Another Day, Another Viper Concert

Thank you to The Viper for composing for and performing with our orchestras!

Listen to the recordings on Google Drive…

Here’s what the students had to say…

What is the Composer in Residence Project?

  • A great experience to improve and learn. – Sam B
  • I like it, it’s nice to get a composer to work with us. An help us make our own version of a song. – Monish B
  • Every time we get a guest conductor our orchestra’s sound and playing style is much better after. – Nathan B
  • I think it is a way to add variety to our repertoire and learn to become composers and arrangers as well as performers. I think it is also meant to show orchestra members how the music creating process works. – Ryan B
  • I think it’s really fun because it’s something different and I hope that the orchestra will continue to do that. – Ada C
  • It is fun and very good for learning – Michael D
  • The composer gives great parts like emotion in the song and shows how powerful or soft a sheet of music can be played. – Eddie E
  • It was fun and hard work because we had to do as much as we could with the viper when he was here so that we could have a good concert. – Anya F
  • The conductor and composer collaborate for the music to sound better. – Jared F
  • A collaboration with a real composer in which we give ideas to compose music. – Freya F
  • The Viper comes in a few times a year to work with us on improving our musical talents and making some cool songs. – Nikko G
  • I thought it was different and good because we could input our ideas and have a sense that we had part in making the song. – Diana G
  • It was different from what we would usually do. – Grace H
  • It fun and useful. It helpful too. It helped me learn how to improvise and use different notes to substitute for others. – Emily H
  • A really cool guy comes in and writes our music that we kind of devolve by ourselves at the same time. – Matthew J
  • I would describe it as a fun thing we do to help us see music in a different way. We grew up learning how to read music but other people improvise the notes with only the chords and Melody. – Ryan K
  • I think that we are very lucky to have someone who composes for us. I think that it is important for us to see how people put music together. – Hannah L
  • A different and unique experience that has positively impacted the players and the audience. – Savannah M
  • It’s a fun thing to do and makes orchestra more fun. – Ajay O
  • Not sure of this term, is it the Viper? If so it makes a different and interesting way to play a song from making it and putting all the parts together. – Nathan P
  • I like it because we can contact the composer and combine their ideas for the piece with ours. It gives the song that extra greatness because you have the mind of the composer and players working together. – Sharanya R
  • We own a composer, which means he mainly writes music for us only. – Emma R
  • I think that, in simple terms, this is basically giving us the opportunity to play with a professional composer. It helps us to be able to improvise and come up with different ideas that would make the music piece sound the best.  – Rewa S
  • I describe him as nice, calm, collected, creative, crazy and fun. – Logan S

What did you learn from The Viper?

  • That music is more about communication. – Sam B
  • Personally I love having the viper in our orchestra. I learned a bunch of things, I learned about mandolin chords, more about riffs, and I learned about the composition of a song. – Nathan B
  • I learned a little about using rythms and chords to compose background music. I learned about his orchestral instruments can complement a vocal soloist. In the past we’ve learned how to head arrange. I learned that the suitcase is a valid instrument. – Ryan B
  • I learned new rhythm beats and how to play really fast. Also, on the first lesson with him, we had to memorize a beat which later helped us play in our music. – Ada C
  • He is very talented with music and other instruments. – Eddie E
  • To try my hardest even when I don’t want to. – Anya F
  • How music composition really goes and how background music is derived from the harmonies and melodies of the piece. – Tiffany F
  • Improv isn’t as difficult and scary as I thought. – Nikko G
  • I learned how to use the lead sheet. – Diana G, Grace H, Jared F
  • Music comes from nothing, and something great can come out of an idea. – Matthew J
  • Don’t try to recreate the yodeling boy meme, the meme is dead. – Max K
  • How to put music together from just the chords and the melody. – Ryan K
  • I learned to never give up because The Viper never gave up when he was writing the music and adding new things. – Amelia K
  • It takes a commiting team to make something awesome. – Roxanne L
  • I learned that hearing a singer and a orchestra answer his singing is a very effective way to learn to stay together and is a good way to figure out cures to restart throughout the song. I also learned that you can change things as you go and they don’t always have to change. – Nicole M
  • How not to sing. – Drew M
  • I learned to be open to new ideas because it can make the song better. – Sharanya R
  • That apparently the Walmart yodeling kid has some competition. – Emma R
  • I learned that there are certain notes you can use when improvising a solo that are considered landing notes. – Lindsey S
  • I learned how to find different bass parts that would fix the piece well. I also found out how I could find the notes a chord and what notes sound good together. – Rewa S

