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WSMA News x Students Gearing Up for Launchpad


Launchpad 2012 is off and running with judges for the first round listening to each and every submission. The three judges were extremely impressed with the level of musicianship and creativity exhibited by each band. Every band receives feedback that encourages musical growth and development. From this initial round, 60 bands were then chosen for the four regional competitions throughout Wisconsin.


Friday, March 23*


Madison Regional – Sun Prairie High School Steve Sveum, coordinator


Friday, March 30*


Green Bay Regional – Chilton High School Russ Rautmann, coordinator


Friday, April 20


Eau Claire Regional – Chippewa Falls Tim Baumann, coordinator


Friday, May 11


Milwaukee Regional – Wauwatosa East High School Rob Engl, coordinator


As an expansion of partnerships with Launchpad sponsors, Yamaha will be providing an equipment package to the school music program of the winning Launchpad group. Broadjam (www.broadjam.com) will continue an online voting process to select a “Wild Card” group to perform in the Launchpad state finals competition. We thank both Yamaha and Broadjam for their continued support of this educational program.


Don’t forget the excitement of the State Launchpad Com- petition to be held on Saturday, June 9 in the SETT of Union South on the UW-Madison Campus.


For more information on Launchpad or to view a complete listing of bands competing at each regional competition go to www.launchpadwisconsin.org


* Results for these regionals are posted at www.launchpadwisconsin.org. Results for the other regional competitions will be posted following their respective dates.


x WSMA Student Composition Project


Submissions for the 2012 WSMA Student Composition Project are in the process of being reviewed by a team of noted composers and teachers. Awards will be given in nine categories. Winners will be announced in June with an awards ceremony to be held in late summer. Students will also receive written critiques of their submission focusing on strengths already exhibited as well as sug- gestions for improvement in future compositional projects.


The WSMA Student Composition Project is open to middle school students (grades 5-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) and encourages the creative/artistic abilities of students. Categories include instrumental solo, instrumental ensemble, instrumental jazz, collaborative solo, piano solo, vocal solo, vocal ensemble, vocal jazz and collaborative ensemble.


For more information please visit the Student Composition Project page of the WSMA web site or contact Tim Wurgler at twurgler@ wsmamusic.org.


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WSMA Music Showcases at the Wisconsin State Fair


Plans are underway for the WSMA World Music Showcase held on August 10 in conjunction with the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair. Bring your group and be a part of summer at the Wisconsin State Fair held in West Allis.


The WSMA World Music Showcase, held on the World Café Stage, is open to ensembles of all types as a celebration of world music. Recent performances have included handbell ensembles, string quartets, Celtic ensembles, jazz ensembles, flute choirs and more. Each ensemble selected to perform will receive free admission to the State Fair for students and directors as well as a performance time on the World Café Stage. Groups have already accepted this opportunity but there is always room for more!


For more information visit the WSMA web site at: www.wsma music.org or contact Tim Wurgler at twurgler@wsmamusic.org.


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