August 24, 2012

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

6th Grade Bands –

The 6th grade bands are off to a good start. The woodwind and brass members have settled on an instrument choice and the percussionists are in the audition process. We are in a holding pattern while we wait for some school repairs to return from the summer. The school has a few instruments for students to use. The school doesn’t carry trumpets, flutes, or alto saxes. We do have some low reed instruments, clarinets, trombones, baritones, and tubas.  The students that aren’t using a school instrument should be locating an instrument to play on. There are links to Paige’s Music and Melody Music Shop on our website. Both companies are good choices for locating an instrument to rent or buy.

The percussionists will need to buy a stick bag with the appropriate sticks and mallets to use for class. The band department will order these stick bags with what the percussionists need to make this easy for them. Last year the stick bags with the sticks and mallets cost $55. We don’t have the exact cost for this year, but I imagine it will be close. When we receive the final bid we’ll pass that amount on. They will also need to have something to practice bell parts on at home. A bell kit, piano, or little electric keyboard work well for this.

All the students will need a beginning band book. We use Essential Elements 2000. Most students that rented from Paige’s Music already have this and others may too. The percussion book includes the snare and bell music and costs $16. The rest of the band books are $9. The students that still need a book can purchase it from the band office later next week.

7th and 8th Grade Bands –

The 7th and 8th grade bands have started playing in class. They are doing well. I am very pleased with all four groups and the performance and behavior levels are where I expected them to be.

The 8th grade band has started up right where they left off last spring. They already have a pretty good sound and the rehearsal etiquette is very good. They are quiet and working hard.

The 7th grade band is experiencing the full concert band setting for the first time and they are definitely full of energy….lots of energy. As with most 7th grade groups it will take them some time to settle in and become more proficient at how to practice and contribute to a full concert band setting. We’ll spend the first few weeks on rehearsal etiquette, tone quality, and balance.

Fall Fundraiser To Kick Off On Sept. 4 –

This year’s annual fall fundraiser will begin on September 4th. We will be selling cookie dough again. Last year’s sale was just incredible and the profits really helped the program grow. We don’t expect the students to go out and sell a lot or be aggressive in taking orders. We are large enough that a few orders from everyone will more than meet our needs. I really appreciate any help at all with this project. From personal experience, I know it is a tough time and some households may have another fundraiser happening with a sibling. The profits enable us to sell supplies and equipment below cost to the students. We also use profits to lower trip costs, so students that participate in fundraisers receive discounts on local band trips.

In Closing –

I hope everyone has had a great start to the year. I feel very lucky to do what I do every day and work with the wonderful students we have in our program. Have a great week!

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