Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Homecoming Schedule - ALL BANDS

ALL BANDS will rehearse after school Friday until 4:30 p.m. in preparation for the Homecoming Game (location TBA). After rehearsal we will partake in the school cookout, load the bus at 6:00 p.m., and hopefully be in the stands for the second half of the sophomore game around 7:00 p.m. We will play for the varsity game which is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. If all goes well, we should be back at SPHS between 10:30-11:00 p.m. Wear green/gold polos with jeans for the game. No shorts or ripped/torn jeans. If it is cold, wear sweatshirt/jacket (SPHS gear preferred). The team is doing really well this year. A bunch of band guys are on the team. Let's show them some great support! Go SHAMROCKS!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Permission Slips & Registration Forms

Well the year is off and running. We are busily preparing for upcoming performances and working on the fundamentals that should provide a solild foundation for the rest of the year. As a matter of procedure, parents should please make sure that they have submitted the Permission Slip for the year's off campus events and the Band Registration Form. There are still many students that have not returned these documents. Both can be downloaded from the links on the right sidebar. The registration form can be submitted electronically. Both forms can also be printed out and returned physically. If you are unsure, feel free to contact me or check your son's grade on Edline (the permission slip has been entered as a grade).

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pandora's Box is OPEN!

Well not really, but the website http://www.pandora.com/ is one of the coolest sites that I have seen to date. As a musician, it is a MUST SEE!!!!!!!!!! Basically, it is an online radio that you CONTROL and it is FREE! The user types in their email address and then can select music by genre, sub-genre, and even artist. They then create a "station" for that artist or genre that will play that specific artists music or something similar.

In my humble opinion, it seems like the variety and amount of music is unlimited. It even has music from obscure artists (even solo trombonists - how much more obscure can one get?). The only downside is that you can't download music, but if you want to take it with you, Pandora can be downloaded to function on an iPhone, on Facebook, or other file as well.

As a teacher, I am recommending this to all of my students. Yes they will probably only want to listen to "their music" but they should never again have to say that they haven't heard the music of ___ musician. I am not in the habit of recommending a website to people, but I have to make an exception in this case. Parents & Students, please check this out: http://www.pandora.com/.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Parent Tour Night & Practice

Thank you to all that made it out to the annual Parent Tour night. It was nice to see familiar faces and to meet all of you that are new to the bands. I hope that it was informative (& entertaining).

I mentioned my philosophy on practicing last night. To reiterate, your sons should be practicing on a daily basis. Ideally, you should not have to prod, cajole, bribe, or force them to practice. Ideally, they should do it because they love it. Ideally, it should be something that they look forward to.......

Realistically though, we all know that this is not what happens. Most students need a "nudge" to go to the practice room. After all, it is their "homework." In fact, how well they do their "homework" has a tremendous effect on the rest of the students in the band. The same cannot be said for most of the traditional homework that they are assigned.

It is perfectly acceptable to remind your son to practice. It is also perfectly acceptable to demand it! Don't feel as it is just "his thing." If not for your parental support, he wouldn't have even had the opportunity to play. For the amount of money, time, & energy that you have invested in your son's musical eductaion, it is expected that he gives his best effort. In the end he will thank you for it. I know this because my mom had to force me some days. I still thank her for it today.