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Beginning Band

5th grade students have the option of choosing to participate in Beginning Band. The entire band meets as a class three-40 minute periods per week. Free small group (sectional) lessons are provided after school, allowing students more specialized instruction. Beginning Band students have performance opportunities in the annual Band Christmas and Spring Concerts. They participate in a special K-5 Grandparent’s Day Program and may have additional performance opportunities throughout the school year.

6th Grade Band

6th grade band students are usually in their second year of instruction. However, beginners are welcome to join with permission from the band teacher. The entire band meets three-40 minute periods per week and small group/individual instruction is provided as needed/requested during lunch recess times. This band participates in KWCS Christmas and Spring Band Concerts and marches in the Hazel Dell Parade with the 7th-8th grade band. In April they attend a band clinic at George Fox University, followed by a trip to Wings & Waves Waterpark. They are invited to participate in the LCRMEA Solo/Ensemble Festival hosted by a local public school each May.

7th-8th Grade Band

As KWCS’s most advanced middle school concert band, these students meet daily. Most members have at least two years experience in an instrumental music program. Beginners are welcome to join with permission from the band teacher. Small group/individual instruction is provided as needed/requested during lunch recess times. All members are required to participate in the annual LCRMEA Middle School Band Festival and Solo/Ensemble Festival. In addition to performances at KWCS Christmas and Spring Band Concerts, they present several concerts to honor veterans in our community, combine with the Vancouver Pops Orchestra in a yearly fundraising effort to support the Alzheimer’s Association, and march in the Hazel Dell Parade each May. Spring semester trips to competitions alternate between a Seattle Worldstrides Music Festival and Music in the Parks Contest at Silverwood (ID). These events typically include coaching “clinics” with directors of college band programs such as Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth Universities. At a Worldstrides event in April 2019, they earned the “Most Outstanding Band” award in a field that included 1A and 2A high schools. On campus, these students provide music for elementary chapels once each month, developing skills to participate as praise team musicians and worship leaders.

KWCS partners with Music World Stores to provide our band students with quality instruments through their rental program. Rental instruments are available in the band room the day before school starts each year. Students may also provide their own instruments. For further details please visit Music World at musicworldstores.com or contact margeswearer@kwcs.org

Swearer_MargeMarge Swearer
Band Director 

Marge Swearer was born and raised in a small town north of New York City. She earned a BS from Concordia University, Bronxville, NY with a double major in Music Education and Elementary Education, as well as a Master’s Degree from Long Island University.  Her husband, Robert, is a Lutheran minister. His seminary studies and pastoral duties provided Marge opportunities to teach students of all ages at private and public schools in several states around the country. Her teaching experience includes instruction in elementary (grades 1,2,4) and middle school (history/language arts) classrooms. She is the founding teacher/director of “The Life” preschool in Old Westbury, NY.  At Hilton Head Christian Academy (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina), she was blessed to be the school’s first full time music teacher, establishing both choral and instrumental music programs. She was a staff member of the local youth orchestra and named by the Island’s Rotary Club as Teacher of the Year in 2005. Her position as choral director for grades 6-12 at Lincoln Lutheran (Lincoln, Nebraska) gave her opportunities to assist with their annual musical productions.

Mrs. Swearer has been blessed to be part of the King’s Way family since 2009. Currently, she enjoys teaching general music classes in grades K-4 and directing bands for grades 5-8. One of her greatest joys in teaching music is helping students develop their God-given musical talents as individuals and in ensemble experiences. She delights in preparing them to serve as leaders in worship settings and to achieve success in music competitions. As a pastor’s wife, Mrs. Swearer has been called to serve as a church musician (organist, choral director, praise team leader) in both traditional and contemporary settings. She and her husband are the proud parents of four grown children. Her daughters Amy and Emily are graduates of King’s Way Christian High School.

High School Band

High School Band is directed by Allene Goshey, and the year is split between Marching Band and Concert Band. Read more about High School Band here. 

Goshey_AlleneAllene Goshey
HS Band Director 

As King’s Way High School Band Director, Mrs. Goshey oversees the high school instrumental programs, including Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and small ensembles.  

Utilizing her Masters of Music Performance Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Allene has enjoyed being an in-demand principle clarinetist for many Bay Area symphonies with over 25 years of performance and private clarinet studio work. 

In addition to her roles as Interim Clarinet Professor at San Jose State University and as music performance coach with both college and high school ensembles, she has extensive experience in performing with Symphony Orchestras, Chamber Orchestras, Opera, Wind Symphonies, Small Ensembles, and Marching Bands. Throughout her career, Allene’s students have enjoyed ongoing Honor Band successes at the national, state, and county levels.  

Allene’s passion is in creating a music family for KW students where encouragement, persistence, and a love for each other go hand-in-hand with making music and improving musicianship. Her vision for the music program is to help her students develop a foundation of collaboration, high standards, discipline, and music enjoyment that will last a lifetime.

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