STEP Artistic Experience: Mark Mishak

Hello, my name is Mark Mishak, and this summer I used my STEP money to complete an exciting artistic endeavor. I used this money to learn a skill I have wished to possess for a long time. I have always wanted to proficiently learn how to play an instrument. So, this summer I used the STEP money to help pay for a flute, as well as flute lessons. Initially, i bought the instrument and then proceeded to take lessons. I play to continue lessons with my own funding after I run out of STEP money. Learning how to play an instrument is a very valuable skill one can possess. In today’s professional field, well rounded individuals are greatly sought after, and having a skill that sets you apart from the crowd. Having an interesting skill can easily give someone the upper hand at a interview. By gaining an artistic skill such as this, I feel myself more connected to the current art community. I have made many friends through flute lessons, who have introduced me to many different aspects of the modern day art community. Before this experience, i was extremely unaware of the current culture of the arts within the country. My friends from flute lessons have taken me to a vast number of art museums, festivals, and concerts across the country. Being in college, it is sometimes easy to forget about everything except grades, but through this experience i was able to become more in touch with the artistic community. I believe that this awareness is extremely valuable, i will now be able to see new and upcoming artistic communities within the country.

My first step

Date: July 12-13,2015

The Ohio State University Marching Band hosted a two day Summer Clinic for High School students interested in auditioning for the band in the future. We had over 150 kids from over 20 different states come to learn from members of the marching band. In the percussion section I worked with 17 snares, 3 basses, 6 tenors and 2 cymbals with the help of the other percussion counselors Scott, Megan and Alex. On Sunday our day started with training on how to spot child abuse, I can’t say this was a great way to start the day but I am glad no one spotted any signs and we didn’t need to use our training. Day one was all about fundamentals and we taught them all of them. Everything from Right Face, to Regual 8-to-5 step, Box TTR, Step Kicks and Hats off. The kids picked up well and although they got a little wet, by the end of the first day they knew the School Songs after our sectionals, and were able to march them up and down the field. Day Two was early beginning at 8 am and lasted until 9 pm, but was necessary as the kids learned more School Songs such as Hang on Sloopy and the Ramp sequence. At the end of the night we all took photos to commemorate the event and they even put on a show for the parents. I was proud of everyone for all their hard work. I was able to teach marching and lead a sectional for the first time, I have lots to work on but I now know what to do and I can’t wait for my next opportunity to teach. Here are some pictures from the Clinic….

Bass Drum Sectional.

Bass Drum Sectional.

Snare Drum.

Snare Drum.

Ohio Stadium.

Ohio Stadium.

Percussion Students.

Percussion Students.

The Final Performance.

The Final Performance.

Stepping with a purpose

Date: June 30, 2015

I have been selected to be a councelor for the Ohio State Marching Band Summer Clinic for prospective high school students AND I got a job through Mark to be a band camp instructor for the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band. I am extremely excited for these opportunities and to finally get into the meat of my STEP project!

Stepping together

Date: June 29, 2015

The Drum Corp International All-Star Review was today and took place in Bowling Green’s football stadium. Every year some of the top groups come to northwest Ohio to showcase their performances and I had the opportunity to test out my new camera on moving targets and more importantly musical ensembles. As a member of the OSUMB we have photographers who travel with us and take pictures of the band, a job which I think could be very fun and so this is the first time I got to take pictures of bands and I can say I would love to do that for highschool groups, capturing music in a silent photo is very beautiful. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the event….

The Drum Majors.

The Drum Majors.

Crossmen.

Crossmen.

Carolina Crown

Carolina Crown

The Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers.

The Cadets.

The Cadets.

 

Pictures of my Steps

Date: June 22, 2015

Today is the day! I ordered my camera a week ago and it arrived today! I have always loved photography and now with the help of STEP I can actually have a nice camera to advance this passion of mine, especially through the window of music and band. I bought a Canon EOS Rebel Series SL-1 Camera base, with an 18-55mm lens and another 75-300 telephoto lens. I took pictures around my yard and enjoyed messing with all the different features this camera has! Attached are some of those pictures….

American Flag

American Flag

Lawn decoration

Lawn decoration

The Puppy

The Puppy

Stepping into music

Date: May 28, 2015

I have been watching tutorial videos on how to use the software Sibelius on YouTube, I think one of the greatest parts of STEP and the iPad house was learning how to use technology to my advantage. I have been using my iPad to look up videos while I work on my computer with the software, this has come in handy already. Most of what I have learned has been for writing music  for bands and not specifically drumlines though so I will need to meet with Mark to pick at his brain.

The Step before the Step

Date: May 25, 2015

I am in the setup phase for my project, I know what I need to get done so now I just have to do it. But before I can start my project I need to buy the necessary materials….1) The Software 2)The Materials 3) The Camera

All three of these parts are in the works or completed, I just downloaded the software Sibelius to my computer and messed around with it. There is a very steep learning curve and I will need to consult Mark about it.

I have ordered my stick bag, mallets and Dr. Beat metronome. All necessary to work and teach at camps.

I have researched the best cameras to buy and talked with friends and family who know about cameras.

I am getting excited!

Taking the first Step….

Hello All!

My name is Chad Selmek and I am a participant in the 2014-15 STEP program, I was accepted into the iPad house and continued with my project through the Artistic and Creative Endeavor section. Today is July 16th and I am about halfway done with my project, but I have been keeping track of my process so far and I would like to share with you my thoughts on the early stages of my work…so please enjoy the next few posts!