Welcome to Rushton Elementary Bands

Final thoughts for 2020-21 school year

Hello band family-

Varsity members, I’m sending the drill writer the final numbers for the show, please make sure you can attend all band camp dates so we have a spot for you in the show. Email me with any scheduling conflicts. Band camp participation is also directly tied to JV and varsity lettering.

The ice cream social on July 24th is just that, free ice cream for all band members and their family!  Everyone will receive their show shirt, and sign up for uniform fittings, band booster info, etc.  We also collect band expenses that night, which is $125 for varsity and $75 for JV members.  We didn’t collect these funds last year due to the pandemic.  These funds cover show shirts, uniform cleaning, marching shoes, as well as helping paying expenses for show design, music arranging, contest fees, and other expenses not covered by the school district.  We will have an online payment option, most likely at available at www.smnorthbands.org

As we will not have access to skyward, the main vehicle of communication will be via ReMind, and this website.  As stated in a previous email, please make sure you’ve signed up for the appropriate ReMind classes so you get information over the summer and the upcoming school year.

Graduated seniors, best wishes with upcoming endeavors. Please stay in touch…you will be missed!

 

I’m really looking forward to working with all of you under somewhat normal circumstances this year. Continue to get rest, and try to be active during the summer months so band camp rehearsals are easier.  I’m glad we all got through this year, looking forward to the upcoming season.  Try to have some fun this summer!

 

Mr. Reed

Ms. Fillingham

 

2021-22 ReMind codes.

 

Text one or more of the following to 81010   Make sure the “@” sign is used

2021 Varsity Marching Band last name A-L.    @2021vmb1

2021 Varsity Marching Band last name M-Z:   @2021mvb2

2021 JV Marching Band:  @2021jvmb

2021 Student Staff:   @2021sstaff
(this is for section leaders and drum majors)

Solo videos are due March 29th

Please see Mr. Reed or Ms. Fillingham for the original pieces of music (unless you already have it).  You will need to show your originals at the beginning of your recording.

March 22, 2021 rehearsals

We’re looking forward to working with all concert band students from 5:45-7:00PM and symphonic band students from 7:15-8:30PM.  Both rehearsals will be in the band room.

Feb 15 evening rehearsals canceled

Hello everyone-
Due to extreme cold weather, not being able to guarantee a warm rehearsal facility, and the chance of deteriorating travel conditions, we need to cancel the February 15 evening rehearsals for symphonic, concert and freshman bands.  Please pass the word along to fellow band students.

Feb 15 evening rehearsals canceled

Hello everyone-
Due to extreme cold weather, not being able to guarantee a warm rehearsal facility, and the chance of deteriorating travel conditions, we need to cancel the February 15 evening rehearsals for symphonic, concert and freshman bands.  Please pass the word along to fellow band students.

Feb 1st virtual concert information and signup

Hello SM North band family-

 

We’re pleased to announce that we have confirmed a live-streaming/virtual concert on Monday, February 1st, 2021!  The current fall semester classes of blocks 1, 2 and 7 will perform the three songs we’ve been working in class. The two jazz bands will play two or three songs we’ve been working in class. The percussion ensemble will play one song.

 

The rehearsals and performance will not be tied to student grades, this is an optional opportunity for everyone. Having said that, we don’t know what the future holds and this could be our one opportunity to play together this year (maybe we can schedule a May concert season).  Having said that, we need commitments to know who will definitely attend the rehearsals and concerts. Please use the link below to indicate what you can commit to, so we can prepare for precise numbers of students, distancing/mitigation factors, and instrumentation.

 

As always, we will prioritize safety first.  We’re happy we can all get together to make music again!

 

Revised spring 2021 calendar:

 

Monday, Jan. 11th– blocks 1,2,7 rehearsal in the auditorium from 7:00-8:15PM

 

Tuesday, Jan 12th – – percussion ensemble rehearsal in the band room 7:00-8:15PM.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 19th– Block 3 jazz band rehearsal from 5:45-6:45PM in the band room, block 4 Crimson Tribe rehearsal from 7:00-8:15 in the band room.

