8th Grade Band

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The 8th Grade Concert Band performs four times a year. The Veterans Day Assembly, the Christmas Concert in December, Junior High Band Contest in March, and the Spring Concert in April. Scroll down for our class syllabus.

Students will be asked to participate in annual fundraisers to aid in program funding. Owning an instrument is required, but school instruments are available, with a paid yearly maintenance fee, for special circumstances. Students grades 8-12 will go on a trip to Disney World in June of 2021.

Recorded at Marshfield Jr High Band Contest 2018

The combined 7th and 8th grade band received their 4th "1" Rating in a row!

Recorded at Marshfield Jr High Band Contest 2018

BMS Band Syllabus

Band Communication: We know that communication is essential for teachers, students, and parents to work together.

Our full Band Handbook is on the website. Please visit the website, read the handbook, and explore the site for important dates and information. Most of your questions can be answered here throughout the year as it is updated regularly for your convenience.

Website: https://sites.google.com/bolivarschools.org/bolivarbands

Facebook and Twitter: @BolivarBands

Remind Messaging: Text @bolbandsms to 81010

Parents please follow our Remind messaging system, our main communication tool.

Director Contact Information: Please add our emails to your email contact list so we don’t end up in the spam folder when we send a mass email to the entire class.

John Trew, Director of Bands - jtrew@bolivarschools.org

Kelsy Whitacre, Assistant Director of Bands - kelsywhitacre@bolivarschools.org

HS: 326-5228 / MS: 326-3811

Classroom expectations:

Safety First - Our first priority is a safe classroom, any behavior that jeopardizes safety will be immediately addressed.

Total Respect - Band students respect themselves, fellow members, instructors, and equipment.

Be Ready to Play - Band students maintain focus at all times and are ready to perform on instruments.

Play It Right or Not At All - Band students are to use and perform with their instruments correctly and do not waste time.

100% Effort, 100% of the Time - Band students give their best, everyday.

Don’t Distract - Band students do not distract. We stay focused on the task.

Put It All Away, The Right Way - When we are finished with tasks, everything has a place, and everything is put away correctly.

Grading System & End Of Course Expectations:

Grades are calculated using (but not limited to) rehearsals, playing quizzes, performances, and participation. Excessive disruptive classroom behavior will result in a lowered rehearsal grade and possible dismissal from future participation. BMS grading scale will be followed.

All first year band members entering second year band should be able to play First Notes, Pb&jam, Beginning Band Workout, Chromatic Challenge for Beginners lines 1&2, and Overtone Warm Up lines 1&2 with minimal errors. This will determine eligibility to advance to 7th grade band. All second year band members entering third year band should be able to play Chromatic Challenge for Beginners, Golden Scales lines 2-4, Overtone Warm Up, and JH Band Warm Up with minimal errors. All third year band members entering High School should able to play all of the Overtone Warm Up, Chromatic Madness, Golden Scales, Essential Rhythms, and Key Signature Warm Up with minimal errors. All of these exercises are in the beginning band book.

Performance Dates: Please make sure your student is at the two required evening concerts at the High School.

  • Winter Band Concert December 11, 2018
  • Spring Band Concert April 16, 2019
  • 8th Grade Band Large Ensemble Contest (Spring TBA)