This has been a fantastic and successful year for the Barber Bands. I am thoroughly convinced of the value of our band program and the quality of our students as they advanced to the next grade level or feed up into North Cobb HS Band. We are now in the process of wrapping up the school year and the kids have worked extraordinarily hard! We have our final concert coming up in a few weeks. These concerts are by class periods, so please take note of the specific time your student is performing. The dress for the 6th graders is their “Sunday Best” which is just their nicest clothes. The 7th and 8th graders will be wearing their concert tuxes and dresses.
We have 2 concerts on Wednesday night, May 10th.
6:00 pm, May 10th in the BMS Auditorium – 6-2, 7-1, and 8-2
Call time is 5:30. Students are welcome to stay through the end of school if they bring their change of clothes for the concert.
7:30 pm, May 10th in the BMS Auditorium – 6-1, 7-2, and 8-1
Call time is 6:00.
8th Grade Fine Arts ExtravaGANza!! on Friday morning, May 12th
9:30, May 12th in the BMS Auditorium – 8th Gr. Band, Chorus, Orch. and Dance
This is our annual prism concert for the school that takes place during the connections hours. All parents and teachers are invited to our end of the year showcase for the school. The dress for this is appropriate school clothes.
We are very excited for our final performances of the year!
Thank you for your time and your advocacy in our program.
A lot of you have been asking for our school code for essential elements interactive. Here it is:
**PLEASE BRING $10, BY FRIDAY, MAR 10TH**
1 March 2017
Dear 8th grade and 7th Grade Band Parents
Our performances are nearly here!!! We are working very hard to help our students prepare for their LGPE performance as well as their preview concert at Barber MS on the 9th of March. LGPE stands for Large Group Performance Evaluation. It is critical that we have “all hands on deck” for this event. Essentially, it is our version of the Georgia Milestones. We have lots of music to learn, and tons to practice. We have a long way to go, but we are making strides every day. We have several events coming up to mark on your calendars.
- Thursday, March 2nd: 4:30-6:30pm – After School Rehearsal
- Every Monday – 4:30-5:30 – Soprano and Alto voiced instruments sectional
- Every Tuesday – 4:30-5:30 – Tenor and Bass voiced instruments sectional
- Thrusday, March 9th – Pre-LGPE Concert – 6:00pm at Barber MS. The students need to be at the school by 5:30.
- Wednesday, March 22nd – LGPE at McEachern HS – Leaving from school and returning to Barber at 9:15pm
- Thrusday, March 9th – Pre-LGPE Concert – 7:30pm at Barber MS. The students need to be at the school by 7:00.
- Friday, March 24th: LGPE at McEachern – The students will leave from the school and return before the end of the school day.
Please make sure that your student brings $10.00 to Mr. Grogan for Dinner at Stevie B’s by Friday, March 10th. If you opt out of dinner, please make sure that your child brings a sack meal. We will be stopping at Stevie B’s Pizza for food either in-route or after the performance, depending on the ensemble. He or she will also need to make sure that they have their full concert attire for the day of the trip.
For all the trips, your child needs to take the bus to the school. Your student will need to be picked up after school in the evening once we return it they are in the 7th grade band. Parents are more than welcome to attend the LGPE performance. Please check the Barber Band Calendar on my website to verify the exact time of the LGPE performance for your child’s band. Thank you for all of your support and advocacy and please let me know if you have any questions.
Director of Bands
Barber Middle School
Click here to download the 7-1 Symphonic Camp Form
Sign and return to Mr. Grogan by Monday, February 6th, 2017
Greetings Barber Band Family!
The 7-1 grade symphonic camp is just around the corner. We are having our annual Symphonic Band Camp on Thursday, February 9th. This should be a highly challenging, inspirational, and rewarding experience for your child. The students will get full band rehearsals with sectionals. The purpose of this camp is to prepare for our LGPE evaluation.
This Symphonic Camp is at no cost to the students. At Barber MS, we feel so strongly about providing this opportunity to our students that we are willing to cover the costs completely minus food for Thursday night. On that night, the students can elect to bring a sack lunch or turn in $10.00 to the black boxes located around the school with a payment envelope marked, “Band Clinic” to have dinner provided for them.
I must stress how important it is for us to have 100% participation at this camp. We really need the whole team there as we are using this event as our catalyst to kick off what will become a very successful concert season. This is a required event and is graded for all 7-1 Band students. Outlined on the back is the schedule for the Symphonic Camp, as well as the food order. Please sign and return this to Mr. Grogan by Monday, February 6th, 2017. With the food order form, please include $10 if your child is going to eat the pizza and refreshments on Friday night, January 22nd.
Thursday, Febraury 9th
4:00 p.m. – Report to the Band Room
4:15 p.m. – Full Band Rehearsal – set up on stage
5:45 p.m. – Dinner in the Cafeteria
6:15 p.m. – Break
6:30 p.m. – Sectional Rehearsals
8:00 p.m. – Full Band Rehearsal
Greetings Barber Band Family!
