Week of January 21-24, 2020
The Springtown High School Band, "The Sound of Springtown" will commit to raising our standards of excellence through unified efforts and common goals while establishing relationships with one another and upholding our ideals of success.
All-Region Band Clinic and Concert Produced Great Sounding Bands!
Our students learned 4 new pieces of music in about 8 hours of rehearsal to perform for an estimated crowd of 500 on Saturday evening.
We are very proud of our students accomplishments competing in one of the most competitive regions in the state.
UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest - Please Read!!
1st 25% was due Friday! The next 25% is due by this Friday!! The deadline for entry into UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest is Friday at noon!!!
Ensembles MUST sign up for rehearsal times with a director weekly!!!!
Sign-up to work with Mr. McLellan here:
Sign-up to work with Mr. McPhetrige here:
UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest takes place on February 22, 2020 at Aledo HS. ALL STUDENTS are required to learn a solo. Students will receive a schedule of when portions of their solos are due and will receive a test grade for each portion. Students who score 80 or above on their first 2 portions will be entered in UIL contest provided they are grade eligible. All other students will perform their solo the week of February 17 for a judge during their band class. Students who perform their solo at SHS will receive a grade based on your rating.
I = 100
II = 85
III = 70
IV = 50
V = 0
Students who perform a class I solo by memory and earn a 1st division rating at UIL will advance to State. Ensembles who perform a class 1 Ensemble and earn a division 1 rating at UIL will advance to state.
Students have begun selecting music. You are encouraged to select your music this week if you haven't already. You may use this link to search for approved music to be performed: https://www.uiltexas.org/pml/. All music must be approved by a director. If you choose music that we do not have, you are encouraged to order it yourself so that you can get it in over the holiday break and begin working on it. UIL entry deadline is January 24, so you need to begin working on your solo ASAP.
Ensembles must be approved by a director. Students may do an ensemble in addition to a solo, if approved. Ensembles will need to sign up for a time to rehearse with a director weekly in order to be approved. Use the same link above to see the lists of approved ensembles.
We have file cabinets full of approved music, so if you choose something we do not own, you need to order it. The best website for this is: https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/welcome.jsp.
Your solo grades will be the test grades for the 4th six weeks. Please take this seriously. This contest will provide you the opportunity for the most individual improvement throughout the year. This is also a very important part of selecting students who will receive leadership invitations for next year.
Shirt payments of $15 are due by TUESDAY!!
Shirts will be ordered on Tuesday afternoon and extras WILL NOT be ordered so PLEASE take care of this by Tuesday at noon!
If you have not confirmed your attendance for TMEA, I need to know NOW!!!! Hotel reservations and dinner reservations will be finalized on MONDAY!!!!
If I have not heard from you, I will assume you ARE NOT attending!!!!!
Check the list found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kyj1ZjOD1T2KPghC-jDhZGiB9ZkCS7Y3N5L0Q4FnUdw/edit?usp=sharing
Band Fee Payments
We are still in need of several students band fees. Please send payment ASASP!!
Payments can be made by the following methods:
1) PayPal - visit our PayPal page here: http://www.soundofspringtown.org/paypal.html
2) Check or Money Order payable to SHS Band can be brought to the Band Office
3) Cash brought to the Band Office
4) Credit Card in the Band Office
Shirts, shoes, shorts, hats, flip folders and lyres have already been ordered or delivered to students, so please help us by paying your fees in a timely manner. We appreciate your support!
Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - School Holiday
Saturday, February 1
Winter Guard Contest at Alvarado HS
Saturday, February 8
Winter Guard Contest at Northwest HS
Wednesday, February 12 - Saturday, February 15
All-State Band/TMEA @ San Antonio
Friday, February 14 - Saturday, February 15
TFME Chapter participates in TFME activities at TMEa in San Antonio
Monday, February 17
President's Day - In-service Day - No School
Saturday, February 22
UIL Regional Solo & Ensemble at Aledo HS