Merrritt Academy Music

Mr. Kimsey - Music: K-5 Elementary Music, Middle School Concert Band, High School Music History, High School Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Beginning Band   

 The 2017/2018 Marching Mustangs: The Music of ...


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Hello Everyone,

I must have accurate numbers regarding marchers and instrumentation ASAP in order to begin to plan, order music, and write our show.  I must have a response...either yes or no sent to my email in order to do this.  

Please remember, by responding yes, you are committing to the entire week of marching band camp, all rehearsals, and all games.  If you have any doubts and are not sure... your answer must be no.

Unfortunately, if I do not get a response from you, this years show will not include you. 

Please respond ASAP.  

As of now, we have twenty five marching.

Remind Group: To join the MARCHING MUSTANG REMIND GROUP, just text @e27a4d to 81010  or to (810) 344-6070   

By joining this group you are assured to get all the information needed regarding this years Marching Mustangs.

The rehearsal schedule and band camp information is listed below.

Marching Band Camp August 7th -11th 9am-4pm, Every Thursday of football season 3:30-5pm, and of course each home game

Home Games:

9/8  vs. Owendale - Gagetown
9/22  vs. Caseville
9/29  vs. North Huron
10/13 vs. Kingston 

Playoffs - TBA

Check our announcement page for our complete 2016-2017 performance schedule. 
Please visit our site often as updates will be posted here first!
Thank you for all your support!!! 



Walter Kimsey                                                                                                                                     


(586) 749-6000 XX. 313


I would personally like to thank Patti at Southern Thumb music in Richmond.  She has been so wonderful to our music program.  If your child needs a recorder, a new band instrument, instrumental private instruction, instrumental music supplies such as reeds, valve oil etc…  please go to:

Southern Thumb Music

68074 Main Street

Richmond, MI 48062

(586) 727-2389

Tell them you are from Merritt!!!

Both Band will be performing ot the Cedar Point Concert in the Parks Festival on May 6, 2016   - More information to be announced soon.

The annual Music Department Achatz Pie Fundraiser begins October 15th and runs through October 29th - Brochures/Order forms coming soon.

Both Band will be performing ot the Cedar Point Concert in the Parks Festival on May 6, 2016   - More information to be announced soon.

The annual Music Department Achatz Pie Fundraiser begins October 15th and runs through October 29th - Brochures/Order forms coming soon.

The Merritt aCADEMY MUSIC PROGRAM VISION STATEMENT                               

"The vision of the Merritt Academy Music Program is to afford each student an environment in which to grow in all aspects of music.  Our goal is to provide the maturing music student opportunities to perform in quality musical ensembles.  The Merritt Academy Music Program will not only ensure customs of the past, but will also create new traditions for the future by supporting and enriching Merritt Academy and the surrounding communities."    2009

mUSIC Student of the Month:

 September - Hannah Schmalzel

 October - Rachel Herrel 

November - Melissa Murphy

 December - Lillian Hayter  

January - Rebecca Chmiel 

February - Lexi Ambramovitch

March -  Samantha Maduas

April - N/A 

 May - Paige Bochatyn 

September Music Student of the Month: 


Music Student of the Month - March  -  Melissa Murphy

I have enjoyed watching Melissa mature into one of Merritt's finest students.  Thank you Melissa, for everything you do to make our ensembles better every day and every year!!  - Mr. Kimsey

Merritt Academy Vision Statement

Our vision is that students leave school with:

  • A set of moral values -- honesty, integrity and good judgment.
  • A comprehensive set of skills in: reading, writing, mathematics, science, arts, and technology. • An inquiring mind and a desire for knowledge.
  • Strong self-esteem and high personal expectations.
  • Respect for peers, teachers, and the community as a whole.

We value the partnership which exists between school, parents, and community and the part it plays in realizing this vision.


"The mission of Merritt Academy is to instill in it's students academic excellence, character development, a love for life-long learning, and service to others."


School Improvement Goals:

ELA:  All students will improve their ELA skills across the curriculum.

-Guided Reading

- Author’s Purpose

- Guided Highlighted Reading

-Text Features



-6+1 Traits

-Collins Writing Program

Math:  All students will be proficient in Math.

Algebra and Geometry (6-12)

-Spiral Review


-Board Work

Numbers and Operations (K-12)

-Daily Interactive Practice


-Daily Math Questions

-Math Manipulatives

-Real life opportunities

Measurement and Conversions (K-5)

-Spiral review

-Learning groups

-Real world applications

Science:  All students will be proficient in Science

Earth Science (5-8)

-Guided highlighted reading

-Interactive lessons

Physical Science (K-4)

-Guided highlighted reading

-Guided note taking

-Interactive lessons

Research Summary (9-12)

-Guided highlighted reading

-Research based activities


Scientific Process/Inquiry (K-12)

-Hands on activities



-Peer labs

-Using scientific tools

-Using interactive videos and websites

Social Studies:  All students will be proficient in Social Studies.

Civics and Economics

-Lesson development focused on civic practices

-Spiral Review

-Character Education

-MEAP focus areas

History and Geography

-Guided Highlighted reading

-Use of informational text

-Differentiated lessons

-Guided reading for informational text.