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!


Friday, March 24, 2017


Come one, come all!

OSU High School Jazz Band Day

Trojan Pride Jazz band performs at 12:35 PM this Sunday, March 26th!

Where:  Ohio State University
               Weigel Hall
               1866 College Rd. N.
               Columbus, Ohio

Google - OSU Jazz band Day for directions and various parking garage options!

Schedule:         11:20 AM                 Miami-Trace HS Jazz Ensemble
                         11:45 AM                Bloom Carroll Jazz Orchestra
                         12:10 PM                Benjamin Logan HS Jazz Ensemble
                         12:35 PM                Centerburg High School Jazz Band
                         1:00 PM                  King's HS Jazz Combo
                         1:25 PM                  Columbus Youth Jazz Workshop II
                         1:50 PM                  Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra
                         2:15 PM                  Centennial HS Jazz Ensemble
                         3:00 PM                  Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble with
                                                         Artist-in Residence Byron Stripling
                         3:40 PM                  Final Presentation               

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Weekly Update: March 21st-25th

March 21st-25th, 2017

OSU High School Jazz Band Day:  All High School Jazz Band Members are reminded that the bus leaves at 8:00 AM this Sunday morning, March 26th.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your things together.  We will have the opportunity to perform 3 selections, receive a clinic on our performance, attend a jazz masterclass by Byron Stripling, director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and attend a performance of one of the OSU Jazz Ensembles.  We should arrive back to school around 5:00-5:30!  We will wear our red music department polo shirts and either khaki slacks or skirts!  Bring some money for food!

Disney Trip Participants:  Be sure to return all your required forms by the end of the week!  Be sure to also turn in your check for $5 for the additional buses!

Middle School Bands:  It is the start of the 4th marking period, and with that comes a new assignment on GOOGLE CLASSROOM.  Please check it and be sure to play it by the due date!!!

Trojan Pride Percussion Battery (Drumline):  The first meeting / orientation / practice of next season's Trojan Pride Battery will be on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM in the band room.  All participating students must attend.  If you have a schedule conflict please tell Mr. D. NOW!  There is no such thing as simply not showing up! This is the meeting where we decide on who will be playing what percussion instrument in next year's marching band!!!

Yearly Marching Band Organization Meeting:  Is slated for May 18th at 7 PM in the auditorium.  All participating students along with one parent or guardian must attend.  Please be prepared to leave a $25 check for your Music Department Polo Shirt (if you are a new member, or need a replacement).  All information will be taken from students directly following the "brief" presentation.  

Graduation Band & Memorial Day Parade:  Please mark your calendars now.   Remember:  The Memorial Day Parade is an entire week after graduation takes place, but we still need our senior contingency as they are still a part of this year's band!!!  We need to know from any seniors by May 1st if they will not be able to march!!!  Graduation is slated for Sunday, May 21st.  All band students need to attend!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekly Update Week of March 13th-17th

March 13th - 17th

OMEA Large Group:  

Thank you all musicians, student helpers and music booster parents for making the weekend successful as usual!  The Choir received a II in class C, and the band received a III in class B, with a II in sight reading!!!  Every year we play more advanced music, and move a little more up the ladder.  We'll discuss the judges comments briefly in band and choir class!

6th, 7th and 8th Grade bands:  

This is the final week of the 3rd marking period and because of that no new musical examples will be due - only "make-up" examples!  PLEASE check your grades to see what you still owe me and be sure to perform them before Friday!  Any musical examples not completed need to become a 0% in the grade book.

High School Jazz Band:  ( WE WILL PRACTICE NEXT MONDAY  3/20 FROM 2-4 PM!)

Our first performance of the season will be on Sunday, March 26th at the OSU High School Jazz Band Day.  The bus will leave school at 8 AM and will return at 5 PM.  Bring some money for food!  We will continue to practice after school on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will have a couple practices during 9th period band - while the others are involved in sectionals!  PRACTICE YOUR STUFF!

Middle School Jazz Band:

Practices will continue on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 - 3:45 PM!

Disney Trip:  Please read and highlight your trip itinerary and rules!

HS Honors Band Class:  Please check your grades and be sure to "make-up" anything you still owe.  Your final project topics and project ideas were e-mailed to you last Friday.  Please speak to me if you have any questions about them!

Graduation Band AND Memorial Day Parade:

Please mark your calendars NOW so we avoid any conflict!  Graduation is slated for Sunday, May 21st.  ALL high school band members are expected to attend!  The Centerburg Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 29th!  This happens  an entire week after graduation.  SENIORS:  WE STILL NEED YOU FOR THIS!  If you have any concerns please let us know !

