Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekly Update: May 22nd-26th

Weekly Update:

Congratulations Seniors!  You made it!  Your commitment to your music and to the music program has helped prepare you for anything you endeavor!  You have inspired us all by your dedication to the program and by your pursuit of excellence in music education.  Good luck in everything you do!  We will surely miss you!

Memorial Day Parade 2017:  (Monday, May 29th)  Band members should meet (in summer uniform - polos, khakis and white sneakers) at 9:45 AM to load the band trailer.  We will all then meet at 10:00 AM at the Centerburg Post Office for the parade to the cemetery.  Musical selection will be a)  Star Spangled Banner and b)  You're a Grand Old Flag.

June Drumline and Pit Percussion practices:  Will be held every Friday evening from 7:00-8:15 PM.  While not mandatory, if students are in town they should be willing to attend in order to practice next season's show music and get "ahead of the 8 ball" so-to-speak.

June "Extra Help" on marching band music sessions:  Will be held for ANY high school marching band brass or woodwind players who would like help with their music.  "Open Band Room" Sessions will coincide with marching percussion practices, and will be held every Friday evening in June from 7:00-8:15 PM.  Come when you like - leave when you like! 

Next Season's Marching Band Schedule:  is available on the Centerburg Music Blog and in paper form in the Centerburg HS Main Office.  Let's all mark our calendars accordingly so we have some great summer and fall practices!

Finally...  Thanks for a super year everybody!  This goes for all of our aspiring and wonderful 6th, 7th and 8th graders, as well as our fantastic high school band and choir members.  Have a super summer, but don't be afraid to shoot us an e-mail if you need some help over the summer.  Mr. D.  is in town for the entire month of June so if you want a lesson  or some help on your instrument just give him a hollar!!!

Signing-off for now......................................  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Weekly Update - May 15th - 19th

Weekly Update:

#1  6th Grade End-of-Year Playing Tests / Chair placements are this week.  This is a 100 pt. test.   See Google Classroom for complete description of the assignment! 

#2  The last Marching Band Drum line & Pit Percussion rehearsal of the year is this Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the band and choir rooms.

#3  This year's Annual Marching Band Organization Meeting is this Thursday evening at 7:00 PM in the auditorium.  All participants and at least one parent are required to attend.  The meeting should not be more than 15-20 minutes, but all new members are required to sit with either a director or music booster officer immediately following the meeting to enter their data and order their supplies.  Students who have an athletic commitment should have notified Mr. Dettmar by now.  There will be a "sign-in" sheet for attendance.  Thanks!!!

#4  All high school band students who are Freshmen, Sophomores or Juniors need to participate in this year's CHS Graduation Ceremony this coming Sunday, May 21st!  Band members should be in their seats in the gymnasium no later than 2:15 PM for warm-up, directions and tuning.  Attire is the same as the concert; Springtime semi-formal.  Thanks!

#5  USA Days Parade on Saturday, June 24th:  This year's USA Days Parade is slated for Saturday morning, June 24th.  All band members who are in town should be willing to participate!   Report time on the 24th is 9:00 AM, with the parade stepping-off at 10:00 AM.  The one (1) practice for the parade will be on Friday, June 23rd from 5:00-7:00 PM in the CHS Band Room.  We will play: The Star Spangled Banner, You're a Grand Ol' Flag and 3 other stands tunes TBA!  See you at practice on the 23rd! 

#6  Memorial Day Parade:  Monday, May 29th. Instruments must be loaded on the trailer "by" 9:45 AM.  We meet at the post office in summer uniform (polos and khakis) at 10:00 AM!  See you there!

It's official:  Centerburg and Utica will combine forces to sponsor and run the first ever "Bandtoberfest" on Saturday, October 21st.  So far we have 3 bands registered and are hoping for a total of 10 or so.  We will need tons of parent and student volunteers for the day including those to work tickets sales and the gates, concessions, t-shirt and hoodie sales, student host coordinator, program sales, etc...etc... The festival will take place at Utica HS! More to come from our music boosters once school begins!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Weekly Update May 8th - 12th

Announcements:  Week of May 8th - 12th

2017 Marching Band Schedule (Click for Link)

Drum Line and Pit Percussion TONIGHT (Wednesday, 5/10) at 7 PM!

Elementary and Grades 7/8 Concert Tomorrow, May 11th. Everyone  please donate a goody for our bake sale!

6th Grade Playing tests begin next Tuesday during period 6 band ( and will take the majority of the week).  Testing materials are available on Google Classroom.

