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Newsletter for the Week of May 23rd, 2022
Big Items for the week-
Big Items this Week!!!!
- Saturday, June 4th, Graduation Ceremony-Advanced Concert Band
- Students should take instruments home to practice new music!
Schedule for the week
Congratulations to the Advanced Concert Band and Jazz Band on a Great Spring Concert!
Graduation Advanced Concert Band Performance-Saturday, June 4th
Place:Reardon Auditorium-Anderson University
Approximate End Time:2:45pm
Dress:Nice clothes (what you wore for the spring concert)
School owned instruments must be returned this week to be checked in
2nd Semester Jazz Band Dates
Saturday, February 12th, 2022- Pendleton Jazz Festival
Saturday, May 14th, 2022-Fine Arts Gala
2nd Semester Concert Dates
Pre-Academy Spring Concert
- Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022-Pre-Academy Spring Concert (6th, 7th, and 8th Grade)
Academy Spring Concert/Fine Arts Gala (Concert Band and APA Jazz Band)
Saturday, May 14th, 2022-Fine Arts Gala
Graduation (9th-11th with select 7th and 8th graders)
- Saturday, June 4th, 2002 1pm (Reardon Auditorium-Anderson University)
APA Band Google Classroom Codes
6th Grade Band-4is3vrb
7th Grade Band-lj2d6oz
8th Grade Band-a2t2osk
Advanced Concert Band-whxdk7o
In the event that we have to go virtual or for any students who are quarantined, assignments will be posted onto Google Classroom.
Students may set up a Google Meet with me if they need extra help.
Required Supplies for Band this Year 2021-22
Anderson Preparatory Band Supply List 2020-21
Required for a grade in class (talk to Mr. Drabyn for help with these items if needed)
1. Your instrument in good working order (You will need to rent an instrument if you
don’t have one-see below)
2. A 1” three ring music binder with 25 clear sheets at least.
3. A pencil (this year we cannot share or let students borrow a pencil)
4. Your band method book (check for each class)
5. Valve oil for brass, extra reeds for woodwinds, and necessary sticks for percussion-(percussion will need their own sticks and mallets this year. We cannot share materials this year due to Covid-19 restrictions)
1. A music stand for practice (Most important!)
2. A mirror to observe good playing habits
Extra Items (optional)
1. A metronome and a tuner
2. The Tonal Energy App (great for tuning and developing a sense of
Click on this link to see how to rent and instrument or get materials!
Required Books for each class
Standard of Excellence Book 1 for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade
Standard of Excellence Book 2 for 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade
You can purchase these books from JW Pepper online, Lambert’s Music in Anderson, or on Amazon online.
Remind App for Band Classes 2021-22
I will be sending communication texts through the app Remind. Remind is a safe, secure method for teachers to communicate with parents and students. Please sign up with the correct class.
6th Grade Band
Text the message @dfd449 to the number 81010
7th Grade Band
Text the message @cfbbkh to the number 81010
8th Grade Band
Text the message @ka6khb to the number 81010
Text the message @f8a97e to the number 81010
Advanced Concert Band
Text the message @khgf8d to the number 81010
Paige's Music-A representative comes with supplies and deliveries every Tuesday!
Our program works with the music vendor Paige's Music out of Indianapolis. I have researched multiple music companies and found that they have the best service and product to offer. They will be coming to the school every Tuesday to pick up repairs and drop off supplies.
If you need to send an instrument in for repair or get supplies, please call them before Monday night for a loaner instrument.
If you prefer to go through Muncie Music, please continue to do so as well. I am also working with them on a limited basis for all veteran students.
About Mr. Drabyn
Chris Drabyn going into his 3rd year as the band director at the Anderson Preparatory Academy! Chris is starting his 18th year as a band director having taught in the Carmel and Avon school districts previously. Chris is a graduate of Valparaiso and DePaul University with a Bachelor's in Music Education and Masters in Jazz Studies. Chris currently serves as the secretary and All State coordinator of the Indiana Jazz Educator's Association. He also serves at the faculty for the Butler University Summer Jazz Camp. He performs regularly in the Indianapolis area including playing trumpet with the GMH Jazz Orchestra, Joy Swing Jazz Orchestra, and the Director's Jazz Orchestra. Along with music, Chris enjoys biking, running, reading, and spending time with his family. He lives in Noblesville with his wife, Emily, who teaches elementary music in Noblesville, his 11 year old daughter Annie, 8 year old son Nate, and their Labradoodle-Bennett Coltrane Thelonius Hubbard or just Bennett.