Springman Bands

Weekly Update #34

END OF THE YEAR ACTIVITY TORNADO!

Hello Band Parents and Students,


Holy cow - SO MUCH going on the next few weeks - things are quite busy in the Springman Band world.


Please note that our Spring Concert is NEXT THURSDAY. See below for more info!


WEEK OF MAY 16th SCHEDULE


Monday, May 16th

- 6th Grade Band will rehearse at 7:25 AM

- 7th graders have lessons and PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

- 8th graders have lessons and PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

- Chorus Concert at 7 PM - come say hi to me in the West Gym and get extra credit!!!


Tuesday, May 17th

- Wildcat Symphony will rehearse at 7:25 AM

- 7th graders have lessons and PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

- Jazz Band has V-Show rehearsal from 3 PM to 6 PM


Wednesday, May 18th

- 6th grade band will rehearse at 7:25 AM

- 6th graders have lessons and PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

- Jazz Band has V-Show rehearsal from 3 PM to 6 PM


Thursday, May 19th

- 7th grade band will rehearse at 7:25 AM

- 6th graders have lessons and PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT


Friday, May 20th

- 8th grade band will rehearse with Ms. Dobias at 7:25 AM

- 8th graders have lessons and PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

- Jazz Band performs in V-Show (report at 6:00 PM)

- BOC End of the Year Field Trip Slips/Money due!! No late slips will be accepted!!!

YEE-HAW! Concert Approaching!

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Our Western-Themed Spring Concert is approaching as fast as a cattle stampede! Please make sure to save the date - remember, this is a REQUIRED and MANDATORY concert for our students!


WHAT: Band Concert

WHERE: Springman West Gym

WHEN: Thursday, May 26th with students reporting at 6:30 PM!


Students have TWO CHOICES for concert dress:

  1. Black pants, socks, shoes and RED polo
  2. Cowboy or Cowgirl gear: jeans, boots, cowboy hats, bandanas (EXTRA CREDIT WITH THIS OPTION!)

Wildcat Symphony...NEXT WEEK REMINDER!

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Please note that Wildcat Symphony will be performing at the Orchestra concert on Tuesday, May 24th - this is required and mandatory for our 8th grade students!


Students are to report IN CONCERT UNIFORM (Red polo, black pants, black socks/shoes) at 6:30 PM.

Performance Assessments!

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Performance Assessments for Next Week:


6th Grade: Essential Elements Book 2 Pg. 11 #54 (66 bpm)

6th Grade Intermediate: Essential Elements Book 1 Pg. 27 #142

7th Grade: Essential Elements Book 2 Pg. 24 #120 (97 bpm)

7th Grade Intermediate: Essential Elements Book 1 Pg. 14 #64 (106 bpm)

8th Grade: Standard of Excellence Book 2 Pg. 27 #115 (100 bpm)

8th Grade Intermediate: Essential Elements Book 1 Pg. 14 #64 (106 bpm)


SmartMusic is a GREAT investment and a FUN way to practice! Remember, you can purchase a year-long subscription HERE - if you have any questions, please let me know!

Wildcat Jazz Band

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It's going to be a busy few weeks for our Jazzers!


Please make sure to attend the following V-Show Rehearsals:

  • Friday, May 13th - 3 PM to 6 PM
  • Tuesday, May 17th - 3 PM to 6 PM
  • Wednesday, May 18th - 3 PM to 6 PM
  • V-Show Performance: Friday, May 20th - 6 PM to 8:30 PM


Additionally, PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. We still have several "rough" spots in our music that need work! You can find practice recordings here:

Graduation Performers NEEDED

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We are looking for 6th and 7th grade musicians to provide background music for the 8th grade graduation on Monday, June 13th from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM.


While piano players are preferred, we are happy to include any type of instrument! Students can choose their performance piece - in the past, we've had everything from pop music to classical.


If you are interested in this performance opportunity, please plan on auditioning on Monday, June 6th at 7:25 AM in the band room. Extra credit will be given for students selected to perform!

BOC Field Trip Permission Slips Due!!!

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If you'll be joining us on our trip to Tilt City/Rinkside Sports, please get in those permission slips by FRIDAY, MAY 20th.


We WILL NOT accept late permission slips!!!


Please make sure that if you received a "warning slip" you speak with your director and/or team teachers - we want you to join us!

Looking for a challenge, 6th and 7th graders?

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We are fortunate to have many amazing honor ensembles in Illinois. Even better - the audition music for these ensembles is available to practice over the summer. In June, we'll be holding a short informational session on the groups below to help you prepare and answer any questions!


Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) Honor Concert Band/Jazz Band

IMEA is an honor concert band and jazz band that is made up of students from Cook County. Our region is notorious for having some of the strongest musicians in the state! Students must prepare music from a packet (students can see me for audition packets). If selected, students will have an all day rehearsal with a special guest conductor with a culminating concert that afternoon. Good news for our jazzers - most of our spring concert music is part of the audition!


All-Illinois Junior Band (AIJB)

AIJB is an honor band that encompasses the talents of students from across the state of Illinois. AIJB is in its second year and will be offering some unique experiences this year. In addition to rehearsals at the University of Illinois, students will be able to tour the Sousa Museum at the Harding Band Building! Students will also get to perform on the renown Krannert Performing Arts center. Auditions are completed via recording and requirements can be found HERE.