This Week in Band (Weeks of October 15th and Week of October 22nd)

Dear Parents,
All students have been working hard over the past few weeks. We have started preparation for our November Concerts, and Solo and Ensemble Festival

Fundraiser Delivery (All Grades)

Our fundraiser delivery will be next Wednesday October 24th from 11am-6pm. If you come during the school day you will probably still need to sign in at the front office. We do not have the ability to store items, so everything must be picked up on this day. We are still looking for a few volunteers to help. If you are available please sign up below.

Sign up to help with delivery day.

Solo and Ensemble Groups
We continue to prepare for Solo and Ensemble. Please remember that all Solo and Ensemble groups have two performances. On the night of November 1st we will have a Preview concert in the Dickerson Theater at 7pm. The concert will be followed by a short reception.

Solo and Ensemble will be two days later on Saturday November 3rd at Hightower Trail Middle School. We have just received times, and I will be passing those out on Friday. If you have any questions please let me know.

All State and Honor Band

All All state and Honor Band students should be preparing for auditions. We will know audition times next week.

6th Grade

Our 6th grade concert is fast approaching on November 27th. We will be wearing band T-Shirts and Jeans for that concert. Our band T-shirts should be delivered by next week. The concert will be at 6:30pm and will only last about 30 minutes. Please make sure your calendars. All students are expected to attend all concerts. If there is any issue please let Mr. Grimes or Mr. Brown know as soon as possible.

7th and 8th Grade Band

Our first concert will be the night of November 29th at 6:30 for 7th grade and 7:30 for 8th grade. We will continue our tradition of letting the students wear tacky holiday sweaters for this concert. If your student does not want to wear a sweater then a band T-shirt will be fine.

Uniforms

We will be sending out uniform information in the next few weeks. We are reducing the cost a bit this year, so we have had to wait on some funds before we could order uniforms. Thank you for your patience with this.

8th Grade Chicago trip

An email went out today to all parents selected to be a chaperone on the trip. The next payment is due November 9th. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

 

8th Grade Night

On Friday October 5th we will be having our 8th grade night with the Walton Band. All 8th graders will be attending the game, marching in with the band, and performing in the stands with the band. Below you will find the schedule and the forms. If your 8th grader has not turned in their forms yet it is not to late! Please get them in as soon as possible.

5:45 – Report to Walton High School – Enter at the main entrance to the new building off of

Bill Murdock Road.

6:00 – Band Meeting in the theater (Practice and get ready to march into the stadium)

7:30 – Game begins

9:45 – Game will end sometime around here. They can run long, so we will have students

text you when the game is almost over.

After Game – There is a small dessert social after every game for parents and students on the band practice field (the parking lot next to the stadium).

If you have any questions please let us know, and you can find the permission slip and information below:

New Walton Map

8th Grade Night 2018

8th Grade Night Permission

 

This week in band (Week of September 17th)

Mr. Brown and Mr. Grimes would like to thank everyone who participated in the fundraiser. It was a big success, and we could not do all of this without your help.

6th Grade – 6th Grade will be continuing with class as normal. We have our first playing test at the end of this week.

7th Grade – 7th grade will be finishing up playing tests this week. Please make sure you have checked your students grade in the past few weeks. If you have any questions please let Mr. Grimes or Mr. Brown know.

8th Grade – parents please do not forget that Chicago deposits are due this Wednesday September 19th. You can play on mypaymentsplus, or you can send in a check. Please realize that this is a hard deadline, and we cannot extend it.

We sent home information about 8th grade night at Walton last week. There is no cost for 8th grade night, but permission forms are due this Friday. We encourage everyone to join us for this event. It allows your child the opportunity to see what the marching band is like in a fun environment. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Grimes or Mr. Brown.

New Walton Map

8th Grade Night 2018

8th Grade Night Permission

This week in band (Week of September 4th and September 10th)

Dear Parents,

We have a lot going on over the next two weeks, so we wanted to go ahead and let you know about everything.

Fund Raiser (All Grades)

All students will turn in their fundraiser monies on Friday September 7th or Monday September 10th. Students will need to bring money for all items, their order form and their tally sheet. We will have band parents collecting money during each class. If you are making a donation in lieu of selling, please bring your check in on the same days.

