TWIGEB (11/27/17-12/02/17)

Good evening,

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! With a week off from school, I am sure that you were able to do the following items below and are ready to finish out this wonderful semester:

  1. Check Focus and complete ALL of your school assignments
  2. Practice (all-region, concert music, musical music, etc.)
  3. Order your solo for the RISD Chamber Music Festival
  4. Complete your Honors Level band requirements

Please see below for details this week (11/27/17-12/02/17):

Dress Rehearsals

11/28/17 – Symphonic Winds (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Auditorium)

11/30/17 – Concert Band (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Orchestra Room)

11/20/17 – Symphonic Band  (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Band Hall)

*sectionals are still in regular session. Please check emails from your ensemble director.

Symphony Orchestra Rehearsals/Performance Reminder

If you are a member of the Symphony Orchestra, please see below for rehearsals/performance reminder this week:

Tuesday, November 28: 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM (rehearsal – band hall)

Wednesday, November 29: 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM (rehearsal – band hall)

Thursday, November 30: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM (rehearsal/performance – auditorium). You all will be blocked 0-3rd period and will be performing for ALL of the 5th graders in the RHS/PHS cluster.

Attire (11/30/17) – concert wear

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)

RISD Holiday Parade 12/02/17

It is hard to believe it is almost December! With that comes the holidays, and with the holidays comes the RISD Holiday Parade. Here are the details regarding this event:

Who: Colorguard and all wind players NOT participating in the Region 3 High School All-Region auditions

When: Saturday, December 2nd

Where: Meet at the Berkner HS Band Hall

Call time: 7:30 AM

Rehearsal: 7:45 AM

Line-up: 8:30 AM

Parade ends: around 9:30-10:00 AM

Attire: Full Contest Uniform: marching shoes, black socks (mid calf length or higher), bibbers (uniform pants), GEB underarmor, jacket, plus your favorite holiday headwear, i.e. Santa hat (no shako)

Music: Jingle Bells – it will be handed out in class. Do not forget your flip folder!

Students – pick up your uniforms, marching instruments, and music on Friday, Dec. 1st  and bring them home with you; YOU MUST BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH YOUR UNIFORM!

The parade will end at Huffines Park/Apollo JH. Please make arrangements to be picked up at this location. Students who drive – it would be to your advantage to travel in a group of 3-4 and leave a car waiting for you at Huffines Park. After the parade, you can coordinate driving back to Berkner to pick up the other car(s). Students who do not drive – make arrangements to be picked up at Huffines Park. Remember – this is a required event. Attendance will be taken and performance grade will be given. Please arrive on time with your required attire and materials. When you arrive, please check in with Mr. Schmuck/Mr. Reyna.

TMEA Region 3 High School All-Region Phase I Auditions 12/02/17

The Region 3 High School All-Region Auditions will be held at Berkner High School on Saturday, December 2nd. All participating students were registered in their band class and the director(s) reserve the right to prevent a student from attending the audition based on the preparation of the music. The region audition fee is $13. Please submit payment by 5:00 pm to the band safe by Friday, December 1st. You can pay with cash, money order or check (made out to RABC). Once I receive the audition times from the region chair, a separate email will be sent out to students auditioning with more specific details regarding this event.

Upcoming Events

Monday, December 4th: High School All-Region Phase 2 Auditions

Tuesday, December 5th: CB, SB, SW Dress Rehearsals

Wednesday, December 6th: Winter Concert @ 8:00 PM

Friday, December 8th:  Original Solo or Proof of Solo Purchase/Honor Level Band Materials Due

Please look over emails and/or website regarding upcoming sectional, musical, symphony orchestra and dress rehearsal schedules.

Things To Be Thinking About…

1) RISD Chamber Music Festival – students must get solo approved with lesson teacher or director by the final exam date. Proof of purchase for both the solo and accompaniment must be shown to receive 50% percent of the final exam grade.

2) Honors Level Band papers (for those who signed-up) are due by Dec. 8th. Students must attend two professional performances or other performances approved in advance by the director each semester in the student’s respective Honors area.  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.

Thank you,

Mr. Marquez

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