BAND DIRECTOR UPDATE -November 7, 2019
NEWSLETTERS - NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER
Newsletters are e-mailed the first week of each month. If you are not receiving the newsletter, please send me a quick email requesting to be added to the list. Please include your child's name and grade. Email addresses received without verification of a student in the band program will not be added. email@example.com
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COOKIE DOUGH -Delivery of cookie dough is November 12th!
FIFTH GRADE BEGINNING BAND
- Fifth grade band has started! With the limited amount of rehearsal time at school, please encourage your child to practice at home. Without home practice, students' will not learn note recognition, by sight, and be able to play without eventually becoming frustrated. If you are interested in having your child receive private lessons, please contact me and I will put you in touch with qualified high school students.
- MMS Parent Teacher Conferences - Please note that I will only be available during the evening conferences on Monday and Wednesday. If you have concerns and cannot meet with me during conferences, please send me an email with your questions and/or concerns and I will either respond or set up an optional time to meet with you. firstname.lastname@example.org
- 8th grade - Chair placement tests begins on Monday 11/4/2019. All 8th grade band students are required to participate in MS Solo and Ensemble this spring. Please watch for the date to be posted. It isn't too early to start selecting music and practicing with your private instructor.
- 7th grade and 6th grade - Chair placement tests begins on Monday 11/4/2019. Please bring a book to read if you are not being tested. No chrome books or phones are allowed. All students should have their instruments every day to play during the second half of class.
- 6th, 7th and 8th grade - Christmas Concert - Wednesday, December 18th at 7:30 pm in the HS Performing Arts Center.
9th GRADE MARCHING BAND (2nd hour of day)
- Solo and Ensemble - Any student that has signed-up for solo and ensemble (Saturday, February 1, 2020) is required to have their music selected and approved by me no later than Friday, November 8th. Please note: It is their responsibility to contact their accompanist, well in advance, to schedule appropriate rehearsal times. Their accompaniment music is due to me no later than Friday, November 22, 2019.
- Christmas Parade - We are continuing to march outside in preparation for the Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 7th! It will be cold for this parade. Marching in this weather is preparing them to perform in the elements.
VIKING REGIMENT MARCHING BAND (1st hour of day)
Congratulations, to the Viking Regiment on their finish at MCBA State Finals. This year, the VR had many learning experiences and challenges to overcome. I hope that they learned how vital each individual is to the overall performance of the show. The band was able to improve their score the last two competitions to go into state finals ranked 4th. Although the weather was a factor throughout this season, the band continued to work hard and finished the season ranked 4th in Flight IV MCBA State Finals. This score was the highest yet this season. The seniors attained their two goals this year by beating Clio and bringing home a trophy rather than a plaque! Again, congratulations.
I am deeply grateful to the following individuals who generously give of their time to help instruct the Viking Regiment!
Mr. Scott Sanders and Mr. Gary Holowitz, percussion instructors
Ms. Raelynn Wassom, front ensemble instructor
Ms. CheyAnn Yeager, color guard instructor
Thank you for your dedication!
This year, we had twelve freshmen helpers that gave up each Saturday for the competition to help handle the props. Also, they held several rehearsals on their own to learn the show and movements on their own time. Thank you for your contribution to this year's show!
Without the dedication of our pit crew, the success of the marching band would not be possible, These parents give endless hours, beginning in August to build, modify, transport, drive, etc. the props for visual effect. An extra special thank you to Mr. Scott Leverenz, who was up at 5:30 am each competition to prepare the semi, generously donated for our use by Earl's Batteries. The endless hours of work you do behind the scenes did not go unnoticed. Also, thank you to Mr. Jeff Hong for his engineering skills and for designing the backdrop structures.
We also could not perform our show without the dedication and commitment of the bus supervisors. These parents made sure each child had all of the required uniforms and instruments for the competition. Thank you for your help this season.
Finally, thank you to the community, alumnus, friends, and family that continue to support the Viking Regiment! Whether your role is watching performances as a spectator, donating money or food, or just offering words of encouragement, you make a difference.