Weekly Announcements


          

January 21, 2018

posted Jan 21, 2018, 1:31 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - Jazz Band - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room
  • Tuesday - Percussion Ensemble - 5-8 - Band Room
  • Wednesday - Woodwind Ensemble/Low Brass Ensemble - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room/Cafeteria
  • Thursday - Brass Ensemble - 3:15-4:30 - Percussion Ensemble - 5-8 - Band Room

Announcements:


  • I hope everyone enjoyed their "snow week" and ready to get back in a normal routine this week!
  • GREAT JOB by all 15 students who auditioned for All-West this past Saturday in North Side!  All of them were well-prepared and represented our band program quite well!  I am proud of each of them for all of their hard work and dedication!  We are still awaiting the results but regardless of the results all of these students have become better musicians which has ultimately improved the quality of our entire band program as a result of their participation in the All-West audition process!  We should know results later today or tomorrow.  I hope that many more of our students will decide to participate in the audition process next year!
  • For those students selected to participate in one of the All West bands, they will need to get a contract signed and returned ASAP in order to get registered for the event!
  • Drink orders + $$$ are due TOMORROW!
  • We will begin our final fundraiser for the NY Trip starting TOMORROW!  We will be selling shirts and hoodies commemorating the trip!  Attached is the order form.  All orders + $$$ are due no later than NEXT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND!!!  All profits from the shirts and hoodies will go towards your student's final trip payment which is due on February 5th.
  • UT Martin Honor Band students will leave around 11:00 am on Thursday!  They will need have their bags packed and ready to load the bus at that time.  Students will need money for 5 meals + money to purchase snacks at Wal-Mart.  Students will just need school clothes for Thursday and Friday.  They will need concert attire (black & white) for Saturday.  Students will perform their concerts on Saturday.  A detailed itinerary will be given to your student this week.  Parents are expected pick up their student immediately following their concert since the bus departs after it drops the students off for rehearsal on that Saturday morning.  You will then need to travel to the hotel to pick-up their luggage.
  • Solo & Ensemble will be held at North Side HS in Jackson on Saturday, March 3rd!  All students are encouraged to participate.  We will be picking our solos and ensembles in band class next week.  All students who participate are required to pay $10 per event registered.  Remember in order to receive lettering credit for the event your student MUST receive a I (1 - Superior) rating on SOLOS ONLY!  Be sure you communicate with your child if you want him/her to participate.  We will take a bus from the high school that morning or students can provide their own transportation to the event.
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  FINAL DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION MEETING FOR ANYONE (including band students' parents) GOING ON THE NYC TRIP WILL BE MONDAY, MARCH 5TH @ 6:00 PM IN THE LIBRARY!!!  This meeting is HIGHLY encouraged if you and/or your child is going on this trip!

January 14, 2018

posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:12 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - NO SCHOOL!  MLK Holiday
  • Tuesday - Percussion Ensemble - 5-8 - Band Room
  • Wednesday - Jazz Band, WW Ensemble, Low Brass Ensemble - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room/Cafeteria - I will work out the details for the students who participate in more than one of these ensembles.
  • Thursday - Brass Ensemble (3:15-4:30); Percussion Ensemble (5-8) - Band Room
  • Friday - Pep Band Game vs. Middleton - 6:00 - Students have to be in their seats at 5:15.

Announcements:

  • I hope all of you enjoyed your snow/ice day on Friday!  Hopefully we won't have more of those this week.
  • As you all know, All-West auditions were postponed due to the weather until next Saturday at North Side HS in Jackson.  All audition times remain the same.
  • NO SCHOOL TOMORROW - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday!
  • Continue to encourage your student to practice his/her concert band music as we have started to take grades during class on the music.
  • Drink orders + $$$ are due THIS FRIDAY!  Make sure you have your orders in no later than Friday at 3:00 pm!
  • As we begin looking to the recruitment for next year, if you know these 8th graders or if you know their parents, please encourage them to register for high school band so that we can continue to keep our band program at the same caliber if not greater than what it is now!
  • Mr. Congiardo's lessons are complete.  This past week was his last week of lessons.  I hope that each student who took lessons from him became a better musician as a result which in turn will make our band as a whole better!
  • Room money for UT Martin students (price varies depending on room type) is due NEXT MONDAY!  Each student will get a permission slip for his/her teachers that they must get signed and turned in for them to be able to attend the event as well.
  • We have our first pep band game THIS FRIDAY NIGHT as the basketball teams take on Middleton!  The girls' game begins at 6:00.  Students must be in the band room dressed in GC attire at 5:15.  Students will be dismissed following the boys' game.  This is the first performance grade for ALL CONCERT BAND MEMBERS!  Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • We will begin our final fundraiser for the NY Trip NEXT MONDAY!  We will be selling tshirts and hoodies for the trip.  All profits will go towards your student's trip account!  Order form and prices will come out in next week's announcements.
  • Sign-ups for the NY Trip are coming soon!  Be on the look out for emails concerning which bus you will ride and a rooming list sign-up.  Remember all chaperones will receive a discount on his/her last payment to Thomas Tours.  Chaperones will need to be on the same bus as the group of students (5-7) that they are responsible for while in the city and at the hotel.  More details COMING SOON!
  • We will likely have our final documents meeting for the trip and a booster meeting on Monday, March 5th @ 6:00 pm in the library.  I am still waiting on Thomas Tours for confirmation but that is the date that I am requesting.  Anyone going on the trip and all parents of students going on the trip are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to attend this VERY IMPORTANT MEETING!  I will let you know when it is finalized.
  • Don't forget to fill out your school calendar survey for the next school year!

