I know everyone is looking forward to the upcoming break, and lots of folks will be joining us on the trip to Memphis over the New Year's holiday. When we return from break we will have a couple weeks until the winter concert and then finals week. This post will talk about updates for all of these things.
We have four more days this week before break, and we will be rehearsing daily. I will be going to the Midwest Clinic (http://www.midwestclinic.org/default.aspx) on Thursday and Friday; Mr. Hall will be subbing for me. He will have detailed plans of things to rehearse.
When we return from break on January 4 we will have two school weeks to review and finish preparing for the January 17 concert. That concert will take place at 2:00 p.m. in DeWitt Auditorium. Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble will all be performing.
Students will be submitting a video playing test prior to their final exam period the week of January 18; this assignment will be made immediately after break. It will be music from the concert that the students already know, so it should be something relatively easy for them to do.
The TRIP TO MEMPHIS is just about completely settled and in place. Cathy Lugten is making a few final additions to the student/parent information packet and will send that out Tuesday or Wednesday of this week via email. Students should print a copy if desired, or have the email on their phone or iPad or other device to bring to Memphis. It's important for them to have access to this document while on the trip. The packet contains the itinerary, rooming list, chaperone list with phone numbers, a suggested packing list, meal choices that students made, etc.
We will be REHEARSING on Monday, December 28 from 7-9 p.m. here at school with the Memphis group. This will be a great opportunity to get everything together and make a parade line-up and rehearse all the music. Several chaperones for the trip will be available that evening as well, and students will begin to get things ready for our Wednesday, December 30 departure.
Students need to PRINT THEIR MUSIC so they can have it while we are on the trip. There will be a couple of long rehearsals in Memphis, and it will be much easier to rehearse if the music is with them (though our goal is to have it well on the way to memorized).
SOLO AND ENSEMBLE festival is on Saturday, January 30 at East Kentwood HS. So far I believe that all soloists have selected (or been assigned) their music, but I am having some difficulty with a couple of duets. I should have that done by Wednesday of this week. Please make sure your child is PRACTICING this music - January 30 will be here faster than they can imagine! Let me know if you have questions about this; Linda Hoekwater and I are working together to make sure everyone is up to speed this year. Students should plan on making an appointment with me to spend some after-school time working on S&E literature in January.
That is all that comes to mind at this time; I will let you know further details as they come up.