Band Happenings and Reminders

Hello All,

What a great first full week, here are some reminders to remember coming up:

CALENDAR:  Please visit the calendar page and sync to the google calendar.  You also should have received a blue copy for your fridge at home, I passed them out in class.  Please make sure to look through all of the band events and rehearsals and make special plans to have your child at each event.

NOTEBOOKS:  A lot of students have their 1 inch binders with plastic sheet protectors, their are still a handful that do not, please remember that that is part of your child’s participation grade in class.  If you can not afford the binder and pages please send me an email and we will get your child what they need.

TROJAN BAND:  I will be making the shirt and hat order this Friday, please have all forms and fee’s in by Thursday.  PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK ALL TROJAN BAND DATES ON THE CALENDAR.  If you are a parent that would like to come help chaperone at football games, help monitor the kids, and pass out pizza please email me ASAP with your shirt size.

8TH GRADE NIGHT AT THE HS:  All 8th graders will be participating in 8th Grade Night at the high school on September 4th.  There is a mandatory rehearsal the night before on Sept 3rd from 6 – 7pm.  We will teach all the kids the routine for pre-game and they will have a chance to meet their HS band buddy for the night.  The only students that may miss this rehearsal are 8th grade football players, and 8th grade football cheerleaders. We will get them caught up during class on Friday before the game.  Please remember, even though your child may be nervous to perform with the HS band or in front of a lot of people at a football game, please assure them that it will be alright.  I have never had a student get done with 8th grade night and regret going, I have had a few students not go and regret it for the rest of the year.

7th GRADE TRUMPETS SWITCH TO FRENCH HORN: Attention all 7th grade trumpet players and trumpet player parents.  We are looking to add 3 – 4 trumpet players to switch the french horn section.  Benefits to switching:

1.  The french horn is an awesome instrument that has similar fingerings and mouthpiece to a trumpet.

2. French horn is a school owned instrument which will be good if you are playing a rented instrument, no more monthly payments.

Please have your child come down in the mornings to give it a try or email me and let me know you’re interested.

CHAIR TESTS:  We will begin the chair placement tests next week Aug 26th – 28th in class at school.  Chair placement tests are a grade for class and will determine which part your child will play.  Here is the criteria that will be on the test:

  1.  The student will have 2 minutes to play the F, Bb, Eb, and Ab concert scales.  Then they can play as many scales and arpeggios he / she knows successfully for bonus points.
  2. The student will play a prepared solo that is 8 measures long. (this will be handed out in class on Monday Aug 24th)
  3. The student will sightread an 8 measure sight reading example.

Each portion of the test will go into the gradebook as a grade.  YOU SHOULD BE HEARING A LOT OF PRACTICING GOING ON AT YOUR HOUSE IN PREPARATION FOR THIS TEST.  PLEASE ASK YOUR CHILD WHAT THEIR PRACTICE ROUTINE IS AS THEY GET READY.

Thanks all, remember if you have any questions feel free to email me.

Joe Huls

Band Director

Carrollton Bands

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