Welcome Students and Parents

    My name is Ian Mitchell. This will be my seventh year at China Spring and my 17th year teaching. Prior to coming to China Spring, I have taught in Arizona and California. I happily married, and have three boys which attend China Spring Schools. 
    This year I will be teaching the 7th Grade Band, Middle School 7th Grade Jazz Band, Beginning 6th Grade Euphonium Class, and Beginning 6th Grade Tuba Class.  I also assist with the 8th Grade Band, High School Marching Band, High School Concert Band. The other directors include, Mrs. Hyatt (HS), Mr. Moss (HS), Mr. Leal (HS) and Mr. Loudermilk. We work as a team to give you the best music education you can receive.  
    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email address is imitchell@chinaspringisd.net. My conference hours are between 11:36-12:25. I am also available after school. Please call the school office at 836-4611 to set up a conference time.

Bell Schedule

1st Period        8:00-8:49         8th Grade Band
2nd Period       8:53-9:46         7th Grade Band 
3rd Period       9:50-10:39        7th Grade Jazz Band
4th Period       10:43-11:32      High School Band
5th Period       11:36-12:25      Conference
6th Period       12:59-1:48        Beginner Band/ Applied Music
7-8th Period    2:05-3:25         @Intermediate

Important Dates 2015-2016

September 9th         Band Fundraiser Starts

October 16th           8th grade Band Night, Home Game Against Le Vega 6pm
November 7th          7th grade TMEA Honor Band Auditions @Midway MS, 7:30am-2pm
November 14th          7th grade TMEA Honor Band Clinic/Concert, Temple HS 7am-11pm    
December 1st          Middle School Winter Concert, PAC 7pm Concert
December 4th          8th Grade ATSSB Auditions at Robinson  
December 14th        Jazz Band Concert, PAC 7pm Concert-PAC
January 16th            8th Grade ATSSB Honor Band Clinic/Concert Groesbeck HS 7am-11p
January 29th            Region Jazz Auditions @ Bonham (Date Subject to Change) 2-10pm
February 26th          7th/8th Grade Solo and Ensemble @China Spring MS 5-9pm

March 23-26th         Temple College Jazz Festival, TBA
April 19th                7th GradeUIL concert & sight reading contest, University High School,
April 20th                8th Grade Uil University High School, Waco

April 21th                Sandy Lake Trip

April 22th                 Band Camp Scholarship Applications Due, 4pm
May 5th                   Middle School Concert in the PAC, 7pm Concert, PAC

May 17st                  Drumline auditions for high school (incoming freshman)4pm-7pm

May 26th                 Joint Jazz Concert, PAC 7pm

Band Boosters Meetings (Meet at 7pm at HS Band Hall)
September 14th
October 12th
November 9th
February 8th
March 14th
April 11th

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7th Grade Band 8:53-9:46
    Welcome to the 7th grade band. We have an exciting year planned. The 7th grade band will be performing in numerous events throughout year, such as our Winter Concert, UIL Performance, Honor Band Auditions, and Spring Concert. Needless to say, we have a lot of information and ground to cover this year. In 7th grade band you will continue to grow musically, working to develop a full ensemble sound. I look forward to working with you this upcoming school year.
  • What Do I Need For 7th Grade Band?   Many of those items are discussed in the band handbook. You will need to have their instrument, a pencil, a black 3 ring binder with 10 or more clear sheet pages to insert music. We will order your child's band method book. This new book that your child will be using will last them throughout high school.  Students will also need a white top, black pants, shoes and socks for the band uniform. They will need to have this for picture day, which will be used for yearbook pictures, and we will use our first concert. Please have all forms including the handbook form, parent contact/ volunteer form, optional t-shirt form, optional car decal form, and money if needed, signed and return by Wednesday, August 26th. These forms are attached below or on the side-bar if need another copy.

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