Monday, March 17, 2014

Liberty Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band Auditions

Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band  information and materials are available at the following link for all 8th grade band students interested in auditioning for either of these groups.

Audition times are available at Maywood, Wednesday April 16th from 8:30 - 9:30am and Thusday, April 17th from 2:30 - 4:00pm. There will be a sign up sheet in the Maywood band room.

If you are interested in Wind Ensemble please register for Symphonic Band. If you are accepted into Wind Ensemble we will change your schedule.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Band Concert March 4th!

Hi All,
Our concert is next Tuesday at the Liberty Performing Arts Center.
Jazz Band students must be there and ready to rehearse at 5:20.
All other students call time is 6:00pm.
6th grade will gather in the choir/orchestra room and 7th and 8th grade will gather in the band room. Same as last time.
I will posting this message on our website as well as a link for parent volunteers. I need one parent to help with programs, one or two to help with seating in the auditorium, one parent for each warm up room and one to monitor our recording device (very easy).click here to volunteer

If you are in Aladdin and are not in jazz band you should plan to be picked up from your Aladdin rehearsal at 5:30 to give you enough time to eat and change. You must be at Liberty by 6:00pm.
Please follow the band dress code (check the handbook if you need a reminder) or you will be asked to change. Jazz Band students will wear their regular concert clothing not jazz band attire.

As always, students are required to stay for the entire performance and help clean up.
We will have a section of seating roped off for the 6th graders. 7th and 8th graders will stand along the walls when not performing. This will allow for more seating for family members.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Time to Start Planning for Solo and Ensemble

On Saturday, March 8th hundreds of music students from the Eastshore Region will descend on Islander Middle School for our Solo and Ensemble Festival. Participants prepare a solo or small ensemble (duet, trio, quartet....) and perform in front of a professional adjudicator. Students receive a critique and a certificate with a gold, silver or bronze rating. It isn't a competition. Any student can receive a gold based on how well he or she performs.

Plan on around an hour of your time for arrival, warm up and performance and possibly staying to hear other performers. Dress in concert attire.

This is an optional event and one I highly recommend. If you are taking private lessons you should select your music with your instructor. If you are not studying privately see Ms. Sunmark for music suggestions.

Your music must be a written published piece of the classical or jazz but  not "pop" style.

I'll post another message when registration forms are available but you should be selecting and working on your music now if you are interested in participating.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Private Lessons make a great gift

The Maywood private lesson program has openings for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, low brass and newly music!

We have just added a new instructor to our program. Rulon Brown will be here on Thursdays for saxophone, flute and computer music. Rulon has visited our classrooms and met the students. He is a gifted musician with a degree from Cornish and we are thrilled to have him join us.

Contact Ms. Sunmark for more information about any of our private instructors.

White Elephant Gift Exchange

All band classes have decided to have a white elephant gift exchange on Friday Dec. 20th.
Participation is optional.
Students wishing to participate should bring an inexpensive gift, either something laying around the house that you don't want anymore or were planning on donating to Goodwill:-) or something new. $5-$10 at the most.
Wrap the gift but don't put a tag on it.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Holiday Gift Idea!

At the beginning of the year I supplied a large box full of pencils for students who forgot theirs. The instructions were to use the pencil and put it back.

The box is now completely empty:-)

Please consider donating a pack of pencils to our cause.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Our First Concert is Tuesday, November 19th at the Liberty Performing Arts Center

I'm sending this important reminder through family access and posting it on our website.
Our first concert is Tuesday, Nov 19th at the Liberty Performing Arts Center.
All band students are required to attend the concert.
Please see your band handbook for specifics on concert etiquette and concert clothing.
Students should arrive at the Liberty Performing Art Center between 5:30 and 5:45. 6th grade band will warm up in the choir/orchestra room and 7th and 8th grade band will warm up in the band room.
The concert begins promptly at 6:30 in the auditorium, hurray!
All band students must stay for the entire concert and help clean up afterward.
The concert will be under one hour. Please plan ahead.
All students should be picked up from Liberty after the concert by 8:00pm. Supervision cannot be guaranteed after 8pm.