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  • April 1 Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 4/1/2020

    Good morning!

     

    There’s an old tradition that on the first day of the month, you should say “Rabbit, rabbit,” upon waking to ensure good luck for the rest of the month.  So today we say a hearty “Rabbit, rabbit!” to you hoping for good things in April.

     

    VIRTUAL BAND

    Tomorrow, April 2, we will get to participate in our first full band video chat using Google Meet.  6th grade band will meet at 8:00, 8th grade band will meet at 10:00, and 7th grade band will meet at 12:00.  Yes, you’ll use your instrument! More information and instructions to follow.

     

    SMART MUSIC

    Here’s a review of what we sent about SmartMusic yesterday.  Remember, anything you turn in is to help you continue to progress on your instrument.  Just like Technique Classes and Band Rehearsal, you will get feedback. Make sure to read all of the notes your director writes on anything you submit.  If you are done with that piece, great, if not you will be reassigned the exercise to put some of those suggestions into place. Be sure to check the Reassigned area on your SM home page.

     

    Keep in mind that Smart Music is dealing with a LOT of other people accessing the platform at this time.  If you have trouble with things running too slowly try using it early in the morning or waiting until later in the afternoon or evening and you may find things running smoothly.

     

    Here is a quick review of some basic troubleshooting strategies as well:

    • Make sure to log off Smart Music each time you finish with it, and log back in the next time you want to use it.  Leaving it logged on all the time makes it angry.
    • If your recording is not starting at the beginning of the song, remember to click the beginning of the first measure before you try again.  The track pads on the Chromebooks are very sensitive and you may have inadvertently clicked to start in the middle of the song. If that doesn’t work, reload the exercise.
    • Turn your volume up on both your Chromebook and in Smart Music (under TRACKS) to make sure you can hear it.  Earbuds/headphones/etc are also great options!  Remember the video in Classroom of Mr. LoPresto playing with those other teachers - ALL the teachers on that video were using headphones to hear the metronome and that is how they stayed exactly together.
    • If you are recording one of the full band pieces you can play along with the accompaniment if you would like.  It’s pretty great to hear how your part fits into the rest of the band!
    • When you are practicing you can do things like speed up/slow down the metronome or add in My Part.  When you record to submit you will have to have the My Part off and the metronome at the original tempo or Smart Music won’t let you submit it.
    • Don’t try to play directly from the Chromebook screen.  Use your printed music or book on a music stand and put your Chromebook to the side (just like we do at school).

     

    ASSIGNMENT DUE BY FRIDAY, APRIL 3 at 9:00 pm:  You should be practicing around 10 minutes each day.  More is never bad! Please plan to turn in a minimum of TWO Smart Music exercises this week (Tuesday-Friday).  This can be your choice from book exercises or full band excerpts. 8th graders, one of your assignments can be from your Flipgrid option.  If you choose to do that make sure to also complete one Smart Music exercise.

     

    TRI-M (only applies to select 7th and 8th grade members)

    Make sure to check the Tri-M Google Classroom for a poll to see where you each are with your total hours to date.  Please complete the poll by tonight.

     

    Stay well, stay safe, and we look forward to actually seeing our students through video tomorrow.  We’ve missed you terribly!

     

    Mr. LoPresto and Ms. Wooden

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  • 3/20 Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 3/20/2020

    update 3/20

    Good afternoon!

     

    With our first week of distance learning coming to a close, we wanted to send out some information and suggestions to keep everyone in the loop and to provide the best opportunities for our students.

    DISTANCE LEARNING

    While we are under the state’s current school closures through March 30, it’s a good idea to keep up with playing at home.  Keeping up with daily playing will maintain muscle strength and memory as well as reading skills and playing technique. During these unusual times, it is important to take steps to maintain a sense of normalcy.  Every day, we play at school. While students’ home practice routines typically vary widely, everyone has that time at school playing on their instruments. It is highly recommended to use that same time we’d be playing at school at home during this time.  Not only is playing music fun (the reason we do this in the first place!), playing at home will help make the transition back to school much easier. The SmartMusic assignments sent home for Technique Class bookwork and Full Band music are great ways to keep up with playing.  Nothing submitted through Smart Music will hurt grades. These submissions are just like class...students play for us and get feedback. Either we move on to the next thing or they continue working on that exercise/concept/section and then try again. Smart Music just gives us an opportunity to do that remotely.