Upcoming Dates:
  • January 25-27 - UT Martin Honor Band - Students will leave some time during 2nd block.  Students will need regular school clothes for both Thursday and Friday and concert attire for Saturday.  Parents will be expected to pick students up after the concerts on Saturday.  Students will need money for 5 meals and a trip to Wal Mart to purchase snacks for the room.

January 7, 2018

posted Jan 7, 2018, 12:04 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the Week:
  • Monday - Jazz Band - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room
  • Tuesday - Percussion Ensemble - 5-8 - Band Room
  • Wednesday - Woodwind Ensemble - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room
  • Thursday - Percussion Ensemble - 5-8 - Band Room

Announcements:

  • We have started sight reading through our spring concert music and students have been assigned a method book.  Be sure your student is practicing!  They will start having random playing tests in the coming days.
  • Good Luck to the 15 students representing the GC Band at next Saturday's All-West auditions that will be held at North Side HS in Jackson!  There are over 2400 students auditioning for around 300 spots in the All-West TN Honor Bands.  The competition will be tough but our students have been working hard!
  • The band will begin selling drinks for a NY Trip Fundraiser starting TOMORROW!!!  The order form is attached to this email.  All orders + $$$ are due back no later than next Friday, January 19th!  Each student will receive $5 towards his/her NY Trip account for every case that he/she sells.  If a student is NOT going to NY, they are still encouraged to sell drinks.  All profits of students NOT going on the trip will be put into the Booster's General Fund for the school year.
  • All spring ensembles except Low Brass Ensemble & Brass Ensemble will start their rehearsals this week with the above listed rehearsal schedule.  Remember students can only miss an ensemble 2 times (excused or unexcused).  If a student misses an ensemble rehearsal more than 2 time he/she will NOT receive lettering credit AND the director of the ensemble reserves the right to remove the student from the ensemble!
  • Band Booster Meeting - TOMORROW NIGHT - 7:00 pm - Band Room - Come as we prepare for the spring semester!
  • Mr. Congiardo will continue his lessons on Tuesday of this week!  Be on time and prepared!
  • All-West students will have their final lessons with me on Tuesday or Thursday of this week.
  • All-West auditions will be held this Saturday at North Side HS in Jackson.  Audition times have been posted to the WTSBOA website (http://www.wtsboa.website/) under the "Home" tab.  Students are required to find his/her own transportation to the auditions as the we (directors) have to work the event all day (7am-~7pm).  Students should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before his/her audition time and are free to leave immediately following their audition.  I will receive score sheets at the end of the day but how those scores fit into the band we will not know until the first of next week so results will not be available until then.
  • UT Martin Honor Band students MUST pay for their honor band rooms by Monday, January 22nd!
  • Keep up-to-date with all your band dates for the spring/summer on the band's website - http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org 
  • Each of you should have received a phone call about the calendar options for the 18-19 school year and a survey for you to fill out concerning these options.  The survey can be found at https://www.gcssd.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=19&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=4245&PageID=1.  Remember if you choose an option with a week long fall break that the band students will BE REQUIRED to return early for rehearsals/football game/band competition/and/or parades!!!

Upcoming Dates:
  • Friday, January 19th - Pep Band Performance - 6:00 pm - Students will need to be there at 5:15 dressed in GC spirited attire!
  • January 25-27 - UT Martin Honor Band - We will depart after first block on Thursday and you will need to pick your student up after his/her concert on Saturday.  You can find a schedule on the honor band website (http://www.utm.edu/departments/music/honorband.php).  Students will need money for 5 meals (all fast food) + a Wal-Mart trip to pick up snacks for their hotel room.

