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Band Notes August 24

posted Aug 24, 2015, 6:48 AM by Ballard Band

Ballard Band Family,

Thanks for a great first week for me as Director of Bands.  I am grateful for the new relationships that we are building!

Marching Band – Lots of good work this past week, but still lots to correct and improve upon! REMEMBER – the PROCESS creates the PRODUCT! This week we have to focus on fundamentals of upper body, music memorization and performance, and precise engagement with the feet! Our goal for the week is the completion of movement one, and painting / introduction of movement two. Memorization assessments will be conducted this week as well – BE PREPARED!

Also, we are introducing a weekly recognition program for the marching band.  A bandsman of the week will be selected for Horn-line, Color Guard, and Drumline each week.  The determination will be made through assessment from the Band Leadership Council and the Directors and voted on during the leadership meeting on Wednesday of each football game performance weekend.  We are recognizing those member of the band that go far above the regular expectation of being a Ballard Band Member!  Those selected will receive game day recognition! 

Game Day Performance wardrobe is noted on the Band Notes attachment.

Wind Ensemble – We will keep introducing our concert program in the upcoming rehearsals and be starting back up with our sectional instructors.  Pineapple Poll, Blessed are They, and RIDE! are the selections we will be focusing on for the concert preparation.

Concert Band – We will continue to evaluate sections on playing assessments and continue to balance instrumentation.

Jazz Ensembles – Continued focus on the standards and basic styles for both classes.  Joe Dunn will be in to work Rhythm Sectionals this Wednesday.
If you have not taken care of your latest Band Fee installment, please do so as soon as possible.  We need to stay on target with this process so it does not become a hardship in the future.  THANKS!

Attendance records for the first two weeks of class are being updated this week, when posted, please double check our accuracy.  If there are concerns please communicate quickly so that we can correct and justify every attendance issue.  As the goes “You must be present to “win” or better – learn and improve”!

Looking forward to a great Bruin week!


Ballard Band,
Aug 24, 2015, 6:48 AM