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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No instruments the first day of school. :-)

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School is almost here!

Hi everybody! School is almost here and I am excited to finally see your children after the summer break! Have a great week and more soon!

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More reminders for next week and beyond

Hi everyone,

The in-school concert is over and the student audience loved our band kids! It is my sincerest hope that everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with family and friends!
A few upcoming items to discuss:
1) The last practice log is this Tuesday (Yayyy!).  However, if there are students missing assignments or need to make up assignments they may continue to record practice logs for the next two weeks. There are many missing assignments for all three bands.
2) For the concert next Thursday, all band members must wear the full dress code as has been the norm for other evening concerts.
Here are the report times for students for Thursday’s Spring Concert. As a reminder, these report times/timeliness are also part of the student’s grade. Here are the times:

-6th grade: Please be on the stage with instruments 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 in the choir room by 6:40pm with instruments ready to play (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. After our short rehearsal, you will go to chairs by the Snack Shack line.

3) Mrs. Peck will contact the chaperones for next Thursday’s concert and touch base with you.
4) Several students were not here today and being the holiday weekend that is not completely unexpected. However, this definitely affects us is many ways and I can make certain adjustments in some cases. Calling the main office about an absence doesn’t help the band so if your child is going to be gone on the day of the concert or after-school rehearsal due to a school absence for illness, etc., please give me a courtesy call or email. If known way in advance the Request For Excused Absence Form would be appropriate as the accepted reasons are listed.  MANY thanks to so many students and parents who delayed their plans so their child could perform today and left for the weekend after the concert. I am very grateful for this investment for our students’ success! In the future, we will try to avoid an in-school concert before Memorial Day weekend and I have already spoken to admin about this.
5) There will be no 6th grade band practice after school on Tuesday, May 29th. As you may recall, I also had the 8th grade band listed here as well.
For Tuesday, the 8th grade trumpets will rehearse with me after school on Tuesday, May 29, from 3:00-4:30. They know this.
6) 7th grade will NOT rehearse after-school on Wednesday, May 30th. They are awesome right now.
7) There are several students/families that borrowed clothing from our Discovery Band Clothing Bank to be concert dress code compliant. I would like to have these articles of clothing cleaned and returned by Monday, June 4.
8) For all students who play school-owned instruments at home, we will turn in these instruments on June 4. All instruments at students’ homes need to be returned promptly on June 4 so please make transportation accommodations now.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you for sharing your children with me. I am often humbled by great days like today and realize that our band students are wonderful and I sometimes take that for granted. I thank you for supporting them in band. Through all the ups and downs of school and middle school life, they are great kids and I am truly blessed by knowing them.
May you all have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend with dear friends and family. See you next week.

Mr. Marc Whitlock

Band Director, Discovery Middle School

734-416-7960

www.discoverybands.org

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward

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