Fifth Grade Cadet Band

Contacts:  Mr. Swallow and Mrs. Ogden

****Tomorrow night, the students should report to the choir room at NCHS at 6:10.  The guidelines for clothes still apply. The only change would be Santa hats, reindeer antlers, elf ears, Christmas tree light necklaces, etc. would all be appropriate additions. The concert will begin at 6:30. Remember that we have asked the students to stay for the HS portion of the concert that begins at 7:00. If you have not had the pleasure of attending one the high school's Holiday Children's Concert, you are in for a real treat. 
posted December 13, 2017

****Here is the link for the holiday music:    

   ijingle     by Larry Clark
Up On the Housetop: Beg - 0:49
Jolly Old St. Nick:  0:52 - 1:41
Silent Night: 2:35 - 3:35
We Wish You a Merry Xmas: 3:40 - end

Please encourage the students to spend time with this music. Concert details were given to the students two weeks ago. They were supposed to share this info the week after their first concert. Ask them to show you where they wrote it down. If they didn't, remind them that it is on the board in the band room and that they should write it down and bring it to you.  THANKS!   posted 12-1-2017

****Please be in room 33, instrument out and ready to move at 5:20. Parents, the 5th graders play at 6:05 and when they are finished you are to meet them in the area outside of the cafeteria. PLEASE ask the students to show you where they wrote this information down 2 weeks ago when we placed it on the board.  If you are planning on eating at the spaghetti dinner, there really won't be enough time for the students to eat before they have to be ready to go to the auditorium. As we stated before, it will be best to eat afterwards. All of this info except for home room has been listed here on the website since Oct. 18 (see below).   posted 11-13-2017

The 5th graders are through all of the material that we are going to play at our first concert on Monday, November 13 so we started working on one of our pieces for the Holiday Program (Thursday, December 14 @Normal Community HS).  Here is a link to a recording of this piece. Please encourage the students to use this as a resource if they are having trouble with the piece. Parents should also listen to the recording. You will be able to tell if your child is struggling or not. 

****The 5th Grade Cadet Band is preparing for their first concert of the year. The concert will be Monday, November 13 at Normal Community High School (auditorium). We are asking that the band be in the home room (announce closer to the date) at 5:20. We will then head to the auditorium to listen to the Marching Ironmen. After that performance we will move into a warm up room as we finish getting ready for our 6:05 performance in the auditorium.  The concert is held in conjunction with the Unit 5 Music Parents’ Spaghetti Supper. Please consider supporting this event. Our suggestion is to eat AFTER our performance.  

The students should wear nice, dress up clothes that evening. We are asking that there be no blue jeans, t-shirts, shorts, leggings (or any kind of "eggings") or tennis shoes. If your child decides to wear a skirt or dress, it must be past their knees AFTER they sit down without stretching it. The stage at the high school is about four feet above the first few rows of seats. Hopefully that will guide you in the direction of nice pants instead of the skirt or dress.

****The 5th Grade Band has been taking part in their musical assessment during the past few days. There are some skills, words/phrases, etc that we work on daily and feel like they are the first major building block for a beginners success. Here are some of the things that we were looking for:
  1. Each instrument needed to play their first 5 notes that they learned (see below). They need to be using correct fingerings as well.
  2. We were checking to see if every student was holding their instrument correctly.
  3. All brass and woodwinds need to understand and perform the act of tonguing.
  4. All students should be tapping their foot while they play.
  5. The students should be counting their rhythm in their head constantly.
  6. Percussionists need to have their bell kits at the right height, holding their sticks correctly, and identify the correct bar for the note that they were playing.
THANKS!!!!!  posted 10 - 18 - 2017