December 31, 2017

posted Dec 31, 2017, 1:19 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • Here's to hoping that each of you had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year!
  • School starts back THIS THURSDAY!  Students will receive a copy of his/her spring schedule in the gym on Thursday morning.
  • We will play in band on Thursday!  All students will be expected to have his/her horn at school!  Grades for concert band are based on being prepared for class each day (music, pencil, etc.), random playing tests (PRACTICE), attendance at rehearsals and attendance at performances.
  • Attached is the spring calendar for concert band members along with parade band rehearsal dates for non concert band members.  Any student NOT in concert band and not involved in a MAJOR spring sport MUST return for ALL parade band rehearsals and both parades in order to attend the band banquet!
  • All-West lessons will continue with me the Thursday we start back at the scheduled times after school!
  • Mr. Congiardo will continue his lessons the day we start back as well! 
  • If your student is in the Concert Band they are to be commended for registering for the class.  This is where the student gets to mature as a musician hence the reason our fall marching band is so successful because of the large percentage of students who choose to do both bands and one of the main reasons I take ~90% of my student leadership from the students who choose to participate in both bands.  If your student was registered for and completes both semesters in band he/she is eligible to "letter in band".  Lettering is awarded at the band banquet in May.  Lettering is a way to show dedication above and beyond the "normal" requirements and looks really good on a college scholarship application (band or not) so the more years a student letters the better it looks on the application.  In order to letter a student must be a part of BOTH concert and marching bands, maintain a passing grade in band at all times, not miss any rehearsals for an unexcused reason, maintain a good attitude, and meet at least three (3) of the criteria that are attached to this email.  Each student is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to find something (if not band) to letter in during his/her high school career!  All lettering criteria for band is due NO LATER THAN APRIL 15TH!
  • Jazz Band is an opportunity for students to earn lettering credit.  The jazz band will have its first rehearsal on Monday, January 8th from 3-4:30 in the band room.  Rehearsal dates for the jazz band can be found on the band's website calendar (http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org). In order to receive lettering credit a student may not miss more than two (2) jazz band rehearsals!  Contact myself or Mr. Bill for more information.
  • Percussion Ensemble is another opportunity for students (not just percussionists) to earn lettering credit.  Percussion ensemble will being having rehearsals beginning on Tuesday, January 9th from 5-8 pm.  Rehearsal dates/times are listed on the band's website calendar.  In order to receive lettering credit a student may not miss more than two (2) percussion ensemble rehearsals!  Contact Tico for more information.
  • Low Brass Ensemble/Woodwind Ensemble is another opportunity for students to earn lettering credit.  These two ensembles will have their first rehearsal on Wednesday, January 10th from 3-4:30 in the band room/cafeteria.  Rehearsal dates for the brass ensemble can be found on the band's website calendar (http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org). In order to receive lettering credit a student may not miss more than two (2) brass ensemble rehearsals!  Contact Mr. Agee (low brass) or Mr. Mayhall (woodwind) for more information.
  • Brass Ensemble is another opportunity for students to earn lettering credit.  The brass ensemble will have its first rehearsal on Thursday, January 11th from 3-4:30 in the band room.  Rehearsal dates for the brass ensemble can be found on the band's website calendar (http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org). In order to receive lettering credit a student may not miss more than two (2) brass ensemble rehearsals!  Contact Mr. Agee for more information.
  • The New York Trip is quickly approaching!!!  The next to last payment for the trip is due THIS WEDNESDAY (January 3rd)!  The final payment is due by February 5th!  We have two final fundraisers coming up to help get your child's trip paid for and hopefully a few dollars in spending raised as well!  We will begin selling drinks on Monday, January 8th.  For every case of drink you child sells, he/she will receive $5 into his/her trip account.  We will also be selling a NY Trip themed tshirt (both short and long sleeve) and hoodies.  The artwork is attached to this email.  All profits received from the sell of these shirts/hoodies will be deposited into your child's trip account.  We will start selling these shirts/hoodies on the 22nd and all orders + $$$ MUST BE turned in by the 2nd in order to get that final payment out by the deadline on the 5th.  I hope you are getting as excited about this GREAT TRIP as I am!!!  It's a once in a lifetime trip for many of these students!
  • Any debt from this past fall that was left unpaid as of the Friday we left for Christmas break has been turned over to the office for collection.  You can pay either me or the office directly your student's debt.  Remember seniors will NOT receive his/her diploma until all debt has been paid and underclassmen will NOT be allowed to attend the first June rehearsal unless all debt has been paid.
  • For those of you who like to plan ahead, the dates for June rehearsals and Band Camp have already been added to the website calendar as well for your convenience.

