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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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Band Concert Spring 2018

Our Spring Band Concert for the Cherokee Middle School Band is Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m.
Again 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 since part of their grade is based on good audience deportment.  Attire is "Sunday Best"  ... or just no shorts, flip flops or t-shirts.  Parking will be an issue as usual, so please plan accordingly.  Students will need to be in place by 6:30 with their instrument (leave cases in cars), and music.  The concert should be over by 8:15.  Small groups (as usual) will be performing from 6:40-7:00 - prior to the official start of the band concert.
Additionally, the CMS HONOR BAND will be performing during the school day on May 1st as well for the student body at 2:00 p.m.
The Concert Band (not the CMS Honor Band) will be having combined rehearsals for the 7th and 8th grade on Friday, the 27th during the school day as well as on Monday, the 30th also during the school day.  

Checkoffs and Passoffs

Dear Parents:  Please endeavor to stay aware of your child's progress on checkoffs.  7th and 8th need to have 3 played off per grade posting.
6th Grade are now required to perform 6 pass - offs per grade posting. These are found on page 47.  Students have marked which ones to perform.  These grades are to be averaged for midterm grades and finals. 
Students can come play these off for me in the mornings from 7:50-8:10 or in class - time permitting.
Thank you!


Dear CMS Band Parents:  We are in serious need of funding to complete this school year.  Our past fundraisers have done ok, but simply have not provided us enough money to keep us afloat and this gradual decline has now caught up to us.  Additionally, many have either forgotten or simply weren't aware of a band (fee/donation) that we have not been receiving for some time now.  As a public education facility, we are not allowed to require this fee, so  please consider helping us out with either a donation or participating in our Spring fundraiser this year.  Music and instrument / equipment repair are in serious need.  Thanks for any consideration.


 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.