Weekly Announcements


          

March 19, 2017

posted Mar 19, 2017, 3:06 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:


  • Thanks to everyone who did his/her part in selling drinks for the St. Louis Trip!  One student sold 36 cases!  You guys raised over $3000 to go towards the trip which will make the cost significantly less than originally planned.
  • Permission Slips for Concert Festival are due TOMORROW!
  • Jazz Band will meet TOMORROW from 3:15-4:30 in the band room!
  • Fall 2017 Color Guard Clinic #3 will take place TOMORROW from 3:30-5:00 in the main gym!  The $40 (cash ONLY!) audition fee is due TOMORROW!
  • Fall 2017 Front Ensemble Audition Clinic #1 will take place THIS TUESDAY from 5-7 in the band room and Clinic #2 will take place THIS THURSDAY from 5-7!  Anyone in grades 8-11 interested in auditioning for the front ensemble for the fall must attend the audition clinics!
  • Brass Ensemble will meet THIS THURSDAY from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • Fall 2017 Drum Major Auditions will take place THIS THURSDAY @ 3:30 in the theater.  This date has been changed due to the funeral on Tuesday.  Let me Ms. Sharon know if there are conflicts ASAP!
  • There is a rehearsal scheduled after school for this Thursday on the spring calendar.  We will NOT have this rehearsal on Thursday.
  • Concert Festival is THIS FRIDAY @ Liberty Tech HS in Jackson!  We will meet at 7:55 in the band room for a brief rehearsal.  We will load the buses at 9:00 for immediate departure to Liberty.  We will arrive at the fast food restaurants in Jackson around 10:00 for an early lunch due to buses having to be back before school is out to run their afternoon routes.  We will eat from 10:00-11:00.  We will arrive at Liberty at 11:15.  We will then use the restroom and report to warm-up at 11:35.  Our performance time is at NOON.  Schedule is attached.  If you are in the area and would like to stop by and listen you are more than welcome to.  We will then go into the sight reading room (NO PARENTS IN HERE PLEASE!) and then take a picture.  Students will need money for lunch!  We will load the bus at ~1:00 to head back to GC.  The attire for the day is black and white ONLY!  Guys will be issued a tie this week that they must wear as part of their attire.  All attire must be school appropriate.
  • If you want to check your child out after Concert Festival on Friday you must turn in a ride home form no later than Thursday at 3:00 pm AND call the school office and check your child out through the school.
  • Seniors need to get their pictures to Mrs. Kim Todd to be included in the Band Banquet DVD ASAP!  You can send them electronically (preferred) or send them in an envelope to school and give them to Henry.  Be sure names are on the backs of each picture.
  • SPRING BREAK IS NEXT WEEK!  NO SCHOOL!  NO REHEARSALS!


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 3rd - Jazz Band Rehearsal - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room
  • Monday, April 3rd - Guard Clinic #3 - 3:30-5:00 - Main Gym
  • Tuesday, April 4th - Front Ensemble Audition Clinic #3 - 5-7 - Band Room
  • Thursday, April 6th - Brass Ensemble Rehearsal - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room
  • Thursday, April 6th - Front Ensemble Audition Clinic #4 - 5-7 - Band Room
  • Thursday, April 13th - Pop Concert - 6:30 - Theater - All Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Brass Ensemble students will have to be there in their seats at 5:45!

