7th Grade Band



This Week in Band!

  • 1st Day with Instruments, 8th Grade Band The 8th grade band will begin playing in class on Thursday, Sep 1!  I can't wait to hear our 1st hour, 8th grade band!
    Posted Aug 15, 2022, 8:31 PM by Dennis Kozian
  • 1st Day with Instruments, 6th Grade The 6th grade band will begin playing in class on Tuesday, Sep 6 or Wednesday, Sep 7.  This will depend on your child's band/gym rotation schedule.  More info ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2022, 8:33 PM by Dennis Kozian
  • 1st Day with Instruments, 7th Grade Bands The 8th grade band will begin playing in class on Thursday, Sep 1.  I can't wait to hear our 7th grade band students kick off the year!
    Posted Aug 15, 2022, 8:33 PM by Dennis Kozian
  • 2022-23 Jazz Band Auditions Auditions for the William Short Jazz/Rock Ensemble will be due on or before Sept 28.  Auditions will be recorded & submitted using Flipgrid.    Music was passed out in late May ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2022, 8:36 PM by Dennis Kozian
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Band Book

Our WMS 7th Grade students will use the Essential Elements-Volume 2 Method Book.  We will use the books all year, both in class and at home.  Books can be purchased at Marshall Music, Meyer Music or on Amazon.  



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Supplies

All 7th Grade Band Students Need 

the Following Items:

1.  An instrument in good working condition!

2.  Essential Elements Band Method - Volume 2 (can
 
be 

purchased  at Marshall Music, Meyer Music or on

 Amazon.


3.  A wire music stand to practice at HOME!

4.  PENCILS ARE PROVIDED TO ALL STUDENTS!!



In addition, plan on providing the following items both in class and at home:

FLUTE:  cleaning swab and rod (a handkerchief will do for a swab) & polishing cloth

CLARINET: 3 reeds in good condition (Mitchell Lurie #3 or 3.5, or, VanDoren V21 #3), cork grease, cleaning swab, mouthpiece brush

BASS CLARINET:  3 reeds in good working condition (LaVoz Medium), cork grease, cleaning swab, mouthpiece brush

OBOE:  3 reeds (Jones Brand medium are great), swab, reed case , cork grease, small water-tight container for water 

BASSOON:  3 reeds (Jones Brand medium are great), swab,      reed case , cork grease, small water-tight container for water 

ALTO SAX:  3 reeds in good condition (VanDoren #3 or 3.5), cork grease, cleaning swab, mouthpiece brush, neck cleaner, body cleaner (pad saver)

TENOR SAX: 3 reeds in good condition (LaVoz Medium), cork grease, cleaning swab, mouthpiece brush, neck cleaner, body cleaner (pad saver)

BARI SAX: 3 reeds in good condition (LaVoz Medium), cork grease, cleaning swab, mouthpiece brush, neck cleaner, body cleaner (pad saver)

TRUMPET:  valve oil, tuning slide grease (I use petroleum jelly), mouthpiece brush, snake and a soft cloth

FRENCH HORN:  rotary valve oil, tuning slide oil or petroleum jelly, mouthpiece brush and a soft cloth

TROMBONE:  slide oil or slide cream (I love super slick), tuning slide oil or petroleum jelly, mouthpiece brush, and a soft cloth

BARITONE:  valve oil, tuning slide oil or cream (I use petroleum jelly), mouthpiece brush and a soft cloth

TUBA: valve oil, tuning slide oil or cream (I use petroleum jelly), mouthpiece brush and a soft cloth

PERCUSSION:  See attachment at bottom of webpage!


Band Uniforms (Polo Shirts)

POLO SHIRTS! 

All of our 7th & 8th grade band students will be

 wearing special “WMS Band Polo Shirts” as part of

 our uniform.  The shirts will be worn at all

 performances throughout the school year.  The shirts

 are royal blue, with the WMS logo in embroidered in

 white.  We have used the same design since

 2008.  All families who already have a used polo shirt

 at home will not be required to order a new one

 Please be sure the used shirt fits your child! 

