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.


  • 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.