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Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. For our new members, welcome! For our returning members, welcome back!
The sixth-grade band is currently in the middle of instrument testing. All students have different builds, dexterity, and facial structures that can affect playing. We try to place students on an instrument that they are interested in while also placing them on an instrument that will give them a great chance for success. We also must take into consideration the instrumentation of the group. There will be an Amro rental meeting on August 29th at 6:00 PM. We will send home more information as this event gets closer and testing is completed. Students interested in getting ahead in instrument testing may stay after-school on August 19th until 4:30 PM; pickup will be in the parking lot. Students will be dismissed through the gym lobby doors. This after-school testing is NOT required but is encouraged.
The seventh-grade band is currently getting back into the swing of playing. We are working on technique, scales, rhythms, sight-reading, London Bridge in a variety of keys, and a piece called Dance Slav. Students should be practicing 30 minutes a day at least five days a week.
The eighth-grade band is currently developing technique, scales, sight-reading skills, and literature for their performance at Brighton Elementary on September 11th and at the BMS Homecoming Football game on September 17th. The performance on the 11th will begin at 8:30 AM in the BES Parking lot. The students will be serving as a pep-band on September 17th. The game begins at 6:30 PM in the Brighton Football Stadium on campus. Students will need to be in the BMS band room by 5:40 PM ready to play. Students also will need to obtain a flip folder and lyre for both events. The attire for the game will be last years band shirt (preferred), a Brighton shirt of some kind, or a solid school color shirt (red, black, or white).
The Seventh/Eighth-grade percussion class is currently working on mallet and snare drum technique. For snare, we are working specific rudiments and focusing on our grip. For mallets, we are working on scales and London Bridge. During differentiation time, seventh-grade is working on the snare drum part to Dance Slav, and eighth-grade is working on their football game/BES Performance literature.
Seventh and eighth-grade band students are given the opportunity to audition for the All-West Honor Bands. The All-West Honor Bands are bands comprised of students from all over west Tennessee; these students compete against one another in an audition to receive potential placement within an honor band. The junior high bands are made up of middle school students and are placed into two honor bands.
All-West Junior High Band auditions will take place on January 18, 2020, at Northside High School in Jackson, Tennessee. The auditions will consist of a prepared piece, major scales, chromatic scale, and sight-reading. When posted, the prepared piece can be found at wtsboa.org. The scales must be memorized; make sure you have the Jr. High piece.
The directors are not responsible for providing students transportation to the auditions. The cost to register to audition is $10.00; the fee will be taken up closer to auditions. About a week before the audition, students will be given an audition time.
The music to All-West will be released soon. Once the music is released, students wishing to audition need to practice the music everyday; this is on top of their responsibilities for band class, which means students will need to practice more than 30 minutes a day. They essentially have five months to practice their audition music, memorize their scales, and practice sight-reading. Many students who audition for All-West take private lessons; it is possible to make All-West without taking private lessons, but it is a challenge. Students must practice the music daily.
We will begin All-West help sessions after school each Monday beginning on August 26th. For BMS students, the sessions will end at 4:30 PM. For BHS students, the sessions will end at 5:00 PM. These sessions are intended for students to come PREPARED. Students should work on music outside of these Monday sessions, as there is just not enough time to spoon feed the music on each instrument. Generally, the students who make All-West at Brighton are those who practice daily the audition music, scales, and sight reading. They come prepared to these session knowing the music so that they can get feedback to take them to the next level. At these sessions, we also go over ideas to create better practice habits, sight-reading habits, and control the nerves associated with an audition.
August 19th – 6th Grade Instrument Testing after-school until 4:30 PM – Not required
August 26th – 7th-12th All-West Monday help sessions begin; until 4:30 PM for BMS students and until 5:00 PM for BHS students.
August 29th – AMRO Rental Night for 6th Grade Students – 6:00 PM
September 10th – Band Booster Meeting at 7:00 PM.
September 11th – 8th Grade Patriot Day Performance; 8:30 AM at BES
September 17th – 8th Grade Homecoming Football Game Performance; 6:30 PM at the football stadium
Remind is a text message application that allows Mr. Mayo to share information with parents and students without any phone numbers being shared. This is the band’s primary form of communication with parents. To sign up:
6th Grade – Text @mayo26 to 81010
7th Grade – Text @mayo25 to 81010
8th Grade – Text @mayo24 to 81010