March 12, 2017

posted Mar 12, 2017, 9:29 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Each concert band student will receive a permission form tomorrow for each of his/her teachers to sign in order to go to concert festival NEXT Friday.  These forms MUST be turned back in to me no later than NEXT MONDAY.  If a student does not turn in a permission form signed by all of their teachers then they will not be able to attend the event NEXT Friday!
  • Jazz Band will meet TOMORROW from 3:15-4:30 in the band room!
  • Fall 2017 Color Guard Audition Clinic #2 will take place TOMORROW from 3:30-5:00 in the main gym!  If you know of someone who was not able to attend the last clinic, they MUST attend this clinic in order to audition for the Fall 2017 Color Guard!
  • Fall 2017 Battery Audition Clinic #2 and #3 will take place TOMORROW (note date change) and on Thursday from 5-7 in the band room!  Anyone in grades 8-11 interested in auditioning for the drumline for the fall must attend the audition clinics!
  • Fall 2017 Drum Major Audition Clinic will be held THIS WEDNESDAY in the band room!  Information can be found on the table in the band room.  All contracts MUST be turned in to me before your student will be allowed to audition.
  • Brass Ensemble will meet this Thursday from 3:15-4:30 in the band room!
  • Friday is the deadline to turn in drink orders for the St. Louis Trip!!!  We need everyone to sell 6 or more cases in order to decrease the price of the trip for each student.  Orders + $$$ are due THIS FRIDAY!  Order form is attached.  
  • Seniors need to start sending pictures to Mrs. Kim Todd to be included in the Band Banquet DVD!  You can send them electronically (preferred) or send them in an envelope to school and give them to Henry.  Be sure names are on the backs of each picture.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 20th - Jazz Band Rehearsal - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room
  • Monday, March 20th - Guard Clinic #3 - 3:30-5:00 - Main Gym - The $40 audition fee is due at this clinic
  • Monday, March 20th - Band Booster Executive Committee Meeting - 5:00 - Band Room - Minutes from the meeting will be emailed out just like last month since a lot of you seemed to like that format better.
  • Tuesday, March 21st (NOTE DATE CHANGE) - Fall 2017 Drum Major Auditions - 3:30 - Theater - All who audition MUST attend the clinic this Wednesday!
  • Tuesday, March 21st - Fall 2017 Front Ensemble Audition Clinic #1 - 5-7 - Band Room
  • Thursday, March 23rd - Front Ensemble Audition Clinic #2 - 5-7 - Band Room
  • Friday, March 24th - Concert Festival - Liberty HS - Jackson, TN - Performance Time:  12:00 - Students will miss school this day and will need money to eat lunch with while in Jackson.  See attached for a full schedule for Concert Festival!  The attire for the day is black/white ONLY!  I will issue each of the guys a tie that is part of their attire for that day
  • Thursday, April 13th - Pop Concert - 6:30 - Theater - All Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Brass Ensemble students will have to be there in their seats at 5:45!

March 5, 2017

posted Mar 5, 2017, 12:40 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • CONGRATULATIONS! to the 26 students from the GC Band who participated in the Solo & Ensemble Festival this past Saturday at North Side HS in Jackson!  Out of the 26 students, 16 of them received a SUPERIOR RATING (I) and 9 of them received an EXCELLENT RATING (II)!!!  Tremendous job by all of the students involved!
  • Thanks to everyone who came out for our "Classical Concert" this past Thursday night!  Tremendous crowd for a great night of music performed by our students!
  • TOMORROW we start selling drinks for our St. Louis Trip in May!  All the profits from the drink fundraiser will go towards hotel cost and a meal for the students.  This trip is for ALL concert band AND parade band members.  Each student is asked to sell at least 6 cases of drinks.  Orders + $$$ are due back by Friday, March 17th!  The order form is attached.  We need EVERYONE to do his/her part so we can get this trip paid for!
  • Mr. Congiardo will have his final lesson for the semester with students TOMORROW!
  • NO JAZZ BAND REHEARSAL TOMORROW due to middle school band after school rehearsals!
  • Fall 2017 Color Guard Clinics begin TOMORROW from 3:30-5:00 in the main gym.  See attached information sheet for all pertinent information concerning the auditions.  This information has been available in the office and the band room for the last week.  This information has also been available at all middle schools.  Encourage any student in grades 8-11 interested to attend tomorrow!  If a student is involved in the after school rehearsals with the middle school band they will need to communicate with Mr. Brockman or Mr. Agee that they are interested in trying out for the guard but they MUST attend the middle school rehearsal instead of the guard clinic.
  • This Tuesday night are our Middle School Concerts @ 6:30 in the theater!  This is worth concert lettering credit for those needing to get this completed by the April 15th deadline.  Come out and support our future "Marching Pioneers"!
  • Brass Ensemble will meet this Thursday from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • Battery Audition Clinic #1 will be this Thursday from 5-7 pm in the band room.  These clinics are MANDATORY for anyone wishing to be a part of the 2017 drumline.  Contact Tico with any questions or conflicts.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, March 13th - Jazz Band Rehearsal - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room
  • Monday, March 13th - Color Guard Audition Clinic #2 - 3:30-5:00 - Main Gym
  • Tuesday, March 14th - Battery Audition Clinic #2 - 5:00-7:00 - Band Room
  • Wednesday, March 15th - Fall 2017 Drum Major Audition Clinic - More information COMING SOON!
  • Friday, March 17th - Fall 2017 Drum Major Auditions - 3:30
  • Friday, March 24th - Concert Festival - Liberty HS - Jackson, TN - Performance Time:  TBA - Students will miss school this day and will need money to eat lunch with while in Jackson.  The attire for the day is black/white ONLY!  I will issue each of the guys a tie that is part of their attire for that day.

