This week in Band (Week of November 12th)

6th Grade Band

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 were sent home two weeks ago. The concert will be at 6:30pm and will only last about 30 minutes. Students should arrive 15 minutes early and wait in the band room.  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. Students should arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the concert in order to get their instrument and be seated in time for the warm up. As always, all concerts are required. If there are any issues please contact Mr. Grimes or Mr. Brown as soon as possible.

This Week in Band (Week of November 5th)

Smart Music

On Friday we sent home information about SmartMusic.com This website (and corresponding apps) will be how we test students for the foreseeable future. You have the option of purchasing a home subscription for $40 a year. This will allow your student more time to complete assignments and provide them with valuable feedback as they play. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Grimes

To enroll in a class please use the link below:

6th Grade:

https://gradebook.smartmusic.com/enroll/class/189786

7th Grade:

https://gradebook.smartmusic.com/enroll/class/189788

8th Grade Symphonic Band:

https://gradebook.smartmusic.com/enroll/class/189789

8th Grade Concert Band

https://gradebook.smartmusic.com/enroll/class/189790

All State and Honor Band

First round audition times will be sent home this week. Please prepare to pass off all scales and sight reading with Mr. Grimes by November 16th. 

6th Grade

We continue to prepare for our 6th grade concert on November 27th. The concert attire will be jeans and the band T-Shirt. Band T-Shirts were sent home last week. There is now a tab at the top of the page called assessment. Any student wishing to make up a test (written or playing) can find the information about the test there.

7th Grade

We continue to prepare for our concert on November 29th. Concert attire will be Band T-Shirt and jeans or a tacky holiday sweater. We will be sending home information about formal uniforms this week.

8th Grade

Please remember there is a Chicago payment due this week. $185 is due on Friday November 9th. We continue to prepare for our concert on November 29th. Concert attire will be Band T-Shirt and jeans or a tacky holiday sweater. We will be sending home information about formal uniforms this week.

Solo and Ensemble Participants only

Dear Parents,

 

Tomorrow is our Solo and Ensemble preview concert. Below you will find the schedule for the evening. Concert dress will be nice clothing (no jeans, t-shirts, or tennis shoes), but you do not have to wear your band uniform.

 

6:30 – Report Time

7:00 – Concert

7:30 – Reception in the Band Room

 

You should have received a schedule for Saturday last week. Your student should arrive at Hightower Trail Middle School 30 minutes before their scheduled performance time. You will head to the cafeteria to warm up (there will be signs). Your student should be outside their judges room 5 minutes before their performance time. Thank you again, and please let me know if you have any questions.

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.