Happy New Year! I am looking forward to a new semester. We hit the ground running on Monday!
1. Concert Band Camp
This Friday until 6:00 and Saturday 9:00-3:00. We typically go through a good chunk of several of our pieces for MPA/AISA, so attendance is mandatory. Please bring $10 per family by this Friday to help pay for our clinicians who will be coming in to teach sectional masterclasses. Please do not combine this money with payment for something else. I am very excited about this addition to our camp this year. All of our clinicians are well-respected music educators or performers in our area. Lunch will be provided on Saturday.
2. After-School Practices
We will continue to have practices after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays through January and February. We will not practice after school this week. Please check the calendar on the band website — some weeks we will only practice one day or the other or not at all. These first two months of the year are always the most hectic. Please help everyone else by staying on top of your planning and communicating with me. WEDNESDAYS are still our sacred BAND DAYS. Come to class. I will hunt you down.
3. MPA & AISA State Festival Performance Dates
These are both REQUIRED performances. Attire is formal concert black (see handbook). I won't know our performance times until the week before.
Music Performance Assessment: Held in the concert hall at UA on Thursday, February 25th. Usually during the school day.
AISA State Festival: Held at Huntingdon on Friday, February 26th. You will miss this day of school.
4. All-State Tryout Registration
If you are trying out for All-State on Saturday, Jan. 31st, I need your $10 registration fee by this Friday, Jan. 8th.
5. 2nd Semester Instrument Fees
If you are using a school-owned instrument your $35 instrument fee for this semester is due by next Friday, Jan. 15th.