December 2, 2019 - Band Updates

Hello band parents and students, Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope everyone is enjoying the time off from school.  We have a very busy band week ahead of us, so read on for all the details: 1. Fruit Delivery Day Information  Thanks to everyone who sold fruit for this year's annual fruit sale.  Delivery day is Saturday, 12/7.  Please see the fruit sale email for more info.  A few important notes: - Parents, please  sign up here to help with delivery day.  - Students, please sign up on the bulletin board outside the band room.  - Pick up the fruit you sold between 8:30 and 11:30am on Saturday.  Have one check (to 'MHS BOPA') ready for the grand total of all your orders. A huge thank you again to everyone who either sold or is volunteering next week.  It takes our entire band/orchestra community to run this great fundraiser and keep our programs running another year. 2.  Winter Concerts!  Our culminating winter band concerts are next week!  See you Tuesday and Thursday for some great performances.  Both concerts start at 7:30 in the MHS Performing Arts Center. Block 1 (Chamber Winds) -- Thursday, December 5th. Report 6:50.  Wear all black. Block 3 (Wind Ensemble) -- Tuesday, December 3rd.  Report 6:50.  Wear all black.  Block 6 (Concert Band) -- Tuesday, December 3rd. Report 6:50.  Wear all black.  Block 7 (Cardinal Band) -- Thursday, December 5th.  Report 6:50.  Wear "dress nice." 3. Concert Refreshments Please sign up to bring treats or drinks for our post-concert receptions:  Tuesday Concert Refreshments Thursday Concert Refreshments 4. Senior Poster Photo Shoot  Seniors, remember to report to the PAC during ASR this Tuesday for the senior poster photo shoot.  Dress is concert black.  Parents, more information about the Senior Legacy Posters will be available soon. 5. Pep Band  Students, don't forget to sign up for pep band! Details here.  Our first pep band game is December 12th. 6.  Jazz Cabaret  Get ready for Jazz Cabaret 2020! Held again at the Madison Marriott West, Friday, January 10, 2020, at 7 pm.  Tickets go on sale Monday, December 2, 2019 on the BOPA website. 7. Concert Listening Assignment  Students, don't forget about your concert listening assignment.  Once per semester, each student in band needs to attend a high school, college, or professional classical or jazz performance that they are not performing in, then turn in a five-sentence concert review attached to the concert program.  There are  many options, but here are a few easy ones coming up: 12/3 or 12/5: Whichever band concert you're not performing in (free)  12/7: Edgewood College holiday concert ($10)  12/12: MHS winter choir concert (free)  12/13, 12/14, 12/15: Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts ($15 student tickets)  Any performance at the UW-Madison school of music ( calendar)(free) A few common questions: broadway musicals, rock/pop concerts, and middle school concerts don't count, but ballets, operas, and any other classical/jazz/world performances do. Thanks for reading, everyone.  Have a great weekend! --   Michael Ver Voort Music Teacher & Director of Bands  Middleton High School  (608) 829-9680

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