I'm out today and tomorrow (pretty sick... bronchitis and an ear infection... sorry gang). So no S & E practices today, tomorrow, and probably even Thursday, the reason being that since I can't do my High School night of conferences tomorrow evening from 6-9 pm I'll have to do Thursday from 4-7 pm for High School parents. Again, sorry this week hasn't gone as planned but I'm trying to get back up to 100% for Friday and Saturday. If anything changes with Thursday's practices I'll let you know.
S & E students, make sure you keep up with practicing and we'll get as many in as we can next Monday and Tuesday before break.
Thanks for your understanding :)
What a great weekend constructing Apple Dumplings this week! You set a record with 1,769 Dumplings made!!! Congrats to everyone involved in this huge project!
I just finalized our recent fundraiser with Century Resources as well as you earned just over $4000 in profits! With this money we'll need to purchase a few instruments for marching band next year as well as we'll start looking at doing some fun small trips for possibly May or early June!
Also, congrats to Emily Ramsdell, Aleigha Kimsel, and Doug Ferguson on earning a spot in the Central Michigan University Honors Band---the three students traveled down to CMU for an all day rehearsal Saturday, back to Tawas Saturday to help with Dumplings, and then back to CMU Sunday morning for more rehearsal and a performance Sunday afternoon. Congrats to these three students and their hard work!
And hopefully I'll hear something this week about the Michigan All State Band Audition results this week---I'll keep you posted as soon I hear something.
Here's what's coming later this month:
Happy Sunday and good work this week! I hope you enjoyed having Mr. Senkmajer in as a guest on Friday and I'm really excited as I start putting together a "Story" for next year's show.
Here's what we have coming this week:
High School Band:
Nov. 11th (Weds) Veteran's Day Assembly 3rd Hour. Students will be dismissed 2nd hour to help setup. Please wear dressy clothes: slacks/dress shirts, dresses/blouses. Remember, we are honoring our Veterans that day.
Star Spangled Banner
America the Beautiful
7th/8th Grade Solo and Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule
Please start bringing in Apple Dumpling Ingredients this week---we are aiming to make over 1,300 Dumplings as we are also planning on selling them at our December 5th Solo and Ensemble event for the Middle School Solo and Ensemble! Nov. 14th is our construction day so please let your student know if you can help out, even if it's just for a short shift. We need to get these little bits of "deliciousness" made so they are ready to bake for the 21st and the 5th!
Keep in mind:
9th-12th Grade S & E Sign-up
All Star Band Music
All Star Band Auditions are coming up at the end of December. Any Band student is eligibile (grades 7-12) and 9th Grade students may audition for both the Junior Band (7-9) and the Senior Band (9-12) or either/or. However, they will only get accepted into one Band. You will need to download and prepare both the Etude and the Chromatic Scale and it looks as if we'll be submitting these this year via Google Drive versus doing CDs as we usually do. I'll be setting up a folder soon for students to upload their files to and later this week we'll even do some testing to see how it works.
The actual event is January 29th and 30th in Alpena and students will be staying overnight with chaperones and other Tawas students in Alpena. We typically leave around 2-3 pm from Tawas that Friday and arrive back in Tawas around 6 pm Saturday evening. It's a long but very fun weekend so get to work on the All Star Music!
Hello Parents and Students,
Our Annual Band Boosters Bazaar is quickly approaching and as in past years we are asking parents to donate ingredients/items needed for construction and sale of the apple dumplings! Construction will take place on the November 14th in the High School kitchen/commons. We will need several parents to help throughout the entire day! Please contact Amanda Lossing at 989-820-7900 or email email@example.com to sign up or have your student sign you up in the band room. Remember, every time you volunteer you earn points/money for your students band account. Here is the list of items that we are asking parents to donate:
Flutes: 1 box (4 sticks) of stick butter and 2 large foil pans for turkeys
Clarinets: 1 5lb bag of flour and 1 48oz can of shortening (NO FLAVORED SHORTENING PLEASE!) PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT IT IS A 48oz CAN AND NOT A DIFFERENT SIZE AS THIS MESSES UP MEAUSRING!
ALL Saxophones: 1 5lb bag of flour and 1 48oz can of shortening (NO FLAVORED SHORTENING PLEASE!) PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT IT IS A 48oz CAN AND NOT A DIFFERENT SIZE AS THIS MESSES UP MEAUSRING!
Trumpets: 1 5lb bag of flour and 1 48oz can of shortening (NO FLAVORED SHORTENING PLEASE!) PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT IT IS A 48oz CAN AND NOT A DIFFERENT SIZE AS THIS MESSES UP MEAUSRING!
