Notes from the Band Room #14

December 6, 2015


Our 2nd trimester lesson schedules have been posted in Schoology.
Mondays - most 8th graders
Tuesdays - Omni
Wednesdays - Journey
Thursdays - most 7th graders
Fridays - some 7th & 8th graders

Recital Night/Solo & Ensemble Contest Form DUE TOMORROW!

The deadline for solo and ensemble contest has passed. Every band student must turn in the form (attached to this email) to let me know how/when you'll be participating.
The Eleventh Annual GEF Recital Night will be held on Tuesday, February 2 at Attea (this is different than originally printed in the band handbook). Recital Night is a required performance for members of Attea’s Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Beginning Band members may choose to perform, too.

IGSMA (Illinois Grade School Music Association) Solo and Ensemble Contest will be held on Saturday, February 6 at MacArthur Middle School in Prospect Heights. The sign-up sheet has been attached to this email.

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 Band News

Jazz Band will rehearse tomorrow at 3:00.
Our next performances will be at the Holiday Assembly on December 18th and at the Northshore Jazz Festival on January 23.

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!