BEGINNING INSTRUMENTAL FAMILIES-
*If you are 3rd grade family looking for information on instrumental music for next year, please go here.
Thank you for a great year of instrumental music at Fairmount Park. With our Spring Concert behind us, lessons are done for this school year and students no longer need to bring their *instruments to school. This doesn’t mean you are done learning on your instrument. Now that you have the basics down for your instrument, it’s time to keep moving forward by adding new notes and songs to your skill set.
*If you borrowed a school instrument
for the year, I have collected the instrument your child borrowed at our final
assembly concert on June 7 (for orchestra) and June 14 (for band).
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC NEXT YEAR-
All returning 4th grade students will be *promoted
to either the Intermediate Orchestra or Intermediate Band. This means that all
Intermediate Band students (flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, euphonium,
percussion) will practice together as a large ensemble once a week; and all
Intermediate Orchestra students (violin, viola, cello) will practice together
as a large ensemble once a week. I will send out a note in the Fall telling you
when rehearsals will begin for the 2019-20 school year.
*I am assuming all students will be returning on the same instrument for
the 2019-20 school year. Students who borrowed district owned instruments in 4th
grade will have first priority for an instrument in 5th grade.
Students not continuing to study their instrument in 5th grade
should contact Mr. Pendergrass.
NEW EXCITING MUSIC-
All Intermediate Band and Orchestra students will continue
using their method book (red for band, brown for orchestra) next year but
will also receive a folder with new
and exciting sheet music. This
music will be more challenging and have multiple parts.
WHAT TO DO OVER THE SUMMER-
If you have access to your instrument over the summer, spend
some time looking ahead in your method book. Learn some new notes and keep your
memory fresh by reviewing songs and exercises we learned this year. Plan an
informal concert for family and friends; get together with other band and
orchestra students and have a literal “play” date. Bottom line: do what it takes this summer to return in the fall with
the same or increased knowledge and skills on
your instrument that you had at our last concert in June.
Spring Band Concert, Wednesday June 12, song list (order at actual concert may be different):
Jim Along Josie
Go Tell Bill
Skip It Lou
Erie Canal Capers
When Love is Kind
Sawmill Creek soloists
Arrival at Normandy
Clash of the Super Heroes
Performers arrive at 6:30pm.
All concerts begin at 7pm.
Spring Choir Concert: Wednesday May 29, 2019
Spring Orchestra Concert: Wednesday June 5, 2019
Spring Band Concert: Wednesday June 12, 2019
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 school assembly concerts, you can wear what you typically do on a school day.
We are having choir after school today, February 14 after school at our usual
time 2:30-3:15pm. Thanks
DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT TO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY FOR OUR ASSEMBLY CONCERT!
arrive at school on Friday, bring your instrument, music and book to the music room
When the bell rings, go drop off your stuff in the classroom, then come right back down to the music room to get ready for the 8:05 a.m. concert.
*Parents: due to space restrictions in the lunchroom, this school-time concert is only for Fairmount Park staff and students.
Winter Choir Concert-
Wednesday December 12, 2018
Winter Orchestra Concert-
Wednesday January 16, 2019.
Winter Band Concert-
Wednesday January 23, 2019.
musicians arrive at 6:30 p.m. to the music room
Concerts begin at 7:00 pm in the lunchroom
Watch this short welcome video from Mr. Pendergrass
Hey there recorder players-
Some of you have asked for the music we are doing from the Charlie Brown Cartoons. Here are the links to “Linus and Lucy” for Recorder:
Linus and Lucy Sheet Music
Linus and Lucy audio practice file: slow tempo
Linus and Lucy audio practice file: medium tempo
Linus and Lucy audio practice file: fast tempo
*Brass players for Blues Night: Go here for your music.
You are invited to attend our second annual Fairmount Park Blues Night! Concert scheduled for Wednesday April 4, 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!
Students from the intermediate band and 4.5 Choir will be performing along with the “Falcon Allstars Blues Band” (aka *FABB), featuring FP parents and teachers playing blues music on bass, drums, guitars and keyboard that evening.
Dress up as your favorite blues artist or character and join us for a fun evening!