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Sixth-Grade Band

The sixth-grade band is in the process of learning basic notes, rhythms, and sounds.  They will soon be receiving some of their Winter Concert Music.  Students should be practicing daily.  

Sixth-grade tutoring will begin on November 6th until 4:00PM; these sessions will take place each Wednesday up to the Christmas Concert.  The sessions will resume in the spring.  These sessions will be an opportunity for sixth-grade students to get some help from Mr. Mayo and high school students on their music.  Because of Mr. Mayo’s commitments to other aspects of life, students will need to be picked up on time at 4:00pm.  If students are not able to be picked up on time, please do not stay for the session.  The tutoring is not required.  It is only recommended.  

The Winter Concert will be held on December 13th at 7:00PM in the BMS Gym.  The attire for the concert will be nice dress clothes.  This means that gentlemen will need to wear a nice pair of slacks and a collared shirt.  Ladies will need to wear something comparable to the gentlemen or a school appropriate dress.  Denim is not considered dress clothes attire.  

Seventh-Grade Band

The seventh-grade band is currently working on four pieces for the winter concert.  Students should be practicing 30 minutes a day at least five days a week.  Students will have rehearsals to prepare them for the winter concert.   Because the percussionists are split from the winds, these rehearsals are crucial to the success of our concert.  Rehearsals will take place on November 12th, November 19th, December 3rd, and December 12th.  Rehearsals conclude at 4:30PM; please pick up your child on time.  Rehearsals are graded and attendance is mandatory. 

The Winter Concert will be held on December 13th at 7:00PM in the BMS Gym. The attire for the concert will be nice dress clothes.  This means that gentlemen will need to wear a nice pair of slacks and a collared shirt.  Ladies will need to wear something comparable to the gentlemen or a school appropriate dress.  Denim is not considered dress clothes attire.  

 

Eighth-Grade Band

The eighth-grade band is currently working on music for the high school eighth grade band night and music for the Veterans’ Day performances.  The high school band night will be on October the 18th.  Students will perform in the stands with the high school students and will perform one movement of the high school show following the high school halftime performance.  Attire will be last year’s band shirt or a school colored shirt.  Students will need to follow all Tipton County School rules.  A schedule will be sent out the week of the performance as to the call time of the game.

The eight-grade band will have two performances on Veterans’ Day.  Students will perform at the Covington Veterans’ Day Parade on Covington Square at 10:00AM and Austin Peay Elementary School for their Veterans’ Day Program at 1:00PM.  Attire for the event will be solid black socks, shoes, pants, and a school colored shirt.  Students will be provided with their wind breaker for the performance.  A permission slip will be going home after fall break.

Students should be practicing 30 minutes a day at least five days a week. Students will have rehearsals to prepare them for the winter concert and Veterans’ Day Parade.    Because the percussionists are split from the winds, these rehearsals are crucial to the success of our concerts.  Rehearsals will take place on November 5th, November 7th, November 14th, November 21st, and December 5th.   Rehearsals conclude at 4:30PM; please pick up your child on time.  Rehearsals are graded and attendance is mandatory. 

The eighth grade band will have their Winter Concert along side the high school band on December 10th at 6:30PM in the BHS Gym.  Attire for the event will be solid black socks, shoes, pants, and a school colored shirt.  Students will be provided with their wind breaker for the performance.

Seventh/Eighth-Grade Percussion 

The Seventh/Eighth-grade percussion class is currently working on snare drum technique and music for their concerts.

All-West

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.

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.

The All-West Music can be found at https://www.wtsboa.website/all-west-convention/all-west-audition-music/

 

Important Dates

October 18th – 8th Grade Band night at the High School Football Game

November 11th – 8th Grade Veteran’s Day Performances

December 10th – 8th Grade Winter Concert at BHS

December 13th – 6th/7th Grade Winter Concert at BMS

 

Remind App

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