BAND NOTES:

Hello All,
Wow!  The warmer weather feels great, doesn't it?  There is hope...Spring is really coming!!!
Please review our schedules and reminders with your musician.  Please note that we will still have band lessons and rehearsals even though 5th-8th grade has a field trip.  The way the schedule lays out this week, it works out nicely with the timing of the fieldtrip.  It only requires Group D (Linor, Amanda & Elle) to come for lesson a bit later.  We will move them to 1:40 pm so that they have a little time to eat lunch when they get back from the trip.

Thursday, March 14: 
7:00 am - Senior Band Rehearsal

During the Day - Lessons as scheduled (except - Group D @ 1:40 pm) (see attachment)
2:15 pm - Junior Band Rehearsal
Notable Notes:
1.  Senior Band before school rehearsals continue tomorrow morning @ 7:00 am.  Please help your musician to arrive early enough for music/instrument set up and a prompt start at 7:00 am.  We want to make the most of our time together.

2.  Junior Band after school rehearsals continue tomorrow afternoon from 2:15-3:00 pm. 
3.  2nd Semester Band Tuition billing went out last week.  Please let me know if you haven't seen it yet.
Thanks and see you tomorrow,
Jesica Woody
Band Director, St. Alphonsus

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Hello All,
Well, here we are...we've hit March and we're still stuck in this cold weather!  I'm beginning to develop a deep dislike for a certain groundhog!!  It is clear that he can't be trusted!!!
I am sending along our schedules and reminders for the week.  Please review with your musician.
Thursday, Mar. 7:
7:00 am - Senior Band Rehearsal

During the Day - Lessons as scheduled (see attached)
2:15-3:00 pm - Junior Band Rehearsal
Notable Notes:
1.  Senior Band before school rehearsals continue tomorrow at 7:00 am.  Please help your musician to arrive early enough for instrument/music set and a prompt start at 7:00 am.

2.  Junior Band after school rehearsals continue tomorrow at 2:15-3:00 pm.
3.  2nd Semester Band Tuition Billing has gone out in the mail.  If you haven't already found it in your mailbox, you should be seeing it in the next couple days.  Please be on the look out for it.  Thank you!
Here's to more music making tomorrow!

Jesica Woody
Band Director, St. Alphonsus



BAND

My Name is Jesica Woody and I am excited to introduce myself as your new Band Director!  I am looking forward to continuing the tradition of a strong band/music program at St. Alphonsus School.  I am happy to share the following information about our plans for the program.

Who Can Sign Up for Band:  Any student who will be in the 4th-8th Grade during the 2018-19 school year.

Joining band is a three step process. 

§  Step1:  Students will come to a demonstration day to see and hear the various instruments that they can start on in band – flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone & percussion. 

 §  Step 2:  Students will be fitted (try out instruments) for an instrument that suits their physical characteristics. 

 §  Step 3:  Parents will come to a band sign up night to register their child for band/rent an instrument.

Where/When:  Lessons will be held at St. Alphonsus School once per week on Thursdays.  Students will be scheduled into small groups for lessons on like instruments.   Band lessons are a pull out program.  They are approximately 30 minutes and are scheduled on a rotational basis so that students are not pulled out of the same part of class more than every 5-8 weeks.  Additionally, full band rehearsals for returning students will be added before school (on Thursdays) for roughly 45 minutes before the bell rings.  Beginners will meet for about 40 minutes for full group rehearsals (on Thursdays) after school.  Full group practices will begin after we have a number of weeks of small group lessons under our belts.  A reminder will be sent home to let you know when those full group practices begin.

Fees:    Tuition for band is $50.00/month.  For beginning students, I do ask for a four month commitment.  This will give your musician several months (Sept.-Dec.) to experience lessons, rehearsals as well as a Christmas Concert.  Students benefit from a short term commitment so they can experience the full cycle of band before making any decisions on further instruction.  In January, if you wish to continue, you would go on a month-to-month basis and the payments would be $50.00/month. 

Annual (once per year) Activity Fee:  $55.00 - There is no Band budget at St. Alphonsus. Rather than doing various fund-raising activities we will ask families for an annual Band Activity Fee to cover general expenses (band music, contest fees, solos, school inst. maintenance, minor supplies, etc.). 

 Getting an Instrument:  If you need to obtain an instrument I recommend Quinlan & Fabish Music Co.   They are a reputable company that rents/sells high quality student instruments that stand up to student use.  They offer a rent- to- own program at very reasonable, competitive rates.   A feature of their rental program that I really like is the maintenance/replacement coverage as it protects against theft, loss, and damage.   Also if your instrument would ever need repair or adjustment, there is a representative from the company that would visit us weekly and take instruments in that might need servicing.  Additionally, he would bring out a loaner instrument for your child to use in the event it does need to go into the shop.   I recommend and have used Quinlan & Fabish as my instrumental rental company for over 20 years and have grown to trust them because I know they are honest and do right by the families that I work with.  

For your convenience, Quinlan & Fabish will be at the band sign up night at school.  At the sign up night you can speak with me, get more information, rent an instrument and get any supplies you might need for start-up.

 Performance Commitments:  We will have three main performance goals for band during the year.  The first is our Christmas Concert in December.  The Second is a Solo Festival in March or April & third, our Spring Concert in May.  Additionally, I like to bring in other experienced band directors to do clinics with our students.  It is beneficial for students to hear and get input from other master teachers in our area as a part of their musical education.   Dates of our events our yet to be determined, but I will get those to you as soon as possible.

I hope you will consider this valuable opportunity for your child.  I am excited about of fostering a strong instrumental music program at St. Alphonsus School.  Thank you for considering music education as an important part of your child’s overall education!