December 3, 2017

posted Dec 3, 2017, 2:22 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Thanks to all those who lined the streets of Dyer last night for the parade.  A lot of supporters were cheering as the band passed by.  All uniforms + equipment taken home for the parade are due back TOMORROW!
  • The 5th NYC Trip payment is due TODAY to Thomas Tours!
  • FRUIT/NUTS WILL BE IN THIS WEEK!  I still am waiting on a day.  As soon as I get one I will pass that information on to you.  Whenever the fruit/nuts come in, they will all have to be picked up no later than 5:00 on that day!!!  I will need several students to help fill orders and load them in to vehicles.  This will be worth 2 community service hours if they stay the entire time.
  • Mr. Congiardo will continue his lessons TUESDAY!
  • Those students who are trying out for All-West in January start their lessons with Mr. Tate THIS WEEK!  Lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday of this week depending on the time the student signed up for.  If the fruit/nuts happen to come in on a lesson day then the lessons will be moved to the following day (i.e Tuesday lessons will be moved to Wednesday or Thursday lessons will be moved to Friday).  Students MUST complete 4 successful lessons in order audition for All-West in January.  If a student misses a lesson he/she must make up that lesson.
  • A debt list from this past fall will be posted on the office window this week!  All debt MUST be taken care of BEFORE we leave for Christmas Break unless payment arrangements have been made!
  • The County Wide Band Christmas Concert will be held NEXT SUNDAY (10th) in the theater at GC.  The concerts begin at 2:00 pm with the 6th grade combined bands, 2:20 middle school band #1, 2:40 middle school band #2 (not sure their order), followed by the high school band at 3:00.  Please reserve seating for ONLY parents/family/friends of students who are on stage performing at the above given times so that everyone has a chance to see their child perform.  All high school students MUST be in the band room at 1:15 in "Sunday-like" attire.  This means NO JEANS, TSHIRTS, SHORTS, TENNIS SHOES, ETC.  This is a MANDATORY PERFORMANCE grade for all high school band members!  High school students will have to move all equipment back to the band room at the conclusion of the concerts before they will be dismissed.  Hopefully all of you will make it out to support the bands of Gibson County on Sunday!
  • There will be a brief band booster meeting immediately following the high school concert in the theatre.  Please make plans to stay and be a part of the meeting while your student is moving equipment back to the band room.
  • The band FINAL EXAM begins NEXT MONDAY!  This is worth 20% of your student's grade for the entire semester!  Be sure they are prepared!
  • All spring ensembles are set at this point.  Any person wishing to add/drop from a spring ensemble will need to see Mr. Tate as we have started to order/purchase music for these ensembles based on the instrumentation that signed up and your student will be responsible for any music purchased on his/her behalf if they drop an ensemble at this point.  This has been explained to your student multiple times over the last 2 weeks.
  • If your child is not planning to participate in marching band next season please have them let Mr. Tate know ASAP as he begins to plan for the show for next season.  
  • As stated in last week's announcements, we will once again offer a memory book (aka band year book) for your student to purchase.  Each book is $40.  An order form (attached to this email) + $15 deposit are due NEXT FRIDAY (15th) in order to secure one for your student.  The balance will be due by the band banquet in May when the books will be distributed.  In addition to the book there will be a DVD presentation at the banquet that can be purchased as well for an additional $10 that will accompany the Memory Book.  Seniors will receive the DVD at no cost to them!
Upcoming Dates: 
  • Monday, December 11th - Band Final Exam begins!
  • Tuesday, December 12th - Championship Steak Dinner - 6:30 - First Baptist Dyer - Students are asked to wear their championship t-shirts that the district purchased for the band.  Remember that parents are invited to attend but the meal will be ONLY for the band students!
  • Wednesday, December 20th - School dismisses at 11:30 for Christmas Break!  All debt not paid at this point will be turned in to the office for collection. 
  • Thursday, January 4th - Spring Semester BEGINS!  All West lessons with Mr. Tate continue.
  • Week of January 8th - All spring ensembles begin rehearsals!