French Horns: 1 container of Fruit Fresh, and 1 32oz bottle of lemon juice
Trombones: 1 box (4 sticks) of stick butter, and 1 large box of plastic spoons
Baritones: 1 large package of napkins, and 1 box of NON-STICK Tin Foil
Tuba: 1 5lb bag of flour and 1 48oz can of shortening (NO FLAVORED SHORTENING PLEASE!) PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT IT IS A 48oz CAN AND NOT A DIFFERENT SIZE AS THIS MESSES UP MEAUSRING!
Percussion: 1 5lb bag of flour and 1 48oz can of shortening (NO FLAVORED SHORTENING PLEASE!) PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT IT IS A 48oz CAN AND NOT A DIFFERENT SIZE AS THIS MESSES UP MEAUSRING!
Each student within these sections 6th-12th grade is asked to bring these items please. All items can be dropped off in the band room or with myself starting Monday November 9th and can be dropped off all the way up until the day before construction, Friday, November 13th. If your section is responsible for the stick butter, please bring the butter no earlier than Friday November 13th and please make sure to give it to Amanda Lossing before school or Mr. Akers before school so it can be refrigerated! If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me on the band Facebook page or by firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for your continued support of the Tawas Area Band Program!
Amanda C. Lossing
Band Boosters Apple Dumpling Chair
Congrats to our All State Students who auditioned this past weekend and did a fantastic job! Well done to all of you---that's a tough audition but I promise it'll be worth it if you make it! I should have results in 2-3 weeks and will post them as soon as I know (usually around the Friday or Saturday of the Band Bazaar is when I typically get the email).
We are also gearing up for 7th/8th Grade Solo and Ensemble. I'll be sending home a rehearsal calendar later this week (and posting it). If you can't make your assigned time, please let me know a different time (yes, I was having students sign-up but as with the All State Auditions, there were a lot of students that didn't sign up for a time so I'll make a rehearsal calendar this time around and it'll be up to you to tell me if you can't make it).
High School Solo and Ensemble registration was posted last week---please refer to the sign up form posted there to register.
Reminders for this week:
Happy Sunday! We had a great start to this week (or finish to this week depending on how you look at it!) with our East Shore Wind Symphony Trip! Thanks to all of our chaperones and the great group of students who went with us to see this fine group perform and some of our old Alumni perform (Courtany McGee and Heather Britt, both "retired" Drum Majors). I know the Symphony I gave us all chills but those soon disappeared with their grant arrangement of Amazing Grace as well as a great finisher with Salute to America's Finest (yes, the same arrangement that we perform at our Memorial Day Ceremonies).
Just a few things this week:
1. Our Fundraiser items are coming this Thursday after school. Please make arrangements to pick them up between 3 pm and 4:30 pm. You'll also have the chance to pick them up between 6 and 6:30 pm.
2. Thursday will be our Tech Day for Jazz Band and Concert Band (as we have a number of students who will be gone for Knowledge Bowl).
3. This is the last week before All State Band Auditions. Times are posted here under last week's announcements. Please make sure you sign up for a practice slot with me at least once before your audition. I'm NOT doing any late Friday night practices before this weekend. This is not an audition you can cram for---trust me!
ALL STATE AND 7TH/8TH GRADE PRACTICE SIGN-UP
4. It's time for 9th-12th Grade students to start thinking about Solo and Ensemble sign-up. You can register for Solos/Duets/Trios, etc. but you can't do more than 3 events unless those events are our big Chamber groups (of 9 or more students, typically our Percussion Ensemble).
Here's the registration form for 9th-12th Grade Solo and Ensemble:
Important Dates: Please Read!
Boosters Meeting Nov. 5th in the High School Library.
Band Bazaar Nov. 21st 9am-3 pm.
Apple Dumpling Construction Nov. 14th Saturday starting at 8 am.
7th & 8th Grade Solo and Ensemble: December 5th Tawas High School
6th and 7th Grade: December 10th High School Gym 7pm
High School Concert Band & Jazz Band December 21st High School Gym 7pm
Happy Sunday and what a great way to finish off the week Thursday with a great performance from our 6th and 7th Grade Band Members and our Tawas Area Jazz Band! I've heard so many great compliments on all three performances, especially putting on such a great show just 5 weeks into the school year!
Here are a few things to keep in mind coming up this week:
Just sign up for one rehearsal at this point so everyone can have at least one chance to practice with me.
Weekend Practice (#2):
Visit the website below and do this for 5 minutes. Bring your score to Mr. Akers on Wednesday!
Note Name Game
Treble Clef Sayings: Every Good Boy Does Fine on the line. F A C E if it's on the space.
Bass Clef Sayings: All Cars Eat Gas (on the space), Good Boys Do Fine Always (on the line).
Sign up for Text Messaging Reminders!