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    September, 2018: 

    Permission slips for our Pep Band Performance (Monday, Sept. 10) are due on Tuesday, September 4; parents, keep the top half and students, turn in the bottom half.  A copy of the permission slip is located in our BAND FILES at left if you need one.

    All-Region Band Registration is Open Until Friday Sept. 7: 

    All-Region Band applications are now being accepted online.  This is a fantastic opportunity to play with some of the best 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students in Indiana!  I encourage you to apply –it is also free to apply!
    To apply for the November 10 & 11, 2018 All-Region Band, you must have a grade of A or B in our band class.  (If you apply and have a grade of C or lower, your application will be discarded.)
    You may submit your online application from now through Friday, September 7, 11:59 EST.  No late submissions will be accepted.
    *** This is a special year for All-Region Band.  You will be performing the world premiere of a brand new commission piece written just for your band by composer Brian Balmages!
    If accepted, there will be a$35-$45 fee that includes everything for the weekend, including t-shirt and lunch.  If accepted you must be able to make 100% of the following schedule and you must provide your own transportation.  Our All-Region Band site (where rehearsal and concert are) is Clark Pleasant Middle School, located at 1354 E Worthsville Rd, Greenwood, IN.
    Saturday, November 10
    8:30 – 9:00 AM - Registration ($35 fee per student)
    9:00 – 10:00 - Sectionals
    10:00 – 12:00 - Full Rehearsal
    12:00 – 1:00 PM - Lunch
    1:00 – 2:00 - Sectionals
    2:00 – 4:30 - Full Rehearsal
    Sunday, November 11
    2:00 – 3:00 PM - Dress Rehearsal
    4:00 – 4:45 - Concert
    Visit www.indianabandmasters.org/allregionstudents/
    Enter your school's event code     k4vbzj    when requested.
    Be sure to complete all components of the application.
    You may submit your online application from now through Friday, September 7, 11:59 EST.  No late submissions will be accepted.

    Students should check each day: 

    Each day, you should check your mailbox in band before class (this can also be done before school).  You should also check itslearning and your grades at some point during the day or after school.  Checking these three things every school day will allow you to be responsible and communicate effectively.

    Band School Supply List for 2018-2019: 

    Please read the supply list carefully, it is very specific and the details for each item are very important to insuring that you enjoy success and contribute positively to each rehearsal.

    (1) Band instrument (percussionists need a full bell/pad kit, not just a practice pad or snare drum).  Every instrument case must have a name tag attached at all times.  We have tags (free) here in the band room.
    (2) Essential Elements Interactive Book 2 (for your instrument) --we will have these for you to purchase at Northside ($9.99 for winds; $17.99 for percussion; no tax).
    (3) A half-inch  (1/2") hard-cover 3-ring binder and 20 plastic sleeves to go in the binder --this is how you will organize your music.  The one-inch binders are far more common, but binders wider than 1/2" do not fit in the students' binder storage shelves without breaking the shelves!  The binder can be any color with or without a clear plastic front cover.
    (4) Three No. 2 pencils --not mechanical pencils because they do not write well on our stands.  Put one pencil in your binder, one in your case, and one in your binder shelf.  Pencils must have erasers and must be sharpened prior to class.
    (5) All  clarinets and saxophones need four #2.5 strength reeds.  Our bookstore sells the recommended brand, which is Vandoren --other brands are acceptable, as long as the strength is #2.5.
    The Northside Bookstore:
    Many of the items you need for band, including plastic sleeves (10-cents each), are available right here at Northside.  In addition, you can purchase clarinet and saxophone reeds, brass lubricants, and drumsticks all here at the bookstore, which is open from 7:30 to noon each school day.  The price list will be updated at the start of each school year.
    The website www.bcscbands.org which will be used for information pertaining to all band members in BCSC.  Links to all BCSC directors and each high school can also be found there.
    Students, Check itslearning and Your Grades and Your Mailbox Each School Day: 

    I'll send information to you to help you become a better musician and student.  In addition, you should log in to PowerSchool each day at some point to double-check your grades for each class.  Teachers sometimes make errors in recording grades, and if you see an error, please let the teacher know so that we can make the appropriate adjustment.  In addition, this is the place where you can see your upcoming assignments for all of your classes.  Be sure to check your mailbox every school day for communication or new music that you may be receiving.

    Online Musical Dictionary:


    The following link will take you off the BCSC website.  This links to an excellent online resource for researching musical terms:  www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/
    Suggested Tools for Successful Practice at Home:
    When practicing at home, the most essential ingredient is a music stand.  Most students received one of these with their starter packs last year.  If you need a music stand, a student-model can be ordered from Paige's Music (1-800-382-1099); Paige's delivers items to our school every Tuesday.  A tuner & metronome combination (Korg TM-40; about $33) for wind players, and a metronome (Matrix MR500; about $24) for percussionists are also important tools to help students refine their sense of pitch and pulse.  If you need these items, you can order them through Paige's Music, but before you do, please read about SmartMusic, which is software that includes both of these items.  Another excellent tool is Notepad by Finale, which is FREE software that allows students to notate, hear, and print their own musical compositions (you can read more about this software below).
    Free Music Notation Software:
    The Finale Notepad software allows you to notate, hear, and print out your own compositions.  The software is free from Finale.  Just go to www.finalemusic.com/notepad  to download.  Be sure to get parental permission first.

    What Would Beethoven Say?
    What could be better than heading to the symphony for an evening of Beethoven?  Possibly this stirring rendition done in flash-mob style!  Click the picture to follow the external link.
    B Left B Right


Last Modified on September 4, 2018