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High School Trip Meeting Tonight and reminders for tomorrow

Good evening,

I apologize for the multiple posts, but I would rather over communicate than under communicate with all that we have going on.

Tonight: (8th grade only) Washington D.C./Philadelphia meeting at 7:00 PM in high school band room. If you are unable to make it tonight I will have the information to hand out in class tomorrow.

Tomorrow:

  • Club pictures: All band members will need to bring just their band polo for the club picture during the day tomorrow. Students will put on the band polo for the photo only and may remove it after the photo.
  • Braves Game forms and money due. You may email your form or send it in tomorrow. A PDF of the form is here —–> . Braves Trip 2020

Please email me with any questions or concerns at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Jazz Band Black History Month Performance (Thursday)

Good evening,

Our jazz band students are excited to perform at tomorrow’s Black History Month Assembly. Students need to check in with their homeroom teacher before reporting to the band room at 8 AM. The bus will transport the students to the Mabry Arts Center at 8:15 AM.  Students have been asked to wear semi formal attire.

Family members may attend the performance tomorrow morning and are asked to sit in the side in order to save room for our students and staff.

The performance begins at 9:15 and will conclude around 10:15.

Have a wonderful night!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

AYP Forms and Concert Tomorroq

Good evening,

A quick reminder about out concert tomorrow evening:

Pre-LGPE – February 25 (Tomorrow)

On February 25 our bands will perform a Pre-LGPE Concert at the Mabry Arts Center on campus. At this concert we will have adjudicators make comments on our performance to help us to better prepare for our Large Group Performance Evaluations in March. Students should wear their concert uniform which includes black dress pants, black dress shoes and socks, and their black performance polos. We will share this concert with the high school band. CJHS students are dismissed after the 8th grade performance concludes. I highly recommend staying though to hear as many high school performances as possible!

Notice that this concert starts earlier than normal. Once again, report time is 5:30 for all CJHS band students. 

  • 6:00PM CJHS 7th Grade
  • 6:30PM CJHS 8th Grade
  • 7:00PM CHS Concert Band
  • 7:30PM CHS Symphonic Band
  • 7:45PM CHS Wind Ensemble

AYP Fundraiser:

PDF version—————> AYP PDF

Please blast this all over social media and feel free to print off a copy for yourself!

Each card is $15. Sell 5 and earn one free!

I am looking for a volunteer to help sell these at the concert tomorrow between bands. Perhaps someone who has a JH and high school kid.

Your kids sound amazing and you will be blown away by the maturity of their playing tomorrow night!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Welcome Back

This week at a glance:

Monday: AYP fundraiser begins

Tuesday: Pre-LGPE at Mabry Arts Center (report time 5:30 PM) *required for all band students*

Wednesday: Jazz Band rehearsal until 4:15

Thursday: High school band trip meeting at CHS band room at 7 PM. (8th grade only)

Friday: Jazz Band before school at 7:30 AM. Vandoren reed specialist visit along with guest teacher at Jazz Band rehearsal until 4:30 PM. 


Pre-LGPE – February 25

On February 25 our bands will perform a Pre-LGPE Concert at the Mabry Arts Center on campus. At this concert we will have adjudicators make comments on our performance to help us to better prepare for our Large Group Performance Evaluations in March. Students should wear their concert uniform which includes black dress pants, black dress shoes and socks, and their black performance polos. We will share this concert with the high school band. CJHS students are dismissed after the 8th grade performance concludes. I highly recommend staying though to hear as many high school performances as possible!

Notice that this concert starts earlier than normal. Once again, report time is 5:30 for all CJHS band students. 

  • 6:00PM CJHS 7th Grade
  • 6:30PM CJHS 8th Grade
  • 7:00PM CHS Concert Band
  • 7:30PM CHS Symphonic Band
  • 7:45PM CHS Wind Ensemble

AYP Fundraiser

Our AYP Fundraiser has officially started. These discount cards have fantastic coupons and deals that our community loves to use. This fundraiser allows us to purchase music, instruments, and supplies for our band program. Thank you for your help!

