Pickup from Zap Zone

Hi all,

If your child plans to attend the Zap Zone event today, please make plans to pick up your child at or before 7:30pm. Time of arrival and pickup are flexible, but we do not wish to stay past 7:30pm as in the past we’ve had issues with timely pickup/
Many thanks and here’s to a great night!
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Concert attire/dress code for concerts

Hi all,
Tuesday is a BIG day….Dress Rehearsal Day!

Students will need to bring their dress clothes to school in a bag and I will give them time to change after school before we begin the inspection and the rehearsal itself.
The concert attire/dress code sheet you received for students has not changed. It is also located on the front page of our website and also in the students’ Google Classroom and attached to this email. Here is help clarification based on recent email questions:
-No t- shirts, no graphic shirts, no sandals, no flip flops, no tennis/athletic shoes, no boots, etc., are to be worn. Common sense. Nice clothes. Dress classy, not sassy.
 
-For clarification, denim and jeans are basically the same and are not dress pants or concert attire . Also, for girls, what a female may wear to school such as leggings/tights/yoga pants is not appropriate for a concert setting.
 
-Dress pants should have belt loops for the belt; Dress belt cannot be made of cloth or nylon.

-Students not meeting this dress code may not be allowed to perform and may have a reduction in grade. Parents should contact Mr. Whitlock with any questions.

 

(PICS and Dress Code sent via email)
If you have any questions whatsoever, please let me know immediately. It is imperative that no issues appear on the night of the concert as this detracts from the experience of the students and director. Tuesday is a “dress rehearsal” for students to wear the exact attire for what they will wearing the upcoming concert(s) so all issues will be ironed out before the concert. If there are issues I will let the child and parents/guardians know.
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Report times for Wednesday’s Winter Concert and other important info

Here are the report times for students for Wednesday’s Winter Concert (which starts at 7pm). 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: 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 affirmed attendees with medical issues, please feel free to enter early. All others will need to wait patiently in the hallway until the doors open.
IMPORTANT: In an upcoming email(s), I will share reminders regarding concert etiquette for audience goers. The last concert was far too loose for my taste and with this concert and future concerts we will be audio/video recording the concert not only for posterity but potentially for auditions for festivals for next year’s bands. Decorum and etiquette will need to be at a much higher level. More info coming soon.
Also, Mrs. Peck will contact chaperones and thanks to those who have volunteered!
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Report times for Tuesday’s Fall Halloween Concert

Here are the report times for students for Tuesday’s Fall Halloween Concert. As a reminder, these report times/timeliness are also part of the student’s grade. Also, for this concert only, students may wear a Halloween costume or regular school clothes. All concerts moving forward will be in the band uniform.

Here are the report times for the concert:

-6th grade: Please be on the stage with instruments by 6:30pm.

(not arriving at that time, but fully ready to play with all materials). I will rehearse with you, take attendance, and we will review costumes for the contest portion of the concert)

-7th grade: Be ready to play and tuned in the band room by 6:40pm 

(not arriving at that time, but fully ready to play with all materials). I will rehearse with you, take attendance, and we will review costumes for the contest portion of the concert. Make sure to warmup and tune!)

-8th grade: Be ready in the choir room by 6:50pm with instruments ready to play

(not arriving at that time, but fully ready to play with all materials). I will rehearse with you, take attendance, and we will review costumes for the contest portion of the concert. Make sure to warmup and tune!)

Mrs. Peck will contact chaperones and thanks to those who have volunteered!
Many thanks and see you soon,

Mr. Marc Whitlock

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New info!

Just an FYI that several emails were sent recently and there are new posts on our band Facebook page! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/DMSBandCanton/)

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PCCS 7th Grade Percussion Ensemble

Hello all,

The PCCS 7th Grade Percussion Ensemble begins next Monday at 4:15pm in the Plymouth High School Band Room.  Students know about this already and I wanted to make sure parents know as well.  The students simply need to show up, we’ll have everything else they need.
This is a GREAT opportunity to play music specifically written for percussion and to meet and socialize with other 7th graders from other schools in the district.
I hope you’ll join us! Check out the attached flyer.
Thanks,
Mr. Whitlock
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Details for tonight’s Instrument Pick-up and Beginning Band Parent Meeting

Hello 6th grade parents,

A couple of reminders regarding Tuesday night’s instrument pick-up and beginning band parent meeting:

-We begin at 6 PM with the band parent meeting. If there is room we will start in the band room. If there is not room we will move to the Auditeria. We will cover more details than we could at the Curriculum Night.

-Please bring a credit card or checkbook with you to set up instrument payments and also to purchase required music materials such as the band method book, cleaning kit, and wire music stand.

-Even if you already have an instrument it is important that you have all the materials. All parents were given the basic supplies list at Curriculum Night last week. If a student does not have their instrument care kit then we really can’t have them starting class as they will not have the necessary materials for daily maintenance.

-Students do not need to be there for the meeting but you do need to get the combination to their lock and their band locker number so that we can put the instruments and classroom materials immediately in their locker. I want Wednesday during class to be the first time we assemble everything together.

-Even if you think you have everything it is our first band parent meeting and it’s important that we get to know each other and that you have an understanding of what band really is at Discovery and some of my philosophies regarding education in band.

-We start with instruments on Wednesday during class.

-I had a call today that stated that no adult from their family could be at the meeting because “they had more important things to do.” They wanted me to give them the “gist” of it over the phone in five minutes. It is important that band is a priority in your child’s life. Not necessarily THE priority, but a priority. If the adults in the home don’t support their child learning this new and sometimes challenging skill, the class will have far less impact and meaning to the child. He is present and invested in this process as you possibly can. The child will never forget it.

-I am amazingly excited to get the process started with learning to play an instrument! This will be frustrating for them for quite a while so please encourage patience. No one will be good for quite a long time. As I say in class, every flower blooms when it supposed to and not before. 🙂

-ALL Forms handed out at Curriculum Night are on the home page of this website.

Those are the basics but if you have any questions please feel free to call me at 734-416-7960 or email me at marc.whitlock@pccsk12.com

Phone is much faster as I am overflowing with email and I’m finding it difficult to catch up. Three hours of email after work on almost a daily basis and I’m still not scratching the surface. Calling is quickest. 🙂

I’m excited to meet you all tomorrow night and start working with the kids with instruments on Wednesday! GO BAND!

Mr. Marc Whitlock

Band Director, Discovery Middle School

734-416-7960

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