Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Week of November 2

Happy spring!  That is certainly what the weather is like the last couple of days, and that is fine with me.  I am taking advantage of the great weather this week by spending more time at home/outside than I do at school for a change.  I'm sure that next week will be back to the regular "balance" of time.

This could be a very short post - NOTHING is going on this week.  (You can officially stop reading right now if you are pressed for time.)

Since there is still room for more words and I am not doing anything else right now, here's a run-down of some other stuff that you may be interested in:

Next Tuesday, November 10 is the first concert of the year for the Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble.  Both groups will perform at 7:30 p.m. on the DeWitt Auditorium stage.  Admission is free.  After you're done with parent-teacher conferences, stop down to the auditorium for an evening of great music spanning about four centuries!  (Please note that I will be wrapping up conferences immediately at 7 p.m. in order to prepare for the concert.  There will be no opportunity for me to stay later.)

Speaking of conferences, we teachers have been told that the fall conferences will be taking place in our classrooms.  I think this is great, since it gives you all a chance to see where your kids do what they do every day.  I will see what I can do to get a loop of marching band pictures and video playing on the screen for your entertainment as you wait in line to see me.

BAND TRIP:  The room lists are complete and will be shared with students as soon as tomorrow.  Chaperones have been tentatively assigned to groups of students, so the next logistics step will be signing up for buses.  I received word yesterday afternoon that the guest artist for the Liberty Bowl will be country star Craig Morgan.  I am not familiar with any of Mr. Morgan's music, but I did notice that Angie Harmon, one of my favorite TV actresses, is featured in one of his videos (I did a YouTube search...).  Hopefully we will have music soon and begin learning and memorizing for the December trip.  As far as payment, etc. is concerned, Cathy Lugten has been quite diligent at keeping people up to date with accounting.  Please let her know if there is a problem with your account.

Lately in class the large 4th hour group (161 students in grades 9-12) has split into two concert groups for the next 18 weeks or so.  The Concert and Symphonic bands are working on music for the winter concert, which will take place on Sunday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m.  This concert will include the Concert and Symphonic bands as well as the Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble.

Concert uniforms have been distributed to Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.  Concert Band students should provide their own concert outfits of black pants/skirt, black shoes, black socks, and white shirt/blouse.  Please make sure your child's wardrobe includes these items prior to January 17!  Percussion Ensemble students will wear all black - pants, shoes, socks, shirt.  Please no jeans or athletic shoes.  Let me know if you are having difficulty putting together an outfit; I have several things available, especially men's shoes.  In the future we hope to use some fund raising money to supplement our collection of tuxes and dresses so that all students except percussion (I like them in all black, and it's something everyone seems to have) will have a school-issued concert uniform.

Enjoy your week of not having to chase kids somewhere for band practice or performance!  And a special thanks to all of the parents and students who helped out last week with All-State auditions Thursday evening and Saturday morning as well as the parents who have been a constant presence at our games and performances!  We have received many positive comments regarding the combined band efforts at last Friday's game.  It was so great to have Dave Hepinstall back and to hear his students and give him a chance to conduct our band!  (We would have combined the bands for the national anthem, but we both use very different arrangements, and there wasn't the necessary time to re-learn for either of us.)

Thank you for reading.