Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Utah Saxophone Quartet

Weber State University School of Music

T H E  U T A H  S A X O P H O N E

A Tribute to Paris and Hollywood
The music of two of the great saxophone quartets
March 29, 2018
Garrison Choral Room 136
7:30 p.m.
Dr. Ray Smith, soprano saxophone and clarinet
Daron Bradford, alto saxophone and clarinet
Dr. David E. Feller, tenor saxophone and clarinet
Gaylon Smith, baritone saxophone and clarinet

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New Tour Information

There is a lot of information in this post.  Please read thoroughly.

Tomorrow is the big day!  Woo-hoo!  Unfortunately, there's been a slight change to the itinerary for tomorrow only.  The district denied our request to leave a half hour early from school.  (It's a whole big thing dealing with having to apply for a third day and all.  Too many details to get into.  If you want it explained, please feel free to call me.)  Anyway, because we're going to play nice, we're just going to leave 45 minutes later than planned.  This means the kids will stay in class until the end of the day and then hurry and get their stuff and get on the bus as soon as they can.  It's a bit of a curve ball, but nothing we can't handle.  The rest of the trip will go as planned.  The itinerary has been updated to reflect the changes.

Mr. Matthews has reserved the large practice room for storage of travel gear.  It will be locked all day.  Kids can store their stuff there for the day so they can save time going to their cars.  If you want to bring their stuff to them, please make sure to arrive before 2:30 pm.

Chaperones, please plan on arriving around 2:00 so we can have a pow wow before the kids get there.

Also, there were some questions from the kids about what they can/cannot wear in Disney.  We have specific things they need to wear for their performances.  Other than that, they should wear what is comfortable and appropriate (ie, no Daisy Duke shorts for the girls and clothes must be worn at all times).  Here is what they're wearing for performances:

Thursday, Stage Performance
Concert Black
  • Black dresses/Tuxes
  • Black socks/nylons
  • All black shoes (Some guys were asking if they could wear their all black tennis shoes.  We would rather they wore more formal shoes, but if that's all they have and the shoes are completely black, it's OK.)
  • Ties for the tuxes
  • Jewelry can be worn, but make sure it's not loud and gaudy.
The kids will change after this performance and all concert attire can be left on the bus.  It would be a good idea to have a bag of some sort to store concert clothes in.  We will figure out how to store the tux bags on the bus for the trip.

Friday, Workshop
  • Tour t-shirt which they will receive some time after they depart
  • Jeans or khaki type pants.  Please try to wear pants without holes.  We realize most jeans come with holes these day.  If you have no jeans without holes, wear your least holey ones and maybe wear leggings underneath so skin is not showing.
  • Closed toed shoes.  Disney specifically states that "socks, bare feet, sandals, and flip flops are not permitted".
The kids may change after the workshop when they go to put their instruments back on the bus so they don't have to carry around their workshop clothes.  We ask that they keep their tour shirt on that day, though.

The forecast for Anaheim on Thursday and Friday is in the low 60's and partly cloudy.  At night, the temperatures may drop into the 40's.  Since the band will be staying until the park closes each night, they may want to have warmer clothes with them--at least a jacket.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Solo and Ensemble and Auditions For Next Year

Region Solo and Ensemble is Thursday, March 8th at Riverton High School.  The link is on this blog under the Forms and Information tab.

Also, auditions for Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds for next year are almost upon us.  Mr. Matthews will be handing out audition music in the next day or two.  Students will also need to play all 12 major scales (memorized!) and be ready to sight read.  They will be random order, blind audition.  Auditions will take place during band classes as follows:

Tuesday, March 20th (B day): Symph Band Woodwinds, Percussion
Wednesday, March 21st (A day):  Concert Band Woodwinds and Symph Winds Woodwinds
Thursday, March 22nd (B day): Symph Band Brass, Percussion (if needed)
Monday, March 26th (A day): Concert Band Brass and Symph Winds Brass

Next year, Varsity Jazz Band will be a class during the day!  Auditions for this class will be held after school on March 20th.  Watch for a sign-up on the band room doors.

