Blanchard MS Bands

December 2015 Newsletter

Congrats 5th Grade Band!

We are incredibly proud of how well the 5th grade band performed at their Demonstration Concert last month! Not only did they show everyone how far they've come musically, they behaved beautifully and were on time, ready to rock. Thank you parents for helping them with everything and allowing them this wonderful opportunity of being a part of the band. The kids had a great time and couldn't stop talking about how much fun they had and how thrilled they were with your reactions. What a great evening of memories!

Charms App Update!

Charms has FINALLY updated its app and it seems to be MUCH improved! An email was sent out but if you missed it, make sure to go to your app store (Android or Apple) and search for "Charms Blue". You will use the same school code (BlanchardBands) and your current password. Once you're set up you can delete the old app.

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!

We are gearing up for our 2nd annual Breakfast with Santa and it's looking like a great event! Tickets are $5 and are available ahead of time from any HS band student, director, or can also be purchased at the door. Parents are welcome to check out tickets as well. Tickets include an all you can eat pancake breakfast, a visit with Santa (pictures are $5), a Santa letter writing station, a coloring area, as well as numerous vendors on site with great gifts for the holidays! We created an ornament craft corner as well where ornaments are 1 for $2, or 3 for $5. Santa will again be telling a story at 9:45am. The event runs from 8am-11am and is going to again be a great event for the whole family. Please spread the word and plan on joining us for a wonderful morning filled with smiles and memories!

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

The annual Blanchard Bands Winter Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00pm in the HS gym. All students in grades 6-12 need to be in the HS band room wearing concert black by 6:15pm. The 6th grade band will perform first followed by the 7th & 8th grade band and then the HS Symphonic Band. The end of the concert will feature all band students performing in a large, mass band playing the B.C. Clark jingle. The concert is free so please invite everyone to come out and celebrate the season with wonderful holiday music performed by Blanchard's amazing band students!

Prep Band, 5th Grade Band, would you like extra credit?

Since the 5th grade and prep bands do not participate in the Winter Concert, we offer extra credit to those students who come to the concert. To earn the extra credit your student simply needs to high five a director at the end of the concert. This gets your student extra points to make up for a missing daily grade, a missing newsletter, or just to get ahead, plus your student gets to see his/her future in the Blanchard Bands!

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

The MS is collecting canned food during 2nd hour (Prep Band) and we'd like to do our part, so please send a couple of cans or boxes of food to class with your student anytime! I haven't been given the deadline, but I will let your students know once it's been announced. Thank you for supporting our community!

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 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!

Our MS Band Students of the Month for December are Josh Dubbs, Aubrey Vocal, Trista Emerson, Keegan Swindell, Amelia Blansett, Kaiya Crawford, Emily Gauwitz, & Callie Horner!

  • 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!!

How to get credit for your monthly newsletter grade! Due by Friday, December 18th!

The purpose of the monthly newsletter is to make sure that students and parents are all on the same page and know about all band activities. To get credit, a parent needs to send an email to Ms. Kauffman that has the following info: student name, grade, parent name, and that the newsletter has been read. This earns you 100%! If you don't have the ability to email, please have your student get a hard copy from a director and it can be signed and returned for the same grade.

Remember, newsletters are only accepted during the month of the newsletter. Once the month has passed, that newsletter can no longer be submitted.

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