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THE DISTRICT OFFICE SUMMER HOURS ARE
MONDAY - THURSDAY 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Band 8
Instructor: Mrs. Ring   
In 8th grade band students will continue to build upon the skills they learned in the past 2 years, with the hope that they will become increasingly independent musicians.   We will continue learning music through rehearsal, theory,research, and performance.  Each student will be expected to prepare and perform a small ensemble piece and study his/her instrument more in depth.  This class meets during 3rd block on green days and students should come prepared with instrument, assigned music, and a pencil.  8th graders will perform in 2-3 concerts per year and other performances as they come up.  We will also perform in at least one band contest and students have the option to perform and solo and ensemble contest.  Although 8th graders are not required to keep a practice log they still will be graded on playing tests throughout the year and need to practice however much is necessary to keep up with the music.
Announcements
End of Year Announcments
All music needs to be turned in by Thursday May 25. The fine is $2 per piece of missing or destroyed music.
All school instruments that are not being checked out for the summer, need to be returned by Thursday, May 25.
Please be sure to let me know if you are going to Elitch Gardens on Friday.
Elitch Gardens
The trip to Elitch Gardens has been rescheduled for next Friday May 26, 2017. We will leave school at 12:30 pm and return around 9:30 pm. If you cannot attend your ticket will be given to you and it is good any day the park is open from now until October 29, 2017. Slips are coming home today for a parent signature and to let me know who will be attending. Please have those in by Tuesday May 23 so I can make bus arrangements. Students will need to bring supper or money to buy supper at the park.
May 16
At this point the trip to Elitch Gardens is still on, however the weather is not supposed to be very good on Thursday. Elitch Gardens is supposed to let me know sometime tomorrow if they will be open on Thursday or not. I will let you know as soon as I know anything. If we go, we will leave at 8:30 and return around 5:30 as the park closes at 4:00 pm. If we are unable to attend due to weather, tickets are good any regular day until October 29.
May 9
May 17-- Spring Concert--7:00 pm--Students here at 6:30 pm
May 18--Elitch Gardens-- Leaving around 8:45--return time TBA
May 19--Performing Arts Night
May 23--Deposit return slips due (May 19 for 8th Grade)
Instrument Deposits
If your child rented an instrument from the school, forms will be coming home this week on how you want us to handle the deposit. Please note that as stated on the form, they must be returned by May 23, 2017 for you to get the deposit back this year. You can download a form at the bottom of this page should you need an additional copy.
Spring Concert
The MS Band Spring Concert will be Wednesday May 17 at 7:00 pm in the new cafetorium. Students need to be ready to warm-up at 6:30 pm. Dress for the concert is black pants/skirts and shoes and the band t-shirt. The concert is worth a 100 point performance grade.
May 1
After today any tickets for Elitch Gardens will need to be purchased at the gate at full price.
Elitch Gardens
Parents who have signed up to sponsor..... I will send home the cost today. Please have your money in by this Wednesday so I can order the tickets.
April 10
Congratulations to both bands for their performance at the CHSAA contest last week! The 6/7 band received a II overall with a I in sightreading; and the 8th grade band received a III overall with a III in sightreading. I think it was a great learning experience for everyone and the judges gave us some helpful comments for improving our playing. This week in class we will start focusing on music for our spring concert which is May 17. 6th & 7th graders will be signing up for Smart Music so they can take end of the year sightreading tests on there. This website is free however students will need to enter a parent email address. 8th graders will be taking sightreading tests as well; but they have already signed up on Smart Music.
March 13
All test retakes need to be completed by this Wednesday March 15 at 4:00 pm. This week we will continue working on music for the contest on April 7.
Band Trip
Please remember that if you receive an F in band for your quarter grade you will be ineligible for the band trip in the spring. If you receive a D for 2 quarters in band, you will also be ineligible. It is not too late to fix low grades for the 2nd quarter. Please check with me on how to bring up your grade.
8Notes
Check out the link to right for 8notes.com. This website has resources for every instrument and free sheet music.
School Instruments
If you are using a school instrument this year, you will be required to pay a $50 deposit that will be refunded to you when the instrument is returned in good condition. If you damage the instrument due to misuse, the repair costs will be taken from your deposit. More information and checkout sheets will be handed out on the first day of class for those who need them.
Discussion Topics
Files
 8Syllabus.pdf
8th Grade Syllabus
 DepositReturnForm.pdf
Instrument Deposit Return Form
 Practice Guidelines.pdf
Practice Guidelines
Homework
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