Hello, HMS Band Family!
We've had a busy past week, and it doesn't look to let up anytime soon. First, what a fabulous turnout of help for our drive to benefit the firefighters battling the Hidden Pines fire in Smithville and Bastrop. We donated a total of almost 200 lbs. of paper and hygeine products to support the first responders in this area! Our donation went to the Heart of the Pines VFD (between Smithville and Bastrop), which was serving as a day relief site for firemen battling the blaze. Today, I'm delighted to read the news that this fire is now 70% contained and that rain should come to the area Thursday and Friday. What a help that will be! To all who sent items up to HMS, THANK YOU! Those men and women were taken aback by the generosity our kids and families showed.
The 8th grade band kids did a fine job representing HMS at the football game on Friday night, and they even had a chance to handle the fight song on their own when we scored in the second quarter (the HS band had gone down to warm-up and prepare for halftime). We hope the kids enjoyed themselves. I often tell them that HS band is their reward for the three years of hard work they put into learning to play in middle school. In fact, Friday nights in marching band were what convinced me to become a band director!
Here's what happening in the band room:
Tuners and microphones are still on sale for Concert, Symphonic, and Wind Ensemble students who need one. We will sell tuners and microphones as a set for $28 total. Checks can be made out to “Hutto MS Band” or “HMS Band.” We also accept cash and money orders. Students in Wind Ensemble, Concert, and Symphonic Band need one of these for class (percussionists do not).
We need help in the following areas, if any of you are willing to donate some time and a bit of energy to our classroom:
Upcoming dates and events:
October 29th - All Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble students will present a Fall Concert at 6:30 pm in the HMS Cafeteria. This is a required (graded) event, but it will also be a short one. Students involved should wear their pep rally uniform (band t-shirt, jeans, belt, tennis shoes, and socks). We will present a 30-minute concert of the music we’ve learned so far this term.
October 31st - TMEA District Band Auditions for students in Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band who have registered (there are 12 of them). We will send home a detailed itinerary as soon as we have concrete times from the contest coordinator. The contest will be at Ridgeview MS, and parents will be able to pick up their students, if desired, when they are finished competing.
November 3rd - Pep Rally #2 performance for students in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. Students will need their pep rally uniform, lyre, flip folder, and all music prepared for the concert on 10/29.
November 6th - Veterans Day performance for Wind Ensemble students only. Students will need their pep rally uniform and “America the Beautiful.”
As you can tell, we are going to be BUSY for the next several weeks! Parents, please help by insuring your student practices 20-30 minutes 5-6 days each week. That little commitment of time yields an enormous pay-off in rehearsal!