MPA Approaches!!!

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I hope that everyone had some amount of time to recharge during Spring Break!  I hope so, because these next 2 weeks are going to be very busy!  Student will be bringing home info today about the following events:
  • Thursday, March 30, 7PM- Pre-MPA Performance @ Millennium MS
  • Thursday & Friday, April 6 & 7, MPA Performance @ University HS (Orange City)
These events are required events (as are all rehearsals & performances) and are a significant part of the 4th quarter grade (so much so, that a student would have a difficult time passing the class if they do not attend).
MPA (Music Performance Assessment) is much like the “Standardized test” for music groups.  The key exception is that students are rated on their live group performance rather than how they do individually on a paper or computer test.  The concert this Thursday is occurring to allow students the opportunity to perform in an auditorium for an audience as a preparation for when they do it in front of a panel of judges at MPA.  We will also be welcoming the band from Greenwood Lakes MS to also perform at this event.  Additionally, we have invited area band directors to come and give comments to aid us in our final preparations.  This performance is open to families and friends and IS NOT a ticketed event (it’s free!)
Next week, both Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble will travel to University HS in Orange City to perform for their MPA adjudication.  The performance schedule is as follows:
  • Wind Ensemble: Thursday, April 6, 5:15PM performance time
  • Symphonic Band: Friday, April 7, 11:00AM performance time
Each band will be bussed to the event and will miss a portion of the school day.  Permission slips will be distributed tomorrow in class and will be due this Friday, March 31.  MPA performances are also free and open to the public.  Symphonic Band members will also need money for lunch for the day of their performance.  We will need several parent chaperones for this event (indicate your availability on the permission slip).
Parents, it is very important that students reinforce their parts by playing at home!  Please ask your student each day this week “have you played your instrument this evening?”  We will be going over many details in class that will be forgotten if they are not reinforced at home!
Thank you for your help and support of your student’s success!  Please let me know if you have any questions!
Josh Langston,
Band Director
Millennium MS

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