November 26, 2017

posted Nov 26, 2017, 2:21 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • I hope that everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
  • Thanks to everyone who did his/her part in selling fruit/nuts!  Fruit/Nuts should be in one day NEXT WEEK!  When it arrives YOU MUST pick it up by 5:00 pm on the day that it arrives!
  • Yankee Candle Orders have arrived and should be distributed to your student TOMORROW during band class time.  If you have anything that is broken or anything in your order is not correct you will need to contact Jennifer Lowrance ASAP at jenniferplowrance@eaton.com
  • Rada Knife Orders are in as well.  Your student should receive this order on Tuesday of this week.  Once again if your order is broken or you find something incorrect contact Jennifer ASAP!
  • Mr. Congiardo's will begin his private lessons THIS TUESDAY!  Be sure that you arrive early to warm-up and come prepared.  His lesson schedule is attached to this email.  You can contact Mr. Congiardo at fcongiardo@hotmail.com with any questions.  Make every effort to pay Mr. Congiardo according to the guidelines of the contract.  This payment covers his time and travel during this very long Tuesday of private lessons.
  • Composite Pictures will be taken THIS THURSDAY (30th) during band class time.  8th graders are welcome to attend.
  • Here is a list of opportunities for your student to participate in band related activities for this spring:
    • All West TN Honor Band Auditions - January 13th - North Side HS - $10 audition fee required - Last day to sign-up on the office window is THIS FRIDAY!  Audition fee MUST be paid at this time.  At last look we had 16 students signed up who were interested in auditioning!  THIS IS AWESOME!  Students MUST be in concert band to audition.
    • UT Martin Honor Band - January 25-27 - Deadline to apply is THIS TUESDAY!  Application can be found at https://www.utm.edu/departments/music/honorband.php.  Students MUST be in concert band to apply.
    • Jazz Band - meets every Monday from 3:15-4:30 during the spring semester (January-April).  The first meeting will be on January 8th.  Sign-up sheet is posted on the office window.  Students DO NOT have to be in concert band to participate.
    • Percussion Ensemble - meets every Tuesday & Thursday from 5-8 during the spring semester (January-March).  The first meeting will be on January 9th.  Sign-up sheet is posted on the office window.  Students DO NOT have to be in concert band OR a percussionist to participate.
    • Woodwind Ensemble - meets every Wednesday from 3:15-4:30 during the spring semester (January-April).  The first meeting will be on January 10th.  Sign-up sheet is posted on the office window.  Students DO NOT have to be in concert band to participate.
    • Low Brass Ensemble - meets every Wednesday from 3:15-4:30 during the spring semester (January-April).  The first meeting will be on January 10th.  Sign-up sheet is posted on the office window.  Students DO NOT have to be in concert band to participate.
    • Brass Ensemble - meets every Thursday from 3:15-4:30 during the spring semester (January-April).  The first meeting will be on January 11th.  Sign-up sheet is posted on the office window.  Students DO NOT have to be in concert band to participate.
    • Due to the NYC Trip and the amount of students missing school for this trip we will NOT be attending the University of Memphis Honor Band this spring to reduce the number of days that students are missing school due to band related activities.
  • As you can see there are MANY opportunities for your student to participate in a variety of activities this spring other than concert band.  The more your student does the better musician your student becomes which ultimately makes our band better!  I'm excited about these opportunities and the interest that your students have already shown in these extra performance opportunities!
  • The Dyer Christmas Parade is THIS SATURDAY!  This is a MANDATORY PERFORMANCE grade for all marching band members!  The parade begins at 5:00 pm.  We will meet dressed in full uniform at 4:15 at the Tri-City Reporter (across from the Tate's Exxon gas station).  The parade will end at the Methodist Church in Dyer.  Students will be allowed to take home their equipment and uniforms on Friday from school.  All equipment and uniforms MUST be turned back in by the following Monday.  I will be at the school from 3:30-4:00 for any student needing to pick anything up from the school. 
  • Students who signed to audition for All-West MUST complete 4 successful after school lessons with me in order to audition.  These lessons will begin NEXT Tuesday & Thursday immediately after school.  A sign-up sheet will be posted on my window this week for students to sign-up for his/her time.
  • Any student wishing to letter in band this year must qualify for at least 3 of the attached criteria by April 15, 2018! All of the above listed criteria MUST be met in full.  You might ask why would my student want to letter in band?  Lettering signifies going above and beyond the regular call of student for a high school organization or academically which looks VERY good on college scholarship application (band or non band related).  This shows dedication and a good work ethic to colleges and universities.  I HIGHLY suggest that your student letter in something if not band all 4 years that he/she are in high school!
  • Continue to pay for debt that has been accrued since this fall!  This includes band fees, percussion fees, guard fees, reed/stick student supplies, fruit/nuts, etc.  A debt list will be posted on the office window in the coming days so your student can check and see how much he/she owes.
  • The band FINAL EXAM is in just 2 weeks!  This is worth 20% of your student's grade for the entire semester!  Be sure he/she is practicing for his/her final in band!
  • The next NYC Trip payment is due by NEXT SUNDAY to Thomas Tours.  I hope you are referring to your trip package as far as the cancellation procedures/policies are concerned.  You MUST inform Thomas Tours if you have made ANY payments and are cancelling for ANY reason.  The current cancelation fee is $400.  After December 11th the cancellation fee increases to $600.  Please keep this in mind as I noticed that some have only made their initial down payments and have not made any payments since then.
  • We will once again offer a Memory Book for the band students to purchase.  This is a band yearbook if you will with a lot of pictures from throughout the marching band and concert band season.  These books will be distributed at the Band Banquet to be held in May.  Thanks to Jennifer Cox for once again putting this together for our students!  Stay tuned for ordering information which will come out this week!  
Upcoming Dates:
  • December 5th & 7th - All-West after school lessons BEGIN!  These lessons are MANDATORY for any student wishing to audition for All West!
  • Sunday, December 10th - County Wide Christmas Concert - 2:00 - GCHS Theatre - Students will have to be there dressed in "concert  attire" at 1:15.  Concert attire is NO JEANS, TSHIRTS, TENNIS SHOES, SHORTS, ETC.  The high school's portion of the concert will begin around 3:00.  Students will have to move all equipment back to the band room before they are dismissed.  There will be a booster meeting immediately following the concert in the theatre.
  • Monday, December 11th - Band Final Exam begins!
  • Tuesday, December 12th - Championship Steak Dinner - 6:30 - Dyer First Baptist
  • Wednesday, December 20th - School dismisses at 11:30 for Christmas Break!  All debt not paid at this point will be turned in to the office for collection.

November 19, 2017

posted Nov 19, 2017, 11:30 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:


