2015-16 Madison Beginning Band


1. please help your student bookmark our beginning band website on the computer or tablet they have access to at home. click below or use qr code to the right.

2. please send payment for notebook/smart music in envelope (inside cover of notebook)

$39.00 for Notebook and Smart music - for first time band members

$ 3.00 for Notebook - if you already own Smart Music for an older sibling, they can share the subscription

Cash or checks made payable to District 181, envelope in front pocket of band notebook.

For families new to Smart Music: Fill out short form on the envelope so I can help your child set up their Smart Music account. We will need:

1) an email address (yours OR your students' non D181 address)

2) a user name

3) password your child will remember

Special note to families that already own the software - on the envelope, please provide the user name, password & email that your older student uses. I will show your child how to add themselves to the account.

3. sign your child's practice record each week

As I told the kids, I understand that 90 min. may be tough this first week. This system will help us stay connected and allows you to see your child's weekly point totals on the top of the practice record. For new families, these points are swapped for "composer bucks" and students can use them to buy pop music and other fun music related items from my "Treasure Chest" that comes around monthly.

4. enroll in remind 101

I will only use this for emergency before school rehearsal cancellations. This will be the only way to communicate this information to you. Don't worry your phone number will not be shared with the teacher or anyone else in the class.

The easiest way to join is by text:

To: 81010

Message: @madisonba

5. Add the following dates to your family 2016 calendar:

Wednesdays = Band Days = bring your instrument & supplies

September 9th - EARLY BAND MEETING - lessons during the day

September 16th - NO EARLY BAND - lessons only during the day

September 23rd - NO EARLY BAND - lessons only during the day

September 30th - EARLY BAND BEGINS @ 7:45 am + lessons during the day

Every Wednesday going forward will be early band at 7:45 am & lessons

Rehearsals at HMS, students are bused over

Tuesdays - Jan 12 & 19, Apr 26 & May 3: 2:30-3:45 (perc only stays until 4:30 pm)

Percussion only - Jan 5 & April 19 - 3:30-4:30 pm

Concerts at HMS in the gym

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm

6. look at university of illinois marching band concert permission slip in notebook

Plenty of time to decide on this one, deadline is November 6th, trip is Sunday, November 15th.
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