In the Band Room: September 9-13

2019-2020 Welcome Letter

September 9, 2019

Welcome back, everyone!

Whether you are a new or returning hawk, I am so excited to see you and begin making music with you all. Please read below for announcements and important dates to add to your calendar!

Concerts

Dates: Winter Concert-- December 16, 2018 / Spring Concert-- May 18, 2019
Location: Concerts will be at Sanderson High School (5500 Dixon Drive).
Attendance: Please remember that concert attendance is not optional
Attire: Formal, all black, or black bottoms and white top.
 

Instrument Rental Meeting and New Parent Orientation

New Band Parents: Please join us in the band room this Thursday, September 12th at 6:00pm for the New Parent Orientation. We understand that band is a different world, and would like to help you through the beginning stages! We will discuss expectations, grades, and more. A Big Note Music, Inc representative will also be joining us to discuss instrument rentals. 
 


School-owned Instruments

We spend close to $2500 in repairs and maintenance of our school-owned instruments. To offset these costs, students who are borrowing one of these instruments will be asked to pay a one-time $45 fee. Thank you for understanding. 
 

2019-20 Honor Bands

* Only 7th and 8th grade students are eligible to audition for honor bands. *

All-County
Audition:  October 22, 2018 at Carnage Middle School
Clinic: November 14-15, 2018 at Martin Middle School

All-District
Audition: January 11, 2020 {snow date: 1/18} at Middle Creek High School
Clinic: January 31-February 1, 2020 {snow date: 2/7-8} at Millbrook High School

For All-County, students will perform the indicated cut of the assigned solo, 5 scales, and a sight-reading. For All-District the entire solo needs to be prepared and scales need to be memorized. Music and more audition details can be found on your grade's page. 


Handbook Agreement & Contact Information

Please be sure to read over the handbook and sign the "Handbook Agreement & Contact Information" form. You may print this and return it with your student or you may fill it out at this link. The handbook can be found on the Documents page. 


In the Band Room: December 10-14

Please read below for this week’s updates.

Winter Concert—Important Details

The winter concert is this coming Monday, December 17th, at 6:30pm at Sanderson High School!! We are so excited to share with you what we have been working on this semester!

Please read below for information:

  • Students should arrive at the SHS auditorium at 6:00pm. Enter the high school through the bus/stadium entrance, not the main entrance.

  • Students should leave their cases in their cars.

  • Parents, please wait until doors open at 6:20pm to enter the auditorium.

  • Students should wear proper concert attire (black shoes, black socks, black bottoms, white or black tops). Students may wear a festive “accessory” such as holiday/winter-related ties, earrings, etc.

  • If your student is going to need a ride, please arrange that ASAP. Let me know if I can be of assistance.

  • Our concerts also serve as our no-fuss fundraisers, so invite lots of people! We are currently fundraising to buy more tubas. Remember that we have a HUGE auditorium, so there will be plenty of seating! Cash and checks (made out to HABB) are welcome!

Playing Tests

Students need to send in a recording of their concert pieces, with the metronome clicking in the background, to my email (lburrell@wcpss.net) by Sunday evening at 9pm. Please check the grade tabs for specific details.

All-District Registration Fee

If your student signed up for all-district, please send in their registration fee of $8.00 ASAP. We had a whopping 26 students register to audition!! More details to come soon.

T-Shirts

T-shirts will be here the week we get back from break!

7th & 8th Grade Band Books:

There are still students who haven’t brought in money for books. Please check the previous weeks’ announcements for the prices.

Mark Your Calendars!

- Winter Concert (!!!): Monday, December 17th at 6:30pm in the Sanderson High School auditorium.

- All District Auditions: Saturday, January 5th, at Southeast Guilford High School

Follow us on Twitter! @HilburnBand

In the Band Room: November 26-30

Please read below for this week’s updates.

7th & 8th Grade Band Books:

Please send in money for your student’s band books!

7th grade books are $15.95 for non-percussionists, and $18.32 for percussionists.

8th Grade books are $7.96 for non-percussionists, and $10.36 for percussionists. If your student needs a yellow book, please add $7.96 to the total.

Extra-help sessions: Mornings 7:45-8:10am

Below is the regular schedule we will use, unless otherwise posted, for the remainder of the year. This is time that can be used for extra help on concert pieces, audition music, or just extra practice time.

Mondays- Low Brass (euphonium, trombone, tuba)
Tuesdays- High Brass (trumpet, French horn)
Wednesdays- Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophone)
Thursdays- Percussion
Fridays- everyone is welcome!

Band T-shirt Order: Due THIS Friday, 11.30.18

We only make one order a year! We wear our shirts to school on concert days, during field trips, and other band activities. If you are new to the band program, please plan on ordering a t-shirt. If you are not new, please make sure that your student’s old t-shirt fits (especially 8TH GRADERS)! Make checks payable to HABB (Hilburn Academy Band Boosters). Click HERE to print a form.

Mark Your Calendars!

- Winter Concert (!!!): Monday, December 17th at 6:30pm in the Sanderson High School auditorium.
*Please be sure to have proper concert attire! Check pg. 7 of the handbook for details.

- All-District Registration Due Date: December 5th

- All District Auditions: Saturday, January 5th, at Southeast Guilford High School

Follow us on Twitter! @HilburnBand

In the Band Room: November 19-20

Happy Thanksgiving!

