It is official - we will be able to play at the football games! Only the 8th grade band plus 7th grade drummers will be allowed to attend due to COVID regulations.
100% Virtual Students:
100% Virtual Students are allowed to participate only if they attend the after school practice.
After-School Full Band Practice for all 8th Graders and 100% Virtual Participants:
Wednesday, October 7 - 2:30 pm (or as soon as 100% virtual can get here) - 4:30 pm
Game Day Instructions:
Thursday, October 8 at EA Stadium (Band cancelled due to weather)
Wednesday, October 27 at EA Stadium
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First, let me say how much I miss our Mustang Band students! I am very much ready to see everyone again and get back to our band family! All of the band directors in the state have been putting our heads together over the past couple of months to figure out how to best approach music education in this unusual time. Ultimately, our goals are to provide the best music education possible so students can advance on their instruments and grow as musicians, while also ensuring that the band remains an enriching activity which allows students to experience the joys of music. Although we cannot currently perform live together, I am excited for the opportunity to teach students musical skills that are often overlooked in typical band classes because of the need to push to prepare for live performances. Please read on for more information about how our band classes will operate for the time being.
Safety in the Band Room
Do students need to bring their instruments to school?
No, all instruments should remain at home for now. However, 7th and 8th grade students should still be practicing at home and will be given assignments to work on.
6th Graders please do not purchase or rent an instrument at this time. When it is appropriate to do so, I will hold a parent meeting to provide information on how we will instrument test and how to go about purchasing/renting instruments. It is extremely important that students end up with functional, quality instruments, or they will struggle to learn to play them. Please wait to acquire an instrument.
What will be the band schedule?
What will happen in band class?
We will delve into aspects of musicianship that do not involve playing an instrument. However, student progress on their instruments will remain first priority. Topics may include:
When will we play instruments at school again?
LADOE guidelines state there should be no playing of wind instruments (percussion is allowable) indoors during Phase 2. We are allowed to play wind instruments indoors during Phase 3, but I will follow the guidance of APSB leadership when that time comes. 7th & 8th Grade students will always be expected to play instruments at home.
Will there be band concerts this year?
None are currently planned. However, there are other ways students can share what they have been doing with friends, family, and the school.
Should we pay the band fee?
Yes, the $35 band fee should still be paid through OSP. At this time we will NOT be ordering band polos, however, students can order a hoodie here: http://www.cmsmustangband.com/store/p2/Band_Fee.html
Bookmark our website www.cmsmustangband.com to stay up to date!
Finally, CMS has a tradition of great bands and we value the meaning of a band family. We know your child will feel at home here in the band room. We are so excited that your child will be a part of this! We weren't able to do any recruiting this Spring in person, so please, if you know of anyone interested in joining the band, tell them to let me know so we can get their schedules changed ASAP!
Central Middle School, Band Director
Louisiana Music Educators Association, District IV Director
Louisiana Music Adjudicators Association, President
It was so great to see so many students today in our final Zoom. Unfortunately Zoom has a 100 person limit (that I wasn't aware of) so I know some had trouble getting in. The link to the slide show is included below. I also added some moments from the Zoom meeting at the very end!
Join us for our first Virtual Recital!
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Meeting ID: 881 2767 8087
Performers (in order of appearance):
I certainly miss making music with our students each day in the band room. I hope this email finds all of you healthy in these very unusual times. It has been a learning curve figuring out how to teach music virtually but I applaud our students for diving right in. Daily I am reminded just how resourceful and creative they are when I am listening to videos or on a zoom call. Please read carefully for some important updates regarding the band
Students can expect one to two video assignments a week. Assignments are all listed in the "Classwork" tab of Google Classroom. Students should expect 9 grades this quarter. As long as the students are making efforts to do their best in their video and attaching it in google classroom, they will receive an A. Any missing assignments will be marked as an F (missing). When a late assignment is received they will receive their full credit for it. No need to email me to tell me why something will be late or to ask for extensions.
District IV Large Ensemble Festival
7th & 8th Grade Bands
Zachary High School
Friday, March 13, 2020
The festival is an opportunity for the band to perform three prepared pieces and sight-reading in front of a panel of judges to receive assessment and feedback. Bands are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, and the highest rating a band can receive from a judge is a “1” or “Superior”. Receiving this rating from the entire panel of judges is called a “Sweepstakes”. The students have been working extremely hard to prepare for this event so we are looking forward to a great field trip.
We are seeking chaperones!
Maroon band polo TUCKED IN THE ENTIRE TIME, black pants with belt loops, black belt, black TALL socks, all black shoes (no joggers, leggings, or tall boots)
The 6th grade band students just finished up two days of solo and small ensemble performances at our annual LMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival. Students selected and prepared classically inspired pieces to present to a professional musician for feedback and adjudication. We had over 70 events perform and were so proud to hear how well prepared all of our musicians were! Students were assessed in categories such as tone, intonation, technique, rhythm, tempo, and musicality. They were then awarded an overall rating of 1 to 5, with 1 or "Superior" being the highest rating.
The following students received the highest ratings of a 1 or "Superior", congratulations!
WHAT IS SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL?
