Blanchard MS Bands
December 2015 Newsletter
Congrats 5th Grade Band!
Charms App Update!
There will likely be a few bugs but this promises to be a great improvement over the old app. If you had trouble with the old app, make sure you download this one and give it a try!
Calendar of Upcoming Events (always available on Charms!)
- December 12th, Breakfast with Santa & Blanchard Christmas Parade
- December 15th, Winter Concert (grades 6-12)
- December 18th, End of the 1st semester; all instrument rental fees must be paid in full
- December 19th - January 3rd, Winter Break
- January 18th, No School
- January 26th, Band Booster meeting @7pm; HS band room
- February 5th, Parent-Teacher conferences (directors unavailable)
- February 5th-6th, All-Region Honor Band; Weatherford (grades 7-12)
Breakfast with Santa - December 12th!
Click here for a link to the event poster on the band website. We also have color copies so have your student grab a couple to hang up around town, at church, at work, or anywhere else that would bring in the community.
Blanchard Bands Winter Concert
Prep Band, 5th Grade Band, would you like extra credit?
Plan on coming to the concert on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00pm in the HS gym. We hope you'll come see what you're going to be a part of very soon!
Prep Band Canned Food Drive
Background checks for volunteers
Remember that background checks for all volunteers who want to work directly with the students are required. For MS that primarily means our trailer pullers and our hotel chaperones for honor bands. The band has a background check that costs $12.50 and requires you to give us a copy of your driver's license. If you would like to volunteer with the band, please fill out the background check (found on www.blanchardbands.com on the forms page) and send it in with a copy of your license. We can also make a copy for you if necessary. We still need lots of parent help, so please don't let this safety measure deter you!
MS Band Students of the Month!
- Josh is an 8th grade clarinet player who has been putting it into high gear in the last few weeks. Josh stepped up his game as a musician and decided to take lessons. Within a few weeks of taking lessons, he started growing as a musician and his confidence shot through the roof. Josh decided to start taking lessons before auditioning for the SWOBDA (South-West Oklahoma Band Directors Association) honor band. His hard work and dedication resulted in him making 5th chair in the Junior High Concert Band. Josh will audition for the Shortgrass Honor Band in a few weeks and is all ready to go. We are extremely proud of you, Dubbs!
- Aubrey is a 7th grade clarinet player who has been doing a tremendous job this year. At the beginning of the year, Aubrey thought she wanted to quit band but in a couple of months, this story has drastically changed. She loves coming to band everyday and has signed up for many extracurricular activities within the band. Aubrey tried out for SWOBDA honor band and made 7th chair in the 7th Grade Symphonic Band. She has also signed up to play a solo where she will play with a piano accompanist in front of a judge. Aubrey has taken it upon her self to go above and beyond! Way to go girl!!
- Trista is a clarinet player in the 6th grade who has come so far this year! Her tone has been a frustrating issue for her. She has struggled to make great sounds, but with a lot of hard work and determination her tone is so much better. Charms saves a record of all of your recordings and going back and listening to her older tests you can clearly see how far she has progressed. She comes to class every day, ready to learn, work hard, and of course, have fun! Thank you for keeping a positive attitude and never giving up. You are a great student and we are proud of have you in band, Trista!
- Keegan is a percussionist in the 6th grade who has shown great mastery on an instrument that he used to fight, the mallets. Keegan has been drumming with his father for a long time, so the drum side of percussion comes very easily to him, but the mallet side was challenging and frustrating. After feeling defeated he chose to buckle down, work smart, and now he is the reigning champion of Super Secret Stuff where he is able to play a special scale on his mallets at lightening speed! This is such a great testimony that even young students can make tough choices that help shape their future in a positive manner. Keep rocking, Keegan!
- Amelia plays the trumpet in the 5th grade and has been a rock star student since day one. She has a great attitude and she always comes to class prepared. For all of our discussions, questions, and class activities, Amelia is extremely alert and participates at all times. Since we started playing, Amelia has shown her talent at the trumpet. She uses lots of air and always tries her best. She regularly volunteers to play for the class and performed a solo for the Demonstration Concert. Keep up the great work, Amelia!
- Kaiya is a percussionist in the 5th grade who is doing a great job! She is consistently prepared for class, always has a positive attitude, and is usually sporting a big smile. Her playing is improving steadily and she regularly volunteers to perform in class. The percussion are pulled out into a side room as often as possible with Mr. Bunch who is teaching them all kinds of cool percussion stuff. He has great things to say about Kaiya and her performance in class. Bravo, Kaiya!
- Emily is a 5th grade clarinet player who is always on her best behavior. Emily is quiet and always a model on how everyone should act. Many times Emily slips under the radar because she is soft spoken. Her hand position is dynamite and her tone is beautiful. Emily always walks in the door with a positive attitude and willingness to try her best. Her bright smile and happy go lucky outlook lighten the room and bring joy to everyone around her. Emily is a fantastic student and we enjoy having her in band.
- Callie is a 5th grade clarinet player who has made some major improvements since the beginning of the year. When Callie first started playing clarinet, she struggled to form the proper embouchure. We knew she would improve quickly because of her background with music. Callie plays the ukulele and has the voice of an angel. That background in music plus her self-determination helped her achieve her goals. Now she is no longer struggling and at times is helping her peers around her. Callie, keep it up!!
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