Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekly Update 1/9/2016

Announcements - Week of January 9th, 2016

6th Grade Band:   The next playing example will be due on Google Classroom by Friday, January 20th.  This is the first week of the second semester.  The example is #84 in your method book.

7th and 8th Grade Bands:  Please start talking to your parents about your electives for next year.  We would very much like to see you join us in the high school band!  Mr. Parpart will be calling you down soon to sit with you to discuss your options.

High School Band:  ALL playing test examples are absolutely DUE by the end of the day today (Monday, January 9th).  Chair placements need to be determined and OMEA Festival Music begun!

Also, please begin to think about your participation in band next year.  In a week or so you will be asked to let us (the band staff) know whether you'll be joining us next season!

Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner:  The spaghetti dinner is slated for Thursday, January 26th, and will be held in the school cafeteria.  Diners will be entertained by some of our talented Solo and and Ensemble participants.  More information from the music boosters to follow!

Jazz Band:  Will continue from 3:00 - 3:45 every Monday and Wednesday.

Pep Band:  We'll see you this Thursday (Jan. 12th).  Rehearsal time is 6:15 PM, with set-up in the Gym at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Weekly Update 1/3/2016

Happy New Year!

     Well, here we are in 2017, and we're jumping in with our feet running!  Please remember to check both the Music Department Blog AND Facebook each week so you are kept up to date with what is happening in the music department.

Please read below!

6th Grade band:  There will be no more performance examples due until next marking period.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't practice, though!

7th and 8th Grade Bands:  Beginning 3rd marking period you will be responsible for checking your bi-weekly ( that is, one every 2 weeks!) assignment on Google Classroom, practicing the example(s) and recording them to be reviewed by Mr. D. on Google Classroom.  Grades will be posted on Power Teacher only!

High School Band:  Your Performance Tests are due on Google Classroom by this Friday (that's in only 4 days!!!)  This is a 100 point grade!  You can also play it "live" in the band office this Friday during period 9 or during a study hall if you'd rather!

OMEA Solo and Ensemble Help/Coaching:  is available every Tuesday and Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM.  Take advantage of it!  OMEA Solo and Ensemble performances are on Saturday, Jan. 28th!

Jazz Band:  Will continue to practice every Monday and Wednesday 3-3:45 PM.

Middle School Jazz Band:  "NEW" sign-ups will begin today and are located on the white board in the band room.  We cannot guarantee that everyone will get-in, but it's worth the try!  Practices will begin in 3rd marking period on Thursday afternoons from 3:00-3:45 PM. ( First practice is Thursday, Jan 19th )

Pep Band:  Our next game is next Thursday, Jan. 12th!  (Girl's Home)

Disney Trip:  Rooming and Bus list sign-ups will be posted momentarily.   Start talking to your friends to see how you'll put your room together.  There MUST be 4 students to a room!   No exceptions!

Disney Parade Music:  Will be distributed (and start to practice) this week.  Music MUST be memorized!

2016-17 Marching Band Registrations:  Believe it or not, we're beginning to make decisions on next year's show music.  Please start thinking about band for next season as Mr. Parpart will be calling you down soon to put together your classes for next year!  A "tentative" marching band questionaire will be distributed momentarily so the staff "can get an idea" of who we we'll have in band next season.  We have a "super" Freshmen class coming up and want them all in band with us!

2016-17 Marching Band Expenses:   Marching band expenses will NOT increase for next season, and will hold steady at $75.00.  This is for the dry-cleaning / supplies and equipment cost.  All incoming freshmen and new members will need to attend the annual marching band meeting in April and will need to bring-along at least one (1) of their parents.  Marching band expense payments for dry cleaning, band polos, shoes, t-shirts, etc... WILL be accepted at the end of the meeting.  ALL MARCHING BAND PAYMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE PARADE AT END OF JUNE!   After that date the marching staff will not be back at school until the start of band camp in August!

Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner:  The Centerburg Music Boosters will be hosting their "biggest" fundraiser of the year on January 26th.  The fundraiser spaghetti dinner will be held in our own cafeteria, and will feature solo and ensemble performances by many of our talented students!  Bring the family, enjoy some great food and entertainment and help support the Centerburg Music Department! More information to follow shortly!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


We are so excited for 2017 and the upcoming Disney Trip! 

We want to put out a final call for those who may want to sign up as chaperones. We could still use some, and there have been several parents who have spoken to us about it, but never signed up. If you are interested in being a chaperone, please let us know by the end of December. You can contact Mrs. Culbertson by email We need to have it all finalized so that we can make the last preparations. 

Merry Christmas and we'll see you in the New Year! When we come back we will only have 63 days of school until the trip! 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Happy Vacae!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Congrats to the high school, elementary and 6th grade bands, choirs and Orff Ensemble for some super-dee-duper holiday concert performances!  

Please don't forget that the 7th and 8th grade band and choir concert is tonight; (Tuesday, Dec. 20th)  Students should arrive by 6:30 PM and PLEASE bring-in a baked good for our annual holiday bake sale!

High School Band:  PLEASE remember that your performance tests are due on Google Classroom BY Friday, Jan 6th.  Please don't wait 'till the last minute.  Do it NOW!  You must see the High School Band Google Classroom page to register and view the assignment!  ( Scale sheets and sight-reading has already been distributed ). While you should try to record your playing test either as an audio or a video and attach it to Google Classroom, I can hear you play "live" if you'd like.  If that is the case, you will need to let me know when you will come to the band office to be heard! Thanks!!!

