TWIB Notes – December 11, 2017

Good Evening!

Here are the notes for the week of 12/11/17…

Winter Drum Line will have rehearsal on Monday and Friday from 6-9 PM. There will not be any rehearsal on Wednesday due to the Winter Concert.

There will be an after-school rehearsal on Monday, 12/11, from 2:30-4:00 for ALL Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band (including Percussion Class) Members. This rehearsal is mandatory and is counted as part of the Performance Grade for the 2nd Nine Weeks.

The Winter Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the CHS Auditorium. The concert will feature performances by the CHS Band, Choir, and Orchestra. Call Times are as follows:

Wind Ensemble: 5:30 PM
Jazz Band: 6:00 PM
Concert Band & Percusssion Class: 6:30 PM

All students should enter through the Band Room door and follow the instructions on the board.

On Thursday morning, the Wind Ensemble will be performing with the Choir and Orchestra at Courtland Elementary School. Details will be sent home with the students on Monday, 12/11.

Just as a reminder, the District Band Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 6th at a location yet to be determined.

I hope to see everyone on Wednesday at the Concert!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Have a great week!

With Pride,

Mr. Leonard


TWIB Notes – November 27, 2017

TWIB Notes for the week of November 27, 2017…

After a couple of slow weeks, things are really going to pick up as we head into the Winter Break!  Please, make sure you are keeping up with all the Band Events.  Don’t forget to check the Calendar on the website ( for complete information.

So, here we go…

The deadline to sign up for All-District and All-County Band Auditions has been extended to Wednesday, November 29th at 2:30 PM.  ALL Band students are strongly encouraged to audition.  Making the groups is an outstanding accomplishment.  But, simply taking an audition is great practice for any future auditions, job interviews, etc.  Auditions will be held at Colonial Forge High School on December 9, 2017.  Audition information is posted on the bulletin board in the Band Room and can be found at

The RBMB will have rehearsal on Tuesday, November 28th from 2:45-4:00 PM in preparation for the Christmas Parades, which will be held this coming Saturday, December 2nd.  A Performance Itinerary will be sent out to all RBMB members on Wednesday of this week.  Reminder…the parades are not an optional event.  They are required for ALL RBMB Members.  Standard procedures are in effect if you have a conflict (Practice, SAT’s, etc.).

Jazz Band will rehearse on Thursday, November 30th from 2:30-3:30 in the Band Room.  Come, join us!

Winter Drum Line will resume their regular practice schedule this week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:00-9:00 PM.

The CHS Winter Guard, a competitive indoor Color Guard, will hold informational sessions and Clinics on Tuesday and Thursday, November 28th and 30th from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Band Room.  If you want to find out more about the Winter Guard, please attend these clinics.

Courtland High School is reactivating its’ Chapter of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society.  Any student, in grades 10-12 (currently), who is interested in applying for membership, should see Mr. Leonard to pick up an application packet.  For more information about Tri-M, visit

UPCOMING EVENTS (Not already mentioned):

  • Dress Rehearsal for the Winter Concert will be held on Monday, 12/11 from 2:30-4:00 PM
  • WINTER CONCERT is Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium
  • SPRING TRIP 2018 – I will be sending out a letter regarding a possible trip to Hesheypark on Friday, April 27, 2018. We would be participating in a Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey, PA.  We will need to have enough people commit to the trip to make up a full concert ensemble.  The approximate cost of the trip is $115.00  (Cost for Chaperones will be less) per student.  The letter will contain more detailed information, deadlines, and payment schedules.

Thanks for all you do to make the Courtland Band Program the best that it can be!!  See you soon!

With Pride!

Mr. Leonard

Playoff Game – Friday, 11/10/17

Good Morning! Here is the schedule for Friday’s Playoff Game at Louisa County High School.

5:00 PM – Call Time for RBMB Members (Winds, Percussion, Guard). Eat Dinner before you arrive. We will visit concessions at half time (time permitting).

****NOTE**** We will not be wearing uniforms. Students should wear their warm-ups with lots of layers underneath. It is going to be cold (lows in the upper 20’s). If you feel that you need to wear a heavier “winter” coat over the warm-ups, that is fine. Wear Gloves and Winter Hats as needed. We want to show our Courtland Spirit, yes, but I want you to be as warm as possible. Wear appropriate footwear to keep your feet warm as well. If you have any questions about what is acceptable, feel free to ask. The bottom line is…do what you need to do stay warm and still be able to play your instrument properly. STAY WARM, BE SMART!!

5:05 PM – Load Trailer. We are not performing the show. We only need to load the equipment we need for playing in the stands.

5:30 PM – Load Buses, Depart for Louisa
6:30 PM – Arrive at Louisa HS, Unload, Take seats in Stadium, Prep for Game.
7:30 PM – Game Time
9:30 PM – As soon as the game ends, Load Trailer, Load Buses, Leave for CHS
10:30 PM – Return to CHS, Unload Trailer, Put Everything Away
11:00 PM – Dismissal – Go Home, Get Warm, and Have a Great Weekend!!

If you have any questions or schedule conflicts with Friday, please email me and let me know.


With Pride!

