Week of April 6 - 12, 2020

Mission Statement:

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.

Band Updates For The Next Two Weeks

I hope everyone is doing well! I miss you all, pray that you and your loved ones remain healthy and look forward to the time that we can make music together again! Until that happens, here are some important reminders for the weeks coming up.

1) Make sure your music pass-offs are complete!!!! These were assigned at the beginning of the six weeks and are still counted towards your grade. If you do not have the resources at home to do this, there is an assignment in the paper packet available from SHS. The paper assignment can be emailed to your director or turned in at SHS.

2) As we begin the last 6 weeks period, your assignment will be audition music for next years bands. YES, even if you are a senior OR you will not be in band next year, this is still your assignment. Again, if you do not have the resources at home to do this, there is an assignment in the paper packet available from SHS. The audition music will be available in your Google Classroom at noon on Monday. There will also be an instruction sheet for the auditions so READ IT CAREFULLY! We will also be uploading videos of the etudes and host ZOOM classes to go over the Etudes and answer questions. You only need to attend one of the audition music zoom meetings this week. Both meetings will cover the same material.Look in the weekly calendar at the bottom of the "Band Notes" for dates and times.

. If you are not already in your Google Classroom Band Class (which you should be), here are the codes to join:

Honors Band - o7bbdpm

Symphonic Band - ym3kvpc

Concert Band - m7cpqgr

Jazz Band - mojwbto

Percussion - lvv4ls4

Color Guard - w3mhvz3

Each director will have "office hours" during the week in which you can ask questions or get help with your assignments.

Mr. McLellan - 9 - 11am AND 2 - 4pm Monday - Friday

Mr. McPhetrige - 9:30 - 11:30 am AND 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Ms. Garza - 9:30 - 11:30 am AND 1:30-3:30 pm

Ms. Rodriguez - 10am - 12 noon AND 1:30 - 3:30 pm

You may also communicate through email using the following email addresses:





The goal for our students is to spend time on your instrument each day. We spend 45 minutes daily at school (not including sectionals) and I'd like for you to spend at least 30-45 minutes each weekday.

VIRTUAL LUNCH HANGOUT - Each Wednesday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm you have an opportunity to have a virtual lunch with all band students who want to attend. Mr. McLellan will host the virtual lunch on "ZOOM" and will send out the invitation to join the virtual lunch through REMIND. Enjoy lunch and visit with the band family.

Leadership Auditions - Please see the updated information below. If you do not have access to technology to do the requirements online, please let Mr. McLellan know.

2020-21 Leadership Auditions (Updated)

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Students interested in auditioning for the 2020-21 SOS Leadership Team are REQUIRED to complete the online training found here: http://www.leaderoftheband.org/?inf_contact_key=e1a28378af56f28afbd85a7f3887126f680f8914173f9191b1c0223e68310bb1

You will need to put Course #1, Course #2 in the shopping cart to purchase. Don't Worry, Mr. Lang has made them FREE during the school shut-down. After placing them in the cart, set up your account and "purchase" again, THEY ARE FREE.

I am extending the deadline for completion of the trainings to Friday, April 10 but don't procrastinate, there is a lot of material to cover. You will need to turn in the worksheets that accompany the videos with your application which can be found at the bottom of this edition of the "Band Notes."

Your application, interview video and training worksheets are due by Friday, April 17 (Extended deadline). You may upload to Google Classroom (preferred) or email the documents to me if needed.

*New * - I have placed the recommendation forms in Google Classroom (separately) so that you can easily email them to your teachers/non-teachers.

*New* - there are a couple of added items in the classroom that I would like you to read. We will have a general leadership discussion on ZOOM this week. If you cannot attend, let me know as these discussions are very important! See calendar for times.

Leadership Google Classroom Code: bijirms

Qualifications needed to audition are:

1) Academically Eligible

2) No disciplinary problems in band or outside of band for the year

3) Performed in all UIL events so far this year to include:

a) UIL Region Marching Contest

b) UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest

The Leadership Application is located at the bottom of this weeks "Band Notes"

Band Fee Payments

We are still in need of several students band fees. Please send payment ASASP!!

Right Now, payments can be made through PayPal.

Visit our PayPal page here: http://www.soundofspringtown.org/paypal.html

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!


None as of right now. This will be updated when school is back in session.

This Week's Calendar

Percussion Audition Music ZOOM Meeting

Monday, April 6th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

ZOOM meeting link and password will be sent through REMIND.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

(Winds) Audition Music ZOOM MEETING #1

Tuesday, April 7th, 11-11:30am

This is an online event.

ZOOM meeting link will be sent through REMIND on Tuesday morning.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Tuesday, April 7th, 1:30-2:30pm

This is an online event.

ZOOM meeting link will be sent through REMIND on Tuesday morning.

Make sure you have finished Course 1 and read any additional materials in Classroom for discussion.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Virtual Lunch Hangout

Wednesday, April 8th, 11:30am-12:30pm

This is an online event.

Meeting invitation and password will be sent out through REMIND on Wednesday morning.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Drum Major Candidates Zoom Meeting

Thursday, April 9th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

Be ready to demonstrate conducting patterns and ask any questions about "Malaguena"

Invitation will be sent out via REMIND on Thursday morning.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

(Winds) Audition music zoom meeting #2

Thursday, April 9th, 1:30-2pm

This is an online event.

Invitation will be sent on on thursday morning via REMIND. Remember, if you attended Tuesday's meeting, you do need to attend this meeting.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

WOW (Words of Wisdom)

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Video from Mr. McLellan

Sound of Springtown Video Announcements Week of April 6, 2020

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