Grades 7 and 8 Symphonic Band Symphonic Band is open to all District 36 students who can pass a basic audition on a band instrument. We meet several different times each week. A full schedule includes three parts: During the Class Day, Ensemble, twice per week Tuesday Flex Period, 2:55pm - 3:30pm Thursday Flex Period, 2:55pm - 3:30pm and Before School, Sections, once per week one session before school per week, WOODWINDS: Mondays, 7:30am - 8:20am PERCUSSION: Tuesdays, 7:30am - 8:20am BRASS: Wednesdays, 7:30am - 8:20am And finally During the Class Day, Pull-Out Small Group Lessons one small group lesson/sectional placed on a rotating pull-out schedule per week.
Monday Symphonic Band Sectionals, 2017-2018
Please remember your Pencil, Music, iPad, and Instrument!
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|Monday||Oct 30||Nov 6||Nov 13||Nov 20||Nov 27||Dec 4||Dec 11|
|Monday||Dec 18||Jan 8||Jan 29||Feb 5||Feb 26||Mar 5||Mar 12|
|Monday||Mar 19||Apr 9||Apr 16||Apr 23||Apr 30||May 7||May 14|
Students are assigned to a group (A, B, etc.) and follow this grid for their lesson times. Please help each other to make every sectional, and make up any you miss. If you miss one, please send Mr. Rzeszutko a note signed by the teacher so that it can be made up and so that it does not count against your grade!
Thursday Symphonic Band Sectionals, 2017-2018
Please remember your Pencil, Music, iPad, and Instrument!
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|Thursday||Nov 30||Dec 7||Dec 14||Dec 21||Jan 11||Jan 18||Jan 25||Feb 1|
|Thursday||Feb 8||Feb 15||Feb 22||Mar 1||Mar 8||Mar 15||Mar 22||Apr 5|
|Thursday||Apr 12||Apr 19||Apr 26||May 3||May 10||May 17||-||-|
Students are assigned to a group (G, H, etc.) and follow this grid for their lesson times. Please help each other to make every sectional, and make up any you miss. If you miss one, please send Mr. Rzeszutko a note signed by the teacher so that it can be made up and so that it does not count against your grade!
Message From Mr. Rzeszutko and Mr. Vowles
Dear Band Parents and Students,
Welcome! We are looking forward to working with all of our students and parents during the coming year and have put together this handbook to clearly define various aspects of our program. For those of you returning to the band program, much of this information will be familiar. However, this guide will prove a convenient resource throughout the year.
Please give special attention to the for a complete calendar, online here. It is very important that you plan now to avoid any future conflicts with performance and other band events. Every student is vital to the success of our band and we must have each member present at all performances and rehearsals. The band program continues to grow in quantity and more importantly in quality. We believe this is mainly due to the fine support and cooperation of our students, parents and staff. Thank you for your continued support of music education in Winnetka and as always, feel free to call us or email us at any time.
Robert Rzeszutko and Stephen Vowles
Summer Music Camps Summer camps provide an excellent opportunity for young musicians to develop their talents and work with accomplished music teachers and performers from around the country. Numerous camps are located throughout the Midwest. Scholarships are available for interested students. Please see us for more information.
Rentals Students are expected to provide their own instruments. Percussionists must provide their own sticks, mallets, and stick bag. It is extremely important that all of our students play on quality instruments in order to ensure the highest degree of success as performers. Before you buy or rent an instrument, please call us. We would be happy to suggest a reputable retailer. Many of our students rent from www.qandf.com. In the case of larger instruments (tuba, percussion, bari sax, baritone, tenor sax, bass clarinet, etc.) the district can provide these for the student at a cost of $130.00 for the school year. Rental forms will be provided; please contact Mr. Rzeszutko or Mr. Vowles for more information.
ILMEA DISTRICT BAND AND JAZZ BAND Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade students are eligible to audition for the ILMEA All District Bands. These are honors bands made up of outstanding middle school musicians from throughout northern Illinois. The events are not mandatory, but are a tremendous performance opportunity and we strongly recommend participation. (Participation in District Jazz Band is restricted to jazz ensemble instruments). The dates for this year’s ILMEA District Band activities are listed in the calendar, online here.
CONCERT DRESS The following list is considered the uniform for ALL CONCERTS:
- White Long Sleeved Dress Shirt With Collar/Blouse
- Black Pants/Skirt
- Black Socks
- Black Dress Shoes (NO GYM SHOES OF ANY KIND)
- Long Neck Ties (if you are wearing a shirt; any color)
Attending a concert in inappropriate attire may result in the student not being allowed to perform with the group.
PRIVATE LESSONS Private lessons are not required by the district; however they are strongly recommended and do provide students with invaluable one-to-one instruction. Currently, more than 50% of Washburne/Skokie students study privately. With the help of private lessons students will be able to increase their technique and appreciation of music. They will also improve the performance of the group through their individual efforts. The district has a list of recommended instructors. Please contact Mr. Rzeszutko or Mr. Vowles for this list!
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND CHECK THE ONLINE CALENDAR REGULARLY. WE MAY ADD OTHER PERFORMANCES AS WE PROGRESS THROUGH THE YEAR. OUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON HAVING EVERYONE AT EVERY PRACTICE AND EVERY PERFORMANCE!
GRADE 7 and 8 SECTIONALS 7th and 8th graders will continue to receive small group lessons (called sectionals ) as a part of their instruction. Sectionals will take place this year on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays (30 minutes) during the school day on a rotating schedule. Consideration is given to accommodate for tests, quizzes, and important material covered in class. A copy of the sectional schedule and its rules of operation will be given to each student and teacher at the end of September. Please ask for a copy if your child does not bring one home.
REQUIRED MATERIAL SYMPHONIC BAND (7/8TH GRADE)
- Student instrument
- Ensemble music and folder
- Woodwinds: Three good reeds, cork grease, and a cleaning swab.
- Brass: Slide grease and valve oil
- Percussion: Drum sticks, mallets, stickbag, and a drum pad and mallet kit for home practice.
Supplies like reeds and oils are available at Washburne and Skokie at a very discounted rate. TO PERFORM AT A HIGH LEVEL WE NEED ALL OF YOU PRESENT...ALL OF THE TIME! Rehearsal time is very important to the success of the band. We need to make full use of every minute. Please remember that our before school rehearsal starts promptly at 7:30 a.m. This means that we expect you to be ready to play at 7:30 a.m.; you should arrange to get to school at least ten minutes prior to allow time for putting your instrument together and other pre-rehearsal preparation. No one should be absent from band unless they are absent from school. Please arrange for help sessions, etc. at times when we do not have band rehearsal. If missed rehearsals become a problem we will call home to discuss the situation. Excess absence may result in suspension from future performances.