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Last opportunity to pick up a School Instrument checkout – Friday, September 4, 5-7pm

This also includes AP and Honors Music Theory workbooks.

If your child still does not have an instrument, this is the last chance to pick one up from the school. I am not coming another time to the school. Please have your form ready to turn in, signed so I may write the numbers down. At the bottom of the link below is a google form which I HAVE to have filled out in order to have an instrument ready for you. I need it completed before 4pm, please.

Please read the letter above for all information pertaining to instrument checkout next Friday. It is very important that everyone follows this for everyone else’s health. Please have the form ready signed and filled out before you arrive.

2020-21 Band News (updated)

For those of you wishing to be updated with information as it is posted to this site with news of the band, please either sign up with the follow button in the bottom right hand corner of this site. Also, we post information on our Facebook page, and Remind (please sign up if you have not already).

Please join the Remind associated with your ensemble or your child’s parent group listed here:

Symphonic Band – a743b; Symphonic Band Parents – 6h9e7; Jazz Band – 815cb5; Jazz Band Parents – b6eh6; Wind Ensemble – 8643g; Wind Ensemble Parents – gcb63; Marching Band – 0bd04; Color Guard (parents and students) – wshscolor; Honors Music Theory – bke26b; AP Music Theory – 815cb

Updated information for all classes:

Honors and AP Music Theory: We will have a normal class and be in class, online everyday. We will still be able to work through all of the required information. I have added Flat.io to Teams which we will use for sharing music in class, and have a Padlet site, https://padlet.com/wk5tt9zpj8/Bookmarks, with information and staff paper available as well. We will discuss this in class, but the usage of Padlet will allow us to keep running records of work given in class for your review at any point.

My plan for the band, depending of course on what I am told I am able to actually do, is as follows:

-For Jazz Band, we will be working a lot on music theory as it applies to improvisation, analyzation, and arranging. We will have a lot of transcription exercises, both verbal and written, with individual performances in class and in recorded form. As in the other band classes, we will try to record the band as well if possible – we will talk about this in class.

-For Symphonic Band, we will be working on core fundamentals for each instrument. We will also spend a lot of time playing in class for each other and in recorded form. There is a website added to Teams, Mural, that will allow us to discuss these performances and elements of playing to help us improve as fast as possible. I will be sending you music to work on both as a band (hopefully) and as individuals.

-For Wind Ensemble, we will also be working on fundamentals. However, we are all at very different levels of ability, so I will be differentiating what is sent out to each of you to work on. There will be the opportunity for all of us to learn the history of our instruments and others, care for the instruments and basic repair/maintenance, and basic elements of the instrument. There will also be an emphasis on theory as it applies to the understanding of the music you are playing (this makes it so much easier to play), arranging for your group of instruments and the band as a whole, and to help you connect your ears to the paper which many rarely truly do. We will also listen to a lot of recorded music – catered to your instrument mostly, but also of full ensembles, so that you have a broader ear for what your instrument is capable of. Knowing what it should really sound like is very important.

There will be more to each class as we get started but I am sharing the above so each of you has an idea of what I am planning on doing with each class. As this is uncharted territory, please be patient as all of your teachers make their way through this school year, no matter how it turns out.

Some of you are currently signed up in the wrong classes. This happens every year and will be fixed as soon as the counselors are able. They do not return to the school until the 10th.

Band Camp Update

After the latest news that has been communicated from the Governor, and considering many other elements with space, and Mrs. Holland’s thoughts as well, I am cancelling Band Camp at the current time. This decision also comes after listening to the latest meeting from directors within WTSBOA. Most are fully cancelling their camps as well, as well as all competitions.

Band slide show 2019-20

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WDBgeoZZZj56UqMUbveWAFWn11YX_Gf4GuSoBJ3JH7Y/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you to the officers and everyone that contributed to the creation and delivery of this. Normally, we would have this to share during the end of the year band banquet, but that could not happen this year. Also, awards, as I have always provided, could not happen for the same reasons.

I miss working with all of you and hope to see all of you at band camp (assuming we are allowed to still have it). For those seniors that I was able to see during the “Graduation drive through,” I am glad I had one more opportunity to say goodbye. This has been a challenging year and I look forward to the year ahead and making it as amazing as it can be no matter what form it takes. The band leadership team is, again, very strong this year and already working very well together.

I will post updates on band camp and such once I actually have information that is viable and relevant. For now, enjoy the slide show and thank you to everyone for a great year. Enjoy the summer and be safe!

Band uniforms update

We have a couple of updates pertaining to Band uniform orders:

The concert shirts and various other items not yet delivered with the initial order will be picked up and delivered to the school today. The students can collect them after school.

The additional orders placed with Champion after the initial order will ship and should be delivered before the end of September ensuring that students will have concert shirts in time for the Fall concert on October 1st.

Unfortunately, in order to achieve this the cutoff for ordering has been moved up to September 13th. This is the only way to ensure  a timely delivery for everyone’s order. In addition, if for some reason you don’t immediately see the Adult sizes on the website be sure to click the size link and scroll down to find them. Thank you for your understanding and Go Spartans!

The ordering site can be found here.