Sound Machine Notes
Week of September 19-23, 2016
This Week's Band Notes:
We are on the downhill side of the first six weeks. That being said, please help your child stay on top of what they need to be successful in Band. For Honor and Symphonic Band members, you should be working to complete your goal sheet. Many students already have their Daily Grades section completed! The very best thing you can do for yourself is to be sure you're attending and participating in your weekly sectionals.
We have a few schedule changes for the week, so please keep reading carefully!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Our next games are THIS WEEK - Monday and Tuesday!!!
We are so fortunate to have this relatively easy fundraising opportunity available to us. The money raised from these events directly benefits every student in the Stafford Band program. Please do what you can to help!
Don't forget to click on the FISD Volunteer Background Check before volunteering! Even if you are unable to help at one of our upcoming events, please fill it out just in case. Thank you for all that you do for our students!
We have a couple of sectional changes, so pay close attention!
7:15 - Trumpets
3:45 - Oboe
7:15 - Horns
3:45 - Percussion
7:15 - Clarinets (permanent change!)
3:45 - Low Brass (possible permanent change)
7:15 - Saxes
7:15 - Flutes
Double reeds - we will be back on a normal schedule next week.
FRIDAY MASTER CLASS
We have our second of three All-Region master classes this Friday evening from 3:45-6:00pm. Students will meet in the Band Hall at 3:45pm for a quick snack and bottle of water before joining their master class teachers at 4:00. We will conclude at 6:00pm and you'll all get pizza as you leave Friday evening! Remember that you should at least know all of your notes and rhythms for the etudes before Friday afternoon. That way, you'll be able to be the most productive for the master classes. Have a pencil and be ready to learn!
You did a fantastic job getting to sectionals this week! We had several sections with 100% attendance! We do have a few schedule changes this week as well. One is permanent and the other is temporary, but please take note of the following:
7:15 - Flutes
3:45 - Oboes
7:15 - Percussion
3:45 - Trumpets
7:15 - Clarinets (permanent change)
7:15 - Saxes
7:15 - Trombone (only this week), Euphonium & Tubas
3:45 - Horns
All-Region Master Class - Friday afternoon
Remember that you should plan on attending this Friday's master class if you are at all interested in auditioning for All-Region Band. Those who do not attend will have an alternative assignment, but we highly encourage you to aim high and continue to learn the All-Region music. We will get an exact head-count in sectionals this week, so please be mindful of this as we discussed in class last week.
3:45 - Snacks in Band Hall
4:00-6:00 - Master classes
6:00 - Pizza and pick-up!
On Friday, everyone received the "Interactive Practice Assignment." To get the most out of your Band experience, it's incredibly important that everyone make a commitment to practicing every day. Not only will you see more improvement in your playing, but you'll also enjoy playing much more because you'll notice such a positive difference in how you sound! Daily practicing also builds confidence, which is an important skill that musicians must develop as well.
Just like doing homework, scheduling daily practice time is a family commitment. Work together with your child to establish what works best for your family. Then sign and return the "Practice Commitment" by Friday, September 23. You'll notice an immediate difference in how your child sounds and feels about their playing!
In classes last week, everyone learned how to clean and properly maintain their instruments. Ask them to show you! An instrument that stays in good condition will not only sound better, but also feel better to the student when played. Instrument maintenance is not unlike caring for a car - more frequent attention keeps it in good running condition!
This week we will be continuing to work on our music literacy and how that translates into the notes we are playing. Students should continue trying to pass-off one letter and Warrior line each day. We already have several students on Double Time and one who has finished the left side of Warrior Level 1! Keep it up! :)
FORMS & FEES
We are still missing several forms as well. Please click the following and return the last three pages. We will start sending home personal reminders this week, so thank you in advance for taking care of this ASAP!
- Signed and completed Goal Sheet due for Honor and Symphonic Bands
- Beginners - Should have all Single Time letters and at least 3 lines of Rhythm Warriors completed
- Honor Band performs for Phillips "Walk to School Day" - before school
- Honor, Symphonic, Jazz Band - Fall Concert! Lone Star HS, 7:00pm (Beginners receive an extra credit "100" for attending this concert!)
- Pep Rally performance (during school)
- Honor and Symphonic Band perform at Football game vs. Trent!
- 8th graders perform with Lone Star Band at their Friday night football game
- Final All-Region Master Class for all who are auditioning for All-Region, 3:45-7:00pm (dinner included)