Mrs. Herman's Band Newsletter

January 2016

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Winter Concert -- DVDs

Congratulations! We had a wonderful winter concert this past December. The kids played so great and you should all be very proud of yourselves. At our concert, the students played nine wonderful compositions, all which can be heard again on our new Holiday Concert DVD.


DVDs are being sold by John Martin Videography, a videographer located in Greenville, SC. Regular DVDs will be sold for $12 and Blu-ray DVDs will be also available for $17. These are wonderful prices and can make the perfect (late) Christmas gift.


If interested, please pick-up an order form in the band room. Order forms are due no later than January 15th.

Region Auditions

Saturday, Jan. 9th 2016 at 8am

3000 East Gap Creek Road

Greer, SC

Don't forget, Region Auditions will be January 9th, 2015 at Greer High School. Students auditioning should receive their audition ticket from Mrs. Herman as well as receive their audition time. This is very important information, please be mindful of your audition time, eat a nice breakfast, and leave your house with enough time for your student to sign-in, warm-up, and find their audition room.


Students must perform their prepared All-State solo, seven major scales, along with their chromatic scale, and will be given two sight reading practices. Keep in mind, these are blind auditions and your judge will be unable to see you.

Greenville All-County Auditions

Tuesday, Jan. 12th 2016 at 5:15pm

1190 Holland Road

Simpsonville, SC

Don't forget, County Auditions will be January 12th, 2015 at Mauldin Middle School. Students auditioning should receive their audition ticket from Mrs. Herman as well as receive their audition time. This is very important information, please be mindful of your audition time, and leave your house with enough time for your student to sign-in, warm-up, and find their audition room.


Students must perform their prepared All-State solo, seven major scales, along with their chromatic scale, and will be given two sight reading practices. Keep in mind, these auditions are NOT blind and you will be able to see and talk with your judge.

All -State Junior Terms

Keep in mind, along with your prepared scales and etude, you will also be asked to define five musical terms as a part of your audition. At the junior level, their are 45 terms. Please study and have these terms prepared for your audition.

Attention 7th Graders!

All seventh graders must have the second version of their method book, Standard of Excellence (with the blue stripe), by January 11th as we will begin instruction in this book from now on.


Please go to Pecknel Music Store or Musical Innovations to purchase this book. For more information about these music supply stores, please visit the band website under the Materials tab.


Be mindful to purchase the correct book corresponding to your student's instrument of study.

Need Reeds?

Woodwind players who need reeds may find them available for purchase at the band room sold at the regular retail price found at Pecknel or Musical Innovations.


Currently, only single reeds (no full packs) are being sold through the band room in two varying sizes. Also, we only carry reeds for single reeded instruments such as clarinets, bass clarinets (limited sizes), alto saxophones, and tenor saxophones (limited sizes)


Student may pay in cash or build credit. Keep in mind, students with credit will receive a payment notice until the fine is paid off. After two months, the fine will be charged through the school and must be paid off in order to receive things such as yearbook, lunch, and even advancement into the next grade.

Spring Concert

Mark your calendars! Our Spring Concert will take place May 19th, 2016 at 6:45 pm. Please come join us to hear some wonderful spring compositions!

New Instruments!

The band program would like to thank Mr. Bradley Wingate, Visual and Performing Arts Director of Greenville County Schools, and Mr. Burke Royster, Superintendent of Greenville County Schools, for donating over 2 million dollars worth of equipment to fund all performing arts schools in the district allowing us to purchase new music stands and instruments. Thanks so Much!

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