Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Parent volunteers are needed for help at our concert on November 18th.

Please see the link in the right hand column for parent volunteers. Click on this link to sign up!

We need parent volunteers to supervise students in the warm up rooms and help them get to the stage when it's time to perform. 3 for 6th grade and one each for 7th and 8th grade. We also need 3-4 parents to help with programs and getting audience members seated. You would need to be at the Liberty Performing Arts Center by 5:45. Once the programs are handed out and students are either seated in the auditorium or on stage you can join your family in the auditorium.
Please make sure they save you a seat:-)

DATE: 11/18/2014 (Tue 5:45PM - 6:30PM)

LOCATION: Liberty Performing Arts Center

Friday, November 7, 2014

First Maywood Band Concert Tuesday November 18th at LHS Performing Arts Center

Hi Everyone,

This is a reminder that we have our first concert on Tuesday, November 18th at the Liberty High School Performing Arts Center. All band students are required to attend and should be in their warm up room in the Arts Center by 6pm. The concert starts at 6:30pm. Seating is limited so please consider just inviting immediate family members. We will have one section reserved for music students so they can watch the other groups as they are performing.

Please review the "What to Wear" document in "Maywood Documents" (right hand column).  I've made two minor updates. 7th grade boys should wear a white long sleeve button down shirt. 7th and 8th grade girls may wear open toed shoes. All other information is the same as you read in the band handbook at the beginning of the year. Please take the band dress code seriously.

And please email me if you any questions or concerns about the concert.

Ms. S.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Student to student tutoring available on Wednesdays in November

6th graders, would you like some extra help or just a fun opportunity to work with a 7th or 8th grade band student? Add your name to the sign up sheet in the band room! Sessions are on Wednesdays in November after school starting at 3:30 and going at least until 4.
Ms. Sunmark will be here as well.
You can either arrange to be picked up or take the activity bus (if you finish before the activity bus arrives you can go to the library).


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Two concert opportunities
Ms. Sunmark will be performing with both the Federal Way Symphony and the Tacoma Symphony in their upcoming season openers
It would be great to see you all in the audience!
Federal Way Symphony
Sunday, October 5th 2:00 pm
Red-hot opera hits from Verdi, Wagner, Puccini and Bizet (Carmen), performed by internationally-acclaimed tenor Eduardo Villa, soprano Corinna Quilliam and baritone Michael Nim.
Single tickets are available now - $32 advance purchase for adults, $31 advance purchase for seniors. Day of show prices are $35 for adults, $31 for seniors, $15 for students with ID, and free for youth 18 and under.

Call 253.529.9857 for tickets!
Tacoma Symphony
Saturday, October 25th 7:30 pm

Featuring: Evelyn Glennie, percussion
& Tacoma Symphony Women's Chorus
Geoffrey Boers, director
Location: Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $19 & up (adults); $12 & up (students)
Ravel: Bolero
O'Boyle: Portraits of Immortal Love, Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra [World Premiere]
Debussy: Nocturnes
Respighi: Pines of Rome
for tickets go to

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

One-on-One lessons with our professional musicians

Our professional musicians are visiting our classes to introduce themselves to the students. This week Florie Rothenberg (clarinet), Bruce Carpenter (oboe, bassoon, saxophone and clarinet), Rose Johnson (flute) and Rulon Brown (saxophone, flute, composition, improvisation, computer music) were here to work with instrument sections or give a presentation to the entire class.
Next week Jacob Tacher (percussion), Rebecca Musselwhite (low brass) and John Groves (low brass) will be visiting. I am corresponding with a trumpet instructor and hope to have him come to Maywood in the next week or so.

Florie, Bruce and John are now teaching after school at Maywood. We would like for Rose, Rulon, Jacob and Rebecca to join us but we need to fill up their schedule in order for it to make sense for them financially. They do currently teach either out of their home studio or a music shop.

Please let me know if you would like me to connect you to an instructor by emailing me at

You will find contact information for many of them in the band handbook as well.

Private lessons are the best way to insure good habits and success. Plus its just plain FUN!

Safety in the Band Room

Today I talked with each class about the importance of our safety at Maywood and what we would do in case of a lock down procedure or in the case of a real emergency situation. In the past we have stayed in the bandroom, turned off the lights and locked our doors. With our new instrument locker storage area we have a much safer location to go in these situations. If it were not safe for us to leave the building the storage area offers enough room for both the orchestra and band students and gives us a second set of locked doors.
Your student may share our discussion with you at home and I wanted you to have the same information.
Families will be receiving more information in the near future about our district policy on safety.
Please email me if you have any questions about our procedure in the band room.

Music Library Help Needed

For the past 5 years I have had the help of the most amazing volunteer, Bill Jo, a grandfather of a former band students. He came to Maywood every Friday to make copies and organize our music library. Bill is not able to be here this year.

I am hoping to find a few parents who have time during the school day on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays to help with our music library. We have an ongoing project that is halfway completed. We are making master copies of each piece of repertoire that will make copying for the ensemble more streamlined. Many of the originals come in a size that isn't easy to make multiple copies of.

If you are able to help please email me at and let me know what would work in your schedule.

Thank you so much everyone!
Ms. S.