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


  • 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.
GCHS Band,
Jan 7, 2018, 12:04 PM