Keller Central Band
Incoming Freshmen Update
Future Keller Central Band Families
As an 8th grader, your child finally has the opportunity to do what so many successful students have done before them, Be Part of the Music in the Keller Central Band!
We know that for some of you, this will be your first exposure to music education and I wanted to take a brief minute to share some information with you.
Music education is more than just playing an instrument. It is immersing your child in a culture of successful students and teachers who care about education. It challenges each child to use the creative side of his brain while, at the same time, learning a foreign language…MUSIC.
All the current data clearly states that students involved in music education academically out perform their non-musical counterparts. But, more importantly, studies are showing that music students are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drugs and alcohol.
Every destination starts with a decision to embark on a journey. Now is the time to start your child in high school music and Keller Central High School is the place to do it! We can’t promise that every child will be a musical prodigy, but we can promise they will learn, laugh, and grow along the way.
We know it’s that time of the year where you need to start planning for next school and summer. Attached in this e-mail our important dates and below, for spring and summer dates at Keller Central High School Band. Please look at the attached information provided in this e-mail.
Below are important dates for the rest of the year and summer. This should just be a reminder for everyone. Please plan in attending just one “High School Band 101: 8th Grade Parent Meeting” night next week. We plan on seeing all 8th graders for each 8th Grade Marching Night and June Mini Camp. We can’t wait for you to be a part of the band and start the Journey to Bands of America Atlanta, Georgia!
- March 27: High School Band 101 Parent Meeting / 7pm – 8:30 pm @ KCHS
- March 28: High School Band 101 Parent Meeting / 7pm – 8:30 pm @ KCHS
- May 1: 8th Grade Marching Night / 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm @ KCHS
- May 8: 8th Grade Marching Night / 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm @ KCHS
- May 15: 8th Grade Marching Night / 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm @ KCHS
- May 22: 8th Grade Marching Night / 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm @ KCHS
- May 23: Freshman Band Registration/ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ KCHS
- May 30 - June 2: Mini Camp / 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm @ KCHS *Will be learning skill, fundamentals, music and auditioning for the Competitive Marching Band this week, to prepare August Camp. *
- July 24 – 26: Brass Camp / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
- July 26 - 28: Wood Wind Camp / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
- July 26 – 28: Drumline Camp / 8:00am – 5:30pm
- August Band Camp! – July 31 – August 14 / Please mark off this part of the summer for August Band camp as we’ll be learning the marching band show.
Be Part of Music: Parents talk to Parents
What if I am not sure if I want to do music in high school?
Remember when your children wouldn’t eat the food you made for them? You always said, “Try it before you decide you don’t like it.” Music is the same way. You should sign up for music even if you are unsure. If at some point you decide that music is not for you, drop the class. It is much easier to drop something after trying it, than to join late when you decide you miss it.
How is music different in high school?
While the actual act of playing your instrument is similar, the social network and safety net that high school music provides is very different from middle school. From day one, your child will be musically and personally mentored by successful upperclassmen who have a vested interest in their success. They will have dozens of new and like-minded friends before school even begins and have experiences (Friday night football games and trips) that are unlike anything they have experienced in middle school.
Can I do music and sports?
YES. There might be occasional conflicts, but know that our faculty works hard to resolve as many conflicts as possible before they occur and to work collaboratively to solve them when they arise.
How much out of school time is required?
The many ensembles have different requirements for participation. Some ensembles require very little (less than standard homework) while other ensembles require more substantial commitment. Generally, the greater the level of commitment, the greater the reward and memories. Regardless of the ensemble, a year-long calendar will be provided well in advance to help you plan for these events.
What are the costs?
The costs associated with music depend on which ensembles your child participates in and what events they participate in. The music boosters and staff work together to provide fundraising opportunities for each and every child and ensure that no one is excluded due to financial issues.
What music should I register for?
All incoming students should register for General Band. We will come down to the school to hear your child play. If a schedule change is required based on their musical skill sets, we will make the change for you.
What if I have other questions?
Please know that we are here to answer any and all questions that you may have. Due to the busy nature of our program, it is difficult to contact us by phone. The best way for you to reach us is electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow us to respond to your query, whether you are available by phone or not. You may also visit our website at www.kellercentral.band.
We’re excited to have our KCHS Band Family grow this summer! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or check out our social media links for information.
Kevin McNulty: email@example.com - 817.744.2092 – Head Director
Kai Rudnick: firstname.lastname@example.org - 817.744.2138 – Assistant Director
Jessica Maus: Jessica.email@example.com - 817.744.2161 - Assistant Director
Matthew Stephens: firstname.lastname@example.org - 817.744.2079 – Percussion Director