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Concert Tonight

Good evening,

We are excited about our concert tonight!

No tickets are required for admission but masks are strongly encouraged.

Students will wear their all black uniform as usual and should report to the MAC at 5:30.

Concert begins at 6 PM.

8th grade will have a seat in the hall to watch 7th grade and 7th grade will start on stage. Once 7th grade finishes, they will take the place of 8th grade in the audience so that they can watch as well. All students are dismissed at the conclusion of the Junior High concert.

You may read our concert program here:

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Concert Week and last week of school

Good evening,

I cannot believe that we are in our last week of school! What an incredible year! We had an absolute BLAST this past Friday at Golden Corral and Thunderzone. The staff at both locations bragged on our students. They said that they were polite and patient. I could not be more proud. I hope that the students had as much fun as I did! Thank you to everyone who helped out. On Tuesday we will have our last concert of the year and we are excited to show you all what we have been working on.

Spring Concert:

We are excited to share the Mabry Arts Center with the high school band on Tuesday, May 25th. No tickets are required for admission but masks are strongly encouraged.

Students will wear their all black uniform as usual and should report to the MAC at 5:30.

8th grade will have a seat in the hall to watch 7th grade and 7th grade will start on stage. Once 7th grade finishes, they will take the place of 8th grade in the audience so that they can watch as well. All students are dismissed at the conclusion of the Junior High concert.

I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Busy week ahead!

Good evening,

This week at a glance:

Monday: 7th grade rehearsal during 1st and 2nd block

Tuesday: 8th grade rehearsal during 5th and 6th block

5/17-5/20: Spring Training 4:00-6:00 pm *For all upcoming 9th grade brass and woodwind marchers*

5/17-5/20: Drum Camp 4:00-6:15 *Required for all high school percussionists marching next year*

5/20: Trojan Band Member/Parent Meeting *required for all students and families participating in high school band next year*

5/21: Thunderzone field trip


Band Rehearsals:

I have decided to have our Spring Concert Rehearsals during the school day rather than after school due to some after school conflicts. All teachers are aware and will not mark your student absent or penalize them for missing class.

Our 7th grade students will rehearse during 1st and 2nd block tomorrow morning. 2nd block students must check in with their homeroom teacher before coming to the band room.

8th grade will rehearse during 5th and 6th block on Tuesday.

I am excited to hear both groups as we prepare for our Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 25th.


Spring Concert:

We are excited to share the Mabry Arts Center with the high school band on Tuesday, May 25th. No tickets are required for admission but masks are strongly encouraged.

Students will wear their all black uniform as usual and should report to the MAC at 5:30.

8th grade will have a seat in the hall to watch 7th grade and 7th grade will start on stage. Once 7th grade finishes, they will take the place of 8th grade in the audience so that they can watch as well. All students are dismissed at the conclusion of the concert.


High School Band Meeting on Thursday

Please put this on your calendar! May 20th will be our 2021-2022 Information Meeting which will include rising Freshman through Senior parents and students. We will spend plenty of time walking through what it means to be in the CHS Trojan Band and Band Boosters next year, provide information to help parents and students get ready, and more! We will also have the CHS Band Store open for those who want some additional merch!


Upcoming Important Dates:

5/25: Spring Concert 6 PM at the Mabry Arts Center (earlier than normal since we are sharing with the high school band).

7/19-7/23: Band Camp 8:00 AM- 9:00 PM

7/26-7/30: Band Camp 1:00 PM- 9:00 PM

We have a fun yet busy next couple of weeks leading in to summer break. These students are working HARD and I commend them for pushing through all the way until the end. Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to speaking to many of you at our Spring Concert!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

New Marching Band Uniforms and Weekly Announcements

Week at a Glance:

Monday:

Tuesday: Marching Percussion clinic 4:00-5:30 pm

Wednesday: No Jazz Band

Thursday: Marching Percussion clinic 4:00-5:30 pm

Friday:

New Uniform Reveal

At the annual Trojan Band BBQ, we revealed our new uniforms to the public for the first time. The purchase of the uniforms was made possible through a partnership between school administration, board of education, and booster club.

The uniform features many adaptable components to allow modernization of the Trojan Band look that will aide in our competitive pursuits while allowing us to make choices for a traditional look during appropriate performances. The shako (hat) has a modern wrap that continues the look consistently up to the plume, which can be removed to expose a traditional black shako with an embroidered Trojan Emblem.

