August 21, 2015

Posted: August 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

Beginning Band –

The beginning band spent the week exploring the instruments and going over beginning music notation. We will continue this next week in class. Students that have instruments will begin playing in small groups.

Several students attended the Paige’s Instrument Display at Oolitic MS last night to line up instruments. You can also rent online at http://www.paigesmusic.com. Click on the red button and look for Bedford MS band in the drop down menu. You can also rent an instrument for the year at Melody Music Shop in Bloomington. Melody Music’s website is http://www.melodymusicshop.com. You can find links to both stores here on our website.

Beginning Band Books –

Beginning band 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 $15. The rest of the band books are $9. The students that need a book can purchase it from the band office as the books arrive.

Checks can be made out to BMS Band.

6th Grade Percussion Auditions –

6th grade percussion auditions are over and I would like to congratulate our new 6th grade percussionists. Now the percussionists need to acquire the stick bag and book they need for class to complete the process. The band department will order these stick bags with what the percussionists need to make it easy for them. Last year the stick bags with the sticks and mallets cost $55 and we are able to keep the price the same this year. They also need to have something to practice bell parts on at home. A bell kit, piano, iPad app, or little electric keyboard work well for this. Stick bags continue to arrive from our supplier. As of today we still have 3 in stock here at BMS. More are on the way. Checks can be made out to BMS Band.

Washington DC Spring Break 2016 – 

The 7th and 8th grade bands discussed the upcoming Washington DC trip in class Friday. The itinerary was passed out and we have a lot of very excited band members. The payment portal hasn’t been opened at the company website so you won’t be able to make down payments yet. More information will be out soon..

Fall Fundraiser To Kick Off On Sept. 2 –

This year’s annual fall fundraiser will begin September 2nd and end September 15. 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.

Have a great week!

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