Millennium Band in a Minute: 10-16-17

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Good Evening all!
I hope that everyone has had a great weekend!
I am embedding below something new that I am trying: a set of short 1-2 minute videos about what is going on in band this week.  It is a link to a Youtube playlist, with videos for each level of band.  Simply click through the list to get to the class that is pertinent to you.  While each of these videos are around 2 minutes long, I hope to get things down to about a minute as things go forward.  It might be helpful, or it might not.  At any rate, I am giving it a try!  Let me know what you think!
Josh Langston,
Band Director
  • I can’t wait until I get to choose my thumbnails…

Middle School Night 2017!!!

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This year’s Middle School Night Performance will take place this coming Friday, October 20, 2017.
All information about this activity has been distributed to students AND has been sent via Skyward email.  Some notable pieces of information about this event include:
  • This is a performance that does affect the students’  grade.
  • It involves all of the students of the Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble.
  • Permission Slips are due on Thursday, Oct. 19 (but, the sooner the better!)
  • We need about 10 chaperones for this event.  You can sign up to chaperone this event at the following link:
Please let me know if you have any questions!  It is going to be so much fun!!!
Josh Langston,
Band Director

Beginning Band Instrument Approval Packets!!!

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As Round 3 of student instrument selections were completed on Friday, students will be issued their Instrument Approval Packets on Monday, August 28!

  • These packets include the following information:
  •  a letter to the parents indicating the student’s approved choice of instrument
  • a listing of the needed instrument and accessories
  • the names & numbers of local stores where the equipment can be acquired
  • school-owned instrument availability
  • timeline for when students need materials in class

Parents should be on the lookout for this packet and use it when going out to acquire the appropriate materials. The packet can often be handed over to music store employees who will gather the needed equipment. This way, you don’t have to know anything about the materials and the store doesn’t provide you with materials that are of low quality.

Our current timeline puts us at bringing instruments for the first time on Tuesday, September 5. This gives families a week to get needed equipment so that we can get to playing some sounds!!!

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The Instrument Approval Form will look something like this!

Fall Fundraiser 2017!!!

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Students kicked off the band’s Fall Fundraiser this past Tuesday in class!  Students will be selling items from the Blue Ribbon Farms Savory Sensations brochure, featuring food items like cookie dough and other baked goods.

The sale runs from August 15 to August 29!

Money raised through this sale can be applied to students’ Band Assessment for the school year ($100) or towards the rental of a school instrument ($100).

We keep approximately 40% of the money turned in as profit.  So, you can use this as a way for students to target how much to sell in order to cover the Band Assessment and/or school Instrument Rental fees.

  • $125 of product sales = $50 profit
  • $250 of product sales = $100 profit
  • $500 of product sales = $200 profit

Students can also qualify for prizes by selling 8 items.  For every 8 items sold, students earn a chance to pull a wallet from the Cash Bag.  These wallets include cash prizes and a chance to win an HD TV or a flying drone!

Families that wish to not participate in the sale of these products may send in cash or money order to be applied towards their student’s account. Please send in money in an envelope marked with:

  • Student’s First & Last Name
  • What the money is for (Band Assessment, Instrument Rental)
  • the Amount enclosed

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Ask your student to see this year’s brochures and begin planning out how you can best support the band this year!

  • Special note: The school’s money collection policy prohibits the collection of money via checks.  All money must be either cash or money order (money orders made out to Millennium Middle School.)

Instrument Fitting Night a HUGE Success!!!

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Thank you to all of the fantastic parents and students who attended the Beginning Band Instrument Fitting event last night!!!  The smiles that I saw on the kids’ faces are what gets me pumped up for the classroom!  I can’t wait to get started with instruments!

The next steps involve finishing up the testing of oboe & bassoon, having students making initial decisions, and checking our instrumentation numbers.  My hope is to be able to send home Instrument Approval Packets by the end of next week!  Stay tuned for news of the students’ progress!!!

Uniform Fittings: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, & Jazz Band, 8/15/17

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Welcome, again, to the 2017-2018 school year! As this school year gets under way, activities for the Millennium Bands are ramping up, as well!

To get the kids ready for the performing season, we will be holding our uniform fittings on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 6:30PM-9PM. For this event, we will need students to show up at the following times for uniform fittings:

  • flutes: 6:30PM
  • clarinets: 6:45PM
  • saxophones: 7:00PM
  • trumpets: 7:15PM
  • horns: 7:30PM
  • trombones: 7:45PM
  • baritone & tuba: 8:00PM
  • percussion: 8:15PM
If students are unable to make the above time, please let Mr. Langston know what time they are able to come (to cut down on long lines).
Thank you so much for all of your help with this!!!
Josh Langston

Parent Help Needed on 8/15/17!

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Welcome, again, to the 2017-2018 school year! As this school year gets under way, activities for the Millennium Bands are ramping up, as well!

To get the kids ready for the performing season, we will be holding our uniform fittings on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 6:30PM-9PM. For this event, we will need a number of parents assisting our students with getting properly fitted. Please see the info below and sign-up if you are able to assist with this activity! Thank you in advance for your help!

Click the button below to sign up for a time slot!

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