February 26, 2017

posted Feb 26, 2017, 12:52 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Mr. Congiardo will continue his lessons on the new lesson schedule (sent out last week) TOMORROW!
  • Jazz Band will rehearse TOMORROW in the theatre from 3:15-4:30!
  • All Concert Band members have a MANDATORY after school rehearsal THIS TUESDAY from 3:15-5:00 in the theatre!  This rehearsal is part of the student's grade and all are EXPECTED to be there.  If they are not they take the risk of not being allowed to perform at the concert or concert festival later in the month!
  • We welcome Mr. Keith Cottrill, Director of Bands at Bethel University, this Tuesday for both class time and our after school rehearsal.  Students will have an opportunity to meet with him, ask questions, and even audition for him for lettering credit (juniors or seniors) and/or scholarship $$$ (seniors only)!
  • Percussion Ensemble will have their dress rehearsal on Tuesday from 5-7 in the theatre.
  • We will run the full concert both Wednesday and Thursday this week during class time so students will need all equipment for all ensembles both of these days.
  • THIS THURSDAY is our Classical Concert for ALL members of the concert band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and brass ensemble!  The concert will begin at 6:30 in the theatre!  The concert is FREE and open to the public.  Students will be required to be on stage dressed in concert attire (NO jeans, tshirts, tennis shoes, or shorts ALLOWED!) at 5:45.  This is a performance grade for all concert band members!  Invite your friends and family out for a great night of great music by great students!  The percussion section will be hosting a silent auction in the lobby of the theatre before the concert begins so arrive early to get your bids in!
  • Solo/Ensemble is THIS SATURDAY @ North Side HS in Jackson!  Our performance block time is 9:20 am.  All students need to be at North Side NO LATER THAN 8:50 to warm-up.  Students can provide his/her own transportation or ride the bus that will be at the high school at 8:00 for immediate departure and will return after everyone is finished performing.  Remember students MUST have his/her solo PERFORMANCE READY(I or a II rating) when Mr. Brockman/Mr. Agee/Myself hears your student this week or they will NOT be allowed to attend the event!  Attire for the event is concert attire!  Students must have a judge's copy of their music with measures numbered along with a judge's form (provided this week by me).
  • We will begin our Pepsi Fundraiser for the St. Louis Trip NEXT MONDAY!  We need all hands on deck for this fundraiser so we can raise enough money so students and chaperones will only have to pay a minimal amount for the trip!  Be sure you are asking around to see who would be interested in purchasing some Pepsi products (includes Dr. Pepper).

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday - March 6th - Fall 2017 Color Guard Clinics BEGIN - Information forms are located in the band room/main office at the high school and all middle schools!  Any student interested can see myself, Mr. Agee, or Mr. Brockman for additional questions/details.
  • Tuesday, March 7th - Middle School Concert @6:30!  Let's come out and support the future of this band program!  This concert is also worth concert lettering credit if attended.
  • Thursday, March 9th - Fall 2017 Battery Auditions BEGIN!  Audition clinics will be held in the band room from 5-7 pm.  Any 8-11th grader interested in the drumline for the next year MUST attend the audition clinics for consideration for the line for the fall!