Mr. Leonard

TWIB Notes – Week of October 30, 2017

Here are this week’s TWIB Notes…

Concert Band will have an after-school rehearsal on Monday, October 30th, from 2:30-4:00 in the Band Room. Attendance at this rehearsal is mandatory for all Concert Band Members. This is our only rehearsal prior to Wednesday’s Concert.

The Fall Concert is on Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium. The Concert will feature performances by The Concert Band and The Wind Ensemble. If you have any questions about the concert attire for this event, please feel free to email me.

The Royal Brigade Marching Band did a great job this past weekend at The VBODA State Marching Assessment and The Powhatan Fall Classic. These were our best shows of the season!! They received 2 Superior ratings and 5 Excellent ratings from the judges at VBODA for an overall rating of Excellent. At Powhatan, they won Best Percussion and Best Drum Major…and finished 6th out of 21 Bands in A, AA, and AAA.

The RBMB will NOT have rehearsal on Tuesday this week. We WILL rehearse on Thursday and Friday at our regular times. Friday is our final regular season home game. We will honor our Seniors this Friday. So, please come out and show your appreciation for all that they have given to the program over the past few years.


The Spotsylvania County Marching Band Showcase will be held next Monday night at Spotsylvania High School. I will be sending out more information later this week.

District Band Auditions are right around the corner (December 9th at Colonial Forge High School). ALL students are strongly encouraged to audition. We also use the District Auditions to select the Spotsylvania All-County Band. We do not hold separate auditions at the high school level. So, students who want to participate in All-County Band must audition for District Band. The District Auditions are comprised of scales (All 12 Major Scales + Chromatic), Sight Reading, and a Prepared Piece. The Prepared Pieces will be released by VBODA and will be available later this week. I will have sign up sheets posted in the Band Room starting Thursday, November 2nd. The deadline to sign up is Monday, November 27th. Guest Conductors this year are Dr. Matthew McCutchen (University of South Florida) and Alan Johnson (Westfield High School). They are both fantastic!! I would love to see 40-50 (or more) students audition this year!!

Have a great week! I look forward to seeing everyone at the Concert on Wednesday and at the Game on Friday!!

With Pride!

RBMB Competes at Oakton Classic

Congratulations to The Royal Brigade Marching Band on their 2nd Place finish in Class A at the Oakton Classic this past Saturday.  The RBMB also received awards for Best Percussion and Best Color Guard in Class A.

The RBMB will participate in the VBODA State Marching Assessment at Massaponax and will travel to Powhatan, VA for the Powhatan Fall Classic on Saturday, October 28th!

TWIB Notes – Week of October 23, 2017

Here are the notes for this week, October 23, 2017…

Concert Band and Wind Ensemble students should continue to work on their music for the Fall Concert (Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium). Call Time for Wind Ensemble is 5:45 PM.
Call Time for Concert Band is 6:15 PM. Concert Attire for the Fall Concert is as follows:

Wind Ensemble – Tuxedos and Dresses, Black Socks/Tights, Black Dress Shoes.
Concert Band – Black Dress Pants (No Jeans)/Black Skirt (Must be below the knee), White Dress Shirt (No T-Shirts or Polos), Black Dress Socks/Tights, Black Dress Shoes (No Sneakers), Ties are optional.

I will be discussing the specific expectations with each class.

There will be an after school rehearsal for Concert Band on Monday, October 30th. The rehearsal will last from 2:30-4:00 PM. We need to have everyone at this rehearsal as this is the only time we will be able to have the full band together before the concert.

The RBMB (Royal Brigade Marching Band) will have normal rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday this week. On Friday, we are going to extend our rehearsal until 6:00 PM. We are hoping to have the stadium for rehearsal on Friday and need some extra time on the grass field in preparation for the VBODA State Marching Assessment on Saturday. This Saturday, we will be travelling to Massaponax (VBODA) and to Powhatan for our final two competitions of the season. I will send out the complete itinerary for Saturday on Wednesday afternoon.

We need volunteers to help with The Knights of Pythias Bingo. They donate $500 a month to the Courtland Band Program to help with the purchase of new uniforms, concert attire, and instruments.

If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.



TWIB Notes – Week of October 2, 2017

Here are this week’s TWIB Notes:

Reminders for ALL Band Students:
1) Make sure you have turned in all your paperwork for the year.
2) Make sure you have paid the appropriate Band Class Fees.
3) Make Sure you have the correct Method Book for your class AND remember to bring it with you every day.
4) PRACTICE EVERY DAY!! All Classes will have a scale test coming up soon. Also, make sure you are working on the music for our Fall Concert on Wednesday, November 1st!!

