Notes from the Band Room #11

November 15, 2015

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
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CONGRATULATIONS to all Attea Band Musicians on a Successful Fall Concert!

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Jazz Band News

Attea's Jazz Band is open to all band and orchestra members. If you would like to join us, please come to our next rehearsal on MONDAY (November 16) after school in the band room.
Our next performances will be at the Holiday Assembly on December 18th and at the Northshore Jazz Festival on January 23.

Second Trimester in Band

First trimester will end on November 24. Please make sure that you have completed any playing test re-takes and/or scale assessments by that date.

Lesson schedules will be updated for second trimester to make sure we have created appropriate small ensembles to perform at the GEF Recital Night. The new schedules will be published no later than November 24.

GEF Recital Night / IGSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest

The Eleventh Annual GEF Recital Night will be held on Tuesday, February 2 at Attea (this is different than originally printed in the band handbook). Recital Night is a required performance for members of Attea’s Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Beginning Band members may choose to perform, too.

IGSMA (Illinois Grade School Music Association) Solo and Ensemble Contest will be held on Saturday, February 6 at MacArthur Middle School in Prospect Heights. A sign-up sheet has been attached to this email.

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!!
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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!