Thursday, February 28, 2013

All-District Band Schedule 2013

ABA District II Honor Band

Rehearsal Schedule (for Evan McC, Hallie H, Kayla C, Jesslyn McC)

Albertville HS Auditorium
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013
8:30A.M. – 9:00A.M. Check in / Registration
9:00A.M. – 9:15A.M. Meeting of all participants Auditorium
9:15A.M. – 9:30A.M. Seating of all participants
9:30A.M. – 12:00 Noon Rehearsal of Honor Bands
12:00A.M. – 1:30P.M. Lunch Break
1:30A.M. – 4:30P.M. Rehearsal of Honor Bands
4:30P.M. – 6:30P.M. Supper Break
6:30P.M. – 9:00P.M. Rehearsal of Honor Bands

DVD - $15.00

8:30A.M. – 11:30 P.M. Rehearsal of Honor Bands
11:30P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Lunch Break; Change into uniforms
1:30P.M. Warmup
2:00P.M. District Honor Band Concert

Monday, February 25, 2013

Music Performance Assessment This Week!

Dear concert band parents:
A letter and travel release form went home with your student this afternoon. The letter contains information about our trip to Gadsden for music performance assessment this Friday, 3/1/13. The travel release form is due in the band room by 3:00 pm this Thursday, signed, with any emergency numbers you wish to provide. This will allow your student to participate in this most important event in the life of our band program. Your prompt attention will be most appreciated. Please direct questions to Thank you!

Auxiliary/Drum Major Tryout Packets Due Thursday, 2/28/13

Please remember, completed tryout packets are due in the band room by 3:00 pm this Thursday, 2/28/13, in the envelope provided at the mandatory January meeting, with the provided checklist and other documents in order, and with the tryout fee payment enclosed. Please deliver the packet directly to the band room, not to school offices. For parents needing to inquire about physical expiration dates, please do so via e-mail to before Thursday. Securing physical forms from other organizations on or off campus is the responsibility of the student and parent, not of the band director or sponsor. Submitting incomplete or late packets will delay or jeopardize student participation in tryout clinics and/or tyouts. Thank you.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Preservation Hall Concert Reservations Due Friday, February 22nd

If you wish to make the Preservation Hall Jazz Band concert field trip to the Alys Stephens Center on March 9th with transportation and dinner included, your reservation with fee ($50.00) and medical release form must be received in the band room no later than 3:00 pm tomorrow, Friday, February 22nd. Please make checks payable to the Moody Band Boosters.

St. Clair All-County Band Update

All Moody Band students are encouraged to participate in this year's all-county band, March 8th and 9th! Please note: Students may play in the all-county band and still have plenty of time to go home, change, and report to the Moody band room for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band field trip by 5:00 pm on March 9th!

Due date for all-county registration HAS BEEN CHANGED to next Thursday, Feb 28. This deadline will not be extended. Registration forms are available in the band room from Dr. Sargent. Make $20 checks payable to the Moody Band Boosters and submit with a registration form. The fee includes a lunch on the Friday of the festival, a brunch before the Saturday concert, and a festival t-shirt.
Chair placement auditions will be held at Springville High School, Tuesday March 5th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Students will need to sign in at the main lobby and warm up in the lunchroom. From there they will be directed to the tryout room for their instrument. Mr. Curren will email the results to directors on Wednesday and Dr. Sargent will post to the Moody band website by Thursday morning.

Rehearsal will be on Friday, March 8th from 8:00-5:00 (High School band will meet in the Springville High School band room and the middle school band will meet in the Springville Middle School band room) . Pizza Hut Pizza will be served for lunch on Friday (included in $20.00 fee).

Saturday, March 9th dress rehearsal from 8:00-11:30 with a 12:00 concert. A light lunch will be served (included in fee) so no one will have to leave the school to find lunch. Schedules may be changed slightly at the clinicians' discretion but this is a start. Concert will be free and open to the public. Transportation for the festival is the responsibility of parents and guardians of individual participating students.

And remember: Call time for the Moody Band's Preservation Hall Jazz Band concert field trip is 4:45 at the Moody band room on Saturday, March 9th. Registration forms are still available in the band room. Deadline: February 22nd!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

UAB Events

Any student interested in the following events at UAB can get forms and details from Dr. Sargent in the band room:
  • Music Camp, June 9-15, for students in grades 6-12.
  • Clarinet Symposium, March 2-3.
  • Majorette Tryouts for 2013 incoming freshmen: April 13.
  • Blazerette Dance Team Tryouts for 2013 incoming freshmen: April 20.
  • Color Guard Tryouts for 2013 incoming freshmen: April 20 and May 18.
  • University Bands-- Auditions for current high school seniors/prospective UAB freshmen-- see Dr. Sargent for info.


  • The deadline for the March 9th Preservation Hall Jazz Band concert field trip to the Alys Stephens Center is February 22nd. $50.00 per person includes dinner, transportation, and a concert ticket. Registration includes the fee and a completed medical release form. Reservation forms have been sent home with students and are available at the band room. Over 50 tickets have been reserved, but we need at least 20 participants to make the trip viable. I have received only 1 reservation to date. Make checks payable to the Moody Band Boosters.
  • Cosmic Bowling Fundraiser for individual student accounts is February 22nd, 7-9 pm. Forms and money from sales are due no later than February 19th. Forms are available in the band room. Make checks payable to the Moody Band Boosters. The sale of 8 bowling spots per student will pay for the above field trip.
  • All-County Band at Springville High School: Chair placement auditions on Tuesday, March 5th. Rehearsals on Friday and Saturday, March 8th and 9th. Concert on March 9th at 12:00. $20.00 per student fee is due no later than Monday, March 4th. Make checks payable to the Moody Band Boosters. Registration forms are available in the Moody band room.
  • Band Boosters meet on Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30 pm in the band room.
  • Diamonds and Twirls Camp on Tuesday, February 26th, 3:00-5:00 pm, MMS gym.
  • Auxiliary and Drum Major tryout packets due Thursday, February 28th by 3:00 pm, band room.
  • Concert Band Music Performance Assessment, Friday, March 1st at Gadsden City High School. Performance Time: 11:30 am. Students will depart the school by bus at 9:00 am and return by 3:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. More information is to come.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Brass Sectional This Thursday 2/14/13

The brass sectional this Thursday will include only the trumpet section from concert band and will take place from 3:00 until 4:00 pm. All other students will be dismissed at 3:00 pm.

