PRACTICE RECORDS: All band/orchestra students have a regular weekly practice record due at the beginning of their music class on Friday, January 19th.
NO SCHOOL MONDAY: There is no school on Monday, January 15th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Enjoy the long weekend!
CLASS PHOTOS: On Friday, January 19th, students must wear the required concert attire during their regular band/orchestra class while we take class photos for the yearbook. It is unlikely that students will need to bring instruments to school that day as well. I will either confirm or disconfirm that with the students at some point this week. Students that are absent that day or do not have complete concert attire on Friday will not be included in the class photos. It’s possible that one or more of the SRHS marching band volunteer parents will also come that day to take measurements of each 8th grader planning to do marching band. These measurements would be used to help the parent volunteers either identify existing marching uniforms that would be the best possible fit for each student, or order new uniforms in case marching band enrollment exceeds current uniform supply.
THIS WEEK: At this early stage, all classes are in the “basics” phase in which we are learning to play pitches and rhythms with steady tempo in manageable chunks in each of their new pieces of repertoire. During the first week of January, each class made their own, separate set of goals and deadlines to guide them through preparing their repertoire leading up to festival performances. Parents, you can play a significant positive role in your student’s (and their class’s) achievement of their goals. I encourage you to ask to see your child’s planning form and ask them questions about it. Festival season is our biggest long-term project of the school year, and semi-regular conversation about their progress, as well as accountability for advancement and perseverance, is helpful in the development of their repertoire.
ADVANCED BAND: Please vote for your festival repertoire via the link on your class page before class on Tuesday! At the time I am writing this, about half of the class still needs to submit their votes!
DEADLINE APPROACHING: While deadlines cannot legally be placed on voluntary donations, our invoice for our Forum Music Festivals participation is due soon. We have until February 2nd to raise the funds necessary to send classes on their respective Spring Trips. Please see the financial update blog post below for the latest figures for each class. Donation forms are available to print on the Documents/Forms page, and copies will be available in the classroom as well.
SSC: SSC will meet at lunch on Tuesday and Thursday as normal.
CHAMBER MUSIC: Chamber music ensemble rehearsals are all normal this week, except that Monday lunch rehearsals are obviously cancelled due to the day off of school.