WELCOME TO BAND AT BERT BOWES 2015/16!

You and your family are now part of a district band program that has won critical acclaim locally, provincially and nationally! Research tells us that there are few activities that require more of the brain than playing music. Studying music helps develop: memory, teamwork, time management, problem solving, communications, concentration, self esteem, hand-eye coordination, standards of excellence, goal setting, and self-expression, just to name a few things.  We are so happy that you and your student agree that taking part in band is important for his/her growth. Together we will ensure a successful year ahead! Please remember to sign the letter of Mutual Consent at the end of this brochure.

Ms. Aulin email. jbrooks@prn.bc.ca

BAND AT BERT BOWES

Band at Bert Bowes follows the regular schedule of classes every other day. This ensures band class will be either 2 or 3 – 70 minute classes per week. Please take a look at the Bert Bowes Middle School 2015/16 Bell Schedule on page 8 of the agenda.

At Bert Bowes different grades take part in different performance opportunities. The Grade 8/9 band performs at the Remembrance Day ceremony. Grades 7-9 will perform at the Winter and Spring concert.

DISTRICT BAND

Bert Bowes Band students are automatically part of the district band program. As members of the district band, Bert Bowes students meet with their large performance group on Wednesday nights throughout the year. Night band begins September 30 until November 25, 2015 followed by a Christmas break and resumes January 13 to May 4, 2016. Schedule for night band is as follows:

Grade 7 Wednesdays: 5:30-6:45pm @ Bert Bowes bandroom

Grade 8/9  Wednesdays: 7:00-8:30pm @ Bert Bowes bandroom

PLEASE NOTE: NIGHT BAND IS A NECESSARY PART OF OUR BAND PROGRAM. IF STUDENTS MUST MISS A NIGHT BAND REHEARSAL THEY MUST CONTACT THEIR DAY TIME BAND TEACHER AHEAD OF THE MISSED REHEARSAL BY PHONE OR EMAIL. MS GUNN PH. 250-785-8378 AND EMAIL sgunn@prn.bc.ca or MS AULIN PH. 250-794-8473 AND EMAIL naulin@prn.bc.ca

SD#60 Band Costs:

Method books: $10.00

District instrument rental: $45.00

Grade 8/9 performance shirt: $30.00

Reed and cleaning supplies: various

IMPORTANT SD#60 BAND DATES

Rental Night: September 23, 4:30-8:00PM, Bert Bowes Band Room

SD#60 Band Christmas Concert: 7PM North Peace Cultural Center, November 26, 2015

Peace River North Festival of the Arts: April 13, 14 2016, North Peace Cultural Center

Musicfest Canada 2016 (Grade 8 and 9 only) May 9-14, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario

SD#60 Band Spring Concert: 7PM, North Peace Cultural Center, May 5, 2016

EXPECTATIONS FOR BEHAVIOUR

1. Let Yourself Learn

Attending all rehearsals on time and prepared helps you learn your instrument. Being prepared means you have your instrument, a pencil, and your music.

2. Let Others Learn

Make sure you are doing your best to listen so your neighbor can listen and learn too. If you see a fellow student struggling, please feel free to quietly offer help.

3. Be Respectful

Band is about being part of a team. The better we work together, the better we will sound. The band teacher is here to help you learn. Listen to what they have to say, ask questions, and trust their direction.

PARENTS

We encourage parents to participate in the band program. We are reliant on the dedication of our parent volunteers to make things like fundraisers and field trips run smoothly. SD60 requires a criminal record check for all parent volunteers. We encourage all band parents to get their criminal record checks done ASAP so we can invite you along to our many fun events!


We are fortunate to have a wonderful Band Parents Association lead by Bonnie Anderson. Please email sd60bandparents@gmail.com to have Bonnie add you to her mailing list and ask her to start the criminal record check process ASAP.

Band 2015/2016 General Consent Form

Please return to Ms Gunn by September 23.



I _________________________________________________,

parent of ___________________________________________ have read this Handbook and I understand all policies, procedures, important dates and expectations for SD60 band.


 I understand the Day Band schedule.


I understand Night Band rehearsals for Grade 7 is 5:30-6:45pm and Grade 8/9 is 7:00-8:30pm at the Bert Bowes band room on Wednesday nights starting September 30,2015.



Signed, _____________________________________________________