Welcome back! I hope you had a restful and fun Spring Break.
Our band tour to Germany went extremely well! I am so proud of all of the students involved in this tour. We had a lot of fun and students were excellent ambassadors for our school, our community, and our country. Our performances were well attended and students played very well! We played for mayors, city/town officials, arts administrators, a packed HIGH-SCHOOL auditorium of very appreciative TEENAGERS, and in a city music festival where the tour band represented all of North America (a concert collaboration called “Europe meets America”). No matter what each day brought us, band students were kind, flexible, dedicated, and hard-working. The sense of pride and camaraderie that you all showed was very humbling and is something I will never forget. Thank you, all! Please share your experiences with other students this week.
Also, thank you to Carol, Ron, Lynda, and Pat for all of their hard work chaperoning the tour (lots of early morning and late night for our chaperones!). We couldn’t have done it without you! A big thank you goes out to Carol Davis for all of her work behind the scenes to make this travel opportunity happen for all of us.
1.) Band Classes:
Monday – Band 10 in Period 1
Tuesday – Band 9 in Period 1, Band 11/12 in Period 2.
Wednesday – Band 10 in Period 1.
Thursday – Band 9 in Period 1, Band 11/12 in Period 2.
Friday – Band 9 in Period 1.
**Practice Cards for Band 9/10: Now on Week 25 this week!
2.) Morning/Lunch/After School Rehearsals:
Monday - Sr. Concert Band at 7:30am, Jr. Jazz at Lunch, None
Tuesday – Sr. Jazz at 7:30am, Jr. Jazz at Lunch, None
Wednesday - Sr. Concert Band at 7:30am, Sr. Jazz at Lunch, None
Thursday – Jr. Jazz at 7:30am, VICTORIA JAZZ SOCIETY WORKSHOP FOR ALL JAZZ BAND STUDENTS (11:30am start), None.
Friday – Jr. Concert Band at 7:30am (Sectionals until 8:00am), None, None.
Extra help available every day after school!
3.) Victoria Jazz Society Workshop – Thursday @ 11:30am
All Jr. and Sr. Jazz Band members will be attending a free Victoria Jazz Society workshop held at Spectrum on Thursday at 11:30am. Please be in the Band Room with your lunch and ready to listen to some amazing local musicians. You have been excused from Period 4. *Any student who is not in a jazz band but would like to attend the workshop should speak to me ASAP.
BAND PARENTS ASSOCIATION UPDATES:
Band wear is now ready & can be picked up tomorrow from the Band Room (before/after class, at break, after-school)
A TOUCH OF NEW ORLEANS JAZZ NIGHT
If you have been canvassing for prize donations can you please forward prize details to Jen Lindsay firstname.lastname@example.org
Raffle tickets should be ready in about a week and we are asking that each student sell at least 1 book of 10 tickets and prizes will be available to our top 3 student sellers and for each book of tickets a student sells they are entered for some great prizes! We are planning to have a day at Tillicum Mall selling raffle tickets & we will post a schedule once we have a confirmed date.
MOTHERS DAY BASKETS
Forms are now available for the beautiful hanging baskets, planters & strawberry planters. 100% of the profits goes directly to students individual accounts, it’s a great way to make a lot of money (100% PROFITS TO YOU STUDENT ACCOUNT). Our top seller last year made just over $300.00 for his account! Orders are due Friday, March 27th by 3:00, NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
PORT ALBERNI MUSIC FESTIVAL TRIP
All Intent to Travel forms must be in by Friday, March 27th at 3:00pm! If you haven’t travelled with the Band, you will need to complete a Medical Form or if students have had any health changes please complete a new Medical Form. The cost to attend the Festival is $35.00 per student, $20.00 to assist with bus & festival fees (Band Parent Association has donated funds to keep costs manageable) & $15.00 for dinner at Boston Pizza before we travel home. Students will need to either bring a lunch or money to purchase lunch. Student Account funds can be used to cover the Festival costs, please complete a Reimbursement form & attach to Intent to travel forms.
The next Bottle Drive is April 18th from 9-1pm in the school parking lot. Please mark your calendar to come help out, students will receive double credits to their student account for Parent drivers! We are in need of a parent with a pick-up truck to collect Bottle Drive supplies from the Bottle Depot on Friday, April 17th
BAND PARENT POSITIONS
With the school year quickly passing by just another reminder that the current BAND PARENT ASSOCIATION will be graduating along with our students in June. We are still in need of positions to be filled, President, Vice President, Members at Large & Band Manager. We discussed & decided at the last couple of Parent Meetings that the position of Band Manager will be divided into 3 separate positions.
1. FUNDRAISING: Organize fundraisers such as Apple Pie Event, Bottle Drives, New Orleans, Poinsettia’s & Mother’s Day Hanging Basket. Track student accounts with Treasurer, distribute & organize forms.
2 TOUR COORDINATOR: Working with Educational Tours planning tours & festivals. Collecting & organizing payments, preparing & collecting travel forms & organizing chaperoning with Band Director. The Tour Coordinator will travel on all tours as a chaperone.
3. MISC POSITION: Organize Bandwear, purchase & organize concession for concerts, assist with parades, email band families on behalf of Band Parent Association.
Any of the new positions or current positions, having 1 or 2 parents working together to assist one another helps to make lighter work for everyone. If you have any questions about any of the positions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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