 

Monday, Jan. 25th– blocks 1,2,7 rehearsal in the auditorium from 7:00-8:15PM

 

Tuesday, Jan. 26th– percussion ensemble rehearsal in the auditorium room 7:00-8:15PM.  Block 3 jazz band rehearsal from 5:45-6:45PM in the band room, block 4 Crimson Tribe rehearsal from 7:00-8:15 in the band room.

 

Monday, Feb. 1st– live stream/virtual concert beginning at 7:00PM in the field house.  We will send viewing information at a later time.

 

IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE RESPOND BY TUESDAY, DEC. 22, so we have an idea of what the performing groups will look like.

 

Use this link to sign up:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCLqZhOwELmnFsOuesWETgxZ-nfo8nxwoUuwBBYHiZ2TTkwQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in person and making music together!

Mr. Reed

Ms. Fillingham

Band announcements Nov. 11-Dec. 1

Hello everyone-
A reminder that symphonic band auditions are due tomorrow (Wed. Nov 11th) by 11:59 PM. See my previous email directions on how to submit.
Crimson Tribe Jazz ensemble- we will have our first evening rehearsal next Tuesday, November 17th, from 7:00-8:30 PM. Although this is an optional rehearsal, we need to have a good turn out if we’re going to continue meeting with the full group. Make sure you wear masks and we will follow standard mitigation procedures.  Block 3 Jazz, we will have our first evening rehearsal on Tuesday, December 1st, from 6:00-7:00PM.
ALL jazz students- please consider signing up for “KU day of jazz improvisation”, to be held this Saturday, November 14th from 1:00-4:30 PM. See the link below to register for free.

 

Important information re: marching and KMEA

Hello everyone-
Students, please fill out the Google form if you plan on participating during the October 23rd football game. We’re limited to 50 kids, but could probably get a few more in. We are definitely limited to 2 audience tickets per student, but participating senior band members get 4 tickets. We will perform the usual pregame at 6:45pm. Half time will consist of two songs, followed by senior recognition. Seniors, please fill out the senior recognition form, which will indicate who your escort is. Parents/escorts, you will watch the show from the track, as the seniors perform their last show during the football game. At the conclusion of the show, we will give you a flower, provided by the band boosters, we’ll line you up on the track, and when your child’s name is called, you will go out to stand by them.
Oct 23rd football game signup link:
senior recognition information link:
Our final marching performance of the year will be Wednesday, October 28th. We had originally announced Tuesday the 27th, but there will more than likely be a postseason soccer game on Tuesday and we wouldn’t have access to the stadium.
 We are not limited by the number of participating students for this event, but all participating students get 2 audience tickets, and seniors get 4 tickets.  To clarify, senior recognition is at the football game on the 23rd, but we give a shout out on the 28th to any seniors who couldn’t go to the football game.
Hopefully, between the two performances, everyone will be able to attend a show, even though we are mandated to cap the audience size.
Oct. 28th final marching performance signup link:
Non-marching band information:
We have 17 students who have signed up to audition for KMEA virtual district honor band. We are offering two dates for auditioning students to use the band room facilities to make a high quality recording for your virtual audition.  Thursday, Oct. 22 and Monday, Oct. 26, both from 3-6PM.  Use the link below to sign up for a 10 minute time slot.  Everyone should enter through the outside door of the choir room, and we will lead you the rest of the way. This is an optional activity.  Student auditioning for KMEA can make their own recording, but you might get a higher quality recording if you sign up for a time slot. Parents, students already have information regarding deadlines, but their final recording is due Wednesday, Nov 4th.  Please use this G spreadsheet to sign up for a time if you wish.
KMEA recording signup link:
Oboe players, check out the KU virtual about a flyer attached to this email, it looks pretty cool!
Everyone please check out the flyer regarding Tyler House KC. This is a new, nonprofit organization, geared towards serving Shawnee mission north area high school students. Kids, please consider participating.
That’s it for now.  We will send additional information regarding procedures for hybrid learning in the next week or so.  Looking forward to seeing many of you soon!
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham