January 9-14, 2023
Good Morning, Band Family!
Welcome to the second half of the year! The Second Semester brings a lot of excitement and diversity. There’s Concerts, Jazz, Chamber Music, Winter Competitions, Trip and Banquet. We dive into the deep end the first week of school that we are back so it’s important to read the following email carefully.
Marching Band ends after semester one. Freshman and Sophomores who aren’t in jazz band or Winter Drum Line/Winter Color Guard will all report to coach Wilson in the gym. Members who are interested in Jazz Band should meet at 7:30am on Monday (0 period) to learn about the calendar of events and the schedule. Not all members are guaranteed acceptance into the jazz band. We are looking for: 5 saxes, 4 bones, 4 trumpets, 1 Drum Set, 1 Bass, 1 Guitar, 1 Keys. We can take 5 in the brass sections if needed. Winter Guard members will also meet 0 period.
AUHSD Honor Band Applications are due very soon. The application deadline is Friday, January 13th. The application is done via uploading a YouTube link of required scales and the audition etude (the one you used for fourth period). Honor Band is an experience for the best musicians in the District to play a full concert in a few short rehearsals. The repertoire this year is:
Imaginarium - by Randall Standridge
Rippling Watercolors - by Brian Balmages
Jinx - by Ryan George
Manguilina - by Paul Basler
The music is very good so I encourage many of you to prepare your video in the next 6 days. The application along with instructions and the required scales can be found here:
4th Period Camp
The opening weekend of the year is used for our fourth period band to get a jump start on our Festival Season. We use an honor band style set up: Friday Night rehearsal, all day Saturday and all day Sunday to prepare our music in the first weekend of the semester. This opens up time for chamber music and perfecting our set. We are performing at Meng Hall at CSUF as well as Segerstrom Concert Hall this semester so we are aiming to be really strong. The camp is:
Friday - 6-9pm with me
Saturday - 8am-12pm with Section coaches, 1pm-4pm ensemble
Sunday - 9am-11am with Section coaches, 11am-1pm ensemble with a concert at 2pm for our family members
There is a $30 fee for the weekend to help offset the cost of our coaching staff. This is a critical piece of how we get it done each year, so members need to be focused and ready to go.
The Booster Board has been busy over the break getting things set up for long term success. I want to thank them for updating charms, meeting at the banks, and setting up a long term vision for responsible fundraising and financial management. We will have a General Booster Meeting (all members) on Wednesday to discuss second semester funding. Please plan on attending to get all of this information.
See you on Monday!