Band Update – 4/13/20

Happy Monday!

Hope you all are doing well and had a fun, though different, Easter weekend.

  • The video chats last week were so fun! We were able to chat with sections in each band throughout the week. It was SO GOOD to see some friendly faces and check in with them. We won’t video chat weekly, but we’ll definitely have at least one more before April is over.
  • With the remote learning, we will be moving to Sight Reading Factory and SmartMusic. These subscriptions are free through this pandemic, so we really need all students to sign up. Instructions are below:
    • Create a student account on
    • Activate your SmartMusic account by clicking the link that was sent to your email. Didn’t get an email? Contact Ms. Edwards! (a lot of these emails are going to spam).
      Your class in SmartMusic will be your respective band. You can access play along tracks, warm ups, sight reading, and different pieces of music. As you play along with this website, it will give you real-time feedback on note/rhythmic accuracy. 
    1. Your login is your Last name + Band + 2020
      1. No one else has the same last name: EdwardsBand2020
      2. Same last name: First letter of name +Last name + Band + 2020- AEdwardsBand2020

Marching 100:

  • All of the paperwork (calendar, handbook, accessories orders, med form) was emailed out on Wednesday, 4/8. You can find them at this post as well: M100 2020 Kickoff
  • We are also planning to get the student leadership process started this week – we will email out/post it on Google Classroom (Wednesday???)
  • M100 Drumline – Ms. Edwards posted the drumline audition info. on the percussion Google Classroom on Monday, 3/23. It includes dates and music to start looking at. *Please know all dates are subject to change, but we’re going to try to keep everything moving. If you’d like help on the packet, just email Ms. Edwards!

Ms. Edwards and I are available from 8am-12noon each day for students throughout the break:

  • We are checking email regularly
  • I’ve turned my Google phone number back on – students can call or text if they have questions or need help with anything. They can call or text it at 314-472-5538. It rings to my cell phone!
  • Students can reply to Remind texts

That’s it. Hang in there – we are MORE THAN ready to be back. Stay safe and healthy!!!