Dec. 4 - 7th grade band rehearsal
@ LBMS until 4:00pm
Dec. 5 - Jazz Ensemble Practice
Dec. 6 - Jr. Clinic Registration Deadline
$10.00 Registration Fee
Dec. 7 - 8th grade band rehearsal
@ LBMS until 4:00pm
Dec. 8 - Jazz Ensemble Practice
Dec. 11 - Winter Concert
7:00pm @ SHHS Auditorium
Jan. 20 - Jr. Clinic Auditions
@ Sevier MS in Kingsport
Feb. 9/10 - Jr. Honors Band Clinic
@ Robinson MS in Kingsport
In preparation for our December 11th concert, it is important for us to have some after-school rehearsals. These rehearsals are for the full band and are the only time that all of the individual band classes can be combined. As you can imagine, the success of the concert will be determined by the quality of these rehearsals. Please make every effort to support our program by allowing your child to stay for these practices. Everyone’s participation is essential to our success. Thanks in advance for your assistance and please continue to encourage your young musician to practice their parts outside of band class; practicing parts at home will help eliminate sluggish rehearsals.
Junior Honors Band Clinic is an event for middle school band students which allows them to audition for placement into a special band that will meet and perform over the course of a Friday/Saturday in February. The audition is at Sevier MS in Kingsport on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Two band directors (judges) will listen to each student and score them based on accuracy, tone quality, musicality, etc. The top scoring instrumentalists will be chosen for the band.
Join the band's remind system by texting
@lbmsbandjc to 81010. This will allow you to receive reminders, updates, and information about band relates events, performances, and activities via text message.
The band room is open for students to practice after school each day. If your son/daughter cannot take their instrument home to practice or is not going to have the opportunity to practice once they get home - please encourage them to stay after school and get their practice time in for the day. I am available for assistance as needed, but most musicians just want to practice on their own or with some friends.
Band fees are $20.00 per semester. Checks should be made payable to Liberty Bell Middle School. This is our only source of funding and is used to purchase method books, equipment, accessories, and concert literature. Please get your fair share turned in as quickly as possible.
Students are expected to have their band notebook, pencil, music, and fully functioning instrument in class each day. Please help them to be prepared by making sure they have adequate materials. Contact me first before getting repair work done. I am happy to complete simple repairs for my students at no cost to you. If I cannot do the repair, then I should be able to provide a loaner until the repair can be done.
Your child's class participation grade and music participation grade will be impacted if they fail to bring all necessary materials to class. Being responsible and being prepared are two non-musical characteristics that are learned through being in band. Please check with your son/daughter often to be sure that they have what they need to fully participate in band each day.
Band students should attempt to practice every day. 20 minute sessions are recommended. Remember, it is more about consistency and routine than length of time. Three 20 minute sessions are far more productive than one 60 minute session. In addition, practicing should focus on difficult passages and new concepts. Work slowly and develop correct playing habits.