Thursday, June 14, 2018


Attention Band Families:
We hope your summer is off to a great start! We are reaching out to ask each band family to set aside some dates for the start of next school year. Please refer to the calendar that has been posted on the band website page for upcoming dates for next school year. Click HERE to view the calendar.

Rising 6th Grade students:

-          September 4th @ 6:00pm (MRMS PIT) – Information meeting for All Parents (NO Students)
o   Many band program specific dates and topics will be discussed – really important that a parent from each family make plans to attend!
-          October 30th @ 7:15pm (MRMS Cafeteria) – Halloween Concert!


Rising 7th Grade students:
-          September 4th @ 7:00pm (MRMS PIT) – Information meeting for All Parents (NO Students)
o   Many band program specific dates and topics will be discussed – really important that a parent from each family make plans to attend!
-          October 30th @ 7:15pm (MRMS Cafeteria) – Halloween Concert!

Rising 8th Grade students:
-          September 4th @ 7:00pm (MRMS PIT) – Information meeting for All Parents (NO Students)
o   Many band program specific dates and topics will be discussed – really important that a parent from each family make plans to attend!
o   Orlando Disney Trip sign-ups and details will be discussed and registration will open!
-          **October 5th @ 5:00pm (MRHS) – Football Night for All 8th Grade Band Students!
-          October 30th @ 7:15pm (MRMS Cafeteria) – Halloween Concert!
-          **MPA Performance (TBD) week of March 4th – 8th
-          **March 21st @ 6:00pm (MRMS Band Room) – Final Orlando Trip Meeting (Mandatory 1 parent & 1 student required to attend)
-          **May 31st @ 5:30pm (MRHS Auditorium) – 8th grade joint concert & awards banquet with MRHS Band.
-          April 10-14 Orlando Trip
o   Dates above noted with “**” are required for participation in the Orlando trip.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

MPA Information

What is MPA? 
In March of every year, band students across the state prepare and perform in the North Carolina Music Performance Assessment (MPA), which is much like a performance EOG for band. During the assessment process, bands perform three prepared pieces and play one piece they have never seen before in a process called sight-reading. Four judges, called adjudicators, evaluate the student musicians and the band director as they perform and sight read, then assign a score based on how accurately and musically the group performs. The scores are then compiled and each band is assigned an overall rating of Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor. More importantly, the rating sheet from each adjudicator is filled with helpful comments and feedback that band directors use as a resources to guide students to greater musical achievement throughout the remainder of their school musical careers.
Bands in Union County are not required to attend MPA, but Marvin Ridge Middle School Band has participated successfully in the past. We have chosen to participate in MPA because we feel that it is important to hold ourselves to a high standard of performance. Attending MPA will allow us to acquire valuable feedback from music professionals regarding our musical growth. We believe that preparing for and performing at MPA motivates student musicians to reach new levels of technical mastery on their instrument and, more importantly, deepen their understanding of what it means to contribute to a musical ensemble.
What must I do to participate?
While this event is open to all 7th & 8th grade band members, we want to put our best foot forward in order to perform at a high level. Students are selected to participate based on their playing test scores, practice habits, their attitude and effort in class, the instrumentation needs of the band, and their motivation to contribute to the band. While there is no formal audition process, students must remain in good standing throughout the coming grading periods to be eligible for participation. 

Dress: “Concert Black”
Girls: Conservative long black dress or black top and black dress pants. Black dress shoes.
Boys: Black long-sleeve shirt, black dress pants, black socks, black dress shoes.

Schedule (Tentative)
Final MPA Schedules are not given to directors until late February. The final schedule for MRMS will be distributed at that time.
8:00am: Report to Band Room. Brief rehearsal
10:00am: Depart for Wingate University 
(Performance time TBA)
2pm: Lunch (Carolina Place Mall, Pineville, SC)
3pm: Return to MRMS

Monday, September 25, 2017

Reminders

Attention Band Families:

- Band students typically have one assignment per week through Canvas.
   *Assigned Monday and due by Friday*

- Please encourage your child to keep up with the one weekly assignment - late work is not accepted.

- Please encourage your child to practice 20 minutes nightly - students will have more success when a steady practice regimen is in place.

- Morning practice is available for extra credit (8:00 am - 8:30 am) each day. Students missing an assignment or two already are encouraged to attend morning practice regularly to receive extra credit.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Parent Meeting Info & Volunteer Sign-ups

Good evening,

Below is the agenda for tonight's meeting and the link to sign up to be a volunteer for band events throughout the year.

Volunteer link

Meeting Agenda

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Welcome Back!

Attention all band families:

We are very excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year here at MRMS and to see everyone tomorrow starting with open house. Please take a moment to review the information below and to explore the website for the appropriate information:

All Families:
- NO students will need instruments on the first couple days of school - please keep them at home!
- Refer to the information on the left side of the website pertaining to our upcoming events and mark your calendars accordingly.
- Refer to the information on the right side of the website pertaining to our Band Documents. (Booster club membership, welcome letter, supplies for band class, and charms information)
- Be sure to stop by the band room tomorrow during open house to say hello and sign in!
- Please consider linking your Harris Teeter VIC card to the Marvin Ridge Band Program (#6377 *has to be re-linked every year, and you can link to more than one organization)
- Wish list items needed for the band room: Candy and/or small prizes for class incentives, sheet protectors, tissue.

8th Grade:
- Please complete and turn in the booster membership form!
- Orlando trip information was sent via charms earlier this week. Registration for the trip will open at the conclusion of the 8th grade parent meeting on September 5th - Must be present to register.

7th Grade:
- Please complete and turn in the booster membership form!

6th Grade:
- Please complete and turn in the booster membership form!
- Please stop by the table at open house and sign in outside of the band room. 
- Student instruments will come home generally the 2nd - 3rd week of school. 
- If you are not renting an instrument through music and arts please secure a copy of our 6th grade method book "Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician" by Scott Rush - make sure you get the book that matches your child's assigned instrument CLICK HERE for more information (Percussion students will need "Mallets" & "Percussion"). These books are available online or at our local Music & Arts store. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Band-A-Thon

The 2016-2017 Band-A-Thon has officially started!

Please check with your band student as they have been issued the information for the band-a-thon fundraiser. The MRMS band participates with 2 fundraisers a year, and we are asking that each family consider and encourage participation. With over 270 students in band, the small work by all will have a significant impact.

Please contact us with any questions!

HERE are a copy of the documents passed out in classes!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

8th Grade Orlando Trip

Orlando trip meeting (March 2nd). This is mandatory for all participating students/parents - please make plans to attend.

The meeting will take place in the band room at 6:00 PM. All specific details for the trip will be discussed (including: packing lists, student expectations, itinerary...etc).

Also, please refer to the band website regarding medication procedures. All medicine must be officially documented with the school nurse by March 24th (with physician/doctor approval, where required). Please contact the school nurse with specific questions regarding medicine.

http://marvinridgeband.blogspot.com/p/8th-grade-orlando-trip.html


Look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting!