Sixth Grad Band Bulletin

May, 2016

Dear Parents

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.


Rob Buckley

Spring Concert: May 16!

We are busily preparing our final performance of the year! Get your passports ready as we will be taking you around the world with music from different countries. An info form will come home soon, but here are some important pieces of info:

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.

Summer Practice!

Students should be playing their instruments over the summer. The students have made so much progress this year, and missing a month of practice will cause them to take a "step back."

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

If your child plays percussion, tuba, baritone, trombone, French Horn, tenor saxophone, or bass clarinet and he/she uses a school-owned instrument (they only bring mouthpiece to school)--you can now pay the fee via powerschool. At the start of the year, you filled out a contract which stipulated that there is a fee of $50 (for full-year use) ($25 for partial-year use). This fee helps pay part of the bill for all of the instruments that go in for repairs and cleaning this summer. Percussion instruments also get upgraded/repaired during this time.

Please pay this ASAP. If you have a question, please contact me.

6/8 Time Playing Assessment--Please Take on Screencastify

With the year winding down and band teachers doing recruitment, we are going to have a hard time having students take their 6/8 Playing Assessment in class.

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

Thursday, May 5: Music Department Showcase (performances by Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Stringz, Vocal Gold, and 1501. 7:00pm--Main Gym (students arrive at 6:30)

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!)