  • A special THANK YOU to anyone who came to support Darius and the band family this past Wednesday!
  • Fruit/Nut orders are due TOMORROW!  Make sure order forms + $$$ are in a sealed enveloped marked with your student's name and "Fruit/Nuts".  Remember that 25% of the total profit will go towards your student's December NYC Trip Payment.
  • State Championship Ring orders will be placed with Jostens on Tuesday during band class.  Order form (attached) + $60 deposit are due then.  MAKE CHECKS OUT TO JOSTENS AND NOT THE BAND!  
  • UT Martin Honor Band Application Information will be handed out THIS WEEK!  All students wishing to apply for the honor band should complete the application online.
  • NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY THIS WEEK!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
  • All spring ensemble sign-up sheets have been placed on the office window.  Students have between now and next Friday (1st) to sign-up or take their name off of the list.  After that point we will expect them to participate in that ensemble as we start ordering music/supplies for that ensemble.
  • We had 12 students sign-up to take private lessons with Mr. Congiardo!!!  This is a GREAT way for your student to get better in band and ultimately helps the band get better as a whole.  Lessons with Mr. Congiardo will begin the Tuesday we return from Thanksgiving Break.  Lesson times will be discussed tomorrow during band class time.
  • Composite Pictures have been rescheduled for Thursday, November 30th during band class time.
  • Championship DVD orders are due NEXT FRIDAY (1st).  Make checks payable to the band.  See my email from this morning for additional information.
  • Saturday, December 2nd - Dyer Christmas Parade - This is a MANDATORY performance grade!  The parade begins at 5:00.  We will meet at 4:15 at the Tri-City Reporter across from Tate's Exxon.  The band room will be open from 3:30 until 4:00 for student's to pick-up equipment/uniforms.
  • Sunday, December 10th - County-Wide Christmas Concert - 2:00 pm - This is a MANDATORY performance grade!  Students will have to be in the band room at 1:15 in concert attire (NO JEANS, TSHIRTS, TENNIS SHOES, SHORTS, ETC.).  The concert should be over by 3:45 for those of you who have other activities going on that day.  There will be a band booster meeting immediately following the concert.
  • Monday, December 11th - BAND FINAL EXAM BEGINS!!!
  • Tuesday, December 12th - Championship Steak Dinner!  6:30 - First Baptist Dyer - See my email from earlier today for details.
  • December 19th & 20th - FINAL EXAMS in all other classes!  The 20th will be a 1/2 day of school with no meals served in the cafeteria.
  • All debts should be paid in full by the 20th or the debt will be turned over to the office for collection.  Seniors will NOT receive his/her diploma until the debt has been paid.  Freshmen-Juniors will NOT be allowed to attend the first June rehearsal until all debts have been paid.

November 12, 2017

posted Nov 12, 2017, 12:44 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • Please continue to keep Darius's family, friends, and the entire band family in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come.  It was a very difficult day this past Friday.  I am thankful to our administration for allowing us to grieve and cope as a "band family" like they did throughout the day.  I'm not sure about the kids but I know I felt better at the end of the day on Friday than I did at the beginning of the day.  Arrangements have not yet been finalized but I will let you know as soon as I know something.
  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! to any of you who had any part of making our state weekend and this last week back a great one for these kids!!!  You guys were rocking in the stands at state!  A special THANK YOU goes out to our chaperones and pit crew for all of the tireless hours that you have spent with these kids over the last few months!  We couldn't do what we do without your help!
  • CONGRATULATIONS! to Libby Thetford, Kaley Taylor, Taylor Guinn, Mackenzie Eddlemon, Madelyn Powell, and Hannah Patterson for receiving college scholarship offers totaling more than $160,000 at Division I State to various universities!  This just shows you that music will pay for itself if you stick with it.
  • Fruit/Nut Sales began this past week!  This is our 2nd largest fundraiser of the year behind our competition.   Each student is asked to sell at least $100 worth of fruit/nuts or get $30 in donations.  25% of the profit will go towards your student's NYC Trip!  There will prizes of $100/$75/$50 for the top 3 sellers.  Orders + $$$ are due by NEXT MONDAY (20th).  We hope that everyone will do his/her part to make this a successful fundraiser.
  • Concert Band begins TOMORROW.  Students will begin to be tested over the music that we cover in class as part of their grade for the nine weeks so be sure as we cover something in class they are practicing it at home.  Their grade will also involve coming prepared with instrument, pencil, and music to class each day.  Students will also receive their scale sheets tomorrow.  Each student in marching band will be required to play a final exam which are their 12 major scales memorized the last week of school before Christmas Break.  This grade makes up 20% of their grade for the ENTIRE semester and it also determines chair placement/part assignment for the spring concert band/parade band and also plays a role in part assignments for next fall!  Guard members will create a 2-3 minute routine using 2 types of equipment minimum for their final exam.  If they play an instrument and are in the guard they have a choice as to which one they would like to do for their final exam.
  • Championship Shirt Orders + $$$ are due TOMORROW!  Order form is attached to the email.
  • Band Booster Meeting - TOMORROW NIGHT - 7:00 pm - Band Room - Come be a part!
  • Mr. Congiardo will once again be offering private lessons beginning the week we return from Thanksgiving break.  The lessons will begin at 1:30 and will run every half hour until every student is taught.  Lesson times during the band class time will be reserved for students who have transportation issues.  These will be available on a first come first served basis so get your contract (attached) in ASAP if you're interested.  For more information on cost and why your student should take lessons see the attached information sheet from Mr. Congiardo.  Return the 2nd page of the attached flyer by this Friday if you are interested in your child taking lessons this fall/winter season.  Last year we had more students interested in taking lessons than Mr. Congiardo had time in the day to teach so get your contracts in ASAP!  This is one of many ways that our ensemble will/can get better for next year!
  • On Fridays during class we will begin preparing (which involves going outside) for the Dyer Christmas Parade.  Students will need to dress accordingly for the weather each Friday.  Students will also need proper marching shoes each Friday for band class time.
  • Composite Pictures from this past Friday were postponed.  I will let you know of the make-up date as soon as one is scheduled.
  • There are many ways that your student can letter in band this year.  Taking lessons from Mr. Congiardo is just one of those many ways.  There will be sign up sheets posted on the band room window for jazz band (begins January 8th), brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, low brass choir, UT Martin Honor Band, All-West TN Honor Band (auditions are January 13th at North Side HS), and percussion ensemble.
  • At this point all band fees should be paid in full unless payment arrangements have been made!  These amounts will be turned over to the office as a debt at Christmas Break if fees are not taken care of by then.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Tuesday, November 21st - Championship Ring Orders + $60 deposit are due during band class time to the Josten's Representative who will be here to size the students' fingers.  All checks should be made out to Josten's.
  • Saturday, December 2nd - Dyer Christmas Parade (Time:  5; We will meet at 4:15) 
  • Sunday, December 10th - County-Wide Christmas Concert!  2:00 pm.  Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Monday, December 11th - Band Final Exam BEGINS!
  • Tuesday, December 12th - Championship Steak Dinner!!!  6:30 - Dyer First Baptist - This event is for the band members ONLY!  Tickets will NOT be sold for this event.  Parents are welcome to attend but the meal will be for the band students ONLY!  THANK YOU TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE DINNER FOOD/SUPPLIES, MR. HUGHES FOR THE DESSERT, AND BAND PARENTS FOR THE PREPARATION!