When designing the uniforms the directors looked at the past uniforms because they wanted to bring back some of the traditional elements. These were some of the prominent features noticed when taking a look back.

The new uniform brings back the traditional white coats and retains the Greek “C” that was featured in the uniforms of the early 2000’s. The 3 stripes in the circa 2010’s uniform representing the past, current, and future are featured on the right side of the uniform. A modern drop continues the color down the right leg to highlight movement and add to the overall contrast for the performers on the field. The dual colored sleeves of the uniform allows for 4 distinct looks while on the field depending on if the band is facing North, South, East, or West. This fresh modernized competitive uniform for our Trojan Band allows us to be prepared for current competitions while honoring our tradition and legacy. We are very excited to debut these uniforms next fall!!


Upcoming Trojan Band Member and Parent (Booster) Meeting

Please put this on your calendar! May 20th will be our 2021-2022 Information Meeting which will include rising Freshman through Senior parents and students. We will spend plenty of time walking through what it means to be in the CHS Trojan Band and Band Boosters next year, provide information to help parents and students get ready, and more! We will also have the CHS Band Store open for those who want some additional merch!


Upcoming Important Dates:

5/17-5/20: Spring Training 4:00-6:00 pm *For all upcoming 9th grade brass and woodwind marchers*

5/17-5/20: Drum Camp 4:00-6:15 *Required for all high school percussionists marching next year*

5/20: Trojan Band Member/Parent Meeting *required for all students and families participating in high school band next year*

5/21: Thunderzone field trip

5/25: Spring Concert 6 PM at the Mabry Arts Center (earlier than normal since we are sharing with the high school band).

7/19-7/23: Band Camp 8:00 AM- 9:00 PM

7/26-7/30: Band Camp 1:00 PM- 9:00 PM

We have a fun yet busy next couple of weeks leading in to summer break. These students are working HARD and I commend them for pushing through all the way until the end. Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to speaking to many of you at our Spring Concert!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

District Honor Band and Updates

Good evening,

Schedule for the week:

Wednesday: No Jazz Band

Thursday: Band BBQ all day at CHS


District Honor Band

We had an incredible time at District Honor Band this weekend! Our students enjoyed traveling, meeting new friends, playing music with an advanced ensemble, learning from guest conductors and more! I am so proud of all of our students who participated and hope that they are prepared to bring back knowledge and new skills to their peers here at CJHS. They represented us well and are fantastic leaders!


Thunderzone Field Trip

This Friday, May 7th is the final day to turn in permission slips and money to attend the Thunderzone field trip. You may pay with cash or check (written out to CJHS Band). I have attached a copy of the permission slip below.


Band BBQ

The annual band BBQ is this Thursday! The CHS band will sell delicious bbq meals all day under the away bleachers of the high school stadium. Feel free to buy some for you and your family for dinner to help support the high school program. The high school will put on performances beginning at 6:00 PM including a special performance by the high school marching band! I hope to see some of you there!


I hope that you enjoy the rest of your Sunday night and good luck to our students this week as they take their Milestone assessments!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Weekly Announcements

Good afternoon,

Monday: Quick study sight reading example posted on our website for 8th graders

Tuesday: Marching percussion clinic (all 8th graders interested in marching band) 4-5:30 @CHS

Wednesday: No jazz band

Thursday: High school band auditions due (Ms. Menendez will submit these for the students)

Friday: Marching percussion clinic (all 8th graders interested in marching band) 4-5:30 @CHS


Solo and Ensemble

Congratulations to Hunter Moore, Max Duncan, Malik Raphael and Emily Hicks on their Solo and Ensemble performance this past Saturday. The students prepared duets and solos to perform for judges at Paulding County High School and earned Superior ratings! This is a great accomplishment and we are proud that they represented our Junior High!


Field Trip for 7th and 8th grade

We are excited to travel to Thunderzone and Golden Corral on Friday, May 21st. If your student lost their permission form they may access it here:

The $30 and permission slip are due next Friday, May 7th.


District Honor Band

I am excited to travel to Bremen High School with our District Honor Band Members this Friday and Saturday! Please see itinerary attached.

Please take a look at the schedule and let me know if you have any questions.


Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Chair Test Results and High School Band Auditions

Good evening,

We are entering the last part of the school year and have some exciting dates coming up. At the bottom of this post is a list of upcoming dates. Please take a moment to write down whatever dates pertain to your student. Most of them apply to our 8th graders but there will be some that apply to all students.


Chair Test Results:

I am extremely proud of our students for all of their hard work! These chair tests were the best yet and every student showed tremendous growth from their test earlier this semester. I loved hearing our students perform individually and am always proud of their courage when performing by themselves. Congratulations to all students!


High School Marching Band Auditions:

Our 8th graders who are participating in band next year will need to audition to be placed in a class. The following seems like a lot of information but is actually incredibly similar to how we do our auditions at CJHS. Our students will be used to this method and will enjoy getting to get several takes rather than one take if we had done our auditions in person. Students will get a thorough explanation in class tomorrow over the following (copied from the high school band website):

Band Auditions

All videos turned in on time will earn an additional 30 points for submitting them on time.

Audition videos are due by April 29, 2020All videos turned in on time will earn an additional 30 points for submitting them on time. Remember, your video does not have to be perfect. Record each take, and submit your best efforts by April 29. * Ms. Menendez will assist all 8th graders with submitting their videos. *

Please submit your audition here via an unlisted YouTube link using the following Google Form: Your recording should include:

1) 2 mins for scale test (3 points per scale)
2) chromatic scale (20 points plus bonus options)
3) etude (50 points)
4) quick study etude (50 points) – available on Sunday, April 26

You may record your videos as many times as you’d like. When you are finished, upload your videos to YouTube and set the listing as “Unlisted.” An unlisted video is only viewable if someone has the link to the video. Please title your video as follows: Audition section_First Name_Last Name. (ex., Scales_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Chromatic_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Etude_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Quick Study_Alfonzo_Scruggs).

Submit your video using the following Google Form. Once you have submitted your audition please join the appropriate Google Classroom:

Flute: gybdi55
Double Reeds: c7nztte
Clarinet: jfoc3k7
Alto Saxophone: vlqfhl2

Low Reed: flpujjv
Sousaphone: wdzrwp3
Percussion: bxp3z4z
Color Guard: prqlndk

Trumpet: erql6bl
Mellophone: 3mugrdt
Trombone: giruam6
Baritone: giruam6

Below, more detailed information about what to include in your videos:

2 mins scales test (Winds and Percussion):

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 and Percussion):

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
Percussion: Full range of the instrument

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.

Etude (Winds and Percussion):

Download and print off your etude by following the appropriate link below: Ms. Menendez will hand these out in class Tuesday the 13th.


flute
oboe
bassoon
clarinet


alto sax
tenor sax/b. clarinet
bari sax
horn


trumpet/TC baritone
trombone
BC baritone
tuba
marimba

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.

Quick Study Etude (Winds and Percussion):

Unfortunately, this format does not allow us to test sight-reading, so we are following the All-State requirements, which included a quick study etude. Students will receive access to the etude on Sunday, April 26, 2021. This etude will be similar in length to previous sight-reading examples. The percussion quick study etude will be a snare drum etude.

REVIEW

Audition videos are due by April 29, 2020. Remember, your video does not have to be perfect. Record each take, and submit your best efforts by April 29.

All videos turned in on time will earn an additional 30 points for submitting them on time.

Please submit your audition here via an unlisted YouTube link using the following Google Form: Your recording should include:

1) 2 mins for scale test (3 points per scale)
2) chromatic scale (20 points plus bonus options)
3) etude (50 points)
4) quick study etude (50 points) – available on Sunday, April 26

You may record your videos as many times as you’d like. When you are finished, upload your videos to YouTube and set the listing as “Unlisted.” An unlisted video is only viewable if someone has the link to the video. Please title your video as follows: Audition section_First Name_Last Name. (ex., Scales_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Chromatic_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Etude_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Quick Study_Alfonzo_Scruggs).


