6th Grade Band Information

Especially important if this is your first child in band

All 6th Graders are required to take a full year of music

Choices are band, orchestra or music exploratory which is a full year class where students work to improve music reading, music listening and performance skills.


In addition, all students have a second period of "encore" classes which all rotate through art, middle school skills, applied technology and family and consumer science.

6th Grade Band meets during the school day, as a class, every other day

Outside of school practice requirement is the same as 5th grade, 90 minutes a week. In addition, all students receive one pull out lesson once a week. Lessons are in small groups and the times rotate. Currently, the sixth grade has four performances: a fall program in November, a joint concert with the beginners in January, a spring concert in May and Music in the Parks Festival at Six Flags Great America near the end of the school year.

ALL STUDENTS ARE PLACED IN THE SAME BAND FOR SIXTH GRADE

At the end of 6th grade, auditions are held for placement into one of two ability based bands: symphonic and concert band.

JAZZ BAND

Is open to 7th and 8th grade band members. Auditions are held in the fall of 7/8th grade and meets before school once a week at 7:00 am.

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES

Every year the Symphonic Band takes a trip. Past travels have taken them to Disneyworld, San Antonio, Branson and Cleveland. The Concert Band also takes a yearly trip, typically a cultural experience in downtown Chicago.

6TH GRADE BAND REGISTRATION

As we get closer to the end of the year, band members will need to make a decision about 6th grade band. They will receive a form at the first big band rehearsal to fill out and return to me. We are pleased to report that our attrition rate from 5th to 6th grade has traditionally been very low, typically less than 5% of students decide not to continue in band at the middle school.

SPRING CONCERT

I am excited for you to hear the older CHMS students perform at our Spring Concert on Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 pm. I think you will be amazed by the quality of their playing. I am also proud to say that the Concert Band AND the Symphonic Band just earned first division ratings at district band contest. Your children will be in great hands with Mr. Melbourn and Mr. Lehman!


Big Band rehearsals at CHMS will be Thursdays, April 21 & 28 from 2:30-3:45 pm. Same drill as the January concert. Percussion only rehearsals are Thursdays 14, 21 & 28, 3:30-4:30 pm.

VOCAL MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES!

Many band students also participate in the vocal music program at CHMS.


Eagle Singers - This is an after school chorus open to all 6th grade students that meets twice a week until 3:35; participants can take the late bus. The season runs from September through December. Performances have included the CHMS Winter Concert, Hinsdale Christmas Walk, and the Field Museum (sing in the Great Hall). Following the performance at the Field Museum we usually attend a musical in Chicago.

All- School Musical - This activity is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders. While it is a no cut activity, auditions must be held to assign parts. Auditions are held in December. Rehearsals run January through March and the performances are right before spring break.