PSMS BAND UPDATE: Week of January 26 - 30
SUNDAY 1 / 25
7th Grade AFL #3 is due by 11:59pm
MONDAY 1/26 -
TUESDAY 1/27 -
A Day EARLY RELEASE
6:45am - Jazz Band Rehearsal
- A Day
THURSDAY 1/29 -
6:45am - Jazz Band Rehearsal
FRIDAY 1/30 -
8th GRADE BAND - SPAGHETTI CONCERT
Congratulations on a great performance last Thursday at the BVHS Spaghetti Concert, 8th Grade Band! If anyone got a good recording of our group and the combined bands and you wouldn't mind sharing it with me, I'd love to show it to the class this week!
SOUSA HONOR BAND
go out to our PSMS Band students who performed on Saturday in the 13th annual KS Sousa Honor Band in Lawrence, KS at the Lied Center! These students performed a rigorous recorded audition in October, received their music in December to learn on their own, and rehearsed Friday evening and Saturday morning from the selected students from across Kansas; before giving a gala performance Saturday afternoon at the Lied Center! We are very proud of your efforts and hard work! First year selectees were: Ann Barker and Tong Qian. Second year selectees were: James Lee, Andrew Liu, and Hank Sherman. Way to go - you make us proud!
7th & 8th GRADE SPRING TRIP - MUSIC IN THE PARKS, BRANSON MO
Information about our music dept. spring trip was sent home last Thursday with students, along with an electronic copy via email.
Down payment of $50 and all paper work was due by this past Friday - January 23rd. If you did not get your forms and down payment in on time and you still intend on participating, please contact Mr. Aubrey and have it in on Monday 1/26.
Please let Mr. Aubrey know if you have any questions about the trip.
Good luck and "break a leg" to the many band students in 6th - 8th Grade who are participating in Peter Pan this week! We are so proud of you all!
SOLO / ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL TIME!
On Thursday, March 5th, we will be having our annual Middle Level Solo & Ensemble Festival, hosted by Aubry Bend Middle School 12501 W 175th St from 3:30pm - 7:30pm. This is a great opportunity for students to participate by learning a solo or being a part of a small group ensemble (2 - 8 students of the same instrument family) and perform at the festival. It stretches students musically and make each person accountable solely for his / her part. Each solo and ensemble will be judged by a professional musician that will give them positive feedback as well as feedback that they can use to continue to improve on for future performances. Superior performance ratings (1) - will receive a medal; Excellent performance ratings (2) - will receive a ribbon; Good performance ratings (3) will receive a participation certificate.
Students in 8th Grade Band, 7th Grade Band, 6th Grade Intermediate Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion are all eligible to participate.
If your child were interested in performing a solo, their private teacher would be a great resource to help them find an appropriate solo. If your child is not taking lessons, I can assist them in finding a solo with the music I have here at school. Same applies to small ensembles as well. There is an application fee for solos - $8 per solo; $5 per person for ensembles. Checks should be made out to PSMS for the application fee.
Most solos also a require a piano accompanist with the solo (if there is an accompaniment part; it should be utilized to make the solo complete). The band website has a listing of known area accompanists that you can contact.
Most if not all practice/rehearsal time will need to take place outside the school day. Students are taking on an extra commitment in order to do this and will be awarded substantial extra credit for learning and performing their piece at the festival. Please have your child sign up in the band room if they are interested in playing a solo or an ensemble, and we will get them started.
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):