Band and Choir Update

August 23, 2022

5th - 8th Grade Band

Band Books & Lessons

5th Grade: Essential Elements Book 1 (yellow)

6th Grade: Essential Elements Book 2 (red)

7th Grade: Essential Techniques (greenish/teal)

8th Grade: already have the book

Books can be ordered from Midbell Music in Sioux City and asked to be delivered to SCCS. Students need books by September 1st.


All students will get small(ish) group lessons this year. They will be given a lesson time with others playing the same instrument. Parents will be able to see the lesson schedule on the SCCS website by September 2nd: HERE

7th/8th Grade Band Managers

In 7th and 8th grade band, students will have the opportunity to sign-up to be considered for the positions of band managers. This position will be offered to anyone in the band. This will not require any time outside of school hours. Band managers will be the go-to students if additional help is needed throughout the year.


Band Manager Responsibilities:

  • Help with room setup/clean-up
  • Help pass out and collect music
  • Help lead class warm-ups
  • Be a leader amongst their peers
  • Announce music at concerts
  • Additional responsibilities as need arises


This is an opportunity for students to have more ownership over the group, take pride in the room and the equipment, and be leaders amongst their peers. The band managers will change after each concert to allow more students the opportunity. Band managers for the first concert block will be selected next week. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me.

7th/8th Grade Honors Band

All 7th and 8th graders have the opportunity to audition for NWIBA Honors Band. Students must notify me of their desire to audition by September 16th. Auditions then take place on October 15th in Storm Lake, with the rehearsal and performance on November 5th at Dordt University. Click here for more information and to view the music.

Jazz Band

Jazz band will meet on Friday mornings with rehearsals starting promptly at 7:30am. Those interested will sign-up during band/choir rehearsals this week.


On the SCCS website, under Student Life - Music - Band will have a calendar of events for you to keep track of when we have rehearsals. It is up to date until Christmas break. Click HERE for the calendar.


If jazz band unexpectedly has to be canceled last minute, I will send out a Bloomz message.

Drum Line

We will be doing a year-long 7/8 drum line this year with the goal to perform at the Tulip Festival Drum Line performance. This group will start meeting in October. We will meet Wednesday mornings with rehearsals starting promptly at 7:30am. Those interested will sign-up during band/choir rehearsals in mid-September.


On the SCCS website, under Student Life - Music - Band will have a calendar of events for you to keep track of when we have rehearsals. It is up to date until Christmas break. Click HERE for the calendar.


If drum line unexpectedly has to be canceled last minute, I will send out a Bloomz message.

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5th - 8th Grade Choir Update

Choir

We will be spending a substantial amount of time doing warm-ups and breathing to set our foundation. Groups will begin working on music next week. We will also practice songs for the musical at the end of choir rehearsals. I look forward to hearing each choir sing out and make a joyful noise to the Lord!

Opus

Students have the incredible opportunity to audition for the All-Iowa Opus Choir. Those interested will receive music from me on Friday. Students should have music they are bringing home, and I encourage them to practice at home as well as our rehearsals at school.


Audition recordings will take place September 19 - 21. For a schedule of rehearsals, music, and recording tracks, click HERE. Students who make it would perform in Ames, IA November 17-19th.


5/6 Rehearsals: Mondays 7:30-8am (except for Labor Day, rehearsal on Wed. that week)

7/8 Girls Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7:30-8am

7/8 Boys Rehearsals: Tuesdays during choir

Fall Instrumental & Choral Concert

Monday, Nov. 28th, 7pm

700 7th Street Northeast

Sioux Center, IA

All members of the 6th - 8th bands, 4th - 8th orchestras and 5th - 8th choirs will perform at BJ Hann at Dordt University.