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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8th graders going to Cedar Point

Check your email for the latest info….

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NEW date for the Mid-Winter Concert!

Hello Band Family,

After reviewing many calendars here at Discovery and hearing from parents regarding scheduling conflicts, there is no evening that seems to work for rescheduling the band concert. While we do require mandatory attendance for the students for these planned dates on the calendar, a rescheduling due to weather is a little gray to say the least with regard to making this work for everyone.
Therefore, we will be having our rescheduled concert during the day. Specifically, we will begin the concert in the Auditeria on Monday, March 12 at 8:15am with the 6th/7th grade bands, I will then dismiss those grades to go to first hour, we will take a short pause and then begin with the 8th grade band at the beginning of first hour at approximately 8:40am. Students may wear normal school clothes for this concert.
I will take most “extras” out that I had planned so we can move the concert along in a timely fashion. Less talking on my part as well. 🙂
However, we will have our rep from the mattress company visiting us as they require a parent meeting (5-8 minutes) to do this fundraiser. They understand this is a “Plan B” scenario and they are good with this backup plan.
More info later on purchasing a DVD of this concert.
For all parents, if you can join us for this makeup concert please do so. The entrance/exit plan for this event is that parents will use the doors that face the drop-off loop as these doors lead directly into the Auditeria. Parents may park as they normally do for a concert and also on the side of the building by the tennis courts.
Many thanks for your understanding and patience as we explore options to make our students successful. Thanks so much and see you Monday!
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Possible third option

We just discovered a possible third option for the concert rescheduling…..more later today or tomorrow.

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URGENT: Tonight’s concert is canceled due to weather

Hello Band Family,
With regret, I must inform you that tonight’s concert has been canceled due to weather, along with all the other activities as well. Safety and health first always. However, all the bands have been great and our momentum is very high right now. The students are playing so well right now.
We will look into rescheduling our concert as all the other activities will look to reschedule as well. This happened to the high school band earlier this year and they found a way to make it work and so will the Discovery Bands.
Though I am disappointed, hopefully having everyone home will keep us safe and off the roads to avoid accidents.  Be well everyone and more info soon.
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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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