7-1 Symphonic Camp Information

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. 

Schedule

 

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

Winter Band Concerts

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

Disney Payments

Parents,
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)

8-1 Band Rehearsal after School this Wednesday

Parents,

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

Fundraiser Turn-in is Next Week – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Parents,

 

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
  • Music
  • 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:

  1. The COMPLETE and FINAL worksheet – this needs to be checked and signed by a parent
  2. Detach the last page order form from the packet (make sure your customers’ contacts are correct)
  3. All of the payments in one check written by the parents
    1. 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.

 

8-1 Symphonic Camp is coming up soon

 

Sign and return to Mr. Grogan by Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Click HERE to Download a Copy

 

 

Greetings Barber Band Family!

 

Next week, we have our annual Symphonic Camp for the 8-1 Band and a select few 7th graders.   For the 8-1 Band, we are honored to have Ms. Jill Barnocki conduct the band for the weekend. This is an excellent opportunity for your students to be exposed to some of the very best in the band teaching profession.   We are having annual Symphonic Band Camp on October 14th and 15th. This should be a highly challenging, inspirational, and rewarding experience for your child.  The students will get full band rehearsals with our guest conductors as well as group lessons from professionals on each instrument.

 

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 Friday night.  For Friday 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, “Alabama” to have dinner provided for them.  For the 8-1 students, no meal will be provided on Saturday and they will need to bring a sack lunch with 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 8th grade students.  If a student needs to miss for whatever reason, there will be a make-up research project that will require the students to spend about an equivalent amount of time on it.  This make-up will be for full credit.  For Disney students, attendance to the Symphonic Camp is in the Disney contract that was signed and returned to one of the performing arts teachers at the beginning of the school year.  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 Tuesday, October 11th, 2016.  With the food order form, please include $10 if your child is going to eat the pizza, sides, desserts, and refreshments on Friday night, October 14th.

 

*7th Grade Students who are selected to perform with the 8-1 Band MUST attend Symphonic Camp AND pass off all of the 8th grade music individually in order to perform with the 8th graders at the University of Alabama Performance.

 

Robert Grogan

Director of Bands

Barber Middle School

 

 

 

Schedule

 

 

Friday, October 14th

4:00 p.m. –               Report to the Band Room

4:15 p.m. –               Dinner – Pizza will be delivered to Barber

4:45 p.m. –               Sectionals begin with sectional coaches

6:15 p.m. –               Break

6:30 p.m. –               Rehearsal begins with Ms. Barnocki

9:00 p.m. –               Rehearsal ends

 

Saturday, October 15th

8:15 a.m. –               Students report to the band room (Breakfast is on their own)

8:30 a.m. –               Sectionals

11:30 a.m. –             Lunch – Bring our own sack lunch

12:30 a.m. –             Rehearsal Begins with Ms. Barnocki

3:30 a.m. –               Rehearsal ends / set up the stage

4:00 p.m.  –              Symphonic Camp Concert

 

*Dance students will be dismissed at 11:30am on Saturday to attend their dance performance

 

Information about the University of Alabama Trip (8-1) went home this week

Permission form and $60 due by Fri., September 30th 2016

Click Here to download the permission form

 

12 September 2016

Greetings 8th Grade Barber Symphonic Band Families!

 

Our invitational performance for the 2016 University of Alabama Middle School Honor Band Festival is quickly approaching.  The trip will be a full day, the students will be excused from school on Thursday, December 8th.   It should be a fun, yet highly rewarding experience for all of our students.  For this performance, we will be a featured band, performing for band students and their directors from around the southeast.  This performance is an educational outreach for us, as many in the audience will have never heard a band of our quality before.  The campers at this clinic will be able to take home what they learned from our performance to improve their own bands.  It is a huge honor to be selected as a guest performing group at an event such as this.

 

I was able to work things out to get the individual student fees down for this event by applying much of their fundraising money to the cost of the trip, ta king into careful consideration that a lot of you might be slightly strapped with the Disney payments.  I understand that the due date is the same as a Disney payment.  Please make this payment your priority and I am willing to make other arrangements for you if you need to make the Disney payment at a later date.  Please understand that we admire and appreciate the personal sacrifices that families have made with their time and money to ensure that our band gets a world-class educational experience.  It is because of you and the hard work of your students that enable our band program to be invited to such prestigious events.

