Fifth Grade Cadet Band

Contacts:  Mr. Swallow and Mrs. Ogden

***(This information was given to the students early last week and was repeated each day they were in class. Each day they were told to write this down and share with parents.)
Tuesday, December 6
Normal Community High School Auditorium
Homeroom:  NCHS Room 50 (orchestra room)
Call Time: 6:10 (This is the time we leave for warm up. 
Please plan accordingly for parking, eating, etc.)
Performance: 6:30
Attire: The students may wear holiday apparel if they would like (Santa hats, lights, etc). It is not a requirement. They may NOT wear blue jeans, t-shirts, leggings (or and kind of 'eggings), tennis shoes. The students have been told if they have a question about what they are wearing, then they need to bring it to school for me to look at.    THANKS!

The HS Bands will be presenting their Holiday Children's concert beginning at 7:00 pm. It will last approximately 50 minutes. This is the one time that we are asking all students to plan on staying for the HS performance. 
Posted 12-1-16

****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.
The 5th graders have been working on material for their upcoming concert. Their performance time is 6:45 at NCHS (auditorium). This is in conjunction with the Unit 5 Music Parents' Spaghetti Supper. Please consider joining us for dinner that night.  We will let you know if a future mailing what time the students will need to be at the high school but it is looking like 6:00 pm. The dress code for that night is easier saying what not to wear:
  • No jeans
  • No t-shirts
  • Preferably no tennis shoes
  • The high school stage is about 4 ft above the we STRONGLY SUGGEST NO SKIRTS for the ladies. If you child plays clarinet or saxophone, they must sit with their legs apart so please, no skirts. If a skirt is all your daughter has then the skirt MUST be below the knee AFTER they sit down and without tugging on it. 
  • No LEGGINGS (or any kind of 'eggings. Concerts are formal setting and this type of undergarment is not appropriate)
Please plan accordingly that night. It will be crowded. Please remember to visit the worker sign up sheet. The link is on the home page of this website.

Please take the time to listen to your child play their instrument every Saturday and Sunday (maybe on Tues and Wed night also.) We have had a parent ask how much time they should be practicing. We took the time factor out of practicing many years ago. A math teacher gives a certain number of problems for homework. For some students it might take 10-15 minutes, for others the same work might take 45 minutes. Same holds true for a musician. As always if you have any questions, please email us. 

THANKS!!!!!  10-21-16

***The 5th graders should be working on the following for you this weekend:
  1. The first five notes that they have learned, one quarter note pitch, up and down.

***The 5th graders should be working on the following items this weekend:
Friday, October 7, 2016
1. The first five notes that they have learned
a.  Flutes, Oboes, Trombones, Baritones, Percussion: B flat, C, D, E flat, F
b. Clarintets, Trumpets: C, D, E, F, G
c. Alto Saxes: G, A, B, C, D
2. In the book # 23,  #24, #27A & B

***Good evening. Mrs. Ogden and I would like to ask for a little help this week end, PLEASE make sure the students can put their instrument together in less than a minute AND take it apart in less than a minute. The shorter amount of time the student needs for assembly and disassembly, the longer they will have to play their instruments. 
***Music and instruments should be coming home EVERY weekend. While the crowded buses remain a problem, it is imperative that the students take their instruments home EVERY weekend. The students should be playing for you the different melodies and concepts that they have learned throughout the week. Encourage them to "teach" you.
***Clarinets and Saxes MUST have 3 working reeds in their case at all times. Oboes will only need to have two reeds in their case partially because of the expense of their reeds. 
***If your child is going to be absent, please email us. To go along with this train of thought, if your child is at school during the day, they must come to the junior high to participate in their final class of the day. Although elementary schools finish at 2:30, the band and orchestra students have an extended day that doesn't end until 3:45.