Band Update – 4/20/20

Happy Monday!

Hope you all are doing well and can get outside a bit – the weather has been beautiful!!!

  • I’ve been getting lots of questions about our events: concert, graduation, Memorial Day parade, M100 starting up, etc. The short answer is nothing is happening right now. We don’t have many answers – sorry we can’t be more helpful. Please know we WANT to have these events, and we want to have the band back together as soon as we can. Unfortunately we have to wait and see. We appreciate your patience and flexibility!
  • We’ve started posting a Google Classroom update for each week – it’s really just a couple of things each week – a weekly practice form, small assignment on Sight Reading Factory, and working on SmartMusic. This week we asked the kids to “check in” too – just leave a comment saying hi, or leave a funny meme or gif (school appropriate of course!)
  • With the remote learning, we have moved 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 www.sightreadingfactory.com
    • 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:

  • With the cancellation of in person schooling for the remainder of the year, we don’t know what that means for Marching 100. For right now, all activities are on hold until we are told otherwise. This means no drumline/color guard auditions, no 1-2 camp, no Memorial Day Parade. We will get up and running as soon as it is safe to do so!
  • The student leadership applications were posted last Wednesday. They are due this Wednesday, 4/22. No late entries accepted!
  • 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
  • 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:

  • 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. Stay safe and healthy!!!