Our Winter Concert is quickly arriving. There will be two concerts in one night
Tuesday, December 6th – 6:00pm Concert (call time is 5:30pm)
- 7-2 Band
- 7-1 Band
- 8-2 Band
Tuesday, December 6th – 7:30pm Concert (call time is 7:00pm)
- 6-1 Band
- 6-2 Band
- 8-1 Band
We are very excited and are off to a fantastic start! The students have made a huge amount of progress this year. They have been working very hard in preparation for the performances, which will take place in the Barber Middle School Auditorium. We are very proud of all of our Bands. Their hard work will definitely show on the night of the concert.
The concert attire for the 7th and 8th graders is their concert tuxes or dresses. If the 7th grade concert attire is not in on time, we will let you know the modified apparel for the night prior to the concert. The shipments should be delivered to the students shortly. For the 6th graders, please have them wear their “Sunday’s Best.” This is simply their nicest outfit. They are allowed to wear Santa caps, antlers, or elf hats if they would like.
We are very excited for this Concert and look forward to their performance and meeting with many of you! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Thank you for your time and your advocacy in our program
There might have been some confusion Friday if your children came home saying that there was a Disney payment due. I apologize; we misspoke. We adjusted the payments on the Disney contract to accommodate families during the holiday season but we forgot to change the Band Calendar. When I incorrectly saw a payment was due on the calendar, I reminded the kids. I try not to discuss financial things with them, but I say in-class reminders because often kids forget to deposit the large checks that their parents send them and they are left in their backpacks.
I will adjust our calendar to reflect the payment schedule that was given in the contract that you received in August. If you made accommodations to make the payment this month and weren’t planning on it, I am happy to refund it for you and we can just plan on making the final payment in January when it is due.
I am mortified about this mix-up and I am deeply sorry if this caused any heartache. Below is the correct payment schedule for the Disney trip:
September 4th – $200 (non-refundable deposit)
October 2nd – $225
January 8th – $225 (final payment may change slightly if the estimated cost changes)
We have just a few remaining weeks and rehearsals until our performance at the University of Alabama. Next week, we have an after-school rehearsal with a guest conductor, Mrs. Murphy. This is a required rehearsal for all students and we are really counting on having perfect attendance for this event.
The kids are doing a great job! I cannot wait for you to hear them on their Alabama preview concert on December 6th. Below is a list of the remaining dates for 8-1 until the trip:
Every Monday – Sopranos and Altos: 4:30-5:30
Every Thursday – Tenors and Basses: 4:30-5:30
Wednesday, Nov. 9th: 4:30-6:30 – full ensemble rehearsal w/ guest conductor
Tuesday, Nov. 29th: 4:30-6:30 – full ensemble rehearsal w/ guest conductor
Tuesday, Dec. 6th – Concert – Call time is 7:00pm for a 7:30pm concert
Wednesday, December 7th: 4:30-6:30 – full ensemble rehearsal w/ guest performer
Thursday, December 8th: University of Alabama Performance
Next week are our turn-in days for our annual Encore Cheesecake Fundraiser. We really appreciate everyone’s participation in past years. Below is a list of things that we use the profits from the fundraiser for:
- School-owned instruments
- Instrument Repairs
- Camps and Symphonic Camps
- Guest Clinicians
- Awards and parties for the students
- Instrument accessories
- Busses for trips
- To lower the costs of trips
As you can see, every child has benefited from this money in the past. This is why it is so important to what we do and why we need everybody to help us in this.
The students have 3 turn-in days:
- Wednesday, October 26th – 6th Grade Turn-in
- Thursday, October 27th – 7th Grade Turn-in
- Friday, October 28th – 8th Grade Turn-in
To turn-in the fundraiser, the student has to turn in three things:
- The COMPLETE and FINAL worksheet – this needs to be checked and signed by a parent
- Detach the last page order form from the packet (make sure your customers’ contacts are correct)
- All of the payments in one check written by the parents
- The parents will collect all of the money from the customers, deposit it, and then write us ONE check made out to: Barber Middle School
For the three collection days, we need parent volunteers (2 each day)
- Wednesday, October 26th – 6th Grade Turn-in – 2:30-4:30
- Thursday, October 27th – 7th Grade Turn-in – 12:30-2:30
- Friday, October 28th – 8th Grade Turn-in – 9:00-11:00
If you are able to volunteer and help us collect and tally up the counts, please let me know as soon as you can. We would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for your time. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Due to the Conference Week schedule (and an AWESOME Symphonic Camp!), Mr. Grogan and Mr. Rikard have decided to cancel the after-school rehearsals scheduled for Monday (10/17) and Thursday (10/20). Thank you for your hard work and flexibility!