Notes from the Band Room #25

May 3, 2015

This Week In Band

You can always check the morning rehearsals on our website: calendar (make sure to refresh your screen)
iPad users can sync the band calendar to the iCal app! Here it is: BOC Calendar
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Lessons this Week

Due to the spring PARCC testing, we've had to alter the lesson schedule. Please follow the schedule below:
MONDAY - 8th grade
follow regular schedule for 5/4
TUESDAY - Patriot Team
11:00 - Groups 1 & 3
11:30 - Group 2
12:30 - Group 4 & 5
1:00 - Group 6
WEDNESDAY - Jigsaw Team
11:00 - Group 1
11:30 - Groups 2 & 3
12:30 - Group 5
1:00 - Group 4
THURSDAY - 6th grade
8:30 - Journey Group 8, Omni Group 4
9:00 - Flutes & Oboes
9:30 - Clarinets & Saxes
10:00 - Brass
10:30 - Percussion

Our Spring Concert is May 19!

Students will be needed at 6:30 for tuning/warm-ups. The concert will begin at 7PM in the cafe. Please invite friends and family - we are anxious to share our music with you!

Brewers Game

Our end-of-year celebration trip is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27. Permission slips are attached to this email. Hard copies can be found in the band room.

Band is on Schoology

All kinds of important and fun things are shared with your children through Schoology: IGSMA Schedules, recordings of our band pieces, homework, etc. Using your parent access code, make sure you're checking out all we're up to in the band room.

Don't Abandon Your Instrument This Summer

It's February: time to plan your most musical summer, yet!
Make music and new friends this summer by signing up for camp.
My favorite music/band camps are:
U of I: ISYM
UW Whitewater
UW Madison
Illinois State
Blue Lake

Or sign up for private lessons. It's a great way to improve on your instrument. Lessons are offered through GBS and local music stores. If you need some recommendations, please email me.

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!