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Hello all!

THIS POST CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MARCHING BAND!!!

I can’t believe the end of the semester is upon us, it has really flown by. We are wrapping up here at BMS and we need your help. If your student has their own instrument that they either own or are renting from Paige’s or Conrad’s, they need to bring their instruments home by the end of Monday. Please arrange to help your student transport their horn back to your home since large instruments cannot go on the buses.

8th GRADERS HAVE BEEN APPROVED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND! This is huge and a wonderful opportunity for your student to join the hardest working group at the high school. If your student is interested in joining, we are hitting the ground running next week on Thursday and Friday in the Morning from 8-12, where the students will begin to learn the basics of marching and the rich culture and history that has been built over the years.  I have attached a letter from Mr. Berger regarding marching band onto this post, please read it if your student is interested.

It has been a pleasure to work with all of your students and am happy to say that I will continue working here next year as the band director. I am so excited not only to keep developing the skills and musicality of the 7th and 8th graders, but also to begin the incoming class on the instruments. working with beginners is the best because that first semester is when they are going to see the most improvement out of their entire playing career. Anyway, I’m rambling..

Thank you and have a beautiful summer! See you next fall!

MB Letter to 7th.2018.19

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Almost there…

Posted: May 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

Hello!

We have only one more full week of classes, plus two days after the holiday and we are beginning to wrap it up here in the band department. I have just a few reminders for parents:

Make sure that your student brings back any materials (including instruments, books, mouthpieces, cleaning materials, etc.) that belong to the school. We will be collecting next week. If your student has their own horn then no worries, tell ’em to practice over the summer! If your student is a PERCUSSIONIST, they should take their stick bag home with them as it is something you all paid for.

Have a wonderful weekend!

End of the year

Posted: May 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Hello to all!

We had an outstanding concert yesterday with our 7th and 8th graders. Both bands performed beautifully and received top reviews from parents, young band students, as well as faculty members. We really could not be more happy with how the groups played. Several awards were given out as well to both bands, and Andrew Kern received the Director’s Choice award and plaque for his commitment to our band and his outstanding work ethic. Congratulations Andrew!

As we come now to the end of the year, please make sure that your student begins to bring any materials that belong to the band department, particularly instruments. If you had rented a horn from Paige’s Music at the beginning of the year, we are forgoing services with them and using Conrad’s Music instead. We need all Paige’s instruments returned ASAP.

The 6th grade has one more performance a week from today in Shafer Auditorium during our last advisory period of the day, which lasts from 2:40 to 3:00. We will perform several tunes from this previous semester during that time and all parents/faculty members are welcome to come. Their peer 6th graders will be coming to watch them also.

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the weather!

CONCERT

Posted: May 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

Hello all!

Our final Spring concert is upon us and I think the program is shaping up to be a wild success. Please come to support your students as they play one more time for this school year. We will be handing out some awards for both classes and one 8th grader will receive a special award at the end of the night before our final piece.

Concert time is 7:00 pm in Schafer Auditorium on Thursday. Your student must be there at 6:30 to warm up. 7th grade will go straight to the stage with their instruments and the 8th grade will warm up with Mr. Berger in the cafeteria.

Dress for the concert is as follows: students may wear jeans as long as they contain no rips or holes. Khaki pants are more than acceptable. They may wear BLACK leggings. Try to wear dress shoes or nicer shoes other than sneakers, but we understand if that isn’t an option. No T-shirts (long or short), gentlemen may wear button up dress shirts or a polo, and they must be tucked in. Ladies can wear a dress, top, or skirt. Everything of course for both guys and gals must be school appropriate.

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Hello parents and students,

This week we performed at the annual Fine Arts Festival at the high school. We so appreciate your cooperation with that concert being rescheduled after it was canceled on Tuesday. The event was a huge success and the combined middle school band was HUGE! Our next big concert is on May 10th and will feature the 7th grade band as well as the 8th grade band. They will each be performing four to five pieces, and awards will also be presented to individual students at the end, such as “most improved,” and “Director’s Choice.”

Since the beginning of this semester, I have seen these students begin to grow into fine young players and band members. They have shown that they can work hard, take instruction, and I have even seen increasing enthusiasm for playing and continuing band into high school. Please keep encouraging your kids to come to band every day with a willingness to learn and to become a little better or a musician, after all it is much more fun to play your instrument when you are good at it 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!

Good Friday to you all! The 6th Graders have the Fine Arts Festival coming up next week on Tuesday, here is everything you need to know:

  • Call time for the concert is 6:30. That does not mean students get there at 6:30, it means that they are siting in their seats with instruments out ready to tune and do last minute preparations.
  • The concert begins at 7:00
  • The students will be given a Fine Arts Festival T-shirt (which the $5 paid for), but they are expected to wear either jeans or khaki pants. If your student wants/needs and alternative pants option please have them run it by me first.
  • We will play four tunes including STAR WARS, for which they will be joined by the Red Band from the high school.

If your student is going into high school next year they have the opportunity to join the Marching Band or Color Guard. Marching band has been a huge part of my life and some of my best memories are from the activity, which without I would not be doing what I am doing today. I have handed out to a few students the marching band commitment form, which they are to return to me by April 5th with a $25 installation fee. I would highly encourage your kids to join the band. If you have not seen a marching show before, it is unlike any other. For some students marching band is the reason they stay in school but it is one of the most rewarding experiences you can gain from high school.

Thank you all so much for your students. They are a pleasure to work with every day and I am looking forward to continue working with them next year. Have a happy Easter weekend!

Upcoming Concerts

Posted: March 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

Good afternoon! After a wonderful trip to Washington D.C. and a couple more days of spring break we are back to it in the band room preparing for our next performances, the soonest of which is the 6TH GRADE  performance at the Fine Arts Festival. This will take place on Tuesday, April 3rd at 7 pm, coming up VERY SOON! PARENTS make certain that your 6th grade student has turned in the permission slip to participate in this performance. We rehearse at the high school with the other middle school bands the morning of the concert. Also we need $5 for them to wear the T-shirt that will be given to all the 6th graders at the concert.

The 7th and 8th graders will be holding their final concert on Thursday, May 10th here at Bedford Middle School.

Finally, I have submitted grades for all of your students so they should have an overall class percentage. Most of their grade is determined based on their participation in class as well as their attendance at concerts. Other parts of their grade include playing tests and written assignments.

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!