Music For All Trip Information

Permission form and $50 due by Friday, February 5th 2016

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26 January 2016

Greetings 8th Grade Barber Symphonic Band Families!


Our invitational performance for the 2016 Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival is quickly approaching.  It should be a fun, yet highly educational experience for all of our students.  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, trying to take into careful consideration that a lot of you might be slightly strapped with the Disney payments.  Please understand that we admire and appreciate the personal sacrifices that families have made financially and with their time 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 and makes where many of the finest music educators in Georgia want to come to our school and work with the musicians.


Please sign and return the attached permission form, along with the $50 fieldtrip payment no later than Friday, February 5th.  Our day in Atlanta will be full of concerts, clinics, our performance, and masterclasses.      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, meeting at Barber at 5:00am.  This is about the same time that they will meet on the morning of the Disney trip.  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 close enough to the CNN building where we can walk there and eat at the food court.  They will need to bring some cash for this meal.


We are performing at the Rialto Center in downtown Atlanta at 8:45am.  All are welcomed and encouraged to attend this event.  Since we are so early, it would be great for the students to have a large audience to witness their 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 MFA Festival as well as the schedule for the MFA Festival day.  On it, you can see the revised 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 have canceled their Pre-LGPE concert.  I feel that with the symphonic camp being moved, they would just have too many after school commitments in a short period of time.  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



Upcoming Symphonic Band Dates



  • Tuesday, February 23rd 4:30-6:30PM After School Rehearsal w/ Dr. Hartenberger


  • Friday and Saturday, February 26th-27th Barber Symphonic Camp


  • Wednesday, March 2nd 4:30-6:30PM After School Rehearsal w/ Gary Gribble


  • Wednesday, March 9th 7:15PM LGPE at McEachern HS (Full day trip)


  • Wednesday, March 23rd 8:45AM MFA Concert Festival (Full day trip)

Music for All Schedule – March 23rd



5:00 AM Report to Barber
5:45 AM Depart Barber
7:00 AM Check-in at Rialto
8:00 AM Warm-up On Stage
8:45 AM Performance
9:15 AM Band Clinic
11:15 AM Master Class
12:15 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Listen to GSU Wind Ensemble
4:15 PM Listen to Lost Mountain MS
5:15 PM Listen to Smokey Road MS
6:30 PM Load / Depart
7:30 PM Arrive at Barber MS

Symphonic Camp is rescheduled for February 26-27


I just wanted to give you a firm confirmation of our rescheduling of the camp.
We will be having the camp on Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th.
The schedule will be exactly the same:
Friday night (8-1,8-2, and 7-2)
4pm until 9pm
Saturday (8-1 only)
8:15am – 4pm
Concert at 4:30pm
There is no concert attire for this performance.  If the students have paid for the Friday night pizza dinner, they are still good to receive dinner on the 26th.  It is still not too late to sign up for the dinner if you want to send $10 with your student.
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Updated to the Playing Test Grading Policy


Many of the students are having their first playing test of the new semester today.  Here is an update to our grading policy on playing test:

Playing Tests (performance assessments) are an integral part of the band curriculum at Barber.  Every Friday, you can expect a playing test.  Playing tests for the upcoming week are outlined on the band calendar (accessible from the Barber Band Website) no less than a week prior to the date of the assessment.

  1. All tests can be made up for full credit as long as they are completed before the end of the semester
  2. Partial credit will be given even if the test is attempted.  If the student has a failing grade, he or she will be expected to make up failing grades.
  3. Failure to make up a failing grade on a playing test could mean that the student may be added to the band zap list for the Friday reward period.

There are two types of playing tests (Mr. Grogan will let the students know what type of test it is when the test is announced):

  1. Technique Tests (Scales and Technical Exercises) – The students will receive a grade on technical exercises  that is based on the percentage of notes correct.  The scales will be graded with one point awarded per octave ascending and one point per octave descending,  as well as one point for the arpeggio.  These points will then be converted to a grade percentage.  For example, if a scale has 5 possible points but a students might have played one of the descending octaves incorrect, then she would receive 4 out of 5 points and would be awarded an 80% for the playing test.
  2. Musical Literature – These tests are graded on a rubric and are not pass or fail.  The material for these tests often comes from the sheet music or practice sheets that the students are working on in class.
    1. Considerations for grading consist of tone quality, technique, articulation, and style. The student can make up the test at any time within the semester for a higher grade.
    2. Part designations can be assigned as a result of these playing tests.
    3. You can access the grading rubric by clicking here.

