Important: News and Info for this concert week

Greetings everyone,
Here is important information for this week and look for followup addendums if needed. I’m really looking forward to seeing you all at the concert this week!
Concert Rehearsals:
-At the beginning of the year and in a more recent email, Monday is a scheduled rehearsal date for the 6th and 7th grade bands. I am canceling that rehearsal as I feel the Wednesday rehearsal should suffice. 6th grade has been doing well. The 7th grade band has really worked hard, especially last week. I don’t want to over-rehearse them and have made some changes that will allow us to go into this week stress-free and centering on a solid experience.
-With that being said, the Wednesday rehearsal from 3-5pm is for all band students. Dismissal time may be staggered if a grade level finishes early. Your child will call or text you when we are finished but no later than 5pm as published. Normal school clothes are fine for this rehearsal (we only do a dress rehearsal prior to the first concert of the school year).
Concert Etiquette
I will send a separate email on this topic.  A strong recording of this concert is essential for our own legacy and for potential auditions for band events for next year.
Other news:

-We need everyone in school unless ill. Please don’t schedule appointments during band class unless it is dire. It happens so much throughout the year but this is our last concert for our teams and the very nature of ow music ensembles work is that we are dependent on each other for success and learning. Thank you for your support and understanding.

-The concert program may have other items of info as well.
-Please do all you can as parents to make this week smooth for the students and I.
-HUGE thanks to Nicole Drews for making the band membership necklaces (arriving before the end of the year) and to Aleasha Peck for the tons of extra help throughout the year, including chaperone coordination.
Spring Concert is on Thursday, May 23 at 7pm
Here are the report times for students for Thursday’s Spring Concert. As a reminder, these student report times/timeliness are also part of the student’s grade. All students will be in concert dress attire which has been communicated with parents and students.

Here are the report times for students for the concert:

-6th grade: Please be on the stage with instruments by 6:15pm.
(not arriving at that time, but fully ready to play with all materials). We will rehearse with you, take attendance, and we will review dress attire as part of the student’s grade)

-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 with all materials). We will rehearse with you, take attendance, and we will review dress attire as part of the student’s grade. Make sure to warmup and tune!)

-8th grade: Be ready in the choir room by 6:45pm with instruments ready to play (not arriving at that time, but fully ready to play with all materials). We will rehearse with you, take attendance, and we will review dress attire as part of the student’s grade. Make sure to warmup and tune!)

NOTE: Concert dress code for band members is the black band uniform (all black except white t-shirt underneath band polo). Please review prior emails or the band website (red folder) or the files section of our band Facebook group page for further details.

NOTE: For all attendees of the concert, doors will not open until 6:45pm. Bucks for Band donors wearing their donor button will be allowed to enter earlier. For any attendees with medical or mobility issues, please feel free to enter early. All others will need to wait patiently in the hallway until the doors open.

Chaperones Needed

We are still in need of chaperones for 6th and 7th grade if you are willing to help our students (8th grade is good).  Let Mrs. Peck and I know if you are interested as this is an important need. Her email address is listed at the top of this email. Mrs. Peck will contact chaperones and thanks to Christy Janson, Susan Viloria, Tim and Lisa Ahlgren, and Lori Cabean who have volunteered already!
A personal request
It has always been a great joy of mine to take pictures with the students at concerts during the year. For this year, I would love to get some pics with the students by our new decoupage sign in the band hallway after the concert.
I care greatly about our students. They are your children and my team. I will always care about them far more than they care about me and that’s the way it is supposed to be. Down the road I will be a distant memory, but for me they will always be a part of my life and I will truly miss every last student. As I get older, pics will all I have of them.
I know not everyone has the time and patience to wait around, but I am hoping you will indulge me with this personal favor, if not at the concert then perhaps before the end of the year.
Thank you
These words seem so insufficient at times to convey my gratitude and appreciation for all of you. Nevertheless, thank you for sharing your children with me and for enriching my life. It is my hope that I have influenced them in some small way, and I assure you they have influenced me beyond measure. As parents, you are truly wonderful as well.
I am friends with several of you and your counsel and friendship has been immeasurable. I am always here for you and the students if ever need. Please know that as you move forward in this fantastic life journey.
Finally….
This has been a great year with a little bit more to go. There are lots of plans for next year and I am excited to share more with you when the time is right.
Until I see you on Thursday, may you week be filled with happiness, joy, and accomplishment.
Forever grateful,
Marc Whitlock
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