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    December, 2017: 

    Festival of Lights Parade:

    Thursday, Nov. 30.  Parade practice at Northside from 6 to 7:30.  Earliest arrival time is 5:30 -but everyone needs to be signed in on the sign-in sheet and ready to march and play (horns out, etc.) by 6 PM, so aim for arriving on the early side... remember, everyone from CMS is coming, too, so traffic (dropping off) will become conjested closer to 6... aim early!

    Also, ask your parents to pick you up where they dropped you off... that will avoid confusion. Parents are welcome to stay and watch us practice, if they like... we'll meet here at NMS, but be marching across the street on CN's track.

    Drummers, take home your equipment after rehearsal... this is how you get it to the parade!

    This rehearsal will not run long... you will be ready for pick up at 7:30... it is criical that you tell your parents, "The rehearsal will be ending so that I am ready for you to pick me up at 7:30."  If parents know this up front, they will be on time for you.

    Saturday, Dec. 2.  Parade!  If you normally bring your instrument to school each day, be sure to take it home with you on Friday!  We'll all meet at Central Middle School. Earliest arrival time is 3:45.  You should be at CMS by 4 PM so we can begin putting you can sign-in, assemble your instrument, and then be put into parade order.  Everyone is briging their instrument from home!  We'll bus to the parade location, march, then be back by 7:30.  Your parent must pick you up at CMS (not at the parade finishing area).  Percussionists, you'll repack your instrument, take it home and bring it back to school on Monday (it is due Monday as part of your grade for this event).

    *** For both the practice and the parade, dress properly.  Watch the night before to see what the temperature is going to be and dress warm.  Being cold can make this fun event not so fun... so error on the side of being too warm rather than too cold!


    *** Practice time credit for the rehearsal is 90 minutes, and for the parade is another 90 minutes!

    Solo and Ensemble Forms and Fees Due Thursday Nov. 30: 

    This optional event is open to any student with a B- or higher overall grade in band.  Forms have been passed out in class.  Everything is due to Mr. Marks before school on Thursday, Nov. 30th.

    Students, Check itslearning and Your Grades 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.

    Band School Supply List for 2017-2018: 

    Please read the supply list carefully, it is very specific and the details for each item are very important to insuring that each student enjoys success and contributes 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 ($8.99 for winds; $16.99 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 7th-grade 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 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.
    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.
    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.
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Last Modified on November 27, 2017