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Millennium MS & Greenwood Lakes MS Pre-MPA Concert!

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This Thursday the Millennium Symphonic BandWind Ensemble will welcome our guest, the Greenwood Lakes MS Band, to a Pre-MPA Performance at Millennium Middle School in Millennium Hall at 7PM.  The concert is presented as part of the students’ preparation for the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment (MPA) next week.  MPAs are events used to evaluate student performance as an ensemble as measured against a set of standards (“standardized testing” for band).  A panel of area band directors will be present to give advice to directors after the performance to aid in student preparation.  Consequently, this performance is extremely important!
This performance is free and open to the public, no tickets needed.  The itinerary for the event is as follows:
6:25PM    Student report time (to the band room)
6:30PM    Attendance
6:35PM    Warm-up
6:50PM    Take initial performance positions
7:00PM    Performance begins! (MMS Symphonic Band, GLMS Symphonic Band, MMS Wind Ensemble)  each band will be performing 3 pieces

Come out and hear the results of these hard working and talented students!!

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

Spring Fundraiser

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The band’s Spring Fundraiser kicked off on Friday, February 3rd!

This year’s spring sale will be selling chocolate bars from Hebert Fundraising.  To avoid having students carry around boxes of candy, students will be taking orders for the $2 bars.  The candy bars come in 4 flavors: milk chocolate, caramel, crisp, and almond.  The candy bars are certified peanut free and gluten free.

Orders and money will be due on Friday, February 17.  Remember, Millennium does not accept checks, only cash or money order.  If students are very successful and collect a large sum of money, we strongly recommend that you send in a money order rather than having students transport the cash.

Please help support the band and our efforts to provide a great musical experience for our students!

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Fall Fundraiser 2016!!!

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Students kicked off the band’s Fall Fundraiser this past Monday in class!  Students will be selling items from the Savory Sensations and Tumbler brochures. The Savory Sensations brochure feature food items like cookie dough and other baked goods, while the Tumbler brochure offers tumblers of 2 sizes featuring popular college logos as well as the Millennium MS logo.

The sale runs from August 15 to August 31!

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 Apple iPad Mini!

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.)

Welcome!!!

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  We hope that you have had a restful summer and are ready to “get the show on the road”!

To get the year off to a quick and efficient start, complete the following tasks to ensure you don’t miss any important information!!!

  • Fill out the Millennium MS Band Student Info Form (click on the link).
  • Sign up for Remind notifications for your class. Create a text to 81010 and type into the message the appropriate code for your class:
    • Band 1 code- @mmsbb
    • Band 2 code- @mmssb
    • Band 3 code- @mmswind
    • Band 4 code- @mmsjazzb
  • Ensure that there area parent email addresses in Skyward.
  • Set up notifications in eCampus to receive student grade info. (available on Tuesday, August 9, 2016)
  • Band 1 students: Sign up for a time for instrument fittings:
    • at this link
    • Instrument fittings will occur on the following dates:
      • Thursday, August 11, 2016; 5PM-7:30PM
      • Friday, August 12, 2016; 4:30PM-7:30PM
      • Saturday, August 13, 2016; Noon-3:30PM
      • Monday, August 15, 2016; 4:30PM-5:30PM

If you need any help with these tasks, let Mr. Langston know at the following email: josh_langston@scps.k12.fl.us

  • Students completing these tasks will receive a treat in class this week!!!

 

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)

The Effects of Music on Students with ADHD

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An interesting, if brief, article…

A more in-depth review of these effects would be great to clarify what kinds of music, at what volume, etc.

Music and ADHD

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