McKinney Boyd Band Newsletter
March 1st- March 5th
Solution focused....flexibility is FUNdamental....
As you have pretty much already guessed, we are having to be flexible with our activities/schedule as information keeps coming in. The good news is we have become professionals of "bending" due to circumstances this past year.
Due to the inherent last minute nature of this, we appreciate your patience and we will work out individual scenarios as needed with mutual communication. We are trying to salvage the best that we can.
Here is a short list of things that have been rescheduled so far:
- Robert Selaiden/ Tom Bennett clinics have been rescheduled. Tom Bennett after school rehearsal (Sym 1/Honors) is now on Thursday, March 4th (3:00-5:30)
- Percussion concert has been moved to Thursday, April 15th (Finish your taxes early so can join us :)
- Leadership camp #2 (SASI/Selaiden) has been moved to Saturday, March 20th (Times TBD)
Newsletter Top 10 (As of 2/27)
1. Make sure you view the calendar changes above
2. Pep Rally this week on Wednesday, Read below for info.
3. The Bronco Band will be going to HAWAII next year, read below for more info!!!
4. Solo Originals need to be turned in to your primary band director by March 5th!
5. We will be following up on overdue band fee's next week after we wrap up our final scheduled payment on the 15th. Parents please watch for a follow up email and communicate with our treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need to make a payment on your account, but are not sure how? Please see this document for step by step instructions. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vijsC7ntvd5Gqhh0qCHTpgXIGb_EzvcoxQ7N0YIv6h8/edit?usp=sharing
6. Jazz band 2021-2022 Audition letter/info is now up in canvas page. SEE HERE
7.Updates to the calendar are "complete". Still waiting on 2021 FB schedule. Read below for info on the "major" events.
8. UIL 3/31/21 Recording date ITINERARY (CLICK)
9.View, Order & Share your band photos, Link and more info below for Smugmug!!
10. Seniors, If you would like to be a MISD Scholar artist of the week, read the "blurb" below and send me your application with a hi-res photo! (More info below)
Pep Rally on Wednesday
Spring Pep rally will be this Wednesday 3/3 during 6th and 7th period after the SAT test. **
Wear your red band shirts and bring your flip folders. Pants/leggings and jacket/hoodie would be smart but not required.
You will be dismissed at 12:15 (E lunch will eat D) to come to come down to the band hall to grab your concert instrument and head to the JV stadium behind the school.
Aloha Hawaii 2022!!
We are excited to announce that we will be traveling to O'ahu/Honolulu in May of 2022!
You do not want to miss out on this opportunity!!
There will be an informative zoom meeting on April 1st at 7:00pm where we will talk timeline, cost, itinerary and everything else. If you have any interest at all, please join us. (There is no final commitment to anything by attending the meeting).
****THIS MEETING INCLUDES CURRENT 8TH GRADE FUTURE BRONCO BAND MEMBERS****
Solo Originals need to be turned in before March 5th...
As soon as you have them, please turn in your numbered/named solo originals to your primary band director.
We will scan them into an electronic PDF and return them to you quickly.
We need them before March 5th so we can create our virtual judging folders
Spring Semester Calendar Updates/Adjustments
All clinics this year will be held during school activities except for our 1st Tom Bennett Clinic on 3/4
Symphonic 1= 3:00-4:00pm
Honors Band= 4:00-5:30pm
We are looking forward to hosting band banquet this year on Saturday May 15th.
Due to restrictions for hotels we have come up with a potential alternative that can safely include all band members/families.
We will host banquet on Boyd campus, outside on the south band parking lot. With the exception of dinner/dancing, we will be able to celebrate the year, distribute awards and present our end of year videos like "normal" while maintaining distance protocol.
More info to come soon, but we are excited for this opportunity.
Our contest will be a "home" contest here at MBHS during the normal school day. We will be recording the students/accompanists in class and solo's will be adjudicated virtually.
We are still asking our students to purchase originals to their solos and secure an accompanist.
***Student's can play on copies but originals are proof of purchase and protect copyright laws. Order early because it may take a few weeks to come in.
Here is a link to our accompanist list: ACCOMPANIST (CLICK)
1st accompanist rehearsal (in class/after school) = week before spring break (3/1-3/5)
2nd accompanist rehearsal (in class/after school) = week after spring break (3/15-3/17)
Solo Performance/Recording days (in class/after school) = 3/18 & 3/19
Earning a 1st division on a class 1 OR 2 solo will qualify you for Letter Jacket
UIL, like everything, is being adjusted due to the guidelines of the district/region/state.
We will record our UIL Concert and Sight Reading on the Boyd stage during the day of March 31st. This concert will replace our "preview concert" that was scheduled for April 1st.
We will allow parents to attend for the recording just as we would for UIL. I will have a band specific schedule out soon attached here for your planning.
We will also be hosting the Dowell MS bands in the afternoon for those families that share campuses/siblings.
Fall of 2021 Auditions.....
The end of semester auditions for next year (2021-2022) for the incoming 9th graders and next years 10th, 11th and 12th graders will be submitted virtually through a Canvas classroom APRIL 26th-28th
You will record/perform as many major scales (12 maximum) and your full range chromatic scale in as many octaves as you are able to in a SINGLE video submission. (only 1 video accepted from each audition-er). Arpeggios are not necessary and will get you no extra credit for this audition.
Stay updated each Newsletter for more updates....
Virtual students can and should attend live in-person after school sectionals if they plan on participating in UIL/concerts.
