Sixth Grad Band Bulletin
First, Happy Star Wars Day! It's hard to believe the students only have 13 more days of school! It has gone by way too fast (though I think the kids may be ready for some R & R).
As we wind down, there are SEVERAL things to bring to your attention. This newsletter will give you some info on all of these important matters.
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Spring Concert: May 16!
Date: May 16
Place: RMS Main (East) Gym
Times: Students arrive at 6:45pm; Concert starts at 7:30pm (concert should last <30 minutes.
Uniform: Black Dress Pants, Black Shoes & Socks, Red Band Polo
Students Bring: Instrument from home (-percussion), Band Binder, Wire Folding Stand
Concerts are required attendance for students.
Sign up now for Encore Camp!!
One of the best ways to keep those musical skills sharp (no pun intended) is to be part of Encore! It is now a tradition in Batavia! Students learn some great pieces, hang out with friends, and work with great teachers. Parents get to enjoy great music outdoors! Encore is Batavia's local camp! Sixth Graders are STRONGLY encouraged to be part of the Encore Band! You can sign up online by clicking here! An Encore sign-up (paper form) will be in the Spring Program!
PM Music Center Sale!
Are looking at upgrading an instrument or mouthpiece? PM Music Center will have its biggest sale of the year on May 14 (Saturday). This is also a great chance to stock up on supplies like reeds, valve oil, cleaning supplies, etc.
Sign up now for Encore Camp!!
Here are some things students can look forward to in 7th grade (practice over the summer is a must for all of these)
*Jazz Ensemble--Students who performed in the Jazz Band or Jazz Ensemble this year should strongly consider trying out for Jazz Ensemble next year! If your child did not do Jazz in 6th grade, but wants to try it in 7th grade should try out too! Jazz Ensemble is the advanced Jazz group at RMS. Students must audition for this group (Jazz Ensemble is open to Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass, Drumset, and Guitar only). Auditions take place in October. Practicing over the summer will propel students to a higher level which will help with auditions!
*Symphonic Band--Students currently playing at an advanced level should audition for the Symphonic Band. The Symphonic Band is our honor-band. It is a concert band like the sixth grade bands your child plays in daily. This band is made up of 6-8 graders who play at the highest level. There is a limit to the number of spots in each section. The Symphonic Band is graduating a lot of 8th graders this year. There will be a number of openings. Music will be available to students before we leave. Students should practice this music throughout the summer. Auditions take place in October, 2016.
*ILMEA Honor Band--Students can audition to be part of the ILMEA District IX Honor Band. Over 35 middle schools from the region send students to audition for 110 coveted spots in the honor band. Students at a very advanced level can audition for this band. Music will be available to students before we leave. Students should practice this music throughout the summer. Auditions take place in October, 2016--though students must register to audition shortly after school starts in the fall.
School-Owned Instrument Fee can now be paid on Powerschool
Please pay this ASAP. If you have a question, please contact me.
6/8 Time Playing Assessment--Please Take on Screencastify
The Assessment is very short and can be taken on Screencastify using the chromebook. ALL students who can take the assessment at home should do so by Tuesday, May 10.
The assignment for the playing assessment is currently on google classroom!
Students who must take test at school (wifi issues or needing school-owned instrument) should plan to take the test on Tuesday, May 10.
Calendar for the remainder of the year
Friday, May 6: It's Friday! Instruments must go home for practice (it's a 3-day weekend!)
Tuesday, May 10: No Jazz Band--Sleep in! 6/8 playing assessments due on screencastify
Monday, May 16: SPRING BAND CONCERT (See info above)
Tuesday, May 17-Friday May 20; Students will need instruments
Monday, May 23: Students will need instruments
Tuesday, May 24: Last day of school--No Instruments (Bring Yearbook to Band!)