TUXEDO SHIRT PAYMENT DUE
At this point, thanks to some wonderful parent volunteers, we have fitted just about all the current GMS band members that need a tux shirt.
The next step is to collect all the fees from both 7th and 8th graders. If we could have everyone turn in the fee by this Friday (9/16), that would be wonderful!
7th grade students bring in a $35.00 payment and 8th grade students bring in a $10.00 payment. Checks can be made payable to CCSD 46.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE at
FOUNDATION 46 "BARNFEST" 9/17/16
Jazz Ensemble families will receive an email from Mr. Thomas with some more details about the performance this Saturday. Below are some general details, as of 9/13/16:
Jazz Ensemble will meet at 6:00pm at the Lake County Fairgrounds and head to the stage area.
The band will perform from 6:30-6:50.
Students have been invited to stay afterwards to eat.
When the band is finished playing (and eating), we will pack up the equipment and students are free to go. This should be around 7:30. If students are not staying to eat, they can be picked up around 7:00pm.
This should be a great event! Find more information about the event at http://www.barnfest46.com.
PIT BAND INFORMATION
This band is the live band that accompanies our Winter Musical each year. This year's production is Bye Bye Birdie. Pit Band students will get a chance to read actual broadway musical music and experience what it is like to play in an actual “Pit Band” for a production.
Please see the following general information regarding this year's PIT BAND, from Mr. Thomas:
Any 7th and 8th grade band member can be a part of the Pit Band provided they play an instrument used in music this year (still TBD).
There are no auditions for Pit Band, students will simply sign up in the band room and be placed. In the event that too many students are interested, the priority will fall to current 8th grade students.
Pit Band will rehearse every Monday and Wednesday after school from 3:15-4:30pm. There is also one Saturday dress rehearsal, and a week full of evening rehearsals/performances in December. All of these dates are on our performance schedule, accessible through the "Calendar" tab, above.
PARENT VOLUNTEER LIST
The GMS band program is a very active group, and we have many upcoming events that require adult volunteers to help them run smoothly.
If you are interested in helping out throughout the year
(or next), please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest.
When our next big event comes up, we will know who to contact first before we start begging for help.
It would be wonderful to get a mix of 7th and 8th grade parents on this list so that we can continue to pass the torch as the years pass on. Thanks everyone!
GMS Band Apparel is Available!
Black "Darth Vader" T-Shirt - $10.00
Grey "Cantina Band" T-Shirt - $10.00
Black "Cantina Band" Hoodie - $20.00
Black Metallic "Darth Vader" Hoddie - $25.00
Black "Darth Vader" Cinch-Bag - $15.00
Apparel will be available for purchase at all GMS Band Concerts, while availability lasts.
This is just a reminder to everyone to please help remind your child to play their instrument at home. Although we do rehearse every day, Mr. Thomas only gets to see separate instrument groups once a week and those are usually very large groups. Many, many students rarely (if ever) play their instrument at home because they assume that daily rehearsal and weekly sectionals are sufficient. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
You should hear your child playing his or her instrument at home AT LEAST three times a week, and that would be a bare minimum as 5 times a week would be more appropriate.
Many students' instruments never leave their locker at all, and this is a bit disturbing. Many students, especially early on in the year will simply say "I'm not having trouble with anything, I know it all." This does not mean that they shouldn't be playing their instrument at home. Playing an instrument not only requires mental skill, but a physical one also. Often just playing the instrument on a daily basis at home, a student will improve REGARDLESS of what they are playing.
Please join Mr. Thomas in encouraging our band members to practice. While he can and will do his best as the band director, nothing helps more than an encouraging parent mentioning practice at home.