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Band Notes

February 21 to 26

Greetings, Everyone - I'm back!


Thank you so much to all of the students that helped make things run smoothly during my absence. Whether you were helping lead a class, participating by staying on task, or exercising some patience and maturity while things were different - thank you, thank you, thank you!


All-State/All-NW

I couldn't have been more honored to be at the convention in Bellevue last weekend representing our program. I am always so thrilled and touched to hear the positive comments about our incredible program from teachers and students from around our state.


HUGE congrats to our students that were involved in the WMEA All-State and NAfME All-NW honor weekend. Issaac Ojennus and Hannah Robbins represented us in the All-State Band on Friday evening, Nick Kar represented us in the All-NW Band, and Will Strauch represented us in the All-NW Jazz Band. It was so incredible to watch them perform in those ensembles representing our school.


THIS WEEK

  • Tuesday 2/21 - Incoming 9th Grade Night

    • We would love to have a few of you on hand to share your experiences about life as a high school band student!

    • We'd also love to have some help setting up a table and a few of our trophies to display :D

  • Wednesday 2/22 - Wind Ensemble & 3rd Period Percussion Rehearsal 5pm to 8pm

    • This rehearsal is our single "combo" rehearsal for integrating the 2nd period wind students and the 3rd period percussionists for our trip to WSU on Friday.

  • Friday 2/24 - WSU WindBand Festival

    • Wind Ensemble and 3rd period percussion

    • Check out the itinerary - HERE

    • Don't forget to check out our www.meadbands.org/events for additional info


SPOKANE SCHOLARS - GO BAND!

In case you haven't seen the news, 4 of the 6 selections for Mead HS Spokane Scholars are band students!

  • Social Studies - Misa McKenna

  • World Languages - Danielle Beauchemin

  • English - Hannah Robbins

  • Fine Arts - William Strauch

SO COOL!!! If you're wondering where the smartest students in the building are... look no further than the band room :D. And - if you're wondering if you can go to college and take band all 4 years, have a ton of fun, and still be academically successful, just ask band students!!


CLICK HERE for more information about the Spokane Scholars program.

REGISTRATION

As registration rolls around in the next week or so, please consider continuing your involvement in our program. Whether you're planning on making music a part of your life, or participating as a nice break from your book-type classes, there's a level of involvement for you! Stay tuned for info after Spring Break for announcements regarding a Special Event Trip in Spring of 2024!


Most importantly, as you've heard me say - be comfortable in your own skin and advocate for yourself. These years can be difficult and "judgy" from your peers. Embrace what you like to do, your friends respect you for who you are and what your interests are!


Check in with me if you have questions about scheduling or other items.


Can you go to college and take band? YES!

Can you play sports and be in band? YES!


SEATTLE UPDATES

The next few weeks are sure to fly by with lots to do! The music we are preparing in classes will be also used in Seattle at our Heritage Festival performances.


Don't forget to get those payments into the business office, or check online for paying through your student's account. We're really crunching numbers for our bus counts and will need to hear from those of you that may have changed your mind!

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