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  • Final update for the school year!

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 5/27/2020

    FINAL PROJECTS - COMPLETED!

    Thank you to everyone who submitted recordings for their ensemble’s final projects!  After many hours of audio and video editing, we have the final products to share!  To recap, each student submitted a recording of themselves playing their band’s project song, following the click track and accompaniment in SmartMusic.  With each student recording only their own part, we then layered everyone together into a virtual band.  Sixth Grade and Seventh Grade submitted audio recordings and Eighth Grade and Jazz Ensemble submitted video recordings.  Please use the following links to listen to your band’s final performance.

     

    Sixth Grade: Fires of Mazama

    Seventh Grade: The Blue Orchid

    Eighth Grade: Darklands March

    Jazz Ensemble: Eli's Comin'

     

    TODAY - 8th grade locker drop off/pick up

      • BAND UNIFORMS:  Please put your pants/skirt on a hanger in the garment bag.  Bow ties should be put in the pocket on the back. Vests should be on a hanger in the garment bag.
        • DO NOT return your white tuxedo shirt, that is yours to keep
        • REMOVE any other random items from the garment bag, such as socks or shoes. Returning extra things back to you will be nearly impossible in the current climate.
        • Your bag came with your name on it in the clear pocket on the front.  If yours is missing, please put a slip of paper with your name on it in the pocket to help us with check in.
      • SCHOOL OWNED INSTRUMENTS: Make sure you remove all personal items (reeds, slide grease, etc)  If your name is not on the case please use a piece of masking tape and put it on the outside.
      • BOOKS: Blue or green Tradition of Excellence Books (not red)
      • ADDITIONAL ITEMS: such as tuba stands, mouthpieces, etc.  If it belongs to the Bernotas Band department, please return it.

     

    SUMMER BAND - The district will not be holding any in-person summer school programs this year, which includes our traditional summer band.  To provide opportunities for students who are interested in even a little bit of playing this summer, we have created a special Google Classroom where we will be posting information throughout the summer.  Nothing is required, this is just a resource for keeping the chops up the next few months.  Already available there are links to private lesson teachers, opportunities to continue working on your current Units of Study to get ahead for next year, and more things to come!  Even if you only find one thing of interest, please join the classroom so you can be informed.  To join, go to Google Classroom (classroom.google.com) and use class code: fwqhgde. 

    THAT’S A WRAP

    We are so proud of all of our students for making the transition to remote learning and working hard to end the year strong!  Most of our students have been diligent in giving this new situation a genuine try and have benefitted in staying the course.  We have colleagues in many other places around the state and country who have reported their students struggling to be as resilient as ours...which makes us EXTRA proud!  We may not yet know what the fall will look like as we eventually return to our building, but as directors we are confident that our program will continue strong with the addition of our incoming 6th graders and our newest 7th and 8th graders!  For our band students who are moving on to high school as of today...we will MISS YOU!!  Once a bandling, always a bandling is not just a phrase.  It means you always have a place here with us.  We hope you will keep in touch and come back to visit!!

     

    To all of you, enjoy your well-earned summer!

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  • May 26 Update - including Summer Opportunities

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 5/26/2020

    Good morning!  We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend! 

     

    BAND BANQUET - Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual banquet online last Thursday!  If you did not attend and would like to see the presentations, please follow this link: 2020 5_21 Virtual Awards Ceremony.pdf

    Additionally, if you would like to view all the 8th Grade Spotlights from the last several weeks, please follow this link: 2020 Bernotas Bands 8th Grade Spotlight!.pdf

    If you would like to view the entire Virtual Awards presentation...here is the recording: RBMS Virtual Band Awards (2020-05-21 at 17:00 GMT-7)

     

    TODAY - 7th grade locker pick-up and drop off

    • 7th grade band students
      • You should keep your school-owned items such as uniforms and instruments for the summer.  We’ll pick up in the fall right where we left off and will swap uniform sizes if needed.
      • All other instruments should remain with your student.
      • If you are moving please make sure to return your band uniform, in the garment bag, including tuxedo slacks/skirt (on a hanger), bow tie, and cummerbund.  If your name tag has fallen out of the window on the garment back, please insert a slip of paper with your name.

     

    SUMMER BAND - The district will not be holding any in-person summer school programs this year, which includes our traditional summer band.  To provide opportunities for students who are interested in even a little bit of playing this summer, we have created a special Google Classroom where we will be posting information throughout the summer.  Nothing is required, this is just a resource for keeping the chops up the next few months.  Already available there are links to private lesson teachers, opportunities to continue working on your current Units of Study to get ahead for next year, and more things to come!  Even if you only find one thing of interest, please join the classroom so you can be informed.  To join, go to Google Classroom (classroom.google.com) and use class code: fwqhgde. 

