Aug 21

Welcome Dan Farison, New MHS Choir Director

Dan Farison photoDaniel Farison is excited to join the Midland High music department! Mr. Farison has taught in Elkhart Community Schools for seven years. He has been the Head Director at Pierre Moran Middle School for seven years and has also been a director at Elkhart Central High School. Under Mr. Farison’s direction, Pierre Moran received their first ever Gold With Distinction at ISSMA Choir Contest. His students have participated in state recognized ensembles including Circle the State and All State Honors Choir. 

Mr. Farison was also an active performer, singing with numerous ensembles in the south western Michigan and northern Indiana areas. He and his family are moving to Midland this summer and are all very excited to be a part of the amazing MHS community!

Aug 19

Band Spiritwear Order Form Updated!

Parents of band students, get your order in soon for band spiritwear. Order deadline is September 14th… don’t delay! Questions should be sent to Mrs. Karen Welser at Order form is here…….. Band Spiritwear 2016

Aug 18

Chemic Music Yard Sign Order Form Updated

The fantastic Chemic Music Yard Signs are available to order now! These signs are well made and will last for years! Don’t miss this opportunity to show your Chemic Pride in your music student. Signs are $43. The order form can be found here >>>  Chemic Music Yard Sign Order Form 2016  Don’t delay… order deadline is October 1, 2016. Questions? Contact Larry Dotson at

Aug 15

Chemic Music Cards Pre-sale is Happening!

Pre-sale efforts by the MHS music students are happening now!  All music students are encouraged to sell 10 Chemic Music Cards to friends and family (reminder – no door-to-door selling during pre-sale). Information was mailed out to all enrolled music students. If you have not received this mailing… please contact one of the co-chairs for Music Cards. Jennifer Lane (989) 600-8766 or Eileen Surbrook (989) 495-1977 are happy to help and to answer any questions you may have.

Pre-sale ends Tuesday, September 27th.

Blitz Night will occur on Thursday, September 29th!

Let’s Go Chemics!

Jul 27

Introducing the 2016-2017 Chemic Music Card!

Get exited! The latest version of the Chemic Music Card is here! Information regarding the card, presales, Blitz Night, etc. will be mailed out this week.Chemic-Music-Card-2016-B-Side


Jul 26

Chemic Marching Band Heads Into A New Season!

We’ve been hearing some exciting things about the Chemic Marching Band!!!  The first parent letter was mailed out several weeks ago along with the Band Master Calendar. The next mailing will be sent to band families soon so keep an eye on the mailbox. If you haven’t received any of the mailings, please contact Mrs. Karen Welser, assistant band director, at

We’ve started the process of updating this website with information to reflect the 2016-2017 school year. If you have information to add or correct, please contact Shannon Krueger, MHS Music Parents president at

It’s going to be a great year!

Jun 03

Uniform Reminders and Found HD Jump Drive

Thank you to the many music reps and parents for hours of volunteer time to get the tuxes, gowns, and band polos checked back in. We’ve heard some stories!!! Lots of clothing coming in dirty – thank you to the parents for washing gowns, tuxes, and polos!!! Your time is appreciated. All music department clothing must be returned… bring them in today!  Please pin the name of your student on the gown, tux, or polo. Your help is appreciated.

The Senior Music Dinner was held at the Midland Country Club last night… it was a wonderful event. Thank you to the many parents, directors (and retired director – Kathy Peretz), and music reps for turning in so many beautiful photos and videos to Nancy and Lee Schaffert. The slide presentation was fantastic. A jump drive with the slide presentation was left at the Country Club last night. Please let a director know if you’re missing yours!  If you’re interested in purchasing either a DVD or HD jump drive of the slide presentation, please contact Lee Schaffert.

For those parents still interested in purchasing a name plate for the Music Recognition Plaque in the Music Hallway at Midland High… please contact Jackie Light.  There will be a refurbishing of the plaque within the next few months – it’s going to look great!

Good luck to all our graduating seniors… you’ve been an integral part of the music program for many years! And to the parents graduating out of the music program… you’ll be missed. Thank you for all you’ve done to support the MHS Music Parents and the fabulous music department at Midland High.

May 24

Tux and Gown Turn In Info

The school year is winding down and it’s time to turn in Tuxes and Gowns. Wash everything (not the cummerbund or bow tie) in cold water and hang to dry. Gowns should be returned on the black dress hanger and tuxes on the Black, plastic coat hanger. Student’s name MUST be pinned to the tux and to the gown. Gowns and tux pants are hemmed to the individual student. The only way to know which gown or tux pants belong a student is by having the student’s name pinned to the clothing.

Here are the various turn in dates for the three music disciplines:

Band:  Tuesday, May 31 (during 4th and 5th hour)

Choir: Turn in is going on now!!! Please bring them to 1st or 2nd hour class. There is a rack in the choir room.

Orchestra: This Thursday and Friday (May 26th and 27th) And all next week. Seniors – turn in this week!


May 09

Calendar is Updated – Busy Month for MHS Music Department!

The Music Parent’s calendar at has been updated. Every MHS music discipline will be holding concerts during the month of May!  All concerts are free and open to everyone. Plan to attend these wonderful performances and don’t forget to support the Chemic Marching Band as they participate in the Memorial Day Parade! A great month for some great music!

Thank you to the music directors and assistants for their devotion to maintaining a quality program.

(Reminder to refresh your browser or clear your cache in order to view updated information on the Music Parent’s website.)

Apr 26

Date Shift for Senior Music Dinner – Now June 2nd!

(Please note date change – the dinner is now on Thursday, June 2. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

The Senior Music Dinner is for senior music students (Band, Choir, Orchestra) and their families.

Free entry for senior music students. $20 per person entry for each family member. Tickets will be sold in advance of this event through the MHS Music Parents Association. Ticket sales for Orchestra and Band will occur May 17, 18, and 19 during both lunch hours (10:45-12:30). Ticket sales for Choir will occur during 1st and 2nd hours (beginning 7:40 am) May 17, 18, and 19. Please make checks payable to MHS Music Parents.

This is a lovely evening meant to celebrate the accomplishments of the seniors in the music program. A wonderful meal is catered by the Midland Country Club. Dinner begins at 6:30 followed by individual recognition for senior music students by their director and ends with video presentation of the music seniors… this has become a beloved tradition at MHS.

Details regarding the video presentation: For the Senior Dinner, we will present a senior slide show again this year (also available for purchase).  Any music seniors or parents may submit photos or short videos (30 seconds or less – no more than 10 Mb).  These may be of any music related event – any age. We are also looking for audio files of music made by our students to use as background for the slide show. (Rhapsody, Solo & Ensemble, Concerts, other performances).

The easiest way to submit photos, audio, or short video clips (30 seconds or less – no more than 10 Mb) or music files is to email the files directly to Mrs. Karen Welser at
DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS:  Friday, May 1st (this coming Sunday) – NO EXCEPTIONS.    

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