PSMS BAND UPDATE: Week of March 30 - April 3
Sunday 3/29 -
7th Grade AFL # 2 is due
Monday 3/30 - A Day
6th Grade Practice Log #15 was due last week! #16 is due next week!
Tuesday 3/31 - A Day EARLY DISMISSAL
6:45am - Jazz Band Rehearsal
ALL Bands will bring instruments today!
Wednesday 4/1 - B Day
Thursday 4/2 - A Day
6:45am - Jazz Band Rehearsal
Friday 4/3 - B Day
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
April 7 - 8th Grade Band A BVHS Pre-Festival Clinic Concert - 7pm @ BVHS
April 16 - BV District 7th Grade Band Festival 9am - 1pm @ BVSWHS
April 22 - BV District 8th Grade Band Festival 9am - 1pm @ BVWHS
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
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
K-State Summer Music Camp - www.k-state.edu/band/camps/summermusic.html
UMKC Conservatory Jazz Camp
Fort Hays State Summer Band Camp
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):