February 20, 2017

posted Feb 20, 2017, 7:34 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Happy President's Day!  I hope everyone is enjoying their day off!
  • Mr. Congiardo's lessons will take place TOMORROW due to the holiday this week.  Mr. Congiardo also has a new schedule starting this week.  Check the attachment for the new/revised lesson times.
  • Jazz Band will NOT meet this week due to the holiday.
  • Percussion Ensemble will meet on Tuesday and Thursday of this week from 5-7 in the band room!
  • Brass Ensemble will have its last rehearsal before the concert THIS THURSDAY from 3:15-4:30 in the band room!
  • We have an after school rehearsal scheduled for NEXT TUESDAY (28th) from 3-5:00 in the theatre.  This rehearsal is MANDATORY for all concert band members!
  • Our Classical Concert along with the Percussion Section's Silent Auction will be NEXT THURSDAY (2nd) @ 6:30 in theatre!  The concert is free and open to the public.  You will hear performances from the jazz band, concert band, percussion ensemble, brass ensemble, and the GC Glee Club with accompany the concert band on a tune!  It will be a great night of music so invite your family friends out to the concert!  Students will have to be dressed and on stage at 5:45 in concert attire (NO JEANS, TSHIRTS, SHORTS, TENNIS SHOES, ETC.).
  • NEXT SATURDAY (4th) is Solo/Ensemble Festival @ North Side in Jackson!  Our performance time is 9:20 am!  Students will need to be at North Side no later than 8:50 to warm-up.  Students can ride a bus from GC or provide his/her own transportation to Jackson.  Those riding the bus, the bus will leave GC at 8:00.  We will begin listening to students NEXT WEEK and if we don't think they are prepared then we will NOT allow them to attend the festival so make sure your student is practicing his/her music!
  • We will begin selling Pepsi Products to help offset the cost of our St. Louis Trip on March 6th!  Start asking everyone you know who may be interested in ordering.  All profits made off this fundraiser will go towards the St. Louis Trip so we need EVERYONE to sell as many as possible!
  • The POSSIBLE contest DATES (NOT ALL OF THE CONTESTS) have been listed on the calendar on the band's website (http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org) so you can start planning your schedules accordingly for the fall!  The school calendar for the 17-18 school year have also been added.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 27th - Jazz Band Dress Rehearsal (last rehearsal before the concert) - 3:15-4:30 - Theatre
  • Tuesday, February 28th - Concert Band After School Rehearsal - 3:15-5:00 - Theatre
  • Thursday, March 2nd - Classical Concert - 6:30 - Theatre - FREE!  Students will have to be there at 5:45 dressed in concert attire!
  • Saturday, March 4th - Solo/Ensemble - Jackson North Side - Time:  9:20.  Students need to be there no later than 8:50.  The bus leaves GC @ 8:00.
  • Monday, March 6th - Fall 2017 Color Guard Audition Clinics BEGIN - 3:30-5:00 - Main Gym - Information regarding the auditions will be available soon!  Mr. Brockman/Mr. Agee will have information at the middle schools for the middle schoolers who are interested.  Be sure if you know of anyone in grades 8-11 in our side of the district who is interested in getting involved that you share this information with them!

February 12, 2017

posted Feb 12, 2017, 1:47 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Great Job! by our 4 students (Taylor Guinn, Brittney Haines, Ashlyn Hall, and Maddie Welch) from GC who represented us this past Saturday in Memphis at the All-West TN Honor Band Clinic!  The concerts were fantastic!
  • Mr. Congiardo will continue his lessons TOMORROW!
  • Jazz Band will meet TOMORROW from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • Due to the boy's basketball game tomorrow night there will NOT be a booster meeting.  The EC will meet tomorrow afternoon and all information discussed during that meeting will be communicated to you via email from Sandy Whitley (secretary).
  • Percussion Ensemble will rehearse on Tuesday & Thursday of this week from 5-7 in the band room!
  • ST. LOUIS CARDINAL TICKET PICK-UP WILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEDNESDAY FROM 4-6 PM IN THE BAND ROOM!  You MUST pick-up and pay for your tickets at this time or they will go to the next person on the waiting list.  Methods of payment will be cash, check, or credit card.  See attached list for how much you need to bring.
  • Brass Ensemble will meet THIS THURSDAY from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • Parent/Teacher Conference will take place THIS THURSDAY (4-7) and FRIDAY (8-11).  NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY!  Make it a point to be involved in your child's education.  I will be located in my science room (221) if you wish to conference with me.
  • NO SCHOOL NEXT MONDAY!  President's Day!  Jr/Sr. Day at UT Martin.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 28th - After School Rehearsal (Concert Band) - 3:15-5:00 - Theatre - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Thursday, March 2nd - Classical Concert - 6:30 - Theatre - Students will have to be there at 5:45 dressed in concert attire!
  • Saturday, March 4th - Solo/Ensemble - Jackson North Side - Times will be emailed out as soon as we get them.  Students may ride the bus from the high school or provide his/her own transportation to Jackson.  Be sure your student is practicing for this event!
  • Monday, March 6th - Fall 2017 Color Guard Clinics BEGIN!  Encourage students you know who would like to get involved in our organization to attend the clinics!

