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TWIGEB (12/04/17-12/09/17)

Good morning,

Please see below for details this week (12/04/17-12/09/17):

TMEA Region 3 High School All-Region Phase II Auditions 12/04/17

Thank you to all who participated yesterday in the Region 3 High School All-Region Phase 1 Auditions. If you were selected to advance, Phase 2 will be held at Berkner High School again on Monday, December 5th. Sign-in time will be at 5:00 PM for all students. Please bring $5 for the AREA fee, should you advance. Report to the contest office before leaving the building. PRACTICE OPPOSITE CUTS FROM THAT OF PHASE I!

The clarinets will be divided into 3 rooms, with 3 separate judging panels. Students will rotate rooms.

Orchestra: Following the completion of Phase 2, students who play orchestral instruments must report back to the audition room within 20 minutes. The monitor will go over All-Region Orchestra assignments. Once Orchestra seats have been filled, will be dismissed and final results will be tallied/posted. Applicable instruments include: piccolo, flute, oboe, english horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba and percussion.

*as a reminder, all WS students are to be ready to rehearse at 9:00 AM on Monday, rather than 8:20 AM. On Tuesday, however, we will start at 7:20 AM.

Dress Rehearsals

12/05/17 – Symphonic Winds (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Band Hall)
12/05/17 – Concert Band (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Orchestra Room)
12/05/17 – Symphonic Band (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Auditorium)

Winter Concert 12/06/17

All family and friends are invited to our first concert of the year! Concert begins at 8:00 PM. The ensemble director will communicate call-time for students.

Two grades will be taken at the concert:

Participation grade – in order to receive full credit, students must:
• Be on time for call in the band hall with ALL materials (including concert attire). NO PHONES DURING PERFORMANCES
• Strike the stage and sign-out once the concert has concluded

AND

Performance grade – in order to receive full credit, students must:
• Maintain a sense of professionalism from beginning to end
• Perform to the best of your ability

As a reminder, concert attire is as follows:

Gentlemen: black tux shoes, black socks, tux pants, white tux shirt, black bow tie, black cummerbund, black tux jacket, clean shaven

Ladies: black concert dress shoes, black pantyhose/tights, black concert dress, n0 jewelry, hair back (ponytail)

Parents – Concert location is the Richardson High School Auditorium. Please come in through the glass auditorium doors, which face Belt Line Rd. The door on the west side (Dogwood Dr.) of the school will be opened for handicap access. Our wonderful parent volunteers will be ushering this evening. Please understand that they are monitoring access into the auditorium. This is important because no one should enter while a band is performing. Please silence all electronic devices, and no flash photography when taking pictures. This is a distraction to the performers onstage and can possibly be heard in the recording.

If you are a parent volunteering for ushering or stage crew, please arrive by 7:30 PM and wear all black. The West/Westwood Junior High bands will be performing prior to the Richardson High School bands. Doors to the Richardson High School Concert will be opened at 7:45 PM. Call times for the students are all different due to their performance time; please check emails sent by ensemble director for details.

There may be or may not be goodies at the concert. You are more than welcome to enjoy these delicious holiday treats before or in-between performances. Please do not take food or drinks into the auditorium – they MUST stay in the lobby. Restrooms are also located in the lobby.

The students are very excited to perform for you. Please come and support them! Directors will be available for pictures after the concert. Every student must stay for the entire concert to support their peers as well as to strike the stage, band hall and orchestra room. Students are also to change out of their concert uniforms. With that said, parents, please plan on staying and waiting for the students about 15-20 minutes after the concert due to the logistical aspects that occur after a concert performance.

The order of performances for this evening is as follows:

? Jazz Band (foyer)
? Concert Band
? Symphonic Band
? Symphonic Winds
? Wind Symphony

Fitness Gram 12/07/17-12/08/17

It is a state requirement that any student receiving PE credit (marching band), must complete a fitness gram. On Dec. 7th and Dec. 8th students will be taking a fitness gram during their band classes, which we do every year. Students, please wear athletic clothing. We will be going outside for one of the days.

Honors Level Band Materials Due 12/08/17 (if applicable)

Please turn in both concert reviews with program/ticket and research paper or composition to Mr. Marquez. Please place in his box by 5:00 PM on 12/08/17. Failure to complete materials on time will result in a grade deduction for the semester.

Documentation of these performances will include a program and a minimum two page critique of each performance.  The paper must be typed 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced and must reflect the writing quality, content, and construction expected of an Honors student. Students must also complete a research paper each semester on a topic approved by the director. The paper must be a minimum of six pages typed 12 point, Times New Roman font, double spaced, and include a work-cited page.  A minimum of three sources is required.  The paper must reflect the writing quality, content, and construction expected of an Honors student.

Upcoming Events
Final Exams Schedule:
12/12 – Wind Symphony (1st Period Exam) 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
12/13 – Concert Band (3rd Period Exam) 9:50 AM – 11:50 AM
12/13 – Jazz Band (7th Period Exam) 2:10 PM – 4:10 PM
12/14 – Color Guard (2nd Period Exam) 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM
12/14 – Symphonic Winds (5th Period Exam) 11:10 AM – 1:00 PM
12/15 – Symphonic Band (4th Period Exam) 9:00 AM – 10:55 AM
12/15 – AP Music Theory (6th Period) 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Semester Exam Information
Students will be taking a written final exam which will be composed of 50% percent of their grade. In order to receive the other 50% students must show proof of their solo (original, receipt, email confirmation). Most students have been recommended a solo by their lesson teacher or their ensemble director. Please place orders ASAP!

Thank you,

Mr. Marquez

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