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:
Soon, the 8th grade band will be performing in our annual Fall Concert. This year is a Red Carpet Movie Theme! Students and audience members are encouraged to dress in a movie-themed costume for this concert. There will even be Trick-or-Treating for the little ones!
Students should arrive no later than 6:10 pm in their band uniform with their music book and instrument assembled (leaving their instrument cases in the car OR with their parents).
Students NOT wishing to dress in costume can wear their regular band uniform (maroon band polo, black pants, tall black socks, black belt, black shoes).
Masks or fake teeth/fangs are NOT going to be allowed due to the restraint over eyes & mouth. Faces can be decorated with paint or make-up; HOWEVER, make-up needs to stay off of mouth area and hands. Anything that can damage an instrument should not be worn; therefore, any costume that is bloody or gory should be avoided. Costumes that have flesh wounds, fake blood, guts, brains, or other oozing items should not be worn to the concert. If you need help with a costume or want the band director to approve your costume ahead of time, please ask!
Costumes are to be worn to the concert only, not to school during the school day. Let's get creative and have fun with this Red Carpet Movie Night!
All performances are mandatory and for a grade, based on:
**Thanks to Katie Aucoin for her graphic design on our concert flyer!**