If you have any questions, please ask Mr. Matthews.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Two Things

1.  The boys' state basketball tournament is this week.  However, the band will not attend games until 3rd round, which is Friday.  IF the boys win the first two games, call time for those students on the approved state pep band list will be at 3:45 at the high school, on FRIDAY.  Buses will transport the students to the U of U for the game.  You'll get another email/Remind text if the team goes to the 3rd round.

2.  For Varsity Jazz Band Members:  Region Jazz Festival is Thursday, March 1st!  Varsity Jazz Band students will be excused from 4th period that day to prepare for this event.  If you'd like to watch them perform, they play at 4:00 pm at Herriman High School.  Buses should be back to the school around 5:15 pm.

Tour Update!

Details are falling into place for the band trip!  Here's what we know:
  • Thursday, March 15th performance:
    • 9:30 am on the Hollywood Back lot stage in California Adventure
  • Friday, March 16th workshop:
    • 11:00 am Disney Backstage
    • Please remember that Disney will only allow the students, Mr. Matthews, Mr. Barton, and the 4 official chaperones to go backstage.
  • Friday, March 16th Medieval Times Dinner Show @ 6:30 pm
    • If your family will be in California and would like to also go to this show, please respond with the number of tickets you'd like and your student's name by Wednesday!
    • Cost is $44.00 per person. Fees will be added to individual student's Skyward accounts.
The itinerary has been updated and is under the Forms and Information tab.

Remember to:
  • Turn in Travel Consent and Insurance Info form if you haven't already done so!
  • Pay your fees!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Girls' State Basketball!

State Basketball Traveling Pep Band
Kaitlin AllenTaylor Lyon
Rachel AllenKayden Macey
Devon BarneyTeagan Matthews
Cole BassettCharlie McCall
Riley BaxterJarik McGee
Georgia BealMyka Moulton
Nick BodilyCory Neilsen
Aidan BradyLanden Neilson
Aubrey BrempongJustice Nugent
Cameron BrownKate Oldroyd
Bridger BrownleeAaron Orfanos
Robby BruseAshley Pace
Kylin CarlsonEliza Payne
Diego Cruz-VargasHannah Perry
Caleb FarnsworthReagan Ryan
Cheyenne FlintRachael Schafer
Zachary FrewinMalcom Thompson
Rachel FurnellSamantha Traina
Kyle HardeyIsabelle Smith
Alex HessDani Swartz
Maddie HutchinsonJosh Wilkey
Alec KindredPaige Williams
Joseph LeachJosh Wright
Friday Call Time: 6:00 pm
If girls win: Saturday call time: 11:45 am
Please let Mr. Matthews know if you cannot make it to either game!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Spring Tour Information

If you did not attend the meeting on Thursday, please make sure you turn in the Travel Consent and Insurance Form ASAP.  You can find the form on this blog under the Forms and Information tab.  You will need to get the form notarized and make a copy of your insurance cards before turning it in.

Cheryl Brady in the attendance office is a notary.  Otherwise, you can find notaries usually at your bank.

This paperwork has to be turned in to the administration no later than a week before the trip.  Please turn it in ASAP.  You're child cannot go on the trip without it.

A couple of other things we talked about last night:
  • The attendees at the meeting voted for a band tour t-shirt.  The extra cost will be $5.00
  • We went over the Disney policies, as well.  Basically, our children need to promise they will be on their best behavior, dressed appropriately, and not bring any illegal substances into the park.  They also cannot bring glass bottles in.  We are encouraging the students to bring water bottles, just make sure they are not glass.
  • We talked about proper concert attire:
    • Concert black will be worn for the performance.  This means:
    • Tuxes/Black skirts and tops
    • Ties with the tuxes
    • Black shoes (NOT Converse or other athletic shoes)
    • Black socks (regular socks or black nylons)
    • No sandals, flip  flops, sunglasses, or hats.
  • We want to look as professional as possible.
  • There are a handful of students who haven't paid anything on their tour fees.  Please get caught up on your fees.   On the day of departure, we will exclude any students who have nothing paid on their fees.
That's it for now!  To recap:
  • Turn in your paperwork.
  • Pay your fees.