After a fabulous concert last week our students get to showcase their talents again tomorrow night! The Beginning Band plays at 5:45 and the Advanced Band at 6:30. Please meet in the music room 15 minutes before your scheduled time. There isn’t any specific dress code for this event. A Polaris t-shirt would be a great way to show school spirit. I will be running (literally) from the gym to the music room to meet students and walk them down. Parents, please supervise your students until my arrival. If there is a conflict with a sibling performance (Beginning Band with 1st grade siblings and Advanced Band students with Kindergarten siblings) feel free to get your instrument out early and bring it to watch your sibling. Students can leave their instruments in the music room for the evening, but remember to come and pick them up before you leave the event. Please be considerate of that space, however, and use it only as an instrument storage space. I will do my very best to answer emails tomorrow morning if you have any questions or urgent needs.
I’m so excited for our performance tomorrow! There are a few last minute reminders for each band. Please read the announcements for your respective group. Thank you so much for volunteering to bring food, sponsor pizzas and donating your valuable time to make this event possible for your students. If you have not signed up to volunteer and would like to contribute either time or resources, please Click Here.
Beginning Band – Regular rehearsal is cancelled to give travel time from Polaris to DSA. Transportation is not provided. I hope you all have arranged carpooling, but if not now is the time. Meet in the concert hall at 3:55 or earlier so that we may begin playing at 4:00. Bring your instrument, music book and concert clothes (see the above tab). After our very short rehearsal we will go to the cafeteria for a slice of pizza and change into concert clothes. Concert begins at 5:00 and will last about 1 hour.
Advanced Band – Meet in the lobby of DSA at 8:45. There will not be regular practice at Polaris. Students need to bring: Instrument, music, pencil, water bottle, sack lunch, concert clothes and quiet, non-electronic activity. Phones are OK for contacting parents, but need to be off and in a backpack unless in use after teacher approval. They cannot be used as a quiet activity. Students will have pizza at 4:00, change into their concert clothes and be ready for the concert that will begin at 5:00. We will be finished by about 6:15. You may reach me on my cell phone at 303.830.2844 for emergencies. As this is my personal cell phone, please use your best discretion when using this number.
T-minus two weeks and counting until our DSA concert and Advanced Band field trip. The bands will perform in the DSA recital hall on 5/4 at 5:00pm. Before our concert all students will enjoy a slice of pizza, veggies and lemonade. Please see the following Sign Up to help contribute paper products, food, contribute financially or volunteer to serve or clean up. Please read the following specific announcements for your band
Advanced Band: We will meet in the DSA lobby on 5/4 at 8:45am with instrument, music, lunch, snack, water bottle, pencil, concert clothes and a quiet, non-electronic activity. Transportation to DSA is not provided, please make arrangements for your student. We will be on the DSA campus until after the concert at 5:00. A more detailed itinerary of our day will come in next week’s blog post.
Beginning Band: We will practice on the DSA recital hall stage at 4:00 on 5/4. This will be a very short practice. Please do your very best to be ready to play at 4:00. Transportation from Polaris to DSA is not provided. Please make arrangements for your student. After our rehearsal, we will get a quick slice of pizza, change and be back on stage by 5:00.
I always forget a detail or three from my concert posts. Please email me with any questions or comments. Thanks!
Mark you calendars for our spring concert on May 4th at 5:00 in the DSA concert hall. That will also be the day of the Advanced Band field trip to work with the DSA band department. More information to follow as the date gets closer.
I have had this listed on the spring schedule (tab) since January, but have forgotten to mention it in a blog post yet. We will not have band on Thursday of this week (3/23). Neither the beginning nor advanced will practice. We will have band tomorrow – yes, even 5th graders who are leaving for Balerat have band tomorrow. Students are welcome to leave their instruments safely locked in the music room until their return on Thursday (or Friday). Regular practices will resume after spring break.
Citywide band is on the bus and on our way back to Polaris. Estimated arrival is 5:15.
Beginning Band: Due to the 4th grade music performance “Drum Extravaganza” we will not have practice tomorrow 2/23. Practice will resume as usual on Tuesday 2/28.
Citywide Band: These are select 4th and 5th graders from Advanced Band. Our field trip is on Friday 2/24. Transportation is provided by DPS to and from Kusmiller and Polaris. Students need to bring the following:
- Water bottle
- Quiet, non-electronic activity or homework
We will leave Polaris at about 9:30 and rehearse at Kunsmiller all day. The bus will pick us up again at 4:45 for the return to Polaris. Because we will likely sit in a bit of rush hour traffic, plan on picking students up between 5:15 and 5:30. You may also pick students up at Kunsmiller between 4:30 and 4:45 if that is more convenient. Students may bring a cell phone to contact parents with a more precise arrival time. This is the only use for a phone and it should remain off until our return home. It cannot be used as a quiet activity.
Saturday, students need to meet at Kunsmiller at 9:00. Students need to bring the same items from the above list and concert clothes (same as the Polaris concert clothes – see tab above.) The concert begins at 3:00. The auditorium looks rather small to me (it could be my perception) I would plan on arriving early to get a seat. In case of an emergency you are welcome to call my cell phone 303.830.2844 (Please, please, please only use this number for emergencies!) I will check my email hourly as well. Please use email for any other questions or communication. I promise to respond promptly.
Looking forward to an excellent concert!
Greetings Band students and families! 2017 has come in like a freight train and unfortunately it took me a couple of weeks to update the schedule and band blog. Thank you for your patience! The spring schedule dates are on the “schedule” page. The noteworthy changes to the usual Tuesday/Thursday schedule are in parenthesis for each month. I would like to highlight the next two Thursdays as well. I will be gone to the Colorado Music Educator’s Association Convention in Colorado Springs on Thursday 1/26 so neither band will have class. On Thursday 2/2 I will be accompanying the Citywide Honor Choir students on their field trip. Advanced Band will have class in the morning, but beginning band will not. To be clear:
Beginning band will not have class this Thursday 1/26 or 2/2
Advanced band will not have class on 1/26 but will have regular classes in February.
There are a couple of events I would also like to highlight that would be of interest to band families. Thursday night 5:30-7:45 is the Talent Showcase and Family Fun night. Many of the band members are performing. Please come out and support them! Also, I will be playing my flute in a FREE children’s concert with the Lone Tree Symphony on Saturday 2/18 at 2:30 pm at the Cornerstone Baptist Church. The address is 9941 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO 80124. We will play excerpts from Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, William Tell Overture, Star Wars Suite and all of Peter and the Wolf. More information can be found at lonetreesymphony.org.