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CHRISTMAS PARADE INFORMATION

** UPDATE **

Rochester Parade has been CANCELLED FOR SUNDAY BUT ON FOR MONDAY.

Bring lights so you can read your music!

MONDAY SCHEDULE
3:00 PM       Select Singers Rehearsal
4:00 PM Meet at SHS / Jazz Band Rehearsal
5:30 PM Step off out front of school
7:00 PM Approx. return time to school

PARADE UNIFORMS:
Please wear long thermal undergarments under your uniform and NOT shorts, jeans or other kinds of long pants. It creates a bulky and disheveled look, especially when those other pant legs hang out of your uniform (and they will). Dress in layers for warmth, but use clothing appropriate to the task that won't create unnecessary bulk and keeps the intended look of the uniform intact.

Thanks!


VILLAGE WEEK ANNOUNCEMENTS!!

REMINDERS FOR NEXT WEEK!

The holiday crunch is upon us! PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Time is running out!

1) If the parade on Sunday is rained out or otherwise cancelled then the rain date for the Parade is Monday evening (12/3) and we are committed to perform. Let's all cross our fingers that the weather holds out on Sunday!

2) No lessons on Tuesday (12/4) except for Mr. Ciaglo's saxophone make-up lessons.

3) Wednesday (12/5): Tech crew begins setup at the Community Center at 11AM. Parents will be building the tree and sets Wednesday evening. Some responsible and motivated students will be needed to assist with this work Talk to the directors if interested. Be ready to work ... this will not be a social event though it can be lots of fun!

4) Thursday (12/6): Setup continues through the day. MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL 3-8PM for all students. This was announced back in September and went home on the green sheet entitled "Important Reminders September 2018."

5) Friday (12/7): Dress Rehearsals continue throughout the school day. FRIDAY LESSONS will happen per usual, but at the Community Center rather than SHS.

VILLAGE PERFORMANCES:
Friday 12/7 @ 7PM, Student Call Time 5:30 PM
Saturday 12/8 @ 1:00 PM, Student Call Time 11:30AM
Saturday 12/8 @ 7PM, Student Call Time 5:30 PM

ALL STUDENTS must stay following the Saturday evening performance to assist the striking the Community Center and moving everything back to the high school. Students will be required to check out with a director. Plan for a late night.



GROUP & PRIVATE LESSON PROGRAM

Yesterday students were given information and sign-up sheets for our Group & Private Lesson Program. Attached is that same information. This is an excellent way for students to make faster improvements in their playing, and since taking lessons (either through us or someone else) is one of the requirements of receiving Enriched or Honors credit this program makes it easy to accomplish. Sign-up forms are due no later than Tuesday 9/18 and lessons start Tuesday 9/25!



EXTRA BAND REHEARSAL

Don't forget that our next extra after-school evening band rehearsal is this Friday, September 14th, from 3 - 9PM.



THANKS SO MUCH FOR SUPPORTING OUR
MATTRESS SALE FUNDRAISER!


We ended up selling almost 70 mattresses in our first year and a large number of sheet sets and pillows as well!!



STAY IN TOUCH!

If you have not already done so, please join the Remind lists so you can get timely updates THEN read below for the latest information!

Sign up for BAND Remind List (Percussion & Guard should also sign up for their lists below)
Sign up for PARENTS/MUSIC BOOSTERS Remind List (Students should NOT sign up for this list)



EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
HONORS/ENRICHED CREDIT 
FOR 
BAND & CHORUS

For those looking for information on what requirements must be met to qualify for honors or enriched credit. Please note that this information was distributed to students both verbally and in written form.

