Friday, March 25, 2011

2011 Colorguard Tryout Results

The following students, listed in random order, have been selected as members of the 2011-2012 Moody Blue Devils Color Guard squad. Congratulations! For those planning to participate in dance and majorette tryouts, please be aware of the clinic schedule for the week of April 4, with tryouts on Friday, April 8.

2011-2012 Colorguard Members:
Kelsey A
Emilee H
Hannah A
Cassi W
Cayla C
Courtney F
Claire C
Savannah S
Dana B
Alex F
Haley L
Brianna J
Mandy W
Audrey H (Captain)
Taylor H
Jennifer D
Anna Caroline A
Diana G
Kelsey S
Emma A
Hannah B
Emily N
Victoria D
Payton W
Jordan J

Friday, March 18, 2011

Band Boosters This Tuesday

I offer apologies for the automatic Yahoo Group notification sent out last week with the incorrect band booster meeting date. Because of spring break, band boosters will now meet this Tuesday, 3/22/11 at 6:30 pm in the band room. Topics include preparation for the upcoming marching season, a possible short spring trip, and plans for a larger band trip for next year. Please make plans to attend!

Dr. Sargent

Auxiliary Clinics Begin Monday

Band auxiliary clinics begin this Monday, 3/21/11 and continue each day through Thursday. Tryouts take place after school on Friday, 3/25. All students, including dance and majorette candidates, must successfully make colorguard tryouts before proceeding to other tryouts.

Please remember to bring an up-to-date physical on Monday. The physical must be dated by the physician within this calendar year. In addition, all other paperwork from the clinic packet plus tryout fees made payable to the Moody Band Boosters are due on the first day of clinic. Clinics end promptly at 5:00 pm each day and will not run over. Rides should arrive at the band room no later than 5:00.

Best wishes to all candidates. Thank you for your hard work and desire to make the Moody band program the best it can be!

Dr. Sargent

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

District II Honor Band 2011 Info

Congratulations again to Jay F, Andrew McG, and Nathan D for making ABA District II Honor Band. Here is the information you'll need for planning your schedule:

Friday, March 25^th _

8:30 am – Registration in the Foyer of Albertville FAC

9:00 to Noon – First Rehearsal (HS on Stage, MS in Bandroom)

1:30 to 4:00 - Second Rehearsal

6:00 to 8:30 – Third Rehearsal

_Saturday, March 26^th _

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8:30 to 10:00 – Fourth Rehearsal

10:15 to Noon – HS moves to Bandroom, MS to Stage

2:30 – Report for concert Dressed in Uniforms or Concert Attire

3:00 - Concert

T-Shirts will be on Sale $15

Recordings - $15

Sunday, March 6, 2011

No After-School Rehearsal Monday 3/7/11

We will not have after-school rehearsal tomorrow (Monday) 3/7/11. Literature for the MES Turkish festival for Tuesday evening may be acquired during regular band class. We remain in need of some volunteer players to perform solo and ensemble selections at MES on Tuesday, 3/8/11 from 6:00 until 7:30 pm for the festival.

Thank you!

Dr. Sargent

Friday, March 4, 2011

Troy University Clarinet Day

The following message was forwarded to me from Troy University. If you wish to take part in clarinet day, please request an application and information via e-mail to I will respond with the attachment.

Dear Band Director,

Your clarinet students are invited to Troy University Clarinet Day on April 2,
2011. Details and a registration form are attached to this email. Please feel free to give this to any students you think would be interested.

Traditionally, this event has only been for grades 9-12. But, recently I have had many ask if 8th graders could attend too. So, if you have interested 8th graders, please let them know that they are welcome.

This year, my guests will be J. David Harris (Clarinet Professor from the
University of Illinois), Alcides Rodriguez (Bass Clarinetist from the Atlanta Symphony), and Gabor Varga (Principal Clarinetist of the Hungarian Radio Orchestra). Also joining us will be the Busan Clarinet Quartet from South Korea and Wolfgang Lohff, a clarinet acoustics and repair specialist from Denmark.

At Clarinet Day, your students will play in a big clarinet choir with high school and college students from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. They will also attend master classes and clinics… and they will have an opportunity to try many excellent clarinets and accessories. It is my hope that they will return to your band with newfound enthusiasm.

As always, if I can be of any help to you, please do not hesitate to let me know.



Dr. Timothy Phillips
Professor of Clarinet
Troy University

UNA Honor Band

I am passing this message along from Lloyd Jones, UNA Director of Bands. If you wish to apply, please do so via the link in the message. Do not reply to Yahoo Groups.

From Dr. Jones:

Hello All,

Applications for the 2011 UNA Invitational Honor Band will be accepted through March 18 . I have recently been contacted by numerous directors who, because of incredibly busy schedules, simply have not had time to provide students with the paperwork.

Applications are available online at , under "upcoming events."

We will host 2 Junior High Bands (evenly split), a 9th-grade Band, and 2 Senior High Bands (an approximately 65-member top band, and approximately 90-member second band). We have a great line-up of conductors, including, Garry Taylor, Terry Ownby, and Steve Price. Other conductors will be announced as soon as plans are finalized.

Registration and placement auditions will take place Thursday afternoon (April 28) with a rehearsal to follow. Friday will be comprised of a morning and afternoon rehearsal. All participants and directors are invited to the Friday evening President's Concert featuring the UNA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Studio Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble. Saturday morning we'll have a shorts rehearsal and then the UNAHB Concert at 11:00 a.m. All the festivities will conclude around 1:00p.m. and allow plenty of weekend for us all!

Thanks to all of you who have already sent in student applications - possibly you'll have a few more who now have an opportunity to participate. I look forward to hearing from everyone and your students in the near future. Let me know if I can be of assistance to you!

Lloyd Jones, Director of Bands
University of North Alabama

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Solo and Ensemble 2011

Solo and Ensemble festival is open to all band students, regardless of grade level or years in band. This year's festival is held at Jacksonville HS on Saturday, April 30. Parents/Guardians and students are responsible for obtaining transportation to and from the festival. Other details are below:

Students may choose literature to submit to Dr. Sargent for approvl. Once approved, students pay a $5.00 fee per event, made payable to the Moody Band Boosters by April 1. Events may include woodwind, brass, or percussion solos or ensembles. Students receiving a superior rating will be eligible for a medal.

See Dr. Sargent with any questions.

Players Needed for This Tuesday Evening, 3/8/11

We are in desperate need of players for an art festival at MES this Tuesday, 3/8/11 from 6:00 until 7:30 pm. Please e-mail Dr. Sargent at to confirm your availability and plan to stay for a few minutes after school on Monday, 3/7/11 to rehearse.

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MPA Photo Orders

Students wishing to order a photograph from our performance at MPA last Friday may obtain an order form from Dr. Sargent in the band room. An 8x10 photo is $15.00. Photos will be delivered to the school and distributed during band class.