Reminders for the Mid-Winter concert!

Hi all,

-Concert music begins at 7pm

-Concert Dress is the same as last time, polos and all black. (we should have this perfect by now).

-Doors open for parents at 6:45pm.

Here are the report times for students for the Mid-Winter Concert. As a reminder, these report times/arriving on time are also part of the student’s grade. Here are the times:
–6th grade: Please be on the stage with instruments completely ready by 6:15pm. I will take attendance and do a concert attire inspection before our mini-rehearsal.

–7th grade: Be ready to play and tuned in the band room by 6:30pm (not arriving at that time, but fully ready to play). I will rehearse with you, take attendance, and do a concert attire inspection. Make sure to warmup and tune.

–8th grade:  Be ready to play and tuned in the band room by 6:45pm (not arriving at that time, but fully ready to play). After I am finished with 7th grade I will come to rehearse, take attendance, and do a concert attire inspection. Make sure to warmup and tune.

-All students will stay for the entire concert from start to finish of all three bands. This is part of their concert requirement and the expectation of supporting all our teammates.

-We will have a few guest speakers, so let’s make sure to listen with courtesy and kindness.

-Important: This concert will be recorded in audio and video formats, and the audio portion will be used as audition material for events for next year. Please make every effort to make sure that small children are not making loud sounds during our performance.

Performances and Concert Attire (from the band handbook):
Attendance to all performances is mandatory. A lowered grade will be assessed for the quarter without an excused absence.

Students not meeting this dress code may not be allowed to perform and may have a reduction in grade.

As stated in the band handbook, please do not call the main office to find out about rehearsals or any band business. This happens way too frequently and this really ties up the office staff’s time and delays their efficiency to handle pertinent business (and sometimes urgent business) to answer questions that have already been answered by me. They often have to call me in the middle of class to ask these questions which interrupts our learning process. As always, please contact me directly for any band business. Phone is fastest and the number is below.

A reminder about concert etiquette:

What Is Good Concert Etiquette?

It is the behavior that is considered appropriate and polite while enjoying or performing a live musical performance. Good concert etiquette shows respect for the conductor, performers, other audience members, and the music that is being performed.



What Should I Do As An Audience Member?

  1. Sit quietly and wait for the concert to begin. You may talk softly while you are waiting. Do not talk or make noises during the performance. It can be very distracting to the performers and other audience members.
  2. Applaud after each full piece of music has been completed.
  3. Sit quietly during the performance. When a performing organization presents a concert, they are putting forth their best effort; and they should expect the same from those in the audience.
  4. Keep concert programs quiet during the performance.
  5. If you must get up to leave during a concert, do so only at the end of a group’s performance or between pieces. It is best if you stay for the entire concert.
  6. Cell phones should be turned off or to mute. Watches set to beep on the hour should also be turned off. These high-pitched beeps are distracting to everyone.  Listening to music with earbuds or playing games on a tablet or phone during the performance is impolite to the performers and can be considered rude to other audience members. The light is distracting to everyone. Our etiquette must be better than the audience of a movie theater as we are here to support out children, on and off the stage.
  7. Please use discretion in taking photos. Flash photos during a performance are extremely distracting for all.
  8. If you are going to video record your child from a device, please do so from the back of the room or on the sides. Please do not use devices at if you are near the center aisle as our videographer, Mrs. Merner, will be using this vertical space to record the students and we do not want devices seen or heard during the video recording.
  9. Parents should keep small children seated with them and not allow them to move around during the concert.  If very young children become restless and disrupt others’ ability to listen and enjoy the concert, please take them from the performance area until they are quiet.
  10. Please remove all hats.




What Should I Do As A Performer?

  1. While on stage, act as professionally as possible. If mistakes are made make every attempt not to call attention to it.
  2. Dress appropriately.
  3. Do not wave or talk to performers or audience members.
  4. Help others by setting a good example.  Stay quiet.  Keep focused.
  5. Sit quietly with hands and feet to yourself, listen and learn. Do not play with devices or toys or other objects. No devices of any kind are allowed.
  6. Stay in one place without standing up.
  7. Show appreciation for the efforts of other groups.  Be respectful.

Thanks for your patience with all the reminders but so many infractions occur that take my time away from students and music so I want to make sure to clearly communicate the expectations once again. If there any questions or you need clarification, please contact me.

I am SO excited to see you all at the concert!

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