January 25, 2013

Posted: January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized, Weekly Information Blog

Good Luck to Our Solo & Ensemble Participants –

Some of our 7th and 8th grade band members have signed up for the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival and I wish them the best of luck. The festival will be held at Bloomington North HS on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

The performers had the opportunity to rehearse with our accompanist and take private lessons to prepare for the event.  They have done a great job preparing and all have grown as musicians.

Everyone has been given the performance times and locations and I look forward to seeing you at the festival. Have a safe trip to Bloomington and good luck on a fantastic performance.

Indiana University Young Winds –

The 2012 Indiana University Young Winds program is about to begin. Some of our students have enrolled in this fantastic opportunity and there is still time to get signed up. It is a program designed for middle school instrumental students as a supplement to the instruction they receive in school. The program focuses on small-group lessons as well as a full band experience for students surrounding the Bloomington campus. It is a wonderful program. Many of our students have participated over the years and my son has been in the program. I can’t speak highly enough about this opportunity and the benefits of participating.

The classes meet on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 11:00 in the Musical Arts Center (MAC) on the IU Campus. The first class is on Jan. 26 and continue until April 20. More information is available in the band building and at www.music.indiana.edu/precollege/year-round/wind/index.shtml . The program has a $75 fee.

Good luck and have a great time on Saturday!

Annual Butter Braid Sale Begins Feb. 11

Butter Braid time has rolled around again. This band fundraiser is the most anticipated and profitable fundraiser of the year. People are always asking when this sale begins and we already have orders for this year’s event. The kids are not required to participate, but if we could get everyone to just sell 3 – 4 butter braids we would have a tremendous sale. It takes a lot of resources to keep a program of nearly 300 operating and this sale is a big part of meeting that need.

The sale will run from Monday, Feb. 11 to Tuesday, Feb. 26. The delivery is set for Tuesday March 12 at 1:00 pm.        

8th Grade Tubing Date Set for Feb. 15 –

The 8th grade tubing trip to Paoli Peaks will be after school on Friday, Feb. 15th. We have set a make-up night for Feb. 22 if we need one. The 8th grade band members look forward to this trip every year and we have a great time. More information for this trip will be available as the date approaches.  The fee is $30 to cover tubing costs, pizza after school, and bus transportation. Students that sold the cookie dough fundraiser in the fall pay $20. Parents will need to fill out and sign the Paoli Peaks tubing release form. The release form can be found at http://www.paolipeaks.com/sites/default/files/pdf/paoli_peaks_tubing_release.pdf

6th Grade Band Fine Arts Festival April 16 –

I am excited to announce the 6th Grade Band will be combined with the bands from Shawswick and Oolitic to perform at this year’s NLCS Fine Arts Festival. The festival will be at the BNL Performing Arts Center from April 15 – 18. The 6th grade band will perform on Tuesday, April 16. The students will ride buses to BNL the morning of the concert to rehearse together for the concert that night.  That night the students will report to BNL at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert at 7 pm. Permission forms and more information will be passed out closer to the performance date.

Have a great week!

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