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Weekly Update (2/28- 3/5)

Updated: Mar 1

This is your weekly MUSIC DEPARTMENT update!

Hello Folks!


It's MPA Week! Holy Moly!



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Please read up on the itinerary so you know exactly what's going on! It would also be a good idea to go ahead and iron your concert attire, find your black bowties, get your black binder with sheet protectors situated, and make sure you're all ready to go for MPA day.


How we utilize this week is going to make a huge difference in how we perform on Saturday. Get ready, and get focused. Don't lose it now.





February/ March at- a- glance


Events:

Leadership Monday!March 7th- 3pm to 5pm

Dairy Queen Band Night!March 8th- 4pm to 8pm

Middle School Concert MPAMarch 11th- 7:30pm

Leadership Monday!March 14th- 3pm to 5pm

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser Begins!March 14th

Mandatory 22-23 High School Band Parent MeetingMarch 18th- 6:00pm

Leadership Monday!March 21st- 3pm to 5pm

Majorette Mandatory Parent MeetingMarch 22nd- 6pm

Music Ensemble Auditions BeginMarch 28th

Leadership Monday!March 28th- 3pm to 5pm

Colorguard ClinicsMarch 28th- 5pm to 6:15pm

Colorguard ClinicsMarch 30th- 2:45pm to 4pm


Rehearsals:

Wind Ensemble MPA Dress RehearsalMarch 1st- 3pm to 6pm

Wind Ensemble RehearsalMarch 24th- 3pm to 5pm

Wind Ensemble RehearsalMarch 31st- 3pm to 5pm


Performances:

Chorus Lunchtime Performance-- February 28th

FBA High School Concert Music Performance AssessmentMarch 3rd- 5th



Things to Note 🎵:



Music Ensemble Auditions


Music Ensemble Auditions which will determine placement in Wind Ensemble for the 2022-23 School Year will begin March 28th. The number of musicians in Wind Ensemble will stay about the same and most students entering the band next year will be placed in Symphonic Band as a result. This is good news for both ensembles! Wind Ensemble will be very competitive, and Symphonic Band will increase dramatically in size! Requirements for this audition will come out in February, but students can prepare by working on the following Scales in 2 octaves All State Pattern: G, C, F Bb, Eb, Ab, Db.


Band Booster Scholarships


Now available are the Band Booster Scholarship Applications! One Scholarship is for any student in our Band Program who would like to go to a summer music camp! All Drum Major Candidates are required to apply for this option, but all my students are encouraged to apply. The money from this helps to pay for a trip to a summer music camp of your choosing. Summer Music Camps are a life- changing experience where you can learn how to become a strong musician and make great friends with students from across the state. For more info about the scholarship, click the link below.

Summer Music Camp Scholarship Application 2021 - 2022
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The other scholarship is the Senior Scholarship which is $1000 for any Senior going off to college or to a trade school. This money can be used to offset the cost of any books, tuition, or school supplies. This is the EASIEST scholarship for any band senior to apply to, and applications are due April 1st, 2022. For more info, click the link below.

Senior Scholarship Application 2021 - 2022
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Leadership Book 2022


If you are interested in Leadership, you will need to purchase the book "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey. Every year, Leadership uses a text to learn to understand leadership concepts. Leadership Mondays begin on Monday, March 7th from 3pm to 5pm. Students must attend all Leadership Mondays to be considered for a position.


Please read the following chapters by each date:

March 7th- "Get in the Habit" and "Paradigms and Principles"

March 14th- "The Personal Bank Account" and "Habit 1- Be Proactive"

March 21st- "Habit 2- Begin with the End in Mind" and "Habit 3- Put First Things First"

March 28th- "The Relationship Bank Account" and "Habit 4- Think Win- Win"

April 4th- "Habit 5- Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood" and "Habit 6- Synergize"

April 11th- "Habit 7- Sharpen the Saw" and "Keep Hope Alive"


After School Activities this Week:


Monday

  • No Activities Scheduled

Tuesday

  • Wind Ensemble MPA Dress Rehearsal (Professor Artie Clifton Joins Us! [Tentatively]- 3pm to 6pm



Artie Clifton is Professor Emeritus of Music at Jacksonville University. He completed a 44-year career in music education, including 32 years at Jacksonville University, where he taught courses in music education and performance, and conducted the wind ensemble and chamber winds. He holds degrees from Stetson University and the University of Cincinnati and has done post-graduate study at New York University.


Mr. Clifton is a Buffet Group USA Performing Artist. As a clarinetist, he maintains an active performance schedule that includes recitals and chamber music. For 30 years he performed regularly with the Jacksonville Symphony, including clarinet and bass clarinet, and occasionally played soprano, alto and tenor saxophone with the symphony.


Mr. Clifton has served as conductor of the First Coast Wind Symphony since he co-founded the organization in 1990. The 60-member group provides an admission-free annual concert series as a cultural service to Northeast Florida. Under his leadership, the ensemble has produced three CDs and a DVD and established a guest composer series and a concerto competition for high school and collegiate musicians. In 2017, he led the group on a performance tour of Austria.


For 22 years Mr. Clifton produced and directed the Jacksonville Private Schools Honor Band at JU (1993-2015). This annual young artist program supported music education by providing talented high school students with an opportunity to study and perform quality music literature in a university setting.


  • Booster Meeting- 6:30pm


Wednesday

  • No Activities Scheduled

Thursday

  • No Activities Scheduled

Friday

  • No Activities Scheduled

Saturday



Birthday Announcements!

By the way, I base birthday announcements on what I can see on the Band App, so if you would like to be recognized for your birthday on the weekly announcements, please make sure your Birthday is set to PUBLIC on the Band App.


According to Band App, there are no birthdays this week... 😔


Let's have a great week everyone!

And GOOOOOO WILDCATS!

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