     

    Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday!

    ~Mr. LoPresto and Mrs. Wooden

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  • May 20 - PROJECTS DUE TODAY

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 5/20/2020

    Good morning!

     

    FINAL PROJECTS DUE TODAY!  Final projects are assigned and submitted THROUGH GOOGLE CLASSROOM!!  Please make sure to read the directions carefully.  If you submitted #6 in Smart Music (instead of following the directions listed in Google Classroom and discussed in our rehearsals) it has been reassigned so that you can complete it correctly.  You MUST use headphones so that you can hear the accompaniment and metronome but the microphone will not.  If you hear the accompaniment and/or metronome when you listen to your recording, it will not be usable.  Remember our help sessions today if you are having difficulty.

     

    OTHER ITEMS TO NOTE THIS WEEK:

    Wednesday (TODAY)- Final help sessions during our regular times and FINAL PROJECTS ARE DUE (firm due date!!)  We cannot stress this enough.  Project overviews and slides used in our class meetings last week are posted in Google Classroom.

    6th grade: 8:00 am

    8th grade: 10:00 am

    7th grade 12:00 pm

     

    Thursday (TOMORROW) - Final class meetings at our regular times.  We will discuss drop off/pick-up needs per group and wrap up our year.  Thursday is also our VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY at 7:00 PM.  Please join us via Google Meets to recognize our band students.  A link will be sent out later today.

     

    Friday - 6th grade locker pick-up and drop off

    • 6th grade band students
      • You should keep your school-owned items such as uniforms and instruments for the summer.  We’ll pick up in the fall right where we left off and will swap uniform sizes if needed.
      • All other instruments should remain with your student.
      • If you are moving please make sure to return your band uniform, in the garment bag, including tuxedo slacks or skirt and bow tie.  If your name tag has fallen out of the window on the garment back, please insert a slip of paper with your name.

     

    Have a great day!  We’ve already received some great final submissions, we’re looking forward to the rest coming in today!

     

    Mrs. Wooden and Mr. LoPresto

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  • Daily Update

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 5/19/2020

    FINAL PROJECTS DUE TOMORROW!  Final recordings should be attached to the assignments in Google Classroom for each of our bands (Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Cadet Band) by tomorrow evening.  It takes quite a long time for us to layer those recordings together into a video, so your cooperation with that due date is imperative.

     

    OTHER ITEMS TO NOTE THIS WEEK:

    Wednesday - Final help sessions during our regular times and FINAL PROJECTS ARE DUE (firm due date!!)  We cannot stress this enough.  Project overviews and slides used in our class meetings last week are posted in Google Classroom.

     

    Thursday - Final class meetings at our regular times.  We will discuss drop off/pick-up needs per group and wrap up our year.  Thursday is also our VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY at 7:00 PM.  Please join us via Google Meets to recognize our band students.  A link will be provided on Wednesday.

     

    Friday - 6th-grade locker pick-up and drop off

    • 6th-grade band students
      • You should keep your school-owned items such as uniforms and instruments for the summer.  We’ll pick up in the fall right where we left off and will swap uniform sizes if needed.
      • All other instruments should remain with your student.
      • If you are moving please make sure to return your band uniform, in the garment bag, including tuxedo slacks or skirt and bow tie.  If your name tag has fallen out of the window on the garment back, please insert a slip of paper with your name.

     

    Have a great day!  We’re looking forward to your final project submissions!

     

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  • May 18 Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 5/18/2020

    Good morning!

    Welcome to week 8 of remote learning!  While the school year is beginning to wrap up, we have quite a bit going on in the music department, particularly with final projects coming due.  Here’s a look at what the week holds:

     

    What this week looks like at a glance:

    Wednesday - Final help sessions during our regular times and FINAL PROJECTS ARE DUE (firm due date!!)  We cannot stress this enough.  Project overviews and slides used in our class meetings last week are posted in Google Classroom.

     

    Thursday - Final class meetings at our regular times.  We will discuss drop off/pick-up needs per group and wrap up our year.  Thursday is also our VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY at 7:00 PM.  Please join us via Google Meets to recognize our band students.  A link will be provided on Wednesday.

     

    Friday - 6th grade locker pick-up and drop off

    • 6th grade band students
      • You should keep your school-owned items such as uniforms and instruments for the summer.  We’ll pick up in the fall right where we left off and will swap uniform sizes if needed.
      • All other instruments should remain with your student.
      • If you are moving please make sure to return your band uniform, in the garment bag, including tuxedo slacks or skirt and bow tie.  If your name tag has fallen out of the window on the garment back, please insert a slip of paper with your name.

