Springman Bands

Weekly Update #14

Welcome to December!

Happy December, Band Parents and Students!


I cannot believe that we are only TWO WEEKS away from winter break - this year is really flying by!


Thank you for your patience as we work out lesson schedules. At this point, new lessons will begin upon our return from Winter Break. I will give out the new schedules the week before winter break. Until then, I will post a schedule on Schoology for you to follow - the schedules will be posted outside the band room. As always, thank you for your patience and let me know if you need any help!


SCHEDULE FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 7th


Monday, December 7th


- 7th grade band will rehearse at 7:30 AM

- 7th graders have lessons today (please see Schoology for specifics!!)


Tuesday, December 8th

- 8th grade band will rehearse at 7:30 AM

- 7th graders have lessons today (please see Schoology for specifics!!)


Wednesday, December 9th

- 6th grade band will rehearse at 7:30 AM <---- REHEARSAL CHANGE!!!

- 6th graders have lessons today (please see Schoology for specifics!!)

- 6th graders have their Concert Eb WRITTEN and PLAYING assessment today!!!

- Jazz Band will rehearse from 3-4 PM


Thursday, December 10th

- Jazz Band will rehearse at 7:30 AM <---- REHEARSAL CHANGE!!!

- 6th graders have lessons today (please see Schoology for specifics!!)

- 6th graders have their Concert Eb WRITTEN and PLAYING assessment today!!!


Friday, December 11th

- Wildcat Symphony will rehearse at 7:30 AM

- 8th graders have lessons today (please see Schoology for specifics!!)

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Jazz Band Corner

HOLY COW! Our Navy Pier performance is NEXT WEEK. Please take some time to review and practice along with the music recordings on Schoology. Navy Pier permission slips are due on Friday, December 11th.


Please note that we have two additional morning rehearsals to help us prepare for our performance on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th at 7:30 AM and TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15th at 7:30 AM.


PARENTS: We are in DESPERATE need of chaperones for our Navy Pier trip. Please let Mrs. Nellis know if you are able to help!

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GEF Recital Night Deadline EXTENDED!

Good news! There is more time to register for GEF!!! Please note that the deadline has now been extended to FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11th.


Grab a friend...or 10!....and earn 50 points extra credit!!!


GEF REGISTRATION CAN BE FOUND HERE


WHAT IS SOLO AND ENSEMBLE?

Solo = a piece of music performed by a single person with an accompanist

Ensemble = a piece of music performed in a small group (anywhere from 2 to 24 people!)

Students are welcome to create their own ensembles and I am happy to help with choosing music. Students who would like to perform a solo are STRONGLY encouraged to work with a private teacher!


HOW DOES SOLO AND ENSEMBLE WORK?

Students will perform for a professional clinician and receive feedback and also have the opportunity to listen to other groups from around District 34!


WHY SHOULD I DO SOLO AND ENSEMBLE?

Students that choose to participate in GEF Recital Night will receive 50 points extra credit!!!


OTHER IMPORTANT INFO TO KNOW...


GEF


  • is FREE!!!
  • students can play ANY type of music for ANY length of measures. Your piece of music DOES NOT need to be a certain amount of measures.
  • Solos DO NOT need piano accompaniment (although strongly encouraged).
  • You may have as many members in your group as you'd like!
  • Students can perform in an ensemble with ANY type of instruments (violin and trumpet - SURE! Clarinet and trombone - YES! Percussion and oboe - you betcha!)
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Looking for some easy holiday gifts for your band student?

Here is your "one-stop" shop for all things band! The following items make GREAT stocking stuffers or holiday gifts.



  • Recommended Equipment list by clicking HERE
  • Fun play-a-long books HERE and HERE
  • Tuner/Metronome combo HERE
  • Miscellaneous music goodies HERE
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Private Study Time!

Do you LOVE playing your instrument? Do you want an additional challenge and some one-on-one time with a professional?


If so, think about taking private lessons! You'll have the tremendous opportunity to continue to advance and improve your skills!


You can find the recommended Glenview Private Lesson Teacher list by clicking HERE!