I know, I know... It went by WAY TOO FAST!!! As much as I've wanted time to slow down for a little bit, it just keeps pushing ahead. The new school year is upon us and we will soon be immersed in all things band. All of those feelings of anxiety, nervousness, excitement, remorse (for the end of summer), etc... They cover us like a familiar back to school blanket. I wish each and every one of you a calm and completely stress-free school year! (One can hope, right?)
Our annual SCMMEA Summer Meeting is rapidly approaching. Like last year, the meeting will be held at Parkview High School. Breakfast items will be available at 8:30am and lunch will be provided at around 11:45am. Between those 2 delicious meals, we've got a great schedule lined up for the band folks this year!
If you are wondering how to improve or build a great relationship with your staff and administration, we've got a great session with Phil Milligan. As a former band director, principal, and now, University supervisor, Phil has a unique perspective on teacher-administrator correspondence. It should be a great presentation, especially for all of our new educators!
And for the first time in quite a while, we will be having a reading session! BRING YOUR HORNS!!! If you are a doubler, tripler, quadrupler, bring them all! We should be able to establish a decent instrumentation if everyone participates. There was a lot of interest in this session and JW Pepper has picked out a great lineup of tunes from the likes of Gary D. Ziek, Robert Sheldon, Brian Balmages, and more. There's everything from beginner level to some "meat and potatoes" for us to sink our teeth into! We can even discuss sightreading practices and procedures! A special thank you to those who have volunteered to spend some time on the podium!
If you plan to attend this year's summer meeting please fill out the following link so we can have an accurate head count for food: https://forms.gle/hZsqNF6v88swQjMN8
Also, we are in the process of trying to make sure that all of our records are up to date. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the link below. Even if your information hasn't changed! YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER STUDENTS FOR DISTRICT LEVEL EVENTS WITHOUT FILLING THIS OUT FIRST!
Lastly, just in case you might have missed it, the SCMMEA has a new website! It's extremely user-friendly and filled with a ton of info! If you haven't had the chance to check it out yet, here's the link: www.scmmea-9.org
Once again, I look forward to visiting with all of you at the meeting and throughout the school year! As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions let me know!
See you soon!