Weekly Update (3/26- 4/1)
This is your weekly MUSIC DEPARTMENT update!
I hope everyone's enjoying the slower pace of things! For students, it's a good opportunity to get caught up on things and practice for upcoming music ensemble auditions! Be productive with your time and keep your eye on the ball!
Band Handbook Change
A Heads Up on a new Band Handbook Policy change. This change will not be reflected in the band handbook until next year's rendition, however the policy will be in effect.
Effective now, and moving forward:
Except for the most emergent situations (Death in Family, Sickness/ Injury, Godly Forces, etc...), absences shared with the director the day of the respective graded event will be still recorded as a ZERO in the gradebook.
As one function of band is to help students prepare for adult life outside of High School, parents must understand that students are expected to manage their own schedule and communicate conflicts professionally (via email) with the relevant parties. Therefore, in most instances it is not appropriate to spring an up absence on a supervisor, a team, or -- in the case-- Band Director the day of or even the day before an event.
It is on THE STUDENT to communicate; the Parent should guide the student. Best practice is to communicate as soon as you are aware of the conflict or with 1-2 weeks notice. Never assume anyone knows about your scheduling conflict.
It is observable that this is a response. This response is not to any one situation or parent so I ask that no one take offense. I seek to correct behaviors that have been occurring more frequently throughout the year. Band is an activity that relies strongly on every member, so not receiving adequate notice related to lateness or absences hurts our ability to achieve.
Please spread the word so no one is caught off guard.
Monday, we have our first Leadership Monday! If you want to be on Leadership, you need to attend these. Positions of Leadership this year are projected to be very highly competitive, so no student may miss more than one of the five meetings. Please make sure you come having read the necessary chapters (more info below).
Tuesday, ain't nothin' goin on.
Wednesday, ain't nothin' goin on.
Thursday, we have Wind Ensemble rehearsal from 4pm to 6pm in the Band Room. Working on getting a special guest so don't sleep on this rehearsal!!
Friday, Krispy Kreme Donuts and certificates will be in! If you submitted forms/ $$$ please make sure you come to school today! Also, some members of Jazz will be going to the Middle schoolto work with the Middle School Jazz Band.
Saturday, the BCHS Jazz Ensemble will be traveling to Jacksonville University to perform at the JU Jazz Festival (CLICK TO SEE ITINERARY). If you are a student who is not in Jazz, but you are interested in tagging along, please sign up HERE. You will need to also be sure to bring $$$ for Chic- Fil- A. There are only 15 slots so first come first served!
March at- a- glance
Leadership Mondays! – March 27th- 3pm- 5pm
Wind Ensemble Rehearsal – March 23rd- 4pm- 6pm
Wind Ensemble Rehearsal – March 30th- 4pm- 6pm
Jazz Performs at JU Jazz Fest – April 1st (CLICK TO SEE ITINERARY)
Things to Note 🎵:
Harry Potter Jacksonville Symphony Trip
Hey Band! We are once again doing the joint field trip with BCMS to go see Harry Potter at the Jacksonville Symphony on Friday, May 12th!
If you're interested, please read the attached document. I will have order forms available for everyone in my door by the end of the day today. Anyone in Band, (including Colorguard and Majorette), or Chorus may attend!
Tickets are limited and first come, first served!
Music Ensemble Chair Placements Information!!!!!
Please check out the below document for information about Music Ensemble Chair Placements.
Those students auditioning for Jazz are reminded not to be frightened, but simply to try their best. We would love for as many students as possible to audition!
Please review the below document for information about Leadership/ Student Staff Requirements.
The book we are reading for Leadership Mondays has CHANGED.
The book we will be reading is called Habitudes Book #1: The Art of Self-Leadership. WARNING: Please only use the provided link to purchase the book. There are several books that look similar but are different. We are only using the book in the link provided.
Meeting 1: March 27th- Image 1, 2, & 3
Meeting 2: April 3rd- Image 4, 5, & 6
Meeting 3: April 10th- Image 7, 8, & 9
Meeting 4: April 24th- Image 10, 11, & 12
Meeting 5: May 1st- Image 13
DRUM MAJOR CANDIDATES: You can find links to the Score and Music here. Please note that only current Freshmen and Sophomores are being considered for the Second Drum Major role. Candidates should also note that Clinics are not until near the audition date, so they should work closely with current Drum Majors to get a head start.
After School Activities this Week:
Leadership Mondays! – 3pm to 5pm
No Activities Scheduled
No Activities Scheduled
Wind Ensemble Rehearsal – 4pm- 6pm
No Activities Scheduled
Jazz Performs at JU Jazz Fest – (CLICK TO SEE ITINERARY)
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 two birthdays this week!
Happy Birthday to Mrs. Karlie Hodges (3/27) and to Olivia Lowther (3/28)!
Let's have a great week everyone!
And GOOOOOO WILDCATS!