Month: October 2017

Concert Week!

Concert: We have our first concert of the year this week! This Thursday at 7 PM in the Mabry Arts Center will be a night full of wonderful music. Remember to make your student try on their band polo, black dress pants, black shoes and black socks, (black belt for boys) NOW so that you have time to shop if a student has grown in size. 

I ask that you take your students phone up before the concert begins. They will not need it while performing or while watching the other bands. The worst thing that can happen is an app or phone making a loud sound during our concert. These students have worked extremely hard and I do not want anything to take away from that.

Report time for students is 6:30!

Carowinds: Remember that the $50 deposit is due November 17th. That is for parents and chaperones! Please write all checks out to CJHS Band or use our Revtrak website.

I will need a volunteer that would be willing to collect Carowinds checks or cash at the concert and give receipts. You would do this before the concert started (6:30-7:00) and then between 7th and 8th grade. Please email me if you are interested in helping out.

District Honor Band: DHB students have their mock audition this Thursday (since kids are not in school on Friday). I will listen to these auditions and determine if the student is prepared enough to audition this year. I would never want a student to enter the audition feeling underprepared. That does not set them up for an audition that gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment, it does quite the opposite. Please ensure that you hear your student practicing each day this week at home in preparation for that mock audition. I am so proud of them for their work so far!

We have our weekly after school session for DHB kids or kids who need help on Wednesday until 4:45.

Have a great week!

-M. Menendez

A great week!

Good morning,

We had a blast last night at the Championship where our Trojans became champions! Congratulations to them and congratulations to our band students who cheered them on the whole season. Thank you to our parents who are flexible and creative (as pictured below). You all allow me to focus on the kids and ensuring that they lose their voices from screaming so hard and from playing so loud!


We had TWO rehearsals this week and had wonderful attendance from our students. Both groups sound very prepared for our concert next week and I cannot wait to play under the lights at the Mabry Art Center next Thursday, November 2nd, at 7PM. Remember that students are dressed in black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks, and their band performance polo. I have extra polos for our new students and any student can turn theirs in for a larger size if I have their size available.

Carowinds: Remember that the $50 deposit is due November 17th. That is for parents and chaperones! Please write all checks out to CJHS Band or use our Revtrak website.

Today a trombone came in for one of our students who upgraded to a higher level instrument! His mother simply called Music & Arts and asked about the price difference between renting a trigger trombone. Remember that if you upgrade to a higher level instrument that they will apply whatever you have paid in rent on the first instrument (from 6th grade) to this upgraded instrument. So let’s say that you have paid $500 in rent in the instrument that was purchased on instrument night, when you upgrade to this new instrument they will apply that $500 to that instrument. That should make it so that you pay off this upgraded instrument faster and can possibly even purchase it. Please consider upgrading your child’s instrument as they progress so that they can play on higher quality instruments that produce a better sound, play more in tune, have additional keys to make playing easier, and allow for more fluidity in their playing. Check out the pictures below of Jeb Jackson unboxing his trigger trombone!


Have a wonderful weekend!

M. Menendez

A day full of fun!

Just a reminder about our pep rally for Trojan Band (during school), our after school 8th grade rehearsal until 4:30, and our last Trojan Band game today! Report time is 4:45 at the high school for 7th graders and pick up time is 7:15.

Here we go!


7th grade rehearsal

Good morning,

Just a quick reminder of our 7th grade after school rehearsal today. This is mandatory and for a grade.

8th grade has theirs this Thursday before the Trojan band game.

I have not finished grading the playing tests. I want to be focused while listening to them and fair so I need more time to listen so that I rank the chairs correctly  thank you for your patience.

Happy Tuesday!


Important Announcements

Good evening,

Please read the following information carefully.

Tuesday 24th Rehearsal for 7th grade: after school until 5. *For a grade: Mandatory*

Wednesday 25th District Honor Band rehearsal after school. *For a grade: Mandatory*

Thursday 26th Rehearsal for 8th grade: after school until 4:30 so that we can walk to HS for stadium for Trojan Band Game.

Thursday 26th  Trojan Band game for Championship. Report time 4:45 for 7th graders at high school. We are playing for all four quarters since it is the championship. Pick up time around 7:15 <—- correction from earlier draft where I said 7:45. Students will eat at half time in the stands. Parent volunteers are needed as always.

Thursday November 2nd Fall Concert. 6:30 report time. 7th grade straight to stage, 8th grade to reserved seating with instruments out and ready to go. Concert begins at 7.

Friday November 11th Veterans Day Performance at High School gym. More info to come. This is a performance that occurs during the day.

Please check to see that your student has their band polo, black dress pants, black shoes and socks ready to go for the year.

Please text @cjhsbands to 81010 to get important information through Remind101

-M. Menendez