Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hoodie/tshirt order information

Hi All,
Our sample sizes for the band hoodie/tshirts should be arriving shortly. Please go ahead and pay for your hoodie/tshirt combo either by check or online (online option should be up tomorrow or Thursday). The amount is $21.50. Checks should be made payable to MMS. Please be sure your student's name is on the check. If paying in cash please put the money in an envelope with your student's name on it. Do NOT hand me cash unless it is in an envelope with your name on it!!!!
I will fill in the size for each student in class.
We need to send the order out by October 12th so please have your payment in by the end of next week.
Wind Ensemble will wear their hoodies and/or tshirts for field trips. All music students can wear their hoodie or tshirt for spirit days.
Once the order goes in I will get back to you with information on when we can expect delivery of our order.
Ms. S.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

First in class playing tests for 7th and 8th grade next Tuesday

The first in class playing test for 7th and 8th grade Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be on Tuesday, September 29th.
We have been working on the chromatic scale in class.

Symphonic band playing test is in Essential Elements book 2 , #185 on pg. 37 tempo of at least quarter note= 60 and no faster than 120.

Wind Ensemble playing test is in Essential Technique book 3, #5 on pg. 2 tempo of at least eighth note = 116 no faster than 160.
These will be individual playing tests.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Maywood Band 2015-2016

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year at Maywood Middle School.

Our first day of school was vibrant and full of positive energy!

All music students have their first assignment which is to navigate to this website, find and read the band handbook, print the front page, sign and return it by September 18th. Please let me know if you don't have a printer at home and I can give you a hard copy.

I will be sharing information through the website so be sure to get connected so you receive notification when there is something new. See the lower right hand corner of this home page for instructions.

Most of the documents I hand out will be available on this website under Maywood Band Documents and then either in the main list or under your grade if it is specific to your level.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

From Mr. Tanner to 8th grade band students

Hello New Liberty Band Students and Families,

I am extremely excited to have all of you join the Liberty Band community in just a couple of months! Judging from the performances you gave this year and conversations with Ms. Sunmark, this group of incoming freshman is a special group of musicians.  

First, I want to bring your attention to our summer band camp which runs August 17th-21st from 12:30pm-3:30pm.  All percussionists are required to stay an extra hour for sectional time until 4:30pm.  Students who can’t make the camp are expected to submit a playing test of the marching music during the second week of school.  This camp is required of all band students and it serves a couple purposes.  First, we need to be ready to play about 12 pieces of music for our first football game during the first or second week of school.    Second, this camp serves to welcome new members and help establish the Liberty Band community.  I get the impression that veteran band members look forward to band camp every year.

Please communicate with me if your student has a prearranged schedule conflict.  I would like to know about potential problems sooner rather than later.  

*Private Lessons—Now is the time to find a private teacher or keep taking private lessons.  The pace and difficulty of music is much accelerated compared to middle school.   A private teacher can really help your student grow leaps and bounds. Your student’s musicianship is a serious asset for obtaining college scholarships and admittance.  Please contact me if you need help finding a private teacher.

I understand that there are many fees associated with classes and that they present a substantial burden on many families.  Please communicate with me if you feel that any of these fees will present a financial hardship to your family.

*Fees to pay in the fall:

  • $15 course fee (covers transportation and festival fees)
  • $10 uniform use fee (for marching band jackets)
  • $7 band shirt (watch for more info later)
  • $11 Band hat (watch for more info later)
  • ($150 instrument rental fee for some students renting instrument from LHS)
  • ($50 percussion fee for percussionists only)
*Materials to purchase

  • Tux or black suit for men with cummerbund and bow tie(approximately $113)
  • Dress for women (approximately $65)
  • black dress pants (no jeans or leggings)
  • black shoes— All black.  No white on soles or logos or any part (could be dress shoes)
  • Flip folder—These are available at Mills Music, Kennelly Keys, or Amazon.  Follow this link to see an example: http://www.amazon.com/Grover-TR9400-Trophy-Flip-Folder/dp/B00065LM2E
  • Lyre—Please visit a music shop to make sure you get one that fits your instrument.  Flute players will need to ask about an arm brace that holds the flip folder.
Why does my kid have to buy a tux?  Starting in high school and continuing to the professional level, the standard concert attire is a tux.  All of the high schools in the district also wear tuxes for performances.  In my research, I have found that purchasing a tux is the same price as renting a tux for the year.  I am ok if your student wears a black suit (not blue, brown, ect…) with bow tie and cummerbund.

To take a look at next year’s performance calendar please visit my website: https://sites.google.com/site/libertyhighschoolbandandguitar/

Please contact me with an questions or concerns you may have about the materials or schedule.

Jared Tanner
Director of Bands
Liberty High School

Monday, June 1, 2015

End of year information for Maywood Band

Ms. Sunmark is back at Maywood as of today, June 1st. We will be continuing to play instruments until Thursday, June 11th. All students with Maywood instruments should return them by Friday, June 12th.
8th graders please check with Mr. Tanner at Liberty if you will need to rent an instrument next year.
6th and 7th graders, if you are continuing in band next year and need your Maywood instrument all you need to do is pay part or all of your 2015-2016 rental fee. If your Maywood instrument needs maintenance you should take it directly to Matt Schneider and then pick it up from him when it is done. If you only require regular maintenance your rental fee covers the repair. Any repairs beyond regular maintenance need to be covered by you.
See Ms. Sunmark if you have questions.

Briarwood 1st Grade Concert a Success

The Briarwood First Grade Concert was held on Tuesday, May 19th.
Students performed folk and Americana tunes such as This Land is Your Land and She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain.
Singers and audience members had a great time. Congratulations Briarwood 1st Graders.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wind Ensemble Reigns Superior at Eastshore Region Band Festival

Wind Ensemble received a superior rating under the direction of Deborah Kovach at the Eastshore Region Band Festival 

Students were inspired by their clinic with Mariko Lane

Lunch at Red Robin

Steffano enjoys his bottomless rootbeer floats