All playing tests will be done on Fridays in class.  If the student does not want to perform the test in front of the class on testday (or needs to make up a test), then he or she has two options:

  1. Perform the test for the band directors outside of school hours
    1. Either before school (8:00 AM – 8:30 AM) or after School (4:30 PM – 5:30 PM)
    2. Submit a video recording to Mr. Grogan
      1. Submit a video by clicking the pink “o Rec” button below (PREFERRED!)
      2. Record a video with your electronic device and submit it to Mr. Grogan

The band directors have to either hear the student perform the upcoming assessment or receive a video submission of the test before test day on Friday in order for that student to be exempt from playing in front of the class.  Note: just because the student submits a video, does not mean that the test grade assigned is automatically a 100.  Mr. Grogan or Mr. Rikard the student know the grade on test day.

Symphonic Camp Rescheduled


CCSD has just stated that all Cobb Schools will close two hours early tomorrow and that all activities through the weekend will be canceled.
Unfortunately, we are going to have to reschedule our Symphonic Camp.  I am looking at having the exact same schedule, but doing the camp the last weekend of February, the 26th and 27th, tentatively.
I will let you know tomorrow with firm details.  Thank you for being patient and understanding.   Please let me know if you have any comments or concerns.

Symphonic Camp and Weather


I just want to let you know that we are watching the weather closely to determine if we need to make any adjustments to symphonic camp this weekend.  I will let you know by 2pm tomorrow if there are any schedule adjustments.  We will post any pertinent information on the main Barber website in addition to any emails that you may receive from me. Thank you for your understanding.

Band Symphonic Camp is Here!

***THIS INFORMATION ONLY PERTAINS TO 7-2, 8-1, AND 8-2 CLASSES (plus about 10 pre-selected 7-1 participants)

*** Please sign and return the form in the link below to Mr. Grogan by Monday, January 18th, 2016.

Greetings Barber Band Family!


We are going to be starting our first annual Symphonic Camp for the 8th grade bands and a select few 7th graders.   For the 8-1 Band, we are honored to have Mr. Andrew Cole conduct the band for the weekend.  For the Concert Band (combined 8-2/7-2), we will be having Mrs. Amy Adams.  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 January 22nd and 23rd.  The 8-1 Band will be on both days and the Concert Band will just be Friday night, the 22nd.  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, “Band Symphonic Camp” 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 Monday, January 18th, 2016.  With the food order form, please include $10 if your child is going to eat the pizza and refreshments on Friday night, January 22nd.


*7th Grade Students who are selected to perform with the 8th Grade Bands MUST attend Symphonic Camp AND pass off all of the 8th grade music individually in order to perform with the 8th graders for LGPE.


Robert Grogan

Director of Bands

Barber Middle School

8-1 Festival Season Band Dates

Upcoming Symphonic Band Dates

  • Thursday, January 7th – 4:30-7:30PM After School Rehearsal
  • Friday and Saturday, January 22nd-23rd Barber Symphonic Camp
  • Tuesday, February 23rd 4:30-6:30PM After School Rehearsal
  • Thursday, February 25th 7:00PM Pre-LGPE Concert
  • Wednesday, March 2nd 4:30-6:30PM After School Rehearsal
  • March 8-10 Tentative LGPE Dates (we will be one of these days)
  • Wednesday, March 23rd Music For All Southeastern Regional Concert Festival

Greetings 8th Grade Barber Symphonic Band Families!

We have some very exciting news.  Many of you have probably already heard, but our 8th Grade Symphonic Band has been invited to perform at the Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival!  This is a really big deal for our students and our community.  With this performance, our band program is being recognized for being among one of the very finest in the entire southeast! Hundreds of bands from all over the southeast applied to get into the festival but they only choose eight bands across the region and ours was one of them.  Our Symphonic Band will be performing at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta on Wednesday, March 23rd 2015.  A more detailed schedule and information about the costs of this trip will be coming out shortly as soon as I get more information from Music for All.  On this day, our students will get to have masterclasses on their instruments, will have a guest clinician conduct the band, perform for other band students and an adjudication panel made up of the most accomplished college band directors in the country, and they will get to hear other bands perform that are also some of the very best in the entire southeast.  This trip will be in addition to the normal LGPE which will take place at McEachern HS just a few weeks prior.

