Concert Band

Instrument Introductions

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As the students are introduced to the various instruments over the course of this week, here is the link to the Youtube playlist that I have been using in class to highlight the different instruments.  Enjoy!

 

 

(You can forward through the list of videos by clicking the -> (right arrow) button in the player)

Spring Concert 2015 Week Information

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This week a is busy one for members of the Millennium MS Band!

The 2015 Millennium Band Spring Concerts will take place this week, as well as the Performing Arts field trip trip to Universal’s Islands of Adventure!  Below is a list of events occurring this week with pertinent times and info:

  • Monday, May 4, 4-6PM: Beginning Band rehearsal
    • no special attire needed
    • attendance is required for participation in the concert
  • Tuesday, May 5, 7PM: Beginning Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble Performance
    • Beginning Band dress/attire: Band shirt, black pants, blacks shoes, black socks
    • Jazz Band/Wind Ensemble: formal concert attire
    • Student report time: 6:25PM
    • Student report locations
      • Beginning Band: Band Room
      • Wind Ensemble & Jazz Band: Orchestra Room
    • Attendance taken: 6:30PM
  • Thursday, May 7, 7PM: Symphonic BandJazz BandWind Ensemble Performance
    • All groups: formal concert attire
    • Student report time: 6:25PM
    • Student report locations
      • Wind Ensemble & Jazz Band: Band Room
      • Beginning Band: Orchestra Room
    • Attendance taken: 6:30PM
  • Saturday, May 9: IOA Field Trip, 7AM-7PM

Congratulations!!! Superiors at MPA!!!

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Congratulations to the Millennium MS Wind Ensemble for their Superior-rated performance at the FBA Concert Music Performance Assessment!  The ensemble garnered Superior ratings from all four judges! I am so proud of our students and the maturity they demonstrated in their performance!  It was extremely fun to truly MAKE MUSIC with these students!  Congratulations on a job brilliantly done!

 

 

Wind Ensemble MPA Performance, Thursday, April 9, 6:00PM!!!

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The Millennium Wind Ensemble will be performing its Music Performance Assessment program on Thursday, April 9, 2015. They will be performing at 6:00PM at University HS in Orange City, FL. The performance is free!

The Music Performance Assessment is much like the “FCAT” for band. Participating bands perform for a panel of judges who assess each performance and render a rating. Bands are also assessed on their ability to sight read pieces they’ve never seen before! The students have worked long and hard to prepare the music for this performance, so come and and lend your support!

The itinerary for the students is as follows:

Thursday, April 9

  • bring formal uniforms to school
  • Dismiss with Car riders/bike riders/walkers
  • report to band room; get dressed into formal uniforms

3:45-4:15PM     Get into uniform

4:30PM      load bus

5:00PM      arrive @ University HS; set-up instruments

5:30PM      report to warm-up

6:00PM      PERFORM!!! (open to the public!)

6:30PM      Sight-reading performance (open to the public!)

7:00PM      pack up equipment; get a snack

7:30PM      watch a band, receive judges’ comments

8:00PM      load busses & depart

8:30PM      arrive at Millennium MS for student pick-up

Stetson University Symphonic Band Free Concert!!!

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The Stetson University Symphonic Band will be presenting a portion of its Spring Tour this Saturday, February 28, at 7:30PM at Winter Springs HS. The concert is free and will feature a wide variety of music!  The Stetson Band is generally regarded as one of the finest college bands in the southeastern United States, so don’t miss this opportunity!!!

Students can receive points towards their grade for attending this performance!  See Mr. Langston for details of how to earn these points!

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Beginning Band: Instrument Selection Time!!!

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Beginning Band students will be receiving their Instrument Approval packets tomorrow, September 3, in class.  This packet will be your guide to getting your student set up with an appropriate instrument and all associated accessories.  The goal date for starting with instruments will be next Wednesday, September 10.

