The St. Mary's Band Booster Club held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, September 18th. Thank you to all parents who attended this important meeting. Our executive for this coming year is: President - Mike Duell, Vice President - Lisa Johnston, Treasurer - Rose Ginther, and Secretary, Terri Grimson. Our first executive meeting of the year Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 in the band room All parents are welcome to attend.

The Band Booster Club has started it's fundraisers for this year. This year, we are starting with magazine subscriptions. The Magazine fundraiser raises funds for the band program as a whole to purchase instruments, music, uniforms, festival registration and transportation. If you wish, you can purchase online at Our school online code is 3695640 All orders need to be back to the school by Wednesday, October 10th. If you have any questions, or need extra booklets or order forms, please contact Mr. Makarchuk at or call him at 223-3165.

At the same time, the Band Booster Club is selling items from the Dielemans catalogues. Funds from this program go towards the individual accounts of students. Please ensure that these orders are in by October 10th as well. All Dieleman products will be delivered to the school by mid-November. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure the products they sell get to the purchaser.

Junior and Senior Band students are reminded that the spring trip permission forms and $100 deposit are due Wednesday, October 10th. If you have any questions, or need a new form, please see Mr. Makarchuk

A reminder to all band students that our first public performance is the Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 in the school gym. All students need to have a white dress shirt with no writing on it, or a white sweater, and a black pair of pants or skirt.

Grade 6-8 band students are reminded that they are to be handing in a practice sheet EVERY week. To receive full marks, students must practice 70 minutes per week. Extra practice sheets are available in the band room. Please remember that practice sheets are worth 10% of the band mark.

All band students are reminded that they need to hand in a Home Performance Assignment every calendar month. Forms are available in the band room and are due the first school day of the new month. Students are responsible for playing for an adult at home and having them fill out an evaluation form, as well as the student filling out a self-evaluation. Grade 6's will complete their first assignment in October. October's Home Performance Assignments are due November 1st.

The St. Mary's library has a collection of supplemental music books that are available for band students to check out. These are more popular pieces in the classical, jazz, rock and pop fields. Each one comes with a play-along cd that allows the student to hear background music during the song. These are a great idea for students to get in extra practice minutes, as well as just having fun on their instruments.

The St. Mary's Jazz Band is up and running again. The band is open to students from grades 7-12 and they meet every Tuesday from 3:20-4:20. Please see Mr. Makarchuk for more details.



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