 

HOW TO ORDER:  More info will be coming home soon!  This students will be fit to a size in class, in September!


Our band uniform consists of:

  1. WMS Band Polo Shirt
  2. Black Dress Pants or Black Skirt
  3. Black Socks or Leggings
  4. Black Dress Shoes

Band Officer Elections

Band Officers will be selected in class the week of Sept 12.



The following positions are available:


1.  President (the band president assists the guest teacher when I am absent, and in some cases, will direct the band). In addition, the president helps take attendance and plan band celebrations.

2.  Officers (officers take attendance, pass out music, collect music and aid the guest teacher when I am absent). In addition, the officers help plan concert celebrations and stack chairs/stands.



Part Auditions

Part Auditions will take place the week of Sept 12! The audition material will be passed out on the 1st day of school.  All students are required to audition for a part placement.  You can also download the music at the bottom of this page!

7th Grade Band Spring Concert





WMS Band Calendar, 2022-23


1st Day with Instruments-September 1

The 7th grade band will begin playing on Thursday, Sep 1.  All students should have their instruments ready to go!!  I can't wait for our first class/rehearsal as an 7th grade band!


Your child should have their instrument in class on Sep 1. They should bring it directly to the band room the morning of Sept 1 and place it in their band locker!

Required Performances!

Our 7th Grade Band has 4 required performances:

Monday, December 12, Holiday Concert, NHS Auditorium, 7:00p

Thursday, March 2, Pre-Festival Concert, NHS Auditorium, 7:00p

Thursday, Friday or Saturday, March 9, 10 or 11, MSBOA Band Festival, Site-TBA

Wednesday, May 31, Band Spectacular Concert, NHS Auditorium.


March with the CHS Band!


Our 8th grade band students will have the opportunity to perform with the CHS Marching Band! The event will take place at McCamley Field, on Friday, September 30, from 6-8:15p.


More information will be sent home soon! I hope many of our students, regardless where they will attend HS, will take part in this amazing opportunity!


All students who perform at the NHS Band Night will be able to skip one playing assignment and automatically earn 3 points toward becoming a Band Olympian!


March with the NHS Band!


Our students will be able to perform with the NHS Marching Band on Friday, October 14, at Huskie Stadium!


The event is open to all 8th grade students, regardless of where they will attend high school.


The students will report at 6p at the NHS Band Practice Field (near the tennis courts/pool). We will be dismissed after halftime (typically between 815-830p).


All students who perform at the NHS Band Night will be able to skip one playing assignment and automatically earn 3 points toward becoming a Band Olympian!

Band Lockers

Students will select a band locker (located in the band room) the first week of school.  Your child can keep their band instrument & supplies in the band locker any time the instrument is not being used.  

The lockers can be secured with a master-lock.  Please have your child bring one from home.  This will keep your investment safe!  

Students who play clarinet, oboe, flute & percussion can keep their band instrument (percussion - mallets & sticks) in their coat locker, which is adjacent to the band room.  This is optional.  

Jazz Band Auditions!

Our students can audition for the William Short Jazz/Rock Ensemble!


Auditions will be pre-recorded (using Flipgrid) and are due on or before September 28.


Audition music is available now!  You can download the music on the jazz web page, Google Classroom, or, see your band director!


Check out the Jazz Band Webpage for more info!

Thursday, Sep 30 - CMS, 3:00-4:15p


Audition music is available now!  You can download the music on the jazz web page, Google Classroom, or, see your band director!


Check out the Jazz Band Webpage for more info!


Honor Bands!

7th & 8th Grade Band Students have the option to participate  in two honor bands this year:


1.  District XI Honors Band:  Tuesday, November 8 @ Plainwell HS.  Auditions must be recorded in early October, either at school or at home. 

 

2.  MSBOA All-State Honors Band: Takes place in mid-January in Grand Rapids (Devos Hall & Amway Grand Plaza Hotel).  Students will audition either on October 21, 22 or 23 (audition site to be determined - in the past, auditions have take place at Mattawan High School).


Stay tuned for more information!