This past Saturday we had a number of 7th and 8th Grade Students travel to Beaverton Middle School to perform for the MSBOA District IX Solo and Ensemble event.
Students performed for a judge and were critiqued on tone, technique, style, as well as musicality. Earning a Superior (I) Rating were the following students:
Liberty Mahlberg for her Flute Solo
Brenden Haire for his Trumpet Solo
David Martin for his Alto saxophone Solo
Madison Galli for her French Horn Solo
Leah Gingerich for her Flute solo
Bryce Moon, Jenna Vincenty-Cole, Daytona Georgieff, and Madison Toska for their Clarinet Quartet
Stephanie Young and Hannah Hays-Butterfield for their Snare Duet
Earning an Excellent (II) Rating were the following:
Bryce Moon for his Clarinet Solo
Jenna Vincenty-Cole for her Clarinet Solo
And earning an Honorable Mention (III) were the following:
Doug Ferguson and Kiera Kimsel for their Xylophone Duet
And Doug Ferguson also performed his piano solo for comments only.
Please congratulate these hard working students on a job well done!
December 3rd Announcements
6th and 7th Grade December 12th in the High School Gym 7 pm
Call time for 7th Grade: 6 pm in the Band Room
Call time for 6th Grade: 6:30 pm in the Band Room
Uniforms: 6th Grade--Collared shirt, dress pants, dress socks/shoes for boys, dresses for girls.
7th Grade: Red Band Polo (will be distributed in class Weds. or Thursday of this week), black DRESS pants, Tall BLACK SOCKS, BLACK SHOES. No jeans, tennis shoes, or ankle socks.
These are concert attire requirements and have been in the syllabus since it was distributed back in September so please make every effort to have your student attired properly. If you need help locating some black dress shoes or pants, please send me an email and I’ll forward it on to our Boosters and they are very helpful at finding some of these things (but please give me a few days notice)!
8th-12th Grade December 19th in the High School Gym 7 pm
Uniform: Concert Tux or Dress
Call Time: TBA
Fruit Orders will be in December 10th at 2 pm. Please make arrangements to pick up your fruit from the High School Band Room after school to get it delivered ASAP! The Band Room will be open from 3-4:30 pm for fruit pick-up.
Fruit Order Prizes will be distributed next week! You guys did an awesome job selling and I can’t wait to announce our top salespeople and class prize winners!
Band Boosters Meeting this Thursday 6 pm in the HS Library.
7th and 8th grade Solo and Ensemble this Saturday at Beaverton High School.
Beaverton High School
3090 Crockett Road
Beaverton, MI 48612
Director of Bands
Here's the Bazaar Worker Schedule from Mickey:Schedule
I just wanted to send out a quick reminder that if your student has not brought in their fruit fundraiser money, their Raffle ticket stubs and money, or their ingredients for the Apple Dumplings, to please do so as soon as you can (sorry, I don't mean to be hitting everyone up for things all at once but it's a busy time of year and we want to have both a successful fruit sale and Band Bazaar!)
Next week we are making Apple Dumplings Thursday 4 pm to 10 pm (maybe even earlier if you want to help). We will also be doing Band Bazaar setup Friday and then the Band Bazaar Arts and Crafts show Saturday as well (Nov. 16th). If you can help with either the Dumplings, Bazaar setup, or anything else, many hands make light work so please come and help! Plus, as long as you check in with any of the Booster Chairs below, helping out could count for $$ in your student's Band Account to use on Reeds, Oil, supplies, etc.
If you can help with Dumplings, contact Larry: email@example.com
If you can help with the Band Bazaar Setup, contact Mickey: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can't reach either of them, email me! email@example.comDumpling Ingredients Needed
Solo and Ensemble Forms (HS)
A few things coming up this week:
- Fruit Fundraiser starts tomorrow! More info below and being sent home tomorrow with the students. Runs from tomorrow through Nov. 1st.
- All State Audition Times are posted (see post below, make sure you know your time---all Auditions are at AuGres Sims High School and the Parents/Students are responsible for rides to and from the school). Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to warm-up, that the appropriate scales are memorized, and that you are prepared (at least mentally) for sightreading.
- Please see the Calendar Tab to reserve a slot for All State rehearsal times with Mr. Akers. I forgot I have a meeting Tuesday after school so I do have to block that off now, too... :(
- I will be sending home High School Solo and Ensemble forms this week as well so look for those and then we can start picking out music. See the Calendar for when that event is.
- Congrats to our Clarinet Students who attended the Workshop this weekend at SVSU. I'll keep you guys posted on if they offer this type of thing for other instruments---it was very cool!
- Also, on the practice charts coming home this week look for a new section on the back where parents need to fill in when and where they have volunteered---we are updating and double checking our records, so if you've volunteered at band camp, concerts, football games, etc, do your best to write down approx when you volunteered so we can make sure your student's account earned credit for this :) And then when I get those next Friday I'll pass those onto June and she'll go to work on updating them. From then on, each week you can update that when your student turns those in just as when the students record Merit earning activities!
- Also, no High School sectionals this week as our focus is on 7th and 8th Grade Solo and Ensemble students and getting those All State Students ready for their audition this weekend.
- High school: Please bring warm-clothes for outdoor rehearsals. We have our last home game Friday and we were brainstorming on the way back from SVSU and your fearless Sophomore Drum Major brought up the fantastic idea of dressing up in Halloween costumes
When: Tomorrow through November 1st
What: Oranges and Grapefruit (box sizes/prices will be on the envelopes and the website).
