Bradley Middle School Orchestra

Thanks for visiting the Bradley MS Orchestra website! This website is designed to provide information about the orchestra program for students, parents, and our "groupies." Bradley Middle School, part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system, is located in beautiful Huntersville, North Carolina.

Orchestra Headlines

Success at the 2019 CMS Honors Orchestra Auditions
The Saturday before Thanksgiving break is the annual date reserved for CMS Honors Orchestra Auditions. Students are required to play scales, a solo, and sight read a specially prepared piece of music. Preparation for this audition begins in the first week of school in both the 7th and 8th grade classes. All 8th grade students are expected to participate in this audition (learning to "swing the bat"). Students in 6th and 7th graders with a minimum of 1 year of prior experience are encouraged to audition too.

This year two 8th Grade and three 7th Grade students tried out. All of them are to be congratulated for mustering the courage and working hard to prepare for the audition. This year two of the students were rated as being among the best in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools:

CMS Symphonic Honors Orchestra
8th Grade Violinist: Daniel Huynh 
8th Grade Cellist: Braulio Camacho

Note: There are two "tabs" on this sheet. Make sure you're looking at the one titled "Symphonic CMS Honors."  The list is in alphabetical order by last name.
"Odd" = Outside of stand, upper notes when parts divide
"Even" = Inside of stand, lower notes when parts divide,

After these students verify that they are accepting their chair and they receive the concert music, the next step for all of those that earned chairs for a Thursday evening rehearsal and seating audition on January 23, 2020. Then the students come together for final rehearsals on February 7th & 8th before presenting their annual concert on the evening of 2/8/2020. Please plan on coming out to support these amazing players on Saturday February 8, 2020 (More information to come).

Bradley Orchestra Patron's 2019-20 "Launch" Meeting
The annual "Launch" Meeting was held on Tuesday night 9/17/2019 at 6:30 in the FBMS Media Center. Many parents showed up and the support for the orchestra program was great! Please see the notes here for more information about what was spoken about.

A special note of thanks to each parent that attended this meeting! We need you to make this year special for your children. A extra special note of thanks to those parents that have already stepped up into officer positions!!

Offices Filled/Open:

President - Emily Raymond Becker (6th Gr. Parent - Braxton Raymond Becker)

Vice President - Micah Massie (6th Gr. Parent - Mikey Massie)

Treasurer - Valerie McPherson (7th Gr. Parent - Cellist, Sydney Isaacs)

Secretary - Leisa Sarley (6th Gr. Parent - Violinist Dan and Violist David Sarley)

Communications Chair - Open

Fundraising Chair - Ray & Jovonnia McCray (7th Gr. Parent - Cellist, Harmony McCray)

Events Chair - Open

6th Grade Class Reps - Open

7th Grade Class Reps - Open

8th Grade Class Reps - Open

All Students/Parents should complete these forms/Sign up for these services:

Student/Parent Information Form: Click on this link!

Remind text messages
Send the appropriate message below to 81010
6th Grade - @myers2026b,
7th Grade - @myers2025b,
8th Grade - @myers2024b,
Blazin' Bows - @bradleybb9

YouTube Playlists:
Click on the appropriate link and then click on Subscribe.

Orchestra Curriculum Night / Fall Family Meeting / Bradley Orchestra Patrons (BOP)
The annual Orchestra Curriculum Night / Fall Family Night will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 (6:30-8 PM) in the Francis Bradley MS Media Center. Several things will be discussed, including "Orchestra Fee vs. Fundraising" options, Before/After School Opportunities, the Spring Trips, and how to be a successful middle level string player. Students and parents should attend this meeting! There will be something for everyone.

More from Curriculum Night

I have included a form that all parents should complete regarding the performance items the BOP orders for your child (Polo "Performance" Shirt, "Spirit" T-Shirt, Tuners, Music Binder/Sleeves, Method Book, and SmartMusic fees. This form need to be completed by all parents and payment should have already been sent in. Parents may pay using Zelle through their bank. Here's the link. All payments are due no later than 9/27/2019!

Blazin' Bow Invitations and Contracts
Blazin' Bows is an auditioned ensemble that performs classic rock, pop, and jazz. This "Rock Orchestra" frequently uses electric instruments and plays for events that are lighter in nature. This ensemble is made of students that have more than 1 or more years of playing experience. Look for an invitation to participate in this ensemble in mid-September!

Upcoming Performances
This is no ordinary calendar! If you click on a class, you'll find lesson plans, notes and study resources. If you click on a concert/event, then you'll see the "Who, What, When, Where, 'Wear', Why and How" information. If you have a Written Test coming up, click on the Written Test event to find study links and other information about the test. Oh yeah, and it tells you which days are orchestra days too;-).
How to add this calendar to your calendar:
If you use an Apple Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/AddACalendarToYourAppleCal 
(iCal URL: http://tinyurl.com/FBMSOrchCal) 

NOTE: By double clicking on your child's class in the calendar, you should be able to see an attachment that contains announcements, lesson plans, written assignment, and concert details. 

CMS Schools - Academic Calendar

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Website