Monday, April 4, 2011

April Newsletter

Moody Bands

Dr. Bradley Sargent, Director

Office: 205-640-1995

April Newsletter 2011

Greetings! Because this is such a busy time of the year for our band program, I decided to publish an April newsletter with reminders of important dates for this month and beyond. To be sure the newsletter gets home with each student, I ask that a parent or guardian please sign and return the attached signature page by this Friday, April 8 for a portion of your child’s weekly band grade.

Moody Blue Devils Group: If you have not done so already, please visit the band website at Click the link on the home page to join the Moody Blue Devils Group in Yahoo Groups. When you register, be sure to leave a comment to identify yourself as an associate of the band program. Once registered, you will receive regular e-mail notifications of all upcoming events for the Moody band.

St. Clair County Honor Band:
The St. Clair County Honor Band is a festival created by local band directors to serve band students in the St. Clair County area. The festival is open to students in grades 6-8 (Jr. High Band), and to students in grades 9-12 (High School Band). Here are the other details:

Location: Ragland High School

Chair Placement Auditions: Tuesday, April 5, 4:00 pm, Ragland High School. Audition requirements have already been sent home with students who expressed an interest in the festival.

Festival Dates: April 8-9.

Friday, April 8: Rehearsals 8:30 am- 3:00 pm. Lunch is provided.

Saturday, April 9: Rehearsals 9:00 am-10:30 am.

Concert at 11:00 am Saturday. Concert admission is free.

Cost: $20.00 per student. Includes lunch on Friday and an honor band medal.

Parents/Guardians are responsible for transporting and supervising students during the auditions and festival.

ABA District II Solo and Ensemble Festival
Festival Date: Saturday, April 30.

Location: Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville, AL. Parents and guardians of the below named students are responsible for transportation and supervision before, during, and after the festival.

Registration Deadline: Monday, April 4.

The following students have made a commitment to the solo and ensemble festival at a $5.00 per event fee, payable to the Moody Band Boosters by Friday, April 8. In the event a student cancels or fails to successfully pass a playing test administered by Dr. Sargent on the chosen piece, the non-refundable $5.00 fee per event is still due to the band boosters.

Students who have indicated a commitment to the festival, $5.00 per event:

Branden S and Gavin H, duet

Rose G, solo

Daniel, Nick, and Zach, trio

Nick A, solo

Todd T, solo

Hallie H and Brandon M, duet

Hallie H, solo

Anna Marie D, solo

Ethan J, solo

Xiola H and Giorgia E, duet

Giorgia E, solo

Hallie H and Ethan J, duet

Danceline and Majorette Clinics:
Dates: Monday-Thursday, April 4-8, 3:00-5:00 pm daily.

Participants: Students who have been named as successful candidates in the color guard auxiliary tryouts last month have the option of continuing training to audition for a position on the dance line or majorette line at the completion of clinics.

Fees: The $25.00 fee paid by each participant during the first round of clinics satisfies the fee requirements for both tryouts. No additional fee is due.

Dance Line, Drum Major, and Majorette Tryouts:
Date: Friday, April 8

Special Note for Drum Major Candidates: The $25.00 tryout fee, made payable to the Moody Band Boosters, is due by Thursday, April 7. Be sure to bring a CD containing your choice of tryout routine material.

Tryout results will be posted online at and via e-mail through the Moody Blue Devils Yahoo Groups during the evening following tryouts. Tryouts are closed to spectators.

Spring Semester School Band Activity Fees Due!!
Each semester, St. Clair County schools assess a band activity fee of $20.00 per student, grades 7-12. The band activity fee is used for transportation to fall football games and for instructional needs such as beginning, intermediate, concert, and marching band music. The spring semester fee, made payable to Moody High School, is due in the band room by April 15.

Marching Up!
The Moody High School marching band typically includes students in grades 9-12, though a number of current beginning band students will soon receive invitations from Dr. Sargent to “march up” as 8th graders for the coming fall semester. An invitation to march up is a high honor in the Moody band program. Marching up involves an increased level of responsibility from parents and students, beginning with mandatory attendance at the band booster/marching participant meeting on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 pm in the MHS lunch room (See below). In the coming fall semester, the band will rely heavily upon our current class of beginners. If issued an invitation, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sargent to discuss any concerns or to ask any questions. Likewise, if your child is not issued an invitation and you would like an explanation, please contact Dr. Sargent at the phone or e-mail address above.

All-State Band Festival, Mobile, AL
Dates: April 13-16

Congratulations to Nathan D., Jay F., and Andrew McG!!!! Please see Dr. Sargent to stay up to date on the latest information for the all-state festival.

Marching Band Informational Meeting/ Band Booster Meeting

Date: April 19

Location: MHS/MJHS lunch room

Time: 6:30 pm

Attendance Mandatory for all 2011 marching band members, including auxiliaries. All other students and families strongly encouraged to attend.

Food Giant Fundraiser:
Food Giant is hosting a grocery bagging fundraiser for all Moody band students in grades 7-12 on Saturday, April 23. Students may sign up for a shift on Dr. Sargent’s office door. Parents are needed to chaperone students during shift times throughout the day. Proceeds from the fundraiser are placed into individual student accounts.

Spring Band Concert and Art Show
Date: Thursday, April 28

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: MHS gym and school grounds

Personnel: All band students, grades 7-12.

Student attendance and performance in the concert is mandatory and serves as a portion of the band grade for the semester.

Volunteers Needed. If you’re willing to help with the logistics of the concert, please contact Dr. Sargent at

Future Dates (Refer to the full calendar in the Moody Blue Devils Yahoo Group):

May 7: Proposed Six Flags trip for all band students, grades 7-12. More information to come!

May TBA: rookie camp for all new marchers. To be held after school on selected dates in May. More information to come.

May 13: Band Banquet. For all students and parents/guardians, grades 7-12. Help is needed from parent volunteers!

May 14: Band Room/Band Field workday, 8:00 am-12:00 noon. Please come help prepare our field and other facilities for the fall marching season.

May 17: MHS graduation. Seniors and selected underclassmen perform the Moody Alma Mater

April Newsletter 2011