OMEA Solo and Ensemble Participants:  You really need to work on your solos and/or ensemble music over the break!  We can help you during period 9 on Mondays in January, but that will not provide substantial enough time for you to learn your material.  Solo and Ensemble Adjudications are on Saturday, January 28th at Granville H.S. - times TBA!  We will provide you with transportation!

Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner:  is slated for January 26th!  More info. to follow!  While dining, you'll be entertained by some of our talented high school students who will be performing their solo and ensemble music.  This is a "major fundraiser" for all music students and their families!

7th and 8th Grade Band Students and Parents:  As a heads-up, beginning the first week of second semester all band students in grades 7 and 8 will need to prepare 1-2 technical exercises every 2 weeks for a grade ( 10 pts.)  This helps us to monitor progress on a much more individual level!  Assignments will be posted each week on Google Classroom, and exercises are to be recorded as either an audio or video and attached to Google Classroom for review and comments.   Students who do not have access to "recording" their exercises via computer or phone may perform them live in the band office on selected Fridays during the first 10 minutes of band class.  These are not quizzes or tests, only graded exercises!  Relax - it's going to make you a better player!!! 

Have a nice vacation everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Attention: UPDATE!

Concert Update:

Due to the inclement weather, the 7th and 8th Grade Concert was cancelled last evening, but has been re-scheduled for next Tuesday, December 20th.  Same time, same schedule!

If you are the parent of a 7th or 8th grade band or choir student we kindly ask you to mark your calendar, changing-around your schedules as best you can so your child may attend.  Thank you!

The Elementary and 6th Grade Concert is still on for tomorrow night!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Weekly Update: Dec. 12th - 16th, 2016

Weekly Update:  Dec. 12th-16th

Welcome to Holiday Concert Week 2016!

High School Concert - Tonight, Monday, Dec. 12th at 7:00 PM
Grade 7 and 8 Concert - Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Dec. 13th at 7:00 PM
Grade 5 and 6 Concert - Thursday night, Thursday, Dec. 15th at 7:00 PM

ALL grades are asked to bring a baked good for the annual holiday bake sale.

Please remember appropriate concert attire!


Jazz Band:   There will NO jazz band after school this week.  See you in January!

Pep Band:    The next Pep Band performance is on January 12th.  See you then!

6th Grade Band:   Parents, please be sure your youngster is keeping up on their weekly Google Classroom band assignments.  Unless absolutely necessary, students should be recording their examples each week and attaching them to Google Classroom for review by the director!  Thanks.

High School Concert Band:   Please be sure to sign-in to the high school band Google Classroom site.  Your playing test examples are DUE BY January 6th.  Don't let time get away from you.  Do it ASAP!

Addition to Music Department Calendar:  The jazz band will once again perform at the annual Utica High School Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 25th.  Please mark your calendar if you are in jazz band.  Performances are usually in the evening!

Music Booster Nursing Home Performance:  Any high school musician interested in performing at the Centerburg Point Nursing home should place their name  on the sign-up sheet in the band room.  A booster representative will contact you after that time!  This is a music booster activity.

OMEA Solo and Ensemble Performances:  This year's OMEA Solo and Ensemble Adjudications are slated for Saturday, January 28th at Granville High School.  Students currently signed-up to perform either solos or in ensembles should mark their calendars accordingly.  IMPORTANT:  The directors will be completing the online registration process by this Friday, Dec. 16th.  "IF" you know you have other things happening on that Saturday (athletic events, etc...) and are only available between certain times, please let us know ASAP.  We are able to request certain performance times so everyone may participate!  If you do not look at your calendar and plan ahead, you will be required to participate at solo and ensemble should there be a conflict!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Weekly Update 12/5/2016

Week of December 5th - 9th, 2016  Announcements


High School Band and Choir:     Monday, December 12th - 7:00 PM
Grade 7 & 8 Band and Choir:      Tuesday, December 13th - 7:00 PM
Grades 5 & 6 Band & Choir:        Thursday, December 15th - 7:00 PM

ALL concerts take place in the Centerburg High School Auditorium.

Concert Report Times:   ALL students should plan on being at school by 6:30 PM for tuning and warm-up.

Concert Attire  (What to Wear):

The general rule is black & white -

Ladies:  Black skirt or slacks with black dress shoes, white blouse OR black dress.

Gentlemen:  Black slacks with black dress shoes and white button-down dress shirt with tie.


Concert Bake Sales:  We will be holding major fundraising bake sales at each one of the holiday concerts.  We ask that all band and choir members please bring in some baked goods to be sold at the concerts.  If at all possible, please try to package  your items so they're easy to sell!  Thank you!!!  

Pep Band:    Starts tomorrow - Tuesday, Dec. 6th ( First game )
                               Practice in the band room at 6:00 PM
                               Set-up in the gym at 6:45 PM
                               We stay for the entire game.
                               If you signed-up we expect to see you there!!!

High School Performance Exams:

ALL individual student recordings or "live" playing tests are due by Friday, January 6th.  Performances are to be recorded and attached to the high school "Google Classroom".  Chair placements for OMEA Large Group season will be posted on Monday, January 9th!    Good Luck & Have a nice holiday break! 

Solo and Small Ensemble Day:    is on Saturday, January 28th!   If you are a participant who has a particular time constraint due to another activity the same day please tell us NOW so we can schedule you without conflict!

Finally...  Beginning in the 3rd marking period  (2nd semester) 7th and 8th grade band students will have examples out of their technique books in which they will need to work-on and share with Mr. D. on "Google Classroom".  Playing examples will be on a bi-weekly basis and will be worth 10 pts.  each time.  The grading category will be under "homework" as it is the work they accomplish on their own, outside of the band rehearsal/class!