Monthly Newsletters and updates from the Band Director and Parent Boosters.
We have reached the final quarter of the school year, so we are preparing to send each of our students to the next grade level with all of the tools they need to be successful and getting ready to welcome new incomers from the elementary level. Our Area Concert was a good first step in showing elementary parents and all students what it is like to participate in music all the way through to High School. Students had a blast!
Hemos llegado al último trimestre del año escolar, por lo que nos estamos preparando para enviar a cada uno de nuestros estudiantes al siguiente nivel de grado con todas las herramientas que necesitan para tener éxito y alistarnos para dar la bienvenida a nuevos alumnos del nivel elemental. El Area Concert fue un buen primer paso para mostrar a los padres de primaria y a todos los estudiantes cómo es participar en la música hasta la preparatoria. ¡Los estudiantes lo pasaron genial!
VAPA Variety Night was also a hit this year even with a lower turn out from our instrumentalists. Students really displayed strong artistic ability from all of our Visual and Performing Arts courses and we are looking forward to next year’s event. A similar event is coming up on April 11th featuring students of the FHS VAPA department! It will make for a great Live Performance Review! More info on our band calendar.
VAPA Variety Night también fue un éxito este año, incluso con una participación menor de nuestros instrumentistas. Los estudiantes realmente mostraron una gran capacidad artística en todos nuestros cursos de artes visuales y escénicas y estamos ansiosos por el evento del próximo año. ¡Un evento similar se llevará a cabo el 11 de abril con estudiantes del departamento VAPA de FHS! ¡Será una gran revisión de rendimiento en vivo! Más información en nuestro calendario de banda.
The last big concert of the year is our Murder Mystery Spring Concert on May 22nd. Mark your calendars!
El último gran concierto del año es nuestro Murder Mystery Spring Concert on el 22 de mayo. ¡Marque sus calendarios!
Be on the lookout for a letter being sent home from our Parent Boosters regarding the attached upcoming fundraiser! Thank you for your continued support our music program, but, as we know, more hands will make the work lighter so please also support your students by making yourself available as a volunteer! More information to come.
¡Esté atento a una carta que envíen a casa nuestros Parent Boosters con respecto a la próxima recaudación de fondos adjunta! Gracias por su apoyo continuo a nuestro programa de música, pero, como sabemos, ¡más manos harán el trabajo más liviano, así que por favor también apoye a sus estudiantes haciéndose disponible como voluntario! Más información por venir.
Great Job at our Festival performance! Our students learned a lot from the experience and have since shown improvement in the classroom! A new performance to add to the calendar is the Fillmore May Festival on May 11th at Fillmore City Hall. The FMS Band is back!
Most of our fundraising is meant to go towards special trips like our Festival on May 17th at Knott’s Berry Farm. This is not a required trip but is a great opportunity to show off our skills and be rewarded for the year’s hard work! More details to come this month!
¡Gran trabajo en nuestro festival! ¡Nuestros estudiantes aprendieron mucho de la experiencia y desde entonces han mostrado una mejora en el aula! Una nueva presentación para agregar al calendario es el the Fillmore May Festival el May 11th en el Fillmore City Hall. ¡La Banda FMS está de vuelta!
La mayor parte de nuestra recaudación de fondos está destinada a viajes especiales como nuestro our Festival el May 17th en Knott’s Berry Farm. Este no es un viaje requerido, pero es una gran oportunidad para demostrar nuestras habilidades y ser recompensado por el arduo trabajo del año. ¡Más detalles por venir este mes!
CONCERT BAND / BEGINNING BAND / PERCUSSION
We are finishing out the school year by solidifying fundamentals, learning many more scales, and new techniques to make our music reading a lot easier. Ask your student about the new skills they have acquired including more precise breathing! As always, students should be working on endurance with consistent practice.
Estamos terminando el año escolar solidificando los fundamentos, aprendiendo muchas escalas y nuevas técnicas para facilitar la lectura de nuestra música. ¡Pregúntele a su estudiante sobre las nuevas habilidades que ha adquirido, incluida la respiración más precisa! Como siempre, los estudiantes deben trabajar en la resistencia con una práctica constante.
Students are on the 3rd part of their Folk Tune Research Project where they really get to be creative in composing their own version of the tune. Keep on practicing and writing your work! Mr. White will continue to use Remind and Teams (student laptop accounts) to keep students and parents up-to-date.
Los estudiantes están en la tercera parte de su proyecto de investigación de melodías populares, en donde realmente pueden ser creativos al componer su propia versión de la melodía. ¡Sigue practicando y escribiendo tu trabajo! Mr. White continuará usando Remind and Teams (cuentas de computadoras portátiles para estudiantes) para mantener a los estudiantes y padres al día.