 

Please sign and return the attached permission form, along with the $60 field trip payment no later than Friday, September 30th.  On the day of the festival, make sure that your student eats breakfast before coming to school that morning.  It will be an early morning; we will be meeting at Barber at 6:00am.  This is comparable to the same time that they will meet on the morning of the Disney trip.  The students will need to report to Barber that morning in their concert attire.  They will need to pack a change of clothes for after the performance.  You might want to send your student with plenty of snacks throughout the day, as it will be a long day.  For lunch, we will be providing a catered meal at the University of Alabama.  Most likely, it will be selections from Schlotzsky’s Deli.  We will have options for vegetarians, students with nut allergies, and for students who are gluten intolerant. For dinner, we are stopping at Stevie B’s pizza in Douglasville.  Their trip fees cover the costs of both meals.

 

We are performing at the University of Alabama Performing Arts Center at 1pm (Central Time) on December 8th, 2016.   It would be great for the students to have a large audience to witness the culminating performance of their middle school band careers!

 

We are extremely excited about this performance.  On the back of this letter is a list of all of the required rehearsals and performances between now and the University of Alabama performance as well as the schedule for the day.  On it, you can see the date of the symphonic camp.  You will probably notice that we were able to secure a few guest conductors at the other after-school mini clinics.  I consider it a privilege and an honor to work with and lead your extraordinary students.  I really believe that this performance will lead to some very positively life-changing memories that our students will cherish for their entire lives!

 

Robert Grogan

Director of Bands

Barber Middle School

Robert.grogan@cobbk12.org

Upcoming Fall Symphonic Band Dates

 

 

  • Every Monday between now and December 1st: 4:30-5:30 pm – Sectionals

 

  • Flutes
  • Clarinets
  • Oboes
  • Alto Saxophones
  • Trumpets
  • French Horns

 

  • Every Thursday between now and December 1st: 4:30-5:30pm –Sectionals

 

  • Tenors Saxes
  • Bari Sax
  • Bass Clarinets
  • Bassoons
  • Trombones
  • Euphoniums
  • Tubas

 

  • Friday and Saturday, October 14th-15th Barber Symphonic Camp
    • More information will go home shortly about this event

 

  • Wednesday, November 9th 4:30-6:30PM After School Rehearsal w/ Audrey Murphey

 

  • Tuesday, November 29th 4:30-6:30PM After School Rehearsal w/ Joe Heiberger

 

  • Tuesday, December 6th 7:30PM U. of Alabama Preview Concert at Barber MS

 

  • Wednesday, December 7th 4:30-6:30PM Final Dress Rehearsal

 

  • Thursday, December 8th University of Alabama Trip and Performance

 

University of Alabama Schedule – December 8th

Note: All Times listed below are East Coast Standard Times

 

6:00 AM Kids report to Barber MS – Report in Concert Attire
7:00 AM Depart from Barber MS
11:00 AM Arrive at U of A and Unload
12:00 PM Box Lunch from Schlotzsky’s Deli
1:00 PM Warm-up
2:00 PM Performance
3:00 PM Load busses, change clothes
4:00 PM Depart U of A for dinner in Douglasville
7:00 PM Arrive at Stevie B’s in Douglasville
8:00 PM Depart Stevie B’s for Barber
9:00 PM Arrive at BMS

 

6th Grade Carnival Schedule

Schedule for the Sixth Grade Band Carnival September 10, 2016

 

9:00-9:30 AM

Check-in Allatoona High School Auditorium Lobby

 

9:30 AM

Introductory session and Recital in Auditorium

 

10 AM -12:00

Master classes covering instrument assembly, embouchure, hand positions, breath control, tone production (Sectional Rooms)

 

12:00-1:15

Lunch and noontime activities (Patio)

 

1:30-2:00

Master classes

 

2:00

INformances (concert performance – all family members are invited to attend)