This week in band (Week of December 9th)

Mr. Brown and Mr. Grimes would like to thank all the parents and students for a great night of music. All of the concerts went very well, and we appreciate all the kind words that we have received.

6th Grade

Our 6th grade is continuing on with their book work. All hoodies and T-shirts went home last week, so please email Mr. Grimes if you feel that you did not receive everything.

7th Grade and 8th Grade

Our 7th and 8th graders are working on sight reading this week, along with taking rhythmic playing tests. All uniform money was due last week. If you have not turned in your uniform fees (8th grade girls do NOT have a uniform fee), then please get it turned in as soon as possible.

8th Grade Spring Trip

Our next payment of $160 is due by Friday. Please make sure you have the check (or online payment) turned in by the end of the week.

Fund Raiser Rewards

All of our students that donated $75 or more during our fund raiser will be receiving a Dickerson Music Department Hoodie as a thank you. All of our students that participated in the selling of items will be having a reward day on Thursday, December 19th.

Holiday Music with Choirs and Jazz Band

On the morning of December 16th, our 7th and 8th graders will be performing in the halls as students arrive. All of our choirs(Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Brass) along with Jazz band will need to be at school by 8:45 that morning. Thank you all for your support and attendance throughout this first semester.

 

This week in band (Week of December 2nd)

Welcome to Concert Week!

All students have their required winter concert on Tuesday. I have divided the schedules and information below by grade level to help avoid confusion. There are also sections at the bottom for Jazz band students and Solo and Ensemble students. Please make sure you read all sections that pertain to you, and let me know if you have any questions.

6th Grade

Schedule:
5:45 – Report to the band room at Dickerson. Parents can drop your student off at the side door and proceed to the theater to find a seat.

6:00 – Beginning of concert. The music part of the concert will only take around 20 minutes, and we will have a quick information meeting at the conclusion of the concert. Once the meeting is over, please proceed outside to wait on your student. We ask that you leave as quickly as possible since our 7th grade willbe arriving at the conclusion of the 6th Grade Concert

Uniform:
The uniform for all 6th grade students is the Dickerson Band T-shirt and jeans. Students will only be allowed to perform if they are in uniform. T-Shirts will be going home on Monday.

7th Grade

Schedule:
6:45 -Report to the band room at Dickerson. Parents can drop your student off at the side door and proceed to the theater to find a seat.
7:00 – Beginning of concert. The music part of the concert will only take around 20 minutes, and we will have a quick information meeting at the conclusion of the concert. Once the meeting is over, please proceed outside to wait on your student. We ask that you leave as quickly as possible since our 7th grade willbe arriving at the conclusion of the 6th Grade Concert
Uniform:
The uniform for all 7th grade students will be either a Dickerson Band T-Shirt and jeans or a holiday sweater. Students will only be allowed to perform if they are in uniform

8th Grade

Schedule:
7:45 -Report to the band room at Dickerson. Parents can drop your student off at the side door and proceed to the theater to find a seat.
8:00 – Beginning of concert. The music part of the concert will only take around 20 minutes, and we will have a trip information meeting at the conclusion of the concert. All students attending the trip are required to stay for the meeting along with a parent.
Uniform:
The uniform for all 7th grade students will be either a Dickerson Band T-Shirt and jeans or a holiday sweater. Students will only be allowed to perform if they are in uniform

Jazz Band

All students in the before school jazz band will be staying after school for the concert. Students will rehearse after school and then will be provided dinner. Jazz band students will be helping the directors with students during the 6th and 7th grade concert.

Schedule:

4:30- Rehearsal

5:30 – Dinner

6:00 – 7:20 – Assist directors

7:45 – Performance in the theater.

Solo and Ensemble Students

All students that performed at Solo and Ensemble festival have the opportunity to perform during the winter concert. Students will that wish to perform should follow the schedule below:

6:30 – Report to the band room

6:40 – Performance in the theater between the 6th and 7th grade concert. 7th graders will perform on their concert at the conclusion of their Solo and Ensemble performance. 8th Graders will wait in the band room during the 7th grade concert.

