Tuesday, 23 September 2014

What is the Sound of America Honor Band?

THE SOUND OF AMERICA, Inc. could be a music program designed to counterpoint aspiring musicians through international performance and education. The band and chorus is comprised of gifted high school and school instrumentalists and vocalists from across the us of America. Each year, a replacement cluster of scholar’s is chosen through musical audition and proposals for the annual SOA European Concert Tour that takes place every summer.

Non-Profit: SOA could be a federally registered not-for-profit organization that focuses on the musical and cultural enrichment of outstanding musical students, hand-picked by musical ability and character. The Sound of America has non-profit standing of 501(c)(3) and doesn't discriminate against race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, creed, sex or national origin.

Where it is: when a rehearsal amount of many days in Pennsylvania, the ensemble presents 2 grand farewell Concerts, when that the complete cluster travels to Europe to gift high-quality concerts of goodwill in Germany, Swiss Confederation, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg and France, before thousands of Europeans. The musicalness level of the ensemble (band & chorus) is of "all-state" calibre. Concerts ar very well received by the eu audiences.

Significance of SOA: The tour allows qualifying students from throughout the state to represent America during a extremely positive manner as they perform before massive European audiences in several of the foremost distinctive and finest concert halls in Europe. Over 7000 Sound of America alumni, representing each state in America, will attest to the unimaginable musical expertise and private growth development they need received underneath the leadership of the S.O.A. administrators and employees. Most think about their tour expertise the happiest and most important enrichment expertise of their period of time.

Purpose of SOA: the aim of our program is multi-fold. we have a tendency to ask for to produce a positive, growing expertise for gifted young musicians, within which improved performance, appreciation of history, liberal arts and totally different cultures are all earned objectives. By transportation prime quality musical performances not solely to stage in Pennsylvania, however from the USA to Europe, we've a novel chance to showcase the most effective of young America and produce along folks of various cultures. Our national-scope musical program improves intercultural and international views and attitudes.

Thursday, 21 February 2013


The Americas, or America, are lands in the Western Hemisphere that are also known as the New World. Comprising the continents of North America and South America, along with their associated islands, they cover 8.3% of the Earth's total surface area (28.4% of its land area). The topography is dominated by the American Cordillera, a long chain of mountains that run the length of the west coast. 

The flatter eastern side of the Americas is dominated by large river basins, such as the Amazon, Mississippi, and La Plata. Extending 14,000 km (8,699 mi) in a north-south orientation, the climate and ecology varies strongly across the Americas, from arctic tundra of Northern Canada, Greenland, and Alaska, to the tropical rain forests in Central America and South America. When the continents joined 3 million years ago, the Great American Interchange resulted in many species being spread across the Americas, such as the cougar, porcupine, and hummingbirds.
Humans first settled the Americas from Asia between 40,000 BCE and 15,000 BCE. A second migration of Na-Dene speakers followed later from Asia. The subsequent migration of the Inuit into the neoarctic around 3500 BCE completed what is generally regarded as the settlement by the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. The first European discovery of and settlement in the Americas was by the Norse explorer Leif Ericson. However the colonization never became permanent and was later abandoned. The voyages of Christopher Columbus from 1492 to 1502 resulted in permanent contact with European (and subsequently, other Old World) powers, which led to the Columbian exchange. 

Diseases introduced from Europe and Africa devastated the Indigenous peoples, and the European powers colonised the Americas. Mass emigration from Europe, including large numbers of indentured servants, and forced immigration of African slaves largely replaced the Indigenous Peoples. Beginning with the American Revolution in 1776 and Haitian Revolution in 1791, the European powers began to decolonise the Americas. Currently, almost all of the population of the Americas resides in independent countries; however, the legacy of the colonisation and settlement by Europeans is that the Americas share many common cultural traits, most notably the predominant adherence to Christianity and use of Indo-European languages; primarily Spanish, English, and Portuguese. More than 900 million people live in the Americas (about 13.5% of the human population), the most populous countries being the United States, Brazil, and Mexico, the most populous cities being Mexico City, São Paulo, and New York City.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

American Sound Studio

American Sound Studio was a recording studio located at 827 Thomas Street in Memphis, Tennessee. More than one hundred hit songs were recorded there between its founding 1967 and its closing in 1972, The music for these hits was played by the house band "The Memphis Boys", also known as the "827 Thomas Street Band".

Artists who recorded at American Sound Studio included Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Dusty Springfield, B. J. Thomas, Joe Tex, Roy Hamilton and The Box Tops. Bobby Womack was a session guitarist at American Sound Studio and recorded his first charted hit there.

Friday, 19 August 2011


Baccharis (pronounced /ˈbækərɪs/) is a genus of perennials and shrubs in the family Asteraceae. They are commonly known as baccharises but sometimes referred to as "brooms", because many members have small thin leaves resembling the true brooms. They are not at all related to these however, but belong to an entirely different lineage of eudicots. B. halimifolia is commonly known as "groundsel bush", and in fact Baccharis is in the same family as the true groundsels, Senecio.

Baccharis, with over 500 species, is the largest genus in the Compositae. It is found throughout the Americas, distributed mainly in the warmer regions of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Mexico.  Some species are toxic to animals, in particular B. coridifolia may lead to necrosis in the gastrointestinal tract of cattle, horses, sheep and rabbits. The genus is named after Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.

If present, the leaves are borne along the stems in alternate fashion. Flowers are usually white or pinkish. There are no ray flowers, but many disk flowers (which are staminate) and pistillate flowers.