Month: March 2019

Chair Test and Marching Band Meeting

Good evening,

We are at the last week before Spring Break! This year is absolutely flying by.

Monday: Marching band meeting at Don Hall Band room at 6PM. (8th grade only) If your child is participating in marching band next year they must attend this meeting. If your student is not available then please send a representative from your family. Finances, dates, rules, and the show theme will be discussed for next year.

Thursday: Chair test during class for 7th grade. Chair test after school at CHS band room for 8th grade. 8th graders will stay after school and walk over to CHS band room with Ms. Menendez. Once students finish their chair test, they may leave. Please refresh yourself on your chair test time by looking below.

Chair Test Sign Ups


I am looking to meet with a few parents who are attending the Braves Game Trip to discuss the layout of the trip and brainstorm some ideas. If you are available to meet at any time between 11-1 this week, let me know. We may also meet after school on any day but Monday and Thursday. I need for us to put our heads together and work out some small details. Please email me if available.


Please continue selling AYP Cards and make sure that this Friday students take their instruments home!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

 

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Celebrating LGPE/Upcoming Dates

Good evening,

I hope that you all are enjoying the beautiful weather today!

I wanted to take a moment to congratulate both bands on a magnificent concert last week! Both concerts were performed beautifully and made all of the hard work worth it. Both bands scored all 1’s (Superiors) on stage and sight reading! The judges had some great things to say about our program along with advice on what to keep working on to improve. I am thankful for the volunteers through this whole concert cycle who helped feed the students and chaperone on busses. It truly takes a village!


This week our only rehearsals are our two jazz band rehearsals. These are on Monday and Wendnesday mornings at 7:45 AM.

Please continue selling AYP Cards and working on finishing up your Carowinds payments if you have not paid off your trip yet. Keep in mind that each AYP card sold earns $3 off of your trip!

Upcoming dates:

  • March 25th at 6:00PM: Booster Meeting at high school band room for all students participating in marching band next year.
  • March 28th: 8th grade auditions at CHS Band room. Must sign up for time here: Audition Sign Up
  • April 13th: Braves game trip!

Have a great day!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Schedule for the week

Good evening,

This week is one of our most important weeks of the year. We will have a rehearsal on Monday for 7th grade and a rehearsal for 8th grade on Tuesday. On Wednesday, March 13th our bands will perform their concert for state appointed judges for ratings. All concerts are open to the public. We hope to hear you in the audience. Here is the schedule for both grades.

7th Grade:

  • 1:15 Report to band room for 5th block
  • 1:30 Depart for Carroll County Performing Arts Center
  • 1:40 Arrive at CCPAC and watch another band perform
  • 2:45 Warm up
  • 3:15 Performance
  • 4:15 Depart for CJHS
  • 4:30 Arrive at CJHS

8th Grade:

  • 3:30 Report to band room and eat snack
  • 4:15 Depart for Carroll County Performing Arts Center
  • 4:25 Arrive at CCPAC and watch another band perform
  • 5:30 Warm up
  • 6:00 PM Performance
  • 7:00 Depart for CJHS
  • 7:15 Arrive at CJHS

Reminder that we have Jazz Band Monday and Wednesday morning at 7:45!


Upcoming dats:

  • March 25th at 6:00PM: Booster Meeting at high school band room for all students interested in marching band next year
  • March 28th: 8th grade auditions at CHS Band room. Must sign up for time here: Audition Sign Up

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

8th Grade Auditions/High School Band Meeting

Good evening!

Below is VERY important information about the upcoming audition for all 8th grade students. This allows us to place the students in the correct class for next year.

Special note: All 8th grade students must attend these auditions even if they are not continuing on with band next year. These results will be used to rank our 8th graders for their Spring concert. Hosting two auditions would be redundant and would not be a good use of our class time. Students will stay after school with me and walk over to the high school with me for auditions. They may be picked up from the high school band room once they have completed their audition


BAND PARENT MEETING • Booster Club Meeting

March 25, 2019 at 6:00PM in the High School Band Room.

We will go over the summer schedule, the handbook, and announce the show!  This is a mandatory meeting for students participating in the marching band next year.

Placement auditions will take place after school on Thursday, March 28 beginning at 4:00PM.  Students will be able to sign-up for a time.  Auditions are required for all students to participate in the high school band and will determine class and chair placement.  Auditions consist of three parts which are explained below: Etude, Scales, and Sight-reading.  Please sign up for the audition by clicking here.  Be sure to add your name to the appropriate list (tabs at the bottom).

Etude:

The etude was passed out in class last week or can be accessed on Charms or by following the links below.  The etude is worth 60 points on your audition (or the value of 20, 1 octave scales!)

The etude will be graded based on all of the elements of music: tone, pitch, tempo, rhythm, technique, articulations, dynamics, musicality, expression, style, etc. A compelling performance of the etude can earn you 50 points.  Be sure to pay attention to the time signature, tempo marking, and key signature.

Scales: 

Please perform as many major/minor scales as you can in 2 minutes.  The scales do not have to be memorized.  Students will receive a maximum of 3 points per octave that is performed correctly (1 point ascending, 1 point descending, and 1 point for the arpeggio.) Mistakes may be corrected but you only have 2 minutes to complete their scales. If time runs out in the middle of a scale, you may finish that scale for full credit but will be finished at the end of that scale. Articulation and rhythm does not matter for scales, but note accuracy is imperative. Keep in mind: your scale score is not limited by anything except time. You can really earn a lot of points in this category if you practice diligently. It is rare, but not unheard of for students to perform 12 major and 12 minor scales, 2 octaves in a 2 minute period.  Are you up for the challenge?

Chromatic Scale (Winds Only):

Students are encouraged to demonstrate their full range by performing their chromatic scale.  The chromatic scale does not have to be memorized. GMEA has requirements for recommended ranges for students who are auditioning for district honor band.  Their recommendation is a great starting goal.  The scale should be performed in an even rhythm both ascending and descending.  Points for the chromatic scale will be awarded as follows:

  • Perform the Junior High School required ranges for a total of 20 points
    • Flute Low C to High F
    • Oboe Low C to High C
    • Bassoon Low Bb to High F
    • Soprano Clarinet Low E to High D above High C
    • Bb Low Clarinet Low E to High A Bb
    • Eb Contra Alto Clarinet Low E to High A
    • Alto Sax Low C to High D
    • Baritone Sax Low C to High D
    • Tenor Sax Low C to High D
    • Trumpet Low F# to High G
    • French Horn Low F to High F
    • Trombone Low E to High F
    • Baritone (BC) Low E to High F
    • Baritone (TC) Low F# to High G
    • Tuba Low E to High F
  • For each additional note added to the range students may earn an additional point for their Chromatic Scale.
  • Bonus points: There is no specified tempo, but the evaluator has the discretion to award up to 10 bonus points for performing the scale with quality tone in all registers, speed, and exceptional evenness of the performance.

Rudiments (Percussion Only):

Percussionists will perform 3 rudiments of their choice in an open – closed – open tradition instead of a chromatic scale.  Performance will be graded on speed, technique, and evenness of sound.  Each rudiment will be evaluated on a 10 point scale.  Additionally, 10 bonus points are reserved to be rewarded as bonus points for exceptional speed, tone, and technique.

Sight-reading:

Sight-reading will consist of a short excerpt that you will perform after a 30 second study period. During the study period, I encourage you to “airplay or air band” through the music, just keep in mind that you are not allowed to make a sound on your instrument during the study period. Sight-reading is graded on all of the elements of music like the etude is graded. It is important to be well versed in all rhythms, scales, keys, dynamics, articulations, etc. to be a good sight-reader. Students who are able to perform a compelling interpretation of the sight-reading beyond the notes and rhythms will be awarded more points.  You will have an option between two sight-readings.  An easier sight-reading will be worth 30 points or you can choose the more difficult one, which is worth 50 points.  

HAPPY PRACTICING!

-M. Menendez

Rehearsals this week

Good evening,

Here is our schedule for the week:

Monday:

  • Jazz band at 7:45 AM
  • 7th Grade rehearsal 3:30-5:00 PM with guest conductor!

Tuesday:

  • 8th Grade rehearsal 3:30-5:00 PM

Wednesday: 

  • Jazz Band at 7:45 AM

AYP

Please continue selling AYP Cards! Each child needs to aim to sell at least 5 AYP cards. This will earn them a free one themselves to keep or resell pocket some money! Thank you for your efforts so far. Remember that 8th graders earn $3 towards their Carowinds trip per each card sold.


Schedule for next week’s concerts:

Next week is one of our most important weeks of the year. We will have a rehearsal on Monday for 7th grade and a rehearsal for 8th grade on Tuesday. On Wednesday, March 13th our bands will perform their concert for state appointed judges for ratings. Here is the schedule for both grades.

7th Grade:

  • 1:15 Report to band room for 5th block
  • 1:30 Depart for Carroll County Performing Arts Center
  • 1:40 Arrive at CCPAC and watch another band perform
  • 2:45 Warm up
  • 3:15 Performance
  • 4:15 Depart for CJHS
  • 4:30 Arrive at CJHS

 

8th Grade:

  • 3:30 Report to band room and eat snack
  • 4:15 Depart for Carroll County Performing Arts Center
  • 4:25 Arrive at CCPAC and watch another band perform
  • 5:30 Warm up
  • 6:00 PM Performance
  • 7:00 Depart for CJHS
  • 7:15 Arrive at CJHS

These are the times as of now. If the school system wants us to use the same two busses instead of four busses then our times of departure may be adjusted for 8th grade. 

If you are willing to donate some chips and drinks for 8th grade snack on the 13th please let me know!


Thank you for allowing your student to stay after school for rehearsals and for supporting all of their performances! Our performance next week will be the same location as February’s. The Carroll County Performing Arts Center is around ten minutes away and is a beautiful facility for us to perform in. We are excited to perform for the adjudicators and put an exclamation point on this concert cycle!


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez