Month: January 2015

After School Rehearsals this week.

Hello all,

We have decided that any and all after school rehearsals this week will be cancelled due to band director illness, the high school disney trip, and the fact that Saturday’s symphonic camp went so well.

We will resume our usual after school rehearsals next week.

Monday- 6th grade band voluntary help sessions with Ms. Menendez

Tuesday- 7th grade band after school rehersal 3-4:30.

Wednesday- Jazz Band for 7th and 8th graders. 3-4:30

Thursday- 8th grade band after school rehersal 3-4:30.

Thanks again

Cancelled After-School Monday Practice Session

Good morning,

I have decided to make the call to cancel our after-school practice session today for the sixth grade students due to a heavy cold that is coming on for me. I do not feel that working with your students individually would be the greatest idea during this contagious period. They will be reminded to call home if needed to make sure that they have the correct transportation worked out.

Thank you for your understanding!

-Maria Menendez

Great Job Today!!!

Congrats to all the students today at Symphonic Camp. We hope you had a great time and also learned a lot. We couldn’t be more proud of you.

Remember Tuesday after school rehearsal for 7th grade band. 8th grade after school rehearsal on Thursday is cancelled due to us going to Disney with the HS marching band.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and we will see you Monday, don’t forget to bring your instruments on Monday.

Mr. Huls
Ms. Menendez

Rehearsal TODAY

Hello everyone,

Just a friendly reminder about today’s camp. If you forgot something at the JH I will be there and have the band room unlocked.

Ms. Menendez brought a lot of percussion folders and a few other folders that were still on stands after school yesterday.

See you at 9 am at the MAC.

Symphonic Band Camp This Saturday

Hello all just a reminder about this Saturday’s symphonic band camp. Please make sure you come at 2:30pm to hear the bands perform prior to the end of the event.


9am – Students and Parent Chaperones arrive at the MAC. Students should bring there instrument , and music. We will be bringing baritone, tuba, French horn and percussion instruments. We will meet in the MAC to introduce staff and show everyone where to go.

9:30am – 11am – rehearsals begin.

11-12pm – lunch time, we will be providing pizza, chips and soda. Feel free to bring your own healthier option of needed. We will eat in the HS Band Room.

12-1pm – presentation by our guest speaker in the MAC.

1 – 2:30 – rehearsals begin again.

2:30 – 3pm – Both bands will perform in the MAC. All parents are invited, please come and enjoy our music. We would love to have a big crowd.

Please make sure your child wears there Symphonic Band Camp shirt. Blue jeans and shoes are just fine to go with it.

Remember that no rehearsals or events will take place at the JH building we will only be occupying the MAC and the HS band room.

All school rules will still apply at this camp including cell phone policies and dress code. Please make sure you do not use your device during rehearsals and that it is put away. When the time arrives where you can use it, it must be used properly.

Parents If you can come volunteer we would love to have you. Please send us an email if you are interested.

Thanks again all. We look forward to seeing you Saturday.

Important Reminders this week.

Hello all,

Tuesday (tomorrow) we have an after school rehearsal for 7th Grade Band from 3-4:15pm in the CJHS band room.

Thursday we have an after school rehearsal for 8th Grade Band from 3-4:15pm in the CJHS band room.

Please make every effort to have your child attend these rehearsals. If your child is part of another afterschool activity please try to share time.

Saturday. All seventh and eighth graders have a symphonic band camp from 9 AM to 3 PM. They will receive their shirts on Friday during school and should show up at the MAC at 9 AM in their symphonic band camp T-shirt.

Please make every effort to attend the symphonic band camp this Saturday. It will really help to take our kids to the next level. I am still looking for volunteers if you would like to come and help out with any phase of the camp.

Thanks everyone.

Joe Huls
Maria Menendez

Symphonic Band Camp Volunteers

Hello All,

We are looking for a big group of parents to help out at next week’s symphonic band camp.


  • We will need help with setup and tear down on Friday after school from 3pm – 4:30pm
  • We will also need help on that Saturday Jan 24th at 8:30 AM helping to chaperone kids to the right areas, serve lunch, and tear down etc…
  • I would also ask too if we have a parent who is a doctor or nurse if they would be willing to volunteer their time to stay on Saturday from 9am – 3pm to help in case a student needs medical attention.

Thanks everyone, this event is going to be an awesome one if we all work together.  Email me if you are willing to volunteer.

Mark your Calendars !!!


Mark your calendars 7th and 8th graders:

Saturday, January 24th 2015

9am – 3pm at the Mabry Center for the Arts


One on One instruction from professional instrumentalists

Master Class with Master Teacher Kenny Beard of the Woodward Academy

Games and Prizes

Lunch and a T-Shirt

All at no cost, just make sure you don’t miss it.

“It’s time to take the next step up in musicianship!!!”

Welcome Back!!!

Hello band parents,

We certainly hope you had an excellent holiday season and we are looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

As we prepare for semester two each grade level is going to take another step up in their musicianship. We ask that each student and parent come up with a practice routine at home so that your child can be successful each and everyday in class and on stage.

Please also look at the calendar on the website and add those dates to your home calendar as we have several important rehearsals and performances.

7th and 8th grade students also add Saturday January 24th from 9am-3pm to your calendar. We will be hosting a symphonic band camp which is a day for the students to learn from a professional on their instrument, have a master class with a master teacher on stage, and have lunch and play some games with their friends. This is going to be such an amazing experience, please double check and keep that Saturday open.

This Wednesday we will be starting jazz band for all those 7th and 8th grade students who play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and have experience playing electric guitar, bass, drumset and piano. There really is no audition, just come to the rehearsals 3-4:30 every Wednesday.

We will be having chair placement auditions this Wednesday-Friday in class. Each student will be required to play the F, Bb, Eb, Ab scales one or two octave. Any additional scale including chromatic scale will be worth more points towards your total. Please get practicing.

We will continue our Monday help sessions starting Monday Jan 12th for all 6th graders looking to get better after school.

8th grade parents please remember to get another deposit for Carowinds in by the end of the month.

Thanks again everyone, we look forward to seeing you all as we begin an exciting second semester.

Joe Huls
Maria Menendez