JAZZ ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS
The GMS Jazz Ensemble will participate in three extra rehearsals prior to their performance at the Jazz Showcase on November 8. These rehearsals are scheduled as follows
October 18th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
October 29th 9:30am - 12:00pm
(Note: we are starting at 9:30, not 9:00, as originally planned. Pizza provided after practice.)
November 1st 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ALL IGSMA PAYMENTS DUE
We are still missing a $10 IGSMA fee from several students (mostly, but not only, 8th graders). The GMS Band participates in the IGSMA (Illinois Grade School Music Association) District Contest each spring. This is the same $10 fee as last year, but we are requesting that the fee be paid in advance this year.
ALL 8th grade students should bring in a $10.00 payment.
Checks can be made payable to CCSD 46.
PIT BAND INFORMATION
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.
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.
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.