that you let mistakes go and pick up wherever the band is at. Also making sure your open chords for Should I Stay or Should I Go are as clean as possible! Keep those fingers really curled so they don’t mute other strings. Finally, you might have some fun checking out live performances of singers you like, taking note of how they cover the stage – when do they move, when do they plant themselves, when do they use their hands and body to emote?


Couple things – review We’re Not Gonna Take It walkdowns, and play it with the focus of also singing all the choruses! Your last Should I Stay solo this past practice was awesome. Hope you took mental notes of how to develop your improvisation. 10th fret 3rd string is a great note to start and just sit on. Don’t be afraid of space. Make sure everything you do play has intention behind it. And practice making sure you sing the cue for the final (double!!) chorus!


Keep reviewing Should I Stay! Lots of practice with the recording, we are doing it exactly as is. The gaps and ensemble rhythms leading in and out of choruses is key. Get used to the final chorus being longer. Review Today as well, the ending can be cleaner. You as the drummer really drive the band on those two songs. And practice Jump some more as well, making sure you recognize each section and groove, and that you hold that C note in the intro before the drum groove begins.

Winter/Spring 2023 Band Session – Important Dates:

January 9th First day of the Winter/Spring 2023 band session
January 16 MLK Day – NO BAND
February 20-24 Winter Break – NO BAND
March 18/19 Band Performance Workshop
April 3-14 Spring Break – NO BAND
May 29 Memorial Day – NO BAND
June 4 Band Showcase and last day of the Winter/Spring 2023 band session

Band Showcase at the Point

June 4 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Band Showcase a Rock & Brews

June 7 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 10th Student Recitals

June 10 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

June 11th Student Recitals

June 11 @ 11:00 am - 7:30 pm