Week of February 17-22, 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.

UIL Solo & Ensemble Itinerary - Please Read!

Itinerary for Saturday, February 22

9:00 am - Band Hall Open

9:30 am - roll-check/load buses

9:45 am - depart for Aledo HS

10:30 am - arrive Aledo HS

11:16 am - first solo performance

5:00 pm - last solo/ensembles finish performing

5:30 pm - depart for SHS

6:15 pm - arrive SHS, unload

If your parent would like to pick you up after you perform, please fill out the travel release form found HERE and turn in BEFORE we depart SHS on Saturday morning.

Bring money for lunch at the concession stand.

Please dress as you would for a concert. You want to make a good impression and show the judge that the performance matters to you.

Students who ARE NOT attending UIL will begin performing their solos on Tuesday during your band class for our guest judge.

ALL students participating in UIL will have a final evaluation during your band class this week.

Mr. McLellan will evaluate students in Concert Band and Symphonic Band and Mr. McPhetrige will evaluate Honors Band students during class or Mr. McLellan will evaluate Honors Band students during Jazz Band or after school. If you are not prepared, you will be cut from Saturday's contest and your grade will be based on your preparation level.

ALL UIL participants will need to rehearse with their accompanist this week. If you have Mrs. McLellan, you will need to rehearse 2 times this week on 2 different days. Suggestion: so that you have time to practice anything needed from your first rehearsal, try to sign up for Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday times.

Sign up for Mrs. McLellan's times here:


Ms. Hamilton will be here on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

Mrs. Hidrogo will work with her students during class

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.

All-State/TFME Trip to San Antonio

Our All-State Band Members and Texas Future Music Educators Club (TFME) had a great trip to the Texas Music Educators Association's annual clinic/conference in San Antonio. Rebecca Johnson and Adam Johnson participated in approximately 15 hours of rehearsals with the All-State Band and performed a fantastic concert on Saturday morning at the Lila Cockrell Theater in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Their band was conducted by Eugene Corporon from the University of North Texas who is one of the premier conductors of wind bands in the world. We are very proud of Rebecca and Adam and the way they represented Springtown HS!

Our TFME students traveled to San Antonio on Friday morning to participate in workshop directed towards the TFME chapters across the state. Springtown HS had 31 total members of TFME represented at the conference. According to TMEA, there are approximately 1500 TFME members from across the state with SHS having one of the largest chapters.

Our students enjoyed a presentation by Mandy Harvey who was a finalist on the 12th season of America's Got Talent. Mandy lost her hearing at the age of 18 while majoring in vocal music education. She has a very inspirational story and several students took the opportunity to meet her after her presentation. You can see Mandy's audition from AGT HERE. Students also participated in college night where they had the opportunity to meet with music department faculty from over 100 colleges from across the United States. Finally, our TFME students attended the All-State Band and Choir Concerts with contained students from SHS.

Thank you to Lori Starkey and Susan Grippin for serving as chaperones for these students!!

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!


Week of February 18-21

Piano accompaniment rehearsals for UIL Solo's

Students not participating in UIL will perform solos during class this week.

Saturday, February 22

UIL Regional Solo & Ensemble at Aledo HS

Winter Guard Contest @ Summit HS in Mansfield

Friday, March 6

North Texas Percussion Festival

Forney HS - 12:15 pm Performance Time

Thursday, March 12

Jazz Band Concert - 7 pm

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This Week's Calendar

Presidents Day - No School - Percussion Ensemble Rehearsals

Monday, Feb. 17th, 12-3pm

915 West Highway 199

Springtown, TX

12 noon - 1 pm - Boom Bap

1 pm - 2 pm - Catching Shadows

2 pm - 3 pm - Nalu

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Monday, Feb. 17th, 4:30-6:30pm


Piano accompaniments - all day

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 8:30am-7pm

915 West Highway 199

Springtown, TX

Ms. Hamilton - during class and after school

Mrs. McLellan - after school

Mrs. Hidrogo - during class and after school

Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal - Nalu

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 6:45-7:45am

915 West Highway 199

Springtown, TX

Trumpet Choir Rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 4-4:30pm

915 West Highway 199

Springtown, TX

Trumpet Quartet rehearsal to follow.

Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal (Boom Bap)

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 6:45-7:45am

915 West Highway 199

Springtown, TX

All performers

Piano Accompaniments

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 4-7pm

915 West Highway 199

Springtown, TX

Mrs. McLellan - 4:00-7:00 pm

Mrs. Hidrogo - during class

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 4:15-5:30pm

300 Pojo Road

Springtown, TX

Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal (Surfacing)

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 6:45-7:45am

915 West Highway 199

Springtown, TX

All performers

Piano Accompaniments

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 8:30am-7pm

SHS Band Hall

Ms. Hamilton - during class and after school

Mrs. McLellan - after school

Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal - Catching Shadows

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 4-5pm

915 West Highway 199

Springtown, TX

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 4:30-6:30pm

300 Pojo Road

Springtown, TX

Parent performance at 6 pm

Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal - Surfacing

Friday, Feb. 21st, 6:45-7:45am

915 West Highway 199

Springtown, TX

Piano Accompaniments

Friday, Feb. 21st, 8:45am-7pm

915 West Highway 199

Springtown, TX

Ms. Hamilton - during class and after school

Mrs. McLellan - after school 4-7 pm

UIL Solo & Ensemble

Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 9am-6:30pm

1008 Bailey Ranch Road

Aledo, TX

Must be academically eligible to participate and have passed off music to a director.

Winter Guard Contest

Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 12am

1071 Turner Warnell Road

Arlington, TX

Time TBA

WOW (Words of Wisdom)

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