A big thank you to everyone for a great first concert and
pulling off 8 performances in 16 days! Please visit the Band Calendar to be aware of upcoming
rehearsals and holiday parade/concert performances, All County Band Feb. 7-8
(Primarily Wind Ensemble), and solo and Ensemble Feb. 21.
KWHS Band is now subscribed to Remind 101 (Text messages) which sends one way text
messages to students/parents, please follow the directions later in this email
to receive these messages (i.e. Text Message: Buses are running late, arrive at
KWHS c. 4:00pm).
you haven’t watched Ohio State’s Hollywood marching band show yet, check it out:
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Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7th-Report by 6:15pm to the Bayview
Park basketball court: Students
will need to wear their red band shirt, band issued black shorts, white socks,
and appropriate closed toe shoes. If the weather is cold, please wear
another shirt or light sweater underneath
your band shirt. You may decorate yourself and your instrument within reason (you must still be
able to march and play at the same time). Step off is at 7:00pm, we will
likely be 1st or near the beginning of the parade this year. Please be on time with your instrument and
music as we will rehearse starting in the parade block right at 6:15pm. We will
need several trucks to transport instruments to Bayview and at the end of the
parade to bring them back to KWHS. The
band room will be open at 5:30 for 15 minutes to load, please be here to help
or make arrangements for your instrument.
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Combined Concert on both December 11th and 12th at
- This is a combined concert with the Choir & Band
programs. Concert attire and report time of 6:30pm. We are
doing a mass concert band for a few pieces combining Wind Ensemble and
Symphonic Band. The percussion ensemble, jazz band, and Colorguard
will also perform. We will be accepting donations at the door for
entry and will have concessions as well.
band will be running the concession stand on Dec. 12th
(Thursday), we will need baked goods and personnel for both of these
evenings. The 11th will
have 3-600 and 12th 6-900 people attending. More info to come next week.
*Solo & Ensemble on Saturday, February 21st (Prepare
- This is an exceptional
opportunity to grow as a musician and show off your talent on your
instrument in a small ensemble setting or with a solo with piano
accompaniment. The musical growth gained by preparing a solo at a
high level can advance a student 1-2 years in terms of ability level in a
matter of two months as compared to those who do not participate. WE
HIGHLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO GO FOR IT regardless of their perceived
- All Colorguard students will be
required to prepare a solo, music will be selected with Mr.
Hernandez. This event is held the same day at Key West High School.
This is in addition to the Winter Guard show (ensemble).
- Solo and Ensemble is a Florida
Bandmasters Association event at KWHS that is adjudicated by an individual
- ALL students are encouraged to
participate; it is required of juniors & seniors to receive honors
credit (raises weighted GPA etc.).
Away from the Lower Keys most middle school students have 2-3 years
of experience participating in this event.
All 9th-10th graders are absolutely
encouraged to participate, selecting a grade 3 would be appropriate unless
taking private lessons.
- Music must be selected off of
the FBA list located at http://www.flmusiced.org/fba/dnn/Portals/0/MusicLists/2013SoloEnsembleMasterListRev11-2013.pdf
- Music should be ordered now to begin
sure that the composer/arranger/edition is the same as the one on the FBA
list before you complete your order. Please NUMBER all measures and parts
of YOUR MUSIC.
- The band program owns a few
solos for each instrument, however, they may not be complete.
- The grading system (difficulty
level of each piece) is from 1-7,high school students must play a level 3
- 9th-10th graders should be at a
level 3, 11th-12th 4 or higher. If you wish to advance to the state
level you must receive a superior rating at district while playing a 5 or
higher. It is not recommended that you play anything higher than a 5
unless you are taking private lessons on your instrument. Students
may play in both a solo and ensemble entry but should not do more than
- Students will receive a medal
signifying their accomplishment if they receive a superior rating.
- Most solos require a piano
accompaniment. Students may use SmartMusic (a computer program) for
this or hire an accompanist. You will need to check to see if your
piece of music is in SmartMusic before purchasing/committing to it.
. Students will not be registered
unless their music is in SmartMusic or they have proof that they have
hired an accompanist.
- You will need to sign up by
December 17th with Mr. Hernandez. There is a fee to be
judged and the band program covers this as long as you attend the event
- You will need to let Mr.
Hernandez know the piece title, accompanist, and other persons in the
Band – Remind 101
WHAT IS REMIND101 AND WHY IS IT
Remind101 is a one-way text
messaging. With Remind101, all personal information remains completely
confidential. Teachers will never see your phone number, nor will you ever see
Text the code next corresponding to
the class or group below to this number: 407-278-4768
Jazz Band: @conchjazz
Wind Ensemble: @wind3
Symphonic Band: @sym4
Band Parents: @helpband