Monday, March 7, 2016

Spring is Near!

...And with the spring comes a whole bunch of things on the calendar for kids and parents to be aware of.  For this post I will concentrate on the rest of March and get us to spring break; that will be more than enough information for one post!  I'll do a calendar list to make it easier.

Today, Monday, March 7: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3-7 p.m.  I will be in the band office to meet and greet parents who would like to see me.  As with the fall, please re-introduce yourselves; my memory for faces seems to be getting worse...

Monday, March 14: DUE DATE for the spring concert playing test assignment.  Students in Concert and Symphonic bands have been assigned a playing test over excerpts from the spring concert.  They will be submitting these via Google Classroom video.  

Thursday, March 17: Band Boosters meeting, 7:00 p.m.  An agenda will be emailed later this week or early next, but we hope that lots of people will stop in and check out this organization of parents interested in helping the band accomplish things.

Thursday, March 17, Friday, March 18: Proof viewing dates, 2:45 - 8:00 p.m.  The opportunity for parents and students to come and see the pictures that were taken last month was rescheduled from the recent snow day.  Students are not allowed to view the proofs without a parent in attendance.  

Saturday, March 19:  State Solo and Ensemble Festival at Grandville HS.  I received the times for this event last Friday and will be sending them via email (I've tried attaching PDF files here but I don't think it works well).  Once again all three large percussion ensembles will participate along with various other solos and small groups from the woodwind and brass area.  Information will be given to students in the next day or two.

Sunday, March 20:  Spring Concert, 2:00 p.m., DeWitt Auditorium.  Our annual spring concert, which will include Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble (Percussion will be at a later date), as well as recognition of our seniors.  Admission is free.

Wednesday, March 23: Tulip Time Dazzle (formerly TT Salute) auditions.  ZHS band and choir rooms, 4-7 p.m.  Students who are interested in auditioning for slots in the Tulip Time show are encouraged to sign up.  Not a requirement.  Solos, small groups, etc.  Open to many styles of acts - think "variety show."  Let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, March 28:  Jazz Band Guest Artist Concert with Jimmy Leach on trumpet and vocals.  DeWitt Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.  $5.00 admission to help offset costs.  This concert will include the Cityside and Creekside jazz bands as well.  Come out and see this great show!

Tuesday, March 29:  Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert.  A concert of all things percussion.  Small ensembles, large ensembles, and even a couple of flutes thrown in!  7:00 p.m. in DeWitt Auditorium.  Free admission.

Wednesday, March 30:  MSBOA Regional Jazz Festival.  Time and place TBA, but I am hoping for East Kentwood HS during the school day.  No guarantee here, though - it may be after school, but as far as I know it shouldn't go into the evening hours.  (Students were made aware of all of these possibilities before we decided to attend festival, so they know sports will have to be missed if there is a conflict.)  I will keep you posted.

As you can see, it's a pretty busy month, closing out with a bunch of performances in a row!  We do try to keep the calendar "balanced," but auditorium availability, etc. all factor in to how things turn out.  So if a student is attending State S&E, he/she will have double-duty on March 19 and 20.  Same goes for kids the following week - Jazz, Percussion, and Jazz events three days in a row.  I wish we had a little more control over how it all fits together!

Thanks for coming out and seeing what goes on in the program!  Hope to see lots of you in the next three weeks.