Monthly Newsletters and updates from the Band Director and Parent Boosters.
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!
Each class is now finding their groove as we approach the end of the first quarter. The Symphonic band is preparing to join up with the FHS Regiment at the home football game on Friday, 27 Oct by learning some pep tunes, the Star-Spangled Banner, and the Fight Song over the next couple of weeks. The Intermediate bands are finally prepped on the daily care of their instruments and are now able to take their instruments home to practice! Strings are learning chords on guitar and learning how tough it is to use a bow on each of the other instruments. And Beginning Percussion are readying themselves for their first solo performance test!
With the Intermediate wind instruments coming home, the students are able to exercise more personal responsibility for their playing ability as well as their ability to maintain an instrument. All of the instrumentalists will be learning how to thoroughly clean their instruments before the end of the semester and this is an important step in their understanding of its importance.
Similarly, as the Symphonic Band Parents can read about, the FHS Football game will give those students the chance to see what their future holds as they shadow the high school students through the rigor of a Friday nights' preparation and performance.
I am excited for you all to see what these students can do by our December concert!
Reminder for Booster Parents that there is a meeting this coming Tuesday, 10 Oct at 6 pm in the FMS Band Room. See you then!
I am Mr. White, the new band director here at Fillmore Middle School! I am very excited to be joining the Fillmore staff and to be passing along the knowledge that I've gained over my years of music study and performance to the students at our school.
Some things will look very familiar while a few different things will be going on this coming school year. As a part of Fillmore USD's Local Control Accountability Plan (or LCAP) we received funds to purchase instruments in order to start up a strings class! That class will be unique in that it will focus on small ensembles and will include chorus for the class. We will also be adding a beginning percussion class that will offer interested students the opportunity to properly play, perform, and maintain the wide variety of instruments within the percussion family before joining up with one of our higher-level ensembles or joining up with the FHS Band! The familiar wind bands will still exist at the beginning, intermediate (Concert Band), and advanced (Symphonic Band) levels and I look forward to fostering these students love for music.
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