Sunday, September 30, 2012

Marching Schedule for the Week of October 1-6, 2012

Monday, 10/1/12
After-School 3:00-5:00 pm

Tuesday, 10/2/12
After-School 3:00-5:00 pm

Wednesday, 10/3/12
Morning Band 7:30-8:45 am ALL BAND MEMBERS
No After School

Thursday, 10/4/12
After-School 3:00-5:00 pm

Friday, 10/5/12
Pep Rally 2:30
Rehearsal, band field 3:00-5:00 (auxiliaries tba)
Dinner in MPR 5:00
March to Stadium 6:20 vs. Mortimer Jordan @ Home

Saturday, 10/6/12
Covered Bridge Festival, Oneonta.
Call time 1:00 pm, Band Room. Performance time: 4:20. Other details TBA

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Instructional Resource for Students

Moody Band students:
Please see the following website for professional instruction conducted on each wind instrument by studio faculty members from the University of Texas at Austin. This is a great resource for students at all levels:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Woodwind Workshop-- University of Montevallo

The 8th annual Woodwind Workshop will take place at the University of Montevallo on November 16-17, 2012. Interested students may register at or see Dr. Sargent for a hard copy of the application.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mid-South Invitational Itinerary for Saturday, 9/29/12

1:00 Call time and uniform fitting, band room. Be sure to have eaten lunch, done hair, makeup, cleaned instruments, etc BEFORE your arrival.
1:30 Buses depart for Gadsden City HS
2:45 Arrive at GCHS, unload, restroom break, proceed to warm up area
3:45 Performance Time
4:00 Return to bus and truck, change into travel uniform/street clothes
4:30 Dinner arrangements TBA
6:30 Return to GCHS stadium to view AAAA bands and exhibition bands, visit vendors, etc.
7:45 Awards committee (TBA by Dr. Sargent) return to buses to change into uniforms
9:00 Awards Ceremony Begins
10:00 Return to Buses to Depart for Moody
11:00 Arrive in Moody, unload, stow uniforms, EVERYONE HELPS. Please have rides ready.

• Items will be available inside the stadium during chaperoned trips to vendors. Students might want to bring some extra spending money for the trip.
• Bring your travel uniform, including band t-shirt. Wear under-armor shorts under the uniform so you can change on the bus or in changing rooms in front of others.
• Saturday’s weather is likely to be warm during the day but cool in the evening. Bring appropriate clothing.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Schedule Week 6

School Week 6:
Monday, 9/24/12: After-School 3:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday, 9/25/12: After-School 3:00-5:00 pm
Wednesday, 9/26/12: No Before or After-School Band
Thursday, 9/27/12: After-School 3:00-5:00 pm
Friday, 9/28/12: After-School Rehearsal 3:00-4:30 pm
Dinner in MPR 4:30
Depart MHS 5:00 pm for Ashville HS game
Return to MHS band room 10:45 pm
Saturday, 9/29/12: Midsouth Festival, All Day. Schedule Will Follow

Please Note: Dr. Sargent has supervision duties away from the band room each morning this week. Students arriving before 7:45 am should report to the MPR or the MHS gym. Thank you!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Movie Night! October 13

Mark your calendars! The Band Booster's Movie Night fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 13th at the MHS stadium. We need all hands on deck for this event! Details will follow.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Marching Honor Bands

Birmingham Southern and Huntingdon College marching honor band information just arrived today in the band room. See Dr. Sargent for an application and details if you're interested. Remember, all honor bands are at the discretion and supervision of parents or guardians. Moody band activities take precedence over any honor band activity.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Concession Workday This Saturday

Greg McGinnis would like some help finishing the renovation on the band concession stand this Saturday. Work will begin at 9:00 am. If you are able to help, please contact Greg at

Thank you!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Young Artists Scholarship Application

If you're interested in a scholarship opportunity, please see the site below for qualifications and an application. If you have trouble with the link, e-mail Dr. Sargent at

