Bison Bands October Newsletter
October 3, 2022
Dear Parents, Guardians, Friends, and Families:
I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying this beautiful fall weather!
As we enjoy the fall weather, activities and events, we wanted to make sure we share with you all that has been happening and what will be happening with Fenton Bands. Please be sure that both parents and students read this newsletter in it's entirety as it contains information regarding all upcoming performances, events and opportunities!
Before we go on, I would like to take a moment to thank all the parents of band students. Thank you for dropping off and picking up your child at rehearsals and events. Thank you for purchasing reeds and supporting your band student here at Fenton. Thank you for volunteering your time to help with band camp, uniforms, or Friday night football games! Our band students are successful because of you, so thank you for doing that each and every day.
Secondly, I would like to thank all of our band students for their efforts, spirit, and musicianship; but most importantly, I am grateful and impressed with their dedication. They have been working hard and are showing steady progress. Keep it up!
If you or your family have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Sones De Mexico Ensemble visits Fenton!
The Bandarama Concert is Monday, October 17th, at 7:00 PM in the Field House. Call times are 5:45 PM for all band students.
Both the Bison Chamber Band and Marching Band will be performing at this concert. You will hear the music of Bartok, Motown, The Jackson 5, Brittany Spears, Neil Diamone, some Bluegrass, and more!
At this concert, the Marching Band will be wearing their Marching Band uniforms without hats. The Bison Chamber Band will be wearing our concert dress uniform. There are parts of this uniform that the students are responsible for having and are not provided by Fenton Bands. Please click here for our Concert Attire information.
All family members and friends are invited to attend this event. There will be plenty of room in the bleachers for everyone!
The Jazz Bands will also be hosting our Jazz Boot Camp on Saturday, October 29th, 2022 from 9-noon. Our guest clinicians are TBD!
Thank you goes out to the Bensenville Arts Council for supporting our guest artists for the Boot Camp!
Music Booster Mattress Sale
Additionally, the Music Boosters will make a profit from each mattress and accessory sold that day, which can be huge with a great turnout.
There will be a brief informational meeting on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:30 PM in the Band Room during the Music Booster Meeting. For every parent in attendance, the mattress company will give us $10.00 each! We hope you can join us!
Bison Chamber Band
The BCB will have a dress rehearsal on Monday, October 17th after school from 3:30-4:30 PM. This is so the BCB can have enough time to feel comfortable in our performance space and figure out transitions before our concert.
The Bison Chamber Band will be wearing our concert dress uniform. There are parts of this uniform that the students are responsible for having and are not provided by Fenton Bands. Please click here for our Concert Attire information.
The Bison Chamber Band will be performing at the Bandarama Concert on Monday, October 17th, 2022 at 7:00 PM in the field house.
Marching Bison Band
This season, the Marching Band has performed at Northwestern University, Fenton Band Night, home football games, the Homecoming Bonfire, the first day of school, and Friday Morning Marches! They have one more football game to perform at on October 14th, which is SENIOR NIGHT.
The Marching Bison Band will also be performing at the Bandarama Concert on Monday, October 17th, 2022 at 7:00 PM in the field house.
Please note that our final dress rehearsal of the year will be Tuesday, October 11th from 9:30AM-NOON. Note the different time!
Disney Trip Winter Break 2022!
As a reminder, our next trip payment is due this Friday, October 7th, 2022.
Band Classes & Practicing
In order to keep our student musicians in tip top shape, there are a few things that need to happen at home as we continue to grow this year .
To begin with, all band students should be practicing their music four to five times a week outside of class. The practice needs of each individual as it pertains to the challenges the music presents to them varies from person to person; therefore, setting an amount of time is very difficult. Our recommendation at this time is that those sessions be no shorter than 15-20 minutes. Every family should be noticing some music playing in the home.
Additionally, we please ask that all students refrain from eating, drinking, or chewing gum during and before their instrumental music practice. Musical instruments do not respond well to the residues of food, drink, or gum. Students, remember that "nacho cheese is the enemy." :)
Thank you for your support!
Concert Band & Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Please be sure your student has submitted their playing assessment so that they can be placed in the correct band.
Veteran's Day 2022
Be on the lookout in November for information regarding our Holiday events.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.