     

    Don’t forget to check Google Classroom and our social media sites for additional opportunities to experience music while we are on our extended spring break!

     

    Any students who would like to submit photos of their home practice session, please do!  District 47 is looking for photos to highlight learning that is occuring at home. We would love to highlight what our band students are up to!

     

    IGSMA DISTRICT CONTEST

    Since the school closings began this week, we received updated instructions that recordings would be accepted up to three weeks after school resumes, whenever that may be.  With this new information, Jazz Ensemble is planning to make and submit a recording within a week or two of our return. Jazz Ensemble members should keep working on their contest music as well as get a jump start on the new music that went out early this week - whenever we get back, there will be lots to do!

     

    FOX VALLEY HONORS BAND

    The FVHB sectionals for Monday have been canceled.  We do not know if/when they will be rescheduled or if the event will even happen.  We will continue to provide information as we have it so that parents and the selected 8th grade students will be informed.

     

    BLUE LAKE FINE ARTS CAMP

    With school cancellations happening nationwide, Blue Lake has extended their scholarship application window.  When we return to school, we’ll be in touch with our representative to reschedule his visit.

     

    EMAILS

    Parents, please double check that your email information is correct in ParentVue and update as needed.  Students, ask your parents to do this in case they are not receiving our emails!!!

     

    STAN KENTON LEGACY ORCHESTRA - cancelled

    As of Wednesday evening, the Kenton Band cancelled their spring tour.  That means that our joint concert on April 22 is also cancelled. Their director, Mike Vax, is working with all the host venues from this spring to investigate a one-year postponement, to April 2021.  We are investigating the possibility of making this shift, but as you can imagine there are a lot of pieces involved, even without considering the current climate. If we are able to move forward, we’ll get you that information as soon as we are able.  For everyone who has already purchased tickets or ad spots, we will refund your payments. We can start to process those once we are back in school; your patience is appreciated.

     

    BAND BANQUET

    Each year in May we take an evening to celebrate the accomplishments of our young musicians with an evening of food and awards.  This year the band banquet will be held on Thursday, May 21. For many years we had a few wonderful, hardworking parents who handled all of the arrangements for decorations and food, however, they have moved on to the high school and we are in need of some people to take over! Mrs. Carslon has generously agreed to be our parent point-person for this year’s event.  If you are willing to help her out please let us know so that we can pass along your contact information.

     

    You made it to the end - YAY!  Have a great weekend and stay safe!

     

    ~Mrs. Wooden and Mr. LoPresto

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  • Important Update

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 3/13/2020

    When the week began we really only thought we would be dealing with the change to Daylight Savings, a full moon, Friday the 13th, a winter concert, and IGSMA Contest.  No sweat, right? Well, life has a way of changing things up and right now we are on quite the adventure. Please read below for updates, and please also know that like everything else...the band department is in flux and we will continue to communicate with you as things change.

    WINTER CONCERT

    We know how disappointing it was to have the concert canceled last night.  The students have worked so hard on the music and were extremely excited to perform for their families and friends.  As things stand right now we do not anticipate rescheduling this concert. As we can see the situation at this point, by the time we could reschedule it after spring break, assuming availability of the gym, it would already be close to our next concerts.  Currently, the Cadet (6th grade), Concert Band (7th grade) and both Jazz bands are scheduled to perform their Spring Concert on April 26th. The Symphonic Band (8th) has their Spring Concert with the beginning bands from Glacier Ridge and West Elementary Schools on May 19th.

    IGSMA CONTEST

    THANK YOU to all who volunteered to help us at our now-cancelled IGSMA event.  Again, it was very disappointing to have our event cancelled and this one will definitely not be rescheduled.  IGSMA is working on a digital adjudication experience for our students, where we will submit recordings and have judges comment and score our performances.  For Symphonic Band, should we receive a Division 1 this would allow us an opportunity to attend State. Concert and Symphonic Bands recorded today in rehearsal; Jazz Ensemble will be unable to record as we are now moving to E-Learning as of Monday.  We are crushed with this but are out of time. We are unable to distribute the Concert Band and Symphonic Band recordings due to copyright laws, but we streamed the performances on our Bernotas Bands Facebook page for you to enjoy.

