January 29,2016

Posted: January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

Indiana University Young Winds –

Good luck to all our students participating in the Young Winds Program at Indiana University.

The 2016 Indiana University Young Winds program begins Jan. 30, 2016. 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.

Young Winds will meet on Saturdays from 9 am to 11 am in the Musical Arts Center (MAC) on the IU campus.  The MAC is located on Jordan Avenue, one block north of 3rd Street. There is a $15 registration fee and $60 tuition fee.

More information is available at www.music.indiana.edu/precollege/year-round/wind/

IU Young Wind Rehearsal Dates:

January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23

Young Winds Concert: April 23rd

After School Lessons for Solo & Ensemble –

Mr. Corbin and I are available next week after school for free solo & ensemble lessons. Solo and ensemble festival is February 6 at Bloomington High School North. Our students are welcome to practice in the practice rooms while we float around to help them. Next week we plan to be available after school on Monday Feb. 1 until 4:00 pm, Wednesday Feb. 3 until 4:00 pm, Thursday, Feb. 4 until 4:00, and Friday Feb. 5 until 4:00 pm. Students performing at the upcoming Solo and Ensemble should try to stay an afternoon to rehearse solos or ensembles.

Our accompanists will also be available at different times during the week to rehearse with the soloists. I’ll let the students know when the accompanists are available.

Performance times for the students performing at the Solo & Ensemble Festival on Feb. 6 are available at school. We will remind them again next week.

Annual Butter Braid Sale Starts Feb. 3 –

Butter Braid time has rolled around again. This band fundraiser is the most anticipated and profitable fundraiser of the year. People are always asking about this sale. The kids are not required to participate, but if we could get participants to just sell 3 – 4 butter braids we will 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 start Feb. 3. The delivery is set for the week of March 7.  There is also a chance for sellers to earn a $1000 scholarship.

8th Grade Tubing on Feb. 12 –

The 8th grade tubing trip to Paoli Peaks will be after school on Friday, Feb. 12th (make-up date will be 2-19). The 8th grade band members look forward to this trip every year and we have a great time.  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, initial the arrows, and sign the Paoli Peaks tubing release form.

The release form can be found at: http://paoli.peakresorts.com/cmsfiles/file/Tubing%20Release%20Form.pdf

Washington DC Trip at Capacity –

The Washington DC trip has reached full capacity. We have started a wait-list for those still interested. Please let the band office know if you would like to be placed on the wait-list. We will notify you to register when seats open up. The third payment was Jan. 7. Make sure to visit the website: http://www.music-travel.com/ to pay this third installment.

Fundraiser Money Due –

The cookie dough fundraiser and D.C. tumbler sale have come to an end and the money is due. The sales were a huge success, but now we have the job of collecting all the money. Thank you to all that helped with these projects. The cookie dough raised money for the band department and the tumblers helped the D.C. students pay for the Washington D.C. trip.

Have a great week!


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