February 5, 2017

posted Feb 5, 2017, 12:44 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • GREAT JOB by the 14 students from GC that represented our band program at the 27th annual Univ. of Memphis Honor Band Clinic this past Thursday-Saturday.  Some hard work paid off with some terrific concerts yesterday!
  • A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered and worked concessions at a basketball game during the regular season!  The band gets a good amount of the percentage of the profit from the concessions and it wouldn't be possible without your help!
  • Mr. Congiardo will continue his lessons TOMORROW!
  • Jazz Band will meet TOMORROW from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • Percussion Ensemble will meet on Tuesday and Thursday of this week from 5:00-7:00 in the band room.
  • All-West Students will depart GC this Thursday at 8:30 am!  They will need breakfast items for their room and money for 4 meals (~$10-15/meal).  They will need regular school clothes for Thursday and Friday and concert attire (black and white) for Saturday.  All students' parents are expected to pick his/her kid up after their concert is complete on Saturday.
  • Brass Ensemble will meet this Thursday from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • Bethel University's Band Day - This Saturday (11th) - Open to all high school band students.  More information can be found at http://www.bethelrenaissance.com/bandday.  This event is FREE!
  • Update on the St. Louis tickets...the tickets arrived last week.  Our representative is in the process of sorting the tickets by the number you requested and trying his best to try and make sure that all of your tickets that you requested are in the same section.  As soon as he is ready to distribute the tickets I will let you know.  Sorry for the delay.
  • Students should continue to practice his/her solo/ensemble music.  We are here to help if they need it.
  • Band Booster Meeting - NEXT MONDAY NIGHT - 7:00 pm - Band Room.  Remember if your child is going on the trip to Gatlinburg and you need some fundraising money to help get them there then we will be discussing the stew at this meeting.  WE NEED YOU THERE!  If there aren't enough people at the meeting that want to work the stew for trip money then we will not have the stew this year.
  • Parent/Teacher Conference will be NEXT THURSDAY (16th - evening hours) and Friday (17th - morning hours) at the high school.
  • Jr./Sr. day @ UT Martin - February 20th.  More information can be found at http://www.utm.edu/jsd
  • Continue to pay debts off from this past fall!  I will include a list of names soon as to who still has a debt from the fall.
  • Remember that all lettering criteria must be submitted/turned in to me no later than April 15th!  If your student is planning to letter in band this year make sure that they have all criteria completed by then.

January 29, 2017

posted Jan 29, 2017, 7:03 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • GREAT JOB by the 14 students from GC who performed at the UT Martin Honor Band Clinic this past Thursday-Saturday!
  • Mr. Congiardo will start round #2 of his lessons TOMORROW!  See the schedule attached to this email.  Be sure your student is on time with all materials needed for their lesson.  These lessons will continue for 6 weeks through Solo & Ensemble.  The last lesson will be on Monday, March 6th.
  • University of Memphis Honor Band participants MUST turn in his/her room ($40) along with their permission slip signed by all their teachers TOMORROW in order to attend the honor band this Thursday-Saturday.
  • Jazz Band meets TOMORROW from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • Percussion Ensemble meets Tuesday & Thursday this week from 5-7 in the band room.
  • Memory Book Order Forms + the $15 deposit are due in an envelope to the box in the band office no later than THIS TUESDAY!  The order form is attached.
  • Brass Ensemble will meet THIS THURSDAY from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • Solo/Ensemble registration fees ($10/event) are due by THIS FRIDAY!  Students signed up this past week for the event.  Students picked our their own solo/ensemble music for the event and are expected to do the majority of practice on their music on their own time.  We are always available for questions but we will not start working with the students on their music until the week of the event.  If students have not practiced their music by the time that we hear them then they will not be allowed to attend so make sure your student is practicing his/her solo/ensemble!
  • The Univ. of Memphis Honor Band Clinic will be held this Thursday-Saturday in Memphis.  We will depart at 2:00 on Thursday.  Students will need just school type clothes for Thursday and Friday.  They will need concert attire (black/white) for Saturday.  They will need money for 3 meals and will need to bring breakfast food with them for the hotel room as they restaurant in the hotel is very pricey.  Remember that the bus is dropping us off on Thursday and then returning home so all students are expected to have a parent attend the concerts on Saturday in order to transport them back home.  The hotel is located directly across the street from the campus but walking will be our main source of transportation once we're there so students will need to dress for the weather.
  • Tickets for Cardinals Game are SOLD OUT!  I will be sending out a spreadsheet at some point this week to confirm the number of tickets that each person has agreed to purchase.  I will give you the details as to when the tickets arrive this week and when you will need to report to the band room to purchase your tickets.  If you don't show up to purchase the tickets then your ticket will be sold to the next person in line.
  • The All-West Honor Band Clinic is NEXT THURSDAY-SATURDAY!  Students will leave at 8:30 on that Thursday.  Students will need breakfast items for the hotel room and money for 4 meals.  Concert attire (black/white) will be worn on that Saturday for the concerts.