Happy New Year! We have hit the ground running already for the Spring semester and we have plenty coming up that you should be made aware of. First up is this year’s Ventura County Honor Band Concert on Feb. 24th featuring some of the best middle school and high school musicians from across the county and conducted this year by renowned tubaist, Patrick Sheridan! It will make for a great Live Performance Review and we are hoping to feature some of our own students as they audition this week!
¡Feliz año nuevo! Ya hemos empezado a correr para el semestre de primavera y tenemos muchas cosas por venir de las que deberíamos estar al tanto. ¡Lo primero es el Concierto de Ventura County Honor Band el 24 de febrero con algunos de los mejores músicos de escuelas intermedias y secundarias de todo el condado y conducido este año por el reconocido tubaist, Patrick Sheridan! ¡Será una gran Live Performance Review y esperamos presentar a algunos de nuestros propios estudiantes mientras audicionan esta semana!
A new event for this year in the hopes of helping our students at each level understand what the next level is like all Fillmore Music groups are participating in an Area Concert on 28th Feb. during the school day. Another emerging event is the FMS VAPA Variety Night on Mar. 13th that features Solo and Ensemble performances as well as other departments art in an intimate “coffee shop” atmosphere. Please mark your calendars!
Un nuevo evento para este año con la esperanza de ayudar a nuestros estudiantes en cada nivel a comprender cómo es el siguiente nivel, como todos los grupos de Fillmore Music participan en un Area Concert el 28 de febrero durante el día escolar. Otro evento emergente es la FMS VAPA Variety Night el 13 de marzo, que presenta actuaciones de Solo y Ensemble, así como arte de otros departamentos en un ambiente íntimo de "café". Por favor, marque sus calendarios!
Be on the lookout for fundraiser information coming home so that you can find ways to support our music program. Our Parent Boosters have begun planning the rest of the year, but could use your input! If you would like to take part, please contact Mr. White for information.
Esté atento a la información de recaudación de fondos que viene a casa para que pueda encontrar formas de apoyar nuestro programa de música. Nuestros Parent Boosters han comenzado a planificar el resto del año, ¡pero podrían usar su opinión! Si desea participar, comuníquese con el Mr. White para obtener información.
Investing in the future of our program, Section leaders are preparing to go on tour to 5th grade classes at Fillmore Elementary schools on Feb. 8th.
We also have started our preparation for SCSBOA Festival on Saturday, Mar. 16th at Santa Susana HS. More details to come home in a few weeks!
Most of our fundraising is meant to go towards special trips like our Festival on May 17th at Knott’s Berry Farm. This is not a required trip but is a great opportunity to show off our skills and be rewarded for the year’s hard work! More details to come!
Invirtiendo en el futuro de nuestro programa, los líderes de la Sección se están preparando para ir de excursión a las clases de quinto grado en las escuelas primarias de Fillmore el 8 de febrero.
También comenzamos nuestra preparación para el Festival SCSBOA el sábado 16 de marzo en Santa Susana HS. ¡Más detalles para volver a casa en unas pocas semanas!
La mayor parte de nuestra recaudación de fondos está destinada a viajes especiales como nuestro Festival el 17 de mayo en Knott's Berry Farm. Este no es un viaje requerido, pero es una gran oportunidad para demostrar nuestras habilidades y ser recompensado por el arduo trabajo del año. ¡Más detalles por venir!
CONCERT BAND / BEGINNING BAND / PERCUSSION
We are working on our Solo and Ensemble skills and pieces as well as preparing to perform for the Elementary and High schools when they visit. Air flow has been a big part of our warm ups to improve Tone Quality and Intonation! Ask your student how to breathe! As always, students should be work on endurance with consistent practice.
Estamos trabajando en nuestras habilidades y piezas de solo y conjunto, así como también en la preparación para actuar en las escuelas primarias y secundarias cuando visiten. ¡El flujo de aire ha sido una gran parte de nuestros calentamientos para mejorar la calidad del tono y la entonación! ¡Pregúntele a su estudiante cómo respirar! Como siempre, los estudiantes deben trabajar en la resistencia con una práctica constante.
All students have been assigned their semester-long instrument and Instrument Loan Contracts have been sent home. These will allow each of them to take the instrument home as though it is their own! This will be increasingly important as they work to complete their semester-long Folk Tune Research Project. There are many deadlines to meet, so Mr. White will use Remind to keep students and parents up-to-date. Remember to sign up!
