Parents, Friends, and Supporters of the Pearl PIrate Band need to fill out an Online Volunteer Form for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents are asked to volunteer for as much as possible. We always need your help! Volunteering for chaperone duties, concessions, and festivals are a great way to meet other parents, have fun, and most importantly support your band student!
Saturday Rehearsals - (Required for students)
Saturday, August 8 - 7:00-11:00 AM Students will order Band Shoes on this date ($40 Cash or money order only)Also Concession Cleanup and prop day for parents.Saturday, August 15 - 7:00-11:00 AM Individual Picture Day for StudentsPossible Prop Day for parents59 Minute Fundraiser for Students @ 12:00 Saturday, August 22 - 7:00-11:00 AM Possible Prop Day for parents
After School Rehearsals (August)
Hornline - Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 PMColorguard - TBAPercussion - TBA
Our New Uniforms are in!! Each current 9-12th grade student was sized for a uniform. However, we will need to double check this to make sure of a proper fit. We plan to do this over the summer or possibly towards the last few days of school. Additionally, ALL Students will need to purchase a NEW pair of band shoes at the beginning of next year as we are changing styles of shoe to better match the new uniform.
Kroger Plus Card Fundraiser
Please Enroll Your Kroger Card!!
Simply login to your account at www.kroger.com and go to the community rewards section. Search for the Pearl High School Band and link your card. You will need to re-enroll your card every year. This is a great and easy way to earn money for our band program! Please link your card!
Pearl High School Band500 Pirate CovePearl, MS 39208601-932-7939 / 601-932-7940
The Pearl Band Staff is made up of a young and energetic group of teachers who are dedicated to students and their success in insntrumental music. The band directors at Pearl teach at all levels including 6th Grade Beginner Band, 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Band, and all areas of the Pearl High School Band.
Director of Bands
Matt Rowan is currently in his fifteenth year of teaching and serves as Director of Bands at Pearl High School. Prior to coming to Pearl Mr. Rowan served in the Oxford School District as Director of Bands and Asst. Director of Bands for nine years. A graduate of Pearl High School, Mr. Rowan received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Mississippi in May of 2000, and Master of Music in August of 2001 from the same institution. While earning his degrees, Mr. Rowan participated in the University Band and served that group in several different positions, including Drum Major for two years, and Graduate Assistant for one year. Mr. Rowan also received several high honors at the University of Mississippi. These include a receiving a Taylor Medal, which is the highest academic honor given by the University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and being inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He was also named Most Outstanding Undergraduate Instrumentalist, Most Outstanding Music Education Student, and Most Outstanding Graduate Instrumentalist during his time at theUniversity.Mr. Rowan is a member of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, and has served as President of the I-55 Band Directors Association and Northeast Mississippi Band Directors Association. Mr. Rowan is the 2006 recipient of the A.E. McLain Outstanding Young Band Directors Award given by the Mississippi Bandmasters Association. In 2007 Mr. Rowan became a National Board Certified Teacher. Mr. Rowan was also fortunate to serve on the staff of the Mississippi Lions All State Band in 2009, 2013, and 2014. In 2014 Mr. Rowan served as the Head Marching Director for the Mississippi Lions All State Band and guided that group to their 30th International Parade Championship at the International Lions Convention in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Rowan’s bands have consistently earned superior ratings on both the state and national level. Mr. Rowan is married to the lovely Mrs. Amye Rowan and they have one daughter, Emily. Mr. Rowan currently resides in Pearl, MS and in his spare time enjoys fishing, playing golf and spending time with his wife, daughter, and dogs.
