Notes from the Band Room #19

March 8, 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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Band Contest on March 13

The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be performing at the IGSMA Band Contest on Friday, March 13. We will leave directly from school that afternoon. Details have been sent home. ALL members of Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble are required to participate in order to make this the best musical experience for our groups.

Attea Band Alumni!

Name: Gavin O'Broin
Attea Graduation Year: 2005
What instrument did you play at Attea? Tenor saxophone
Did you play at GBS/high school? Yes, I continued with saxophone with marching band but I switched to the double bass for symphonic winds and jazz band. I also played in the orchestra and sang in choir.
What is your favorite/funniest memory in band? When I was a senior, near the end of the school year, I had the opportunity to conduct the freshman band at the last concert. It really drove me to work with music students and ensembles. Plus I got a gift of a baton from Mr. Wojcik, which I still have with me and use today.
Where do/did you go to college? I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a degree in music education and a minor in conducting. I also received a certificate of completion for classical double bass study from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland.
What do you do now? I currently live in Nashville, TN where I am trying to make it as a freelance musician, playing as often as I can for as many people as I can. It's very slow going and really hard to make a living this way but I've had many great opportunities from this experience, such as getting the chance to record in one of the oldest recording studios in Nashville and going on a nationwide tour with some great musicians.
What are your plans for the future? I plan to continue doing what I am doing now with hopes of becoming a studio musician for a major music label.

The Landfill Harmonic

Usually I link a research study on the benefits of music eduction, but this week I wanted to share a website about a project I found through Kickstarter a couple of years ago. As a music teacher in our wonderful community of Glenview, the short video brought me to tears every time I would watch. The documentary is finally complete and the world premiere will be at the 2015 SXSW Film festival in Austin, Texas, on March 18th. I am hopeful the movie will make it's way to the Chicago area soon. Check it out:


There is so much going on at Attea to Celebrate MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH!
Join us for one or all:
-Band/Orchestra/Choir Contest on 3/13
-The Sound of Music on 3/20, 3/21 & 3/22
-"The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month" (Mrs. Ryan will email about this!)
-Lessons and rehearsals.
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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!