January 16, 2015

Posted: January 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

After School Lessons for Solo & Ensemble –

I am available many days after school for free solo & ensemble lessons. Solo and ensemble is coming up on January 31 for some of the students. The students are welcome to practice in our practice rooms and we will float around to help them with the music they are working on. Next week I plan to be available after school on Tuesday Jan. 20 until 6:00 pm, Wednesday Jan. 21 until 6:00 pm, Thursday, Jan. 22 until 5:00, and Friday Jan. 23 until 6:00 pm. Students performing at the upcoming Solo and Ensemble should try to stay some afternoon to rehearse solos or ensembles. I may need to attend a meeting in Indianapolis and change one of these nights next week. I’ll let the students know if the lesson plans need to be adjusted.

Solo & Ensemble Times –

The students performing at the Solo & Ensemble Festival on Jan. 31st have been told their performance times. We will remind them again next week.

Indiana University Young Winds – 

The 2015 Indiana University Young Winds program begins soon. 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. I can’t speak highly enough about this opportunity and the benefits of participating. More information is available in the band building and at www.music.indiana.edu/precollege/year-round/wind/. The program meets on Saturday mornings this spring and has a $15 registration fee and $75 program fee.

Student of the Month –

The Related Arts Team at BMS is selecting a student of the month during the 2014 – 15 school year. The band student for the month of December is Daniel Strunk.

Daniel is an incredible musician and percussionist. I can always count on him to perform whatever is needed well and to have the percussion equipment ready for rehearsal. Daniel performs in the 8th Grade Accelerated Band, the BMS Jazz Ensemble, and the IBA All-Region Honor Band. He will also participate ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival, and the IU Young Winds Program this spring.

Congratulations to Daniel and thanks for being such an awesome student and leader.

Have a great week!

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