A todos los estudiantes se les ha asignado su instrumento de un semestre de duración y se han enviado a casa los Contratos de Préstamo de Instrumentos. ¡Esto permitirá que cada uno de ellos se lleve el instrumento a casa como si fuera el suyo! Esto será cada vez más importante a medida que trabajen para completar su proyecto de investigación de melodía popular de un semestre. Hay muchos plazos que cumplir, por lo que el Mr. White usará Recordar para mantener actualizados a los estudiantes y padres. ¡Recuerda registrarte!
November has arrived which signals preparation for our Winter Concert! The concert will be on Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30pm and is free for all to attend. Please mark your calendars because missing this for a student is like missing a final exam! All groups will perform and have the opportunity to help raise funds for our music program through our concert dinner! This concert’s Fundraiser Dinner is a tamales plate! They are $10 per presale meal, and include a drink. A Booster Letter has been sent out with more information.
The Live Performance Review assignment will be due the week before the end of the semester. Don’t run out of time to see a live performance to write up! Remember, it can always be turned in early!
During class on Wednesday this week (Nov. 7th), each group will be taking a yearbook class picture, so please have students wear their blue band polo shirt on that day so we look great!
Our visit with the Flashes Regiment on Oct. 26th was a wonderful time and we got to take part in a great win! Both Mr. Godfrey and the students are excited for the future!
Early in the school year, we elect Officers to help Mr. White with everyday tasks and representing the class for decisions. This year our President is Adan Topete, V.P. is Aryanne Munoz, Clerk is Joaquin Holladay, and Librarian is Jovany Perez! Congratulations!
Ventura County Honor Band audition information is out and some students that have shown potential and interest have gotten information and music. Audition times are set in December, so practice well!
REMINDER - Proper Concert Attire is: White Collared Shirt, Tie, Black Pants (no Denim), and Black Socks and Shoes.
We will have at least two performance tests before our concert so be sure to keep practicing!
REMINDER - Proper Concert Attire is: Blue Band Shirt, Black Pants (no Denim), and Black Shoes.
BEGINNING BAND / PERCUSSION
Work on your endurance with consistent practice. You will need it come Concert time!
REMINDER - Proper Concert Attire is: Blue Band Shirt, Blue Jeans, and Sneakers.
Starting our Winter Concert instruments this week! Awesome. Be sure to regularly sign them out to take home for practice!
REMINDER - Proper Concert Attire is: Blue Band Shirt, Black Pants (no Denim), and Black Shoes.
Strong to the end! A motto that our students need to remember as we approach the close of the school year. This will be the last update until the next school year, and it will be packed with information, as the coming month will be packed with events!
The first thing coming up is the last Parent Boosters Meeting of the school year. I sent home a letter from the current (and outgoing) President with your students with notice of our need to fill spots that will be vacated by our current Booster officers. They will be continuing on at the High School to keep up their strong support of our students! Our meeting is TOMORROW NIGHT (May 1st) at 6 PM in the Band Room. Any of you looking to play an integral role in improving and sustaining your students' education, now is the time!
In just over a week on May 9th, members of our Symphonic Band will embark on a journey to perform at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Their performance will happen at about 11 AM, just after park opening, then they will have the day to enjoy until park closing! They are also looking forward to possibly playing in the May Festival Parade on May 19th. Save the date!
Strings and Chorus have been working hard all semester on their Folk Tune Research Project and they are about at the point of showing off their completed work! Each student will have learned to play and compose at least a part of the tunes that they will perform in classrooms on campus in the coming month. You will have the opportunity to see and hear their small ensembles at our Spring Concert!
Speaking of, our Spring Concert and Art Show is coming up fast on May 23rd! As we did for our Winter Concert, we will again have food for sale and will be sending home envelopes for pre-orders. This was a very fruitful fundraiser for us at the last concert, even with a low percentage of students participating in the fundraiser. Everyone has got to eat anyway, so since you will be there to support your student, why not eat with us and help in funding our music program? Be on the lookout for more information soon!
Lastly, as we approach the last weeks of the school year, students that borrow school instruments will need to turn them in. Before they do so, students are responsible for bringing them back in clean to the specifications agreed upon before checking them out from the school. Each student has a checklist appropriate for their instrument (also available on the band website) as to what the expectation is for the cleanliness of their instrument. We want these instruments to last as long as they should, and, like any machine or tool, the proper care will extend its life and allow for future students to use it to learn! After they are all turned in, students will have the opportunity to sign a summer instrument loan contract for those that are looking to keep up the work they have done over the year. I certainly hope many students take the chance to do so, or even have plans to get an instrument of their own!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Thank you for your continued support of FMS Music!
