Ram Band News!

Tuesday, April 6th

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Spring Band Celebration!

In place of participating in UIL this year with Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble we will be hosting a Spring Band Celebration during the school day on Friday, April 30th. Students from home are welcome to attend the celebration that day, but you must sign up via the google form for this as it will have you missing 2nd-7th periods that day. Please see the tentative schedule below if you would like your @home learner to participate. If you do not want your child to participate please do not fill out the google form. This event is for 7th and 8th graders only.


Spring Band Celebration - Friday, April 30th


9:13 am (2nd Period) - Report to band hall for attendance

10:00 am - Wind Ensemble clinic in Band Hall

10:45 am - Symphonic Band Clinic in Band Hall

10:45 am - Concert Band clinic in Ensemble Room

11:30 am - Recordings in Band Hall

12:15 pm - Lunch / Chick-fil-a (provided)

1:00 pm - Team Building activities

2:38 pm - return to 8th period

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Plano Symphony Lesson Scholarship Applications

The Plano Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce that applications for the 21-22 private lesson scholarships are now being accepted!


Scholarships will cover 100% of private study in the 21-22 school year. PISD instrumental students currently in 6th and 7th grade are eligible to apply. Students in 7th grade currently receiving scholarships are eligible to apply for a second year of support. Students are selected based on financial need, director referral, and student essay demonstrating their commitment to musical study.


To apply, students need to complete the student application located on the website below. A required director referral is also located on the website. We also encourage students to have additional letters of recommendation from current private teachers, coaches, teachers, etc. but this is not required. All application material are due April 28.


Send complete applications to Mrs. May at kristin.may@pisd.edu.

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Spring Concert Update

Due to the overwhelming responses we received regarding the option to come to school for after school rehearsals and a live concert we have decided to hold our Spring Concert virtually. More details to come!
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Gandy Ink Store Opening April 1-15

The Gandy Ink store will be open one last time for the year from April 1-15. This is the website where you can order band t-shirts and hoodies. We will notify @home learners when the delivery arrives and you can come to the school to pick up your order.


* I know that some had issues with the link this weekend. I believe we got it fixed, but please email Mrs. May if you are still having issues accessing the online store! *

Gandy Ink Store Link

Order shirts & hoodies here!

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8th Grade Vines Band Audition Information

From Mr. Jonathan Cao (Head Director at Vines HS)


Dear 2021 Vines Band Family,


It feels so strange to already be preparing for our next season, but I cannot wait to hear our first sounds together! We have an exciting year ahead, and in order to best prepare, we need to place each member according to their learning style and speed. The friendships formed through the band and the experiences gained through performances will make a lasting impression on your life. The Vines Band staff greatly anticipates the return of its current sophomores and looks forward to welcoming the freshmen from Wilson and Haggard Middle Schools. We look forward to the 2021-2022 edition of the Viking Band! For more information, check out www.vinesband.info


Auditions will be submitted via video to ensure each student’s best performance and to ensure the integrity and fairness of the process. a


How it works:


1. Please join our 2021 Vines Band Member Google Classroom: whxt5pf

2. Find your instrument’s excerpt and scales in the Assignments tab.

3. Record and upload anytime between now and midnight on Sunday, April 18, 2021, using the attached Google Form.

4. Make sure you fill out the attached Forms in the Important Information section. Those are due before we can begin practicing in the Fall!


When will we find out?

Mr. Martin and Mr. Cao will be busy listening to recordings at the end of April, and we will hopefully be ready to release results by May 1.


Placements will determine woodwind and brass students’ placement in one of the three Concert Bands at Vines High School – Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Wind Symphony. All Band students at Vines are also placed into the award-winning Viking Marching Band through this process. While all Band students are required to participate in Marching Band per district policy, there are many ways for students to participate, such as Color Guard, Front Ensemble, Soloist, Sound Engineer, and Loading Crew.


Percussion students will audition according to the guidelines previously communicated by Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Bosley. For more information, please email Michael.Hernandez@pisd.edu or see the Percussion Information Google Classroom at uvlmmfu.


Prepared Material:


Each student will perform an excerpt of an étude for his/her instrument. Tempo markings provided should serve as a general guideline. Preference will be given to students playing the excerpts as musically and error-free as possible.


In addition to the prepared excerpts, each student should be prepared to perform at least one of the 8 Region 24 All-Region major scales, to be specified in the Audition Page, and a full-range chromatic scale at an appropriate tempo. Scales should be “tongued up, and slurred down,” in the quarter-eighth pattern standardized in middle school band. Students must are required to perform one octave, and will be given extra credit for every additional octave performed. Preference will be given to students demonstrating resonant and characteristic tone and clear articulation in all ranges.


Important Information:


Students and parents can find important forms and information on the Google Classroom, as well as on the Vines Band Future Member site at www.vinesband.info/future-vikings

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PISD Instrument User Fees / Rycor - PAST DUE!

Plano ISD requires students who use district-owned instruments to pay a yearly $85 fee to help cover the costs of cleaning and normal wear and tear. Reduced fees are already calculated in the system if your child receives free/reduced lunch. Due to COVID the district is only allowing the fee to be paid online via Rycor (same system used for lunch payment). If you do not see your child's fee, please email Mrs. May. If you need special arrangements email Mrs. May.