October 29, 2017

posted Oct 29, 2017, 2:38 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
  • Monday - Percussion Sectional (3:30-6:30)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5) in the stadium
  • Thursday - Full Band (6-9) in the stadium
  • Friday - Full Band (1:30-3:30); Depart for State @ 4:00 (or as soon as we can have all 3 buses back from their routes)
  • Saturday - DIVISION I STATE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Announcements:
  • A BIG THANK YOU for all those who came out in the rain this past Friday to support our band seniors on Senior Night!  What a great group of students and a great group of you showed up to support them on this special night!
  • Thanks to all those who made the trip up to Austin Peay this past Saturday!  We had a pretty good run despite the weather conditions but the judges' opinion of the band greatly varied by caption (one judge had us in 1st overall and another judge had us in 18th overall).  Like I told the kids on Saturday we can't control what the judges think but we can control what we do with it.  We either sulk because we didn't make finals or we use it as motivation as we move into this week of state week rehearsals!
  • THIS IS STATE WEEK!  This is always the week we work toward since the first note was played on this show back in May/June.  It's an exciting time for the students, staff, and you the parents as you get all of the hard work that has been put into this show come to an end on Saturday at the Division I State Championships held in Murfreesboro!
  • The rehearsal schedule is a little different this week.  Guard will not have a sectional TOMORROW since Ms. DeDe's schedule allows her to come to rehearsal on Tuesday.  Since the guard is not having a sectional on Tuesday then the percussion sectional for tomorrow has been moved up to 3:30 and will conclude at 6:30.  Make arrangements accordingly.
  • Room money for state ($53.64 for 6 in a room, $64.37 for 5 in a room, and $80.46 for 4 in a room) is due NO LATER THAN THIS TUESDAY!  We have to have our check to the hotel THIS WEEK so we need EVERYONE to pay their room money by THIS Tuesday!
  • On Tuesday we will have regular rehearsal from 3:15-5:00 in the stadium.
  • The final band fee payment of $30 is due THIS WEDNESDAY!  If you have made all of your payments on time then this should complete your band fee payments.  If you have more than one child in the band then you are exempt from this final payment.
  • Rada Knive Orders + $$$ are due THIS THURSDAY in order to receive credit for your November 3rd NYC Trip Payment.
  • On Thursday we will rehearse in the stadium from 6-9 pm!  Each student should have his/her polo on as their top layer of clothes so that everyone looks the same at rehearsal.  We have asked several folks to come in and critique the band so it's VERY IMPORTANT that each student is present.  Students will be dismissed after school so they can work on homework BEFORE rehearsal @ 6. 
  • The 4th NYC Trip Payment is due THIS FRIDAY to Thomas Tours.  Make sure that all payments are postmarked by Friday.  Contact Thomas Tours with questions or concerns.
  • On Friday we will rehearse from 1:30 until 3:30 in the stadium.  We will load from 3:30-4.  We will depart GC @ 4:00 for Franklin with a police escort to the county line.  I hope as many of you that can will be a part of the caravan as we leave GC!  See attached itinerary for exact details for the weekend.  If you are not able to travel up on Friday night then I hope you all plan to fill the stands on Saturday @ 1:45 to help cheer on the band!  There are 27 bands competing in prelims (schedule attached) for 10 finals competition slots.  Those slots will be announced right after the preliminary competition ends.  Students will need money for four meals (1 on Friday, 2 on Saturday,  and 1 on Sunday).  All meals should be $5-10/each.  Students will need to pack CONSERVATIVELY for a 2 day trip.  Luggage storage on the bus is very limited so make sure your student ONLY takes the bare essentials for the weekend.  Ride Home Forms are due no later than Thursday at 9:00 pm (end of rehearsal). 
  • On Sunday students will wake up and eat breakfast.  We will have a devotional service in one of the conference rooms at the hotel at 10:30.  All of you invited to attend regardless if you are staying at the band's hotel or not.  We will have a local youth pastor that Mark Kilpatrick from Dyer has found to speak that morning.  Immediately after the devotional service you can check our your child then or you can check them our when we get ready to leave the mall.  We will likely have another police escort back in to Dyer from the Gibson County line if you would like to join the caravan!
  • Fruit/Nut Sales begin NEXT WEEK!  25% of the profit that each student sells will go towards his/her NYC Trip!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, November 6th - Post State Party - Band Room - 1:30
  • Tuesday, November 7th - Unload the truck
  • Wednesday, November 8th - Go to the field and pick up all the jar lids
  • Thursday, November 9th - Clean the band room day - If you have any clothes/shoes that you want to keep they need to be gone from the band room by this day!
  • Thursday, November 10th - Composite Pictures - 1:30 - All 8th graders are invited to attend but will need to be checked out of school for the pictures.
  • Monday, November 13th - Christmas Concert Band Begins - Be sure all concert instruments are in good working order!  "It doesn't play" is not an excuse on that Monday!