Tell us about the song you might compose over the summer!

  • It will be a fast paced, loud song! – Monish B
  • I like to make songs, and my newest one I’m hoping to introduce some ukulele and add some electric guitar to my piece. – Nathan B
  • I started writing a few short stories because I was bored on a 6 hour plane ride but I like some of them so maybe I’ll expand them and turn one into a song. It would probably be a horror or mystery. – Ryan B
  • Uhmmm… it’ll be a yodeling song inspired by the viper – William C
  • It will be fast paced and it will be hard for people to play. – Thomas C
  • I’m not going to because I’m working on fixing my tractor and changing the turn ratio so it will go faster. – Michael D
  • Bohemian Rhapsody. – Eddie E
  • It would be about the beach. – Anya F
  • I would make the melody switch between the violin and the cello. – Jared F
  • Oh god, maybe a love song? I gotta get feelings out of me… – Freya F
  • Not quite ready to face the challenges of composition and the fitting of notes. – Theresa F
  • It would be very radical with many abrupt changes with a meaningful message. – Nikko G
  • I might think of something kind of like Jupiter from prima because it was really cool. – Diana G
  • I want to make a song/preform one that sounds pirate themed. – Matthew J
  • I might compose a song that is 15-30 measures long that might song similar to hopak. – Ryan K
  • I have a song I’ve been composing for the past half school year, I’ve finished 1/3. – Max K
  • It is going to be fun but challenging just like Another Day.  – Amelia K
  • My song will contain the new bowing technique that we learned along with a bridge that will be repeated. – Hannah L
  • Something that is in minor key, and all the different instruments have similar ish parts but are harmonizing. – Savannah M
  • I will include some of the techniques that were included in the Viper song. Also some of the methods we used to add harmonies to the song. – Sharanya R
  • It would be a very upbeat and fast song because that is my favorite type of song to play. – Lindsey

Write a Message to The Viper!

