Elkhart Middle School

MS Band Newsletter

Elkhart Middle School Band
Elkhart Beginner Band
April/May Newsletter
 
To try to keep you guys informed of what's going on in the Middle School band hall (besides a LOT of noise!!!), I'll be using this page to relay some information.  As usual, any trip itineraries and other major announcements will still be placed on the band home page of this website, but I will use this space to elaborate on some details.  Should be fun.  If my upkeep of the HS Newsletter is any indication, I'll only be about a month behind on this one...here's to procrastination!!!
 
Middle School Band
 
8th Grade Band (4th Period):  April is our big month.  It's been 6 years since I've taken a Middle School Group to UIL Concert & Sight Reading.  I think it's time!  The 8th Grade Band is certainly ready.  Our contest is scheduled for April 25 and we perform at 9:25am at Lufkin HS in Lufkin, TX.  If you can and want to, please try to attend.  UIL Concert events are not very well attended and playing to an empty auditorium is not cool. 
 
Kids will need to dress in what we call "concert black".  For girls, a long black dress and for boys, black dress slacks and a white, button-up collared shirt.  Tie is optional, but should be a neutral color. 
 
On May 17, we will perform our annual Spring Concert.  I'm so excited about this concert because all of the bands are doing so well, I just want to show them off!!  Concert will start at 7pm in the HS Gym...call time for the MS Band students will be 6:45pm. 
 
On May 18, we will host our annual Band Banquet.  Please plan to attend.  We have some good food, hand out awards, and just get to hang out together.  It's a good end-of-the year time for these kids who have worked so hard. 
 
For the 8th Graders that are planning to join the BIG RED Band at the HS, we will have our Rookie Camp during the first full week of June.  Keep an eye on the HS Band Calendar for more details. 
 
It's been a great year with this group. 
 
 
7th Grade Band (3rd Period):  On May 17, we will perform our annual Spring Concert.  Mr. Autrey took over this group in February and they are sounding GREAT!!  The concert will start at 7pm in the HS Gym...call time for the 7th Grade Band students will be 6:45pm in the HS Band Hall. 
 
On May 18, we have a VERY FULL DAY!!!  That morning, we will travel to Canton to perform at the SoundPost Music Festival and then hang out at Splash Kingdom.  This is our contest and the pressure is on.  We have attended SoundPost for the previous 5 years with a string of 4 1st Divisions in a row.  This is the FIRST time we will perform as a 7th Grade ONLY band, so it should be very interesting.  This group has the opportunity to do what has never been done at Elkhart...
 
That same evening, we will host our annual Band Banquet.  Please plan to attend.  We have some good food, hand out awards, and just get to hang out together.  It's a good end-of-the year time for these kids who have worked so hard. 
 
I'm so excited to see and hear what this group can do next year. 
 
 
Beginner Band
April 6 has happened!!! 
 
The Beginner Band will perform at the Sandy Lake Amusement Park Funfest in Dallas on April 6.  The band did great on stage and earned a 1st division trophy for the 3rd year in a row!  This group sounds really good, and the spring concert should be a real treat!!
 
Speaking of, on May 17, we will perform our annual Spring Concert.  I'm so excited about this concert because this is the first REAL concert these guys will perform.  The Beginners should do a great job...as they did at Funfest.  Concert will start at 7pm in the HS Gym...call time for the Beginner Band students will be 6:30pm on the "stage" in the HS Gym. 
 
On May 18, we will host our annual Band Banquet.  Please plan to attend.  We have some good food, hand out awards, and just get to hang out together.  It's a good end-of-the year time for these kids who have worked so hard. 
 
It's been a great year!!!
 
 
J. Wes Canaday & Jared Autrey
903-764-8524