This week begins what the kids refer to as "Sit-Down Band," which gives us a much less strenuous schedule. Here are some details regarding what is going on there:
- During the 4th hour band period we split the large marching group into two different bands. These bands function as completely separate ensembles from one another and play different music, though they perform at the same concerts. Students were given the lunch/rehearsal schedule on Friday via email; we will be alternating which group meets first on a M-W-F/T-Th basis.
- Students in grades 10-12 were given a playing test at the end of last school year that functioned as both a final exam and a placement test for Symphonic and Concert band. Ninth grade students were given the opportunity to audition if they chose; if they chose to not audition they were placed in Concert Band, but not all who did audition were placed in Symphonic Band.
- We group the students in this manner to assure that they will be placed at a level where they will be successful.
- Our first concert, which will also function as part of the first semester exam, will be Sunday, January 12 at 2 p.m. in DeWitt Auditorium.
That should do for this week, I believe. We DO have a game this week Friday - TRACK BAND week. If your child has missed a performance due to a family vacation, illness, etc., this would be a good opportunity to make up that absence. Absences created due to conflicting athletic events that were pre-arranged with coaches need not be made up.
Have a great week!