Band Rehearsal Schedule 2017:
Merritt School is hosting band rehearsals this year (for both EHB and MMS students) 7:45-8:15 AM on Wednesdays! (please arrive at 7:40 to allow time to put together instrument and find your assigned seat). The doors are unlocked or propped open at 7:30 AM for those who need help with their instrument.
Bryan School students will be dismissed out the main entrance by the bell tower (where you drop them off) @ 8:15AM. Merritt students please stay to help with putting chairs & stands away. Thank you!
"Gold Band" are students who played in the Holiday Concert in December.
"Silver Band" are our new members, who will be joining us for the first time! Some music will be for "Gold Band" only, but our goal is to try as many songs you feel you can learn for our Spring Concert which is on Monday, 5/22 morning assembly at CHS and Tuesday, 5/23 evening concert at CHS.
Beginner strings are invited to join the Orchestra (separate music from band) beginning in January, once all notes on the strings D and A have been learned (page 19 in your lesson book).
Rehearsal schedule for orchestra: found under menu "ORCHESTRA (STRINGS ONLY)"
BENCHMARKS to reach:
Once your child learns the first five notes on their instrument (you can check their method books for progress - check marks or stickers are put on their music once completed in class), they are given the opportunity to join the combined band, comprised of students from Merritt School and Bryan School!
The band plays 4-5 songs in each concert, performing in December and in April/May . Any student taking lessons with me will have an opportunity to play in our concerts, whether it be 1 song, or all songs on the program, so your child can experience the joy of performing for an audience, and grow as an ensemble musician!
Benchmarks for Silver Band - Wind players and drummers:
complete 3 pages in lesson book or photocopied packets (knowledge of first 5 notes on their instrument, half notes, whole notes, quarter notes) Silver Band members play 1-3 songs in the concert
Benchmarks for Gold Band - Wind players and drummers:
complete 6 pages in lesson book or photocopied packets (knowledge of first 8 notes on their instrument, half notes, whole notes, quarter notes, 8th notes) Gold Band members play all 6-7 songs in the concert
Benchmarks for Silver & Gold Band - String players:
Strings are not normally part of a band (usually winds and percussion) so the parts are not player-friendly to violinists, violists and cellists. To play in the band, the students must have knowledge of the keys of B flat and E flat. This requires a shifted hand position which is not taught until 1st position is mastered.