Notes from the Band Room #28

April 4, 2016

This Week In Band

You can always check the morning rehearsals on our website: calendar (make sure to refresh your screen). You can subscribe to the rehearsal calendar by clicking on the "+GoogleCalendar" button on the bottom right of the calendar.

iPad users can sync the band calendar to the iCal app! Here it is: BOC Calendar

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Third Trimester Lesson Schedules are posted in Schoology

Please check Schoology for the lesson schedules for the remainder of the year. This week will be:

TUESDAY- 8th Graders

THURSDAY - 7th Graders

FRIDAY- 6th Graders

IGSMA State Information

Both Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be performing at the IGSMA State Festival on Saturday, April 23 at Park Campus in Round Lake.

Symphonic Band - Warm up @ 8:10, Performance @ 8:40-9:20

Wind Ensemble - Warm up @ 10:00, Performance @ 10:30-11:10

Further details and permission slips will be sent home later this week.

Summertime Music

It's time to plan your musical activities for the summer. There are so many opportunities in our area -- and beyond!

My favorite:

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Middle School Band Camp

Last summer four Attea students attended and had so much fun, they're going back. If we get eight students from Attea, each student gets a discount.

Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM)

Midwest Young Artists Summer Programs

State Summer Symposium

UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

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Private Lessons - the next step

Many musicians find the single best way to improve on their instrument is to take private lessons with a professional. The Attea band website has been updated to include GBS teachers, as well as other area musicians.
The better you can perform on your instrument, the more fun you have while playing. It's a wonderful thing!!
Attea Band Website

Do you know Flyer Band Alumni?

If so, please ask them to email me ( to be featured in our interviews this year.


If your student is showing great interest in band and needs a musical challenge, please consider private lessons on bassoon or French horn. I can get you started, lend you an instrument and a beginning book, and recommend a private teacher. These instruments help complete the sound and balance of the ensemble.
Please contact me through email for further information.

Parents are invited to visit the band room.

Parents are encouraged to attend any rehearsal from 7:20-8:15 to see exactly how middle school band musicians learn and rehearse music. Even if your child is less than eager to practice at home for you, visitors will see how much our musicians love playing their instruments with a group. An audience makes it even more fun!