Sunday, December 14, 2014

Announcements 12/14/14

1)  Report time for the concert Monday night is 6 pm.  The concert starts at 7 pm.  Admission is free.

2)  Concert attire is:  Ladies - please dress conservatively, if you wear a dress make sure it goes past the knees when you sit down and make sure the neckline does not go too low.  Gentlemen - collared shirt, either button-up or polo, ties are optional, no jeans, no tennis shoes, tucked in shirt.  

3)  Thanks to those who worked at Breakfast with Santa.  I think it went great, with a great Santa backdrop and great service to the customers!

4)  Make sure you practice your scales for the final exam - all 12 memorized plus the chromatic scale.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Announcements 12/7/14

1) For the Breakfast with Santa this Saturday, we will need band students to bring items in so that we can maximize our profits with this fundraiser.  If you have signed up to work at Breakfast with Santa, you will not need to bring anything.  If you are not working at the Breakfast with Santa, you will need to bring the following by Friday: Woodwinds - Quart of White 2% milk, Low Winds/French Horns - Quart of Chocolate milk, Trumpets - Quart of Orange Juice, Guard - napkins, Percussion - Candy Canes.

2)  If you are working at the Breakfast with Santa, we need everyone there to set up at 7 am.  It starts at 8:30 and will be done at 10:30.  

3)  By Friday, I need the $10 All West audition fee from those students who are auditioning.

4)  Jazz Band Rehearsal Tuesday.  It is the last one of this semester.  We will get started back up in January.

5)  Concert Rehearsal Thursday until 5:15.  We will need this rehearsal to play with the percussion and to work the logistics of how the concert is going to run.

6)  Next Monday, December 15 is our concert at 7 pm.  Free admission.  We are having an end-of-the-year celebration immediately after the concert.  Feel free to bring finger foods and drinks as you arrive to the concert.  We will store them backstage.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fruit Delivery

The fruit will be delivered this Saturday morning, Dec. 6 at 9 am.  This is unusual to have it delivered on Saturday, but I think it will work out okay since we are here for the parade anyway that day.

I will need a crew of students to help unload the truck at 9 am at the school.  You will be able to pick up your fruit from then until 10:30 if you want to go ahead and get it delivered that day.  Also, I will get to school early (around 1:30) if you want to get your fruit then.  Otherwise, it will have to stay in the Band Room until Monday morning.  I recommend you try to get it picked up Saturday to avoid the risk of the fruit starting to go bad in the Band Room.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Announcements 11/30/14

1)  Jazz Band will have rehearsal this Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:30.

2)  Band Booster meeting this TUESDAY at 6:30 pm.  We decided at the last meeting that it had to be moved from Thursday's normal meeting night.  We will be nailing down the details of the Breakfast with Santa as well as picking dates for next semester's fundraisers, including the Miss Harmony beauty pageant.

3)  The final memorization test for the Parade is this Wednesday during class.

4)  Full Band Afterschool Rehearsal this Thursday.  This is a scheduled rehearsal and the only one we have for the Parade.  

5)  The Band is scheduled to work concessions this Thursday for the last time this year.  We will need 4 to 5 parents and 3 to 4 students.  Report to the Gym at 5 pm or as close as you can to that time.

6)  Parade this Saturday.  Students are to wear uniforms and Santa hats.  Make sure you have your Santa hats by then.  Report to the School at 2:30 pm where we will depart by 3 pm, or meet at the parade route by 3 pm.  I will get a final count this week on who is planning on riding the bus.  The buses and equipment trailer will be parking between the Oasis and the Elementary school.  The parade begins at 4 pm.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Announcements 11/23/14

1)  The Band is assigned to work concessions Monday and Tuesday night.  I have a few volunteers signed up, but it wouldn't hurt to have 2 or 3 more parents and/or students.  Report time is 5 pm or close to that as you can.  We usually close down around 9 or so.  If you want to coordinate with someone else to work "shifts", that is fine also.  Finally, I need one volunteer to go by McDonalds at 5 pm to pick up the burgers to sell.  Basketball concessions are nowhere near the job that football concessions are, so don't be scared to volunteer.  If you have any questions about it, just let me know.

2)  Jazz Band Rehearsal this Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:30.  Our first two rehearsals have been super, with more participation than I have ever had!  I have really enjoyed it thus far.

3)  Just a friendly reminder that the final exam for this class is going to be the 12 major scales and chromatic scale memorized.  We have been working on these scales every day during class - keep working on them.  Scales are a major foundation of playing your instrument and reading music.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Announcements 11/16/14

1) Fruit orders are due Wednesday.  Delivery will be the last week of school before Christmas Break.

2) Jazz Band Rehearsal Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:30.

3)  We are going to have our band pictures for the yearbook taken Thursday during class.  We will wear uniforms.  If you have taken them home to be cleaned, make sure you bring them back by Thursday. 

4)  UTM Honor Band applications are now available online.  Only students trying out for All-West are eligible for the UTM Honor Band. If you choose to apply, please note that if you are chosen for the Honor Band you will be responsible for the $75 fee ($45 for registration and $30 for hotel room).  The event will be held on January 22-24.  The application is due by Friday, November 29th.  The optional solo competition is for Seniors only.  You can find out more information about the event at this link:  Here is the information you will need for the application:  Director email -  School Address:  1000 Hornet Dr (Address Line 2 - PO Box 249), Medina TN, 38355.  School Phone - 731-783-0999.  You can fill out the application at this link:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Announcements 11/9/14

1) Jazz Band will meet Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:30.  Anyone interested is invited to join us and play some good jazz music!

2)  Fruit sales begin this week.  This is one that a lot of people look forward to, so all you have to do is ask!  You have until next Wednesday, November 19.  I should have a more definite delivery date by the end of the week, but it is usually the last week of school before we let out for Christmas Break.  We need to sell this fruit to help pay for the extra uniforms we will need for next year.

3)  The High School Veteran's Day program is this Tuesday, November 11 at 10:45 am in the Gymnasium.  The Band will be performing the National Anthem.  All Veterans are invited to attend as we honor them on this day.  Contact the school for more information.

4)  The first memorization test for the Christmas parade music will be this Thursday during class over measures 1-19.  The percussion schedule for tests will be slightly modified since they are not getting their music until Monday.