Any student who is using a school instruments is reminded to get their instrument rental sheets in, signed by a parent, and their $70.00 rental fee in to the school so that they can be issued an instrument right away. Grade 6 parents are reminded that if they are providing their own instrument, it needs to be at the school by Monday, September 24th.

The St. Mary's Band Booster Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, September 18th at 7:00 in the band room. Although this meeting will not be long, it is very important to the ongoing strength of the St. Mary's band program. We have almost 100% of our instruments rented out to students. It is important that we start adding to our inventory to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to take band. All students who are in band are asked to have at least one parent at this meeting so we can get this year off to a good start. We will also be discussing our Senior Band major trip in the spring of 2020.

The St. Mary's Band Booster Club will begin selling magazine subscriptions in the last week of September for our first fundraising activity. Funds raised by this activity help to run the club for the school year. We will also be selling Dieleman's chocolates and gift products at that time. Funds raised from that project will go into the students' individual accounts. More information will be available in a few weeks.

The St. Mary's Jazz Band will hold its first rehearsal on Tuesday, September 26th from 3:20 to 4:20 in the band room. Students registered in band class at St. Mary's from grades 7-12 are welcome to attend. Traditionally, only saxes, trombones, and trumpets play in the jazz band, but we will accommodate any instrument played in the St. Mary's Band. In addition, drummers, piano players, electric and bass guitar players are welcome. Anyone interested in playing in the Jazz Band must be enrolled in band at St. Mary's. If you are interested, please see Mr. Makarchuk before this date.

All band students, from grades 6-12 will be completing a Home Performance Assignment every month. Students will be required to take their instrument home and play for a parent, grandparent, or other adult and have them fill out an evaluation form. Students will also be completing a self evaluation of their performance. Forms will be available the second week of September and are due back the first school day of the next month. (September's form is due October 1st) Grade 6's do not have to complete the September assignment.

Grade 6-8 band students will be required to fill out a weekly practice sheet. Students need to practice 70 minutes per week to receive full marks. Sheets are available in the band room. Grade 7-8 students start practice sheets September 11th, while grade 6's will start October 2nd.


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