Concert and Contest (full band)

February 2017

Tuesday March 7th: Music in our Schools Concert

A reminder that the 6th grade band students will be performing in the Music in Our Schools Concert on Tuesday March 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the HS Gymnasium. Students should report to the HS band room by 6:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:00 in the HS gymnasium.  Students should dress in black and white (collared white shirt or blouse, black slacks or skirt, back shoes, and black socks and/or pantyhose).

Friday, March 10th: IGSMA contest for the FULL BAND

Students will be performing at IGSMA contest, which we host at Geneseo Middle School.  The 6th grade band’s performance is at 8:00 p.m. in the GMS gym.  They will be performing their music from the recent concert (above) in a full band setting. This is NOT FOR SOLOS as the 6th graders only do those at recital. This is a contest with ratings and parents are welcome to attend as they would any regular concert.  The students will need to stay after school on Friday, as they will be watching other bands.  Students should plan to wear their concert attire (same as above) to school that day. If desired, they may eat dinner in the cafeteria at the concessions between bands, so they will want to have enough money for concessions or they can bring a sack dinner.  Students can be picked up from the middle school immediately after their performance.


The students have no obligations on Saturday.


Thank you!


Mr. Hernandez




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2017 Recital Schedule- UPDATED!!!

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2017 Recital Room Schedule

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6th Grade Band Newsletter
Quarter 3 2017
***The 6th grade band is having a wonderful year and is coming up on several exciting events!***
*February 10th: Begin-a-thon (all 6th grade band members):
This event is our annual GPAC supported Begin-a-thon at the middle school.  The begin-a-thon is scheduled for Friday, February 10th and is a REQUIRED EVENT.  The students will be working with hired in instrumental specialists and professional directors in a full band rehearsal, master-class, and for those playing solos at recital, help with those pieces.  They will also hear the hired professionals play a brief recital!  Students will be able to play basketball and other games between events.  Please have them bring $5.00 for pizza and pop to Mr. Hernandez in an envelope with their name on it by Tuesday, FEBRUARY 9TH if they wish to eat pizza.  They can also bring a sack dinner if they prefer.
Additionally, we are asking for any parents who would be able and willing to chaperone and/or monitor any fun activities (basketball, games, etc.) or the hallways.  Parents can work in shifts from 5-7 or 7-9, or for the whole event.   Please contact Mr. Hernandez at if you are able to help out with this wonderful event!  The event will last from 4:00-9:00.  Students should plan on staying at school after school the day of rehearse-a-thon.  Please be back to the middle school by 9:00 p.m. to pick up your child on the west side of the building.
Mr. Hernandez
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Solo Accompanist Contact Information

6th Grade Band Newsletter
Recital for solos
Hopefully this email finds you well!  I have attached the list of accompanists (Click Here) assigned to play for your child’s solo.  Some of the accompanists will be working with students at the HS, so for them I will send out a signup sheet for rehearsal times.  Each student will have 2-3 15 minute rehearsals with their accompanist. For the accompanists who will be working with students outside of the school, please contact them by phone or email (listed on the attached sheet) by JANUARY 13TH.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
Students of accompanists who will be rehearsing at the HS:
These occur after school or on Saturdays.  For the after school rehearsals, students walk from the MS to the HS by way of the Ogden Ave. sidewalk to State St. and enter in the front main doors of the HS to walk to the band room.  They can wait in the band room until their rehearsal time.  Students can be picked up after their session at the front main doors of the HS.
Thank you!
Mr. Hernandez
If you are receiving this, your child has chosen to perform a short solo with piano accompaniment at Geneseo’s annual recital on February 18th!  Each year, we host a recital at Geneseo High School in many different classrooms for instrumental students grades 6-12 and vocal students grades 7-12.  The students perform solos for a judge and small audience in HS classrooms (6th graders perform for no rating, just written comments)
Family and friends are welcome to attend! 
Piano Accompanists
Instrumental soloists are accompanied by a piano accompanist.  Accompanists are assigned to your child through our contracted accompanists.  The practices with the accompanist will occur by appointment with the accompanist.
Generally, soloists rehearse 3 times with the accompanist.  There is a one-time $20 fee to be paid to the accompanist at the first solo rehearsal, which covers half of the expense.  GPAC (fine arts boosters) provides the remainder of the compensation for the accompanist.  If you have any questions about the recital, please contact Mr. Hernandez at  I will be sending out accompanist information in the next couple of days.
Recital Day Scheduling
The student will be assigned a performance time in late January.  There will be performances throughout the day (morning and afternoon), so if your child has another commitment that day, I will make available special time requests.  Please limit requests to a necessity basis as opposed to convenience as there are several hundred events.  For example, requests can be made or early morning, late morning, late afternoon, etc.  The student need only be at the recital event a half hour before their time, and may leave after they perform.  Of course, they are encouraged and welcome to attend other events.
Please check your e-mail as more information and reminders will follow.
Mr. Hernandez
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Contracts From Handbook Due Wednesday

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Dear band parents,

We are pleased to report the healthy progress and steady growth of our music program and more importantly of the students who are dedicated to quality music making.

In our music program we provide an opportunity for artistic expression that a student could not experience on their own. But our program goes beyond the development of basic skills and artistic talent. We are dedicated to developing the following values:

*   Individual responsibility

*   Group and individual respect

*   Personal trust

*   Genuine caring

*   Commitment to our musical family

The implementation, reinforcement and integration of these disciplines serve as the foundation for our program.

Our mission is to develop a musical community. Before we can attain harmony, balance and blend within the music, we must establish it with one another. To build and strengthen our musical performances, we have to build and strengthen our personal relationships within the group. We must create a safe atmosphere that encourages risk, growth, failure, persistence and a focus on excellence. In our musical family everyone counts. Our winning combination is:

Parental Support + Student Desire + Teacher Guidance =


Success creates success. Success in music translates to success in life. Our students experience being a part of this successful musical community by:

*   CARING for other students who share a similar dream

*   RESPECTING self and fellow musicians

*   Demonstrating RESPONSIBILITY on and off the performance stage

*   Manifesting TRUST by being dependable and honest

*   Role modeling the standards of our musical FAMILY

We thank you for your support, and remind you that YOU are a key ingredient in our success recipe.

Mr. Hernandez

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Dear band parents and students,

Welcome to the New Year! We are excited about the full slate of opportunities ahead of us and we are eager to convey good news about the value of music education for your child.

Often a single concert or presentation measures the success of a music program. While it is true that a performance demonstrates the students’ mastery of skills, it is only one aspect of our comprehensive music curriculum. Music classes in our program are designed to prepare students to be responsible citizens in tomorrow’s society. What is it about music learning that offers young musicians a head start?

*   Music develops interpersonal skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication, negotiation and working with others; the basic personal attributes required for problem-solving in our modern day workplace.

*   Music stimulates the creative, curious, and imaginative mind – the mental building blocks for critical thinking and self-motivation.

*   Since much of music is active learning, it links the creative thought process to reality. The following quote is an excerpt from The Value of the Arts, created by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities – 1993:

“Some skills taught only in the arts are as important to science as they are to art. Among these tools are playing, abstracting, building models and recognizing patterns. Non-verbal skills allow people to imagine and visualize new realities before they can be proven by logic or scientific experiment”.

When children are in the act of making decisions based on present moment choices, they replicate the same thought processes used in expressing music. This is a human quality that must be developed; it is the foundation for all problem-solving skills.

When we take a holistic view of music learning, we develop a new perspective and appreciation for music’s influence on children. Music is important in the life of children.

Mr. Hernandez

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