Feb. 17th – March 1st
Reflections of the Last couple of week
First I would like to say how wonderful it was to see everyone EVERYDAY last week (even if one day was shortened)! I thrive on routine and structure so needless to say, the month of January was very difficult for me.
As we discussed in class, we will not be going to Large Group Concert Band contest this year. I gave this TONS of thought and weighed pros and cons until I was blue in the face. One of the cons is the breaking up of that routine and structure thing I mentioned earlier. I like the predictability of “this is what we do”. There are times however, when you need to re-evaluate reality and sometimes “what we always do’ is not in the best interest of the group. Being able to adapt is a great trait to possess.
Another con is that the freshmen will not get to experience the contest setting—this means that next year, there will be TWO grades that will be new to the experience. To counter this—I will try to offer a mock experience at some point to help them gain that experience.
One of the pro’s of not going is that we can continue to work on the repertoire that I had originally picked out for you to play. Some schools that are still going have decided to go a class lower than they usually do so they exchanged music for easier pieces. I think the pieces that we are working on have a lot of educational merit and I want you to play them. As we discussed in class, they will most likely not get polished to the point to be adjudicated at contest, but we will be able to have an emotional, musical performance at our March concert. You have worked hard this week and we have already made tons of progress—I’m very proud of you!
Another “pro” is that after the concert, we can start to focus on our Washington DC trip and the music that we will be playing while there. I have picked out some fun tunes that I think everyone will enjoy working on, even if they are not going on the trip.
Goals for this week
Continue to work on Kwyjibo, Barnum and Bailey’s and Companions on the Journey.
Pass out Circle of Fifths (since it never got passed out in January!) and begin to work on ALL scales. We will also get back into our Fussel’s rhythms. Third quarter playing tests will focus on scales and rhythms.
Winter Concert, Monday, March 10th
We will be performing the three tunes listed above as well as various solos and the Brass Ensemble. The Percussion Ensemble will perform at the Spring Concert.
Meeting Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 in the band room.
Please mark Saturday, May 10th on your calendar. Bus will leave about 3:30 and return around 5:30. Obviously, more detail will follow as we get closer to that date.
Our second Scrapbooking event will take place on Saturday, March 1st. I would like each first chair person to plan on helping at this event. Others may help as well, but I would like the leadership to step up on this! We will need help in the morning from like 8:30 – 10:00 and then again in the afternoon from 4:ish to 5:00. Sign up will come soon.
Washington DC Update
If you have not paid off your balance, please do so at this time. If you worked at the Pharmacy, your money has been sent, but as of Friday, it still has not been credited to your account. Please check with me if you would like to know how much you earned.
We almost got everyone’s security information back for our White House clearance. I am hoping to have that sent out on Monday.
Rooming lists are close to being completed. I am working on a few “refinements” and will post final rooming lists in the next day or so.
Mr. Rice and I have reviewed the essays for the Wreath Laying Ceremony and have both chosen our top four. I am going to have one more person review them before I announce who will be representing us.