This Week in Band (Week of November 18th)

Dear Parents,

This week we are preparing for our Winter Concert on December 3rd. The concert will be in the Dickerson Theater and you can find the schedule below:

5:45 – 6th Grade Report Time

6:00 – 6th Grade Concert

6:30 – 7th Grade Solo and Ensemble reports

6:45 – 7th Grade Report Time and 7th Grade Solo and Ensemble performs in the theater

7:00 – 7th Grade Concert

7:30 – Jazz Band reports to Band Room

7:45 – 8th Grade Report time Jazz Band performs in theater

8:00 – 8th Grade Concert

8:20 – After concert Mandatory 8th Grade Trip meeting

Uniforms for the Concert

For our upcoming December 3rd 6th grade students will wear their Dickerson Band T-Shirt and jeans. 7th and 8th graders can wear either their Dickerson Band T-shirt and jeans or a tacky holiday sweater.

Our t-shirt order should be in on Friday or Monday. We will make sure they come home as soon as they are in

Fund Raiser reorder

If you were missing items in your order they should be in this week. We will send them home with student as soon as they come in.

8th Grade Trip Second Payment

The second payment for our spring trip is due this Friday. You are able to pay online until the middle of next week, but we would highly suggest you pay this week so that you don’t forget about it. If you have any questions please email Mr. Grimes.

This week in Band (Week of November 4th)

Parents,

We have had several things go home this week, and we have several upcoming events, so please make sure you read this entire email.

T-Shirt and Hoodie Order Forms

We are making an order this week of T-Shirts and hoodies (T-shirt order Form 2019). All 6th grade students must order a T-shirt to wear on our December 3rd concert. Any student or family member that would like to purchase an additional shirt is more than welcome to. We have included smaller sizes this year for younger siblings to wear and larger sizes for parents to order. If you have any questions please email Mr. Grimes. All orders are due by November 13th.

Uniform Letter for 7th and 8th grade students

On Friday our Uniform letter (Uniform Letter 2019-20) will be going home to all students in 7th and 8th grade. Our gentlemen will be wearing tuxes and our ladies will be wearing formal dresses.

Our 8th grade ladies will be wearing the same dress as last year, so they will not need to order anything new.

Our 8th grade gentlemen will be wearing the same black dress shirt as last year, but they will need to return the uniform agreement accompanied by a check for $40 to cover cleaning, repairs, and replacement costs for our school tuxes.

Our 7th grade ladies will be ordering our formal dress this year. This dress will be worn for 7th and 8th grade, and it is a one time cost of $70.

Our 7th Grade gentlemen will be wearing a tux along with a black dress shirt, vest, and tie. We supply everything except the black dress shirt. The fee of $55 covers cleaning, repairs, and replacement costs for our school tuxes along with a black dress shirt that the students will wear for both their 7th and 8th grade years.

All students have already been fitted for all these items. Please make sure that you have returned the uniform letter along with the appropriate fee by Friday November 22nd.

Upcoming Concert

Our Winter Band Concert will be held on December 3rd in the Dickerson Theater. The itinerary will be as follows:

5:45 – 6th Grade report time

6:00 – 6th Grade Concert

6:45 – 7th Grade report time

7:00 – 7th Grade Concert

7:30 – Honors Jazz Band Performs

7:45 – 8th Grade Report Time

8:00 – 8th Grade Concert

8:30 – Mandatory trip meeting for all students going on the spring trip

These concerts are required for all students. If you have any questions please email Mr. Grimes.

8th Grade Spring Trip

Our next payment for the spring trip is due November 22nd. (You may for it online all the way through the Thanksgiving break week). There is a mandatory meeting for all students and parents of students attending the trip on December 3rd at the conclusion of our concert. If you have any questions concerning the trip please email Mr. Grimes.

This Week in Band (Week of October 28th)

Fund Raiser

Our Fund Raiser will be delivered on this Tuesday October 29th. We will need help unloading the truck at 10am, and we will need help throughout the day. If you are available to volunteer you can sign up below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AA8AF2EA4FA7-fund3

You can pick up your child’s fundraising items between 12pm – 6pm. All items must be picked up on Tuesday since we have no way to store items. If you have any questions about this please let us know.

Solo And Ensemble

All 7th and 8th grade solo and ensemble participants, flute choir, clarinet choir, saxophone choir, and brass choir members have two concerts this week. All students participating in these groups will have a preview concert on Monday October 28th at 7pm in the Dickerson Theater. Students should arrive at 6:30 and should wear nice clothes (no jeans, t-shirts, or tennis shoes).