Assistant Band Director
Two-thousand and fifteen marks the beginning of Matt Little’s tenth year of teaching in the Pearl Public School District. His current duties include coordinating all aspects of percussion for the entire district. Since the fall of 2007, Mr. Little has assisted the percussion section in achieving a 4A State Championship in Marching Band and Percussion in 2007. In 2008, the Indoor Percussion Ensemble achieved a fourth place finish in Class A at the Mississippi Indoor Association (MIA) Championships. The percussion section of the Pearl Marching Band finished in third place in their caption in the same year. After competing in the 2009 Winter Guard International (WGI) Pensacola Percussion Regional, the Indoor Percussion Ensemble took their first-ever Gold Medal at the MIA Championships in Class A. In the fall of 2009, the percussion section assisted the Marching Band in achieving their second state championship in three seasons – this time in Class 5A - as well as a second-place finish in percussion. In the spring of 2010, the Indoor Percussion Ensemble competed at the WGI Nashville Percussion Regional, finished third at the MIA Championships, and finished the season by competing at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio for the first time in the group’s history.Mr. Little remains active in the drum and bugle corps activity, after having marched in the Southwind, Bluecoats, and Crossmen drum and bugle corps. He has taught with the Troopers of Casper, Wyoming (2000-2001, 2008, 2012) and the (Seattle) Cascades (2002, 2004-2006, 2009-2010). The Seattle Cascades made Finals in Drum Corps International’s Division One in 2002.Mr. Little earned his Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001. During his time at USM, he taught and arranged percussion for the University of Southern MississippiMarchingBand.In his spare time, Mr. Little enjoys spending time with wife Sarah, and is a staunch supporter of the six-time World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the twenty-seven time World Champion New York Yankees, the 1998 Eastern Conference Champion Washington Capitals, the seventeen-time World Champion Boston Celtics, and the four-time National Champion Washington Huskiesfootballteam.
Associate Director of Bands
With fourteen years of teaching experience, Matthew Pickering joins the faculty of Pearl High School as associate director of bands. Prior to coming to Pearl, Mr. Pickering served eight years at Jones County Junior College, four years as assistant director of bands and the last four years as director. In addition, he served as assistant director of bands at South Jones High School for four years prior to his appointment at JCJC.Mr. Pickering graduated from Seminary High School in May 1996 and began his collegiate studies at Jones County Junior College. He was a member of the Jones County Junior College “Maroon Typhoon” Marching Band, the JCJC Symphonic Band, and the JCJC Concert Choir. Mr. Pickering studied tuba with Raymond G. Young and piano with Dr. Theresa Sanchez. While at JCJC, he marched with the “Maroon Typhoon” in the 1997 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.Mr. Pickering received a Bachelor of Music Education in December 2000 and a Master of Music Education in December 2004 from the University of Southern Mississippi. Under the direction of Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo, he served as principal tuba in the USM Wind Ensemble and was a member of the “Pride of Mississippi” Marching Band. He studied tuba under Thomas G. Stein, Dr. Ed Owen, and Dr. Richard Perry and was a member of the USM Tuba Euphonium Ensemble. In addition, Mr. Pickering was a member of the “Twisted Steel” tuba quartet that won the 2000 International Tuba Euphonium Conference quartet competition in Regina, Canada. “Twisted Steel” performed as guest artists at the 2001 International Tuba Euphonium ConfrenceinLahti,Finland.Mr. Pickering is a member of the National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the Mississippi Bandmasters Association. He currently serves as organist at First Baptist Church in Laurel, Mississippi. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and his German Shepherd Dog“Nimrod”.
Assistant Band Director
Aimee Sudduth is in her fifteenth year of teaching and her tenth year at Pearl High School. After graduating from Quitman High School in 1996, Mrs. Sudduth went to Jones County Junior College for two years, where she was a member of the color guard in the Maroon Typhoon and played clarinet in the Symphonic Band. While she was at JCJC, Mrs. Sudduth had the opportunity to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She then went on to the University of Southern Mississippi and was a member of the color guard and symphonic winds. In 2001 Mrs. Sudduth earned her Bachelor’s Degree in MusicEducationfromUSM.Prior to coming to Pearl, Mrs. Sudduth worked for six years in the Waynesboro School District. At Wayne County she taught junior high students 6th through 8th grade, was color guard instructor, taught woodwind sectionals, and private lessons. In the fall of 2007, Mrs. Sudduth accepted a position in the Pearl Public School District. She teaches all of the woodwinds from 6th grade through 8th grade and she directs the 6th grade band. At the high school she over sees the fall color guard and winter guard. The fall guard received 3rd place at state championships in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 the fall guard received 1stplace. The winter guard received 2nd place in 2008 and 3rd place in 2010. Mrs. Sudduth has served as a junior high clinician for different band clinics and she continues to write color guard choreography for many schools. Mrs. Sudduth has been selected to serve on the staff of the 2011 Mississippi Lion’s All-State Band.Mrs. Sudduth resides in Brandon with her husband Jacob and two daughters Rebekah and Elizabeth. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and shopping.
