Mr. Peske

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Happy New Year!

5th graders: We've added a second "Full Band" lesson to your weekly schedule, so remember to also bring your instrument on Fridays. Please click on your school's drop down tab for more information. Resources for practice at home are in Google Classroom.

Summit students: Please be sure to practice every night. Aim for 20 minutes a day, six days a week.

Seventh grade band students are performing at Etiwanda HS during the day on February 28. Parents can come watch, but must park in the parking lot near the stadium and check in at the office by 10:45 AM. Your band donation helps make this field trip possible--thank you for your support!

Eighth grade band students are performing at Etiwanda HS in the evening on February 28. Click here for details.

Sixth grade band students will be performing for students at Falcon Ridge on Friday, March 8. Your band donation helps make this field trip possible--thank you for your support!

Homework

Daily practice is the key to improvement on an instrument. Use the music Mr. Peske has given you and aim for about 20 minutes of practice time on your instrument each day. 

Links to Additional Information

Practice Tips and Resources

Practice every day! That's your band homework. When you practice, have a goal for what you want to improve. Besides practicing your songs, be working to improve your basic skills by working on tone, scales, rhythms, tuning, etc.

A metronome helps you make sure your beat is steady. A tuner helps you make sure you are getting the right sound for the note. They are tools you should use regularly.

Handouts

PDF versions of important handouts are stored in this folder. Please email Mr. Peske if you can't find what you need here:

About the band program at Summit Intermediate School:

Summit Band in concert

The Summit Band program has a tradition of success dating back to its inception in 1994.  The bands have consistently earned Superior and Excellent ratings at Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association adjudicated festivals.  They have performed at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center and various other locations around the Inland Empire.  Additionally, many students from Summit have been members of various honor bands throughout Southern California.

The Summit Band has had the honor of introducing brand new music to the wind band repertoire.  In 2015, the Summit Shark Band commissioned and premiered "Voyages," a work for concert band by composer Natalie Moller.  In 2013, the Shark Band premiered Mr. Peske's original composition "An Elegy for JFK" at their winter concert.  In 2008, the Summit Shark Band commissioned and premiered "Bluster," written for concert band by Thomas Kahelin.  It was published in 2010 by Alfred Music and received the "Editor's Choice" designation from J. W. Pepper.  It has been performed by bands across the United States and even internationally by a band in Singapore. 

Instrumental instruction begins in the fifth grade bands at Long Elementary School and Colony Elementary School.  The band program at Summit Intermediate School includes an eighth grade Shark Band, a seventh grade Symphonic Band, and a sixth grade Concert Band. Many students from Summit have continued their musical studies in the award-winning music program at Etiwanda High School.

The goal of the band program at Summit Intermediate School is to develop outstanding middle school musicians who create, understand, and enjoy music and who have the skills necessary to be successful in music and in life.

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About Mr. Peske

Jonathan M. Peske has directed the bands at Summit Intermediate School since 2002. Mr. Peske earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Redlands. He has played clarinet for over 35 years and can play many other instruments as well. When he is not teaching band, he enjoys photography, reading, cooking, and spending time with his family.

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