NORTH BAND NOTES
February 1-10, 2016
Can you believe it's already FEBRUARY?!?
Thanks to everyone who participated in Viking Navigation Night last week! We get to see the 6th graders every day and they were all very excited about North and the band! We are very proud of our band kids - they are our best recruiting tool! It was very cool to see all of our athletes and clubs sporting their gear too. We are so thankful to be in a place where kids are supported in multiple activities, and even more fortunate that our students try their best to be successful in every one of their commitments.
I'll keep this update brief, as we really all should be outside enjoying this lovely day (and practicing, of course!). :)
SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Wear or bring your band shirt! We will take the following pictures during your band class:
Symphonic 2 - 3rd period
Symphonic 1, All-Region, Jazz Band, Officers - 4th period
Concert, Intermediate Band - 5th period
If you are in Jazz Band or All-Region Band and not in 4th period band class, we will write you a pass to join us for the picture. We will most likely do this at the beginning of 4th period.
RICHARDSON CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
All soloists must also have the ORIGINAL copy of their solo to give to the judge. I'm asking all soloists to let me know when they have acquired their solo. Once everyone has their music, we will bring it to class and discuss how it should look when you bring it into the performance room with you. It should be clean, labeled with your name and Richardson NORTH Jr. High, and your measures should be neatly numbered.
All students are hard at work on an ensemble as well. We encourage our students to find times to get together with their ensemble partners and find times to rehearse outside of class. You really learn a lot about being a musician when playing in a small ensemble, and you learn even more if you work on it on your own!
Last week, Symphonic 2 got to hear the progress that the oboe section has made. Shown below is Mary Grace coaching Anna and Amanda on their trio - and they sounded awesome!
WORLD'S FINEST CHOCOLATE
We will no longer accept unsold candy (excluding the first box) after this Friday. After that, we will only accept what is owed for the box. That way we can at least close out our books for this fundraiser. We still have about 10 boxes to sell, so if you're able to take one or two to work, church, basketball game, etc., please let us know! We appreciate it!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WEEK
7th GRADE GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAM
Speaking of kids who achieve at a high level in multiple activities, shown here is 9 of the 15 7th grade Lady Vikings Basketball team! They're having a fantastic season on the court, in the band hall, and they have such great attitudes about making their busy schedules work. We are so proud of all of you (and the many boys and 8th grade basketball players too!)!
We have several kids who participate in off-campus sports. These students come to the band hall each day to collect their instruments before heading off to the golf course, gym, dance studio, or wherever else their workout takes them. I just happened to catch many of our golfers heading out the door the other day, instruments in hand, of course. :) You guys do such a great job of keeping up with your on and off campus lives - thank you!
The students have taken sectional snacks to a new level recently... Our afternoon sectional kids often express jealousy over not getting to have donuts like the morning sectionals do, so they took matters into their own hands and coordinated pizza delivery! This particular day, many of these guys were not going home before Viking Navigation Night so exhibited many of the Viking Virtues (resourcefulness, creativity) and took care of ordering dinner for themselves! As long as there's enough for the directors, we're all good! ;)
7th GRADE GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAM
TUESDAY, FEB. 9 - 7:00am
Symphonic 1 Rehearsal
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10 - 7:00am
Symphonic 2 Rehearsal
Donuts will be served at 6:45am, so get 'em while they're hot! Please do not schedule tutoring during these times since this is our only before/after school time together next week.