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posted Sep 2, 2016, 1:16 PM by Memorial Middle School Band

MMS Band Parents/Guardians -

We are so happy to have your student in band with us at Memorial!  Please check out ALL of the reminders below for information on happenings in the band world - 

Band Handbook & Calendar - Found on the links above

School Instrument Contracts -   All students using a school-owned instrument will be given a new check-out contract for this year during the first week of school.  Please return the form and maintenance fee (the fee is waived for students on free or reduced lunch) to school ASAP - checks should be made to MMS

6th Grade Students - Please bring instruments by Friday, Sept. 9

7th & 8th Grade Students - Please bring instruments by Thursday, Sept. 8

​6th Grade Percussionists​ - Please read the attached letter for middle school stick bag requirements


6th Grade Lessons​ - All 6th grade band members will receive a 20-minute lesson during the school day every 2 weeks.  The lessons will have 1-3 students who play the same instrument.  I will change the schedule every quarter so students are not pulled from the same class.  We have the full support of the 6th grade core teachers and I am working with them to ensure the schedule serves the best interests of all students.  Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this beneficial program.  

​6th Grade Band Parent Meeting​ - We will have a meeting for ALL 6th grade band parents on Monday, September 12th at 7 p.m. in the MMS Auditorium.  At this short meeting, we will be giving important information on day-to-day procedures for students, required supplies, performances and other opportunities for band members.  There are a TON of great things happening in the band world at MMS and we want to start the year off on the same foot!

​REMIND!​ - We will use the REMIND app for important band announcements such as concerts or changes in schedule.  Please text the following code to 81010 ​(Remind never reveals or shares your personal information)

6th Grade - ​@mms6thgr

​7th Grade - @9968b

8th Grade - @6cag4g

​You will receive a confirmation text when signed up.

​Electrify You Music​ - This will be the biggest student performance in South Dakota History!  All middle school musicians in SIoux Falls will perform a mass concert with Mark Wood and core members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Premier Center on Saturday, December 17th.  More specific information, including ticket info, coming soon!

​All-City Honor Band​ - This director-nominated group will represent the best Sioux Falls has to offer.  I will be sending home information to students I would like to nominate during the first week of school.  https://sites.google.com/site/mcgovmus/honor-band

​Other Band Opportunities

Mustang Wind Ensemble - Memorial's Top Performing Ensemble - for students in grades 6-8 who want to push their abilities to the next level!  Students interested in auditioning for this ensemble may sign up in the band room.  Auditions will be held Sept. 12-23 and audition music will be available in the band room.  The Mustang Wind Ensemble meets every Monday from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and every Thursday from 3:50-4:30 p.m.  Our first rehearsal will be Monday, Oct. 3rd @ 7:45.  Directed by Mr. Laughlin

Jazz Band -   For students in grade 7 & 8.  Sign up in the band room - rhythm section (bass, guitar, piano or drum set) auditions will be held Sept. 12-23 and audition music will be available in the band room.  We meet every Friday from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and we will have our first rehearsal on Friday, Oct. 7th @ 7:45 a.m.  Directed by Mr. Laughlin

Percussion Ensemble -   For percussion students in grades 6-8.  This ensemble will be determined by audition this year - see Mr. Conrad for details.  Meets every Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:10 a.m.    Directed by Mr. Conrad

All-State Band Auditions -   The time to start working on audition material is NOW!!!  If your student would like to audition for Middle School All-State Band, please have him/her sign up in the band room.  We ask that students preparing auditions try to stop in one day every week to play for one of us.  Students taking private lessons only need to come in once every two weeks.  Our goal this year is to have 20 or more students selected to the group.  Please check the band website for more info on auditioning.

If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to email or call.  We are happy to help any way we can!!!  Check the website often for updates and all things MMS Band.  Thanks!

Memorial Middle School Band,
Sep 2, 2016, 1:16 PM