Wednesday
Nov072018

And...we're back!

After a year-long hiatus from using this website, we're pleased to announce that this site will become functional once again, so check in for updates!

 

-Mrs. C.

Monday
May152017

Important End-of-the-Year Announcements

Good afternoon, HMS Band Family!

This is a long announcement, and I apologize. There's information in here about the concert, auditions, instrument check-in and more. As always, please contact us if you have questions or concerns so we can try to help address them.

This is the latest information regarding Thursday night's concert:
Beginning Band: 
  • Warm up/roll call at 6:30 p.m. on stage in the PAC
  • Wear band t-shirt (tucked-in), BLUE jeans (no holes), belt, socks, tennis shoes
  • Performance at 7:00 p.m., ending around 7:20 p.m.
Concert Band:
  • Warm up/roll call at 6:45 p.m. in the HS Band Hall
  • Wear band t-shirt (tucked-in), BLUE jeans (no holes), belt, socks, tennis shoes
  • Performance at 7:25 p.m., ending around 7:45 p.m.
Jazz Band:
  • Warm up/roll call at 7:00 in the HS Band Hall
  • Wear the uniform for YOUR concert band (guitar and piano can do the all-black uniform)
  • Performance at 7:50, ending around 8:05 p.m.
Symphonic Band:
  • Warm up/roll call at 7:30 in the HS Band Hall
  • Wear band t-shirt (tucked-in), BLUE jeans (no holes), belt, socks, tennis shoes
  • Performance at 8:10 p.m., ending around 8:30 p.m.
Wind Ensemble:
  • Warm up/roll call at 7:50 in the HS Band Hall
  • Wear your concert black uniform (what you wore for UIL)
  • Performance at 8:35 p.m., ending around 9:00 p.m.

PERCUSSION STUDENTS: Wear your maroon percussion t-shirt with the same color pants as your group. The Beginning Percussion class will perform during the Beginning Band concert, The combined Concert/Symphonic Percussion Ensemble will perform during the Concert Band performance, the Wind Ensemble Percussion Ensemble will perform during Symphonic Band's performance, and the combined percussion studio will perform during the Wind Ensemble performance.

Parents, because of the number of groups performing this night and the number of students it involves, we are going to do our best to keep the evening moving as much as possible. That said, award recipients will be recognized at the concert, but they will actually get their certificates in class on Friday. We really don't want to keep any kids here past 9:00 p.m. on a school night if we can avoid it. That makes for a late night for them, any younger siblings, and for you. 

6th and 7th grade students have their band final exam/placement auditions for next year starting Monday, May 22nd, during their band class. Each student will be responsible for performing the following:
  • 1 major scale in a comfortable range (Concert F, B-flat, E-flat, or A-flat)
  • Chromatic scale in student's widest comfortable range (as low/as high as possible with good control and tone)
  • Etude page (as far as the student can successfully perform)
  • Sightreading (8 measures of a simple melody the student has not seen before)
We have worked on scales with beginners since January to prepare them for this audition, and have offered after-school help sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students who needed/wanted help to prepare the etudes. This week, we are strongly encouraging students to review these items at home each night. 

Any student who earns and is offered a position in the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band will need to pick up a contract to accept the position offered to them. Those contracts are similar to the contracts students and parents sign when entering Pre-AP courses. They outline the expectations and requirements of membership in either of those two groups. Students will need to return these, completed and signed by both, himself/herself and a parent, no later than June 1, 2017. Failure to do so will forfeit their spot in that ensemble, and we will then offer to the next student on the list. I have discussed this with every class today and will continue to do so in order to stress the importance that these be returned on time.

Students who are using a school-owned instrument will need to have these ready to return on Tuesday, May 30th, in class. Brass players should bathe their instrument and apply fresh slide grease/valve oil. Any personal property should be removed from the case. Woodwind players (flute/oboe/clarinet/bassoon/saxophone) need to thoroughly swab the inside of their instrument, wipe the body and keys of the instrument down well, and clean out the instrument case of old reeds, swabs, and cork grease, and any other personal items. If your child will need an instrument for band camp or private lessons this summer, please email Mr. Acuff (brent.acuff@huttoisd.net) in order to make arrangements. If you would like to enroll your child in private lessons for the summer, please contact Mrs. Champion for information. Summer lessons in Hutto ISD are held one day per week (usually Wednesdays) at the Hutto HS Band Hall. Our lessons staff offer lesson times from morning through late afternoon and sometimes early evening, if needed. Prices range from $15-$25 per half-hour lesson with full-hour lesson times available as well. This is a great way to keep your child musically engaged and playing throughout the summer, and it helps with the bridge between 6th grade and 7th grade, and 7th grade to 8th grade. 