Because of the high visibility and the prestige of this event, our festival season is kicking off just a little bit earlier.  To help us prepare for this event, we have added a few after-school rehearsals in addition to our annual symphonic camp.  It is crucial that we have perfect attendance at all scheduled functions.  For the Disney students, their contract states:

The band, chorus, orchestra, and dance are performing ensembles, and as such, regular attendance at rehearsals, clinics, and concerts is a necessity to ensure a quality, rewarding musical experience.  The invitation to participate in Disney Performing Arts at Walt Disney World is a privilege and is considered a reward for the students’ continued commitment to the Barber Middle School Performing Arts Programs.  Students are expected to attend all extra-curricular rehearsals, clinics, symphonic camps, community performances, and concerts throughout the year. Please refer to your student’s performing ensemble handbook for concerts, events, and extra rehearsals that have been scheduled for the year.  Mandatory before and after school rehearsals will be held so that the group of students who are attending the trip may rehearse together.  These dates will be scheduled after student contracts have been received.  Failure to participate in the above performances will result in your student losing trip eligibility.

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 MFA Festival.  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!

MidFest Registration Information

Please click here to download and print the MidFest Permission Form


Dear Parents,


We are very excited to offer the opportunity for your student to participate in MidFest at UGA.  MidFest is a middle school band festival held from Thursday December 10th to Saturday December 12th.  Upon arrival, the students will audition for placement in one of eight equal performing groups or the Honor Band.

Thursday evening, we will watch middle school performances by two middle school bands from around the state.  Friday, students will rehearse with their ensemble and enjoy another concert Friday night featuring The UGA Wind Symphony. Saturday morning, students will prepare for the concert with their final rehearsal and preform their concert between 1:30 and 4:30 at the UGA Performing Arts Center.


This is a great opportunity for your student to perform with other outstanding young musicians from around the state, learn from top music educators from around the country, perform in the world renowned UGA Performing Arts center, listen to amazing concerts, and sight see the UGA campus in Athens Georgia.


If your student is interested in participating, please complete and turn in the form attached by Friday October 2nd.  Students who turn their forms in early will have a greater chance of being accepted. We will submit all students’ interest to UGA MidFest for acceptance.  Acceptances will be published October 24th. There is no guarantee for acceptance into this band festival.  No money will be due until UGA responds back to us, letting us know which students are accepted into the festival.


If your student is accepted, the cost of the trip is estimated to be about $275. This includes the festival fee, hotel fee, and breakfast costs.  Lunch and Dinner will be at the students’ own expense.



Band Uniform Orders Due on Thursday 9/10/15

Click Here to Download the Uniform Order Form

As you are likely aware, the 7th and 8th grade members of the Barber Music Ensembles (band, chorus, and orchestra) wear formal uniforms for all of their performances (on and off campus) in the 7th and 8th grades. The Barber Music Department has a wonderful reputation and it is our belief that all of the musicians should “look as great as they sound.” These uniforms are purchased at the beginning of the 7th grade year and are worn for their performances until your student graduates from Barber in the 8th grade.

The uniforms consist of a long, black formal dress for the ladies and tuxedo shirts, pants, cummerbunds, and bow ties for the gentlemen.

Tuxedos and dresses cost $64.00 and are able to be used through the end of the student’s 8th grade year Students will be sized by a group of parent volunteers.* If you would like to assist in the uniform process- measuring, hemming, head uniform parent, etc. please email your ensemble directors.
*Once you receive your uniform in November, the hem with need to be altered to the correct length for your student’s height, as they do not come in pre-hemmed.


How do I pay? In order to pay for your student’s uniform send a check written out to BARBER MIDDLE SCHOOL with your student’s name and the word ‘uniform’ in the subject area. Your student will obtain a white money envelope and submit the money in to the black money collection boxes found all around the school.

When is the payment due? Payment is due by THURSDAY, SEPT 10th.

Is there a way that I may donate to a needy family? Yes, just add on the amount that you would like to donate. You can indicate this intention on the bottom of the check.

When will I receive the uniform? Typically uniforms arrive at the beginning of November. Once you receive it, you will need to get it hemmed to the correct length for your student’s height.

Thank You,
Robert Grogan

2015 8th Grade Night

NCHS Night with the Warrior Band

North Cobb High School

Friday, August 28, 2015

5 p.m.-10:20 p.m. (approx.)

Night Includes:

*Dinner           *T-Shirt           *Tons of Fun 

Cost:  $5.00 

Deadline to return permission slips/payments: 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Parents need to provide transportation for participating students. Drop-off/Pick-up is in the Upper Lot (with the Band Tower) off of Nowlin Rd. See map for details.

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