Upcoming Schedule:ALL TIMES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE HIGH SCHOOL BAND CALENDAR LOCATED AT WWW.CHSTROJANBAND.COM

4/24 Solo and Ensemble

4/26, 4/27, 4/29, 4/30 Fall Color Guard Audition Camp

4/26 Quick Study Etude available

4/27 Marching Percussion Clinic

4/29 Wind and Percussion Virtual Auditions due

4/30 Marching Percussion Clinic

4/30-5/1 District Honor Band

5/11 Marching Percussion Clinic

5/13 Marching Percussion Clinic

5/17 7th Grade in school rehearsal (during 1st and 2nd block)

5/18 8th Grade in school rehearsal (during 5th and 6th block)

5/17-5/20 New Marcher Spring Training *For all Brass and Woodwind 8th graders interested in marching band next year*

5/17-5/20 Marching Percussion Auditions (Drum Camp)

5/20 Trojan Band Member and Parent Meeting *Informational meeting for all high school band members*

5/21 Marching Band Commitment Form Due

5/25 Spring Concert 6PM at Mabry Arts Center. Shared with high school band. CJHS @6PM and CHS @7PM.

Summer Dates for high school marching band members:

7/3 Parade Practice for high school marching band

7/4 Carrollton 4th of July Parade

7/19 – 7.23 Band Camp 8:00AM – 9:00PM

7/26 – 7.30 Band Camp 1:00PM – 9:00PM


We like to communicate far ahead so that you all can plan accordingly. We are excited for our incoming 9th grade band members and cannot wait to continue making music with them.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

It’s chair test week! AYP Card Info

Good evening,

Our schedule for the week:

Wednesday: Jazz band after school until 4:15

Thursday: Chair test in class


Chair test:

I am excited to hear our students this week as they perform for their next chair test on Thursday during class. I have been working with some individually and have been impressed with their work so far. Please encourage them to either practice at home or to come in the mornings when they get to school between 7:30-8:10 to practice.


AYP Cards

Our Ayp card sale usually occurs during this time of the year. I worked with the fundraising company to see if companies will honor last year’s card since we will not issue new ones this year. Below is a list from Heritage Farms listing all of the companies that have agreed to honor last year’s cards.

Each AYP card is $15 and supports the band program. Please send your student with $15 per card that they want and they will receive them in class to bring home that day. For every 6 that you purchase, you earn one free!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Week at a glance

This week:

Wednesday: Jazz band until 4:15


Good evening,

This week was full of truly incredible moments. Our students overcame so much and culminated this concert cycle with a stellar performance at the Carroll County Performing Arts Center. I am beyond thankful to our band staff, volunteers, and our students for all that they did leading up to this week and the days of the performance. It truly takes a village!

Our students are hard working, professional, resilient, and so much more. Both groups earned a Superior rating on stage. The ratings are listed below to give you an idea of what each rating means:

The following ratings are awarded by each of three adjudicators in GMEA performance evaluations (selected text from the Adjudicator’s Guide to LGPE): 

Superior (1): Outstanding performance. Worthy of distinction of being recognized as among the very best. 

Excellent (2): Unusually good performance in many respects, but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects. A performance of distinctive quality. 

Good (3): A good performance, but not one that is outstanding. Shows accomplishment and marked promise, but lacks one or more essential qualities. 

Fair (4): A performance that shows some obvious weaknesses, generally weak and uncertain. 

Poor (5): A performance which reveals much room for improvement. The students reveal almost a complete lack of preparedness and understanding.

I have such a sense of pride in our program and all that we represented this week. Thank you so much to all for attending the after school rehearsals and working each and every day towards this performance. I hope that it is as memorable to you all as it was to me.


Looking ahead:

Our next chair test will be Thursday, April 1st. This will assign our chair placement for our Spring concert.

Our Spring concert is May 25th at 7PM at the Mabry Arts Center.

Each group will have one rehearsal for this concert. The dates will be announced as soon as I can make sure that there are no conflicts with field trips. Thank you for your patience.

Have a great rest of your night.

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

New LGPE Performance Time

We have thankfully been squeezed into the schedule tomorrow for LGPE. I am so excited that our 7th graders will get the chance to perform and am thankful that Mr. Ruby from Central High School has found a way to make it happen! We hope that some of you will still be able to attend to support the students. It looks like Mother Nature was not a fan of us performing tonight as intended.

Our itinerary is posted below for tomorrow:

12:00 Released from classes

12:10 lunch provided (pizza)

12:50 Depart

1:00 arrive at Performing Arts Center

1:20 warm up

2:20 Performance

3:00 Return to CJHS

Students will have an excused absence from school and will return before the school day is over.

For those of you attending we ask that you sit in the ORANGE rows (different from today) and that you wear a mask while in attendance. I am beyond thankful to everyone for their flexibility during this insane situation.

Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions@ maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Sincerely,

M. Menendez