Dear FP Families and Students-
Thank you for a great 2016-17 school year. I hope you have a great summer and those of you playing instruments, don’t forget to practice this summer. Hold your mouse over the |BAND| or |ORCHESTRA| links above; look for your instrument and go there for some scale sheets and videos for your instrument.
Choir Changes Next Year-
We are making some changes to choir next year. We will still meet after school for one hour on Tuesday and Thursday, but we are making some name and grade changes for each choir:
Choir on Tuesday after school will be called Choir 2.3 and will be for students in grades 2 and 3.
Choir on Thursday after school will be called Choir 4.5 and will be for students in grades 4 and 5.
You will need to register online for choir again in the fall. Look for details in the Falcon Flyer September 2017.
Students in grades 4 and 5 have an opportunity to study a band and orchestra instrument with Mr. Pendergrass. This is a “pull-out” program during the school day and is in addition to their regular classroom general music class. You can find out all of the details about this program by clicking on the |INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC OVERVIEW| link above. All 4th graders will be getting more information and an opportunity to sample some instruments in the music classroom come September 2017.
Go here and refresh the playlist: http://mrpendergrass.com/final-recordings-for-intermediate-orchestra-and-intermediate-band-2016-17
It should show up as the third track after you refresh your page…
Dear Band, Choir and Orchestra Families-
The week of June 5 was our last week of rehearsals for band, choir and orchestra. If you borrowed a school instrument from me, please return it ASAP (or email me if you would like to borrow it over the summer.)
If you are renting an instrument, see if you can keep it over the summer so you can practice. Learn the major scales and rudiments I have given you and set a goal of memorizing at least two of them, up and down, before you return in September. Try and plan practice times around any travel plans you have. Set goals for memorizing the scales I have given you. (lost your copy? Go to your instrument page (band or orchestra) to download a new copy)
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT NEXT YEAR
- All 4th grade band and orchestra students will be promoted into Intermediate band or orchestra next school year. This means that your lesson will be once a week with the entire 5th grade band (flutes, clarinets, alto saxes, trumpets, trombones, baritones, percussion) combined, or the entire 5th grade orchestra (all violins, violas and cellos) combined.
- If you were a 4th grader in intermediate orchestra this year, next year you will be promoted to the advanced orchestra.
- In these combined rehearsals you will be getting band and orchestra music similar to “Theme for Spring” and “Simple Hoedown” in preparation for a Winter concert in January and a Spring concert in June.
- Come back to this website and go to your instrument page to find some resources for practicing over the summer.
Thanks for a great year!
FINAL SPRING CONCERTS AND REHEARSALS FOR ALL BAND, CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA STUDENTS
Final Spring Choir Concert: Wednesday June 7 at 7pm and Friday June 9 at 8am Friday Assembly.
Final Prep Choir rehearsal: Tuesday June 6
Final Cantate Choir rehearsal: Thursday June 8
FINAL INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS FOR ALL STUDENTS
The week of June 5 will be the last week of pull out lesson for all band and orchestra students. Any students borrowing a school owned instrument will need to return their instrument at their final lesson the week of June 5.
SPRING ORCHESTRA CONCERT (violin, viola, cello students):
Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 7pm.
Encore Friday Assembly Concert: Friday May 26 at 8am.
SPRING BAND CONCERT (flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion students):
*Special Combined Rehearsal for all beginning and Intermediate band students Friday May 26 at 12:30pm on the stage in the lunchroom.
Spring Band Concert-Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 7pm.
Encore Friday Assembly Concert: Friday June 2 at 8am.
SPRING CHOIR CONCERT (Prep and Cantate choir students):
Wednesday June 7, 2017 at 7pm.
Encore Friday Assembly Concert: Fri. June 9 at 8am.
Students need to come to the music room at 6:30pm for Wednesday evening concerts.
WEDNESDAY CONCERT DRESS FOR ALL STUDENTS: Students should wear black or dark bottoms and white or light tops for concerts such as: black or dark pants, black or dark slacks, black or dark dress, black or dark skirt, and black or dark shoes, and white or light shirt with a collar (polo shirts are ok), white or light blouse. You have worked hard to sound your best and should look your best for the evening concert! For Friday Assembly concerts, you can wear what you typically do on a school day.
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You are invited to our first ever Fairmount Park Blues Night! Concert scheduled for Wednesday April 5, at 7pm in the lunchroom. This will be a 30-40 minute concert and audience participation event of some soul searching, toe tapping, blues music!
Special Blues performances by the Cantate Choir, Ms. Cowan’s and Ms. Kelly’s class and introducing the fabulous “Falcon Allstars Blues Band” (aka FABB), featuring Fairmount Park parents and teachers on bass, drums, guitars and keyboard.
The show starts at 7:00pm but students who are performing need to arrive by 6:45pm. No specific dress code for the evening, but blues attire, (hats, ties, and sunglasses) is encouraged!
Thank you for helping make this first time event a memorable one.
To all Beginning and Intermediate String members-
Our Winter Concert is Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 7pm. All concerts are on Wednesday and start at 7pm in the lunchroom and include an “encore” performance at the next Friday during our Friday Assembly at 8am (January 20). Students need to come to the music room at 6:30pm for Wednesday evening concerts.
EVENING CONCERT ATTIRE FOR ALL STUDENTS: Students should wear black or dark bottoms and white or light tops for concerts such as: black or dark pants, black or dark slacks, black or dark dress, black or dark skirt, and black or dark shoes, and white or light shirt with a collar (polo shirts are ok), white or light blouse. You have worked hard to sound your best and should look your best for the concert.
We will begin our next round of choir rehearsals with new music for our Spring concert the week of January 9 (not the first week of January) as follows:
Prep Choir for Students grades 1-2 will start Tuesday January 10, 2017, 2:10-3:10pm
Cantate Choir for Students grades 3-5 will start Thursday January 12, 2017, 2:10-3:10pm
**You do not need to sign-up for choir again if you enrolled in September**