Springman Bands

Weekly Update #33

Happy Mother's Day!

To all Springman Moms: I hope you have an EXCELLENT weekend. Looks like there is some nice weather ahead!


Please remember that our concert is QUICKLY APPROACHING on THURSDAY, MAY 26th. More information below!


Week of May 9th Schedule


Monday, May 9th

- Wildcat Symphony will rehearse at 7:25 AM

- 7th graders have lessons AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (see below!)

- 8th graders have lessons AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (see below!)


Tuesday, May 10th

- 6th grade band will rehearse at 7:25

- 7th graders have lessons AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (see below!)


Wednesday, May 11th

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

- 6th graders have lessons AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (see below!)

- Jazz Band will rehearse from 3-4 PM


Thursday, May 12th

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

- 6th graders have lessons AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (see below!)


Friday, May 13th

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

- 8th graders have lessons and PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (see below!)

- Jazz Band has V-Show rehearsal from 3-6 PM (with potential of getting out early!)

Approaching faster than a cattle stampede...

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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

Wildcat Symphony Special Performance

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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.

Weekly Performance Update Info!

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Assessments for this week:

- 6th Grade: Essential Elements Book 2 Pg. 9 #42 (112 bpm)

- 6th Grade Intermediate: Essential Elements Book 1 #134 (116 bpm)

- 7th Grade: Essential Elements Book 2 Pg. 21 #106 (152 bpm)

- 7th Grade Intermediate: Essential Elements Book 1 Pg. 10 #45 (91 bpm)

- 8th Grade: Standard of Excellence Book 2 Pg. 25 #105 (100 bpm)


To wrap up the year, the band students are going to be performing a short excerpt each week along with the SmartMusic program. I am hoping this will improve their confidence and individual performance during their small group lessons.


While I'm not requiring students to purchase a SmartMusic subscription, some band students have expressed interest in having it at home. You can purchase a year-long subscription HERE for $40 - if you have questions, I'm happy to walk you through the process.


I also have several computers at school that students are welcome to practice along with if they want to see me to set a "practice appointment."


As you can see in the video above, SmartMusic is neat because it gives the students a "performance percentage" based upon how they perform a piece. It also provides the students with a professional background recording/accompaniment. Notes that are played correctly are green and incorrect notes are red. In addition to the percentage, SmartMusic takes a recording so students can listen to what they sound like. Think along the lines of "Guitar Hero."


In addition to having the excerpts students perform each week, SmartMusic also has several different types of music that range from full band pieces (some of which we are/have played!) to instrument-specific books. GBS also utilizes SmartMusic!


Please let me know if you have any questions!

WIldcat Jazz Band

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Friendly reminder:


The Wildcat Jazz Band will be performing at the Springman Variety Show. Please note that students are expected to attend all rehearsals and the show.


VARIETY SHOW REHEARSALS:

Friday, May 13th - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (with possibility of ending early!)

Tuesday, May 17th - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (with possibility of ending early!)

Wednesday, May 18th - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (with possibility of ending early!)


VARIETY SHOW PERFORMANCE:

Friday, May 20th - report at 6:00 PM, show ends at 8:30 PM

BOC End of the Year Field Trip!

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Permission slips for our BOC (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) end of the year field trip were sent home THIS WEEK.


Permission slips and $22 (trip expenses) are due on Friday, May 20th.

We WILL NOT be accepting late slips/money!


If your student received an orange warning slip, they MUST speak with their teachers before they receive a permission slip.