    FOX VALLEY HONORS BAND

    The FVHB sectionals for Monday have been canceled.  We do not know if/when they will be rescheduled or if the event will even happen.  We will continue to provide information as we have it so that parents and the selected 8th grade students will be informed.

    BLUE LAKE FINE ARTS CAMP

    Next week on Thursday and Friday, we were scheduled to have a representative from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp visit our band classes.  We will see what we can do to reschedule once we return back to school.

    EMAILS

    Parents, please double check that your email information is correct in ParentVue and update as needed.  Students, ask your parents to do this in case they are not receiving our emails!!!

    STAN KENTON LEGACY ORCHESTRA - still in limbo

    At this point, things are still up in the air for this performance.  If the current climate improves and external school functions are allowed to resume, this is going to be an amazing experience.  If the external event ban remains in place, this performance will be cancelled. Any tickets or ads purchased will be refunded at that point.  I’m remaining optimistic that things will turn around. For more information on the band, check out this promo sheet: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17WMpeyplmOaE5nK6I9UuvuHT4fSrnZTk

    To purchase tickets for your student and family, please click this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17QbZ9cqyFK0-Y5UXzhHznDnqwEQryxBz

    In addition, we are selling ad spots for the concert program.  If you have a business or know someone with a business who would like to advertise, or if you would like to take out a personal ad to congratulate or shout out to your favorite band student, please print an ad form here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PZL8chrDgGVhD5OthO6OpY8Rvw9WH1vd/view?usp=sharing.  When you complete the form, please note that there are two pages to complete, one for us and one for your own records.  Thank you in advance!

    BAND BANQUET

    Each year in May we take an evening to celebrate the accomplishments of our young musicians with an evening of food and awards.  This year the band banquet will be held on Thursday, May 21. For many years we had a few wonderful, hardworking parents who handled all of the arrangements for decorations and food, however, they have moved on to the high school and we are in need of some people to take over! Mrs. Carslon has generously agreed to be our parent point-person for this year’s event.  If you are willing to help her out please let us know so that we can pass along your contact information.

    E-LEARNING

    All students, please make sure to check your email and band Google Classroom each day next week for assignments!  Symphonic band, a link to your new set of band music has been posted this evening in our Google Classroom. 

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  • Happy New Year!

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 1/10/2020

    Welcome back!

    STEP UP NIGHT

    Quinlan and Fabish will be providing stepped-up brass and woodwind instruments for students to try in our cafeteria on Thursday, January 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  This time-frame should allow 8th graders who want to attend the D155 8th grade night to attend both events.  As students progress in their performing skills, they begin to outgrow their beginning level instruments. Beginning instruments are built to survive the bumps and bruises that are inevitable in fifth grade.  More advanced instruments use higher quality materials and are designed to accommodate the increased air capacity of older students. This is a very low-pressure event. Q&F staff will be on hand to answer any business questions while Mr. LoPresto and Mrs. Wooden will be there to answer any music related questions and offer opinions if asked.  Whether you’re in the very early stages of thinking about an upgrade or are ready to make that move, it’s a great opportunity to try things out. It’s free to attend and can be a lot of fun for students to explore; please consider stopping by at any time between 6:00-8:00 pm. Students should BRING THEIR CURRENT INSTRUMENT so they can do some comparing.

    Tri-M MUSIC HONORS SOCIETY

    Tri-M 7th and 8th Graders who have completed and turned in their minimum 5 service hours were given an invitation to our Membership Presentation Ceremony on January 22nd. This invitation is for members AND their family and friends.  Please join us for this ceremony. This event is a very special evening and we ask that all members and attendees dress up for the evening. Our evening will BEGIN at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria and should last no more than 30 minutes. Please have students here by 6:30 pm.

