Dear 8th Grade students and families,
If you are interested in playing in the CHS Jazz Band as 9th graders for the 2017-2018 school year, please read below for a letter from Mr. Mancini.
Please direct any questions about CHS Jazz Band to Mr. Mancini: Richard.Mancini@camas.wednet.edu
Attached please find audition materials for next year’s CHS jazz bands. It’s pretty self-explanatory, I think: find the two pdf files that apply to your instrument, print them out, practice them! Also be sure to read the “Auditions” pdf file. If you’re not auditioning for jazz band, feel free to delete this message. You’re welcome.
Auditions will consist of the following:
Alto and bari sax: choose the “alto bari” files attached
Tenor sax and trumpet: choose the “trumpet tenor” files
Trombone: choose the “trombone bass” files
Piano and guitar: play “Misty” for me (ha ha) from the “trumpet tenor” file, playing whatever background chords you can with the melody; also prepare a piece of your choice to play (any style, but something jazzy is better in this case)
Bass: choose the “trombone bass” files, playing the melody; also play me a “walking bass” 12-bar blues progression in the key of your choice
Drums: you will play the scales on the vibes; then play the following grooves: swing, shuffle, rock, funk, Latin (bossa nova, samba, etc.). I will give you the tempo for each style.
About the chord symbols in the charts (piano and guitar): the “minus sign” denotes a minor chord; “B-7” is “B minor 7,” having the same function as the lowercase “m” in standard music theory (Bm7). Instead of using a capital “M” for major 7ths (FM7), these charts use “maj7.”
Students will audition by section like we do for concert band chair tests. Anyone can go first, second, third, etc. Once you complete your audition (about 7-8 minutes), you are free to leave. Here’s our schedule:
Tuesday, May 23 – saxophones
6:40-7:35 AM (zero period), saxophones currently in jazz bands at CHS
After school, CHS saxophones NOT currently in jazz band will audition 2:20-3:10 (or during 6th period if available); 8th graders will begin at 3:10.
Wednesday, May 24 – trumpets
6:40 AM, trumpets currently in jazz bands at CHS
After school, CHS trumpets NOT currently in jazz band will audition 2:20-3:10 (or during 6th period if available); 8th graders will begin at 3:10.
Thursday, May 25 – trombones (this is also our step-up instrument night, BTW)
6:40 AM, trombones currently in jazz bands at CHS
After school, CHS trombones NOT currently in jazz band will audition 2:20-3:10 (or during 6th period if available); 8th graders will begin at 3:10.
Friday, May 26 – rhythm section
6:40 AM, bass/guitar/piano/drums currently in jazz bands at CHS
After school, CHS bass/guitar/piano/drums NOT currently in jazz band will audition 2:20-3:10 (or during 6th period if available); 8th graders will begin at 3:10.
(NO SCHOOL Memorial Day)
Results will be posted by Tuesday, May 30, after school in the CHS band hallway. I will also send the results to my CHS band email list and also to Mr. Henion and Mr. Sanchez. Since this follows a three-day weekend, results may be posted earlier in the day.
Thank you for auditioning!
Please see the attached letters: one is from Mr. Mancini letting incoming Freshmen know about band at CHS next school year. High school Jazz Band info will be coming out shortly. Stay tuned!
The second letter is for Skyridge students who are interested in being in Jazz Band next year. All students must audition for Jazz Band, even if they are in Jazz Band this year.
Seussical the Musical, Jr. is this Friday and Saturday at CHS. You can learn more by following this link. Students may come to this concert and receive Band Project credit if they turn in a concert program.
Jazz Band only: Jazz Nite @ CHS is Monday, May 22nd at 7 p.m. More details will be sent out later on this week to the Jazz Band. Non-jazz band students may come to this concert and receive Band Project credit if they turn in a concert program.
All bands: Our end-of-year concert is June 20th at 7 p.m. at CHS.
That about does it for this time! I hope you all have a great week!