October 22, 2017

posted Oct 22, 2017, 11:49 AM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Flute/Alto Sax Sectional (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); all other hornline sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5) 
  • Friday - FB vs. McKenzie @ 7:00 - Home - Senior Night!  Students will have to be dressed at 5:30
  • Saturday - Midsouth Marching Invitational - Austin Peay - We will meet at 9:00 for immediate departure
Announcements:
  • Thanks to all those who made the trip down through this past Saturday to Memphis!  We had a great representation to help cheer on our kids!  We didn't have our best performance but yet finished STRONG (3rd in class in guard, 2nd place in class band, highest General Effect in class AAA, and 9th overall out of 22 bands!) among some very tough competition! 
  • Thanks to all those who did their part in the selling of Yankee Candles!  We made ~$2000 on this fundraiser.  Orders should arrive in ~3 weeks!
  • Tomorrow we will begin our next New York Trip Fundraiser.  We will be selling Rada Knives.  All orders + $$$ will be due by Monday, November 2nd.  All profits will go towards the November 3rd NYC Trip Payment.
  • On Friday we have our final home game for the season vs. McKenzie @ 7!  This is a special night for seniors as they will recognized for their efforts/achievements as a member of the GC Band over the last 4 years in a special ceremony held at 6:30.  This will also be our seniors last time to perform for their hometown crowd at a football game.  We hope that many of you will come out and support our band seniors on Friday!  Students must be dressed and in their seats at 5:30!
  • On Saturday we will travel to Austin Peay State University for the Midsouth Marching Invitational!  This is a HUGE contest!  The competition line-up has been full since August with the maximum of 23 bands filling out the roster!  Once again we find ourselves among some very tough competition.  Attached is the preliminary line-up of bands.  This is a prelims/finals event with class winners and the next six highest scoring bands regardless of class of class competing in the finals that evening!  We will meet at 9:00 am to leave for immediate departure to Clarksville.  Students need to have eaten breakfast BEFORE they arrive that morning.  The boosters will feed the students immediately following prelims regardless if we make finals or not.  Students will need money for lunch in the stadium (~$10/student).  Our detailed itinerary for the day is attached to this email.  Ride home forms for Saturday are due NO LATER THAN 3:00 pm on Friday!  NO EXCEPTIONS!  The admission price for prelims is $10 and another $10 for finals.  I hope that many of you will make the drive up to Clarksville, sit together, and cheer on this great group of students at their next to last competition for the 2017 marching season!
  • Room money for state ($53.64 for 6 in a room, $64.37 for 5 in a room, and $80.46 for 4 in a room) is due NO LATER THAN NEXT TUESDAY!  We have to have our check to the hotel next week so we need EVERYONE to pay their room money by next Tuesday!
  • The last band fee payment for the year will be due NEXT WEDNESDAY (1st) in the amount of $30.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, October 30th - Guard Sectional (3-5); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday, October 31st  - Full Band (3-5) in the stadium; State Room $$$ is due!
  • Wednesday, November 1st - Band Fee payment is due!
  • Thursday, November 2nd - Full Band (6-9) in the stadium; Rada Knives Fundraiser is due!
  • Friday, November 3rd - Full Band (1:30-4:00) in the stadium; Depart for state at 4:30; 4th NYC Trip Payment is due to Thomas Tours!
  • Saturday, November 4th - DIVISION I STATE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS!  Riverdale High School - Murfreesboro, TN - We perform at 1:45 in the preliminary competition.  I hope all of you are planning to make the drive up for State!
  • Sunday, November 5th - Return home from State!

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