Tuesday, January 5, 2016

End of Semester Activities

Well, we've been back for a day and already things are returning to what passes for "normal" here in the band room.  Right back to work on the upcoming concert, prepping for Solo and Ensemble festival, and looking ahead to the HS musical in early March.  Here are some details on these and other events.

We do indeed have a concert approaching very quickly!  On Sunday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m. the Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble will present their annual winter performance in DeWitt Auditorium.  Admission is free, but a collection will be asked for donations to the Norma Sneller Memorial Scholarship fund.

Apparel for the concert:

  • Students in Percussion Ensemble will wear ALL BLACK.  This is usually black dress pants and a long-sleeve pullover shirt with black shoes and black socks.  The shirts may be short-sleeve or button-down if necessary.
  • Students in Concert Band will wear black slacks/skirts/dresses, black shoes and socks, and white blouses/shirts.  Ties are optional for the boys.
  • Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble students have apparel provided by the school.  (It is our goal to be supplement the current tuxedo/dress inventory to allow Concert Band to be outfitted as well.)  SB/WE students provide black shoes/hosiery.
Students will be assigned a report time.  This is a required concert for all students.

Also coming up are final exams for first semester.  This concert will be the students' performance portion of the final exam grade.  There will also be a brief written portion of the exam on the official exam day.

At the end of January we have solo & ensemble festival.  This event takes place at East Kentwood HS on Saturday, January 30.  Students who are participating have already registered and paid; this year we are again sending every percussion student!  The schedule will be distributed as soon as I know it.

A new composite picture will be taken on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 2 and 3.  Band students will have their pictures taken in their marching uniforms (several different poses, etc.), which will be available at package pricing.  This company then produces the large composite pictures that hang in the hallway outside the band room.  Many people remark not only on the high quality and historical significance of these composites, but also on the evolution of hairstyles (one in particular...).  Further information regarding sign-ups, etc. will be given to students after semester break.

That should do for this one, I think.  I am almost recovered from the trip.  That was a long bus ride coming home!