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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Calendar updated for upcoming after-school rehearsals

You may go to this site for details: https://discoverybands.org/calendar/  and click on the event itself on the Google calendar.
-6th grade: After-school  on Monday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 22 from 3-5pm

-7th grade: After-school  on Tuesday 5/14, Wednesday 5/15 (both are recording rehearsals), Monday 5/20, and Wednesday 5/22, all scheduled from 3-5pm

-8th grade: After-school  on Wednesday, May 22 from 3-5pm

Attendance policy has been clearly communicated in many formats during the year. Please refer to the band handbook and other materials emailed to you and at the links provided at https://discoverybands.org/ on the red folder with the eagle logo, which is also at https://drive.google.com/file/d/11nwi1RRq-FQhh4DgIoE1oLLAPEHA-BmK/view?usp=sharing

I’m greatly looking forward to this push to the end as the music is significant, we are working through our growing pains, and we are greatly anticipating our final concert of the year on May 23 at 7pm. See you then!

With thanks,
Marc Whitlock

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Our Mattress Fundraiser earned…..(drum roll)……

$4,000

for the band and our students personally earned $650 in incentives! Thank you so much for “sharing” the word!

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MATTRESS FUNDRAISER – March 10th at Discovery MS!!!

Are you or someone you know looking to replace a bed in your home?  Now is the time. Discovery Middle School Band is excited to announce they will be hosting a one-day Mattress Fundraiser on Sunday, March 10th, from 11am – 5pm. There will be over 25 beds on display for customers to try.  The brand name mattresses are made to order, have full factory warranties, are available in all sizes, and are priced below retail.  In addition to beds, there will also be luxury pillows and even adjustable power bases! Delivery & financing is available. Visit the Facebook event and click “GOING”, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! SHARE OUR POSTS: https://www.facebook.com/events/343393699548009/

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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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