Band Notes - Week of May 1
2022-2023 School Year - Belton MS Band
General information that applies to all students and parents can be found towards the top of every newsletter, while information specific to your child's ensemble can be found in that particular section by scrolling down. Feel free to contact a director if you have any questions, and our contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.
*THIS WEEK - M100 Camp & Audition for 8th Graders*
- Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3 - M100 Fundamentals Camp at 5:00-7:00pm at the Belton HS Band Hall
- Students should wear outdoor athletic apparel, including short-sleeve shirt, shorts, tennis shoes, and hat and/or sunglasses
- Tuesday, May 2 - Future M100 Parent Meeting at 7:00-7:30pm at the Belton HS Band Hall
- Friday, May 5 - Incoming 9th Grade Band Placement Auditions at 4:45-7:00pm at the Belton HS Band Hall. There will be three parts to the audition: Technical Excerpt, Lyrical Excerpt, and Full Range Chromatic Scale. Click on this link to access the music and instructions: https://tinyurl.com/2023m100audition.
*Spring Trip Permission Forms Due This Friday*
Students will be given a hard copy of the Spring Trip Permission Form (click here) that should be filled out by a parent, and is due back no later than this Friday, May 5 at 4pm. On it, students should list their requested bus partner who is in their same grade level. A list of all band students going on the trip can be found on the Announcement Window in the band hallway. Click here to access our itinerary for the trip, which is on Saturday, May 13. Also, don't forget our Parent Meeting next Monday, May 8 starting at 5:30pm in BMS Band Hall. Click here to access the Chaperone Information for parents.
Percussion Concert - Wednesday, May 10
All Percussionists get to have a concert just for themselves! This will occur on Wednesday, May 10 in the Belton HS PAC starting at 6:30pm. Students will be required to bring their own music (in binders) and small sticks and mallets (in stick bags):
- Advanced Percussionists (Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble) will wear their formal band uniform (black pants) and arrive at the PAC no later than 5:30pm in order to set up and prepare for their ensemble.
- Beginning Percussionists will wear their regular band uniform (jeans) and arrive at the PAC no later than 6pm.
*6th & 7th Grade End-of-Year Audition Information*
Our placement auditions for next school year will be held during each student's band class starting Monday, April 24 to May 5. All current 6th & 7th grade band students are required to participate for a major grade. This audition serves as the individual assessment of each student's musical skills mastered from this school year. Think of this as the individual STAAR test for Band. Click here to read detailed information about the auditions.
Audition results are final and will be posted on Friday, May 12 at 8:00am. These results will be sent to the school counselors for next year's scheduling. Those students choosing to not remain in Band next year will not have their results posted.
Spring Trip Parents Meeting
On Monday, May 8, all parents attending the Spring Trip to Typhoon Texas will meet in the BMS Band Hall from 5:30-6:00pm to go over logistics and details of the trip and how you can help make it smooth and successful. If you are going on the trip, please plan attending this brief meeting and click here for the Chaperone Information. Thank You!
Home School-Owned Instrument Turn-In & Summer Check Out
All school-owned instruments (including those at home) are due back to school no later than Monday, May 15. This will allow us to check these instruments, take inventory, and prepare them for summer repair and cleaning. Students may bring them to school themselves, or parents may drop them off at the front office anytime during school hours between 8am-4pm.
Also, if your student is a current 6th or 7th grader and would like an instrument to practice over the summer, please email Mr. Pulley here and request an instrument. We do not charge for summer checkouts, and these will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please notify us no later than Monday, May 15 if your student would like a summer instrument.
List of Band Events
Please click here to see all of the Band Events for the remainder of the school year in order to plan your family's activities. Remember, performances are a required part of our curriculum, so please contact a director ASAP for any conflicts.
Parent Chaperone Sign-Up
No More Practice Records!
Temple College Contest Performance
All eligible Beginners will participate in this contest performance on the campus of Temple College. We need parent chaperones! Please email Mr. Pulley if you can help.
Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 11:30 AM
Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center, South 5th Street, Temple, TX, USA
Sign Up for Remind Texts for Beginners
If you haven't already, make sure you sign up for our Remind texts for the Beginner's Ensemble here. Students may do this as well with parent permission. This is important piece of communication to receive reminders throughout the year.
*No More Percussion Sectionals for the Year*
Sign Up for Remind Texts for Symphonic Band
If you haven't already, make sure you sign up for our Remind texts for Symphonic Band here. Students may do this as well with parent permission. This is important piece of communication to receive reminders throughout the year.
*No More Percussion Sectionals for the Year*
Sign Up for Remind Texts for Wind Ensemble
If you haven't already, make sure you sign up for our Remind texts for Wind Ensemble here. Students may do this as well with parent permission. This is important piece of communication to receive reminders throughout the year.
Sign Up for Remind Texts for Jazz Band
If you haven't already, make sure you sign up for our Remind texts for Jazz Band here. Students may do this as well with parent permission. This is important piece of communication to receive reminders throughout the year.
Band Meme of the Week
Meet the Directors
- Wind Ensemble
- Jazz Band
- Brass Specialist (trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, & tuba)
- Symphonic Band
- Woodwind Specialist (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, & saxophone)
- Percussion Specialist (mallets & drums)
Location: 1704 Sparta Road, Belton, TX, USA