    PRACTICE-A-THON

    We are excited to announce that the Bernotas Band Department is embarking upon a Service Learning project this month!  Our bands are learning about and raising money for the Crystal Lake Kingpins organization. If you are unfamiliar with Kingpins, they are a program run through a partnership between the Crystal Lake Strikers and the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA).  You can read more about this wonderful drumline for special needs students at their website: https://www.clstrikers.com/kingpins, and even see videos of these young musicians in action on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KINGPINSDRUMS/.  We are asking each of our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band students to collect pledges from friends and family toward their home practice goals for the two-week period from January 10-24.  Patrons may choose to pledge a specified amount per hour of practice time (over the course of two weeks, that is) or may choose to pledge a flat donation. On Monday, January 27th, students should please return their pledge forms and donations IN AN ENVELOPE OR BAGGIE to their directors and we’ll deposit them to make our donation to the Kingpins.  Thank you in advance for your support of this charitable cause!

    TECHNIQUE CLASSES/SEATING TESTS

    We have a lot going on in our Technique Classes right now so, as always, it is vital that students are attending.  Most of our students are doing a great job with this...keep it up!! All band students are still working on their Units of Study and as of today should have completed their Term 3 Unit of Study.  Additionally, all band students are working on their Chromatic Scale project which will culminate with a quiz that should be passed by January 24th.  

    7th and 8th grade band students are also working on Seating Tests.  Some of their seating test is done at home with SmartMusic, while some will be done at their Technique Class the week of January 20th.  Preparing this material is a great way for students to fulfil their Practice-A-Thon hours!

     

    Have a great weekend, and be safe with the impending weather!

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  • Winter Break Update

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 12/20/2019

    Happy Friday and welcome to Winter Break!!  Just a few things to make sure you are all in the loop as we all take a well-deserved rest:

    WINTER BREAK

    Should students practice over the break?      YES

    Why?                        Because taking 2+ weeks off will cause regression  of not only concepts but most especially muscles and fine motor skills

    What should students practice?        

    • All students have 3 new pieces of band music

    • All students have an assignment for their Technique Class

    • Chromatic Scale!  All students have a quiz on this after the break.

    • Winter Break BINGO!!  Each student received a Bingo sheet they can complete over the break.  This is optional, but a great idea to do! Students who complete 1-2 Bingos on the sheet are entered into our drawing 1 time.  3-4 Bingos will enter them 2 times, and 5+ Bingos will be 3 entries. One student from each band will receive a surprise prize.  A PARENT SIGNATURE MUST BE FILLED IN TO TURN IN FOR CREDIT.

     

    STEP UP NIGHT

    We also referenced our annual Step Up Night during the concert.  Quinlan and Fabish will be providing stepped-up brass and woodwind instruments for students to try in our cafeteria on Thursday, January 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  As students progress in their performing skills, they begin to outgrow their beginning level instruments.  Beginning instruments are built to survive the bumps and bruises that are inevitable in fifth grade. More advanced instruments use higher quality materials and are designed to accommodate the increased air capacity of older students.  This is a very low-pressure event. Q&F staff will be on hand to answer any business questions while Mr. LoPresto and Mrs. Wooden will be there to answer any music related questions and offer opinions if asked. Whether you’re in the very early stages of thinking about an upgrade or are ready to make that move, it’s a great opportunity to try things out.  It’s free to attend and can be a lot of fun for students to explore.

    Tri-M MUSIC HONORS SOCIETY

    Tri-M 7th and 8th Graders who have completed and turned in their minimum 5 service hours by today were given an invitation to our Membership Presentation Ceremony on January 22nd. This invitation is for members AND their family and friends.  Please join us for this ceremony. This event is a very special evening and we ask that all members and attendees dress up for the evening.

    We wish you a wonderful winter break, and a fantastic holiday season with those you love.

