We have setup a few different Google Meets this week with the different sections to talk about band, summer rehearsals, the fall season, and more. If you have questions or ideas, this is a great time to share them. We hope to see you at your Google Meet!
If you aren't able to meet with your section, you can certainly jump in at a different time that works for you - but it would be best if you were with you section.
Percussionists, remember your audition videos are due on Friday!
This is the second year that the Memorial Day parade and ceremony has been cancelled, either due to weather or a global pandemic. The Chippewa Falls band directors got together to record Brian Sadler's brass quintet arrangement of "America the Beautiful". If you haven't heard it yet, take a moment today to listen. Ignore the fracked French horn note and spend time remembering in gratitude all those who have died in service to their country.
November 11, 2019
All music students report directly to the music department at the beginning of the day. Do not go to your first hour class.
The band will be setup in the gym in the same area as we play for assemblies. Next to the band will be all choir students. It is important that we are in the gym right away in the morning so that the freshmen class doesn't spread over into our area. The band needs to be completely in the bleachers.
We will be performing only the National Anthem.
We are not wearing uniforms and you don't need to wear concert black. This is a community performance, so do dress appropriately - but there is no particular dress code.
This information was shared with students in class over the last few weeks.
High school students will be wearing their uniforms. You will need your white uniform shirt and black socks and shoes!
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
9:15am Meet at BMO Bank/Central Lutheran parking lot
10:00am Parade line-up
10:15am Parade step-off
~10:45am Parade end
The parade “ends” in Irvine Park.
Parking in the pool lot would be smart.
~11:00am Ceremony begins in Irvine Park. Only the Symphonic Band plays for the ceremony. Varsity Band is dismissed at the end of the parade, or can stick around to play kickball/Big Base afterwards.
~11:15am Ceremony ends
~11:30am Big Base/Kickball
With the month of May right around the corner, it might be helpful to review the upcoming events on the band calendar before the end of the year gets too crazy!
All students interested in auditioning for the Wind Ensemble for next school year will submit a video audition.
A few of the positive reasons we are using video auditions:
With all of the snow days, we weren't able to establish a consistent audition timeline, so this is out next best option.
All video auditions must be submitted to Mr. Renneke no later than Wednesday, March 20. Please be aware that this is in the middle of spring break.
Any auditions that are time-stamped after March 20 will not be considered.
Video Audition Requirements
We are looking forward to our upcoming Percussion Camp on Saturday, February 23! This will be the final camp before auditions in March. This is a great opportunity for you to practice technique and get final feedback before auditions.
Percussion Camp II Schedule
Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ CFHS Band Room
"Concert dress" is the term used to describe what to wear for a particular performance.
For football games and marching competitions, our concert dress is our marching band uniform.
For our more formal concert performances in the auditorium, our concert dress is what we in the music department lovingly call "concert black".
We ask students to wear all black, formal clothing. That means black dress pants and a black dress shirt. It might also mean an appropriate-length black dress, or a nice black sweater with no writing. Black jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt would not be appropriate for the formal nature of our concert performances.
Things to Consider:
Examples of Appropriate Concert Black:
Examples of Inappropriate Concert Black:
This is the scoring guide for the essential question "How does an ensemble support a soloist?"
Students answered this question in class during rehearsal.
Varsity Band Fam:
Below are some resources that might prove practical in your personal preparation of our concert music.
Additionally, this is our rehearsal plan and practice targets. These will be shared with you in class, but the practice targets will help you focus your personal preparation.
On Joyful Wing (Sweeney)
African Holy Night (RW Smith)
This blog is intended to serve as a collection of announcements and information for current students and their families.