Fine Arts Update: October 16, 2017

Hamilton High Band State Bound

The HHS Marching Band earned a “Superior Rating” this past weekend at the Piqua Band Invitational. This rating qualifies the band to perform at the 2017 OMEA State Marching Band Finals. Congratulations to the percussion section who also received overall “Best Percussion” of the 14 bands in the contest. Congratulations to the students in marching band and directors, Mr. Paul Dixon, Mr. Patrick Naylor, Mr, Jacob Gibson, Mr. Robert Saurber, Mr. Nicholas Corey, Ms. Erika Compton, and Ms. Nicole Ardizzone. 

Garfield Middle School Art

Garfield Art Students in Ms. Shannon Frey’s class created metal work incorporating physical and implied texture. They used metal tooling instruments and worked with India Ink to create an aged patina on their metalwork.

Garfield Art Students in Ms. Frey’s class also recently created Tie-Dye Paintings incorporating the Elements of Design. Students used Tie-Dye fabric paper, watercolors, and various inking methods to create Abstract Art productions.

Fourth Grade Pumpkins Provide Colorful Backdrop 

Painted pumpkins lined the perimeter of the Butler County Courthouse as part of Hamilton’s Operation Pumpkin festival.  The pumpkins were the result of an annual project by the district’s 4th grade art students. Students were invited to retrieve their pumpkins during the festival.

Middle School Orchestra Concerts

The orchestras of our middle schools impressed the audience in their first concerts of the school year. For the seventh graders, this is the first experience in performing music of this complexity. Garfield 7th and 8th grade orchestras are directed by Mrs. Pamela Carroll.  Wilson’s 7th and 8th grade orchestras are directed by Miss Maureen Driscoll.

Miss Driscoll prepares the WMS 7th Grade Orchestra for the concert.


Fairwood Students are “AMPed Up”

Music, Art and Physical Education teachers at Fairwood Elementary are collaborating this school year by focusing on teaching skills for their subject from the perspective of a common country or continent each quarter.  “AMPed”, which stands for Art, Music, and PE education, is the collaborative effort of Fairwood’s specialists Mrs. Diana Fazio, Mrs. Sarah Starks, and Miss Katie Schroder. This past quarter’s country of focus was The United States of America. As music teacher, Mrs. Starks, says, “Every journey begins at home.”

The 9 weeks of learning culminated in a special “AMPed” day.  During this day the students met in the gym one grade level at a time, during their regularly scheduled “specials” time.  While there, they rotated through 3 stations.  At the Art station, students focused on the artwork of Native Americans, working together to create a tepee as well as a large wing display with feathers created by the students.  At the Music station, students participated in a barn dance with traditional American folk dances. Students were involved in many Colonial American games station, such at hoop rolling, marbles, and hopscotch in the Phys. Ed. station.

The students will likely remember the lessons learned through this for years to come, but now it’s time for them to “pack their bags” as they head to Italy for the new quarter.

Mrs. Fazio with the wings created by Fairwood students.

Tepee with Native American drawings created by the students.

Mrs. Starks demonstrates the next dance.

Miss Schroder helps students with Colonial games.

Mrs. Toney Presents at Conference

Ridgeway Art teacher, Ms. Terry Toney presented a session at the Preservice Conference at Miami University on October 8 titled  “Beyond the Art Room  – Collaborating with Colleagues and Community”. The conference drew over 100 preservice teachers from 7 universities.



Electric Strings Ready to Rock

HCSD’s electric strings groups, Live Wire! and String Fusion are excited to present their first concert of the year on Tuesday, October 17.  These groups, which rehearse after school once a week, perform choreographed music with a rock beat.

Live Wire!, the high school group, under the direction of Matthew Kirkendall and Matthew Pfeuffer,  will be playing  “Eight Days a Week” by the Beatles and “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney and Wings as part of their British Invasion theme. Members of Live Wire! are;

1st Violin: Kimberly Betz, Emily Combs, Holli Keillor, and Molly Riggs

2nd Violin: Macy Caudill, Layla Gadd, Dylan Link, Rachel Macias, and Benjamin Williams

Viola: Alexandria Angel, Kailyn Fox, Myan Hurm

Cello: Jacquelyn Betancourt,

Keyboard: Andrew Roden

Electric Guitar: Leonard Jenkins

Electric Bass Guitar: Ayden Wilder

Drumset: Tommy Combs

String Fusion is made up of students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade is under the direction of Mrs. Pamela Carroll and Miss Maureen Driscoll. String Fusion will perform Vivaldi vs. Vertigo”, “Stairway to Heaven” and “Canon Rock”.  Members of String Fusion are:

Violin: Isabella Ashley, Attie Bailey, Jayden Betz, Morgan Caudill, Chalyn Countz, Payton Curtis, Kenia Gonzalez, Karla Guerrero, Elaine Hall, Sydney Jones, Hanna Lewis, Robert Neeley, Kaylee Rohrig, Morgan Schutte, Penelope Stitzel, Kenna Tepe, Aidan Vasquez, Hannah Waren.

Viola: Olivia Fergison, Morgan Gill, Noah Henderson, Anna Nicol

Cello: Kyle Boling, Nicholas Burkart, Mackenna Parker

Keyboard: Lexi Spurlock

Electric Guitar: Leonard Jenkins (Live Wire!)

Electric Bass Guitar: Ayden Wilder (Live Wire!)

Drumset: Jake Sizemore