MMS Band Update

Week of September 5, 2016

Band Parents and Students

Welcome to our first newsletter update! Here you'll find everything you need to know about band for this week.


Car decal order forms and money are due on Tuesday, Sept. 6. This is the one time we will be ordering this year. Do not miss your chance to support the band. The order form can be found here.


The first band payment (down payment of $40) is due on Friday, Sept. 9. Pay online here or with a check written to Melissa ISD. Check your Charms account to see previous payments and fees still owed.


Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

6th Grade

Last Week....

We learned:

  • the musical alphabet
  • lines and spaces of the treble and bass clefs
  • how to read quarter, half, and whole notes and their respective rests
  • the parts of our instrument
  • how to set up the "small instrument"

This Week....

  • Practice cards begin and are due next Tuesday (Sept. 13)
  • Learning how to play our instruments
  • Practicing note reading and rhythm counting
  • Wednesday: Quiz over the instrument diagram



At home:

  • Woodwinds can practice on their "small instruments" (5-10 mins/day)
  • Brass can practice on their mouthpieces (5-10 mins/day)



We should NOT be playing on the full instrument..... yet!

Symphonic Band

Last Week....

We worked on:
  • Improving tone quality
  • Great posture
  • Playing fundamentals
  • The Chorale

This Week....

For practice at home:
  • Fundamentals
  • The Chorale
  • Concert Bb and Eb scales
  • Fight Song


3 Music First assignments due Sunday, Sept. 11 (by midnight)


Sectionals begin NEXT WEEK (Sept. 12) - 4:15-5:15pm in the band hall!

  • Mon: saxes (all)
  • Tues: clarinet
  • Thurs: flute

Wind Ensemble

Last Week...

We worked on:
  • Fundamentals
  • Concert Bb Scale
  • The Chorale
  • Fight Song

This Week....

For practice at home:
  • Fundamentals
  • The Chorale
  • Concert Bb, Eb, Ab scales
  • Fight Song
  • m. 1-8 All Region music -- both etudes


3 Music First assignments due Sunday, Sept. 11 (by midnight)


Sectionals begin NEXT WEEK (Sept. 12) - 4:15-5:15pm in the band hall!

  • Mon: saxes (all)
  • Tues: clarinet
  • Thurs: flute