Shasta Middle School
350 students, five Bethel schools, and a continuing tradition in the district.
The Bethel Band Festival is an annual event bringing together all of Bethel’s middle and high school musicians under the direction of a guest conductor.
Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Director of Bands at the University of Oregon, was the guest clinician. He worked with each school band individually before bringing all the schools together for a massive performance.
The Willamette High School students showed off their skills, while the younger musicians heard for themselves what they could sound like with more experience.
250 students joined in one combined voice at the annual Bethel Choir Festival.
Under the direction of Dr. Melissa Brunkan from the University of Oregon, choirs from Irving, Shasta, Cascade, and Willamette had the opportunity to learn from a different perspective.
Brunkan has sung and conducted professionally with choirs, opera and theater companies all around the country, and she’s taught children from kindergarten through high school so her credibility earned some respect from students.
They worked on expression, harmonics, diction and simply communicating the joy of what they are singing.
One of the highlights of the Festival was the mass choir performance, which allowed all the students to express their joy together.
There are reasons why the Shasta Jazz Band was invited to perform at Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr’s State of the County Address.
Farr is a big fan of Shasta’s band – and Bethel School District in general. But, he also knew the students would wow the audience of elected officials and other power brokers attending the address.
The Shasta students did not disappoint.
Performing before and after Farr’s address, the band provided the perfect atmosphere and left the crowd in awe that middle school students could play so well.
Thanks to Commissioner Farr for the invitation, and thanks to teacher Mike Reetz and his students for sharing their talents and representing Bethel School District with distinction.