Solo and Ensemble (7th and 8th Grade only)

Students wishing to perform in solo and ensemble should turn in their permission form and money by Friday September 7th. This event does take place on Saturday November 3rd, and it is completely optional for 7th and 8th graders. You can download the form here:

SoloEnsemble Permission

S&E Registration Letter 2018-19

All State and Honor Band (7th and 8th Graders only)

All State and Honor Band registration is due on Friday September 14th. This is an optional event for students, and there are several dates involved. Please make sure you have looked through all the paperwork, and you are available for all dates before you sign up.

All State Honor Band 2018-19

Honor Band Permission 2018-19

All State Permission 2019

Chicago Trip (8th Grade Only)

Yesterday we sent home the information about the Chicago trip. We are sending home an updated Intent form today. We apologize for the inconvenience of having to fill out this form twice. At the top of the Dickerson website you will find a link to the 8th grade trip page. You can find all information about the trip including the packet on this page.

 

This Week in Band Week of August 27th

Parents,

We are starting our band fundraiser this week. On Friday August 24th each student received a fundraiser packet. Attached is a letter that was sent home about what we spend the money on.

Fundraising Letter 2018-19

If you would like to make a donation instead of selling the cheesecakes and cookies, then you may just turn in a check. On average we raised $75 per student last year.

If you do decided to sell as a family we ask that you do the following:

  1. Turn in all orders on September 7th or 10th.
  2. Make sure that you collect money as you sell the item, and all checks collected should be made out to the parent.
  3. Please turn in only one check for the entire amount of your ordermade out to Dickerson Middle School.

There was some information sent home by the fundraising company about paying by credit card. At this time we are not set up to do this, so please disregard that information.

We would like to say thank you so much for all your help. We cannot do everything we do for the students without your help. If you have any questions please feel free to email us.

 

First Lesson Night is tonight

Our 6th grade students will have their first lesson night tonight. There was a misprint in the flyer sent home about the time. The event will start at 6:30, but we will be going to 8:00pm tonight. If you need to leave early to make other obligations we completely understand, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Students will need their instruments. The schedule for the evening is below.

6:30pm – Parent Student meeting in the theater

7:00pm – Students and parents head to their classrooms to work with individual instructors.

8:00pm – All students finished

 

Welcome Back

We hope you had a great summer. Here are a few reminders as we prepare to go back to school next week.

If you would like remind updates there is a link at the top of the page.

We will be sending out email updates each week. If you would like to be included in these emails please make sure your email is current in Synergy.

7th and 8th grade.

We will start playing with wind instruments on Friday. Wind players will need your book by Monday August 6th.

7th Grade book for winds

8th Grade Book for winds

Percussion will need to contact Mr. Brown for books and supplies.

Drop Forms

Dear Parents,

Sometimes we have students that need to drop band class due to several different reasons. If your student needs to drop band for next year you must turn in the drop form by this Friday. We do not allow students to drop at the beginning of the year, so this is your only chance.

These forms were sent home last week with your students, but we want to make sure you are aware of the policy. If the form did not make it home to you, you can download it here:

Drop Form 2018

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Grimes.

This week in band- May 7th

6th Grade

The small ensembles that performed before the concert last Tuesday will be performing for our STEAM night on Thursday. Students should report to the band room at 5:45 for 6:00 performance in the foyer. Students will be done by 6:20. Uniform will be jeans and band T-Shirts.

All school instruments will be checked in next week and reissued for the summer. Please look for a new contract from Mr. Grimes next week.

7th Grade

Honors Jazz Band (Friday morning jazz band) will be performing at 7:00 in the theater on Thursday for STEAM night. Please wear your jazz band t-shirt and report to the band room at 6:40. We will be done by 7:20.

All school instruments will be checked in next week and reissued for the summer. Please look for a new contract from Mr. Grimes next week. If you have an instrument at home please return it this week.

8th Grade 

Your student should have brought home a letter about the Orlando trip refund that is available. If the letter did not make it home please download it here:

Orlando Refund Letter

The letter is due by Friday May 11th.

Honors Jazz Band (Friday morning jazz band) will be performing at 7:00 in the theater on Thursday for STEAM night. Please wear your jazz band t-shirt and report to the band room at 6:40. We will be done by 7:20.

All school instruments will be checked in next week and reissued for the summer. Please look for a new contract from Mr. Grimes next week. If you have an instrument at home please return it this week.