Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Mike Muncher - Band Director
My name is Mike Muncher. This is my second year as the band director at Springville High School and Springville Middle School. What a great place to be!
I graduated from Locust Fork High School in Blount County, and then from Samford University. Following that, I traveled way out to Stillwater, Oklahoma to serve as the graduate teaching assistant for the Cowboy Marching Band and percussion studio at Oklahoma State University (GO POKES!)
After receiving my Masters degree at OSU, I traveled back home and got back to teaching youngsters how to play music. This will be my 15th year teaching high school and middle school bands! Before coming to Springville, I was the assistand band director and percussion director at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, and Shelby County High School in Columbiana.
This year, my two girls, Zoey (6th) and Abby (4th) are able to join me in Springville. Zoey starts band this year, playing trumpet! My wife, Kelli, is a counselor at St. Clair County High School, and my son Max can tell you literally everything you every wanted to know about construction equipment and buses. And he's two.
This was a fantastic year with the Tiger Marching Band! Our show ¡Fiesta Del Fuego! was truly an exciting, expolosive experience! I love alliteration!!!
And we have other surprises in store for you!
Please contact me with any questions you might have about the bands at SMS and SHS! I'm quick to answer, and love to hear from my new community! Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man, I Love This Band! (#MILTB)
SHS-SMS Band Assignments
PLAYING ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION:
All playing assignments will be submittable via three routes:
- Charms - Login to your account.
- Your assignment will show on YOUR main screen. Click on “RECORDING STUDIO” and “ASSIGNMENTS”.
- Email submission to email@example.com.
- Or call and play for the Google Voice answering service at 205-319-1411.
PLEASE STATE THE FOLLOWING THINGS BEFORE PLAYING:
Find one educational video about performance on your instrument and do a one page paper, neatly written or typed.
Submit to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR THOSE WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS:
In most cases, recording/writing an assignment and sending to me via Email on your phone or device will work. If not, you may play/turn in your assignment when we return to school.
WEEK OF MARCH 16-20
6th Grade: Play #50, 53, 54 on one recording. Please state the number before playing.
7-12 Grade: Play Eb, A, Db, and Gb scales on one recording. Please state the scale before playing.
WEEK OF MARCH 30-APRIL 3
6th Grade: Play #56, 58, 59 on one recording. Please state the number before playing.
7-12 Grade: Play D, G, C, and F scales on one recording. Please state the scale before playing.
If you have a way to perform the melodic assignments listed in the previous Email, you may do so (even on piano/synth keyboard), or you may perform the following:
Assignment 1: Double-stroke (marching band) roll; single stroke roll; orchestral buzz roll. Two measures of each at 90-120 BPM.
Assignment 2: Single hand flams; Flam Taps (in 8ths or 16ths); Flam Accents (in triplets). Two measure of each at 75-100 BPM.
You can look here for an amazing resource on these: https://vicfirth.zildjian.com/education/40-essential-rudiments.html
HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT AUDITIONS:
I will send the music out this week. We will get these done some way. If all goes according to plan, and we return on April 6th, we will start those auditions on April 13th and try to knock them out quickly so the counselors can do their work. This may involve some after school appointments. Stay tuned for more information.