     

    Keep up the good work and we look forward to hearing your final submissions.  Remember to listen back with a critical ear before attaching recordings to the assignment in Google Classroom.  This is the time to submit your best work that represents you as a musician!

     

    Mrs. Wooden and Mr. LoPresto

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  • Looking ahead to next week

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 5/15/2020

    While we know today is a non-attendance day for students, we have some important information to share with you as we close out this week.

    What next week looks like at a glance:

    Wednesday - Final help sessions during our regular times and FINAL PROJECTS ARE DUE (firm due date!!)  We cannot stress this enough.  Project overviews and slides used in our class meetings yesterday will be posted in Google Classroom today.

    Thursday - Final class meetings at our regular times.  We will discuss drop off/pick-up needs per group and wrap up our year.  Thursday is also our VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY at 7:00 PM.  Please join us via Google Meets to recognize our band students.  A link will be provided next week.

     

    Pick-up/Drop-offs

    • 8th graders

      • BAND UNIFORMS:  Please put your pants/skirt on a hanger in the garment bag.  Bow ties should be put in the pocket on the back. Vests should be on a hanger in the garment bag.

        • DO NOT return your white tuxedo shirt, that is yours to keep

        • REMOVE any other random items from the garment bag, such as socks or shoes. Returning extra things back to you will be very difficult in the current climate.

        • Your bag came with your name on it in the clear pocket on the front.  If yours is missing, please put a slip of paper with your name on it in the pocket to help us with check in.

      • SCHOOL OWNED INSTRUMENTS: Make sure you remove all personal items (reeds, slide grease, etc)  If your name is not on the case please use a piece of masking tape and put it on the outside.

      • BOOKS: Blue or green Tradition of Excellence Books (not red)

      • ADDITIONAL ITEMS: such as tuba stands, mouthpieces, etc.  If it belongs to the Bernotas Band department, please return it.

    • All other band students

      • You should keep your school-owned items such as uniforms and instruments for the summer.  We’ll pick up in the fall right where we left off and will swap uniform sizes if needed.

      • All other instruments should remain with your student.

      • If you are moving please make sure to return your band uniform, in the garment bag, using the specifications above.  7th graders have cummerbunds instead of vests, 6th graders have only bow ties.

    If you have any questions about events happening next week, please contact us.  We hope you have a great Friday!

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  • May 14 Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 5/14/2020

    Good morning!  Happy Thursday!

     

    IGSMA PERFORMANCES - As you may recall, the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble were scheduled to perform not only our department wide concert on 3/12, but at the IGSMA District 9 Contest on 3/14.  When news came of school closing down on 3/13, the Concert Band and Symphonic Band were able to quickly record their contest set and submit the recordings to our panel of three judges.  After an extended period for schools to submit recordings, the judges listened to submissions last week and we have now received the results.  Drum roll, please...both the Concert Band and Symphonic Band received Division 1 ratings, which is the top placement available!  Rating sheets from each judge will be posted in Google Classroom.  Please check your band’s sheets and read what each judge had to say.  Way to go, Vikings!

     

    FULL BAND- We are hosting our regular live sessions again! TODAY is full band for EVERYONE.  Links can be found in Google Classroom before the start of the session.

    8am - 6th grade

    10am - 8th grade

    12 noon - 7th grade

     

    ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK - DUE TODAY AT 9:00 P.M.

    This week, submit the FIFTH Smart Music recording of the piece of music that your band is preparing.  This is the next step toward putting together a great project!  Next week you’ll be working on recording the entire piece of music, so you’ll want to know your parts really well by then.  If you have not turned in or have been asked to re-record a section...make sure to work on that this week as well!  All those short recordings lead us to...

     

    FINAL PROJECTS

    Next week, students will be submitting their full recordings for our final projects.  You might recall that the process for submitting these recordings is DIFFERENT from how recordings have been submitted for bookwork and the smaller segments.  Reminders for the process will be covered in band today, so be sure to pay close attention!

     

    VIRTUAL AWARDS NIGHT

    Please plan to join us next Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 PM for a special virtual edition of our annual award ceremony.  A Google Meet link will be provided next week.  Students who earn awards will receive them when they pick up their locker items at Bernotas.

     

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Mr. LoPresto and Mrs. Wooden

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  • 5/13 Daily Update

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 5/13/2020

    LIVE SESSIONS- We are hosting our regular live sessions again! TODAY is for anyone who needs some extra help with any part of their assignment.  TOMORROW is full band for EVERYONE.  Links can be found in Google Classroom before the start of the session.