It’s Friday again, and now that we have a bit of news, here’s this week’s edition of Band Notes!
Upcoming concerts (new dates due to Snow Days)
Our Jazz Nite concert at CHS (Jazz Band only) will still be on May 22nd at 7 p.m.
Our end-of-year concert has been changed to accommodate the extra days added on to the end of the year. It is now scheduled for June 20th at 7 p.m. at CHS.
On a celebratory note, Wednesday marked one year since I joined the Camas School District family, and I can’t believe how fast time has flown! Needless to say, the highlight of being here is working with the kids, and I’m so fortunate to be able to teach such a dedicated group of bright, funny, thoughtful, and talented kids each and every day.
Upcoming Band Project opportunity
Several band kids will be in a production of Seussical the Musical, Jr. on May 19th and 20th at CHS. Please see the attached poster for more details. This is going to be an incredible production, and I hope everybody is able to make it. As always, this counts as a Band Project if students attend this production and bring me back a program.
I hope you all have a great weekend (whatever the weather decides to do)!
It's been another jam-packed week here at Skyridge, and I'm glad that we all get a well-deserved break. Band Notes for this week are below:
We're rescheduling our March concert. Due to the snow/ice days that we had in December and January, we're just not in a position to have our concert at the originally scheduled March 8th date. I'm finalizing the schedule and hope to let you know next week the date of the rescheduled concert. Stay tuned!
Please see the following links for two upcoming events: the David Shifrin masterclass and the Northwest Band Camps. The David Shifrin masterclass is designed primarily for clarinet players, but all students will get something out of it if they choose to attend. students who attend the masterclass can receive Band Project credit if they write a short essay (150 words) on what they observed and learned. The Northwest Band Camp unfortunately takes place while we're still in school, but it's definitely something to consider sending your student to if they're interested. I know several of the faculty there, and I can assure you that students will have a rich learning experience while having a great deal of fun!
6th Grade Band
Instrument switches are going well. Please make sure students see me before or after school if they need help. As always, private lessons are a great option to those who are able to take them. Please feel free to contact me for some suggestions for private teachers if you'd like to explore this option.
8th Grade Band
Thanks to those who registered for the Solo & Ensemble Contest on March 11th. We had Jonathan Lightfoot, Nicole Wasson, and Yonas Duguma sign up, and I look forward to hearing them next month. I'll be reaching out to parents to pass out more information and help with choosing solos.
We are going to the LCRMEA Band Festival during the school day on March 14th. Permission slips and additional information will be coming out as soon as I hear from the festival coordinator about our performance time. We will need at least 4 chaperones: please let me know if you're interested in helping out, or else we won't be able to attend. All chaperones need to fill out a Volunteeer Application before they can attend.
We have the Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival on March 17th. I'll be sending out permission slips later next week. Thanks to those who volunteered to chaperone: I'll be reaching out to you as we get closer to the event.
We've accepted an invitation to play at Camtown this year. That date is Saturday, June 3rd. If you foresee a scheduling conflict, please let me know right away.
That's all for now! I hope you all enjoy your 3-day weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing everybody next week!
So that's what a full week feels like! It's been a long time since we've had one of those. It's nice to be back on a routine again. Here are the Band Notes for this week:
Instrument switches are going well! Students are encouraged to come to me before or after school if they need additional help. Just as a reminder, students who were switching need to put in extra practice time at home so they can be caught up. We've seen some really great dedication from students already, so we hope they keep it up! Until we get on a rotation schedule, percussionists need to bring their original instrument, both band books, sticks, mallets, and practice pad to school.
7th & 8th Grade
The LCRMEA Solo & Ensemble contest registration deadline is coming up. Please have students see me by Thursday, February 16th to register. I've spoken to a few parents, and I'm happy to answer any additional questions parents may have about the event. Please keep in mind, the contest takes place on Saturday, March 11th, and parents are responsible for transporting students to and from the event. This year's contest takes place at Cascade Middle School in Vancouver. The cost is $10 per solo and $20 per ensemble.