Assistant Band Director
Jason Harrell is in his thirteenth year of teaching and has been on staff with the Pearl Pirate Band since 2005. He is a 1998 graduate of Scott Central High School and was a two-year member of the Mississippi Lion’s All-State Band. He graduated from Delta State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He has held positions at Forest Hill High School in Jackson and Brandon High School in Brandon, where his concert band received Superior ratingsatfestival.Mr. Harrell teaches junior high low brass classes, has served as eighth grade band director, and also performs administrative duties for the junior high band program. Mr. Harrell is the director of the Pearl High School Varsity Band, which has received Superior ratings in concert and sight reading at the MBA State Band Festival. Mr. Harrell has served as a clinician and is a freelance tubist in Central Mississippi. He has studied tuba with Dr. Ed Bahr and Mr. Wade Rackley and he teaches low brass lessons locally. He is a tubist with the Mississippi Wind Symphony and he serves as the coordinator of TubaChristmas in Mississippi which performs for the public each holiday season. Jason resides in Pearl with his wife, Belinda, and their daughter, Emma, and son, Austin. He is an active member of McLaurinHeightsBaptistChurch.
Pearl Junior High School Band
PJHS Band StaffJason Harrell - Junior High Band Director email@example.com Aimee Sudduth - Elementary (6th Grade) Band Directorasudduth@pearl.k12.ms.us Matt Little - Percussion/Assistant Band Director firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Rowan - Director of Bands, Pearl Schools email@example.com Matt Pickering - Associate Director of Bands, Pearl Schoolsmpickering@pearl.k12.ms.us Band Fee/Dues Information and Consent Form6th Grade Band - SIXTH GRADE BAND INFORMATIONSixth grade band begins in the first days of school with an introduction to music theory, including the staff, note names in treble and bass clef, rhythms, and an introduction to the instruments in the band. During the month of August, students will be given an opportunity to test on each instrument offered in beginner band to see what his/her strengths are as a musician. After testing, the band directors will work with students to determine what the best fit will be for them in choosing an instrument. We will have a parent night on September 1st to meet with parents to discuss arrangements for obtaining an instrument. We will have Mississippi Music, Inc., present at this meeting to rent or sell instruments. Parents are not required to use Mississippi Music, Inc., but they are a highly recommended music store and offer full service of instruments. After students have obtained instruments, we will begin instruction on how to play the instruments while applying the music concepts learned in the first weeks of school. Students will be tested each week and to ensure they become proficient on their instrument. The sixth grade students will perform a Christmas Concert in the second term and will perform a Spring Concert during fourth term.Welookforwardtoseeingtheprogressmadebythesestudentsintheirfirstyear!7th Grade Band - SEVENTH GRADE BAND INFORMATIONSeventh grade band begins with a review of the concepts learned in sixth grade to ensure the students have a firm understanding of the concepts needed to be successful musicians. In seventh grade band, students will expand their musical knowledge and technique on their instrument. They will be challenged to become more mature musicians. As in sixth grade, the students will be tested weekly and will be required to show proficiency on their instrument. The students will perform in the Pearl Christmas Parade as well as perform a Christmas Concert. In the second semester, seventh grade band students will prepare for and attend a band festival where they will, for the first time, be scored on their performance. Students will also present a Spring Concert during the fourth term. Seventh grade band is an exciting time in the life of students.8th Grade Band - EIGHTH GRADE BAND INFORMATIONThe Pearl eighth grade band continues the students’ instrumental music education by preparing the students to perform on a high school level. The students will have prescribed exercises to pass off on a weekly basis. The eighth grade band offers more performance opportunities as well. The eighth grade band performs at pep rallies and at some junior high football games. The band also performs a Christmas concert and in the Pearl Christmas Parade. In the spring, the band attends a band festival and presents a spring concert. Students will also have the opportunity to go off campus to participate in band clinics, which are great fun. Often throughout the year some other performance opportunities arise and are an added bonus. The eighth grade band is a great experience for students and will prepare them for even greater experiences to come.
