Hello JH Band Students and Parents,
Here is an update on AWJH Band events and activities…
Winter Concert: Thursday, Mar. 5th, 7pm, at AWHS Auditorium
Jazz band will continue rehearsing on Wednesdays after school from 3pm-4pm. We have six rehearsals left until our concert on Mar. 5th:
Jazz Band Rehearsals: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, and March. 4.
The AW Band program is going to begin using SmartMusic software for some of our in class playing assessments during this next semester. SmartMusic is an amazing computer program that makes learning to play an instrument easier and more fun. During class over the next several weeks, band students in grades 7-12 will be registering for free SmartMusic accounts using their AW school email addresses. Mr. Ladd / Mr. Young will then create assignments based on the music we are currently working on in rehearsal each day. Students will complete these assignments by playing along with the SmartMusic software individually. SmartMusic provides students and teachers with immediate feedback on how well each student is playing/progressing on their instrument. Parents will then be able to view scores from these assessments in PowerSchool.
Students will NOT be required to purchase a SmartMusic subscription in order to complete assignments. Computers and iPads will be made available in practice rooms during regular rehearsal time for students to practice and complete the assignment. Students or parents who are interested in having access to SmartMusic software on a home computer may choose to purchase a home subscription (but again, this is NOT required).
More information about SmartMusic can be found by visiting http://www.smartmusic.com/.
OMEA Honors Band
15 Students from the AW 7th and 8th grade bands were accepted into the OMEA District 1 Honors band. This is a tremendous achievement and honor for our band program! Those students who were accepted into the honor band will be responsible for arranging transportation to the following rehearsals and concert. Mr. Ladd will be in attendance at each rehearsal and concert.
- Rehearsal: Wed., 2/11, at Sylvania Northview High School, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
- Rehearsal: Sat., 2/14, Sylvania Northview High School, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Rehearsal / Concert: Sun., 2/15, Stranahan Theatre, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm – Concert
Again, these events are only required for those students who have been accepted into the honors band.
Thank you and have a great week!