TWIB Notes – February 19, 2018

Here are this weeks notes and reminders…

Congratulations to the Winter Drum Line on their 1st Place finish in PSA at the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) Competition at Forest Park this past Saturday!

Congratulations, also, to the Winter Guard!! They placed 7th out of 13 groups in the SRA2 Division at Forest Park!!

Both groups are off to a fantastic start and are working really hard. If you get a chance to come out and see one of their shows, you will be amazed at what these students are doing! They will be competing through March, leading up to AIA Championships in April. Please, check the calendar for their competition dates and come out to support them!!

Winter Drum Line will have rehearsals this week on M, W, F from 6:00-9:00 PM
Winter Guard will rehearse on T, Th from 6:00-8:00 PM

Tuesday Night, 2/20, the Executive Board will meet at 6:00 PM in the Music Office. Our monthly Band Parent meeting will be held at 7:30 in the Band Room. See you there!!

Wind Ensemble will have rehearsal after school on Wednesday, 2/21, from 2:30-4:00 PM. This is our first after-school rehearsal to get ready for the District Assessment in March. These rehearsals are required and are a part of the performance grade for the 3rd nine weeks. Students who are trying out for Spring Sports need to speak with me prior to Wednesday’s rehearsal.

All-Virginia Band Auditions will be held this Saturday at James Madison University. Good Luck to Riley and Nate as they will be representing Courtland at the auditions and will be competing for a spot in the All-Virginia Band. All-Virginia Band will be held on April 5-7, 2018 in Richmond.

As a reminder, if you can help with the Knights of Pythias Bingo events on Sundays and Mondays, please sign up in CHARMS. If you aren’t sure how to do that, you can contact Josh LeBlanc, cbpa2ndvp@gmail.com, to let him know that you would like to help.

Students are currently working on Class Schedules for next year. It is my hope that every student that is currently enrolled in one of our band classes will continue next year…and throughout their four years at Courtland. Band WILL fit in your schedule…regardless of the type of diploma you are seeking. If you plan properly, there is no reason that you can’t take band for all four years…which is what it takes to build and maintain a solid program. Band should not be a one-year, “check the box”, “got my Fine Arts credit I need to graduate” type of class. You reap the full benefits of being a part of a school music education program over the four years you are in High School. Please, if you are thinking about not taking band next year…if you are having problems with scheduling band…or if you have any questions about the scheduling process and how band can fit,  come and talk to me. Please, remember…I am not trying to make Music Majors out of every single student in the band. That is not realistic. I am, however, trying to help you prepare for your future…in whatever field you choose…and I am a firm believer that being a part of a high school music program is a very important part of that preparation. I hope you will all choose to stay in band and to help me as we welcome a new group of Freshmen into the Courtland Band Family. We need ALL of you!!

Thanks to everyone for all their hard work in providing our students with the best possible experience in a High School Music Program!!

With Pride!

Mr. Leonard

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