Notes from the Band Room #18

January 17, 2016

This Week In Band

You can always check the morning rehearsals on our website: calendar (make sure to refresh your screen). You can subscribe to the rehearsal calendar by clicking on the "+GoogleCalendar" button on the bottom right of the calendar.

iPad users can sync the band calendar to the iCal app! Here it is: BOC Calendar
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Jazz Ensemble News

The week Jazz Ensemble will rehearse on Friday morning at 7:20. This will be our last rehearsal before our performance at Northshore Jazz Fest.

The Northshore Jazz Festival is on January 23.
Arrive at GBS: 8:30 AM (room TBA)
Students will need a ride to GBS, as we do not have a bus budget for this event.
Pick-up from home room: 8:55 AM
Warm-up: 9:05 AM
Performance in the Lyceum: 9:30 AM
Clinic: 9:55 AM
I will share more details with our Jazz musicians tomorrow. In addition, here is the link to the Northshore Jazz Fest's website.

GEF Recital Night

The GEF Recital Night will be held at Attea on Tuesday, February 2. Here is a link to the schedule:
GEF Recital Night Performance Times
The chart for Recital Night is sorted by performing musicians' last names.
On the bottom of this chart are two tabs. The one on the left is for GEF performers.

IGSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest

The IGSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest will be held on Saturday, February 6 at MacArthur Middle School (700 N. Schoenbeck Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60070). Students will need a ride to MacArthur, as we do not have a bus budget for this event. Please plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to your performance time. I will have details about warm-up rooms from the host very soon.
Here is a link to the schedule:
IGSMA Performance Times
The chart for IGSMA is sorted by performing musicians' last names. Be careful - each ensemble is only listed once, so it may be listed under another player's name first. On the bottom of the chart are two tabs. The one on the right is for IGSMA performers.
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Private Lessons - the next step

Many musicians find the single best way to improve on their instrument is to take private lessons with a professional. The Attea band website has been updated to include GBS teachers, as well as other area musicians.
The better you can perform on your instrument, the more fun you have while playing. It's a wonderful thing!!
Attea Band Website

Do you know Flyer Band Alumni?

If so, please ask them to email me ( to be featured in our interviews this year.


If your student is showing great interest in band and needs a musical challenge, please consider private lessons on bassoon or French horn. I can get you started, lend you an instrument and a beginning book, and recommend a private teacher. These instruments help complete the sound and balance of the ensemble.
Please contact me through email for further information.

Parents are invited to visit the band room.

Parents are encouraged to attend any rehearsal from 7:20-8:15 to see exactly how middle school band musicians learn and rehearse music. Even if your child is less than eager to practice at home for you, visitors will see how much our musicians love playing their instruments with a group. An audience makes it even more fun!