8th 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 2!  I can't wait to hear our 1st hour, 8th grade band!
    Posted Aug 19, 2021, 8:02 PM by Dennis Kozian
  • 1st Day with Instruments, 6th Grade The 6th grade band will begin playing in class on Tuesday, Sep 7 or Wednesday, Sep 8.  This will depend on your child's band/gym rotation schedule.  More infor will be sent home the first week of school!Please have your child keep their instrument at home until either Sep 7 or 8!
    Posted Aug 19, 2021, 8:04 PM by Dennis Kozian
  • 1st Day with Instruments, 7th Grade Bands The 8th grade band will begin playing in class on Thursday, Sep 2.  I can't wait to hear our 7th grade band students kick off the year!
    Posted Aug 19, 2021, 8:03 PM by Dennis Kozian
  • 2021-22 Jazz Band Auditions Auditions of the William Short Jazz/Rock Ensemble will take place on Sep 29, from 3-6p.  Your child will sign up for a 5 minute audition time slot in September!  Music was passed out in late May!  Keep practicing!
    Posted Aug 19, 2021, 8:06 PM by Dennis Kozian
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Polo Shirts - Ordering Information

POLO SHIRTS WILL BE ORDERED ONCE WE ARE BACK TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION!  We are using the same shirt/uniform as in past years!



Band Uniform

The 8th Grade Band Students will wear the following at all band concerts:

  1. WMS Band Polo Shirt
  2. Black Dress Pants or Black Skirt
  3. Black Socks or Leggings
  4. Black Dress Shoes
Our band families will order the polo shirts in late September.  More information will be coming home soon!

Supplies

All 8th Grade Band Students Need 

the Following Items:

1.  An instrument in good working condition!


2.  "Sound Innovations" Intermediate Method Book-


this will be passed out to our students!  We will use

 the method book daily in class!







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 web page!

Band Officer Elections!

Band Officers will be selected in class the week of Sept 13.



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 13! 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!






2021-22 Band Calendar

1st Day with Instruments

The 8th grade band will begin playing on Thursday, Sep 2.  All students should have their instruments ready to go!!  I can't wait for our first class/rehearsal as an 8th grade band!


Your child should have their instrument in class on Sep 2. Please bring it directly to the band room and place it in your band locker!


Required Performances

Our 8th Grade Band has 5 required performances:

Thursday, December 16, Holiday Concert, NHS Auditorium, 7:00p

Friday, December 17, WMS Holiday Assembly (1:55-2:40)

Thursday, March 3, Pre-Festival Concert, NHS Auditorium, 7:00p

Thursday, Friday or Saturday, March 10, 11 or 12, MSBOA Band Festival, Site-TBA

Thursday,  June 2, Band Spectacular Concert, WMS - Outdoors!


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, October 1, from 6-8:!5p.


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!

March with the NHS Band!


Stay tuned for more info! This is in the planning stages!

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 2 @ 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 on either October 23 or 24 (audition site to be determined - in the past, auditions have take place at Mattawan High School).


Stay tuned for more information!



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

Students who attend WMS, CMS and NMS can audition for the William Short Jazz/Rock Ensemble!


Auditions will take place on the following dates & times:

Tuesday, Sep 28 - NMS, 3-4p

Wednesday, Sep 29 - WMS, 3-6p

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!