6th Grade Band Newsletter
Quarter 3 2018
***The 6th grade band is having a wonderful year and is coming up on several exciting events!***
*Friday, February 9th: 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 9th 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 6TH 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 email@example.com 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.
*Saturday, February 17th, Recital (solos):
Recital is scheduled for Sat., February 17th at the high school. Students performing will include 6-12th graders. If your child is playing a solo, you won’t want to miss this event! Parents, family, and friends are encouraged to attend! The students performing solos need to have met with their piano accompanist 3 times before the recital. The one time fee to be paid directly to the accompanist at their first practice is $20.
*Saturday, March 10th, IGSMA Full Band Contest:
This event will be held at Geneseo High School this year and is a rated contest for the full band. This means that 3 judges will listen to the band play their concert pieces in the gym and give a rating. Family and friends are encouraged to attend. The exact schedule has not been set yet, but the students will need to be bused there Friday right after school. We will be sure to send home these details with your child and over e-mail as soon as it is available. The students will only need to be at IGSMA on Saturday, not Friday.
*Tuesday, March 13st, Concert (Music in our Schools):
On Tuesday, March 13st, at 7:00 p.m., the 6th grade band will be performing at the annual Music in our Schools concert in the HS Concert Hall. It involves all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade musicians. 6th grade band members are asked to be at the HIGH SCHOOL band room by 6:00 ready to warm-up. Dress for this concert is a collared white shirt or blouse, black slacks or skirt, back shoes, and black socks and/or pantyhose.
Several classrooms at the high school will be set up for recitals. Each student has approximately 6-8 minutes to perform their solo for an adjudicator and small audience. Students need only stay for their performance(s), but are encouraged to listen to as many other solo and ensemble performances as they would like. Exact performance times and room locations to be announced around Feb 5th. Students should plan to arrive at the high school to warm up in the gymnasium 40 minutes before their performance so they have time to find their room and warm up. They should report to their performance site 15 minutes before their scheduled time and either sit in and listen to the person before them or wait in the hallway. Dress is concert dress (black & white) or other nice clothes (no jeans or tennis shoes).