Grapevine Mustang Band

COVID-19 Update week #4

Notes from the Directors

Good afternoon, Mustang Band!


  • Every student will have a second assignment posted in Google classroom later today. Students will record their major scales in one video and the metronome etude with an audible metronome in another video. This will also serve as the band placement audition for next fall. Please let Mr. Rees know if you have any issues.
  • The Leadership process has begun! Please join the google classroom if you are interested in a leadership role. Google classroom join code is 6yaxz7s.
  • Our first general leadership meeting will be Tuesday, April 14th at 11AM and 1PM. Please choose one session to attend that day. We will cover the leadership process for this year and answer any questions that you have.
  • There will be a full band meeting on Monday, April 20th at 6:30PM.
  • If you are an 8th grader, we have created a special Google classroom for you to help you prepare for your freshman year at GHS! The join code is aan7mel.


Other News

  • If you are unable to access online resources (Google Classroom, WebEx, GCISD@HomeLearning, etc) please email your band director IMMEDIATELY so we can provide support or make alternative arrangements.
  • You need to clean and disinfect your instruments! (videos below)
  • Please do not hold student led rehearsals at this time.
  • Establish a routine for yourself to keep your life as normal as possible. Dedicate time to growing as a musician every day. Our suggestion is below.

WebEx 2020-21 Full Band and Parent Meeting

There will be a full band meeting on Monday, April 20th at 6:30PM.


This meeting is for all band members and their families. This meeting is mandatory. If you have a conflict, please contact Mr. Rees (james.rees@gcisd.net) to make other arrangements.


Meeting number: 268 876 137

Password: MustangBand

2020-21 Band Class Schedule

Fall

  • 1st – Marching Band (rehearsal schedule below)
  • 2nd – Applied Music
  • 8th – Percussion Ensemble


Spring

  • 1st – Wind Ensemble (Varsity)
  • 2nd – Percussion Ensemble, Winterguard, Applied Music, Concert Band(Sub-Non Varsity B)
  • 5th – Symphonic Band (Sub-Non Varsity A)
  • 8th – Honors Band (Non-Varsity)


Marching Band weekly rehearsal schedule is as follows:

  • Monday – 5PM to 8PM in Mustang-Panther Stadium
  • Tuesday – 7AM to 9:30AM at Grapevine HS
  • Wednesday – 7AM to 9:30AM at Grapevine HS
  • Thursday – 7AM to 9:30AM at Grapevine HS
  • Friday – 8AM to 9:30AM at Grapevine HS

WebEx Performance Hour #2

We have set aside an hour on Friday from 12noon-1pm for anyone to perform who would like.


Sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18Qq56w0ChQpRvaFgHPWCZwGNJrBD5Hj5ZVFQuSYdxBQ/edit?usp=sharing


  1. Sign up for ONE performance time slot. If we run out of slots, we will have other opportunities to perform.
  2. If you already performed, please wait until WEDNESDAY to sign up to give others a chance.
  3. Everyone should plan to sign up eventually for a performance time.
  4. During this event you can come and go as you wish. You do not need to be present the entire time.
  5. You are encouraged to watch at least 3 performances.
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LEADERSHIP

Join the Google Classroom: 6yaxz7s
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2020 Guard Auditions

Join the Google Classroom: goz6vbr

GHS BAND BINGO

  • Fill out the bingo card
  • nominate 3 friends by tagging them and the band account
  • Share on your Snapchat, Facebook, or Instagram story
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FOLLOW the Mustang Band

Join REMIND

Text your class code to 81010


Wind Ensemble - @ghswind19

Honors Band - @ghshband

Symphonic Band - @ghssym20

Daily Routine


Fundamentals (10 Mins)

  • Long tones, Remington exercises - Use a tuner and a metronome and learn to address tuning issues
  • Articulation exercises - The tongue is a muscle and must be worked daily
  • Slurs for flexibility and range - Lip slurs for brass – same color of sound on every note and Register or octave slurs for woodwinds

Scales and Technique (15 Mins)

  • All 12 major scales PLUS the arpeggio - If you know them, memorize them, If they’re memorized, go faster or start the minor scales, Arpeggios are just as important as scales
  • Play scales 3 times - 1st time – slow, in tune, work on tone, 2nd time – at a tempo you can play flawlessly, 3rd time – faster to push your limits
  • Chromatic Scale – same slow/medium/fast approach
  • Technical exercises from the blue book or another source - Play in all keys at least once per week!
  • Scales in thirds, scales in patterns

Band Music (15 – 30 Mins)

  • Do not give up on your band music! You’ve worked hard on it and we still want to give beautiful performances!
  • March – play it on concert F to refine the articulation, slow it down and tune each note then put the two ideas together - Can you play the loud AND soft parts in tune
  • Other pieces - What the hardest parts of the music? Slow them down and play them perfectly - Nothing is as good as a ton of correct repetitions with a metronome and a tuner
  • Other Music (15 minutes)
  • Have you learned the metronome etude? https://www.grapevinehsband.com/uploads/7/8/7/0/78709128/metronomeetude.pdf
  • Have you started on another solo? There’s a ton of great music for you to play.

HOW TO PAY BAND FEES ONLINE VIA PAYPAL

You may pay for your child’s fees easily with a credit card using a Pay Pal account. To use this feature, click on the “Finances” button then choose the “Make A Trip Payment” button. If you have not set up a Pay Pal account, you will be given an option to do so. Choose to pay using your credit card, debit card, or bank account. Make secure purchases without revealing your credit card number or financial information to the GHS Band or the CHARMS system. PayPal offers one of the safest platforms for online commerce with fraud rates at a fraction of those of typical e-commerce offerings. PayPal offers ease and flexibility, accepting all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express), as well as all major debit cards and direct transfers. Please be aware that there is a fee to pay by credit card.

March Birthdays

Michaela F - 4/1

Sydney G - 4/1

Patrick R - 4/2

Caleb H - 4/5

Armaan K - 4/8

Preston C - 4/9

Megan J - 4/12

Camille T - 4/15

Juan DL - 4/19

Sahil S - 4/21

Trey T - 4/22

Alyster T - 4/26

Carolina H - 4/30

Other links and forms

Private Lesson Sign Up

If you are not yet signed up for private lessons, sign up here!

Instrument Repair Form

If you have a broken school-owned instrument that needs repaired, go to the band website to fill out the repair form. Follow the directions carefully.

Lost Music Form

If you have lost your music and need a copy, WE HAVE A SOLUTION! The form must be completed 48 hours before the time you need music so the librarians can get you copies.