Signature Sheets

Today the 7th graders got their signature sheets and played lines for each other out of the book in class.  They will need to get a parent signature over the weekend.  The sheet is due on Monday.  The 8th grade band learned how to perform pinwheels in class today and have started charting the drill for their last song.  6th grade band continued to make progress on their songs for the concert.

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In the Groove

Halfway through the first quarter, the band students have fallen into their groove for class.  Students are coming with supplies to class, setting up for class, and following the routine.  All classes are working on music for the upcoming concert on October 5.  The 8th grade marching band is also learning the drill for their pregame show at the Salina Central football game on October 9. 

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New Notes and New Song

The 6th grade band learned some new notes today and got a new song called “Dragon Slayer.”  The band will play the song, which uses the new notes, at the band concert in October.  The 7th graders are working hard preparing their songs for the concert.  They also are working on new lines out of the book and have a playing test of line 167 (Concert F Major Scale) on Friday.  The 8th grade band continues working on drill for their pregame show.  The first song is finished and they have learned the first set in the the second song, “Rawhide.”

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Learning Drill

The 8th grade marching band learned the drill for the first song out on the field.  The have one set (formation) left and they will be finished with the drill for Gimme Some Lovin’.  The 7th graders are working on new concepts out of the book that they will be able to use on the music for the October Concert.  The 6th graders finished up their unit over musical metaphors.  They made posters to illustrate the metaphors they created as a way to review musical concepts and terms.

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Creating Metaphors

6th grade band students reviewed important musical concepts today by creating metaphors.  They also played through two songs for their concert.  In 7th grade, the students played through all three songs for the band concert.  They also have been working on a chorale and a new scale (Concert F Major).  The 8th grade band members reviewed marching techniques outside today.  Several of them were introduced to the parts of the football field for the first time.  The students also marching in a circle while playing their music for the show.

A reminder that the deadline for students to turn in their shirt order forms and money is next Tuesday so that the shirts can be printed in time for the band concert.  If you will not be able to play for a shirt, please send a note with your student indicating their adult shirt size.

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Marching in all directions

The 8th graders can march in all directions now!  They also learned different step sizes.  In 7th grade band, they are working on their 3 songs for the concert.  6th graders worked on one of their songs for the concert.  They are also learning to use a technique called, “Creating Metaphors” to understand new musical concepts and techniques.

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Marching outside

Today the 8th graders went outside briefly (it was misting) and reviewed 8 to 5 steps and roll steps.  We also worked on some areas of the music that weren’t quite memorized yet.  In 7th grade, the students got their last piece of music for the concert.  The piece is in the key of concert F major, which is a scale they are working on in class.  They also took a quiz over sightreading concepts.  6th graders got a new song in class today called Turbo Rock.  They will get one more song and work on those three songs for the concert. 

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Marching begins today

The 8th graders started off class reviewing how to march in step when playing the music.  To accomplish this, they used marching boards where they strapped their feet to a couple of long 2x4s with 4 other people.  It was a challenge for some, but still fun.

The 7th graders learned a new scale today (Line 167, Concert F Major).  They also finished sightreading Ghosts in the Graveyard.

In 6th grade band, Mr. Bley had to be gone to work at the home football game in Manhattan.  Mr. Baker filled in and walked the class through a worksheet as they viewed portions of a video featuring the Canadian Brass Quintet.

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Band students finish strong before Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is traditionally a point in the first quarter when many teachers plan to finish up a unit.  Band students wrapped up some projects and are prepared to move forward.

In 7th grade band, students tested over line 171 (Concert Ab Major Scale).  This will be the third scale they’ve tested over.  They have all the music for their concert and will hit it hard after Labor Day.  8th graders have finished memorizing the music for their show.  Now they get to learn the drill for their marching show.  6th graders will get music for the concert when they return from their 3-day break. 

Today the 6th grade band elected their student council representative.  As a part of the election, they conducted an experiment and proved that when people listen to the message someone has instead of what they look like or what others say about them, they vote differently.  In fact 88% of 6th graders in a sample population of 48 students voted for a different candidate for student council rep when they voted according to what the candidate wrote down about why they should be elected, without knowing who it was.  They will find out who won after break.

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Students Continue Progress in Band

The 7th graders finished sightreading Chalumeau today.  Tomorrow they have a playing test over line 171 (Concert Ab Major Scale).  They will also be sightreading another piece called Ghosts in the Graveyard.  They are getting better at tuning each day.

The 8th graders finished memorizing their last song for the marching show.  They have a playing test over all four songs for tomorrow’s playing test.

The 6th grade band reviewed the two new notes and corresponding lines out of the book.  They are working on a new line for the concert called Sakura, Sakura.  Students who had followed the band contract the first half of the quarter earned “Cool Cards.”  They will be eligible to represent the band in Student Council.  Tomorrow we will have elections.

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