BAND LESSONS BEGIN AGAIN ON JANUARY 3. ZOOM LESSONS RESUME ON JANUARY 9.
Congratulations to all of our beginning students who were promoted to advanced band at the Christmas Concert. This semester we will be introducing a new curriculum designed to improve the instruction we are able to provide for our middle school students. Unlike the public schools, who in many cases have a band for each grade level, it has always been a challenge to provide music for our middle school students that was not too difficult for our first and second year players. This semester we are pleased to announce that St. Ann and St. Matthew, being primarily made up of beginning students will have bands for the first time since 2019, and in St. Augustine, St. Matthias and St. Therese we will have 2 bands in each school. The Concert Band will be primarily for 1st and 2nd year players, and the Wind Ensemble will be for students who have studied for 3+ years. Some 2nd and 3rd year students will participate in both bands depending on instrumentation needs. As St. Ann and St. Matthew will also be included in the 2 band format as we have more students with 2+ years experience. Each band will rehearse separately on their band day until the start of recorders in March, at which time the bands will combine to begin preparing for our spring band trip.
SPRING BAND TRIP
We are currently planning for a spring band trip/performance to Washington D.C. to perform at the Jefferson Memorial on Sunday May 14.
We have submitted our paperwork to the National Park Service, and are just waiting for final approval. Once we have a confirmation we will contact the bus company for a quote. One requirement of our band trips is that they be reasonably priced so that everyone who wishes can participate. While we currently expect everything to move forward smoothly, it should be noted that, given our current inflationary environment, should the cost become prohibitive, an alternate activity will be planned.
THIS YEAR'S SPRING BAND TRIP/PERFORMANCE: WASHINGTON D.C. !
Flute- Nova "Toot"
Clarinet/Sax- Yamaha "Venova"
Percussion- Pad and sticks