Springman Band

Weekly Update #6

GBS Homecoming Parade WEEK!

Hello Band Parents and Students!


The GBS Homecoming Parade is JUST around the corner! I hope you are excited to see our AMAZING students in action.


Due to our performance, please note that ALL BANDS will rehearse on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30 AM! We will be OUTSIDE, so be sure to wear a jacket and gym shoes!


We are looking for chaperones for Saturday! Please e-mail Mrs. Nellis if you are available to help out!


WEEK OF OCTOBER 12th SCHEDULE


Monday, October 12th

- 7th grade band has rehearsal at 7:30 AM

- 7th graders have band lessons today


Tuesday, October 13th

- ALL BANDS WILL REHEARSE at 7:30 AM!!!

- 7th graders have band lessons today and WILDCATS MEMORIZATION ASSESSMENT!!!


Wednesday, October 14th

- ALL BANDS WILL REHEARSE at 7:30 AM!!!

- 6th graders have band lessons AND WILDCATS MEMORIZATION ASSESSMENT!!!


Thursday, October 15th

- ALL BANDS WILL REHEARSE at 7:30 AM!!!

- 6th graders have band lessons AND WILDCATS MEMORIZATION ASSESSMENT!!!


Friday, October 16th

- NO SCHOOL

- Parent/Teacher conferences (see below for info!)


SATURDAY, October 17th

- GBS Homecoming Parade! Required for ALL BAND STUDENTS!!!

- Please report to Springman at 9:15 AM in uniform!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mrs. Nellis will be available at the following times for conferences. All conferences are "drop in" - so feel free to swing by at a time that works for you!


Thursday, October 15th

- available from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Friday, October 16th

- available from 8:30 AM to Noon

- available from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Tommy and Clare say..."It's Time to Upgrade!!!"

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Check out 8th grade percussionists, Tommy and Clare, modeling their upgraded stick bags - awesome!


You can find the Springman Recommended Equipment list by clicking HERE.


Please note that the items marked with asterisks (***) are strongly encouraged. These items will make an enormous difference in the students' sound and their performance in an ensemble. Furthermore, this equipment can be used through high school and, often, beyond high school! The more students that "step-up" even ONE piece of equipment will help our ensembles to sound amazing!


If you are interested in upgrading your child's instrument, I recommend that you speak with a director AND a private teacher AND that you keep your child's current instrument as a back up.

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THIS SATURDAY!!! EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY!!!

The University of Illinois Low Brass Day will be taking place on Saturday, October 10th from 10 AM to 2 PM in Arlington Heights. Learn some fun tunes and work with the trombone and tuba professors from U of I!


Any Springman trombone or tuba player that attends will receive 15 points extra credit.


Learn more HERE!

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THIS SUNDAY!!! EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY!!!

The double reed festival is coming up on October 11th! The Chicago Double Reed Festival is an all day experience which is hosted and led by local bassoonists and oboists. Come participate and observe master classes, sit in on talks about tips and tricks, play in an ensemble, and watch a performance!


Any Springman oboe or bassoon that attends this event will receive 15 points extra credit.


Learn more and register HERE!

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Looking for a challenge...?

One of our talented Springman parents is running this amazing event:


The All-Illinois Junior Band (AIJB) is the FIRST auditioned statewide middle school honor band in decades! Eighty-Two students will be selected for this inaugural ensemble which will rehearse and perform at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on January 15 & 16, 2016.


Auditions are now open! You can learn more HERE!


FYI: This event conflicts with any 8th grader planning on going to Washington DC

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Wildcat Jazz Band

We're getting better every rehearsal! This week, we started to work on improvisation! Totally hooked on improv? Check out the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long books HERE - they are amazing!


Also, BIG NEWS coming at our next rehearsal....

In Honor of "Double Reed Weekend"...

Disney Princess Party, The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet

...and also in honor of "Low Brass Weekend"

Canadian Brass - The Flight of the Tuba Bee