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  • 2019 Holiday Tour

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 12/16/2019

    Remember, tomorrow is our Holiday Tour to West and Glacier Ridge with a lunch stop at Portillo's!  Students should wear their band spiritwear shirts with jeans and comfortable shoes.  If desired, a holiday hat may also be worn.  Instrument, binder of music, and a folding music stand are also needed to perform!  Lunch at Portillo's will cost some money, so plan on around $10 or so, give or take depending on what your child normally eats.  If money for lunch is a concern, please do let either Mr. LoPresto or Mrs. Wooden know so we can make arrangements.  Students should meet in the band room at 8:00 with all the above items and their coat (it's cold outside!) so we can load the bus and hit the road.  Thank you for your help in getting all those items to school tomorrow!

     

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  • November 8 Band Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 11/8/2019

    Happy Friday!

     

    We have a long update this week, please do read all the way to the end.

     

    CONCERT TIME IS HERE!

    As a reminder, our first band department concert is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 12 in the main gym at Bernotas MS.  The concert will begin at 7:00 pm. All band students are expected to be set up and ready to warm up as a group by 6:30 pm...this means a good arrival goal time for students would be 6:20 pm.  Sixth Grade Band will report for warm up in the band room and Seventh and Eighth Grade will report for warm up in the cafeteria. Students are expected to arrive fully dressed in their concert band uniform.  Parents, please refer to the handout if you need help ensuring your student is dressed properly. With about 110 students in the band program, the band directors cannot help each individual student put on a bow tie, fix dress shirt studs, or button shirt sleeves.  Additionally, now is the time to check to see if your student’s black dress shoes fit and to locate those black socks or black tights. Please, make sure socks are NOT anklet socks. If not, please make sure they have a pair of black dress shoes BEFORE our concert date!

     

    UPDATE 2 ON TUXEDO SHIRTS:  They were delivered to school on Wednesday and were sent home on Thursday.  If you ordered a NEW tuxedo shirt and have not seen it yet, please ask your student where it is currently located!  We highly recommend washing first to help with the “new shirt wrinkles.” Please remove the black studs prior to washing so they don’t go down the drain.  After drying, the studs get reinstalled from the inside toward the outside. The small rounded side is what should be visible from the front, not the large flat base.  Installing backwards, while it might be easier, will result in what we call the “Frosty the Snowman Look.” Please don’t be a snowperson!

     

    Attached, you will also find photos of some very amateur models we found, demonstrating how to wear the uniform.  Of particular note are the fit of the bow tie, cummerbund, and the length of the slacks or skirt. The Symphonic Band vests have been changed since the photos were taken, but you’ll get the idea.  You will also find attached a second copy of the shoe sample page we sent home with the uniforms in September.

     

    Cadet Picture: https://drive.google.com/a/d47.org/file/d/0BxJzLu1OgBAAZVk1N2NJanBTOUk/view?usp=sharing

    Concert Picture: https://drive.google.com/a/d47.org/file/d/0BxJzLu1OgBAAeTFGbWV0c3RaX0k/view?usp=sharing

    Symphonic Picture: https://drive.google.com/a/d47.org/file/d/0BxJzLu1OgBAASW1qa244cHVDN0k/view?usp=sharing

    Shoes: https://drive.google.com/a/d47.org/file/d/10dtGwzB_9QCLNByd--JmSfkPhGfwhpTr/view?usp=sharing

     

    You made it to the end!  Yay! Have a great weekend!

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  • November 1 Band Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 11/1/2019

    Happy Friday!

     

    We have a long update this week, please do read all the way to the end.

     

    ILMEA JUNIOR BAND

    All the best to 8th grader Viki, who won an audition to participate in the ILMEA District 7 Junior Band tomorrow!  This is quite a prestigious event, and we are very proud of her being able to represent Bernotas. Way to go!

     

    GOOGLE CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT

    This week, all the bands recorded their current progress on the concert music.  In class, we listened back so each student had a chance to experience the “big picture.”  Yesterday, a response form was sent through Google Classroom for answering questions promoting practice strategies.  The response to the form is due by Sunday night at 11:59 PM. We’ve already gotten some responses from each class (yay!).  Please ask your student if theirs has been completed yet and if not, encourage that to be completed sooner than later. This assignment will be worth 10 points in the gradebook.

     

    UNIFORM ALTERATIONS - THIS IS IT!!