    8am - 6th grade

    10am - 8th grade

    12 noon - 7th grade

     

    ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK - DUE TOMORROW AT 9:00 P.M.

    This week, submit the FIFTH Smart Music recording of the piece of music that your band is preparing.  This is the next step toward putting together a great project!  Next week you’ll be working on recording the entire piece of music, so you’ll want to know your parts really well by then.  If you have not turned in or have been asked to re-record a section...make sure to work on that this week as well!

     

    VIRTUAL AWARDS NIGHT

    Please plan to join us next Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 PM for a special virtual edition of our annual award ceremony.  A Google Meet link will be provided next week.  Students who earn awards will receive them when they pick up their locker items at Bernotas.

     

    FINAL PROJECTS

    Next week, students will be submitting their full recordings for our final projects.  You might recall that the process for submitting these recordings is DIFFERENT from how recordings have been submitted for bookwork and the smaller segments.  Reminders for the process will be covered in band tomorrow, so be sure to pay close attention!

     

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  • May 12 Update

    Posted by Richard Lopresto on 5/12/2020

    Good morning!  Here are some updates to what is happening this week in band.

     

    6th GRADE - SPECIAL VIDEO SESSION - TODAY

    We’ve had some questions and seen some recording issues with the fourth section of Fires of Mazama.  We are holding a special help session JUST to work through that section so that everyone makes their recording in a way that will fit together.  Join us TODAY at 8:00 AM to work through that section. This session is optional BUT we suggest that you attend as many of you need to make some adjustments to the 4th section of our recording!

     

    ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK - DUE THURSDAY AT 9:00 P.M.

    This week, submit the FIFTH Smart Music recording of the piece of music that your band is preparing.  This is the next step toward putting together a great project!  Next week you’ll be working on recording the entire piece of music, so you’ll want to know your parts really well by then.  If you have not turned in or have been asked to re-record a section...make sure to work on that this week as well!

     

    8th GRADE: This is the FINAL week of the Flipgrid Scale Review quizzes.  This week will be Concert G and C major scales. The link is posted in Google Classroom. Please make sure to read the feedback from your submitted scales and RESUBMIT any scales that you were asked to fix.  If you have not submitted a scale quiz make sure to do that THIS WEEK.

     

    LIVE SESSIONS- We will be hosting our regular live sessions this week as well.  Wednesday is for anyone who needs some extra help with any part of their assignment.  Thursday is full band.  Links can be found in Google Classroom before the start of the session.

     

    VIRTUAL AWARDS NIGHT

    Please plan to join us next Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 PM for a special virtual edition of our annual award ceremony.  A Google Meet link will be provided next week.  Students who earn awards will receive them when they pick up their locker items at Bernotas.

     

    Have a great day!

    ~Mrs. Wooden & Mr. LoPresto

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  • 5/11 Update with Awards Ceremony Info!

    Posted by Kristina Wooden on 5/11/2020

    Good morning and Happy Monday to you!  As things wind down we are adding new information to our daily emails.  Please read carefully.  Students are also able to access this information in Google Classroom.

     

    ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK - DUE THURSDAY AT 9:00 P.M.

    This week, submit the FIFTH Smart Music recording of the piece of music that your band is preparing.  This is the next step toward putting together a great project!  Next week you’ll be working on recording the entire piece of music, so you’ll want to know your parts really well by then.  If you have not turned in or have been asked to re-record a section...make sure to work on that this week as well!

     

    8th GRADE: This is the FINAL week of the Flipgrid Scale Review quizzes.  This week will be Concert G and C major scales. The link is posted in Google Classroom. Please make sure to read the feedback from your submitted scales and RESUBMIT any scales that you were asked to fix.  If you have not submitted a scale quiz make sure to do that THIS WEEK.

     

    6th GRADE - SPECIAL VIDEO SESSION

    We’ve had some questions and seen some recording issues with the fourth section of Fires of Mazama.  We are holding a special help session JUST to work through that section so that everyone makes their recording in a way that will fit together.  Join us Tuesday at 8:00 AM to work through that section. This session is optional BUT we suggest that you attend as many of you need to make some adjustments to the 4th section of our recording!

     

    LIVE SESSIONS- We will be hosting our regular live sessions this week as well.  Wednesday is for anyone who needs some extra help with any part of their assignment.  Thursday is full band.  Links can be found in Google Classroom before the start of the session.

     

    VIRTUAL AWARDS NIGHT

    Please plan to join us next Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 PM for a special virtual edition of our annual award ceremony.  A Google Meet link will be provided next week.  Students who earn awards will receive them when they pick up their locker items at Bernotas.

     

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