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Welcome to Sawyer School Band.
Contact information:
978 779 2821 ext. 5093

Parents of incoming fourth grade/beginning band students may contact me via text or call to my cell phone at 978 870 9198. As there is a significant amount of communication taking place as the fourth grade band is getting started I find phone and text conversations to be efficient.

Performance Information:
Students are expected to participate in all performances. As a student missing a performance may have a significant impact on the quality of the performance, I request that parents notify me as early as possible if a conflict comes up. I understand that conflicts will occasionally arise and there is no penalty for a missed performance.

Dress for evening performances is “concert black”: black slacks, white shirts for boys; black gown/black pants, white blouse for girls. There is no dress code for in school performances.

Jazz Band will wear all black for performances.

Winter Concert for families: December 19, 7:00 pm
Winter Concert for school: December 18, 1:30 pm

Bands from grades five, six, and seven/eight combined and Jazz Band. Fourth grade band does not perform in the winter concert

IAJE Jazz Band Festival
I would like to have the jazz band perform in this event which takes place in mid-May. In recent years, conflicts with rehearsals and after school sports have left us unable to adequately prepare for this festival. My hope is that moving rehearsals to Mondays will improve the situation.

Spring Concert
Bands from grades four, five, six, seven/eight combined, and jazz band.
4th & 5th Grade Spring Concert for families: June 7, 7:00 pm
4th & 5th Grade Spring Concert for school: June 6, 1:30 pm
6th-8th Grade Spring Concert for families: June 12, 7:00 pm
6th-8th Grade Spring Concert for school: June 11, 1:30 pm

                                                                                                             September 1, 2017         

 

TO:                  Parents/Guardians of 4th Grade Students

FROM:              Mr. Kelly, Band Director

RE:                  Instrumental Demonstration and Rental                                                

 

            On Tuesday September 5th, representatives of the French Music Co., of Westboro visited the Sawyer School to demonstrate musical instruments to all 4th graders. Students were shown and may choose to participate in the band program on the following instruments: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. Percussion will be offered on a limited basis. Anyone interested in playing percussion must speak with Mr. Kelly before signing up for percussion class.

 

            Instruments and rental information (prices, terms) will be supplied by French Music Co. at a night meeting for parents/guardians and students on Monday, September 11, at 6:30 pm in the Sawyer School auditorium. Students will receive their instruments at this meeting. You are not obligated to obtain your instrument from French Music; they are simply a company I trust and with which I have a strong working relationship.

 

            As with many tools, the “cut rate” variety of musical instrument should be regarded with caution. A student using a low quality instrument may struggle to compensate for an instruments’ low level of “playability”. For a detailed explanation please speak with me in person.

 

            Instrumental lessons will be given in like instrument settings and are scheduled either after school or within the school day with lessons beginning Tuesday, September 12.  “Full band” rehearsals will begin after February vacation.

 

            The instruments slated for “after school” scheduling are flute (Tuesday), trumpet (Wednesday), trombone (Thursday), and percussion (Friday). Therefore, students playing these instruments will need a ride home at 4:00 on lesson days. Clarinet (B day 1:10-1:55) and saxophone (D day 1:10-1:55) will be scheduled during the school day. The initial classes for clarinet and saxophone will begin early, during recess time. (approximately 12:50) Once the students are able to manage assembling and disassembling their instruments lessons will begin after recess. (1:10)

 

            All classes will take place in the Sawyer band room. Parents picking up students from after school classes may park outside the band room on the south (gymnasium) side of the Sawyer school.

                                   

            Should you have any questions, please contact me at the Sawyer School. For quick response feel free to call or text my cell phone. I look forward to working with your children and having a wonderful year of instrumental music.

 

 

Tim Kelly

                                                            Band Director Sawyer School

                                                                  tkelly@nrsd.net

                                                                  Cell Phone (978) 870-9198