The following was sent home as a note last week to all band and orchestra students-
May 4, 2015
IMPORTANT END OF YEAR INFORMATION FOR INSTRUMENTAL FAMILIES
(please read through all of this important information, front and back carefully- thank you!)
Dear Instrumental Parents-
Our end of year Instrumental Concerts are scheduled for Thursday May 21st 7:00pm in conjunction with the Art Walk, and then again Friday May 29th 10am during our Friday Assembly. *(Typically our 2nd concert happens the next day at our Friday Assembly, but we have a special drama from the 5th Ave theatre group during our assembly on May 22nd; that is why concert #2 is on Friday May 29).
Thursday May 21st Concert: come early for the Art Walk (5-7pm), enjoy the student art work, food trucks and other festivities. Students can drop off their instruments and music in the music room before their call time.
CALL TIME IS 6:30pm for the concert that evening; students need to be in the music room with instrument and music in *concert dress.
7:00pm concert on the stage in Fairmount Park lunchroom
VERY IMPORTANT: ALL BAND AND STRING Students should bring their instrument and music book to school ON Thursday May 21st for a special combined rehearsal at 9:30am in the lunchroom.
*What to wear-
GIRLS- a dress or blouse with a skirt is preferred; nice slacks/pants with top is ok.
BOYS- a shirt with a collar (polo type shirt is ok);
BOYS & GIRLS- Please no faded or old jeans; you’ve worked hard on this music- dress up and look good because you will sound good!
Songs students should be practicing at home for our Concerts-
|BEGINNING BAND (all songs in red “Standard of Excellence” book)-
p. 12 #42 “School Song”
p. 13 #48 “Go Tell Bill”
p. 14 #51 “Skip It, Lou”
p. 15 #57 “Theme from Symphony No. 1”
p. 16 #63 “Bingo”
p. 17 #71 “Brother Martin Round”
p. 18 #78 “Minute Man March”
p. 19 #81 “Frere Jacques Round”
p. 19 #82 “Morning Mood”
p. 21 “Regal March”
“Ode to Joy”
|BEGINNING ORCHESTRA (all songs in brown “Essential Elements for Strings” book –
p. 14 #42 “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”
p. 15 #43 “A Mozart Melody”
p. 20 #70 “Hot Cross Buns”
p. 20 #71 “Au Claire De La Lune”
p. 21 #73 “Buckeye Salute”
p. 22 #81 “Michael Row the Boat Ashore”
p. 23 #86 “Ode to Joy”
p. 24 #88 “Frere Jacques-Round”
p. 24 #89 “Bile ‘em Cabbage Down”
p. 25 #91 “Lightly Row”
p. 25 #92 “Can Can”
p. 27 #101 “Baa Baa Black Sheep”
Stone Mountain Stomp
Sawmill Creek Winners
Congratulations to the following Sawmill Creek solo winners who will be performing at one of our final concerts:
Percussion: Quinton; alternate- Olivia
Trumpet: Cade; alternate- Rune
Clarinet: Claire; alternate- Naomi
Flute: Pixie; alternate- Opal
Alto Sax: Glenn; alternate- Elliott
Instrumental Lessons during Testing
Instrumental lessons will happen on our normal schedule during testing week. Parents: please remind your students to bring their instrument to school during testing week even if they are certain they will be testing during their lesson time. Students should continue to bring their instrument to school on their lesson day. If a student misses a lesson due to testing, they should come to my room during lunch recess that day for a make-up lesson.
Reminders to text or email
If you haven’t already signed up for my free text or email alerts, it’s easy to do and helpful for busy families. Just go to www.mrpendergrass.com then click on the GET TEXT ALERTS tab at the top for simple instructions on how to stay in touch. I will be using this service next school year as well.
Last Day for Instrumental Lesson
Final instrumental lesson will be the week of June 8th.
Returning School Instruments
If you borrowed a school instrument this year, please return it to Mr. Pendergrass at your last instrumental lesson the week of June 8th. Instruments cannot be loaned out over the summer, but if you are returning 5th grade instrumentalist and need an instrument next year, you will be on a priority list.
Instrumental Music Next Year
All returning instrumentalist entering 5th grade next year *should be promoted to Intermediate Band. 5th grade intermediate band students will be meeting as an entire group next year for one lesson each week, not in individual instrument groups as we did this year. This allows us to play together as a band or and learn more advanced band arrangements. We will continue to use the red Standard of Excellence Book, but will supplement with sheet music.
All returning instrumentalist entering 5th grade next year *should be promoted to Intermediate Orchestra. 5th grade intermediate orchstra students will be meeting as an entire group next year for one lesson each week, as we did this year. We will continue to use the brown Essential Elements for Strings Book (Book 1), but will supplement with sheet music.
*All students will be evaluated to see if they are ready to be promoted to Intermediate band or orchestra at the beginning of next year. If not, they will be notified by Mr. Pendergrass with a list of skills they need to work on before they can be promoted.
5th GRADERS HEADING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL
It is my hope you will continue to play your instrument in middle school and beyond. You should have your schedule firmed up by now with band or orchestra on your list of classes. Each middle school usually has a school music website with details about the music program. *If you need to borrow a school instrument, you should send an email to the middle school band or orchestra director before the end of the year letting them know that you would like to borrow an instrument in the fall.
Please refer to my website in June for tips on how to practice over the summer and stay in shape with your music muscles. It’s been a pleasure working with you all this first year at Fairmount Park.
Music Specialist, Fairmount Park|www.mrpendergrass.com