    Concert week will be here before we know it.  Please have your student try on their pants/skirt with their dress shoes to check the hem.  The top of the pants/skirt should be at the waist, not the hips. An appropriate hem will be within 1” of their dress shoes.  If the hem needs to be let down or taken up please do that sooner rather than later so there is no panicking before our November concert. We included a suggestion for someone (included in the packet that went home!) who does hemming right here at the school if no one in your family is able or interested in doing in.  

     

    CONCERT REMINDER, PART 2

    As a reminder, our first band department concert is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 12 in the main gym at Bernotas MS.  The concert will begin at 7pm. All band students are expected to be set up and ready to warm up as a group by 6:30pm...this means a good arrival goal time for students would be 6:20pm.  Students are expected to arrive fully dressed in their concert band uniform. Parents, please refer to the handout if you need help ensuring your student is dressed properly. With about 110 students in the band program, the band directors cannot help each individual student put on a bow tie, fix dress shirt studs, or button shirt sleeves.  Additionally, now is the time to check to see if your student’s black dress shoes fit. If not, please make sure they have a pair of black dress shoe BEFORE our concert date!

     

    UPDATE ON TUXEDO SHIRTS:  There was a holdup between our purchasing department and the vendor, but our shirts have officially shipped.  Students who ordered a tuxedo shirt will have them next week as we are expecting the deliveries on Wednesday.

     

    INSTRUMENTS AT SCHOOL

    Please continue to work with your student on those reminders to bring instruments home each day and back to school in the morning.  Larger instruments do have specific storage locations in the band room to be used between arrival in the morning and dismissal after school.  Please do not ask your student to leave instruments in the office, or please do not bring your child’s instrument to school later in the morning and leave it in the office.  We have the two greatest school secretaries ever and they don’t have the space or time to house and deliver instruments.

     

    Assignments and band music can’t get practiced if the instruments are left here overnight.  We want to help all our students succeed but good home habits go a long way toward meeting those goals.  While every student might forget once or twice, we are concerned about the instruments that are consistently staying here.  

     

    To help remind students who are leaving their instruments on a regular basis, we are going to begin issuing parking tickets on cases we find in the morning.  After three tickets, minor referrals will also be issued.  If you have noticed a lack of music being played in your home, please ask your student about the location of their instrument!

     

    TECHNIQUE CLASSES

    The first trimester grading period ends on November 8th.  All band students will be assessed on the completion of their first Unit of Study.  In addition, 8th grade Symphonic Band students are being assessed on a 6 scale test that is due by November 8th.  These assessments occur in Technique Classes, making it imperative that students attend these classes. Grades for students who have completed the first Unit of Study and the 6 scale test are entered into the gradebook.  Currently, students who have not completed it have no grade. A grade will be added upon completion or at the end of the Trimester, whichever comes first.

     

    You made it to the end!  Have a great weekend!

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  • October 18 Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 10/18/2019

    Happy Friday!

     

    We have a long update this week, please do read all the way to the end.

     

    UNIFORM ALTERATIONS - PLEASE DON’T DELAY

    Concert week will be here before we know it.  Please have your student try on their pants/skirt with their dress shoes to check the hem.  The top of the pants/skirt should be at the waist, not the hips. An appropriate hem will be within 1” of their dress shoes.  If the hem needs to be let down or taken up please do that sooner rather than later so there is no panicking before our November concert. We included a suggestion for someone (included in the packet that went home!) who does hemming right here at the school if no one in your family is able or interested in doing in.  

     

    CONCERT REMINDER

    As a reminder, our first band department concert is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 12 in the main gym at Bernotas MS.  The concert will begin at 7pm. All band students are expected to be set up and ready to warm up as a group by 6:30pm...this means a good arrival goal time for students would be 6:20pm.  Students are expected to arrive fully dressed in their concert band uniform. Parents, please refer to the handout if you need help ensuring your student is dressed properly. With about 110 students in the band program, the band directors cannot help each individual student put on a bow tie, fix dress shirt studs, or button shirt sleeves.  Additionally, now is the time to check to see if your student’s black dress shoes fit. If not, please make sure they have a pair of black dress shoe BEFORE our concert date!

