Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thank You!

Kudos to Max G. and his team for refurbishing the band tower to complete his Eagle Scout project and give our band tower a new lease on life! The tower looks great and is far safer than before. Please take a look when you have the opportunity.

Thank you Max and friends!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

No After School This Week

Neither brass nor woodwinds will meet after school this week. We will travel to performance assessment at Gadsden City High School this Friday, March 2 and will return to the band room by 5:00 pm. Please have rides ready at that time.

Friday, February 24, 2012

St. Clair County Honor Band 2012 Update

Students planning to play in the St. Clair Honor Band, please note the following addition to the audition requirements for scales:

"Total possible MAJOR scale points for Flute, Clarinet, and Mallets is 16: 1 point per each octave of the major scales, 1 point per each octave of the scale's arpeggio. Total possible for Bb CHROMATIC is 4: 2 points per octave. Plus tone & sight-reading."

"Total possible MAJOR scale points for the other winds is 8: 1 point per each scale, 1 point per arpeggio. Total possible for Bb CHROMATIC is 2 because it is one octave. Plus tone & sight-reading."

Please remember to submit your registration to Dr. Sargent by March 8. The deadline cannot be extended. The $25 fee is made payable to the Moody Band Boosters. Registration forms are available at the Moody band room.

Trombone Mouthpiece

A trombone mouthpiece has gone missing from a cubby in the band room. If you have seen or picked up a mouthpiece that is not yours, please return to Dr. Sargent immediately. The owner needs the mouthpiece.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

St. Clair Honor Band Audition Requirements

Students in grades 7-9 who are interested in participating in the St. Clair Co honor band will audition for chair placement at SCCHS on March 13 beginning at 4:15. Registration is due in the Moody band room by March 8 with a $25 check made payable to the Moody Band Boosters. Audition requirements are as follows:

Woodwinds, Brass, and Mallets: Concerts F, Bb, Eb, & Ab scales and arpeggios. Bb chromatic. Sight-reading. Flute, oboe, clarinet,& mallets two octaves.


>All rudiments are to be played open-closed-open (slow fast slow) on one part of the head - close to center (don't play edge to center to edge).
>Single stroke roll
>Orchestral Buzz Roll (pp to ff to pp close to center of head)
>Flam Accent (slow fast slow)
>Single Drag Tap (slow fast slow)
>Sight-Reading too!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Auxiliary Tryout Meeting

Mandatory parent/guardian/student meeting for those interested in trying out for an auxiliary squad for the 2012 season (drum majors excluded), Thursday, 2/23/12, 6:00 pm, MJHS band room. Tryouts are open to students in the 8th through 11th grades (rising freshmen through rising seniors).

MPA Photo Orders

An MPA photo order form has been added to the Moody Blue Devils Yahoo Group (join from the homepage). If a photo is desired from next week's performance, please complete the form and send to the Moody band room with a check made payable to B Creative Photography. Student orders will be mailed to MHS and distributed at the band room. Our performance time (necessary to complete the form) is 2:00 pm Friday, 3/2/12.

Thank you!

Sightreading Website

As we prepare for MPA next week, I hope all students will visit the following website designed to aid in sightreading practice:

Just click on your instrument and follow the instructions. Happy practicing!

Dr. Sargent

Monday, February 20, 2012

After-School Revision for This Week

Please ignore the previous posting on after school rehearsals this week, 2/21-2/24. There will be no after-school section rehearsals on Tuesday or Thursday. Band boosters and auxiliary candidates will meet as scheduled and as announced previously. The concert band will travel to Gadsden City High School next Friday, March 2, to participate in the music performance assessment. Details will follow.

Thank you.

After-School Schedule Reminder: 2/21-2/24

Tuesday, 2/21/12: Brass Sectional 3:00-4:00 as previously scheduled
Tuesday, 2/21/12: Band Booster Meeting 6:30 pm, band room
Wednesday, 2/22/12: No After School
Thursday, 2/23/12: Woodwinds 3:00-4:00 as previously scheduled
Thursday, 2/23/12: Mandatory Auxiliary Tryout Meeting 6:00 pm, MPR
Friday, 2/24/12: No After School

Sunday, February 19, 2012

St. Clair County Honor Band-- Revised Information

Dear 7th-9th Grade band members, parents, and guardians:

The 2012 St. Clair County Jr. High Honor Band will be held on the campus of St. Clair County High School this year. The clinician/conductor will be Tracy Wright from Ringgold, GA. Mr. Wright is an extremely successful middle school director and routinely conducts honor bands throughout the southeast.