**Students who cannot participate will need to make up the missed grades with an alternate assignment determined by their primary band director.
Honors Band: ADJUSTED/UPDATED****
Monday: Lw. Brass 4:45-6:15***
Tuesday: Horns 3:30-5:00***
Wednesday: Saxophones 3:00-4:30, Trumpets 4:45-6:15
Thursday: Flutes 3:00-4:30, Clarinets 3:00-4:30
Monday: Saxophone 3:00-4:30, Horns 4:45-6:16
Tuesday: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon 3:00-4:30, Trumpet 4:45-6:15
Wednesday:Clarinet, Bs. Clarinet 3:00-4:30
Thursday: Lw. Brass 3:00-4:30
Monday: Clarinet 3:00-4:00, Oboe 4:00-5:00
Tuesday:Trumpet 3:00-4:00, Horn 4:00-5:00
Wednesday: Flute 3:00-4:00, Saxophone 4:00-5:00
Thursday:Trombone 3:00-4:00, Euph./Tuba 4:00-5:00
Concert Band: Does not have after school sectionals.
Spring Trip: Update
Latest update (2/7):
More and more families are receiving their refunds. Please insist on speaking with a manager/higher up. This seems to be a winning strategy.
Our booster band president is a great resource of getting examples of documentation that you may need. (All examples should be in the folder below)
MISD has cancelled any ability to host outside over night trips for the remainder of the school year. (UIL Concert & SR, Winterguard, day trips do not fall under this umbrella).
Families have been steadily recieving refunds from the insurance company and we are finding that it is taking a bit more "active" insistence to get that response.
I have added the following tips in the Claim folder link below from a parent that has found success in getting their refund. (CLICK HERE for the Shortcut)
***Those families that purchased insurance will have to go back to their claim and adjust the amount that has been refunded!
All families who have purchased insurance can now begin filing their claims.
Our dates are 4/24-4/27.
***Even though we are making progress, there are still forms that we do not have access to and are working to get more information. Please feel free to call/work with the insurance company for clarifications. I will update forms in the hub as I get them.
We have 15 months from point of cancellation to complete our claims.
Information that I currently have access to for claim purposes:
Official Cancellation date: 3/24/20 (NEW CANCELLATION LETTER NOW ADDED TO DRIVE)
Original Deposit date: 6/10/2019
Google Drive Claim Document Hub for Parents
(Will continue to be updated as information is made available to me):
I hope that it is clear we are being as transparent in this process as we can and are all working to find solutions for everyone.
***Understand that this is a point of high stress for every director/travel agency in the country at this point. I do not have all the answers but you can rest assured that taking care of our families is the highest point of focus right now and doing right by you is my highest priority. I am doing EVERYTHING in my power to protect you and find solutions. If you reach out to me with trip questions, I will respond as quickly as I can within 24-48hrs. I appreciate all your grace and patience.
Seniors only! Scholar Artist's of the Week up for grabs!
1. Edit this file in the original Microsoft word format.
2. Turn it in with a High Resolution .jpg photo of yourself to Mr. Treadwell
Encourage you to brag about yourself a bit on the application. Probably good to keep it during your HS years and fairly Fine Arts related. Although if you are next in line to overthrow Joey Chestnut in the Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Competition, that may be something exciting to hear about. ;)
Volunteer work, Church Mission trips, after school jobs, plans after high school are always encouraged to include.
Remind 101 UPDATE/ARCHIVE: Resign up for new group ASAP
Remind is the quickest and easiest way for us to send information out. ***We require all students to join and strongly encourage parents to do also in order to stay informed.
Text the following code to the #81010 :
9th grade student: @boydband9
10th grade student: @boydband10
11th grade student: @boydband11
12th grade student: @boydband12
9th grade parent: @mbbandfm9
10th grade parent: @mbbandfm10
11th grade parent: @mbbandfm11
12th grade parent: @mbbandfm12
Incoming parent/student (current 8th grader): @mbhs8to9
Calendar for the Week
Monday (3/1)- Sym 2 FBR w/ Perc 4:00-5:00, Sym 1 FBR w/ Perc 4:15-5:45, Accompanist Rehearsals in class/after school
Tuesday (3/2)- SAT testing, Pep Rally,After school sectionals (Refer to google calendar), Accompanist Rehearsals in class/after school, Dowell "Pre-UIL" Concert
Wednesday (3/3)- After school sectionals (Refer to google calendar),Accompanist Rehearsals in class/after school
Thursday (3/4) - Accompanist Rehearsals in class/after school, Tom Bennett rehearsal after school for Sym 1 (3:00-4:00) and Honors (4:00-5:30)
Friday (3/5)- Accompanist Rehearsals in class/after school
Saturday(3/6)- Happy Spring Break!
3/1-3/5: 1st Accompanist rehearsals (In class/After school)
3/3: Spring Pep Rally**Change
3/4: Tom Bennett After school clinic (Sym 1/ Honors)
3/20: Leadership Camp #2
3/31: UIL Concert/Sight Reading Recording day Concert
4/1: Spring 2022 Band Trip informative zoom meeting***
4/12: Backup date for Honors/Sym 1 UIL recording
4/15: Percussion Concert
4/26-4/27: Auditions for Fall 2021
5/3: WW/Guard Leadership Auditions
5/4: Brass/Percussion Leadership Audtions
5/5: Drum Major Auditions
5/11: Spring Concert
5/13: "Jazz in the Courtyard"
5/15: Band Banquet
5/17-5/18: Mini Marching Camp
5/22: Band Registration