Annual Trojan Pride Marching Band Meeting:

This year's marching band information and organization meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 18th at 7 PM in the CHS Auditorium.  Returning band members should pay their annual band expense payment of $75 at that time!  Other payments for items such as new band shoes or polo shirts may be accepted until the parade on Saturday, June 24th!  All new and returning band members must attend the meeting with at least one parent or guardian.  Thank you!

Go Trojan Pride!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Weekly Update - Week of Feb. 27th - March 3rd.

Weekly Update:

High School Concert band:

Denison University Concert Band Clinic:  This Thursday, March 2nd.  The buses will be "leaving" at 7:45 AM so please don't forget to arrive at school by 7:30 AM to get all your things together!

High School Jazz Band:  YES!  We are registered for and will be attending the OSU High School Jazz Band Day on Sunday, March 26th.  The bus will leave at 8:00 AM and should be returning to school around 5:00 PM.  Please practice your individual parts and be at after-school practices!

7th & 8th Grade Bands:  There will no more "playing examples due until after the concerts are over with!

6th Grade band:  Hey everybody.  Please be sure you are completing and performing your book examples each week for Mr. D.  If you need extra help just let me know.  I can work with you during intervention on certain days, period 4 or after school!


Grades 7 & 8:  Tuesday, March 7th.  Report time is 6:30 PM and attire is "Springtime" semi-formal.  Gentlemen, please wear a tie!

High School - Wednesday, March 8th  Report time is 6:30 PM and attire is "Springtime" semi-formal.  Gentlemen, please wear a tie!  Please don't forget that the Disney Trip Meeting is right after the concert!

OMEA Large Group Adjudications:

This year's Ohio Music Educator's Association District 10 Large Group Adjudications for both bands and choirs will be held at Centerburg H.S.  The CHS Concert Band will be performing for the judges on Saturday, March 11th at 1:30 PM in the auditorium.  We are asking all band members to please arrive at school by 12:30 PM as our warm-up time is scheduled for 12:55 PM, performance at 1:30 PM and sight reading at 2:05 PM.  This is a mandatory performance for all students in the high school concert band.  Parents and families are more than welcome to attend and a concession stand is available!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Weekly Update: March 21st - 24th, 2017

Weekly Update:  March 21st - 24th

OMEA (Ohio Music Educator's Association) Large Group Performances:

The CHS Music Department will once again be hosting the OMEA District 10 Large Group Adjudications on Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th, 2017.  The directors will be handling the back-stage functions and tabulation room, and the music boosters will man the concession stand.  We will need parent and student help on these two days!  If you are a parent or guardian who can assist with the concession stand please contact the boosters to sign-on.  If you are a student who is willing to help with either stage-crew, tabulation room, runner and judge's assistant please sign-up for a time in the music area this week.

OMEA Performances:     The CHS Choir will perform on Friday afternoon / evening, March 10th, and the CHS Concert Band will perform on Saturday afternoon, March 11th. ( At this point there are no performance times set.  We will keep you posted)  Participation is mandatory  (100 pt. performance test), so please mark your calendars and make arrangements now!

Band Members:   Please remember to return your "signed" field trip permission slips for our Thursday, March 2nd field trip to Denison University!  The buses will be leaving at 7:45 AM!

Practicing Music:  High School Band Members - While rehearsing your part in band class is obviously going to help, PLEASE find some time to come down to the music area during the day and jump into a practice room.  If necessary, see Mr. D. for help with notes and rhythms.  Thanks!

6th Grade Band:  You're doing a super job and I'm proud of you! Make sure you keep-up with your method book assignments.  Remember:  You need to come to me to perform them if you're not recording them.

7th & 8th Grade Bands:  Your next performance example is due on Friday!  Keep-up the good work!

High School Jazz Band:  We will not have any practice this week due to the play.  Good luck you guys!  Let's get those solos rockin' !  Please remember to return your permission slip for the Sunday, March 26th OSU Jazz Festival!

Middle School Jazz Band:  Like, WOW!  You guys are doing a super job!  Relax!  It takes time to learn something new. 

Pep Band:  Thanks for a really "SUPER" season.  We'll be even better next year!  Get psyched!!!


     The 7th & 8th Grade Band and Choir Concert is on March 7th at 7:00 PM.
     The High School Band & Choir Concert is on March 8th at 7:00 PM.  The Disney Trip Meeting is immediately afterward in the auditorium!