The $25 registration fee will cover the cost of the clinician, lunch (PIZZA!) on the Friday of the event, a participation medal, a master class with a professional musician on each instrument, and an honor band t-shirt to be worn at the concert. The addition of the master class is new this year.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 8th. Register by bringing a check, cash, or money order made payable to the Moody Band Boosters to the Moody band room with the requested information below. Chair placements will be on Tuesday, March 13th at the St. Clair County High School band room from 4:15-6:00. The honor band will be held at the Saint Clair County HS band room on Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th.

On Friday, the honor band activity is scheduled from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm, and Saturday's schedule is 9:00 am until 11:00 am with the concert at 1:00 in the school gym. Parents and students are responsible for transportation to and from this event and for meeting school attendance requirements when absent from school for event attendance. Participation is strictly voluntary and does not contribute to the grade earned in the Moody band program.

Although participation in the honor band is at the discretion of students and parents (not required), I strongly encourage students to attend this wonderful opportunity. Please return the lower portion of this letter with your $25 registration fee payable to the Moody Band Boosters, with your full name,instrument, and shirt size, to the Moody band room by 3/8.

2012 Jr. High Honor Band Registration



Shirt size: YL S M L XL XXL XXXL

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

St. Clair County Honor Band 2012

Any 7th-9th grade students interested in participating in the St. Clair County Honor Band should note the following:

All 7-9th grade Moody band students have already been accepted into the honor band. Students need only attend the chair placement auditions and pay the $20.00 participation fee to get involved.

Auditions at St. Clair Co High School: 3/13, after school hours. Play F, B-flat, E-flat, and A-flat scales for your instrument and sight-read.

Honor Band Festival and Concert: Friday and Saturday, 3/16-3/17. Details to follow as they are available.

Auxiliary and Drum Major Tryout Schedule 2012

Thursday, 2/23/12, 6:00 pm: Mandatory Informational Meeting for interested students and parents/guardians

Clinics, Round 1 (all participants): 3/5-3/8, 3:15-5:00 pm daily
Tryouts, Round 1 (all participants): 3/9, 3:15 until finished
Clinics, Round 2 (dance/majorette): 3/12-3/15, 3:15 until finished
Tryouts, Round 2 (dance/majorette/drum major): 3/16, 3:15 until finished

More info to follow. Please direct questions to or 640-1995.

Band Booster Meeting Tuesday, 2/21/12, 6:30 pm

Band Booster Meeting Reminder:

Tuesday, Feb 21, 6:30 pm, band room. Please attend and support YOUR Moody Band!

Schedule Change This Week

The concert band brass sectional scheduled for today, 2/14/12, has been rescheduled for this Thursday, 2/16/12, 3:00-4:00 pm. Concert band woodwinds and percussion will not have after-school sectionals this week. A revised schedule for next week will follow soon.

Dr. Sargent

Monday, February 13, 2012

Queen of Hearts Thank You!!!!

From Elizabeth McGinnis:

Thank you to everyone who helped make Queen of Hearts a great success. Everything ran so smoothly – from registration to ticket sales to the concession stand (how many trips did Kim have to make to WalMart??) and it was due to the number of volunteers. I think it was our biggest year yet concerning profits. I think the only “mistakes” were that we forgot to plug in the Christmas lights around the stage and turn the music on for the first pageant. Thanks for all your hard work! Elizabeth McGinnis

Friday, February 10, 2012

District II Honor Band Schedule

For Jay F, Hallie H, and Rose G:

District Honor Band Schedule

Friday, March 9th

8:30 am – Registration in the Foyer of the Albertville Fine Arts Center

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 10th

9:00am to 10:00 – Fourth Rehearsal (HS moves to Bandroom, MS to Stage)

10:15 to Noon – Fifth Rehearsal

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

3:00 - Concert

T-Shirts will be on Sale $15

Recordings - $15

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Queen of Hearts-- Help Needed!!!!

Queen of Hearts is here! We have about 135 participants and are looking forward to a full day. We have the gym starting at 3pm Friday so we will begin to decorate early. If you can come at 3, please meet in the Band Room. We will be getting some things together then going down to the gym. Rehearsal begins at 5pm and it would be awesome if we could get decorated before then. We will have an early night if that happens!

On Saturday if volunteers could come to the school lobby by 12:30, it would be great. We will have small chores to do, then registration begins and the girls come.

Please contact Elizabeth McGinnis at if you have any questions.

See you this weekend!