If your student is interested in participating, please have him/her come see me so I can compile a list.
We have another jazz festival on March 17th in the morning. Thanks to those who volunteered to chaperone. We’d love more parents to come along: if you’re interested, please make sure you have a volunteer form filled out with the district office. Please leave at least 5 days processing time.
The volunteer form can be found here.
This week's Band Notes are short and sweet! I have a busy weekend of racquetball (of course!), chores, and recharging my batteries. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Dear 6th Grade Parents,
If your student was selected to switch instruments during our recent instrument switch tryouts (they were informed earlier this week), please read the following information. All other students and families can disregard the message below.
Students who were selected to play percussion are required to play their current instrument in class and will play percussion on a rotating basis. Beginning band percussionists are asked to rent a bell kit (it looks like a mini metal xylophone). A bell kit also comes with a practice pad as well as sticks and one set of mallets. The bell kit is meant to stay at home so that percussion students can practice when they’re at home. The bell kit never comes to school. Students who were selected also indicated that they’d be willing to take piano or percussion lessons. Please contact me if you need help finding a teacher.
Students who were selected to play any other instrument will need to rent the instrument: please check with your preferred music store to see if they have your instrument available for rent (we recommend Beacock Music or Music World). If they do have it, please have it in class and ready for band on Monday. You may return your former instrument when you rent your new instrument: there is no need to keep your old instrument.
If the music stores don’t have your instrument available to rent, please E-Mail me and let me know ASAP. We do have a limited number instruments available for rent, but many currently need to be repaired. We are happy to repair and rent them out on an “as needed” basis. Until students receive their repaired instrument, they should bring their current instrument to class.
In the event that parents would rather their student stays on the instrument they’re currently playing, please E-Mail me so that I adjust my records.
ALL students who were selected to switch instruments should procure the following over the weekend:
*Instrument they were selected to switch to. Please rent (do not buy!). Also, please do not assemble or play until I or Mr. Mancini has had an opportunity to instruct you.
*Tradition of Excellence Vol. 1 band book for your NEW instrument (each book is instrument-specific). Those switching to baritone/euphonium will be asked whether they’ll need a book in treble or bass clef. We prefer students get their book in bass clef, but if a student already reads treble clef, they may get a book in treble clef.
*Woodwinds only: box of reeds (2.5 strength)
Any music store will be able to easily help you find the above items.
Finally, students who are switching have voluntarily taken on an extra responsibility, and the expectation is that once they are set up and Mr. Mancini or I are able to get them started during class, they will take the initiative and practice more than usual until they are caught up with the rest of the class. If they need help, students are always welcome to come in before or after school (just please let me know in advance so that I can be sure to be there when they arrive). Students who are having difficulty and are not practicing or coming in for help will be asked to return to playing their former instrument.
Please let me know if you have any questions! I have a busy performance schedule this weekend, but I’ll check E-Mail Saturday evening to answer any instrument switching questions parents might have.
Have a great weekend!
Midterm grades have been posted on Skyward.
Due to the snow event, I was only now just able to enter the December practice logs that were turned in early January. There are several missing practice logs as well as logs with no names. If your student has a log to turn in, please have them turn it in tomorrow and I will accept it for full credit. The gradebook closes at 8 a.m. sharp Thursday morning (tomorrow 2/2/2017), so if I need to make changes, they need to be made well before then.
Practice logs can be found on the band website.
I’ll be at school tomorrow at around 7 a.m., so if students have missing work they’d like to turn in, I’d be happy to accept it at that time. Please have students turn in their work directly to me so that I can be sure to get it entered in time.
Band Notes for 1/20/17
It’s been a little while, but below you’ll find this week’s edition of Band Notes.
During class yesterday, I spoke with all the Skyridge bands about the recent concert and grading. Thank you to those who were able to make it, and for those who weren’t, I totally understand! It was messy out there and downright impossible for some folks to travel safely.
