PSMS BAND UPDATE: Week of November 24 - 28
- A Day
- B Day
ALL INSTRUMENTS GO HOME TODAY!
6:45am - Jazz Band Rehearsal - FULL BAND
- Thanksgiving Break
FRIDAY 11/28 -
6th GRADE BAND PRACTICE LOGS
Practice Log #7 is due this week!
Practice log #8 includes a week of extra credit for the week of Thanksgiving break. This is a good opportunity to catch up, or get ahead!
7th & 8th GRADE BAND AFL's
There will be no required / graded AFL this week due to break. However an "extra credit" opportunity will be posted for students who would like to help out their grade, catch up, or get ahead!
December isn't too far away - with that comes our Winter Band Concert! December 11th @ 7pm in the gym at PSMS. The PSE/SPE 5th Grade Beginning Band, Intermediate 6th Grade Band, Panther Jazz Band, 7th Grade Band, and 8th Grade Band will all be performing at this annual event. This performance is mandatory and students receive a grade for participation in all concerts. Stay tuned for details!
KS SOUSA HONOR BAND
Congratulations to these PSMS students who tried out and were named to the 2014 - 2015 KS Sousa Honor Band!
Hank Sherman - percussion (2nd year selectee)
Andrew Liu - alto saxophone (2nd year selectee)
James Lee - flute (2nd year selectee)
Tong Qian - oboe
Ann Barker - trumpet
Your music folder with the music you need to learn for the honor band weekend (Jan. 23 - 24) will arrive prior to winter break. The KS Sousa Honor Band is the middle level version of the All-State Band in the state of Kansas, so students who are selected are among the best musicians in grades 6 - 9 from across the entire state. Way to go, Prairie Star!
THANKSGIVING BREAK = CLEAN YOUR INSTRUMENT!
Although we talk about this in band class frequently, just a reminder to keep your mouthpieces / head joint (flute) clean. Sugars from candy / food / sugary drinks can and will damage the inside if your instrument, as well as ruin reeds. How? If it's in your mouth, or stuck in your teeth; it will end up in your instrument. How do I solve this dilemma? If you've been eating candy, food, soda, anything other than water, be sure to rinse out your mouth (or brush your teeth) and wash your hands before you play your instrument. Your instrument (and your wallet) will thank you!
Brass players can use soapy water and their mouthpiece cleaning brush, and then run it through a cycle in the dishwasher.
Clarinets and Saxes can use warm soapy water and their mouthpiece cleaning brush to scrub out the inside and outside of the mouthpiece (DO NOT RUN IT THROUGH THE DISHWASHER - IT WILL MELT)
Flutes can use a cotton ball and wipe some isopropyl alcohol on the lip plate. Hand sanitizing gel or foam also works to sanitize mouthpieces. This should be done weekly!