HONORS CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
  • Must attend ALL rehearsals and performances.
  • Must exhibit proper behavior and rehearsal procedures with full preparation and with all music present and prepared for rehearsal.
  • Will be tested prior to the end of the semester one and semester two in a jury format with the directors grading your musicianship progress.
  • Enrollment in and regular attendance at one or more of the following additional musical experiences:
    • SHS Group & Private Lesson Program
    • Private Lessons w/ 3rd Party Instructor - preferably weekly (evidence must be provided)
    • SHS Select Chorus (by audition), NH Youth Band, Strafford Wind Ensemble, Seacoast Wind Ensemble, or equivalent
  • Must audition for the NH All-State Music Festival and thoroughly prepare all materials prior to the application deadline. The audition date is November 18th at a time TBD. (Credit is not contingent upon acceptance to the festival, but rather on good-faith preparation and the process of auditioning.)
  • Performance in the June Honors Recital is expected, however an advance audition with the directors will be the final determining factor.
  • Chorus students must have all of their music prepared and memorized well in advance of a performance so that they are able to lead sectionals and help others.
  • Band students must devote time to leading student sectionals and helping others learn their music. Will always have their own music 100% learned and memorized for marching band and 100% playable for concert band no later than two weeks prior to the concert or performance.
  • Instrumentalists (Band) must be able to play all the notes on your instrument, with the exception of the bottom two or top two for semester 1. All notes must be playable for semester 2.
  • Instrumentalists must be able to play ALL concert flat scales by the end of semester 1 and ALL concert major scales (including the sharp scales) by the end of semester 2.
ENRICHED CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
  • Must meet ALL of the above requirements EXCEPT the NH All-State Audition. Also, performance in the Honors recital is NOT expected, but students may audition for a slot with the directors in advance.


ONLINE ACCOUNT PAYMENTS NOW AVAILABLE!

The Spaulding Music Department is excited to announce that we are now able to accept online credit card payments for fees and other bills through our CHARMS Parent/Student Portal using PayPal (no account required - just use the guest checkout option)! This is just one of several new features offered through the system with others to follow in the future. 

Students were recently supplied with their Charms ID # and a one-sheet that explains how to log on to the system. A copy of the instructions can be found HERE. Ask your child for their ID number, or contact 
Kate Hayward or Ron Goodwin for assistance. 

Please Note: A small surcharge will be added to each transaction to cover processing fees charged by PayPal. 

We hope this service provides you a welcome alternative to sending money or checks in with your students, however you may also continue to pay using any of the methods with which you have in the past. 



Important Ways We Communicate Information
We use several methods to communicate important information to our students and their parents. 

For information on the ways in which we communicate official information to both students and parents as well as for instructions on how to sign up please visit our Ways We Communicate page or click on the tab in the menu above.
CONTACT INFORMATION
SPAULDING MUSIC
130 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 
03867

(603) 332-0757
ext. 2162 

DIRECTORS
Joanne Houston, chair
Cheryl Richardson
Ron Goodwin

ADMIN. ASST.
Kate Hayward

Website maintained by the SHS Music Dept.
for more info. contact:
Ron Goodwin

Remind Text Sign-Ups
E-Mail List Sign Up
ONLINE COMMUNICATION REMINDER

STUDENTS:
Please, be extra careful when you are communicating with people via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Sometimes what we say online can be misinterpreted when there is no facial expression or body language present to reinforce our meaning. Emojis and emoticons only do part of that job for us. 

Poorly worded messages can hurt feelings and get unsubstantiated rumors started.


 EQUIPMENT CARE REMINDER
STUDENTS: We have spent an extreme amount of money for the resources we use on a daily basis. This includes instruments, music, electronics, infrastructure, etc. For example, the drumline battery cost us over $15,000, tubas cost $4,000/each, baritone horns $1,800, French horns $1,500, Baritone Saxophones $3,000 ... and the list goes on!

We cannot afford to be careless with all of the wonderful things we have worked to own!

Please be gentle and careful with the equipment and our area. Pick up after yourselves and make the space cleaner for the next person. Always put instruments in cases and lockers when not in use. Make the area presentable for guests.

We are fortunate that we have this space and equipment to share, DON’T ABUSE THE PRIVILEGE, or you will LOSE IT!