Pearl Band Auxiliary
The Pearl Band Auxiliary is made up of all parents and supporters of the Pearl “Pirate” Band. The Pearl Band Auxiliary provides support for the students and directors of the Pirate Band through fundraisers, chaperoning, working concessions, hosting festivals and competitions, among various other duties.
Pearl Band Auxiliary Executive Officers and CommitteesPearl Band Auxiliary Officer Information2014-2015President - Darryl and Melissa GilmoreDarryl Cell: 601-951-2998Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMelissa Cell: 601-454-2405Email: email@example.comSecretary - Joy JenkinsJoy Cell: 601-750-4407Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTreasurers - Scott and Darlene Carter Home: 601-932-6418Scott Cell: 601-259-4785Email: email@example.comDarlene Cell: 601-613-3820Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPurchasing Agents - Fonzie Garcia / Jamie FallinFonzie Cell: 601-498-9371Email: email@example.comCommittees and ChairpersonsCommitteesHome Concessions – Visitor Concessions – Festivals – Kenny and Leigh PopeFundraising – Shelia McQuirterSenior Parent – Grill – Scotty WattsWrapping – Leigh WilsonJunior High Concessions - Uniforms – Stacy Rose Hospitality/Band Banquet – Cathi Silence Counting - Officers
Click Here to Visit www.charmsoffice.comCharms Information - Click Here for printable information.Charms is a new way for you to keep up with your students information, fees, etc. with the Pearl Band. Both Pearl High School and Pearl Jr. High School Band students/parents will have access to the system.Through Charms you can:•Contact Information:oView and Update your student and parent contact information. oEmail addresses are very important as we use this as a primary means of communication. •Fees/Student Accounts: oCheck Account BalancesoPrint ReceiptsoMake Credit Card Payments Online•Other Features as needed.To Access Your Infomation in Charms:•Log on to www.charmsoffice.com, and click the “ENTER” link at upper right.•Locate the “PARENT/STUDENT/MEMBERS LOGIN” section of the web page.•Login to your child’s program account using the following School Code:School Code: PearlBands•This will bring up the main parent page. This will allow you to look at the “public” calendar for your organization, event list, handouts and other files.•Clicking on an event on the calendar brings up the details for that event, such as times, attendance requirements and equipment/uniform necessities. Clicking on “event list” puts all of the calendar information in a list form for easy printing. Note that if a calendar event is specifically assigned to your child, it may NOT show up on this calendar – check the “Student” calendar after entering the student’s ID number (see below).•When you enter your child’s ID NUMBER (provided by your Director) as a Student Area Password, another more detailed screen appears with even more options to view your student’s uniform assignments, music assignments, financial records, forms and inventory. Once you have first entered this ID number, you may create your own, unique password by clicking on the “keyhole” (Change Password) button.•Two areas in which you can help the director maintain his/her records:•Update Personal Information – if the director has allowed it, you may help make changes to your child’s student information page (such as updating phone numbers and email addresses if they change) to help the teacher communicate with you more effectively. Click the Personal Info button.•If your program has setup online payments, you can make credit card payments for fees, trips and deposits to your student’s account. If credit card payment is activated, you will see blue buttons in the four main areas of the financial statement indicating your ability to make online payments.•You will also see links to enter Practice Logs, view Grades, and use the Recording Studio if the teacher has enabled these options. •Most importantly, the parent page assists both you and the teacher to communicate with each other. Stay up to date on what’s going on with your student!!!
Important Links for Kroger Card Registration:www.krogercommunityrewards.com (To Register Cards with Kroger)READ BELOW TO REGISTER YOUR KROGER PLUS CARD AND HELP SUPPORT THE PEARL BAND PROGRAM!!New Kroger Card InformationHere are the details to register your Plus Cards for the October Kroger Fundraiser!!Instructions to register your Kroger Plus Card for the Pearl High School Band:Simply register online at krogercommunityrewards.comBe sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.Click on Sign In/RegisterMost participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditionsYou will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.Update or confirm your information.Enter NPO number or name of organization (Type Pearl and Click Search), select organization from list and click on confirm.To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.Important Links for Kroger Card Registration:www.krogercommunityrewards.com (To Register Cards with Kroger)