RBMB Schedule for the week:

Regular Rehearsal Schedule on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 – 5:15 PM

Friday is an early release day for students (11:15 AM). Students should plan to stay after school for rehearsal. STUDENTS SHOULD BRING A LUNCH TO SCHOOL (Cafeteria does not serve lunch on half days). Rehearsal will begin at 12:00 PM (Noon). We will be working on Music in sections throughout the afternoon (Approx. 12-2:30). We will take a break at 2:30 (Students may bring snacks for the break – No one may leave school during this break). We will work outside on Drill and Visuals from 3:00-5:00. We will pack up at 5:00 and students will be dismissed at 5:15 PM. THERE IS NO GAME FOR THE RBMB ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

Saturday, 10/7, The RBMB will compete in the Spotsylvania Invitational at Spotsylvania High School. Call time for Saturday will be 9:30 AM. We will be rehearsing prior to loading/getting ready to leave for the competition. The itinerary for Saturday will be emailed out on Wednesday of this week.

If you have any questions about things that are going on with the Courtland Bands, please email me.

Have A Great Week!!

With Pride!!

Mr. Leonard

TWIB Notes – Week of 9/25/17

Here are the TWIB Notes for this week…

Chair Placement Auditions are currently taking place for all Concert Band and Wind Ensemble students. We hope to have those wrapped up on Wednesday of this week. Placements will be posted on Thursday morning by the end of Cougar AM.

Reminder – Students are reminded to make sure they have the correct books for their class. Don’t forget to bring the books with you to every rehearsal.

Students are strongly encouraged to use Cougar AM as a time to come to the Band Room and practice. There is limited space in the practice rooms, but students are welcome to work throughout the Band Room. This is a great time to hold sectional rehearsals, to work with other students, or to simply get in some individual practice time.

Students should have received an invitation to join their respective ensembles in Google Classroom. The invitations were sent out to their student GAPPS email addresses. Please, make sure that you follow the instructions in the email to accept the invitation to “join” the class/ensemble. We will use Google Classroom for many of our assignments throughout the year. Playing Tests and Listening Assignments will all be posted in and collected through Google Classroom. If you did not receive the email invitations, please let me know. I can give you the class codes and you can join through Google Classroom. Additionally, Google Classroom has a free “App” that you can download for iOS and Android Devices. While this is not required, it is highly recommended.

Coffee Fundraiser – We have just started a fundraiser for the Courtland Bands. We are selling Coffee!! We are partnering with Orange County Roasters, a local coffee roaster, to offer 12 oz. Bags of Coffee (Whole Bean or Ground) for $12 per bag. We are offering 7 different types of coffee. It is great coffee!!! I have attached a copy of the order form for you to print. Orders are due by October, 11, 2017. The purpose of this fundraiser is to give students an opportunity earn points for their Band Account. These points can be applied to their band fees(dues), trips, etc. Students earn 5.5 points for each bag of coffee sold.

The RBMB will have a normal rehearsal schedule this week – Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:00-5:15 PM. On Friday, we have our second home game of the season against Chancellor. This will also be our Middle School Band Night.

On Saturday, the RBMB travels to Hermitage High School for the Hermitage Classic Band Competition. We perform at 1:30 PM. Come out and support the RBMB! The itinerary for this weekend (Friday and Saturday) will be emailed out on Wednesday afternoon!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Riverbend this past Saturday to cheer on the RBMB! Special Thanks to our amazing Chaperones and Pit Crew!! You ALL are the BEST!!!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Have a Great Week!!

TWIB Notes – Week of 9/18/17

Here are the TWIB Notes for this week…

The RBMB will have rehearsals on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:00-5:15 PM.

CBPA (Courtland Band Parents Association) will meet on Tuesday, September 19th, at 7:30 PM in the Band Room. Executive Board will meet at 6:30, prior to the general meeting.

The RBMB will participate in the Emerald Invitational Marching Band Clinic at Riverbend High School on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Call Time for ALL RBMB Members will be 10:00 AM. Our performance time is 1:25 PM. A detailed itinerary will be emailed out to all RBMB Members and Parents on Wednesday. Please come out and support the RBMB!!

Chair Placement Auditions for The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will be held next Monday and Wednesday (during our scheduled class time). The format of the auditions will follow that of the VBODA District Band Auditions. Students will be required to perform selected major scales and/or rudiments, the chromatic scale, a prepared piece (distributed in class), and level appropriate sight reading. The specific requirements have been covered in class. If you have any questions about the requirements for these auditions, please email Mr. Leonard.

All Band Students are encouraged to use the time during Cougar AM to come to the Band Room and PRACTICE. I am more than willing to work with individuals or groups who want extra help. Section Leaders should consider using this time to meet with their sections to work on problem spots in the music (Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, etc.).


TWIB Notes – Week of 9/11/17

Good Evening! Here are this week’s TWIB Notes…

  • Thanks to all the RBMB members and parents for all their work in making Saturday’s Tag Day event a huge success!
  • RBMB Members, please remember to turn in your March-a-Thon money as soon as possible.
  • Students in all Band Classes will be getting their rules quiz back on Monday and Tuesday. They will be bringing the quizzes home to explain our Class Rules and Consequences to the parents. Quizzes are to be signed and returned to Mr. Leonard.
  • Forms and Fees for all Band Classes are due no later than Thursday, 9/14.
  • Please, remember to purchase the appropriate method books for your class and bring them with you as soon as possible.
  • RBMB will practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-5:15. THERE IS NO REHEARSAL ON FRIDAY THIS WEEK.

Have a great week! 

With Pride,
Mr. Leonard