An opportunity for students to do something outside of the large ensemble experience, this festival allows students to pick a solo and/or a duet or trio to rehearsal and perform. Choosing from a wide library of classical music solos and small ensembles, students can pick the repertoire they perform. Students will have some time in class to work on their repertoire and receive feedback from one of our instructors, however, the bulk of the responsibility is on them to work up the music.
On the days of the festival, we bring in a judge who will listen to the students perform. The judge will offer critiques and award a rating of 1 to 5. 1, or “Superior”, is the highest rating. Students that receive a “Superior” rating will receive a medal on our Spring Concert. From those students, a select number will be invited to perform at our Solo & Ensemble Recital on April 15. Performing on the Recital is completely optional but a great experience they won't want to miss out on! The Concert will follow a quick 6:30 pm Booster Meeting.
Students can sometimes be nervous about doing this festival. I try to remind them that they will perform for one judge in a room with no audience, which is much less intimidating than any check-off or playing test they do on a regular basis in front of the entire class! The lessons learned and pride taken in preparing music on their own, along with feedback that they will receive from the expert judge is invaluable!
Check out these two additional honor group opportunities for our students:
This combines all the best elements of an Honor Band and Band Camp into a three day event. Our students that have attended have had a great experience performing in the LSU facilities, seeing the LSU Wind Ensemble perform, and being coached by LSU staff and students. This year's middle school conductor will even be Ms. Patti Roussel, retired EAHS Conductor!
There is no audition to make the group, you must simply sign-up and pay the registration fee ($75) no later than January 22. Once registered, there will be a seating test when you get there to determine what part you will play in the ensemble.
LBA All-Star Bands 2020
June 1-2, 2020 at University of Louisiana at Lafayette
This is a summer honor band/band camp event in which students rehearse and perform with a band of the best middle school students from throughout the State of Louisiana. This is widely regarded as a step-up from District Honor Band. Band Directors are asked to nominate their all-star students and then LBA chooses, based on a point system, who will participate in the band. Students accumulate points for superior solo performances, participation in honor bands, superior band performances, etc. Nomination is not a guarantee for selection.
Unlike District Honor Band, you are completely on your own to organize accommodations and transportation for this event. Many students are usually selected from CMS, so carpooling is a possibility. Students selected are responsible for the costs of hotel, meals, transportation, and the participation fee of $60 per person
I have sent students for years to this honor band and they truly enjoy it. I will notify you if your child is selected sometime in March/April. All I need from you at this time is a commitment for your student to participate in this event IF your child is selected.
E-mail Ms. Codina at firstname.lastname@example.org NLT than January 24 to be nominated!
Congratulations to the 23 students and 3 alternates that were selected from Central Middle School into the District IV Middle School Honor Bands!
Congratulations and get ready for a great weekend! Honor Band Weekend takes place in Hammond, LA at Southeastern University. The Band Boosters organize hotel rooms, chaperones, and bus transportation. For those attending, please read the entire article for all of the details. Students must be present for 100% of all rehearsals and the concert in order to participate.
Thursday, January 16 - Saturday, January 18 at Southeastern University in Hammond
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Friends and Family are all invited to attend!
Admission is free, but monetary donations will be collected at the door.
In order to accommodate seating for all of our guests,
we will hold two separate performances.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
6th Grade – 6:00 pm – Students Report by 5:40 pm
7th & 8th Grade – 7:15 pm – Students Report by 6:55 pm
6:00 Concert – Students will be dismissed at the end of their performance to make room for the 7th & 8th Grade Bands. 6th Graders are not required to stay for the second concert due to space concerns. However, if they stay they should sit in the audience with adult supervision.
7:15 Concert – Students are expected to sit with their band when not performing. The 7:15 Concert should last no more than 1 hr. If 7th & 8th Graders wish to see the 6th graders perform prior to their performance, they should sit in the audience with adult supervision.
GONZALES CHRISTMAS PARADE
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Report by 11:30 am at CMS
Parade Begins at 1:30 pm
All rehearsals and performances apply to all 7th & 8th graders and are mandatory and for a grade (exception: cheer, dance and mascot will perform with their respective teams).
Please note that last year the route changed. From EA, the parade takes a LEFT onto Burnside and end at the Eastbank Shopping Center on HWY 30.
7th & 8th Grade Band students are strongly encouraged to audition for the District IV Middle School Honor Bands, which rehearse and perform the weekend of January 16-18, 2020 at Southeastern University in Hammond. The Mustangs who have been selected in the past have had an unforgettable experience participating in a fun overnight trip, performing new and challenging music, meeting other musicians, and learning from an accomplished band director. Earning membership in these prestigious groups is a great addition to any young musician’s resume. Last year we had the highest number of students from an Ascension Parish Middle School make the band and we hope to keep the record this year!
Students are already preparing the audition music and scales in class as part of their final assessments for this semester -- so let’s push them to take the extra step to go for excellence and represent at a District level!
DATE: Saturday, December 14, 2019 (individually assigned times, you may request times to avoid conflicts)
LOCATION: Denham Springs Junior High
TRANSPORTATION: Parents bring students approx. 30 mins. before scheduled time.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE AUDITION:
WHAT TO WEAR: Dress nice! The judge will see you and you want to make a good impression. There is no dress code, so use your best judgement. Make sure whatever you wear you feel comfortable playing in it.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET THERE:
The best way to not be nervous is to be prepared. Spend this last week practicing everyday! Some other tips: