Solo and Ensemble
All students participating in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest on Feb. 22nd need to choose their solos. All Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band members are required to perform a solo and Concert Band members are highly encouraged to play one as well. They will need to show their director their ORIGINAL part that they purchased. We also need a copy of your solo and a two-sided copy of your piano accompaniment (if you are using a school provided accompanist). All of these must be submitted before Dec. 20th.
Below are some websites you can order solos from. Remember that your solo must be approved on the Prescribed Music List on the UIL Music Website.
Region Band Auditions
Region 26 Band Auditions will occur December 6-7 at Cedar Ridge HS. Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, and Percussion will participate in Phase 1 auditions Friday evening. The top players from each of these rooms, along will all other instruments, will play in the Phase 2 auditions on Saturday. Phase 2 registration time is 1:30 pm and the auditions begin at 2:00. We do not provide transportation to these auditions as different rooms end at different times.
McNeil Jazz Band Members Listed on Jazz Band Page
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!