Below are the Band Notes for the week ending 11/18:
*Special thanks to all those who made the trek to see me in Lakeridge High School’s production of Once Upon A Mattress. When it was all said and done, we had about 30 kids who showed up, which blew me away! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you all enjoyed the show.
*Mrs. Amundson’s daughter, Alyssa, is a senior at the high school. For her senior project, she is helping middle school students with free clarinet lessons. Students would come into Mrs. Amundson’s class here at Skyridge after school and have their lessons there. If you’re interested, please let me know. This is a great opportunity for students who are looking for a little extra help with their clarinet playing!
*Next week is a super short week! For those who will be gone, we will miss you. For those who are here, let’s make sure to have a great rehearsal so that we can get right back to playing when we get back from Thanksgiving Break.
*The transposition worksheets that we worked on today can be downloaded in the Skyward message center: it is attached to this message.
6th Grade Band
*Please remember to complete your transposition worksheet for next band class. This is homework!
*Remember to learn all three lines of Jingle Bells in the band book. This is homework!
*Excellent job with having pencils this week. Keep it up.
*Pokemon Band playing tests can be done before school or after school. Make sure and catch ‘em all!
*Hometown Holidays has reached out to the Jazz Band to play for this festive event. We’ll be splitting the time with Liberty’s Jazz Band. The event is Friday Dec. 2nd. Our shared time slot is 7:45 p.m. to 8:35 p.m. We will need a few parent volunteers to help with loading/unloading equipment. I’ll be sending out permission slips next week, so be on the lookout for those.
Thanks for another great week. I’ll be away from E-Mail for the weekend, but I’ll be back at it on Monday morning. Enjoy your weekend!
Welcome to the end of the school week! Three day weekends are always a treat, and I hope you have something nice in store. Band Notes for this week are below:
*Special thanks to the Jazz Band for their wonderful performance at the Veteran’s Day assembly that we had at Skyridge this afternoon! You all sounded so great: thank you for your hard work in helping make the event so special for our students and staff.
*Practice logs are due Nov. 29th. You can download the November practice log here.
*Band Projects are due on Dec. 2nd. Please remember that not all Band Projects have forms that go along with them. You can check the Band Project section of the grading policy to see the details of each project option.
*Our Winter Concert is on Dec. 15th at the CHS Theater.
*Reminder: concert dress requirements have changed as of the beginning of this year. Please make sure to acquaint yourself with our new concert dress guidelines.
*Thanks for your diligence in keeping the room clean! We’ve been doing a much better job of picking up after ourselves. Keep up the great work!
*If you ever need to refer to previous Band Notes, they’re always available in the Skyward Message Center.
*Special thanks to those students who made the trek over hill and dale to see Once Upon A Mattress last week. We have one show tonight and then two on Saturday. Check the Lakeridge High School Theatre page for ticket information. Be sure to check in with me so that you can receive Band Project credit!
6th Grade Band
*What great progress you’ve made in the past couple weeks! I’m really pleased to see that many students are putting in more time than the practice logs require, and that’s fantastic. I’m looking forward to your debut in December!
*When you practice at home, always push yourself a little more each time. Play a line in the book and then try and take it a little faster until you can play it perfectly. Always strive for good tone, steady beat, and precise rhythms. And always use a metronome!
7th and 8th Grade Bands
*Sightreading continues to improve! Your hard work is paying off--thank you!
* “I forgot my instrument” is something that I’ve been hearing a lot more than I’d like to the past couple weeks. Part of your participation grade has been based on your ability to bring all necessary materials to class. I’ve been somewhat lenient as of late, but next week I’ll have to start docking points from students who are not bringing their instruments to class. Not bringing your instrument automatically gets you 2.5 out of 5 points for the day, so please make sure to come prepared to class each day.
That’s all for this time. As usual, I’ll be away from E-Mail until Monday morning. Enjoy your three day weekend, and thanks for making Skyridge a great place to make music!
The sun is shining and it’s Friday—I hope you all have some fabulous plans for the weekend. Below you’ll find this week's edition of Band Notes….
*Several students have asked about the musical that I’m playing trumpet in, and I wanted to pass along that information. Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego is presenting “Once Upon A Mattress,” which is a musical adaptation of The Princess and the Pea. It’s a really fun show, and I’ve had a blast playing in the pit orchestra with these very talented students (and a couple pro musicians, as well). You can see the run dates purchase tickets here. Since it’s a bit of a drive for Camas families, I’m offering a special Band Project credit for this: students who come to the show will receive full Band Project credit without having to write a report. Just make sure to say hello at the show so that I know you were there!
*Pencils, pencils, pencils! Make sure to bring a pencil to class every day and have it out on your stand ready to go.
*All practice logs that have been turned in to me have be put into Skyward. If you have any questions, please let me know.
6th Grade Band
*We’ve moved the metronome up to 94 beats per minute, so as you practice at home, see if you can play from your band book at that speed. Remember: if you can’t play something as quickly as you’d like, slow down first, then gradually work your way up.
*Overall, you all are sounding great! It’s evident that there’s a lot of practice happening at home, and the proof is in how you all sound. Keep up the great work!
*If you ever need help, please make sure to come see me before or after school. I’m happy to help out with notes, rhythms, or anything else that you may need help with.
7th and 8th Grade Bands
*We’ll start making our sightreading more challenging next week. You all have been doing a very good job, and now we’ll take it to the next level.
*Special thanks to our librarians who are helping me sort through a mountain of music! I’m starting to get a much better handle on what we have and what we need.
That’s all for this week. I hope you have a great weekend!
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