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6th grade Band Parents:  Please wait until your child brings home some information regarding the ins and outs of Band before you begin securing materials and equipment for band class.  We will send home specific information and suggestions for securing materials and success for your child.  Thanks for your patience with this!  We look forward to working with your child this year.

 With regard to the subject of Check-Offs for 7th and 8th grade, your student should have access to this hard copy of their grades so that you may peruse this daily if you wish.  I use this sheet so that there should be no surprises at the end of a grading period.  Please take random checks of these sheets and help us in this endeavor.  Students have been drastically improving because of these sheets!  Please be aware that the completion of the required amount of these are huge for your child's grade in the class.  Generally speaking, students should have 3 completed each grading period.  A student cannot remain in the band program with 2 consecutive failing grades for their final average (not midterm).   Thanks!



7th and 8th Parents:  Please be vigilant for a few things throughout the year.  1.  That you child has the proper band book (6th-RED, 7th-BLUE, and 8th GREEN) and that your child has a checkoff sheet with 3 grades per midterm and 3 more for each final for a total of 6 per semester.  Thanks for your help with this.  


6th Grade Parents:  When we begin securing equipment for your student, music stands are a vital piece of equipment for practice.  Please be aware that we are not trying to pad Rush's Music Store's pocket; we just want your child to be successful and they need to know and practice how to align themselves and instrument to a music stand.  If they are not practicing with a stand at home, we have to start over every day and re-align those students, which takes away from the others and although I'm sure unintentional, undermines the integrity of everything we are trying to accomplish here.    It may not seem so, but it is hard enough to get things going the proper direction as it is...especially at the beginning.  Please trust us on this issue.  We can't do our job fully, if we have individuals pick and choose what is "best" based on saving $15.00. If it's truly a financial issue, please contact us and we can do all we can to assist.  We are trying to make sure you get a return on your investment; that can only do that with your trust and cooperation.  Thanks.


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 ETSBOA Southern District Band:   please be aware that the auditions will be at McMinn County High School 2215 Congress Parkway, Athens, TN.  All students should know their specific audition time and I recommend to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your time so you may warm up and collect yourself and your thoughts before you are called to audition.  You will be called from the cafeteria area (warm up room) to the audition room and proceed through the audition process. School clothes are appropriate.
The Audition Process begins with scales (performed in under 2 minutes by memory), performance of your prepared piece, and finally sight-reading in which you will be given a short example with 30 seconds to look it over.  At the conclusion of those 30 seconds, you play it.  After that, the students are through and can be taken home. Percussion:  You will do this for all three areas:  Snare/Mallets/Timpani.  Remember to have a tuning app or a pitch pipe so that you may tune the timpani.  Bear in mind that your pitch (tone) can be generated by an app, you just cant have the app identify the tone for must do this by ear. 
Roane County Schools, its staff, etc. can not be held liable for any unforeseen events involving this activity.  Parents, please consider this when arranging transportation for your child to and from this event. Most directors will be judging in audition rooms or tabulating scores; we can be reached in the case of an emergency.
I will let you know the results on Monday or you may access the ETSBOA website ( to see your results Saturday evening or Sunday. 
Thanks so much for your attention to this.  Information regarding the Clinic Band Weekend in Cleveland will be going out as soon as we see who from Cherokee and RCHS made the band.

Band Concert

Our Christmas/Fall concert for the Cherokee Middle School Band is Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 p.m.  This will be in conjunction with the RCHS Band.
This is a required performance and students will receive 4 grades for this event.  Students also need to plan to stay for the entire concert as part of their grade is based on good audience deportment.  Attire is "Sunday Best"  ... or just no shorts or t-shirts.  Parking will be an issue as usual, so please plan accordingly.  Students will need to be in place by 1:30 with their instrument (leave cases in cars), and music.  The concert should be over by 3:15-3:30.  Thanks so much for your cooperation.  This should be a great afternoon for our entire program and community during this special time of year.