Grapevine Middle School

Pony Band

October 6, 2017

Dear GMS Pony Band Family,


Future Panther Night will be Friday, October 13th and Future Mustang Night will be Friday, October 20th. Permission slips and schedules will be passed out on Tuesday. This event is for 8th graders only. Please look for them on Tuesday.


Beginner Band students need to be focusing their attention on the GMS Band Beginner Page. Please help them practice 20-25 minutes per day and help them with correct posture. This practice time can be broken into pieces at a time. Lessons 16-20 from the 5-Minute Theory Book need to be completed by Friday, October 13th. Please encourage your student to have weekly mini-concerts. This is a great way to help increase their confidence and stay on track with their weekly goals!


The Beginner Spotlight Concert will be on Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. Students will demonstrate what we do in class everyday and parents, family members, and friends will sit next to his student during the performance! This is a required performance. Students will be expected to wear the GMS Band shirt.


Honors and Symphonic Band will have their first Fall Concert on Wednesday, October 25th in the GMS Cafeteria at 7:45-8:30 p.m. Students will need to report to the cafeteria at 7:15 p.m. We will be playing Halloween music, Pep music and possibly Veterans' Day music. Students are expected to wear the GMS Band shirt or they may wear their Halloween costumes. This is a required performance.


District Band Auditions will be held Saturday, October 28th at Heritage Middle School from 8-1 p.m. for Honors Band and some Symphonic Band member students. Each student will be in the audition room for approximately 1 hour. We are using a new audition procedure this year called Round Robin and we will be getting our students familiar with the process this month. If you have a time conflict, please send me the time you need so I can assign your student a time that works for your schedule.


Thank you to all of those who signed up for the GCISD Band Boosters. We have not reached our membership goal yet, and it is not too late to sign up! Please click here to fill out the form and return with your student next week.


Reminder, all students need to take their instrument home EVERY FRIDAY. Please read below for the Take Horn Home Grading Policy.


As always, it is honor to be your student's teacher!


Sincerely,



Mrs. Gish and Mr. Holmes

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK THE LAST 3 WEEKS! WE NOTICE EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND ARE SO PROUD OF YOU! Come see us on Tuesday to get your prize!!!


OUTSTANDING STUDENTS OF THE 2ND 3 WEEKS

Beginner Band Student, Heidi Linhart

Beginner Band Student, Owen Montiel

Symphonic Band Student, Kaleb Bell

Honors Band Student, Claire Rodriguez


CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO HOLLY THORSELL!!! Holly played the Star Spangled Banner on flute at the 7th Grade Football Game on Monday, October 2nd. She played beautifully and we are so proud of her!

7th and 8th Grade Band Events NEXT WEEK

Symphonic Band Sectionals (Required)

MONDAYS: 3:30-4:15 FLUTES (Flute sectionals begin October 16th)

TUESDAYS: 4:15-5 CLARINETS

WEDNESDAYS: 3:30-4:15 LOW BRASS/LOW WOODWINDS, 4:15-5 HORNS

THURSDAYS: 3:30-4:15 SAXOPHONES

FRIDAYS: 3:30-4:15 TRUMPETS


All-District/All-Region music tutorials are in the band hall during the following times:

Tuesdays: 7:15-8:00 am and 3:30-4:15 pm

Thursdays: 7:15-8:00 am and 3:30-4:15 pm


Honors Band Sectionals (Required)

Mondays: 3:30-4:15 Oboes

Tuesdays: 3:30-4:15 Clarinets, 4:15-5:00 Flutes

Wednesdays: 3:30-4:15 Horns, 4:15-5:00 Low Brass

Thursdays: 4:15-5:00 Bassoon, Bass Clarinet

Fridays: 3:30-4:15 Trumpets (no Trumpet sectionals on Friday, October 13th),

4:15-5:00 Saxophones

Class Objectives

Every beginner student needs to be practicing 20-25 minutes per day and advanced band members need to be practicing at least 45 minutes per day.


Honors Band: All-Region Music: Lyrical & Technical Etudes. Region 31 Scales. Pep Music, Hymn to the Fallen, Summon the Heroes, Halloween Music. Bb, Eb paper.


Symphonic Band: Bb, Eb paper, Cape Spear March, Halloween Music, and Pep Music.


Beginner Band: Beginner Band Page 1, 2, 3, 4. Fun Songs. Musical Alphabet. Keyboard Worksheet. Rhythm Rockers.

TAKE HORN HOME GRADING POLICY

Please remind your student to take his/her instrument home at least 4 times every week. Every student MUST take it home EVERY FRIDAY. Lockers will be checked every evening and morning. If your student has an instrument that stays home, I will check that his music/binder is not in his locker. The policy is as follows:


1 night per week: 70

2 nights per week: 80

3 nights per week: 90

4 nights per week: 100

Volunteer

We are looking for a few volunteers to help close the concession stand Wednesday night and help this Saturday. We also have only a couple 8th grade home games left! Thank you to all who have taken time out of your busy schedules and helped at the concession stands. If you have not had the opportunity to help yet, we still have several 7th grade home games and TWO 8th grade games! We do have a change to the date and location of the last 8th grade game. Thank you all again for your time and dedication to the GMS Band!!!


Save the date:

8th Grade Home Games
Wednesday Oct 11th
Monday, November 6th @ Mustang-Panther Stadium starting at 5 pm


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7th Grade Home Games
Monday Oct 16th
Monday Oct 23rd
Monday Oct 30th


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We also need help at our Pee Wee Football Game Concession Stands!

Saturday, October 14th


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Important Documents

Please click here to access the Google GMS Band Calendar.


2017-2018 Band Calendar


Honors Band Forms


Symphonic Band Forms


Beginner Band Forms

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 10th- Sunday, October 15th: Practice-A-Thon, All Classes.


Friday, October 13th: Future Panther Night, 8th graders attending CHHS only, 1:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m.


Friday, October 20th: Future Mustang Night, 8th graders attending GHS only, 1:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m.


Wednesday, October 25th: Beginner Band Spotlight, Beginner Band only, 6:30-7:00 p.m. JOIN US FOR THE FIRST BEGINNER BAND PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR!!! Wear your GMS BAND shirt. Parent(s) will sit with their student! Come prepared to have fun and learn what we do in class every day!


Wednesday, October 25th: Advanced Bands Fall Concert, Honors and Symphonic Band only, GMS Cafeteria, 7:45-8:30 p.m. JOIN US FOR THE FIRST CONCERT OF THE YEAR!!! Wear your GMS BAND shirt OR your Halloween Costume as we will playing some FUN Halloween music! Students need to report to the Cafeteria at 7:15 p.m.


Saturday, October 28th: All-District Auditions, Honors and select Symphonic students, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Heritage Middle School. Schedule coming soon! IF YOU HAVE A CONFLICT, please email Mrs. Gish at jennifer.gish@gcisd.net as to what time your student is available to compete. The audition process is different this year and each eligible student will be in the audition for about 60 minutes.


Wednesday, November 1st
: All-Region Auditions, Honors and select Symphonic Band students, 5:00 p.m. Dawson Middle School. Schedule coming soon! IF YOU HAVE A CONFLICT, please email Mrs. Gish at jennifer.gish@gcisd.net as to what time your student is available to compete. The audition process is different this year and each eligible student will be in the audition for about 60 minutes.