Welcome (or welcome back) to the Millennium Middle School Band!!! I am so excited for what this school year has to offer! One of the most exciting things for me, as a teacher, to experience is the challenge of starting a brand new year with brand new musicians and new “arrangements” of returning musicians! We have so many cool things planned for this year! I can’t wait to get started!
Be sure to look out for new info on this site to keep up to date on the latest band events! When this site is updated, notices are automatically posted to our Facebook Page, Millennium MS Band, and to our Twitter account, @MillenniumBand. I will also send new articles out via our Remind account and through the Skyward email system.
I am looking forward to seeing our returning friends, making new ones, and creating awesome music this year! Stay Tuned!!!
This Thursday the Millennium Symphonic Band & Wind 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)
6:50PM 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!!
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!
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!