Instructions for the fundraiser:

  1. Use your order taker card to show people the incredible deals that these cards have to offer.  Each card is $15 and has unlimited uses up to a year at participating locations.
  2. Bring the $15 to Ms. Menendez in a sealed envelope and you will receive an AYP card the next day to distribute to your buyers.

REWARDS:

  1. For every 5 cards sold you will receive 1 free.  (Try and sell 5 before you buy one yourself)
  2. 8th grade receives $3 off of their Carowinds trip for every card sold!

Students will receive a physical copy of this this week.

The fundraiser concludes when we sell out of cards.


Trip Meeting – February 27

If your student would like to go on the upcoming band trip to Philadelphia and Washington DC during the Spring of 2021, we will have an information meeting on February 27 in the Band Room at 7PM. This is for rising 9th graders who will be in the high school band program next year. It is an informational meeting.


Jazz Band Guest Artist:

On Friday, Brandyn Taylor, a professional saxophone player and Vandoren artist, will work with our reed players in our woodwind classes including demonstrations, free samples, and more! He will then stay after school and work with our Jazz Band students until 4:30 to teach improvisation and jazz style. Brandyn’s bio can be found here. Students who are not in jazz band may stay after to hear Brandyn’s amazing playing and teaching.

Brandyn Taylor Biography


Payments and Dues:

There are many moving parts in this band program right now. I wanted to take a moment to make sure that we are keeping up with our payments. The following payments are being collected at this time:

Aquarium Field Trip Form $10

Braves Game Trip $25

Carowinds Information 2019 – 2020.doc

Solo and Ensemble payments: $12 per performing ensemble

If the font is red, you may click on the link to pull up information.

Please ensure that you are all caught up on these payments. You may contact me at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net to see what is missing.


Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to performing with your students on Tuesday at the Mabry Arts Center!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Rehearsals this week. District Honor Band

Good evening,

Week at a glance:

Monday: 7th Grade After School Rehearsal until 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 8th Grade After School Rehearsal until 5:00 PM (No theory club)

Wednesday: Jazz Band until 4:15

Thursday-Saturday: District Honor Band for those participating.


Symphonic Camp:

The students had an absolute blast at Symphonic Camp this Saturday and learned a lot! The staff taught them so much about their instrument and our concert music improved as well. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers and for the donation of yummy desserts! I appreciate the sacrifices made by all and hope that the students continue learning how important teamwork is through music. IMG_9597 284093620_10160418661959572_3383696186362822656_n (1)


Rehearsals:

Due to our new February break we will have our second batch of rehearsals this week since next week we will be out of school. On the Tuesday that we come back from break we will perform our pieces for the first time at Pre-LGPE in the Mabry Arts Center! Our time together is important so that we can combine both classes together and continue refining our product.

7th Grade rehearses on Monday from 3:30-5:00 PM

8th Grade rehearses on Tuesday from 3:30-5:00 PM

All rehearsals are required and for a grade so please make sure that your child attends.


District Honor Band

DHB is this weekend! I am so excited to travel with the students on Thursday to Ringgold, Georgia. Please send students with spending money for lunch and dinner for both Thursday and Friday. The itinerary and packing list are attached below. Our students will wear their normal concert attire for the DHB concert.

DHB 2020 Itinerary


I look forward to another amazing week with the students!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Saturday Symphonic Camp

Good evening,

Tomorrow is almost here! We are so excited for our annual Symphonic Camp tomorrow!

Student report time is 8:30 AM to the Junior High School Band room.

Instruction will occur from 9 AM until noon. At noon, students may leave if needed or will (hopefully) stay and enjoy some Chik-Fil-A, chips, soda, and homemade desserts! If you are bringing a dessert you may place it in the cafeteria in the morning. Pick up time for students who are staying for lunch and free time is 1 PM.

Parent volunteers are needed at the following times:

8:30 AM

11:45 AM

12:45 PM

 

If you can make it to help then please show up at the Junior High. There are some small tasks that I could use your help with around those times.

Students may show up as early as 8 AM to the Junior High.

Please contact me with any questions and I look forward to seeing the students tomorrow morning!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez