Welcome!


This Week:

1/11 – IN SCHOOL PHS Music presentation for 8th graders   9:30 – 11:00  

  

1/14 – Jazz Band Rehearsal 2:45 – 4:15

                        **Trombone sectional 4:15 – 5:00 

1/15 – Jazz band trip payment of $100 due

 

Next week:

 

1/21 – Jazz Band Rehearsal 2:45 – 4:15

                        **Trumpets sectional 4:15 – 5:00 


 Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

In an effort to continually provide our students with the best education possible I have decided to try a little change for the spring after school rehearsal schedule. Our after school rehearsal attendance was very poor form the beginning of the year, but the majority of student had excused absences. There were some sectional rehearsals where 10 of 40 students attended and all 30 missing students had excused absences. Working with ten kids who already know their music is a waste of our time. I feel that larger group rehearsals, where I have a larger pool to work with will result in a better use of time. Instead of having 5 after school rehearsals, 2 sectionals and 3 full ensembles. I would like to eliminate the sectionals, and add one more full ensemble rehearsal.

 

 

For sixth grade this equates to 4 full ensemble rehearsals 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, and 5/2. This means no remembering whether its woodwind, brass or percussion day, just four rehearsals, which I think is much easier.

 

For 7th and 8th grade this will also equate to 4 rehearsals the first rehearsal will be divided by grade and the last three will be full ensemble. 7th grade will rehearse 4/6 and then 4/20, 4/27, and 5/4. 8th grade will rehearse 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, and 5/4.

 

I really feel this change will be easier for everyone to remember. Even though it is less rehearsal time, I think these groupings will allow it to be a more efficient rehearsal block for the kids.


Please check out the links on the left to find recording of our music for the spring!!

Jazz Band members should be using these links to practice there new music!



FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE OMS BAND PROGRAM, AS WELL AS ALL PROCEDURES, please click on the link to the left called, "OMS Handbook." It will hopefully answer any and all questions you might have about the groups.

The 2015-2016 District Band Solos are located underneath the "District Band Opportunities" link to the left More information about elementary and intermediate district band will be made available as soon as I receive it.

ROTATIONAL LESSONS take place during marking periods 1, 3, 4, and 6, every student enrolled in band will receive one instrumental group lesson each 6-day cycle. Please note that these lessons DO NOT appear on a student's class schedule. They are available using the "6th Grade Lesson Schedules" or "7th/8th Grade Lesson Schedules" links to the left or as paper copies in the OMS Band Room. Students need their instruments on their lesson day.

DURING MARKING PERIODS 2 AND 5 students will attend Band Class during the period that is listed on their school schedule. There are no rotational lessons during these marking periods.

AFTER SCHOOL PRACTICE SCHEDULES FOR THE ENTIRE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR
can be found by clicking on the appropriate link to the left under either 6th Grade Band or 7th/8th Grade Band headings. Students are asked to attend only 5 after school practices before each concert to prepare for our performance. 


Monetary Problems:
If money is an issue for you please do not hesitate to contact me. Everything will ALWAYS be kept completely confidential, and no questions will be asked. We work on an honor system and completely understand that some people cannot afford a book, an instrument rental, or supplies. We will absolutely accommodate any and all situations; no student will be deprived of the opportunity to be in band. We cannot guarantee a student will be able to play the instrument they want, but if they want to be in the band we will get them an instrument, and teach them how to play. If a student cannot keep up with their schoolwork, or is a disruption to our program, action will be taken that is in the best interest of that student, and the students around them.












 





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