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Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 1/24-1/29

Upcoming Events

Greetings Wildcat Band Family,

I hope this email finds you and your family well and those that have been sick are recovering quickly! Last week our students worked incredibly hard to improve themselves in many areas as well as get the first assignments of the quarter turned in.

The main focus in classes this past week were were:

  • 7th Grade Brass and Woodwind Classes - Recording themselves counting and playing 16th note patterns using Articulation #2, Learning the Concert Ab (clarinets) and F (all other brass and woodwinds) 2 octaves while sight reading new songs our of our Essential Elements Book #2!

  • 7th Grade Percussion - Percussion Ensemble through ms. 49 and more Green Scales

  • 8th Grade Band - Articulation, tuning, flexibility and technical exercises in our new Essential Elements book #3 while turning in our 1st practice record of the year and 2nd sectional assignment.

8th Grade Band will continue sectionals this week following the schedule available below. Flutes, Oboes and Clarinets will be in person Monday until 4:30pm Alto Saxophones, Trumpets and French Horns will be in person Tuesday until 4:30pm Percussion will meet Wednesday until 4:45 Bari Sax, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba will meet Thursday until 4:30

Please remember that if your student is quarantined but not ill they are expected to attend out google meet during their regular class time. Here is the link: Students should plan to join it with their instrument so that they can play along with the class during class times. This to help them stay caught up as per district expectations, they are to get their assignments turned in on time.

On January 31st, there is a mandatory 8th grade band parent and student meeting at the Arend Arts Center beginning at 6:30pm. If at all possible at least 1 parent or guardian and the student should be present. If the student is unable to attend do to another responsibility, it is important for a parent or guardian to be in attendance.

Stay healthy, stay well and have an awesome week!

-Mr. Jones


Homework Assignments this Week

Click the arrow next to a class to expand the homework for the week. Not everything is required to record or turn in for a grade. This is simply a list of items students should be working on during their practice sessions throughout the week to continue growing on their instrument and to be prepared for class.


For the practice record this quarter you must practice no less than 4 days a week for 20 minutes each. Please note that you will NOT get full credit if you cram the time in to only 2 or 3 days. You must document practice time 4 different days. This is because studies/research indicates that practice spread out over several days is MUCH more effective than cramming it into less days.

7th Grade High Winds (1st Period)

8th Grade Band (2nd Period)

7th Grade Low Brass (3rd Period)