VHS Band Weekly Newsletter

2018-2019 Week 14

Band Director Letter

When Bass is away, the students will PLAY, their instruments.

This week is different than others. Even though I will not be in this week, I still expect everyone to do as they are told and practice, practice, practice.


PLEASE READ THIS NEWSLETTER! SINCE MR. BASS WILL NOT BE IN, YOU WILL NEED TO GRAB INFO FROM THIS NEWSLETTER.


Students, CLICK HERE to let me know that you have read the newsletter in it's entirety.

Announcents

Winter Guard Tryouts

UPDATE: If you are auditioning, make sure to grab a Tryout Packet from the band room after school today. IT MUST BE FILLED OUT AND BROUGHT BACK ON TUESDAY.


Winter Guard is a group consisting of ONLY auxiliary members. They participate in their own MPA and other events throughout the year. All students are invited to particpate, but please verify the dates below so that you can fit it in your schedule. No excuses will be made for missed practices/performances.


Auditions will be on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 from 3:15 PM - 6:00 PM.


The rehearsal schedule consists of:

Practices (from 3:15 PM - 6:00 PM):

November - 16, 27, 30

December - 4, 11, 14, 18

January - 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

February - 1, 5, 8, 12, 15


Saturday Practices: 1/5, 1/26, 2/2 - Times TBA


MPA - Saturday 2/16 - Times TBA


There will be an Optimist performance in Februrary before MPA. This date and time is still being determined.


EVERYTHING IS MANDATORY

Playoff Games

We have made it to Football Playoffs! Technically, marching season is done, but you may volunteer to participate in the pep band. In order for us to participate, I will need a minimum of 30 students to be present. The next playoff game is Friday, November 16th, 2018. In order to sign up, please click on the link below no later than Tuesday, November 13th, 2018:


www.tinyurl.com/vhs1116


Students will have to provide their own transportation to the game. No buses will be provided. Also, since this is not a required event, we will not provide free food for 3rd quarter breaks. Students will be required to wear their gray VHS shirt and jeans. If it is cold, students can wear warmer clothes under the shirts. Students will need to report to Booster no later than 6:30 PM.


If parents want to volunteer, they have to have volunteer paperwork turned into the school. This is a state run event, not Vanguard run, so we have to follow very strict rules. Parents will need to fill out the link below no later than Wednesday, November 14th, 2018.


www.tinyurl.com/vhs1116c


You will not be able to enter the game for free if you are not participating with the band. There is absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS!

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

ALL FORMS AND MONEY MUST BE TURNED IN BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2018. MR. BASS WILL BE IN ON FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL TO COLLECT FORMS. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS DATE SINCE WE WILL BE OUT FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK AFTER THIS.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 12th, 2018

NO ZERO PERIOD - BASS VACATION

3:30 - 5:30 - Jazz Band Practice, led by Rey Moncadea


Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Zero Period run by John Miller

3:15 - 6:00 PM - Winter Guard Tryouts


Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

NO ZERO PERIOD - BASS VACATION

Nothing after school


Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Zero Period run by John Miller

Nothing After School


Friday, November 16th, 2018

NO ZERO PERIOD - BASS VACATION

3:15 PM - Winter Guard Practice

6:30 PM - Playoff Game @ Booster Stadium

Fundraisers

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

We will be participating in a Great American Cookie Dough Fundraiser. This fundraiser will go towards students fees. Our goal is 10 tubs per student, which will put $80 in your student account!


All orders AND money will be due by Friday, November 16th, 2018. Unfortunately, due to Thanksgiving Break, we cannot accept any late orders. If the order is not submitted, we will not process any late forms.

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Honors & Awards

Breezin' Thru Theory

We found out that in the Southern Region of the United States (including South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, and Lousiana), we ranked 4th Place in Number of Drills completed with an average score of over 90%. Currently, our students (105 students including band and choir) have completed 5,109 drills with an average score of 95%.


For parents, Breezin' Thru Theory is a web-based education system that teaches students music theory. These are the skills needed to make reading and performing music easier. In three months, our students have already gained a higher understanding of how to read music. By the end of the year, I expect our students to achieve great things with their musical abilities!

Birthdays

11/12 - Andrew C.

11/13 - Ashley B.

"Did you know?"

High school music students, compared to those with no music credits, average 8.73% higher on SAT Math and 10.34% higher on SAT Verbal.


High school music students on a fre and/or reduced lunch price program averaged 41 points higher on SAT Math and 50 points higher on SAT Verbal thans students with no music credits.


Source: https://cfaefl.org/media/1213/music-and-academics-advocacy-brochure-jan-2018.pdf

Thank You

Thank you to my staff, booster officers, and student leadership for holding down the fort so that Mr. Bass can take this much needed break.

Upcoming Assignments

Breezin' Thru Theory

Drills Due

Chapter 6 Drills due (7 drills) - 11/26/2018

55 drills completed - 11/7/18


Tests

Ch. 6 - 11/27/18

Playing Tests

Will resume after marching season