Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spring Band Calendar-- Tentative!!


REVISED 1/21/14



January 28 Diamonds and Twirls Camp 3:00-5:00 pm

January 30 Mandatory Auxiliary Interest Meeting 6:30, Band Room

January 30 Paperwork deadline for Physicals Field Trip

February 3 High Woodwinds 3-4 pm

February 4 Brass & Low Woodwinds 3-4 pm

February 4 Diamonds and Twirls Camp 3:00-5:00 pm

February 6 Percussion 3:00-4:00

February 7 Field Trip for Physicals to HTHS

February 7 Queen of Hearts Setup

February 8 Queen of Hearts Pageant

February 10 High Woodwinds 3:00-4:00

February 11 Brass and Low Woodwinds 3-4 pm

February 11 Diamonds and Twirls Camp 3-5 pm

February 10-14 Sargent has lunchroom. Band room opens 8 am daily

February 12 District II Honor Band Registration (student deadline)

February 13 MJHS Band After School (MPA band) 3-4 pm

February 17 Presidents’ Day, School Closed

February 18 Diamonds and Twirls Camp 3:00-5:00

February 18 Brass and Low WW 3-4 pm

February 18 Band Boosters 6:30 pm

February 20 MJHS MPA Band 3-4 pm

February 25 High WW 3:00-4:00

February 25 Diamonds and Twirls 3-5 pm

February 26-28 District II MPA (Performance Times TBA)

March 3 Boston Butt Sale Begins

March 3-7 Guard Clinics 3:00-5:00 daily

March 7 Guard and D.M. Tryouts—all auxiliary candidates mandatory

March 7 ABA Regina King Scholarship Deadline

March 10-14 Dance/Majorette Clinics

March 14 Dance/Majorette Tryouts

March 14-15 ABA District II Honor Band, Albertville HS

March 18 Band Boosters 6:30 and Spring Fundraiser Launch?

March 21-22 Boston Butt Pickup?

March 24-28 Spring Break, School Closed

April 2 Auxiliary Uniform Fittings 3:00 pm—Mandatory

April 3-5 St. Clair All-County Honor Band, Ashville HS

April 8 Solo and Ensemble Deadline (postmark)

April 9-12 All-State Band Festival, Huntsville

April 15 Boosters/Marchers/Auxiliary Meeting (Mandatory) 6:30

April 21 Solo and Ensemble at Oxford HS

April 26 Band Banquet?

May 1 Spring Concert and Art Show???, 6:00 pm

May 12-16 Sargent has am lunchroom. Bandroom opens 8 am daily

May 22 MHS Graduation

May 30 Last Day of School

TBA Summer Band and Band Camp—check Yahoo Groups and website

Preparticipation Physicals/Marching Band Participation

Dear current 8th-11th grade band students and parents:

All current 8th-11th grade students (rising 9th-12th) will become members of the Moody marching band at the conclusion of this academic year and as we begin the fall 2014 school calendar year. This is a time when the level of participation from students and parents increases in intensity, with more travel, after-school rehearsal time, and fall contest performances are added to our band schedule.

Our school requires that before marching band participation begins, every student undergo a physical exam in accordance with Alabama High School Athletic Association guidelines. Many health insurance plans include an annual physical, but for some parents and students, a school-sponsored trip to a physician for a nominal fee is a better option.

This year, our school's physical trainer is offering transportation by bus to Hewitt-Trussville High School on February 7th, during the school day, for the express purpose of obtaining physicals on all of our athletes and any band or auxiliary members interested in taking advantage of the opportunity. If you choose to allow your child to participate, the $10 fee and paperwork are due by Friday, January 31st. The paperwork is available in the band room.

If this offer may serve as a more efficient way of obtaining your child's physical before our marching season begins, I hope you will take advantage of it. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Dr. Sargent

Friday, January 17, 2014

All-State Auditions Tomorrow, 1/18/14

Auditions are at Southside High School, 2361 School Drive, Gadsden, AL 35907

Student Instructions:

• Students should be familiar with the audition requirements. Each student auditioning for All-State should conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

• Audition times have been emailed to each band director.

• Registration procedures:

o Arrive 30 minutes to one hour before your audition time.

o Go to the registration desk to sign in. Students will receive an audition card and a 4-digit student ID number on a label that must be worn on the student’s shirt throughout the audition process.

o BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR AUDITION CARD!!!! Do not fold or write on the card. Any damage to the card may prohibit the scanner from reading it properly or reading it at all.

• Warm-up: a warm-up room will be provided. Do not play in the hallways at any time.

• Audition:

o Arrive at your audition room before your scheduled audition time. Upon arrival, a runner will escort you in to the audition room. Realize that you may be ushered directly in to the audition room or you may have to wait a few minutes but the audition times should run close to the published schedule.

o The runner will match the number on the name tag with the number on your audition card.

o SCALE ROOM (NON-PERCUSSION): DO NOT SPEAK WHILE YOU ARE IN THE AUDITION ROOMS. All communication will be between the runner and you.

 No music or scale sheets are allowed in the scale room. You may leave any items with the student runner in the hall.

 The student will begin playing the scales when they receive a signal from the runner.

 Students should perform scales according to the following written order: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G. A scale order sheet will be provided on the stand in the audition room.

 Students that do not pass the required number of scales will be notified by the runner that their audition is over and the student will not progress to the second room. High school students must pass 7 pairs of major scales and their associated arpeggios. Middle school students must pass 5 pairs of major scales and their associated arpeggios.


 After the student completes the scales they will move to the second audition room.

 Students may bring their own music into this room or the exercises will be provided on the stand.

 The runner will verify the number on the student's shirt matches the number on the audition card.

 Students will perform the "Lyrical" exercise first followed by the "Technical" exercise when the runner gives a signal to begin.

 Upon completion of the prepared exercises, the runner will provide the student with the sight reading exercise. The student will be allowed one minute to look at the exercise and may not play their instrument during this time. After one minute the runner will signal for the student to begin playing.

 After the student has completed the audition, the runner will excuse the student and the audition is complete.


 Percussion will follow a similar path as above with the exception their auditions will take place in 4 different rooms. A maximum of two judges will be in each room to communicate and guide the percussion student through the audition process.

• Results: results for All-State and District 2 Honor Band will be posted online at www.abadistrict2.blogspot.com.

• The Southside HS band boosters will have light concessions available for students and a hospitality room for the directors.