Knox Community Youth Summer Band:  By now all band students in grades 6 through 8 should have brought home and showed their parents the information about this new summer music experience.   Band practices are once-per week in the evenings and the cost is only $10 per student - for the whole summer ( and it includes a t-shirt)!  GREAT OPPORTUNITY! 

Annual Marching Band Organization Meeting:  is next Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 PM in the auditorium.  All new members should come prepared with a check in the amount of $25 for their music polo shirts.  All returning members will need to only pay the annual $75 materials, dry-cleaning and equipment fee!  The meeting should be brief, and only new members and their parents will need to remain after the presentation to sit with either a director or booster officer to enter their information onto the Band Data Form. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Update

There's a little something here for everyone...

Spring Concerts:

     Monday, May 8th at 7:00 PM - High School Concert & Awards  (Reception in cafeteria following.  (All students are asked to bring something for dessert!)

     Thursday, May 11th at 6:30 PM - Elementary/6th Grade and Grades 7/8 Concert.  ( Elementary students and 6th graders report at 6:00, 7th and 8th report at 6:45 PM)  There will be a bake sale during intermission so please try to donate something to the bake sale table.

Drum line & Pit Percussion:  Will have 2 more evening practices before school is out.  The first is on Wednesday, May 10th, and the second is on Wednesday, May 17th.  Both practices begin at 7:00 PM.

Annual Marching Band Organization Meeting:  is slated for Thursday, May 18th.  All students expecting to participate, along with at least one parent, are required to attend.  Returning members only need to remain afterward to sit with a director or booster officer "if" they have a change of information such as address , phone number, e-mail address, etc... OR are in need of new shoes, polo shirt or other supplies.  Otherwise their only financial responsibility will be paying the annual dry cleaning, supply and equipment fee of $75.  We'd appreciate the check at the meeting, but that is not necessary.  ALL NEW MEMBERS MUST SIT WITH A DIRECTOR OR BOOSTER OFFICER TO ENTER THEIR INFORMATION INTO OUR DATABASE.  This should move relatively quickly this year!  New members will need to come prepared with a check in the amount of $25 for their music polo shirt.  Checks are to be made payable to Centerburg High School.

6th Grade Band:  Will have their final playing and chair placement test for the year during the week of May 15th.  Students will be tested on major and chromatic scales and snare drum rudiments (if they are a drummer),  an example from their method book and will be given an 8-12 measure piece of music to play at sight (sightread).  This is worth 100 pts. and will determine the student's part and chair for the first semester of the 2017-18 school year.  The assignment may be viewed on Google Classroom.

Graduation Band:  Students in high school concert band are required to participate in graduation band on Sunday, May 21st.  Appropriate concert attire is requested.

Memorial Day Parade:  Please don't forget about the Memorial Day Parade.  We'll be playing Your a Grand Old Flag / My Country Tis of Thee.  We'll begin work on it right after the concert!

Marching Band Schedule:  Is currently being finalized and should be posted with a couple days.  Please view it right away and compare it with your calendar so schedule conflicts are eliminated.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bandtoberfest Parent Volunteer Meeting at Utica HS

Bandtoberfest 2017

That's right!  Centerburg HS and Utica HS have combined efforts to host a band festival this coming October 21st!  We need lots of parent volunteers for the day.  We will be meeting with the Utica boosters and parent volunteers on Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 PM in the Utica HS Band Room.  We'd love to have you join us!  Please RSVP to Chuck Dettmar at: no later than Friday, May 12th.  Look forward to seeing you there! 

Go Trojan Pride!!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekly Update: April 17th - 21st

April 17th - 21st, 2017

Congratulations all Florida Trip Participants!  The trip was a success, and we all had a super time!  Thank you again to all the parent chaperones.  We honestly couldn't have done it without you!!!

2017-18 Drum Line Practice this Wednesday evening, April 19th  from 7:00-8:30 PM.

High School Jazz Band:  Practices continue each and every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 - 3:45 PM.  Last practice is Monday, May 8th!

Middle School Jazz Band:  Our last 4 practices for the year are on April 20th, 27th and May 4th and 11th

6th Grade Band:  No further weekly recording or playings of exercises  will be required.  You will have an "end of year" performance test that will include portions of your band music, scales or percussion rudiments, sight reading and 1 exercise or example from your method book.  These will be posted on the 6th Grade Band Google Classroom within a week or so.


High School Band and Choir Concert and Awards Presentations will be held on Monday, May 8th at 7:00 PM.  As is customary, please feel free to bring a dessert to share during the "after concert" reception!

