Monday, November 29, 2010

Poinsettia Pick-Up

Poinsettias will be delivered to the band room this Thursday, 12/02/10. Please pick up your order between 3:15 and 5:00 and deliver to your buyers. Extra poinsettias have been ordered and will be available for purchase at the Christmas concert on Friday, 12/03/10.

If you have questions, please contact Shannon McCrary at 205-640-5118.

Thank You!!

Schedule This Week, 11/29/10-12/03/10

Welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing and productive Thanksgiving. We are busy this week with after-school concert band sectionals, culminating in a Christmas concert on Friday for all bands. Please note the change on Tuesday!!!

Monday, 11/29/10: Percussion 3:00-4:30
Tuesday, 11/30/10: Jazz Band (changed from brass sectional) 3:00-4:00
Wednesday, 12/01/10: No After School
Thursday, 12/02/10: Woodwinds 3:00-4:00
Friday, 12/03/10: Christmas Concert 7:00 pm, MHS gym, ALL BANDS!!! Details were sent home in an earlier memo

Please be aware, we have the Moody Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday, 12/11/10. We will rehearse for the parade after school on 12/07/10 and 12/09/10 from 3:00 until 4:30 each day. Call time on 12/11/10 is 3:30 at the band room. Buses arrive at ADESA by 4:00, and we'll return to the band room by bus at 6:00 pm.

Have a great week!
Dr. Sargent

Monday, November 15, 2010

Band Booster Meeting Tuesday, 11/16/10, 6:30 pm

Band boosters will meet Tuesday, 11/16/10 at 6:30 pm. Several important issues will be discussed. Football season may be over, but the band plays on! Please come out and show your support for our band program!

To 8th Grade Band Students, Parents, Guardians:

The Moody Christmas parade is scheduled for December 11. I would like to extend an invitation to those 8th grade band members who will be new marchers next fall to march with us in this year's Christmas parade. For students who are interested and have a parent or guardian's permission, here are the steps to follow to mark your place in the 2010 parade. All forms must be submitted to Dr. Sargent by December 3:

1) Complete a physical form with a physician. Forms available in the band room.
2) Complete a medical release form, also available in the band room.
3) Attend after-school parade rehearsals on December 7 and 11. Have rides ready at the band room no later than 4:00 pm.
4) Secure a band uniform and purchase band shoes. (See Dr. Sargent)
5) Meet at the band room for roll call and bus boarding at 3:30 on 12/11/10. Have a ride ready to pick you up at the band room no later than 6:00 pm.

We look forward to having our "rising marchers" join us for the big parade!

Dr. Sargent

Auburn Univ Honor Band

This is a letter from Auburn University Bands. Participate if you would like. This is not a required activity for Moody band members. If you decide to apply, please use my school e-mail account for recommendations: The letter follows:

Hello Directors! The Auburn University Band Department invites your students in grades 9-12 to apply for our 2011 High School Symphonic Honor Band, to be held February 10-12, 2011. The deadline for online applications is this Wednesday, November 17. All applications are done online. Once honor band participants are accepted, directors of the selected students will receive an email with directions for completing an online recommendation for each accepted student. Guest conductors will include Mr. Erik Morales (composer), Mr. Rob Hunter (Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ), and Mr. Ishbah Cox (Purdue University). Our guest soloist is Mr. Graham Breedlove (trumpet). We look forward to this year's honor band festival and hope your students will apply. Students can apply at the following link:

Thank you!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas Concert Info-- ALL BANDS!!!

Please remember that our Christmas band concert will take place in the Moody High School gym on Friday, December 3 at 7:00 pm. The concert will feature our beginning, intermediate, and high school concert bands. This performance serves as the final exam for all band students and is required.

Concert dress for all students should consist of nice dress clothes. Concert black is not necessary, but festive holiday colors will be welcome. No uniforms.

All large equipment (including tubas), chairs, stands, and podium will be loaded during 4th block/7th period on 12/3. Students will be dismissed from school at 3:00 pm. Set-up crew should arrive at the gym no later than 5:30. All students should report to the MHS gym at 6:00 pm for roll call and warm-up in concert dress with instruments and music. The band room will be locked at 5:00 for equipment transport and will not be unlocked until after the concert. Please retrieve any items from the band room by 5:00. Each band will be assigned a seating area in the gym. Bands will be called to perform in turn-- beginning, intermediate, and concert.

Volunteers are needed for the following duties:

Chaperones: to sit with each band in the bleachers while the band is waiting to warm up or perform.

Set-Up/Take-Down Crew: to help unload equipment at 5:30, set up the performance area, and to reload and unload at the band room following the concert.

Sound System: Access to a powered sound system would be appreciated. Only one microphone for announcements is needed.

Programs: A volunteer to design and print the programs. If you have access to high quality (better than the band room copier) printing equipment and are willing to help, please let me know.

Audio Recording/Videographer: I would like to use a few scenes from our concert in a promotional video to help build our band program. If you have the skills, equipment, and interest, please let me know.

Decorators: If anyone would like to provide some holiday decorations or flowers for our concert set-up, please let me know. This would add a positive element to the appearance of the bands. Any items used must be installed no earlier than 5:30 pm on 12/3 and will need to be removed after the concert.

Marketing/Concert Promotion: Please tell everyone about our concert. If you have an interest in creating posters or flyers, let's collaborate-- soon!

Can you think of anything else? Do you have a question? Please let me know at or leave a message at 640-1995. I look forward to seeing everyone at our concert!

Best wishes,

Dr. Sargent

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Spring Trip Letter Reminder

All spring trip responses are due tomorrow (Wednesday), 11/10/10 from high school concert/marching members and auxiliaries. Whether your answer is yes or no, please return the forms with a parent or guardian's signature. This is the only way we can determine whether to pursue the trip or tell our travel agent to cancel our reservations.

Thank you!

Dr. Sargent

Spring Trip 2011 Commitment Request

Dear marching band and auxiliary students and parents:

A letter has been placed in the Moody Blue Devils Yahoo Group files. Please print the letter, indicate your level of commitment to a 2011 spring trip, and return to the band room by tomorrow, Wednesday, 11/10/10. Hard copies of the letter are available in the band room.

Thank you,

Dr. Sargent

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Food Giant Bagging-- More Info

Ms. Thompson sent a revision to our previous post on bagging groceries as a fundraiser for the spring trip. The first opportunity is this Saturday, 11/6/10. We need at least 2 parent chaperones for each shift. A sign up sheet will be posted this afternoon during 4th block/7th period band. See the quote below:

From Ms. Thompson: "The bagging will be from 8:00am until 4:00pm with 4 shifts of 2 hours each. Five students and two parent chaperones are needed for each shift. If the shifts fill up for this Saturday, there will be 3 additional Saturdays for bagging so that all may get a chance to earn money for their account."

Monday, November 1, 2010

Schedule for the Week of 11/1/10-11/5/10

Monday 11/1/10: After-School Percussion Rehearsal CANCELLED. 3:00 Dismissal

Tuesday 11/2/10: Brass Sectional 3:00-4:00

Wednesday 11/3/10: No After-School

Thursday 11/4/10: Woodwind Sectional 3:00-4:00

Friday 11/5/10: Jazz Band 3:00-4:00

Remember: Christmas Concert, Friday, 12/3/10, 7:00 pm, MHS gym!!!!!