  • Thanks for teaching me some more music theory and it will help on my rode to playing better electric guitar. – Sam B
  • My dad has a band and plays at different bars, maybe you could get together! (He plays mandolin) – Nathan B
  • That song was great, you should write something more classical, maybe a polka, or a horror song but not Monsters are coming, don’t waste your money on 20 suitcases – Ryan B
  • Thank you for composing a great and fun song for us – Andrew B
  • Thanks for coming in every year! I really liked all the songs you composed. “There comes a time when your heart will break” my heart is broken cause I won’t get to play another song with you 😃 – William C
  • Thank you so much for coming in! Many parents had said how they enjoy when the Viper comes. I really like how you involve the students into the concert. For example, you let them sing, have a solo, etc. – Ada C
  • Thank you! Thank you for being the cool funny guy orchestra needed. You helped me understand the coolest song ever! – Thomas C
  • Thank you for playing with us – Zavier D
  • You have great yodeling skills and have lots of energy – Matthew D
  • Thank you for composing us another day and working with us – Michael D
  • Thank you for coming to our school and teaching us. – Dylan D
  • Thanks for participating with our orchestra – Eddie E
  • Thank you for coming into our orchestra and teaching to play different types of music. I loved your pieces, they sounded great! – Rani E
  • “Dear viper, Having you help us with one of the songs that you composed and that we got to perform it. I was thankful to have that kind of music because it was Hawaiian or what ever but it was with places in Wisconsin. Most of my family is from Wisconsin so i really like the song that i got to do with the whole orchestra. – Anya F”
  • The Green Bay Packers stink! – Jared F
  • I really enjoyed the 3 years we’ve spent creating music together! It was really fun and I’m sad to leave MSN :’( Keep up the creativity with future students and look out for my bass brother Hawk, he’ll be in 6th grade next year and he’s a trouble maker – Freya F
  • I liked how you work with your music. Winnebago Bay was music that you composed quite a while ago yet you still managed to improve it and make sound better. – Theresa F
  • Thank you for helping us and making a song for us, it was unique and I can’t wait for next years piece! – Diana G
  • Next year in chamber could we do like an upbeat song that has some present tense memes. Also thank you for coming every year and helping us. In the end thank you the wonderful god memester, the Viper. – Matthew J
  • Thank you for coming and making another great song for us! – Ryan K
  • It was nice meeting the person whom I’ve been hearing so much about. – Maxim K
  • Thank you so much for making the song Another Day for our orchestra! It is my favorite song in orchestra this year and I enjoyed your song last year too! My whole family likes the song Another Day and they were complementing it after the concert. It is very catchy and I appreciate you making it. – Amelia K
  • Thanks so much for adding to the excitement of orchestra. – Hannah L
  • You are a great yodeler and thank you for teaching us Zach – Zachary L
  • Thank you for making orchestra so exciting! I always looked forward to you coming (same for my family) and I’m grateful to know I’ve been here for all the years you have so far too! – Savannah M
  • Hi Viper! You are so good at yodeling, and you taught us so well with Mr. Broach!! Thank you for visiting MSN! – Chihiro M
  • Thank you so much for coming and helping, teaching, and having fun with us this year I really enjoyed it! Nicole – Nicole M
  • You are chill and a good musician! – Drew M
  • Thanks for working with us! – Yajat N
  • Thanks for coming – Ajay O
  • Thanks for helping us – Julian O
  • Thanks for coming to our school. I think you write pretty good music and I think you have a lot of talent because you can make really good music out of everyday items. Can you give advice on how to write songs? That would be great because I’ve been thinking of writing music to make CDs and stuff. Thanks, Sharanya – Sharanya R
  • Thank you so much for coming and composing an amazing song for us once again! I always look forward to what you have in store for us, and you never let us down. Also, thank you for incorporating by rhythm in your song, that was definitely a surprise! I’ll miss you, but I’ll always remember your yodeling performance and songs, because I’m keeping all of the music you composed for us. Thank you once again! – Emma R
  • Thank you Viper for creating such amazing music for our orchestra! I had a lot of fun playing those pieces and I am sad it’s over. I’m so glad you performed with us the past three years and it’s been a very fun experience learning about the process of creating a song. – Lindsey S
  • Thank you so much for helping become confident in my playing. In sixth grade I was the only bassist and you had me go up on stage and I was terrified to playing in the front on my own with everyone laughing. Now I am more confident in giving my ideas to be a part in the music and plying in front of the orchestra. Thank you! – Rewa S
  • You are the most energetic composer/orchestra leader I have ever seen and you are always so optimistic and it was amazing working with you! Thank you! – Logan S
  • Dear Viper, I had a very fun time working with you it was fun interesting and educational, I have some questions: 1. When did you learn how to play the ukulele; 2. When did you start yodeling; 3. When did you start composing music; 4. How old were you when you got in to music. 🎶 – Ari S”
  • Thanks for teaching me to be a better player. – Aiden S
  • Keep coming to our school – Adrian W
  • Thank you for coming! I hope to see you next time. – Zach W
  • Thank you for coming and making our orchestra have a fun time we really enjoyed the songs you prepared for us. – Justin Z
  • I like how we didn’t have to scroll through as much unlike just that good. – Nolan Z
  • Thank you so much for a fun orchestra time to look forward to, have fun composing new pieces. – Sydney K
  • Your awesome and your songs are really good. Thank you for teaching me a lot about music. -Joe G
  •  Thanks for spending these 3 years with us 🙂 -Emily Q