RPEMS Band Update

Newsletter - February 8, 2016

High School Band Booster Meeting -- Superintendent to Present

February 9 @ 7PM in the High School Band Room

Band Booster Meeting

Dr. Monsees, RP Superintendent, will be at our band booster and we are asking all band parents attend this meeting. He will be discussing OUR NEW BAND ROOM and the new addition to the RP South HS. All these things will be presented to RP public on the April ballot through a No-Tax Increase bond issue. We hope that many of you will attend. This is extremely important that we have as many in attendance as possible. This will greatly affect your child.

Father/Daughter Dance

The last few weeks we have been discussing (daily) in class the opportunities for your child to raise money for their HS band accounts. (Band accounts help pay band fees/band trips.)

Your kids have been informed about the Father/Daughter dance repeatedly. This Saturday, February 13th is the actual dance. Students can go to the NORTH HS cafeteria and work all day for the dance. Then, they may work that night and help out with the dance.

This is the note from the HS band parents:

The Father Daughter Dance is one of the band student's biggest fundraisers. Last year we had almost 600 girls attend!! We need your help to make this year another great success! The first link is to sign up for the location you would like to work in for the dance. We need student and adult volunteers. The second is for cookie donations. The profits from the dance are split between the students that work or make cookies based on the time they put in. All funds go directly to the students band accounts to help cover band fees or trip expenses.



Questions? call/text Kim Roberts 816-779-0981

There are spots on the first link for help in the parking lot too.

Mattress Sale -- Raise Money for Your Child's Band Account

February 9 @ 7PM HS Band Room (South HS)

Our 2nd Annual Mattress Sale is happening on March 12th at Eagle Glen Intermediate. The representative will be at the booster meeting Tuesday, Feb 9 to discuss how this sale can benefit your child's band account. We hope to see many of you there. The booster program will receive $5 per person who shows up to the meeting as well. This sale benefits all parts of the organization.

We need to see you there!

Jazz Band Festival -- University of Central Missouri -- February 20th

The 7th & 8th grade jazz band will perform its first competition on Saturday, February 20th in the Hart Recital Hall located inside the Utt Building on the campus of UCM. Students will perform at 10AM. All are welcomed to attend.

Student must ride the bus down as a group. We will be leaving RPEMS at 7:30AM.

Students will return home around 2-3PM. They will need money for lunch. We will eat at Planet Sub which is within walking distance of the Utt Building.

Students may only ride home with his or her parent/guardians. Students MAY not ride home with other parents. This goes for all school trips. All students must be signed out with me.

Jazz Band Festival -- Northwest Missouri State University -- February 26th (Friday)

Students will be miss a portion of the school day on Friday, February 26th to attend the NWMSU jazz festival. The students will need to bring a sack lunch for the ride to NWMSU, please no containers that can NOT be resealed. Students will need to eat lunch on the bus. We will leave school at 10AM, arrive at NWMSU by noon. We will unload our equipment, warm up and perform at 2:30PM in the Union Ballroom located on the campus of NWMSU. We will listen to a couple of performances and then head home. We will arrive home by 6:00 or 6:30PM. We will NOT stop and eat on the way home. Students are welcomed to bring snacks.

If you would like to attend this event, please feel free. Students may only ride home with their parents/guardians. Students may NOT ride home with another student's parents/guardians. All students must be signed out with me.

Jazz Band Festival -- Pitt State University -- March 4 (Friday)

Jazz band students will be attending an All-Day event on Friday, March 4th at Pitt State University. Students will leave school at 6AM. We perform at 9:30AM at PSU (off campus, more than likely, full schedule of events has not been sent out yet.) We will listen to more ensembles, including RPHS Jazz 1 and 2. Please have students bring a sack lunch--only resealable containers i.e. no cans of soda. Dinner will be provided for them. We will be eating a deep dish pizza place in Pittsburg. During the day, we are discussing other options for students (more details to come) after we are done listening to performances--we will have a little down time between performances and dinner. I'll let you know about other options as soon as I have secured those.

The evening performance will cost each student $6. We will be hearing the one and only Doc Severinson. Severinson is a world renowned trumpet player who played for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Parents are welcomed to attend this performance, but you will need to secure your own tickets by calling the PSU box office.

The PSU jazz festival and Doc Severinson performance will be an all day and evening event. Students will arrive home very late....times TBD. If you want to attend the jazz band performance, you are welcome to follow the busses down to PSU. Unfortunately, I will not have extra room on the busses for parents.

Please have money turned in as soon as possible.

8th Grade Band Festival -- Blue Springs HS -- February 27

This is required performance for all 8th grade band students. We attend 2 adjudicated performances during the school year and our first one is at Blue Springs HS. Address below:

Blue Springs High School in the Performing Arts Center - 2000 NW Ashton Drive, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Performance Times: TBD

Students must wear nice pants/skirts and their band polos tucked into pants or skirts.

Students must ride the bus to BSHS, but parents/guardians may sign out their children only with me. Students may not ride home with another student's parents.

8th Grade Band Concert -- February 22, 2016

7/8 Jazz Band Concert -- February 25

The RPEMS Jazz band will have their first public performance on Thursday, February 25th at 7PM in the RPEMS gym. Please invite all your family and friends to this event. We will also be hearing the HS bands jazz 1&2.

Students must wear nice pants/skirts and their band polos tucked into pants or skirts.

After School Rehearsals for 8th Grade Band

8th Grade Band has two after school rehearsals on February 18th and 19th until 4PM. Students must stay after school to rehearse with the full band. This is in preparation for the BSHS Middle School Festival the following Saturday. Please plan on picking your children up by 4:15pm.

Worlds of Fun -- May 7

Times and such are TBD.

This is a required performance. Tickets cost $37 each. Tickets must be paid for by the end of February. I will send an official ticket order form home with your kids ASAP. If you cannot afford a ticket, please let me know.