Stanton’s Spotlight: The Spirit of Thanksgiving

Stanton's Sheet Music

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

“Lyrical settings by Robert Sheldon are always worth your time”.

thanksgiv-dayThis is how I chose to begin my write-up for this title, and in short, enough said. Sheldon has a propensity for writing full, lush harmonic arrangements that are great vehicles for developing ensemble musicianship – especially for young bands. Look no further than his gorgeous An Australian Sea Ballad for additional proof.

In the case of The Spirit of Thanksgiving, he has not only woven together two very familiar hymn tunes (We Gather TogetherPraise God from Whom All Blessings Flow) in a lovely concert presentation, but given us a wonderful programming option. While haunting Halloween and celebratory Christmas selections are a dime a dozen, finding a work that highlights the uniqueness and gratitude of Thanksgiving is all but impossible. Soft and reflective, yet powerful, this work is…

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Founders and Film Makers in Staff Picks

The Blog

If you haven’t checked out our Staff Picks page this week, make sure you do! It’s always full of people with fascinating stories and inspiring pages. In this Saturday’s Staff Picks post we have a few of our favorites from the week. Enjoy reading more about them and be sure to leave them your compliments!

In our header photo we have Wei Lan a self described camera-toting, globe-trotting, gadget geek, and mad scribe. Have a look at her 500px page to see some of her amazing photography.

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USA TODAY Sports’ college football staff picks for Week 13

USA TODAY Sports Wire

Text. Ole Miss, Iowa and USC have tough tests in Week 13. (USA TODAY Sports)

It looks like the playoff drama will take a break this weekend with none of the top 10 teams facing ranked opponents.

The two biggest games are in the Pac-12 South. No. 12 UCLA and No. 24 Southern California are two of the four teams with two conference losses. The Los Angeles rivals will face off in the Rose Bowl with the winner staying in the title hunt.

WEEK 13: Top 10 games to watch 

Also in contention for the division is No. 13 Arizona. The Wildcats travel to No. 21 Utah and need a win against the Utes and next week against Arizona State to stay alive.

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Nicole Auerbach Paul Myerberg George Schroeder Erick Smith Eddie Timanus Dan Uthman Dan Wolken
Last week’s record 9-6

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Yo, Yosemite! A Three-Day Getaway.

The Weekend Abroad

As a resident of the California now, it only made sense that I venture to what I had heard toted as the mystical land of Yosemite National Park. We were only there for three nights, and despite skepticism of obtaining a campsite without having reserved ahead of time we lucked out and got a site when we arrived Friday afternoon. Word of advice though – October is probably the last acceptable month to camp in the area, as it was pretty chilly! Saturday night also saw an unfortunate amount of rain that managed to flood our tent…

Friday evening we visited Olmsted Point, and the major endeavor of our trip was hiking the John Muir Trail up to Vernal and Nevada Falls the next day. Again, we made it just in time to see some water left in the falls. The hike wasn’t too strenuous, but did consist of a…

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