Woodwind Symposium

Woodwind Symposium at the U. of M.

Hello everyone,

Above is a flyer from the University of Memphis, and below is a message from Dr. Robyn Jones, Doctor of Clarinet Studies:

    I wanted to make sure you and your students know about our upcoming Woodwind Symposium on Sep 8.  We have guest artists on each instrument, and there is an evening recital at 7:30 pm.  For reed players, the owner of the “Reed Geek” tool will give a class on reed adjusting. There will also be various lectures and a mass woodwind reading session with Dr. Nguyen.  It should be a great day!
Students can register here:
It’s only $10 for the whole day plus the evening concert. 
This is a fantastic opportunity for woodwind players of any level.  The chance to hear performances and attend clinics with musicians of this caliber is a rare opportunity, especially at the price listed.
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Car Wash Fundraiser information

Hello Everyone,

I am announcing three car washes for the following Saturdays:  8/11 8-1 (I have to leave at 1pm), 8/25 8-3, and 9/1 8-3.  These are all days that are also dependent upon the weather, so please help watch for poor weather.  I am unable to do the 18th because of a meeting with WTSBOA and because the soccer team is doing a car wash at the school on that day.

Students typically show for a couple of hours, although some stay a majority of the day, and help to wash cars in our parking lot outside the band room.  Some students will be on the street corners with signs collecting money and bringing cars into the lot.  If any parents are willing and able to help monitor or simply help supply any amount of soap, it is very helpful.  We typically have 10-20 kids at a time having a great time washing cars.  We have made over $800 in the past per car wash so this is a great opportunity for our program.

This is not mandatory but a volunteer function.  However, most of the band tends to show up.  If you have any questions, please reach out and let me know.

Chaperone sign-up

Attached is the sign up for those wishing to help our students and parents already committed to a great season.  Please sign up as you are able to help us aid students and parents with the loading up of the trailer, aiding of students and helping monitor students on buses.  This also guarantees free entrance to the games and the chance to watch your child(ren).

Sign up for chaperones

Band Uniform Order Form

Hello Everyone,

Attached is the order form for our uniform package that we wear each year (many students should have brought this home already).  The form needs to be returned completely filled out by next Thursday (the money does not have to be turned in right away – just the form).  Friday morning will be the latest it can be returned or your child will not have a uniform by the first game.

MidSouth Solutions Order Form

For all Freshman families, we have each family buy the entire packet so the whole band enters all games looking as uniform as possible.  The only thing I leave to each family to decide on is the shoes which students wear to the games.  I am no longer requiring students to wear the marching shoes as we have in the past due to the unpredictability in the sizing and their uncomfortable nature.  Students have to have all black shoes for the games – no white stripes, or colored logos of any kind.  They have to be completely black.

After Freshman year, students only need to purchase the t-shirt for that corresponding year and any missing or damaged items they need.  The uniform does not change in order to help offset costs.  This current order form unfortunately does not have the concert shirts as requested, so that will be posted soon.  It is a black button down dress shirt with our logo and the students corresponding band on the breast (approx. $22).  This is for the boys only as girls will be wearing black dresses (no skirts or low cut tops?).

Thank you,

Brian Sims

New Update for 7/30-8/3

The following rehearsal schedule will be in place for this coming week:  Monday-Wednesday, 10-5pm.  Coach Q and our Woodwind and Brass coaches will be present and willing to run rehearsals.  These days were explained to the band members to be voluntary as many parents did not plan on bringing their children to the school for practice.  It would be very advantageous for them to come since we have had the misfortune to be running behind due to the school’s construction.  Thursday and Friday will remain 2:30-6:30.  These are mandatory rehearsals.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this very abnormal band camp.

Brian Sims

Band Camp Rehearsal Update

Rehearsal schedule for the next, 7/30-8/3:

No rehearsal Monday through Wednesday.  We will be rehearsing Thursday and Friday from 2:30-6:30.  The following week, school begins and rehearsals will begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-5.  It is to be determined whether we will be rehearsing Mondays in addition.  We are behind on schedule, not due to the students but to the displacement we have had to face due to construction.  If we are able to catch up, we will not have extra rehearsals.

Thank you,

Brian Sims