As we begin the last quarter of the school year, we are preparing for the final push toward next year. Our 6th and 7th graders are already registered for next year's classes, incoming 5th graders have also made their elective choices and are being placed, while 8th graders look ahead to promotion to high school and the new experiences awaiting them there. However, before we get to all of that, we've got a busy couple of months!
Coming off of their festival performance last month, the Symphonic Band will be taking a trip to Magic Mountain on May 9th to perform at the Golden Bear stage, then enjoy the park! Participation in this trip will not affect students grades but will hinge upon the requirements as listed in the Band Information Manual. More information will be sent home soon!
Many students have already begun raising funds for their Magic Mountain trip with the current Mary Kay Fundraiser which ends on Friday (April 6th). All money is due by the end of the school day!
All students were encouraged to participate in this fundraiser, as the Boosters decided to bank students' funds from fundraisers as a way to boost participation across all classes and so that music students next year would have money to pay for their future trips as well! Students will usually split any earnings with the Boosters to keep the music program going strong and offset other costs.
The next fundraiser will be for 7th and 8th grade students interested in marching in the Fillmore Spring Festival. Students will be looking for sponsors for their March-a-thon to be held on April 28th. Information will be sent home soon!
Speaking of the Boosters, it's that time of year where we are looking for new parents to join in for next year. Our current Booster officers are all moving up along with their students to the High School and we need YOU to fill their shoes. Our next meeting on Tuesday, April 10th is a good time to start!
Important Upcoming Dates: Band Booster Meeting - April 10th; Symphonic Band @ Magic Mountain - May 9; Symphonic Band @ Spring Festival - May 19; Spring Concert - May 23
March and April are usually the most busy time for a middle school musician, and we are keeping the trend! Each of our students are likely preparing for band festival, preparing a solo or ensemble piece, and preparing for next years' classes - all while keeping on top of their other class work, of course. At the end of February, our Symphonic Band section leaders and Band Officers were even able to go on a day-long recruitment tour of all of the 5th graders of our Fillmore Unified elementary schools. The fun fact for the 8th graders of the group is that they were recruiting the future freshman of their high school senior year! A big reminder of the importance of their keeping connected to our larger community. They did a great job and as the 5th graders prepare for their promotion to middle school, many of them will now have a better understanding for what a music program is like at our level.
Next up for the Symphonic Band is a trip to Santa Susana High School for band festival. Information has been sent home with the students already, but some information has changed regarding the days' schedule. Please expect another timeline to be sent home with students!
Those interested in coming out to support the group and possibly see other performing groups from the area can see the listed schedule online and be sure to bring $5 for entry and students should take notes if they are using the event for a live performance review! For more info on other music festivals happening in the area go to www.scsboa.org.
VAPA Variety Night is coming up and students have begun signing up to perform and fulfill their course requirement. Please mark your calendars to plan on coming out to support our Visual and Performing Arts on the evening of March 21st.
Finally, this months' Booster meeting is on Tuesday, March 13th at 6 PM in the band room if you are interested in helping out with our upcoming fundraising or our future concert activities. You can also connect with them via our Facebook page! (Search "Fillmore Bulldog Bands".) See you then!
We have now started our second semester and finally performed our Winter concert. A big thank you to those that were able to come out and support our music students as the majority performed for the first time at the middle school level! It definitely made my first concert here very enjoyable and I look forward to many more to come. Also, through your support, our Boosters were able to raise over $200 to donate to Thomas Fire Relief funds as well as the same amount to support the purchase of materials, repairs, music, and more for our students' success in the classroom! And a reminder for you all, our next big concert will be May 23rd.
Moving forward, we have quite a lot coming up. This month, we are having visits from elementary school advanced music classes and we are planning a "5th-grade Assembly" tour of each of the schools with our Band Officers and Section Leaders to share with the general student-body what the Bulldog Bands are all about in time for picking their 6th-grade classes. On the other end, Mr. Godfrey and some of the Flashes Band will visit with High School information for our 8th-graders!
One of the requirements for our music classes is that each student perform in a solo or small ensemble group at some point in the school year. Usually, that occurs in the spring semester, and the opportunities are just starting up. The FMS VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Department is hosing a VAPA Variety Night on March 21st featuring each facet of our department. This will include an opportunity for our students to perform solo or in a small ensemble.
