District Honor Band Tryout Final Information

As we get closer to the audition date on December 5th I wanted to make sure you all knew how to finish up preparations and plan for the audition date.

PREPARATION

There is still a lot of time left between now and then for your children to get their scales memorized, and up to tempo (120 bpm.)  So please keep pushing them through out this week and over Thanksgiving break to continue work on scales and their etude.

MOCK AUDITION INFO

The week we return from school from Thanksgiving Break Nov 30 – Dec 4th, I will be available in my office each morning from 7:15 – 7:45 am and after school until 4:30pm. Each student is required to do a mock audition atleast one time, and I will determine whether they are ready to go to the real audition.  This process is to make sure that students feel comfortable at the audition to make it a good experience for them.  This process is a very positive one for the kids, if they are nervous please trust that I will not be disappointed in them and I am only trying to put them in the best position to be successful.

ON THE AUDITION DAY

This year I will be judging and will need to be at Excel Christian Academy very early, we will not be getting a bus like I thought I might have been able to get.  We will do it the way we have done every year in the past where you are free to bring your child to the audition.  Our block starts around 1:15pm, but if you have another event that day you may go early in the morning, we start judging at 9am.  Here is the schedule you should follow to make sure you audition during our block:

11 AM – Leave Carrollton to head to Excel Christian Academy, 325 Old Mill Road, Cartersville, Georgia 30120

12:15pm – Arrive at Excel Christian School and check in. (should be signs posted where registration is)

12:30pm – Warm-up in the gymnasium (Don’t play too much, save it for the audition)

1:15pm – Head to your hallway and wait in line to audition.  This shouldn’t take too long.  (hallways will be marked with signs, and their should be guides to help if needed)

2pm– You will be all done and can head home.  I will get the results later on that weekend and tell you Monday if you made it into the DHB.

Students should be dressed up and looking nice, BUT NOT IN ANYTHING THAT SAYS CARROLLTON.  They want to keep things as anonymous as possible for the judges.  There will be food available there as well as a repair man just in case you need a reed, or emergency repair.  Students are responsible for bringing their own instrument.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

The judges for the event are all the middle school band directors from District 7.  They are fantastic people and very encouraging and supportive educators.  They work with kids every single day, and will make sure that your child feels comfortable during their audition. All your child can do is their very best, whether they make it or not, I am still very proud of all these awesome kids.

Thank you for your support, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me.

 

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