Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jan/Feb Happenings

Good Morning - I am sitting in my office chair wondering exactly how I got lucky enough this morning to simply leave some tracks in the snow bank and not get stuck in the driveway at West as I approached school today...  It's slippery out there!  Anyway, I thought I would send a few brief notes your way to keep everyone caught up on what's going on the next 4-6 weeks.

SOLO AND ENSEMBLE festival is this Saturday, January 30, at East Kentwood HS.  Here is a link to the announcements page of the band website so students and parents can download their times, etc.  I also posted this on Google Classroom.  All the information that students and parents need has been handed to the students in class today as well as posted via the above link.

BLUE MAN GROUP tickets were distributed in class today.  Everyone should have their tickets at this time.  Please check with your children to make sure they get them to you if needed.  Individuals riding in the school van will need to be at the band room parking lot by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday so we can leave by 6:15.  I don't know an ETA for a return time, but probably between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. based on a 2-hour concert and getting everyone back to the van, etc. afterward.

We will be taking photos for another composite picture to be hung in the band hallway on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 2 and 3.  Students will be photographed in their uniforms during their class periods on those days.  There will be an opportunity for families to buy packages of these photos; a date will be established and publicized after next week.  Color guard members will need to bring their uniforms in from home on Tuesday to be prepared for the pictures.

On Thursday, February 4 the Grand Valley Faculty Brass Quintet will be performing for the band classes during second and third hours.  Students in Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble may attend one of those performances with permission from their second or third hour teacher.

The almost-annual winter JAZZ CONCERT is approaching.  On Thursday, February 11 the jazz band will present a concert of almost all newly-purchased pieces at Lokers Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

The WIND ENSEMBLE will also be performing this winter: on Sunday, February 21 the band will present "Music of the Movies and More" at 2:00 p.m. at Lokers Auditorium.  Again, admission is free.

As you can see, it will be a somewhat busy month.  Lots of activity, lots of good music-making.  Anything to chase the winter blahs away, right??