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posted Aug 14, 2013, 12:37 PM by Memorial Middle School Band   [ updated Aug 16, 2013, 7:52 AM ]
I hope everyone has had a relaxing and fun-filled summer!  It is going to be a GREAT year for the MMS Band program.  As we prepare for the new school year, there are a few changes and announcements that everyone should know about - 

Mr. Macklin has accepted a teaching position at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA.  We wish him the best in his new adventure and thank him for his work with kids at Memorial.  Joining us in the position of assistant band director will be Ms. Holly Pusch.  Ms. Pusch is a Augie grad and has taught in Chamberlain, SD and Rock Valley, IA.  She will be in charge of the 7th Grade Bands and 6th Grade Woodwind Class.  Welcome Ms. Pusch - we are glad to have you!

There will be a few changes to the groups that practice outside of the school day.  Wind Ensemble will now meet 2 times per week (Mondays - 7:45-8:45am / Thursdays - 3:45-4:30pm) and Jazz Band will meet every Wednesday from 3:45-4:45 pm.  The Wind Ensemble is open to any students in grades 6-8, while Jazz Band is only open to students in grades 7 & 8.  There will be a sign-up for both groups during the first 2 weeks of school as well as auditions for those wishing to play in the Jazz Band rhythm section (guitar, bass, drum set, piano).  Jazz audition music is posted on the Jazz Band page of the MMS band website.

The 2013-2014 Band Handbook, Calendar and other important information is now available on the band website - www.memorialmsband.com.  Please bookmark this website - we will be using it as our main source of information throughout the school year.  FIRST ASSIGNMENT! - After you have read through the band handbook, all students and parents are required to fill out the Handbook Signature Form online.  There is link to this form on the main page of the band website.  If you have trouble with the form or would like to fill out a paper version, please email or call me and I will be happy to assist you!  This form is due by August 30.

Students do not need to bring their instruments the first day of school.  8th grade band members will need their instruments starting Wednesday, Aug. 21.  6th & 7th grade students will need instruments starting Friday, Aug 23.  We will be assigning instrument storage spaces to students during the first few days of school

Last thing - MIDDLE SCHOOL ALL-STATE BAND!  Now is the time for students to start working on audition music for MSASB.  Student auditions will be recorded at school and submitted by December 13th, which means we still have a lot of time to get ready.  We were happy to have 5 students make the group last year, but would like to double that number this year.  Audition music can be found at www.sdmea.net.

Enjoy the last few days of summer break and make sure to stop in and say hello during Mustang Round-up.  Thanks!
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