Through all the holiday craziness, I hope everyone has a Thanksgiving full of family and love. I hope that you all know how thankful I am for you and for the honor that it is to be able to teach your students!

A couple of quick updates…

Band Books

If you have not paid for your student’s band book, please send in money on Monday! Checks can be written to HABB (Hilburn Academy Band Boosters).

6th Grade Books:
If your student IS NOT a percussionist, your book costs: $8.79
If your student IS a percussionist, your book costs: $14.39

7th Grade Books:
If your student IS NOT a percussionist, your two books cost: $15.95
If your student IS a percussionist, your two books costs: $18.32

8th Grade Books:
If your student IS NOT a percussionist, your green book costs: $7.96
If your student IS a percussionist, your green book costs: $10.36
*If your student needs a yellow book, the cost is $7.96.

Band T-shirt Order: Due on Friday, 11.30.18

Students have received the order form for t-shirts and hoodies. All students, ESPECIALLY 8TH GRADERS, should have a t-shirt. We wear them to school on concert days, during field trips, and other band activities. If you are new to the band program, please plan on ordering a t-shirt. If you are not new, please make sure that your student’s old t-shirt fits! Make checks payable to HABB (Hilburn Academy Band Boosters). Click HERE to print a form.

Mark Your Calendars!!

- Winter Concert: Monday, December 17th at 6:30pm in the Sanderson High School auditorium.
*Please be sure to have proper concert attire! Check pg. 7 of the handbook for details.
- All-District Registration Due Date: December 5th
- All District Auditions: Saturday, January 5th, at Southeast Guilford High School

Follow us on Twitter! @HilburnBand

In the Band Room: November 5-9

Dear Band Family,

Can you believe that the first quarter has come and gone? Although it was a strange 9 weeks, we are still making good progress here! Please read below for some updates.

Band Books are Here!

Please send in a check, written to HABB (Hilburn Academy Band Boosters), or cash in an envelope with your student’s name on it.

6th Grade Books:
If your student IS NOT a percussionist, your book costs: $8.79
If your student IS a percussionist, your book costs: $14.39

7th Grade Books:
If your student IS NOT a percussionist, your two books cost: $15.95
If your student IS a percussionist, your two books costs: $18.32

8th Grade Books:
If your student IS NOT a percussionist, your green book costs: $7.96
If your student IS a percussionist, your green book costs: $10.36
*If your student needs a yellow book, the cost is $7.96.

All-County Results

On October 23rd, we had 6 students audition for the All-County Honor Band. These students put in countless hours of work and competed against hundreds of the best players in the county.

Congratulations to 8th graders Samantha Lazo-Ortiz, Nathaniel Tucker, and 7th grader Cole Groff for making the band! If you’d like to see these musicians in action, join us for the All-County Honor Band concert at the auditorium of Ligon Magnet Middle School on Friday, November 16th, at 7pm.

Mark Your Calendars!!

- Donuts will be sold by the Band Boosters THIS FRIDAY (11/9/2018) during morning arrival.
- Winter Concert: Monday, December 17th at 6:30pm in the Sanderson High School auditorium.
*Please be sure to have proper concert attire! Check pg. 7 of the handbook for details.
- All-District Registration Due Date: December 5th
- All District Auditions: Saturday, January 5th, at Southeast Guilford High School

Follow us on Twitter: @HilburnBand

In the Band Room: Sept. 10-14

Hello parents! I hope everyone is having a great week. Please read below for some announcements.

6th grade

· Please click here for a summary of what was shared at the meeting last week.

· If everyone has an instrument, we should be ready to start instruments this coming Monday!

· If you haven’t already, please be sure to fill out the “Handbook Agreement and Parent Contact Information” form.

7th grade

· We are having weekly playing quizzes every Friday. Please be sure your students are practicing!

· Please fill out the “Handbook Agreement and Parent Contact Information” form.

8th grade

· We are having weekly playing quizzes every Friday. Please be sure your students are practicing!

· Please fill out the “Handbook Agreement and Parent Contact Information” form.

In the Band Room: September 4th-7th

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. It has been a great first week in the Hilburn band room! Lots of music and progress being made already! I will be posting some videos soon 😊 Please read below for some general news, as well as grade-specific details. 

  • I will be ordering our books this Friday. Please let me know (or have your student let me know) if I don’t need to get a book for you.
  • Please be sure to fill out the "Handbook Agreement and Parent Contact Information" form by Monday, September 10th. Click on this link to fill it out electronically or click here for the printable form.

6th Grade
It was great to meet so many of you at last night’s meeting! Please click here for a summary of the information that was shared. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

7th Grade
There will be a playing quiz on #26 in the book, as well as a written test on the fingerings of the first five notes this Friday, September 7th. This is review from last year.

8th Grade
There will be a playing quiz on #18 in the blue book this Friday, September 7th. The 8th graders already have their first concert piece, and it is HARD. They have PLENTY to practice!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

All-County Band Results 2016

8th grader, Nikita Varma (alto saxophone), was chosen as Hilburn's representative at the All-County Honor Band this year. Nikita did a fabulous job of representing us and even played a beautiful solo at the concert! Congratulations!