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Creighton MS, Belmar, Eiber, Glennon Heights, Slater, South Lakewood

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Practice Cards Online!

Practice cards, due at the beginning of each week, can now be entered online!

The link will remain the same (I collect submissions after they are entered each week) through the end of the school year:

http://goo.gl/forms/pZATHPaz12

and can always be found on the site here: Practice Cards

*Paper copies are also still an option and can be picked up in class or printed here: Printed Card

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Newsletter 2/15

Happy Presidents’ Day!

First of all, a huge Congratulations to all of the band students for a terrific show at the Area Festival!  It was a fun evening and I think every group did a great job!  I’m looking forward to seeing how we can prepare for our next concerts and then joining those superb high school groups!

Upcoming events:

Audition music is available for high school!
The Symphonic and Wind Ensembles at Lakewood are auditioned groups.  I will have audition materials printed for students and it is also online here: http://www.lpac.info/placement-auditions.html
Students should prepare the excerpt for their instrument along with a chromatic scale.
I encourage every wind player (percussionists will enroll in the percussion class) to try out, even if they do not think they’ll make it in.  It’s great experience and makes the next time around much easier.
Auditions take place at Lakewood on March 15th 4:00-6:00pm

Lakewood High School Empty Bowl Concert – Wednesday Feb. 17th @LHS

Lakewood is having a “dinner and a show” fundraiser next week that is sure to be a great time!  If you’re looking for a fun night out with family, that also supports Lakewood area music, this is it!
Dinner starts at 5:30pm – tickets are $10
Concert begins at 7:00pm
*You can go to the concert without going to dinner.
Green Mountain Music Festival – Thursday March 10th 8:00am @Green Mountain HS
A new middle school clinic and festival is starting this year and the Symphonic Band (8th), thanks greatly to the funds raised from butter braids, will be attending!
The Symphonic Band will perform at 8:00am for an audience and clinician who will provide a group rating along with working with the band members to improve our sound and skills!  After the performance we will stay and watch other groups before heading back to school.
I will send out an itinerary soon, but anticipate students arriving at Creighton around 7:00am to gather instruments and hop on the bus to Green Mountain.
*We would love to have 3-5 parents come along as chaperones/cheering squad, so look for a sign-up when the itinerary is sent out!
Small Ensemble Concerts April 4th (7th) and April 11th (8th)
Shortly after spring break are the annual small ensemble concerts.  Over the next month and a half, students will form different small groups to work on pieces to perform.  A variety of genres and instrumentation will make the performances unique and fun to put together!  More details to come.

With conferences are right around the corner, I would like to reiterate that signed practice cards are due at the beginning of each week and the theory/rhythm/essential questions that we do daily are turned in at the end of each week.  It seems that most students are getting into this habit, but otherwise, students can see me for make-up work for the dailies and here are ways to make up those practice cards:

– Turn in an extra practice card the next week or any week after that
– Come in after school to practice and I will sign off on that time

Have a musical evening!

 

Newsletter – 1/31

Lakewood Area Music Festival – Wednesday Feb. 10th 7:00pm @CMS

Our annual festival featuring Lakewood HS, Creighton MS, and five elementary schools.  This is the big band concert of the year and is sure to be a great evening!  Have a nice reminder of where it all began and where your students will go when they get into high school band.

Students arrive at 6:30pm

Students need to have their CMS polo shirt, black pants, music, and instrument.  If you have a folding stand at home you would be okay letting the elementary kids use for this concert, please label it and bring it with on the day of the concert!  Thanks!

 

*If your student needs a polo shirt (didn’t have one last semester, lost it, etc.), please send me an email and $15 so we can have it ready prior to the festival.*

Band Placement Auditions for LHS – 8th grade only
Band Auditions (Winds Only)
Audition for placement in Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band
Tuesday, March 15th
4:00-6:00 (check back for sign up)

Audition music will be handed out in class soon.

 

Green Mountain Music Festival – Thursday March 10th 8:00am @Green Mountain HS
A new middle school clinic and festival is starting this year and the Symphonic Band (8th), thanks greatly to the funds raised from butter braids, will be attending!

The Symphonic Band will perform at 8:00am for an audience and clinician who will provide a group rating along with working with the band members to improve our sound and skills!  After the performance we will stay and watch other groups before heading back to school.

I will send out an itinerary soon, but anticipate students arriving at Creighton around 7:00am to gather instruments and hop on the bus to Green Mountain.

*We would love to have 3-5 parents come along as chaperones/cheering squad, so look for a sign-up when the itinerary is sent out!

Last thought…

A reminder to students to fill out practice cards weekly and turn them in at the beginning of each week!

If a practice card is a missing assignment, here are some options to fix that grade:

– Turn in an extra practice card the next week or any week after that

– Come in after school to practice and I will sign off on that time (I am here 99.9% of the time)

– Ask Mom or Dad nicely to send me an email to verify your practice time for that week

We’re aiming for 2 hours of weekly practice!

Thanks for your support!  Have a musical Monday!

 

No Concert Tuesday Night

With the weather, the Concert Band/Strings and Jazz Band performance this evening is canceled.  Since we’ve been preparing, we will hopefully put on a performance during class time tomorrow (8:30-9:21) with the concert band and strings groups.  I will send out details later tonight when I know.

Thanks to the Symphonic Band and everyone who came to Lakewood last night!  It was a wonderful concert and I hope your students are excited about continuing band in high school!

Last, please be careful on roads if you have to be out and about today, I was out for a little bit and it’s really treacherous.

Stay warm!

 

Audition for All-county Band!

Tuesday Nov. 10th

All-county Honor Band/Orchestra Auditions

at Creighton Middle School

4:00-6:00pm

All-county audition music has gone out to all CMS band students.  Everyone should sign up for an audition online here:

https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/jcps-middle-school-honor-band-and-orchestra/

I am available after school most every day for at least 45 minutes for students to have extra practice time and help.  Every student is capable of playing the music.  Also, auditioning is a valuable way to prepare for future interviews, presentations, and public speaking.

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good.  It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell

CMS Calendar

Event Date Location/Details
Back to School Night Thurs. Aug. 27 CMS – Buy your method books!
Butter Braid Fundraiser Aug. 31st – Sept. 10 Delivered on Sept. 16
Pep Band with Lakewood HS Thurs. Oct. 8 – 7:30pm Jeffco Stadium
CMS Band Concert Tues. Oct. 13 – 7:00pm CMS
First Elitch’s trip payment due Thurs. Oct. 22 $20 of the $40 total
Creighton Chili Cook-off Fri. Nov. 6 CMS
All-county band auditions Tues. Nov. 10 – 4-6pm CMS
All-county jazz auditions Wed. Nov. 18 – 4-6pm Dunstan Middle School
Barnes & Noble Night Mon. Dec. 7 Small group performances
8th Band/Orchestra Concert Mon. Dec. 14 – 7:00pm CMS
7th Band/Orchestra Concert Tues. Dec. 15 – 7:00pm CMS
Lakewood Area Festival Feb. 9 & 10 – TBA CMS
Second Elitch’s trip payment due Fri. Apr. 1st $20 of the $40 total
7th Small Ensembles Concert Mon. Apr. 4 – 7:00pm CMS
8th Small Ensembles Concert Mon. Apr 11 – 7:00pm CMS
CMS Band Concert Tues. May 10 – 7:00pm CMS
Elitch’s performance/trip Fri. May 13th Elitch Gardens
**Elementary Band Tour May TBA

 

*These dates are set but there may be changes such as specific times for the area festival. New dates and other information will be in the newsletters, sent home, and updated on the website.

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