This fall, SmartMusic is proud to team up with Varsity Performing Arts to support their “Together As One – One Nation“ initiative, which offers a fully arranged, designed, and choreographed marching band performance free of charge to any school or band director. We’re excited to provide performers with access to SmartMusic’s suite of practice tools to help them prepare their performances.
In this SmartMusic Spotlight, learn more about Varsity Performing Arts’ mission, the inspiration behind the “Together As One” project, how schools can get involved, and more.
Tell us about Varsity Performing Arts.
Varsity Performing Arts is a division of Varsity Spirit, the leader in cheer, dance, and scholastic band with a mission to elevate the performing experience for all students through camps, education, and events. Through educational initiatives, Varsity Performing Arts works with coaches, leaders, and participants across campuses to develop opportunities for collaborative spirit in school and the surrounding community. For more information on Varsity Performing Arts, and to stay up to date on program and event lineups, visit varsityperformingarts.com.
What is the “Together as One” Project and how did it come about?
“Together as One – One Nation” was designed in response to our extraordinary circumstances and as an opportunity for collaborative performance between music programs, cheer teams, dance teams, sports teams, and entire communities and crowds. The production, which is offered to schools at no cost, incorporates flexible staging, inviting performance anywhere the sights and sounds of a community can be celebrated. It offers music arrangements suitable for a variety of playing abilities. The program is championed by some of the nation’s best music arrangers and choreographers. It provides students and band directors with an opportunity to unite communities on local and national levels and encourages the coordination of more performers across many school and community organizations.
How did you select the music for the program?
The program was designed and arranged by some of the nation’s best music arrangers and choreographers. These individuals, which can be found here, opted to utilize music that showcases the strength and resilience of our American communities. From swing, to gospel, to traditional American tunes, “Together As One – One Nation” was designed with the performer and the audience in mind.
How does a school participate in Together As One?
Schools, directors, and coaches can register for “Together As One – One Nation at this registration link.
What makes SmartMusic a great partner for this program?
With the ability to take music assignments and teacher feedback anywhere, SmartMusic champions the essentialness of music education. “Together As One” was designed with the flexibility to be performed anywhere, from a classroom to a couch. Schools experiencing at home or hybrid models of instruction can now not only participate in the Together As One program, but can continue providing crucial feedback to students. Varsity Performing Arts is proud to elevate the student experience further through this partnership.
Where can people learn more?
To learn more about “Together As One – One Nation,” please visit https://www.varsity.com/performing-arts/together-as-one/.
To learn more about Varsity Performing Arts, please visit https://www.varsity.com/performing-arts/.