All students will also perform on Saturday morning, November 2nd, between 9:00-9:30am at Hightower Trail Middle School. Times were sent home last week for groups, and direction and instructions for Saturday’s Solo and Ensemble Festival will be handed out at the Monday night preview concert. If you have any questions before then please email Mr. Grimes

Walton Community Show

Walton is also having a community show on this Tuesday October 29th. The Walton Raider Band will perform their entire marching show entitled “Reflections of Winter” at 7pm in the football stadium at Walton. Please come out to support these amazing students as they perform their entire marching show one last time for the community.

Uniform Information

This week students will be receiving information about uniform costs and T-shirt order forms. In case you are not aware, our 7th and 8th graders wear tuxedos and dresses for our concerts while our 6th graders wear t-shirts and jeans for their concerts. If you do not receive the information by Friday please let Mr. Grimes know.

This week in Band (Week of October 21st)

Fund Raiser:

Our Fund Raiser will be delivered on Tuesday October 29th. We will need help unloading the truck at 10am, and we will need help throughout the day. If you are available to volunteer you can sign up below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AA8AF2EA4FA7-fund3

You can pick up your child’s fundraising items between 12pm – 6pm. All items must be picked up on Tuesday since we have no way to store items. If you have any questions about this please let us know.

Solo And Ensemble

All solo and ensemble participants, flute choir, clarinet choir, saxophone choir, and brass choir members have two concerts next week. All students participating in these groups will have a preview concert on Monday October 28th at 7pm in the Dickerson Theater. Students should arrive at 6:30 and should wear nice clothes (no jeans, t-shirts, or tennis shoes).

All students will also perform on Saturday morning, November 2nd, between 9:00-9:30am at Hightower Trail Middle School. Times were sent home today for groups, and direction and instructions for Saturday’s Solo and Ensemble Festival will be handed out at the Monday night preview concert. If you have any questions before then please email Mr. Grimes

Walton Community Show

Walton is also having a community show on Tuesday October 29th. The Walton Raider Band will perform their entire marching show entitled “Reflections of Winter” at 7pm in the football stadium at Walton. Please come out to support these amazing students as they perform their entire marching show one last time for the community.

This week in Band (Week of October 14th)

Important dates:

Everyday this week: Early Release at 1:30

Solo and Ensemble Preview Concert: October 28th

Solo and Ensemble Festival: November 2nd

PASIC Percussion performance in Indianapolis: November 14-17

Concert for all Grades: December 3rd

All State and Honor Band Auditions: December 7th

8th Grade Trip Update:

We are now accepting money for our Orlando trip. You may pay online (which should be up and running) or send in a check made out to Dickerson Middle School. The deposit cost is $125 and non refundable. We have moved the deadline back to October 25th and the November payment due date do November 22nd. All other deadlines will remain the same. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

Fundraiser Update:

We are waiting on confirmation about the delivery date. As soon as we hear we will post it.

Uniform Information:

All 7th and 8th graders will be getting information about uniform cost in the next two weeks.

6th graders will be getting T-Shirt order forms in the next two weeks as well.

New Schedule 

Our 8th grade band has moved into our AC and On Level classes. If you have any questions about your student’s schedule please contact Mr. Grimes.

This week in band (Week of October 7th)

Important dates for this week:

Thursday October 10th – Early Release for all students and last day to update grades.

Friday October 11th – Last day of the nine weeks.

Don’t forget that next week (October 14 -18th) is conference week so everyday will be an early release day.

Fundraiser Update:

We are waiting on confirmation about the delivery date. As soon as we hear we will post it.

Uniform Information:

All 7th and 8th graders will be getting information about uniform cost in the next two weeks.

6th graders will be getting T-Shirt order forms in the next two weeks as well.

8th Grade Trip Update:

We will begin to accept deposits for our 8th Grade Spring Trip this week. You may pay online (which should be up and running by Tuesday) or send in a check made out to Dickerson Middle School. The deposit cost is $125 and non refundable. We have moved the deadline back to October 25th and the November payment due date do November 22nd. All other deadlines will remain the same. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

Grades:

All make up tests must be completed by this Wednesday October 9th. The band room will be open  from 8-8:50am each morning for students to come in and make up any test they need. Students may also send videos to William.grimes@cobbk12.org. 8th graders must have their Smartmusic Eb Scale assignment turned in through Smartmusic. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

UGA Midfest

Selected 8th grade students will be receiving invitations to apply for the University of Georgia’s Midfest. These students will bring home an information packet this week. Please read the entire packet and let us know if you have any questions.

This week in band (Week of September 16th)

All Grades

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, we will be collecting all of our monies and orders for our fundraiser. We want to thank you for all participating in this fundraiser. The band cannot function without all the help that you provide.

