Springman Bands

Weekly Update #22

Happy Valentine's Day Weekend!

It has been a busy month thus far, so I'm sure EVERYONE is looking forward to the extended weekend. I hope your Valentine's Day is filed with love, and, of course CANDY!!!


WEEK OF FEBRUARY 15th SCHEDULE


Monday, February 15th

- No School

- 7th grade lessons DO NOT need to be made up, however, students should be practicing "Norway" for next week's lesson

- 8th grade lessons have been moved to Friday!


Tuesday, February 16th

- No School

- 7th grade lessons DO NOT need to be made up, however, students should be practicing "Norway" for next week's lesson


Wednesday, February 17th

- 7th Grade Band will rehearse at 7:30 AM **if you are in band AND the play, please remember, if you will be missing this morning's rehearsal that you will need to use your "Get Out of Band Free" pass. **

- 6th graders have lessons and EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK PERFORMANCE!

- Jazz Band will rehearse from 3-4 PM


Thursday, February 18th

- 6th Grade Band will rehearse at 7:30 AM **if you are in band AND the play, please remember, if you will be missing this morning's rehearsal that you will need to use your "Get Out of Band Free" pass. **

- 6th graders have lessons and EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK PERFORMANCE!


Friday, February 19th

- Wildcat Symphony will rehearse at 7:30 AM

- ALL 8th graders have lessons today!


Saturday, February 20th

- NIMCon Solo and Ensemble Festival for select students today! A separate e-mail will be sent to students participating with all important details.

8th Grade: Wildcat Symphony

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The Northern Illinois Music Conference (NIMCon) contest is RIGHT around the corner! Please ensure that your child is attending all rehearsals so we can be as prepared as possible!


Permission slips were sent home this week during rehearsal, but you can also find a copy HERE. Please remember, this is a REQUIRED and MANDATORY performance!

Also for 8th Grade...

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Please make sure that all 8th GRADE BRASS AND WOODWIND PLAYERS (aka everyone but percussion) needs to purchase "Standard of Excellence Book 2" by the end of the month. We will be working out of this book throughout Trimester 3. Having the book WILL COUNT towards the "materials" part of our students' grade.


You can purchase the book HERE or at any local music store (make sure to purchase for YOUR instrument. You can purchase the regular book - you do not need to purchased the "enhanced" book).

7th Grade: International Tour

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This week, students moved from Russia to Norway! Many students were excited, as they recognized the melody of our piece this week, "In the Hall of the Mountain King." Students also learned about Norway's superstitions with trolls!


Please remember that students should be practicing their excerpts each week with a metronome - these performance assessments do contribute to each students' grade. Students who miss a lesson, without consulting me prior to or the day of, will receive a 0 for their performance assessment. If a student misses a lesson, they are responsible for learning the piece for their next lesson!


PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT FOR NEXT WEEK (due to no school this week):

- Norway at 95 bpm

6th Grade: Travel Through Time

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HOLY COW - students really did awesome at Ode to Joy this week with nearly ALL students earning their Encyclopedia Artifact this week! Ask your student to show you theirs!


Students were excited to remain in the Classical Period, because we got to work on Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik or, as it is affectionally known by our students, "EKN". Many students were able to recognize the main melody. I'm looking forward to another productive week of performances this upcoming week!


Please remember that students should be practicing their excerpts each week with a metronome - these performance assessments do contribute to each students' grade. Students who miss a lesson, without consulting me prior to or the day of, will receive a 0 for their performance assessment. If a student misses a lesson, they are responsible for learning the piece for their next lesson!


PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT FOR NEXT WEEK:

- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik at 95 bpm

Wildcat Jazz Band

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Lots of hard work in rehearsal this week as we continue to learn our new music. Students should take a look at their difficult parts in "Second Line."


We've also been listening to recordings in jazz - remember, the best way to learn the jazz style is to LISTEN!

Time To Upgrade - And Here's the Proof!

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A special THANK YOU to 6th grader Liz and 8th grader Chaeyeon who helped with the videos!


As Liz plays her high notes on the Rico recording vs. Vandoren recording, you can hear a BIG difference. While Rico reeds are ideal for younger players (since their ultimate purpose is to produce a tone), Vandoren reeds give more support as students progress onto high notes. After our recording, Liz even said, "WOW! The Vandoren just felt so much better on the high notes and I've only been using it for a week!!!"


Chaeyeon's difference is even more apparent!!! We actually had to take our Rico video TWICE - even more astounding - she is playing a half size LOWER on the Rico Reeds (her Rico size was 2.5 and her Vandoren size was 3 - technically, it should've been easier to play the Ricos). Chaeyeon has been playing on Vandoren reeds for the entire year!


You can find the Springman Recommended Equipment List HERE.