Hello CFHS band family,
A few final reminders as we head into the winter break:
Good morning CFHS band family;
Hello from Chicago! I am sending you this message from the Midwest Clinic, the largest band and orchestra conference in the world! I have been here since Wednesday night, and since I haven't been able to remind you in class I thought that a few quick notes would be good as we make the drive into our final school days before break.
Brace yourself... announcements are coming...
Woof. Hang in there everyone - this is the best time of the year!
I came across a very interesting article this afternoon about was reflecting on the idea of "engagement". There is no doubt that our educational climate is geared towards students being engaged - but what about the place and need of solitude in the learning process?
It is an interesting article that raises some questions. Give it a read here on the website "The Music Parent's Guide". I find they have some interesting (although sometimes formulaic) thoughts to share now and then.
A Lost Art: The Power of Solitude Through Music Instruction in Schools
A new metronome or tuner are a great gift for the musician in your life. It is easy to find an inexpensive tuner/metronome combination either by stopping at a local music store or shopping online. A few choices that we recommend:
If you are going to buy a metronome only, an easy option would be to download a smartphone app. There are several cheap apps - and some free ones, too - that work just fine. A smartphone metronome will work just as well for 95% of the situations that a high school musician will encounter.
Bigger Ticket Items
If you are looking to upgrade or purchase a new instrument, I would ask (beg) that you first have a chat with one of the band directors. You can sometimes (rarely) find a great steal on Craigslist, but it is always a good idea to have a few reputable brands and price points in mind.
A great place to start with an instrument upgrade is the local music stores which will oftentimes have a "rent-to-own" program where you can try it out first and then any money you pay will be applied to the cost if you should decide to purchase.
REMINDER: Band ensemble and individual pictures will be taken next week on Monday, December 14, 2015 during class. Students will need to have their CONCERT BLACK for the picture. Students are able to change into their concert black at the beginning of the hour and then change again after the picture.
Order forms are available for interested families.
T-Bo Photography will be coming to the high school on Monday, December 14 to take ensemble and individual pictures of the bands and orchestras during their class period.
Students will need to bring CONCERT BLACK to either wear to school or change into at the beginning of the class period.
Concert Black are all-black dress clothes. Students traditionally wear black dress pants and a black dress shirt. Some female students wear all-black dresses, but they must be aware of length and that it covers their shoulders. Students are welcome to wear black suits, black sweaters, black polo shirts, etc.
Make sure to also bring your black shoes (I know you all have at least one pair) and black socks as well.
The questions was asked if students can wear dark-grey. It really does need to be black - under the stage lights any shade of grey will end up looking lighter than it actually is and you will stick out like a sore thumb.
The Chippewa Falls Marching Cardinals are looking to add great people to our talented and dedicated staff. An initial application is currently available here and interested persons should proceed to submit this form.
The above application is to indicate your interest in pursuing a position. More specific expectations, timelines, and more will be shared with you after your initial application is submitted.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact director Michael Renneke.
This blog is intended to serve as a collection of announcements and information for current students and their families.