Special shout out to the families who helped transport kids to the concert. I was very pleased with all our bands, and am looking forward to our Spring concert in a few months.
I had a chat with the administration, and we decided that the best thing to do because of the unusual circumstances is to simply remove the concert grade from Skyward, so it won’t appear as an assignment any longer. This will happen sometime in the next few days. Of course, it won’t affect any students’ grades negatively. Thanks for your understanding as we try and get on our feet after the crazy weather that plagued us the past few weeks.
We have six students who were selected to play in the North County Honor Band: Laura Burton, Cat Lind, Lucas Mansfield, Jonathan Lightfoot, Akash Prasad, and Ingrid Larsen. They’ll be performing at Hockinson High School in the Auditorium (16819 NE 159th St., Brush Prairie, WA 98606) at 7 p.m. this Saturday, 1/21/2017.
Students who attend can earn Band Project credit by bringing me a copy of the program from the concert. The concert is free to the public: make sure to come and support your fellow Skyhawks by wearing your school gear!
The Clark Community College Jazz Festival is next week during the school day on Thursday, January 26th. We’re ironing out the rest of the bus details, but the Jazz Band is scheduled to perform at 9:35 a.m. We will be back by the end of school. If we make it into the finals, then we’ll be headed back to CCC on a bus that leaves from Skyridge, perform sometime during the 4 o’clock hour, and then parents will need to pick up students/arrange a carpool from CCC at that time. But again, that’s all dependant upon if the band makes it to the finals or not.
That’s the long a short of it, but more details will follow early next week once we get the bus schedule set.
That’s all for now! Enjoy your weekend (not that we really need another one!), and I’m looking forward to getting into a normal routine on Monday.
You should have received an E-Mail through Skyward regarding this evening's concert. Just in case you didn't, I've reposted my message from last night below:
Concert will be Tuesday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the Camas High School Theatre.
When to meet
Students need to arrive at 6:30 p.m. Please do not arrive any earlier than 6:30 p.m., as we will be setting up the theatre.
Where to meet/case storage
The 6th Grade Band will meet onstage at CHS and store their cases directly offstage.
The 7th Grade Band will meet in the Choir Room at CHS. They will also store their cases here.
The 8th Grade Band will meet in the Band Room at CHS. They will also store their cases here.
Students who are using school woodwind or brass instruments will be responsible for bringing their instrument to and from CHS tomorrow.
There will be an attendance sheet in each group’s case storage area. In order to receive credit, students will need to check themselves off once they get there. Remember, students are asked to stay for the entirety of the concert.
What to wear
Please check the band website’s dress code for proper attire.
Seating in the CHS Theatre
Students will have a clearly marked off section to sit in. We ask that students sit there for the entirety of the concert. Students are expected to be quiet, attentive audience members when they are not playing. Concert credit will be reduced if students are being a distraction to other audience members and/or other band members.
We could use a parent to help with recording the concert. Please let me know if you have a recording device and would be willing to record the entire concert.
Thank you again for your support of Skyridge Bands! I’m looking forward to seeing you tonight!
Parents who are interested can look at this evening's concert program below.
Dear Skyridge parents,
As I’m sure you already saw, the District has had to cancel all evening events for 12/15, which unfortunately includes our concert. Nobody is more disappointed than I am—the kids have worked so incredibly hard preparing a program for you, and it’s a shame that we won’t get to perform it for you before Winter Break.
On the bright side, I spoke with Principal Williams, and we are going reschedule the concert upon our return from break. As soon as I can work out those details, I’ll pass those along to you.
As I reflect on the last few months, I wanted to take a few moments to thank students and parents for their support and encouragement so far this year. It can be tough being the “new guy,” but Skyridge students and parents have been just incredible and very welcoming. Thank you for making me feel at home in your community! Camas is a really special place, and I’m so lucky to be a part of it.
I hope to see everyone tomorrow, but if they happen to cancel school, I wish you all the best for a joyful holiday season and a happy new year!
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