Band News

Here's what is happening at Eagle Glen

BAND NEWSLETTER VOL 1 JANUARY 23 2015

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you informed of what is happening within the Eagle Glen band program. Please read/scroll all the way through the email, as their may be other information for you towards the bottom of the newsletter.

Flute, Oboe & Bassoon Class

Here's what is happening...

The class recently went through a slight instrumentation change that added an oboe player and a bassoon player. The new addition of instruments has added some interesting sounds to our class, as these two kiddos are Eagle Glen's FIRST oboe and bassoon players!


Right now we have been reviewing and adding new lines further along in the book. The kids should be preparing for a chair test/playing assessment. The flutes will be participating in the chair test; however, the oboe and bassoon (double reeds) will not need to do the chair test. I will listen to them individually to gain proper data points for them, though. The flute chair test will be over line 75 on Monday, January 26th.


Practice logs are due on Monday, January 26th with a parent signature. Please make sure your child has the practice record filled out properly. **More on practice logs at the bottom of the newsletter.

Clarinet, Alto Sax & Tenor Sax Class

Here's what is going on in here....

The class also went through a instrumentation change by adding 4 alto sax players and 2 tenor saxophone players. These players are doing really well and auditioned to play these instruments back in December.


All of these students should be working on line 75 which will be a playing assessment and chair challenge test. Also, they should be working on lines 76-78.


Practice logs are due on Monday, January 26th with a parent signature. Please make sure your child has the practice log filled out properly. **More on practice logs at the bottom of the newsletter.

Trumpet and French Horn Class

Here's what is happening now...

Recently, some students went through an audition process to become a French Horn player and I am thrilled to say that we have added 6 french horn players to our Eagle Glen band instrumentation.


All brass students need to review page 10 and then move on to pages 16 & 17 in the book. They will be going through a chair placement/playing assessment on page on Tuesday, January 27th. The playing assessment is line 65.


Practice logs are due on Tuesday, January 27th with a parent signature. Please make sure your child has the practice log filled out properly. **More on practice logs at the bottom of the newsletter.

Percussion Class

Holy cow, this class is....

CRAZY! There is a whole lot of sound that comes from a mere 8 eleven and twelve year olds. WOW!


Percussionists should be working on page 15 for both the marimba and practice pads i.e. snare drums. We've been trying to get them to practice each line enough where the lines are somewhat memorized when it comes to playing marimba--not a requirement, but it does help students. They are going to have a chair placement/playing assessment on Tuesday over the line titled Rio Con Brio in their red book. They need to be able to play it on the marimba and snare drum (practice pad).


Practice logs are due on Tuesday, January 27th with a parent signature. Please make sure your child has the practice log filled out properly. **More on practice logs at the bottom of the newsletter.

PRACTICE LOGS DUE JANUARY 26/27

Why practice logs?

As a band director, I have struggled for years with practice logs or not. Recently, I surveyed each class if any student had practiced over the weekend and the results showed that 3 out of 30 students had practiced. With those results, I had to do something to encourage practice at home and therefore came up with a practice log.


Practice logs are 14 days long and will be collected every 2 weeks on a Monday or Tuesday. The recommended practice time is 15 to 20 minutes per day for 12 days of the 2 week period. We have asked students to keep track of those minutes of practice with a mobile device, kitchen timer, watch etc. If they legitimately practiced for 9 minutes on a Tuesday, then we ask that is what they write in the appropriate box on the log.


At the end of the two weeks we ask that students total up their minutes at the bottom of each log and for you to sign it verifying that they have indeed practiced. This log, if used correctly, will greatly enhance their playing and experience in band class. Not practicing, as you can imagine, makes class become difficult as an individual and as a group.


We are totaling up the amount of minutes each class practices and keeping it on a chart within the room. The chart is an incentive chart that we will update bi-weekly.


I am hoping to see some big results from increasing practice time at home!

Trivia Night 2015

COME SHOW OFF YOUR YOUR USELESS KNOWLEDGE!!!

Friday, February 20th the EG and BR music departments are hosting the 5th annual music department trivia night in the Eagle Glen gymnasium at 6:30 pm.


This is a fun night for parents of music students to come in and enjoy an evening of laughter, heckling, eating and competing against RP staff & patrons.


We ask that teams are a minimum of 8 with a cost of $80 per table ($10 per person). You may add two additional players for $10/each.


CASH PRIZES for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

$1 Bonus Games for prizes and extra points for your team

Concessions with great food!

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Sign up at

mrrew.weebly.com

(Pay at door)



What's new this semester?

Or should I say, "Who's new?"

This semester, Ms. Kelsey Kurdle, is student teaching with me at Ray-Pec. She is amazing and I am really enjoying having her around. She is showing big signs of being an awesome teacher. She comes from the University of Central Missouri and is extremely knowledgeable, has an eager mind for learning and is FABULOUS with the kids. Soon, she will be teaching solo for me and I have no doubt she will do very well. I have included both of our bios at the bottom, just for fun.

Kelsey Kurdle, Student Teaching

Kelsey Kurdle is a trombone player from the University of Central Missouri. In high school, Kelsey participated in All-District Band (four years), Missouri Fine Arts Academy, and served one year as a Drum Major. While at UCM, she enjoyed participating in various ensembles, including Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles 1 & 2, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and serving as Senior Assistant in both Marching and Pep Band. She was a member and President of Sigma Alpha Iota professional women’s music fraternity as well as participating in various other campus organizations and honor societies. Her favorite hobbies include swimming, reading and playing board games. She is very excited to have the opportunity to student teach at Raymore-Peculiar this semester.

Jennifer Gibson, Assistant Director of Bands

Jennifer Gibson began her career as a teacher in 2002 in the Ray-Pec School District. She holds a Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. During her tenure as a teacher her sixth grade choir was recognized through performance at the Missouri Music Educators Association in 2009. She was a Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year top 10 finalist in 2009 and 2012. As a director in the band program, her groups have received superior ratings at festivals. She is a member of professional organizations such as the National Association for Music Education, Missouri Women's Band Director Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, Missouri Band Masters and Missouri State Teachers Association. Currently, her duties include high school Symphonic Band, beginning band, 8th grade band and 7th grade percussion.