Another requirement is that students go out to enjoy a live music performance and there is one coming up where they would get to see students their age performing at a high level. The Ventura County Honor Bands will be performing their concert on February 25th at Ventura High School. They apparently sell out quickly, so check out www.vchb.org for details. Another opportunity are the local band festivals that are coming up, one of which our Symphonic Band is on a wait-list for on either March 9th or 10th. Middle and High school bands from all over Ventura County perform in front of audiences and adjudicators to show off their stuff. For more info on these music festivals go to www.scsboa.org.
Finally, this months' Booster meeting is on Tuesday, February 13th at 6 PM in the band room if you are interested in helping out with our upcoming fundraising or our future concert activities. See you then!
I believe we still have a concert to perform! The students are excited to finally share their hard work as we hope to actually hold our Winter Concert and Art Show next week: Wednesday, January 17th. Food service will begin at 5:30 PM; the doors open at 6 PM as the visual art students showcasing their work; Intermediate, String, and Chorus students will need to have their instrument and be ready to warm up inside the gym by 6:10. Everything else will be the same as far as schedule, donation need, and fundraising except that we will be taking a major portion of funds that we raise to donate toward our local fire victims.
Speaking of, we still have need of beverage donations for this event and it is still possible for you and your students to sell or purchase dinners for our Booster fundraiser! The last day to turn in order envelopes is this Friday, the 12th but we will take beverage donations up to the day before the concert!
Also, as in our last change, I know and understand that this is another wrinkle in your families' schedules, but I hope that each of your students will be there (they will be asked to do an alternate assignment if they are not) and that they and you will do your part to sell meals and help bring people out to the benefit event!
As a reminder, please review the concert attire expectations for our students. This will vary dependent upon the group that they are in. Most students that need them already have their polo shirts - those that do not, have not paid for them yet!
In the days following the concert, I will be demonstrating for every instrument group how to clean their instrument. A reminder: those students that are borrowing a school horn, in particular, are expected to return it cleaned! Along with the demo, students will have detailed instructions to take home that you can watch them complete! This is an practical responsibility that is a practice just as important as putting gas in, oil in, or doing other care for your car.
Lastly, if you are interested in helping out with our concert activities this month or any other future fundraising, we will have this months Booster meeting on Tuesday, January 16th at 6 PM in the Band Room. See you all soon!
As we approach the end of the year, the students and I are both excited to share what we have been working on in the classroom with our family, friends, and colleagues. Since the last update, our Winter Concert has been bumped to December 13. As has been done in the past, we are combining our efforts along with the Art department for the event and they will begin showcasing their work at 6 PM. Before that, we will have our dinner options available around 5:30 PM - enough time for students to eat and be ready to warm up at 6:10 PM. By now, you should have received concert information brought home by your student either with a flyer or just with the letter sent home the week of Thanksgiving (I have attached both so that you can be sure you have the information!). The letter details some of the fundraising opportunities that our Boosters have going within our concert setting. Please feel free to contact them with any questions!
This month we are also excited to take a long break from the rigors of academics to enjoy more of the holiday season! For most content areas, this simply means a "brain break" but for musicians, we need to keep up the physical practices that we have been building over the year! An over two-week break from any physical activity will make it much more difficult to get back into that activity come the new year. (We have all tried "taking a break" from going to the gym, right? Still on that break? Me too!) So I expect most of your students will be taking home their instruments to "keep up their chops."
With that, the Winter recess is also a great time to do some routine instrument cleaning/care. During the last week of school, I will be demonstrating for every instrument group how to clean their instrument. Those students that are borrowing a school horn, in particular, are expected to return it cleaned! Along with the demo, students will have detailed instructions to take home that you can watch them complete! This is an practical responsibility that is a practice just as important as putting gas in, oil in, or doing other care for your car.
Lastly, if you are interested in helping out with our concert activities this month or any other future fundraising, we have this months Booster meeting on December 5th at 6 PM in the Band Room. See you all soon!
It's November and the cooler weather has finally arrived. In the band room, it is a signal that it is the time for us to prepare music for our Winter Concert coming up on December 7th at 6:30 PM! We hope to see you there as we show off the work the students have done all semester.
At each of our concerts, we sell refreshments for our audience to enjoy before and between groups. We ask that the parents of our performers send in donated goods to add to our fundraising efforts. Information regarding what we need will be sent home with students in the coming weeks so be on the look out!
If you would like to connect with what's going on with our Boosters, fundraising, and see some of the things going on with your music students, we now have a Facebook page that you can hook up with! Please follow us for more regular updates if you are interested in media featuring your students!
This month's Booster meeting is on Tuesday the 14th at 6 PM. See you then!
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