Wow! We can't believe it's almost be a full year of making music during COVID! Crazy times.
To make sure you're ready for next year we want to encourage you to continue your musical journey with us - while we know we've missed making music together - many of you have not had that same experience because things changed so quickly last March.
Here are some things that we missed - Beginning band bowling night, Overnight trip to Dallas and Medieval Times and Six flags over Dallas, Day trip to San Antonio Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Performances at our Performing Arts Center, Performances at Austin High School, Jazz performances at the Trail of Lights, Austin HS Jazz band Dinner Dance, Vertical team concerts - Pizza, Pizza and more pizza - Pep band at Football games - Spring and Winter and Spring Concerts, In-person Solo/Ensemble performances, Fine arts night - Wow... That's a bunch.
Looking ahead - we hope to re-establish new and fun activities as we continue to create a welcoming space and safe place to make music.
We look forward to seeing you in our seats soon! Parent - we hope to have a number of activities and events for you to help with if you like to volunteer! (one position is to help the directors make this website amazing). We get busy with things in the material world that sometimes we're very behind on updating this - but we promise to get better.
Dear Mustang Band Parents,
We hope this message finds you and your family healthy and happy. We are very excited to have your child in band! Since we were unable to conduct in-person instrument selection meetings, we are asking families to use the link below to help gauge your child's instrument interest.
Instrument Selection Information for OHMS Beginning Band students and parents
Our goal is to match your child with an instrument that he/she will enjoy and be successful playing. We would like to have all surveys completed by this Wednesday, Sept. 2nd. We are also offering individual 15-minute zoom sign up sessions for families that would like to meet with a director regarding their child's instrument choice. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you and your child this year.
We are excited to get the year started. For students new to band we will be offering virtual instrument selection interviews to help guide you in your decision on what instrument you'll like to play. More information will be posted here and look for it in the Pony Express.
Can't wait to meet you all and get you started on your instrumental journey!
We are working on a date for a drive-by instrument pick up for students playing school instruments. Stay tuned for more detail. Information will go out in the Pony Express and Messenger as well as posted here. Please check back next week for more information.
Dear 7th & 8th grade Mustang Band members and parents,
We hope you are all safe, healthy, and enjoying your summer. The directors are very excited to have you in band again this year and we look forward to connecting with everyone soon. On Friday, August 7, we are inviting all 7th/8th grade band students to join us (virtually) for our Summer Band session. It will take place from 10:30 am–12 noon via Zoom. This is a one day event for any band student with least one year of playing experience.
Our goal is to help students ease back into playing shape through the use of basic fundamentals and fun pep music. It will also give students an opportunity to meet, greet, and make connections with their band mates and directors. We know that most students probably haven’t touched their instrument in quite a while...and that’s ok! We are not expecting perfection. We just want you to bring your positive attitudes and have fun as we get back into the swing of things.
I’m in the process of scanning material and will be sending out a google link for you to download sheet music and a Zoom link with instructions by early next week. In the meantime, please encourage your child to find their instrument, open the case, and at least play a few notes to make sure it still works J. Brass players might need to oil their valves and reed players might need to get a fresh set of reeds.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, August 7th.
We are working on our Virtual Summer Band Booster session - More details will follow. We'll post the day as soon as we know so check back or contact us for more information.
Let's go Mustangs!
Sadly its nearing the end of the year.
If you're in 8th grade we need to collect your instruments a little sooner than when we're on campus. Please respond to the email Mr. Pinkney sent out - Returns are to happen on Friday May 15th. Please contact your high school band directors to talk about a summer instrument rental. It may be possible to rent from a local music store as well.
Please be sure to return all instruments, mouthpieces, tuners, mutes, sticks - anything that was "LOANED" to you for the school year.
6th & 7th grade students are encouraged to continue playing their instruments all summer to prepare for the next school year.
Thanks for a great year! Keep making music!
Log onto your Smart Music Account - and find the band song Furioso.
Some of you may remember playing this in 6th grade.
Put in some headphones and film yourself on your phone playing along with the Smart Music version.
Send your videos to Ms. Boltz by May 20th to allow time to put them all together.
Let's do this together! - If you have a question please reach out.
Welcome to week 3 of our extension activities. We really miss being in the classroom with you, helping you get better and better! As we move forward - keep up the Smart Music assignments - this program (although not perfect) it a great tool for you to measure your accuracy and get some immediate feedback. Remember: Slow practice can get the best results.
Kind of like making really good BBQ - A slow cooked BBQ requires the attention of the chef. How hot it the fire, does it need any wood, does the meat need to be turned over, does it need basting? Just like practice time - slow attention to details and getting things really good at a slower tempo means you've taken care of the notes, rhythms, articulations, playing with good fingerings or stickings, dynamics. When all of that is done then you're ready to go faster. Just like a great BBQ it may take hours to cook but only minutes to eat!
Online classes today start for everyone via BLEND - if you need our help - or just want to say hi, leave a comment below.
From the Directors!
Keep those good practice routines going!