PSMS BAND UPDATE: Week of April 27
Monday 4/27 - B Day
6th Grade Practice Log #17 was due last week!
7pm - BV Jazz Night @ BVHS (6:30pm call time) - black and white normal jazz outfits
Tuesday 4/28 -A Day
No jazz band rehearsal
Wednesday 4/29 - B Day
Thursday 4/30 - A Day
NO jazz band rehearsal
Friday 5/1 - B Day
Saturday 5/2 - Music Dept. Spring Trip to Branson / Silver Dollar City
**See email sent home for detailed itinerary!
CONGRATS TO THE BAND!
Our 7tn and 8th Grade Bands have been involved in BV District - level performances the past two weeks. I'm so proud of the growth and development of these students! Thinking back to the beginning of the year and comparing that to now, IS no comparison. In a world of test scores used to measure student growth; I can't think of a more tangible benchmark than listening to these students give an authentic performance. Keep up the great work! Keep growing. Keep PRACTICING. There are no shortcuts.
7TH GRADE BAND AFL
Due to current AOL testing going on in class, there will not be an AFL recording this week. Student focus is on the AOL.
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
(this list is getting shorter!)
April 27 - BVHS Jazz Night - Jazz Band only - 7pm @ BVHS
May 2- Spring Trip to Branson, MO
May 14 - PSMS 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Bands Spring Concert - 7pm @ PSMS
May 21 - Jazz Band plays for 8th Grade Farewell 8:10am - 8:30am @PSMS
The Panther Jazz Band gave a great performance Tuesday evening at the Take Five Coffee Bar (new location in Corbin Park). They are SO supportive there of our student musicians, and music in general. Thank you to Lori Chandler and her staff for hosting us! If you are ever looking for some AWESOME live music to take your students to listen to that isn't a "bar" setting or a formal restaurant setting, this is the place for you. They have a calendar and weekly schedule of groups that play there. http://takefivecoffeebar.com/
In Kansas City and the surrounding area, there are several opportunities for students to pursue musical endeavors during the summer months. This gives students a great chance and motivation to keep playing over the summer and not let their finely tuned skills deteriorate over the 10 weeks we are off for the summer. I'll be posting links here as I receive information about summer opportunities!
KU Music Academy - www.musicacademy.ku.edu
K-State Summer Music Camp - www.k-state.edu/band/camps/summermusic.html
UMKC Conservatory Jazz Camp - http://info.umkc.edu/cmda-jazz/
Fort Hays State Summer Band Camp - www.fhsu.edu/bandcamp/
Washburn University Total Percussion Camp -https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washburn-University-Percussion/8962679841
Blue Valley Rec Summer Band Camp -
check out their summer programs for concert band and jazz band during the month of June!
KANSAS CITY YOUTH SYMPHONY AUDITIONS
Always dreamed of playing in a symphony (with strings)? Here's your chance! KC Youth Symphony has their registration / auditions coming up in late April. The KC Youth Symphony brings together some of the best musicians around the metro area to participate in ability-based ensembles with very high caliber conductors / teachers. The KC Youth Symphony season runs from August - May (during the school year), so these auditions for next year's groups starting in August 2015. Go to
for more details.
One of the best ways to improve quickly and efficiently on your instrument is with the one-on-one instruction afforded through private lessons. Think of the teaching ratio as 1:1 rather than 1:39 (7th grade band this year). Sometimes having a "tutor" is viewed as having a deficiency in a subject area (i.e. Math tutor or a Reading tutor). In music, that is not the case at all!
While it can and will help struggling students, typically the best musicians in the band are the ones who are studying with a private instructor. Having this instruction will make a huge impact on your development from a musical skill / technical standpoint as well as cognitive standpoint - not to mention motivational and helpful in preparing for auditions, chair tests, and solo / ensemble festival!
If you are interested in learning more or would like a recommendation for an instructor, please let me know.
If you are getting BRACES put on, taken off or adjusted, please plan around the dates of our performances to avoid conflicts. Your student will likely be able to play very little, if at all, after this major work is done. Students probably need at least 2 weeks to adjust from the trauma to the mouth and embouchure. Mouth 'muscle memory' totally changes when braces are applied, taken off, or adjusted; and it is going to take some time for your student to physically adjust to the changes. Please keep this in mind when scheduling ortho / dental visits around concert events!
Some GREAT solutions to help out students with braces (especially brass players):