Monday, February 3, 2014

Junior High Parents Please Read!

Moody Bands


Music Performance Assessment 2014

Dear parent or guardian:

As announced previously, select members of the Moody Junior High bands will have an opportunity to perform as a combined ensemble at the Alabama Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment at Gadsden City High School on February 26th, 27th, or 28th. A specific date will be announced soon. Music Performance Assessment offers our students the chance to perform for professional adjudicators who will offer constructive comments. The opportunity is quite important to our program and therefore will demand specific requirements from students and support from parents.

All intermediate band members are expected to attend the field trip. A select group of beginning band members who have completed at least through page 20 of the EE book (winds) or who have attained a minimal level of competency in the Alfred Method book (percussion) by February 10th will be eligible. In the event that instrumentation requirements are not met, a student may be chosen to attend and perform despite not having an adequate number of pass-offs completed. Likewise, any student unable to demonstrate an acceptable level of self-discipline in daily band classes, regardless of pass-off level, may be disallowed. An announcement of participating members will be posted on Monday, February 10th at Consequently, a field trip permission form will be sent home to be signed by a parent or guardian and returned by Friday, February 14th. All students chosen to participate will then be expected to attend two after-school rehearsals until 4:30 pm: February 13th and February 20th. The uniform for the performance will consist of the Moody Band polo shirt, khaki slacks, dark socks, and brown or black dress casual shoes (no tennis shoes, flip flops, or sandals). Considering the importance of this performance, no substitutions to the uniform will be accepted.

I look forward to offering your student this challenging but rewarding opportunity to perform as a member of the Moody Junior High Band. Please contact me at the number above or at with any questions.


Dr. Bradley K. Sargent, Director of Bands