Elementary / Grades 5/6 AND Middle School Grades 7/8 Concert:  is slated for Thursday, May 11th.  The Elementary and Grades 5/6 portion will begin at 6:30 PM with the Middle School Grades 7/8 portion immediately following at "approximately" 7:45 PM.  There will be a bake sale during intermission so please start baking and support our music program!

Student concert report times:

Grades 5 and 6 report to school at 6:00 PM.
Grades 7 and 8 report to school at 7:00 PM.

Annual Marching Band Organization Meeting:  is slated for Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 PM in the CHS Auditorium. (registration in cafeteria immediately following).  New members should bring along a check (no cash) made payable to Centerburg High School in the amount of $25 for their band polo shirts!  See ya' there!  Don't forget to bring one of your parents!!!

Honors Band Final Projects:  are due no later than May 1st.  Topics should have been approved by now!  Good luck.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Weekly Update 3/27 - 3/21

Attention parents of 7th and 8th grade band and choir students:  Change of concert date!!!

Because the 8th grade Gettysburg trip was scheduled for the same time as the 7th and 8th Grade Concert the date needed to be changed.  The new date is Thursday, May 11th! This is the same evening as the elementary 4th/5th and 6th grade concert.  There "will" be a bake sale in between the two concerts, so please help out the music boosters by dropping-off a "goodie" to be sold that night.  The schedule is below.  Thank you!

Thursday, May 11th:

6:15 PM:     4th, 5th and 6th grade report time.
6:30 PM:     Elementary (4th and 5th) and 6th Grade Concert begins

7:45 PM:     7th and 8th grade band and choir report time.
8:00 PM:     7th and 8th grade band, choir and jazz band concert.
                    (If your child is a 6th grader who participates in jazz band they will need to remain after their portion of the concert as the jazz band performs last)

High School Spring Concert and Awards Presentation:   Is slated for Monday, May 8th at 7:00 PM.  HS Band, Choir and Jazz Band will be performing with awards being presented throughout the concert.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a dessert to be shared at the "after concert" reception in the cafeteria. 

Disney Update:  Hey Gang.  The time has come!  FOOD MONEY $! - You will need to purchase a total of (7) lunches or dinners on the way down, while in Disney and/or on the way home.  We (the music faculty) are "suggesting" to bring between $10 and $15 per meal.  That does not count money for souvenirs or extras.  That is a minimum of approximately $75 and a maximum of approximately $110.  Again, this dollar amount does not include any funds for souvenirs or extras!

Suggestion:  Bring along a pre-paid debit card or gift card, along with a smaller amount of cash!

Annual Marching Band Organization Meeting:  This year's meeting will be held in the CHS Auditorium on Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 PM.  This date was painstakingly chosen to avoid any conflicts with other school-related activities and events.  All participating band members must attend as well as one (1) of their parents or guardians.  Parents of "new members" should be prepared to leave a payment ($25 - check or money order only - made out to Centerburg HS) for their child's music polo shirt.  THEY WILL NEED THE SHIRT FOR THE UPCOMING JUNE 24TH PARADE.  Following the "brief" meeting, students and their parents will be asked to meet in the cafeteria to sit with either a director of music booster officer to enter each and every band member's name and information into our data base!  IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE GET EVERYONE'S INFORMATION BEFORE LEAVING THE MEETING.  Thank you.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

6th Grade Band:  Should check the Google Classroom every week to record and send their assignment.  At this point, the method book is on hold, and assignments deal with excerpts from their band selections.

Mark Your Calendars!  Band Camp 2017!

Thursday, Aug. 3rd & Friday, Aug. 4th:     
8:00 AM-12:00 Noon   &   1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Monday, Aug. 7th to Thursday, Aug. 10th:     
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM & 4:00                                                                   PM - 6:00 PM.

Friday, Aug. 11th:  Cedar Point Parade and marching band "fun" day!

Monday, Aug. 14th to Wednesday, Aug. 16th
4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Wednesday, Aug. 16th at 7:00 PM:     Parent Preview Show and Ice Cream Social!

BAND CAMP LUNCHES:  Students are not permitted to leave school grounds for lunch.  Please be sure to either pack your lunch or have it delivered!

Memorial Day Parade:  Is scheduled for Monday, May 29th.  This is an entire week "after" graduation - BUT WE STILL NEED OUR SENIOR CONTINGENCY AS THEY ARE A PART OF THIS YEAR'S BAND.  "If" you are a senior and know you will NOT be joining us for the parade please let us know ASAP!