While the selection of an instrument is a mostly joyous process, there are bound to be some sad faces tomorrow. Due to instrumentation needs, not everyone will get their first choice of instrument.  While all is done to make everyone happy, a good band has to have the proper instrumentation.  Our goal for this year’s band is as follows:

The Instrument Approval Form will look something like this!
The Instrument Approval Form will look something like this!
  • flute- 12
  • oboe- 3
  • bassoon- 3
  • clarinet- 19
  • alto sax- 7
  • tenor sax- 3
  • trumpet- 12
  • French horn- 8
  • trombone- 12
  • baritone/euphonium- 4
  • tuba- 8
  • percussion- 8

According to current student selections, we have the following:

  • flute- 7
  • oboe- 1
  • bassoon- 0
  • clarinet- 18
  • alto sax- 8
  • tenor sax- 6
  • trumpet- 10
  • French horn- 8
  • trombone- 11
  • baritone/euphonium- 1
  • tuba-6
  • percussion- 18
    • (with 4 students yet to choose due to absence)

So, our problems to solve are:

  • not enough flute, oboe, bassoon, or tuba
  • way too many saxophone and percussion

In anticipation of such problems, I instituted the following pre-requisites to the selection process:

  • Students must try out out at least 4 instruments
  • Students must complete a packet of assignments on basic music notation.  Students will be ranked on their score for these packets and those scoring the highest will select their instruments first.  When slots for a particular instrument are full, no more of that instrument will be accepted, and students will then have to go to their second choice.

Several students did not try out at least 4 instruments during the 3 week process, and many students did not turn in completed work on the music notation packet.  (Students had 2 weeks to complete the assignments in class AND at home.) Therefore, quite a few students have put themselves in position to not have their first choice available when it comes to their turn.

Also, if you are planning to rent from the school, here is some additional info:

  • School rentals are $100 (in addition to the $100 Fair Share for everyone) and can be paid in installments.
  • The following instruments are available for school rental to ALL students: oboe, bassoon, French horn, baritone, tuba
  • The following instruments are available for school rental to students on Free or Reduced Lunchflute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone
  • Percussionists rent a drum/bell kit from a music store and use the school’s equipment during the day.
  • School instruments are available on a first come, first serve basis until we have no more to rent.  Order is determined by the speed with which Instrument Rental forms are turned in to Mr. Langston. The school has the following instruments available for rental:
    • many flutes
    • 3 oboes
    • 5 bassoons
    • very few clarinets
    • few alto saxes
    • few tenor saxes
    • few trumpets
    • many French horns
    • many trombones
    • many baritones
    • 8 tubas

So, to conclude a post that is probably a little too long already, please let me know if I can be of assistance during this crucial time when you are getting equipment for your student.  Getting an incorrect or late start is a significant contributing factor in student success.  Please do not hesitate to ask me for help, clarification, or guidance!  I look forward to getting started!  It’s been too long since I’ve heard Hot Cross Buns!

 

 

Instrument Selections for Beginning Band!

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We are quickly approaching the time when beginners will be choosing their instruments for the school year.  The following is an outline of the events that must take place before instrument selections are approved and students will be sent to go acquire instruments:

  • Complete instrument testing
  • Get instrument commitments on the following instruments:
    • 8 tubas (4 from each class)
    • 8 French horns
    • 3 oboes
    • 3 bassoons
  • Review remaining instrument selections
  • Confirm instrumentation (within 1 of each goal listed):
    • 10 flutes
    • 3 oboes
    • 3 bassoons
    • 18 clarinets
    • 7 alto saxes
    • 3 tenor saxes
    • 12 trumpets
    • 8 French horns
    • 12 trombones
    • 6 baritone/euphoniums
    • 8 tubas
    • 7 percussion
  • Send out Instrument Approval Forms & rental packets
  • Establish date of First Day with Instruments

It is imperative that instruments not be acquired prior to receiving an Instrument Approval Form (with the exception of students that attended summer band camps and have prior experience)!

Having the correct instrumentation is a key component of creating a great sounding band!  The director must have governance over the band’s instrumentation in order to create an enjoyable experience for the students!  If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Mr. Langston for assistance!!!