All-County Band Update

What: St. Clair All-County Band

When: Chair Tryouts on Tuesday, March 5th. Rehearsals 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday, March 8 and 8:00 am to 12:00 noon Saturday, March 9. Concert at noon on March 9th.

Where: Springville Middle School and High School

Who: Open to all junior high and high school band students

Cost: $20.00 per student, payable to the Moody Band Boosters by Monday, March 4th with the registration form available from Dr. Sargent.

Details: Fee includes Friday lunch and Saturday brunch. Organizers are attempting to include t-shirt and will include a medal. Clinicians are Gene Inglis (high school) and Chris Cooper (middle school/junior high). Both are award-winning directors--all Moody band students are strongly encouraged to participate. More details to follow as they are available.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Thank You!

Many thanks to all who took part in making the 25th Annual Queen of Hearts Pageant a success. Because of your dedication and hard work in this fundraising project and in others like it, our band program continues. For that, I am grateful beyond measure.

Dr. Sargent

Friday, February 8, 2013

Q of H Student Volunteers

We will need some student help after school today, preferably from those students who have their own transportation and can leave the campus when our work is complete. If your student is planning to stay after school today to help with Queen of Hearts set-up and you are not going to be present as a volunteer, please send an e-mail to to let me know that you give your permission for your child to be here, that you know your child is staying, and to inform me of your plans to pick up your child. I ask that all students are picked up at the MHS gym no later than 5:00 pm. Students unaccompanied by a parent or guardian are not needed during the pageant rehearsal time, which may run as late as 8:00 pm, unless the student is a pageant contestant or escort.

On Saturday, student concession workers are scheduled in shifts beginning at 12:00 noon and continuing until 10:00 pm. Parent volunteers are needed as early as 10:00 am and as late as 10:00 pm to help with tear-down and cleanup. Likewise, if you are planning to drop your child off at the MHS gym on Saturday but are not staying with them as a chaperone, please let me know via e-mail to

Thank you for your help in keeping our band program strong through the largest fundraising effort of the Moody Band year!

Brad Sargent

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Queen of Hearts Setup

Parent volunteers are needed for the Queen of Hearts pageant fundraiser setup on Friday afternoon, 2/8/13. We will begin moving into the MHS gym after school and continue until about 8:00 pm. Volunteers are asked to bring drills with screwdriver bits and heavy-duty extension cords. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and help from all parents is appreciated. Thank you!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Spring Band Field Trip

Pending administrative approval, and in lieu of the earlier proposed Panama City, FL spring trip, I would like to offer the following local field trip, open to all members of the Moody band program and auxiliaries, including beginning band members:

Event: Preservation Hall Jazz Band (New Orleans, LA) with the Del McCoury Band, in concert
Location: Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall, Birmingham, AL
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm estimated departure; 8:00 pm concert time; 11:00 pm estimated return
Cost: $50.00 per person
Reservations: Due by February 22nd (Sell 8 Cosmic Bowling tickets and you're done!)

Included in trip cost:
  • Bus transportation to and from the event (minimum $10.00 per person value)
  • Buffet dinner at Jim N Nicks Homewood ($12.00 per person value)
  • Concert ticket ($60.00 value)
  • Possible pre-concert lecture/masterclass for our group (pending)
By going as a member of our group, individuals receive more than an $80.00 value in transportation, dining, and concert admission for only $50.00!

Stay tuned for more information. Registration and trip information forms will be available from the band room by the end of this week.

Questions? E-mail Dr. Sargent directly at

Preservation Hall Website

Del McCoury Band Website

Drum Major Tryout Meeting

Students interested in trying out for drum major for the 2013-2014 season should attend a meeting with Dr. Sargent in the band room at 6:00 pm this Thursday, February 7th. At least one parent or guardian should accompany each student to the meeting. If unable to attend, please contact Dr. Sargent at in advance to schedule an individual appointment. Tryouts will be held on Friday, March 8th at 4:00 pm. The deadline for submission of all materials and the $35.00 tryout fee is Thursday, February 28th at 3:00 pm.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Spring Trip Refunds/Credits

Dear Parents and Students,
We did not receive our minimum number of deposits to make our spring trip this year. Parents, if you paid a deposit, please call 205-640-1995 or e-mail to let me know whether you would like your check returned to you or whether you would like to use your deposit as a credit toward your student's upcoming band fees for the 2013-2014 season. Please do not reply directly to Yahoo Groups.

In the meantime, I will look for potential outings for our band this spring in the form of a short, local day trip at a lower expense than the previously proposed spring trip. In addition, next year's spring trip will be announced soon (one year in advance) to allow for greater fundraising opportunities for individual student accounts.  Please keep in mind that all fall band fees must be paid in full for 2013-2014 before deposits will be accepted for next year's spring trip.

Thank you!

Dr. Sargent