Showcase Reminder

We are just two days from our annual Polaris Spring Showcase.  As a reminder, both bands will play.  There will be Advanced Band practice in the morning, but not for beginning band in the afternoon.  Beginning Band will meet in my classroom at 6:00 and perform at 6:15.  Advanced Band will meet at 7:00 to play at 7:15.  Any students who are directly coming from a classroom performance or will directly to a classroom performance needs to plan ahead.  For example a third grade student who is in beginning band would meet in my classroom at 6:00, play with the beginning band and then stay in the gym to perform with their class.  Please help them remember to take their instrument with them after the performance.

The whole schedule is below:

5:30pm – 1st Grade
5:45pm – Honor Choir
6:00pm – 2nd Grade
6:15pm – Beginning Band
6:30pm – 3rd Grade
6:45pm – Friday Jump Club
7:00pm – 4th Grade
7:15pm – Advanced Band
7:30pm – 5th Grade

A special note to 4th graders in Advanced Band.  You will need to bring your instrument and music with you to your 4th grade performance because the band plays directly afterwards.  It can stay in the case, but you will need to get it out very quickly while the 5th graders walk down to meet you.

Also, please read the previous post about the Advanced Band field trip and our concert on Monday!  I will post a reminder on Friday with last minute instructions as well.

See you Thursday!






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Important – Please Read!!

This is an important posting full of essential information.  Please, please, please read it for concert, showcase and end of year processes!

Spring Showcase Concerts! 

May 16th is next Thursday already!  Please meet in the music room 15 minutes ahead of the concert time to get your instrument out and be ready to play.  I could certainly use a couple of parents to supervise students and walk them down to the gym.  Please let me know if you are available to help.  Students should wear a Polaris t-shirt or comfortable school clothes.  This is not a formal event.  Following our performance, students and parents will exit the north side of the gym and proceed along Park Ave. West and reenter the playground through the blue gate.  **Be sure that students put their instrument in the case and take it with them after the performance.

Beginning Band: 6:15 Performance time – meet in the music room at 6:00 **Remember, there will not be band after school.

Advanced Band: 7:15 Performance time – meet in the music room at 7:00

Spring Concert at DSA

Thank you for your patience with scheduling this year!  We will perform at Denver School of the Arts (Montview Blvd. and Quebec) on Monday, May 20th at 5:30 pm.  Beginning Band needs to arrive by 4:30 to practice on the stage and eat a snack.  It is tradition that students enjoy a “pizza pick-me-up” before the concert.  I will order pizza to be delivered by 4:00, but will need help serving pizza and other snacks.  Please sign up here to volunteer or bring something to share.  Also, I could use help after the concert with hauling percussion equipment and cleaning up the concert hall – please use the same link to sign up.  This is a formal concert please wear your black and white concert clothes.  If you need to borrow black pants or a white shirt, please let me know by Friday, May 17th.

Advanced Band Field Trip to DSA: We will join the DSA bands for a day of musical learning on Monday, May 20th and remain there for our concert that evening.  Students need to arrive at DSA (no transportation will be provided from Polaris) between 8:30 and 8:45.  At 8:45 we will proceed to the band room for rehearsal and the day of playing, listening and learning.  Students need to bring the following: instrument, music, sack lunch, snack, concert clothes and a quiet, non-electronic activity.  Books, drawing, card games, and homework are all great options for this time.  Students may bring cell phones, however, they are only to be used to contact parents during designated times.  Feel free to contact my cell phone 303.830.2844 with any urgent needs during our field trip.  At 4:00 we will eat a pizza snack, enjoy the quiet activity and change for the concert.  Join us from 5:30-6:30 for a great concert.

End of Year Information

After our concert we will still have band!  It is important for us to reflect on our performance and celebrate a successful year.

Beginning Band: May 21st – we will play our instruments and enjoy a frozen treat

Advanced Band: May 24th – we will practice for continuation and enjoy donuts

Students using Polaris Instruments: If you are returning to the Polaris Band Program next year you may keep your instrument for the summer.  Please play it!  If you are continuing on to middle school or leaving the program for another reason, you must return the instrument before you leave for the summer.

Thank you for reading to the end!  I know it was a lot of information and I appreciate your attention to these details.

Please reach out to me with any questions – or 720.424.7884.

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Concert Date

Great News!! I just got the email from the DSA vice principal and Monday, May 20th is our concert! I have to confirm with Dave Hammond the band director about our field trip for advanced band.  More information about that soon.  Please add the 20th to your calendar.  I have adjusted the end of the year calendar accordingly.

There were several families who did not know about the beginning band cancellation on Tuesday.  To help clarify the dates for the end of the year, I have copied the schedules page below for each band.  Please note the end dates have changed.

Advanced Band Schedule Spring 2019

April: 4, (cancelled on the 5th) 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, (None on 26th due to Shakespeare Festival)

May: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20 (concert/field trip at DSA) This is a Monday!! No practice on the 23rd

Last Rehearsal: 24th with donuts (we will play our instruments as well)

Last Day is May 29th for 5th grade continuation.

Beginning Band Schedule Spring 2019

April: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, (cancelled on 23rd due to 5th grade Shakespeare performance) 25, 30

May: 2, 7, 9, 14 (no regular rehearsal on the 16th – Spring Showcase Performance)

Monday, May 20th is our DSA concert which takes the place of our 5/21 practice.

Last Day: 21st with a frozen treat (we will play our instruments as well)

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Schedule Reminders

This is just a quick reminder that beginning band is cancelled tomorrow 4/23 due to the 5th grade Shakespeare Performance.  Also, Advanced Band is cancelled on Friday 4/26 due to the Shakespeare Festival.

Concert update:  Unfortunately, the 23rd of May is not going to work out.  The next best choice (though not confirmed is Monday May, 20th.  I’m just waiting for final confirmation from the assistant principal and we can set it in stone.  Thank you for your patience!

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4/11/19 Schedule

Per the inclement weather policy, Advanced band is cancelled for tomorrow 4/11/19 due to the DPS late start. Beginning band will proceed as scheduled. Stay warm and drive safely.

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April updates

I can’t believe it’s April already! Please check out the Schedules Page for the rehearsal dates over the next two months.  A couple dates to add to your calendar are May 16th for the Spring Showcase (both bands play) and the prospective date for our May concert and field trip to DSA is May 23rd.  I’m still waiting for confirmation from Dave Hammond on this.  Please mark it in pencil until I confirm with you in the next week or so (I hope!)

Advanced Band parents please note that there will not be practice this Friday 4/5.  I’m traveling to perform with the San Juan Symphony for their Mahler concert this weekend.



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We are on!!

Beginning Band will proceed as scheduled today!  Because this is such short notice, it will be an optional class and will not count toward an unexcused absence for the concert.  I will do my best to connect with band students today to let them know.  Because I anticipate a high number of absences, it will take me a few extra minutes to make phone calls home.  It would help me if you could email me before 3:15 today if you child will NOT be coming to band today.

Thanks again for your flexibility!

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