Solo and Ensemble
Solo and Ensemble season is quickly approaching and the students must begin their preparations really soon. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band students are required to play a solo and they are welcome to play an ensemble as well. Concert Band students are highly encouraged to play a solo and/or ensemble and doing so definitely shows the directors a commitment to music and to improving on their instrument. Nearly all solos require a piano accompaniment and we do provide accompanists to rehearse and perform with them. Private Lesson teachers are excellent resources for assisting in picking out solos. IMPORTANT: You must consult the UIL Prescribed Music List to find out if you can play a particular solo, which publisher's version, and which sections you can/must play. We have binders with copies of solos for each instrument that have been played through the years so please refer to them when looking for a solo. The students should follow this timeline in submitting their materials:
December 12: submit entry form(s) to Mr. Dimiceli
December 15: submit UIL entry fees ($8 per entry) to Mr. Dimiceli
show their director their PURCHASED original music *
submit a TWO-SIDED copy of their piano accompaniment **
December 15-18: play one minute of their solo for the Fall Semester Final Exam ***
January 15-22: bring payment for piano accompanist ($45) to their first rehearsal
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* You can purchase your solo from the vendors below. Please allow at least two weeks for arrival. Students are allowed to borrow any originals owned by the Band but they are responsible for bringing it to the Contest.
** For students using a school provided accompanist only. We already have several accompaniment copies so the student needs to look in the accompaniment binders in the library before asking a librarian make a copy for them. Students are responsible for getting the accompaniment to Mr. Dimiceli.
*** For Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band students. This performance does not have to be up to tempo but it should be a well-prepared performance.
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LETTER JACKET POINTS: Students can earn as many as 50 points toward earning their letter in band just by doing the solo and ensemble contest events. There are a total on 50 points needed for a letter and everyone will already start with 15 points for every year in high school band.
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Penders Music Company
JW Pepper Music Company
RBC Music Company
T-shirts For Sale
We have quite a few blue and green logo shirts and show shirts (To The Summit) available to sell if anyone would like to purchase one for themselves. All t-shirts are $8. We have show shirts available in every size (except 3XL). Green logo shirts available in every size and blue logo shirts available in large and XL. Hurry and get your shirts before the season is over! Great stocking stuffers! Cash or make checks payable to McNeil Band Boosters.
BOA CONTEST A HUGE SUCCESS
Special "Thanks Yous" need to go out to all of our parent and student volunteers for another successful hosting of the Austin Regional BOA Contest. The BOA organizers on many different occasions told us how great how volunteers were and how impressed they were with our students. Also, a big thank you to Tracy Miller for being the booster organizer for this event. A ton of hours go into putting this event together besides the hours spent all day of the contest. We are proud of all of our students and parents for being gracious, flexible and hard working volunteers.
Also thanks to the committee chairs that were assisting Tracy to make this all come together: Christina Garvey, Pam Price, Dan Price, Carol Smith, Cheryl Quillman, Elissa Slape, Debbie Spell, Karen Vergara and Brian Kerman. I'm sorry if I left someone off of the list. Please let me know if that is the case. Everyone was awesome!
Parent Volunteer Schedule For Concessions
This year to help fill volunteer spots for our concession stands we are organizing when each "band" section of parents will help out. If it's a home game then you will be volunteering for the Varsity home game. Each section is scheduled for a home and an away game.
If it's an away game week then you will be helping with the JV or Freshman game. As soon as you see the schedule please fill out the volunteer calendar on our Charms database. The sign up sheets are available there.
Week 1 - Home - Flutes and Percussion section parents (minus pit crew parents)
Week 2 - Away - Clarinets and Mellophone parents
Week 3 - Away - Saxes and Baritones
Week 4 - Home - Trumpets and Trombones
Week 5 - Home - Tubas and Colorguard
Week 6 - Away - Flutes and Percussion section (minus pit crew)
Week 7 - Away - Trumpets and Trombones
Week 8 - Home - Clarinets and Mellophones
Week 9 - Away - Tubas and Colorguard
Week 10 - Home - Saxes and Baritones
2014-15 Mav Band Instructional Leaders
Here is the list of the 2014-15 Mav Band instructional leaders. It is always a tough decision to choose our section leaders and a decision that includes many different factors. The audition for section leader begins when you walk in the door of the band hall your freshman year. We take into account your playing skills, your leadership potential, your ability to work with the band and the directors, your communication skills, your marching skills, your potential as a teacher and your effectiveness as a role model. Each section leader will have strengths and things they need to work on but have a strong overall score. Congratulations to all!
Band Managers Announced
This is the list of the 2014-15 Mav Band Managers. We only need 3 librarians per band and 2 to 3 uniform managers per band. Priority was given to those people who had previous experience in these positions. There are still positions available for members of the concert band. Please let me know if you are interested. Section leaders will be posted tomorrow.
The staff meetings for this week are as follows: Monday, 6/2, 1:00 - 2:30 Uniform Managers; Monday, 6/2, 2:30 - 4:00 Instrument Staff and Tuesday, 6/3, 1:00 - 4:00 Music Librarians.
AUDITION RESULTS POSTED
Maverick Bands>>Auditions and Results
All Four Bands Receive Sweepstakes at Concert/Sightreading Contest
All four of our concert bands received Superior Ratings in both their Concert and Sightreading performances. This is only the second year we have taken four bands to contest and the first time all four have received the Sweepstakes honor. We were the only band program in our region to receive sweepstakes with four bands. Congratulations to all members of the Maverick Band!
Update Your "Charms" Database Info
We need everyone, especially our new members, to update their information in our database. Our only way of communication is through your personal emails. If those our not kept current then you won't receive our newsletters or our reminder emails of upcoming events. We would also like all of our parents to fill in the fields asking about your occupation. We would like to be able to utilize the special skills of our parents and this helps us to identify those skills. If you are unsure of how to update your "Charms" info check out the last post at the bottom of this column.
ENSURE THAT YOUR CONTACT INFO IS CORRECT IN CHARMS
1, 2, 3...it's that easy! Members & Families, this is how you do it:
- Click on the "Enter Charms Area" button, in the menu bar to the right on the www.mcneilband.org website
- Enter your RRISD six digit ID in the student password box
- Click on the "Personal Info" button. This will bring you to your profile page. Please update ALL information -- even your shirt size! Double-check all email addresses and phone numbers. Enter your phone numbers in the format 512-XXX-XXXX for our audition entry purposes.
Keeping your Charms profile updated with your correct contact information is the only way to ensure you receive all the latest McNeil Band news. If you can't enter the area, then please email one of the band directors with your correct ID number and they can fix the problem.
Don't forget to check the Band/Guard Website and Charms calendar OFTEN for current information and updates!