Sunday, January 25, 2015

Announcements 1/25/15

1)  Congratulations to Reese for winning the soloist competition at UTM Honor Band.  She had to send in a video a couple of weeks ago, get chosen as a finalist to do a second audition Friday, and then gave a special solo performance at the Honor Band Concert on Saturday!  In addition, this honor included a $8000 scholarship over a 4 year period if she chooses to attend UTM as a music major.  Reese, we are proud of you and how you represented yourself, your band, and your school!

2)  Leadership team:  we will have an 8th grade rehearsal Tuesday from 6:30 to 8.  Be there to welcome the 8th graders, answer any questions they might have, and make our future band members feel like a part of our family.  Don't forget to bring your instruments also.  The rest of the Band will join the 8th graders at the February rehearsal.

3)  I am excited to announce that the Jackson Area Community Band will be our special guests at our February 26 Ensemble Concert.  This Band is made up of adults who have varied professions that get together twice a month to play their instruments they have been playing since beginning band.  They will play one song by themselves, then join us for a song at the end of the concert following all of the ensembles.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Announcements 1/18/15

1)  Congratulations to Reese, Jolina, Cameron, Riley, Noah N, Allen, and Braydon for making the All-West Honor Band!  Lauren, Trevor, Danielle, Seth, Malory, and Sarah were also selected as alternates!  Reese made 1st chair Orchestra and 2nd chair Wind Ensemble, making All-State in both categories and chose to be a part of the All State Orchestra.  A Super Congratulations to all these and all the others who chose to challenge and improve themselves by auditioning for All West!

2)  The students who were selected for UT Martin Honor Band will leave this Thursday morning after first block.  Bring your luggage to school with you and leave it in the Band Room when you get there.  Then, after first block, report to the Band Room to load up on the bus that will take us to UT Martin.  We will eat lunch on the way up there.  Make sure you pack concert attire for Saturday's performance.

3)  The Jazz Band will perform at the March 14 Miss Harmony beauty pageant.  Therefore, we will go ahead and start rehearsing this Tuesday and continue every Tuesday from here on out.

4)  It is official: Next Spring, the Band will be taking a trip to Disney World!  We will begin fundraising next month.  Also, we will be getting more specifics about dates, cost, and payment schedules next month.

5)  Students who made All-West and alternates - be prepared to wear nice clothes on Wednesday to take a picture for the All-West program.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Announcements 1/11/15

1) Booster meeting this Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  We will be discussing details about the Miss Harmony Beauty pageant and a few other things as we kick off this busy semester.

2)  All West auditioners:  Arlington High School this Saturday.  You will need to find a ride there and back.  Please get there AT LEAST 30 minutes before your audition time.  You can go to your audition early if you want - Remember though, if you have an afternoon audition time, you cannot go in the morning time.  You don't have to dress up since the judge will not be able to see you, but dressing for success can make you mentally prepared to perform.  Also, you can leave as soon as you audition.  Results of the auditions will be done by Sunday afternoon. Directions to the high school will be posted this week.  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Announcements 1/4/15

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a fun and safe break and came out of it healthy.  I am once again looking forward to this semester and the great music that is planned for our performances.

1)  High School All West audition excerpts have been posted at  Right now, all of the excerpts are on the same pdf file, but they will soon have individual parts posted to make them easier to find and download.  Remember that auditions are January 17 at Arlington High School.  Audition times will be posted soon at the same link above.

2)  You will not need to bring your instruments on Monday. You will need them beginning Tuesday.

3)  The Booster meeting will not be this Thursday, it will be next Tuesday.

4)  Jazz Band will begin on January 27.  

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.