Notes from the Band Room #25

March 6, 2016

This Week In Band

You can always check the morning rehearsals on our website: calendar (make sure to refresh your screen). You can subscribe to the rehearsal calendar by clicking on the "+GoogleCalendar" button on the bottom right of the calendar.

iPad users can sync the band calendar to the iCal app! Here it is: BOC Calendar

Due to IGSMA Contest we are adjusting the morning schedule this week. Concert Band members will NOT have morning rehearsals, but need to attend their lessons.

PLEASE bring your instrument to school on the appropriate days!

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IGSMA Band Contest on March 12

The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be performing at the IGSMA Band Contest on Saturday, March 12. Details have been sent home. ALL members of Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble are required to participate in order to make this the best musical experience for our groups.

Wind Ensemble to perform overture for Shrek Jr.

Wind Ensemble members will be performing the overture to Shrek Jr. Please report on these days in band uniform (unless you are in costume!). Musicians are invited to stay to watch the show or may leave right after the overture (7:35PM/1:05PM).

Friday, March 18 @ 7PM

Saturday, March 19 @ 7PM

Sunday, March 20 @ 12:30PM

Summertime Music

It's time to plan your musical activities for the summer. There are so many opportunities in our area -- and beyond!

My favorite:

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Middle School Band Camp

Last summer four Attea students attended and had so much fun, they're going back. If we get eight students from Attea, each student gets a discount.

Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM)

Midwest Young Artists Summer Programs

State Summer Symposium

UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

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Private Lessons - the next step

Many musicians find the single best way to improve on their instrument is to take private lessons with a professional. The Attea band website has been updated to include GBS teachers, as well as other area musicians.
The better you can perform on your instrument, the more fun you have while playing. It's a wonderful thing!!
Attea Band Website

Do you know Flyer Band Alumni?

If so, please ask them to email me ( to be featured in our interviews this year.


If your student is showing great interest in band and needs a musical challenge, please consider private lessons on bassoon or French horn. I can get you started, lend you an instrument and a beginning book, and recommend a private teacher. These instruments help complete the sound and balance of the ensemble.
Please contact me through email for further information.

Parents are invited to visit the band room.

Parents are encouraged to attend any rehearsal from 7:20-8:15 to see exactly how middle school band musicians learn and rehearse music. Even if your child is less than eager to practice at home for you, visitors will see how much our musicians love playing their instruments with a group. An audience makes it even more fun!