     

    Students who ordered a tuxedo shirt or ladies dress pants should have them next week as we are expecting the deliveries imminently.

     

    INSTRUMENTS AT SCHOOL

    Please continue to work with your student on those reminders to bring instruments home each day and back to school in the morning.  Larger instruments do have specific storage locations in the band room to be used between arrival in the morning and dismissal after school.  Please do not ask your student to leave instruments in the office, or please do not bring your child’s instrument to school later in the morning and leave it in the office.  We have the two greatest school secretaries ever and they don’t have the space or time to house and deliver instruments.

     

    Assignments and band music can’t get practiced if the instruments are left here overnight.  We want to help all our students succeed but good home habits go a long way toward meeting those goals.  While every student might forget once or twice, we are concerned about the instruments that are consistently staying here.  

     

    To help remind students who are leaving their instruments on a regular basis, we are going to begin issuing parking tickets on cases we find in the morning.  After three tickets, minor referrals will also be issued.  If you have noticed a lack of music being played in your home, please ask your student about the location of their instrument!

     

    TECHNIQUE CLASSES

    The first trimester grading period ends on November 8th.  All band students will be assessed on the completion of their first Unit of Study.  In addition, 8th grade Symphonic Band students are being assessed on a 6 scale test that is due by November 8th.  These assessments occur in Technique Classes, making it imperative that students attend these classes. Grades for students who have completed the first Unit of Study and the 6 scale test are entered into the gradebook.  Currently, students who have not completed it have no grade. A grade will be added upon completion or at the end of the Trimester, whichever comes first.

     

    TUNER/METRONOME ORDER FORMS

    Orders for tuners and metronomes are due on Monday, October 21.  We’ve received several orders, which is great! If your student has expressed interest, please submit your order by Monday.  If you need another form, you may print one from here: https://drive.google.com/a/d47.org/file/d/1ncH1hdkuKmytHUGuskYVgmwueFo1m5NN/view?usp=sharing

     

    TRI-M APPLICATIONS (7th and 8th GRADE ONLY)

    Applications for our chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society are due on Monday, October 21.  If your 7th or 8th grader has expressed interest, please remind them to turn in their application on Monday.

     

    You made it to the end!  Have a great weekend!

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  • Update

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 9/20/2019

    Happy Friday!

    Here is an update of what has happened so far:

     

    UNIFORM FITTINGS

    At this point, we have completed fitting our band students for their concert uniforms.  Uniforms have come home in the blue garment bags. Students who needed to order tuxedo shirts or pants will receive those as soon as they are delivered to the school.  Please have your student try on their pants/skirt with their dress shoes to check that the hem. The top of the pants/skirt should be at the waist, not the hips. An appropriate hem will be within 1” of their dress shoes.  If the hem needs to be let down or taken up please do that sooner rather than later so there is no panicking before our November concert. We included a suggestion for someone (included in the packet that went home!) who does hemming right here at the school if no one in your family is able or interested in doing in.  

     

    UNIFORM $

    Speaking of the packet, the bottom quarter of the front page, along with the indicated money, is due on MONDAY.  Checks can be written to District 47.  Those ordering new tuxedo shirts or ladies pants will receive them in plenty of time before the concert.

     

    RENTAL CONTRACTS

    Students renting instruments from the school received rental contracts.  Please return them asap...payment will be made through ParentVue.

     

    JAZZ PROGRAM

    Both our jazz groups are up and running!  This is a great bunch of musicians to work with!

     

    ILMEA AUDITIONS

    Tomorrow in Northbrook will be the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 7 Junior Concert and Jazz Band auditions.  SIX of our students have been working hard and will audition for a spot in either a concert or jazz band. There are over 400 students auditioning for the coveted spots in each group. We are SO proud of Trinity, Alex, Linnea, Viki, Sofia, and Elise and wish them all the best!!

     

    GOOGLE CLASSROOM & SMART MUSIC

    At this point, your students all have access to Google Classroom and Smart Music.  7th and 8th graders have used these platforms before; 6th graders will begin using them more in-depth in the coming weeks.  These are great resources in our department!

     

    Have a great weekend!

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