Monday, September 17, 2012

This Week's Schedule

Monday, 9/17/12: After-School rehearsal 3:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday, 9/18/12: After-School 3:00-5:00 pm
Band Booster Meeting 6:30 pm
Wednesday, 9/19/12: Playing member rehearsal, band room, 7:30-8:45 am
No After-School
Thursday, 9/20/12: After-School 3:00-5:00 pm
Friday, 9/21/12: After-School Rehearsal 3:00-4:00
Dinner in MPR 4:00
Depart for Center Point 5:00 pm
MHS at Centerpoint HS 7:00 pm
Return to MHS Band Room 11:00 pm

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Band Boosters Tuesday, 9/18/12

Band Boosters will meet this Tuesday at 6:30. We have some important issues to discuss, so attendance by as many parents as possible is appreciated.

Thank you!

UAB Marching Honor Band

From Mr. Jimmy Freeman regarding the UAB Marching Honor Band:

This event will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 and is open to ALL band members. The $50.00 fee per member is due by Friday, October 5, 2012. However, the fee reduces to $40.00 per member if 12 or more from a school participate. Below is the link. If you have trouble opening this, e-mail Dr. Sargent at for direct access to the site.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Our band was featured on ABC 33/40

ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Honor Bands and Scholarships

The following honor band and scholarship opportunities arrived today. Ask for a hard copy in the band room or check the bulletin board for more info. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities, but please rememember to check the Moody band calendar for conflicting dates. The Moody band should take precedence. Parents are responsible for supervision at these events. Dr. Sargent does not attend. Participation is solely at the option of the student and parents.

Auburn University Symphonic Honor Band Festival
for junior high/middle school students (grades 6-9)
January 31-February 3, 2013
Application deadline: November 15, 2012

Music City Drum and Bugle Corps Auditions
December 15-16, Nashville, TN

Florida State University Tri-State Band Festival
November 29-December 2
Application Deadline: October 12

Auburn University Symphonic Honor Band Festival
for High School students (grades 9-12)
February 7-9, 2013
Deadline: November 15

Berea College Pinnacle Scholarships
Deadline: September 28
Awards received November 17

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Band Photographers Needed

From Lee Gurley:
We need parents to take LOTS of pictures. If your student participates in outside band activities (i.e. this weekend when some students go to Auburn to participate in the AUMB Honor Band, All State, and concert honor bands, etc.), Band Boosters need these to go on a CD that we like to give to the Seniors at the spring band banquet. Usually it is not a problem for whole band functions like Midsouth and band camp, etc.

I guess this really only applies to Seniors, but I think it is great to include everyone since we like to show the photos at the band banquet.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Band Expo Video Information

From Procat Audio:

We are certain that many of the parents wishing to purchase a DVD will not be aware that they have the ability to take home your band’s performance about 30 minutes after they get off the field. Parents may come and view the DVD before they buy it and we offer a money back guarantee for all of our recordings. We accept Visa, Master Card, checks and cash. The DVDs are $22.00 when using credit or checks and if they purchase with cash they receive a $2.00 discount! Parents can also pre-order or order their DVD after the event on the website if they are not able to make the event. Our website is

If parents preorder, the DVD will still be ready for pick up - with no forms to fill out!

Good luck and we will be seeing you soon!
"When The Event Matters"

(205) 668-1122 (Birmingham Area and cell phone calls)

The ProCAT Family of Services:
Disc Jockey Services
Band recordings and photography
Choir recordings and photography
Creative themes for formal events

St. Clair Band Expo Thursday, 9/13/12

Additional info on the band expo at Springville HS:

Students remain at the Moody band room at 3:00 pm for rehearsal. Rehearsal ends at 3:45 and dinner is served in the MPR by 4:00(Chic-fil-A). Buses depart for Springville at 4:30 and return to Moody by 9:00 pm. Other information and a performance schedule follow:

6:00 Ragland HS
6:15 Ashville HS
6:30 Moody HS
6:45 St.Clair Co HS
7:00 Leeds HS
7:15 Pell City HS
7:30 Springville HS
7:45 Homewood HS

The warm up area is the Springville band practice field. Buses and equipment truck park by the field so everything can be close. There will be a place marked in the stands for our band to sit. Procat is making a professional video of our band. An order form will be placed on the Yahoo Groups files section. There will be videos and expo tee-shirts for purchase. Students might want to bring some extra spending money. There is a $3.00 admission donation for adults, but students and chaperones get in free.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Concession Workers Needed

I need 11 volunteers to work the concession stand this Friday night for the Hayden vs. Moody game! I need workers there between 5 & 5:30 PM. I need to know who is coming to help to be sure your names are on the list. This will ensure that you don't have to buy a ticket to get in or pay for parking.

Please let me know if you are able to help by email at, or by phone/text 205-914-3559.

Thanks for your support!
Kim Bennett

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Concession Stand Windows

If you have some experience installing windows, would you please let me know. I have some ideas and I wanted to run them past a few others before I order the windows.

Thank you,
Greg McGinnis

Schedule This Week

School Week 4:
Monday, 9/10/12: After-School Band 3:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday, 9/11/12: After-School Band 3:00-5:00 pm
Wednesday, 9/12/12: Playing Members 7:30-8:45 am, band room, music rehearsal*
No After School
Thursday, 9/13/12: After-School Rehearsal 3:00-3:45
Dinner in MPR 4:00-4:30
Depart for St. Clair Expo 4:30
St. Clair Expo begins 6:00
Return to Band Room 9:00 pm
Friday, 9/14/12: Pep Rally 2:30
Band Dismissed 3:00 pm
Call Time, Band Room, 6:00 pm
MHS vs. Hayden, Home, 7:00 pm

*Because MHS does not begin classes until 9:00 am on Wednesdays, we will begin a morning routine of warm-up and music rehearsal for all who can attend. With contest season upon us, attendance is desired by all members as long as you're able to stay on Wednesday mornings. MJHS students will need to leave at the 7:45 am bell. MHS students may stay until 8:40.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Moody Blue Devil Marching Band at Odenville

Here is video of the Moody Blue Devil Marching Band 8-31-12, Moody at Odenville Football.

New Rules for Instruments on Buses

The new rule for transporting band instruments on buses was just placed on the Yahoo Groups site. This is not MY rule, I'm just passing it along. Please don't let it discourage you from taking your instrument home to PRACTICE! Just be sure to put your instrument in the seat, not in the aisle, and work diplomatically with your bus driver to be sure you are allowed to continue bringing your instrument on the bus. The success of our band program depends on instruments going home EVERY DAY!

Best wishes,
Dr. Sargent

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

All-State Audition Recordings

The All-State Examples are performed for you by the faculty of the school of music of South Alabama. You can find etudes here:

If you have not printed off your music you can do so here:

If the above website requires a password and you are unable to log in, see Dr. Sargent for a hard copy of the audition material.

Auditions for All-State/All-District will be Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 at Southside High School. All Moody Band students are encouraged to start preparing NOW and auditioning for these bands.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Schedule This Week

3:00-5:00 Marching Band
6:00-8:00 Beginner Instrument Selection Night

No After School

3:00-5:00 Marching Band

Friday--MHS vs. Walker HS, Away
3:00-Students remain at the band room after school, dinner provided
4:00-Depart for Walker HS
11:30 pm-Return to band room, unload, dismiss. Have Rides Ready

Please remember: Parents and guardians of beginners may want to bring a checkbook or credit card Tuesday evening for an instrument deposit. All members: Fall semester school band fees ($20.00) are due by October 15. Make checks payable to Moody High School. Dr. Sargent will receipt all funds. Marching members should bring water and a change of clothes for band practice daily. Please have rides ready at dismissal times. Less than one month remains until contest. Attendance is crucial! Please schedule doctor, dentist, hair cuts, etc. on non-rehearsal days.

Thank you!