That's all of our announcements for now. I'm sorry for such a long email-the end of the year is the busiest time of year for band! 

Have a wonderful week, and I hope you can make it out to enjoy the show on Thursday night. The kids sound wonderful, and you should hear incredible improvement at all levels. Our staff is very proud of what our band students are doing, and we cannot wait to share that progress with you! 

Sincerely,
Mrs. C.

Monday
Sep262016

Sectional Schedule Fall 2016

This is for Concert, Symphonic, and Wind Ensemble kiddos:

Monday - Flutes

Tuesday - Clarinets, Oboes/Bassoons

Wednesday - no sectional

Thursday - All Brass & Saxes

Friday - Percussion

Tuesday
Sep202016

Fundraising Information for HMS Band

Dear HMS Band Parents,

      Tomorrow, we will kick-off our annual band fundraiser. The proceeds from our fundraiser serve a number of purposes that aid our program: purchasing music and supplies for our students to use in class, bringing in guest artists and clinicians to work with our students throughout the year, providing student meals/snacks for our students when they travel to competition, and helping individual students to earn money for their spring band trip are just a few ways this money helps our band students. This year, we are trying a new fundraiser with World’s Finest Chocolate. You may likely be familiar with their products already, as they are a popular fundraising outlet for a number of organizations. I am sending this email to you to explain procedures for the fundraiser.

 

     Every HMS Band student will receive a fundraiser contract. PARTICIPATION IN THE FUNDRAISER IS OPTIONAL. To give your student permission to participate, your child will need to return the contract with your signature to the band directors in order to check out a box of chocolate bars to sell. I’m also attaching a copy of the contract to this email. We will not issue chocolates out to any student unless they have a signed contract on file. Boxes of chocolate will need to be picked-up at the end of the school day. Students are NOT allowed to sell chocolate on campus.

     As students check out a box of chocolate, they will sign a slip of paper for that particular box. We will keep all of those check-out slips in the band office. Each box of chocolate contains 30 bars, valued at $2 each. Therefore, students will need to return $60 for each box of chocolate checked out. We are unable to accept unsold chocolate for resale. As soon as your child has completed sale of a box of chocolate, they will need to bring in the $60 for that box in the envelopes we will provide for them, and they will be allowed to check out a new box. We will continue this process through the duration of the fundraiser (until October 6th). On October 6thALL BAND STUDENTS WILL NEED TO TURN IN THEIR FUNDRAISER MONEY, INCLUDING MONIES FOR ANY CHOCOLATE STILL OUT. Please remember that WE CANNOT ACCEPT UNSOLD CHOCOLATES FOR RESALE. If you would prefer to write a check for the amount of the box, checks can be made payable to HMS Band.

     The Farley MS and Hutto HS Band programs have had tremendous success with this fundraiser in the past several years, and we hope to see a similar outcome at HMS. We can’t do it without your help, however.

     Please also help us in reiterating to your child that selling door-to-door is strongly discouraged as it is dangerous. We will discuss the dangers of selling to strangers in this manner in class tomorrow.

     I hope that all of this is clearer than mud. It’s a new process for us as well, but we hope that this fundraiser is easier on our parents and students and more successful for our band than the catalog sales we’ve done in previous years. 

Thank you so much for all of your help and for your support of your child’s music education. We couldn't do all of this without you!

Wishing you a great week,

Mrs. C.

 

Wednesday
Jun082016

Updating contact information - how to

Dear HMS Band Family,

We will be rolling our email database and servers over for the new school year (and sending 9th grade info to the HS database). You can edit your child's information by doing the following:

Go to charmsoffice.com
Log in as parent/student
Enter our school code (hippoband)
Your password is your child's lunch number

From there, you should see the option to edit your contact information. Please take time to update email addresses, phone numbers, etc. This is the primary means we utilize as a band program in HISD to share information with parents and students.

The information will be rolled-over for the new academic term by the end of this month. I will post an exact date for the roll-over once we establish that. If for some reason, you are unable to log in, please send us an email, and we'll do what we can to help resolve the issue.

Thank you for a great year! Enjoy your summer break!
Mrs. C.