We still need several parents to help with collecting money on those days. If you are available please fill out the signup genius:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949abad2ba46-band

Below you will find the procedure for turning in Brochure Orders and for people just making donations. If you have any questions please email Mr. Grimes.

Brochure Orders

When you turn in a brochure order on Wednesday or Thursday you will need three things:

  1. Money for all the orders made out in one check to Dickerson Middle School
  2. Your order form. You can send in the original or a copy. If you send in an original we will make a copy and send the original back with your student.
  3. A pick sheet. The pick sheet is a order sheet with all the items you are ordering and the amounts. You can download the sheet below in either excel or PDF format. The Excel version will add the amounts for you.

PDF Version of Pick Sheet

Excel Version of Pick Sheet

4. Your student will turn in all three items during class on Wednesday or Thursday. They must turn it in during class in the band room. We will have very specific labels that must be placed on the money envelope before it is turned in.

Donations

If your family is making a donation in lieu of selling items you will need to follow this procedure:

  1. Your student will bring the money in on Wednesday or Thursday.
  2. Your student will turn in the money during class on Wednesday or Thursday. They must turn it in during class in the band room. We will have very specific labels that must be placed on the money envelope before it is turned in.

Again, if you have any questions about the process please let Mr. Grimes know, and thank you for your help.

 

6th Grade

You will see several new tests grades appear as we learn to read music and continue to work on our first five notes. All tests in band class are available for retakes if your student is not happy with their grade. Students may email Mr. Grimes a video of the test or come in at 8am for morning practice to retake the test. If you have any questions about our grading policies or procedures please refer to the band handbook.

Several of you have asked about the uniform for 6th grade concerts. Both the winter and spring 6th Grade Concert uniforms are T-Shirts and jeans. T-shirt order forms will be going out after Fall break. Please be on the look out for these.

Uniforms

All 7th and 8th graders have been fitted for uniforms. We will be sending out information after break about the cost for Tux rentals and dresses. If you have any questions prior to that please email Mr. Grimes.

7th Grade

Our 7th graders will begin to test using Smartmusic this week. Please refer to the Smartmusic page on our website if you need to remember how to sign in. Students that have a subscription at home will have more time and attempts when taking tests, so we highly suggest an at home subscription.

8th Grade

On Friday we announced that our 8th grade band will be taking a spring trip to Orlando Florida to perform at The University of Central Florida, see The Blueman Group perform, and visit Universal Studios. Your student should have brought home a yellow intent form and an information packet. At this time we are estimating a cost of $725, but we will not know the final cost until all intent forms are turned in. We must have all intent forms turned in by this Friday September 20th. If you have any questions please email Mr. Grimes.

Our 8th graders will begin to test using Smartmusic this week. Please refer to the Smartmusic page on our website if you need to remember how to sign in. Students that have a subscription at home will have more time and attempts when taking tests, so we highly suggest an at home subscription.

Fund Raiser Information

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday and Thursday of next week we will be collecting all of our monies and orders for our fundraiser. We want to thank you for all participating in this fundraiser. The band cannot function without all the help that you provide.

We do need several parents to help with collecting money on those days. If you are available please fill out the signup genius below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949abad2ba46-band

Below you will find the procedure for turning in Brochure Orders and for people just making donations. If you have any questions please email Mr. Grimes.

Brochure Orders

When you turn in a brochure order on Wednesday or Thursday you will need three things:

  1. Money for all the orders made out in one check to Dickerson Middle School
  2. Your order form. You can send in the original or a copy. If you send in an original we will make a copy and send the original back with your student.
  3. A pick sheet. The pick sheet is a order sheet with all the items you are ordering and the amounts. You can download the sheet below in either excel or PDF format. The Excel version will add the amounts for you.

PDF Version of Pick Sheet

Excel Version of Pick Sheet

4. Your student will turn in all three items during class on Wednesday or Thursday. They must turn it in during class in the band room. We will have very specific labels that must be placed on the money envelope before it is turned in.

Donations

If your family is making a donation in lieu of selling items you will need to follow this procedure:

  1. Your student will bring the money in on Wednesday or Thursday.
  2. Your student will turn in the money during class on Wednesday or Thursday. They must turn it in during class in the band room. We will have very specific labels that must be placed on the money envelope before it is turned in.

Again, if you have any questions about the process please let Mr. Grimes know, and thank you for your help.

 

 

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