How: Customers can order through students, writing their orders on the form, paying by cash or check (made out to Tawas Area Bands) or through the Banner on this webpage (along the side------>)
If they order through the website, there is an option to select which student should get the credit. I will be splitting the profit of the fruit sale between the student's points accounts (which are going to be updated very soon by our new points person June Westheim) and will be available to view on this site very soon so you can stay updated on what's going on their accounts. The money that goes into the student accounts can be used for Band Camps, reeds, uniforms, trips, etc.
Prizes: Top seller in each grade earns a $25 Gift Card to iTunes or Walmart and the top selling class earns a Pizza/Movie Party!
Saturday October 26th: AuGres High School
Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before your audition time, have your music with you and scales MEMORIZED.
780177 Bryce Moon MS 7 Bb Clar 1 9:50 AM Tawas Area HS
780460 Isaac Young MS 7 Bb Clar 1 10:00 AM Tawas Area HS
9120549 Gregory Jacot SR 9 Bb Clar 1 10:20 AM Tawas Area HS
780278 David Martin MS 8 Alto Sax 1 10:40 AM Tawas Area HS
780298 Doug Ferguson MS 8 Perc. 1 12:10 PM Tawas Area HS
Sunday October 27th
780164 Brenden Haire MS 8 Trumpet 2 10:30 AM Tawas Area HS
780523 Jenna Vincenty-Cole MS 7 Bb Clar 2 10:40 AM Tawas Area HS
9120811 Kayla Vincenty-Cole SR 9 Horn 2 11:50 AM Tawas Area HS
780662 Liberty Mahlberg MS 7 Flute 2 12:10 PM Tawas Area HS
I'll be there one of the two mornings working. Be sure to check the Calendar Tab
and sign up for a rehearsal time with me ASAP!
To reserve a rehearsal time with Mr. Akers, please fill out the sign-up sheet under the Calendar Tab
. Once you open up the "S & E and All State Audition Calendar Sign-up Form
", simply enter your name under the appropriate time slot and it will automatically update it for everyone to see. You can always close the window and go back and reopen it to make sure it saved.
(This is a new "tool" I'm testing out so let me know if you have any issues---simply send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues).
October 16, 2013
Saturday is our big day at SVSU for the Clarinet Workshop and Masterclass. Here’s the schedule:
Things to bring:
Music (if performing on a masterclass)
Paper to take notes on
Pencil or Pen
A small snack for between events
Please wear nice, casual clothes (jeans and a nice shirt are fine).
Schedule for Clarinet Day
9:30 am Arrive at the High School and load up the van for departure. Please bring something to eat for on the way! There isn’t a scheduled lunch once we get there but we will stop for dinner on the way home. Bring something to hold you over until after the performance and some snacks for during the workshop if they have breaks.
ALL EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE IN RHEA MILLER HALL
11:00-12:00 pm- Arrival and Registration.
12:00pm-Official welcome and group warm up (you will need your clarinets)
12:30pm-Opening recital featuring Professor Kip Franklin and Mina Son
1:15pm-Masterclass with Kip Franklin
2:30pm-Improving your practice session (you will need your clarinets)
3:00pm-Question and answer session with Kip Franklin
3:30pm-SVSU Clarinet Choir reading session (you will need your clarinets)
4:15pm-Group Photo and Farewell!
4:30 pm Leave SVSU, have dinner. I’m expecting to arrive back in Tawas around 6:30 or 7 pm. If students have cell phones they can call or text on their way back.
As of right now I should be all set on chaperones. However, if you're student wants to attend there is still time to register but I'll need a parent to drive down with us as my van will only
October 10, 2013
Dear 6th and 7th Grade Band Parents,
We are well underway with our MEAP Testing at the Middle School so I know that most of your students day is consumed with that important test, but I wanted to send home a reminder and few important announcements about our 6th and 7th Grade Concert next Thursday October 17th.
First of all, we will be moving the concert to the High School Gymnasium. The parking and space will be much easier to work with.
Call Time for the concert is 6:00 pm for the 7th Grade Band Members who need to report to the High School Band Room for warm-ups. 7th Grade Band students may set their instrument cases at the top of the risers in the band room. 6th Grade Band students may set their their cases in the far hallway (see map below). The 6th Grade Band needs to report to the High School Band Room at 6:30 pm to warm-up and line up for the concert. 7th Grade will go up to the top of the bleachers at 6:30 pm to wait quietly for the concert to begin. I will be in need of 3 7th Grade Band Parents to help supervise the students and keep them quiet at this time as I will be working with the 6th Graders. It’s very important that they remain quiet while up there and set a good example for the 6th Grade students.
If you can help me with this task please send me a text message at 517-250-1513 so I can put you on my chaperone list.
Also, our Band Boosters will be distributing the Quilt Raffle Tickets as well as have the annual Band Bazaar Quilt on display. As a Band parent, you are asked to sell the quilt raffle tickets and return the money and ticket stubs to Mr. Akers as soon as you have them sold. The Quilt Raffle is held on November 16th at the Band Bazaar, where the winning ticket will be drawn and the quilt on display will be raffled off.
Last but not least, I wanted to make this concert even more fun and since we are approaching Halloween I’m allowing the students to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume for the concert. Please use discretion as no blood, gore, weapons, or other inappropriate costumes will be allowed. This is to be a fun family event so use proper judgment when selecting your student’s costume.
Please see the paper I sent home today for a map of where to go for the concert (for those that are unfamiliar with the High School).