January 22, 2017

posted Jan 22, 2017, 12:11 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the teams/pep band this past Friday night vs. Union City!
  • Mr. Congiardo will have his final lesson with students TOMORROW unless at least 6 students want to continue to take private lessons.  If your student wants to continue taking lessons make sure that he/she lets me or Mr. Congiardo know TOMORROW!  If your student did not get the chance to take lessons the first time around this is a great time for he/she to start!  Have your student communicate with me if they want to start taking lessons with Mr. Congiardo.  Remember 6 completed lessons = lettering credit and lessons make each student a better musician which ultimately makes our entire band better!
  • Jazz Band will meet MONDAY from 3:15-4:30.
  • Our next Pep Band game will be THIS TUESDAY (24th) vs. Greenfield!  This is a MANDATORY performance for all concert band members!  We will meet at 5:15 and the girls game will start at 6:00 followed by the boys game.  Students will need to be dressed in GC attire for the game.
  • Since there is a Pep Band game on Tuesday, Percussion Ensemble will be CANCELED on Tuesday and the FULL ENSEMBLE will meet on THURSDAY from 5 until 7.
  • Brass Ensemble will meet on Thursday of this week from 3:15-4:30.
  • We should hear from the University of Memphis the first part of this week as to who was selected to participate in the University of Memphis Honor Band to be held next week in Memphis!  For those selected, room money will be due NEXT MONDAY!  Remember any student that is selected parents will be expected to drive to Memphis on the 4th to provide transportation to your child after the concerts as no transportation will be available back to the school!
  • Those selected to participate in the All-West Honor Band Clinic should be practicing his/her music so they are prepared for the clinic to be held in a couple of weeks in Memphis!
  • UT Martin Honor Band students will leave at 10:15 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 was given to your student last week.  Parents can pick up their student immediately following their concert.  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 4th!  All students are encouraged to participate.  We will be picking our solos and ensembles in band class over the 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.
  • Mrs. Jennifer Cox has graciously agreed to continue our tradition of having a band memory book.  It's that time of year to order them.  You might ask what is a band memory book?  It is kind of like a "band year book".  In this book you will find pictures from band camp, football games, competitions, pep band, and concerts.  It's something that you child will want to share with their children.  The cost of the book is $40 with the option of adding a DVD (shown at the band banquet) for $10.  An order form is attached to this email.  This order form along with a $15 deposit is due NO LATER THAN NEXT TUESDAY, JANUARY 31ST!  Memory Books will be distributed at the Band Banquet in May.  Balances will be due a few weeks prior to the banquet.

January 15, 2017

posted Jan 15, 2017, 12:21 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • GREAT JOB by all 15 students who auditioned for All-West this past Saturday in Arlington!  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!
  • 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.
  • The high school hosted our annual 8th grade expo this past Friday!  We currently have 38 eighth graders in our middle school band programs!  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 will continue his lessons on Tuesday of this week since tomorrow is a holiday.  Remember students must complete at least 6 lessons in order to count lessons for lettering credit.
  • Percussion Ensemble will meet this week on Tuesday (5-7 pm) and Thursday (5-7 pm) in the band room. 
  • The Jazz Band will meet on Wednesday of this week from 3:15-4:30 in the band room due to Monday being a holiday.
  • Room money for UT Martin students ($52) is due THIS THURSDAY!  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.
  • Brass Ensemble will meet on Thursday of this week from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • We have our first pep band game THIS FRIDAY NIGHT as the basketball teams take on Union City!  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!
  • Several have asked about Memory Book order forms...these forms will be going out very soon.  Stay tuned on information of how to secure your memory book for the 2016-17 band season!
  • We should hear who was selected to participate in the University of Memphis Honor Band Clinic some time next week!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Tuesday, January 24th- Pep Band Game vs. Greenfield.  Game time is 6:00.  Students will have to be dressed in GC attire and in seats at 5:15.  This is a MANDATORY performance grade!
  • January 26-28 - 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.

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