Please find this week’s edition of Band Notes below.
Students will need to make sure that they retrieve their instruments from the Band Room by 3:10 p.m. Due to my schedule, I’m not always here at the end of the day, so students will need to ensure that they get their instruments before I lock up the Band Room. We’ve talked about this in class, but if students have any questions, please have them come see me.
Playing tests will be graded sometime this weekend.
I’ll be playing trumpet in Wilsonville High School’s production of Legally Blonde this weekend and next weekend. Find out more details here. This is a really fun show with some great music, and it’s a workout for actors and pit orchestra alike. I’d rate it a PG-13 show, so please use discretion when thinking about which little ones to take.
Congratulations to 8th Graders Caewithe Miller, Selena Zou, and Ethan Gessler! They’ve been selected to participate in the North County Honor Band in February. The NCHB is a select ensemble that’s comprised of music students from around the county. They get together for two days of intensive rehearsals and then put on a concert. More information will be sent out as we get closer to the event.
EXCITING NEWS!!!! The Skyridge Band program just received grants from the Skyridge PTO and the Friends of Camas Arts (FOCA)! We received $1000.00 to refresh and replace our music library. Many of our pieces in the music library are old and missing parts that cannot be reordered. There are also several pieces that are not developmentally appropriate for middle school band students, and I’m unable to use them, unfortunately.
This grant will help us purchase new literature for all our bands that’s written for bands like ours and that’s fun as well as educational. Thank you so much to the Skyridge PTO and FOCA for their help with this very important project! If you’d like to find out more about how you can help, please contact me.
FOCA is holding a fundraiser next week, and I hope that Skyridge Band families can help support them! Please see the attached flyer for more information about their MOD Pizza fundraiser. You’ll need to print it out and bring it to MOD Pizza in order for FOCA to receive credit. I’ll distribute flyers on Monday to all Band students.
6th Grade Band
We’re having a great time learning about music in our Beginning Band class! The kids have been working hard and have made huge improvements these last few weeks.
Please have students download the app that accompanies their band book. Instructions can be found on the inside cover of their band books. I can’t stress enough what a useful tool this is to help their learning.
Also, students are expected to take their instruments home every day and practice just a few minutes a night. This helps reinforce concepts we’ve learned in class and it helps develop good practice habits. I’d rather have a student who practices at home 5 minutes a day rather than a student who practices 45 minutes once a week. We’ll be talking more about practicing in class, but please encourage your students to get a little bit of playing every day.
7th Grade Band
New music is on the way! There was a delay at the publisher, but I hope to have it next week for us to try.
8th Grade Band
We are performing with the 8th Grade Choir for the assembly on Friday, Nov. 9th. All 8th Grade Band students are expected to participate. Since this is our yearly Veteran’s Day assembly, we will be wearing our concert dress for this performance. Please check the band website for information regarding our concert attire. More details will be shared next week.
I hope everyone has a relaxing, fun weekend planned! I’m looking forward to making music with everybody next week.
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