Thursday, March 28, 2019

Rising 6th Grade Band Registration

In order to make April 6th & April 16th Sign-ups run more efficient we STRONGLY encourage all participating families with a current 5th grader to fill out the form below to prevent the registration table from getting backed up.

Monday, March 4, 2019

All-State Band

Congratulations to Jaclyn Nam, 7th grade band student, for earning 2nd chair in the State Honor Band! She is one of only two middle school oboists in the entire state of North Carolina to earn a chair! Her daily preparation and dedication to her instrument studies have paid off immensely. She will travel to UNC-Greensboro in May for this prestigious clinic. We are so proud of you!!! 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Fall Fundraiser - Cheesecake/Cookie Dough

Cheesecake/Cookie Dough Information

Fundraiser lead – Kim O’Dell
(please contact with questions)
Student username: firstnamelastname (all one word, all lower case without spaces)
Student password: same as username
School ID: 2332
Student ID: 7-digit red number located at the top left corner of the students order form

**All money for the fundraiser is due back by November 2nd. Students need to collect money upfront from anyone they sell to - please make sure the money matches the items listed on the order form**

Every child came home today with a fundraising packet. With the middle school band only doing 2 fundraisers for the school year we are asking for every child set a goal of selling 5 items.
If we sell an average of 5 items per student, we will hit our goal!
Please review the packet with your child. The easiest way to sell items is through the online store. Most parents have received an email today as the students completed the online registration process for our fundraiser. This will create the students online store where they can simply send out a link and parents/family/friends can order online and select the products that they would like to purchase. Please follow the steps on the confirmation email to finalize the online store.
Once you have set-up your child’s online store, you can send out the link to all family and friends around the Country. Anything that is sold on your child’s online store will be credited to their sales.

Click Here for directions on setting up the online store
Click Here and Here for Prize Incentives
Click Here for Fundraising Packet/Details

Parents: Checks made payable to MRBB
-        Please collect all cash and total orders at home and submit one check for the total order if possible. (try not to send cash if at all possible)
-        Do not put items ordered online on the written order form – this will double order that item.
-        Please make sure your student’s name is written on their Order Form and Collection Envelope. Submit both copies of order form – Do not keep one of the order forms.
-        Make plans to pick up all items on Monday December 17th between 10:00 am – 1:00 pm @ MRMS.

Due date/Payments:
-         The order form and money will need to be turned into the band room by Friday, November 2nd.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Halloween Concert Details

Tuesday October 30th, 2018

**Please make plans to have your child here before 5:45pm**

5:45 PM – Student “Call Time” (GYM)
7:00 PM – Parent Seating
7:15 PM – Concert Begins

Costume guidelines
Students are encouraged to wear a costume as long as it follows the guidelines below.
- No gory/graphic/bloody/weapon aspects
- No costumes that interfere with playing an instrument (mask that cover the mouth)

Any students wearing inappropriate outfits that violate school guidelines will not be allowed to perform. All students participating in the concert will be receiving extra credit towards the 2nd grading period. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year!!

This email is to all 6th, 7th, and 8th  grade band students/parents. Please read carefully and be sure to mark down the upcoming important dates to get the year started off.

**Most information will be updated throughout the year on the BAND WEBSITE. We encourage you to check back regularly.**
  • No instruments on the first day of school! Students will just need a notebook w/paper and something to write with.
  • Tuesday, September 4th Band Info Meetings (PARENTS ONLY!!!)
    • 6th grade at 6:00 PM (MRMS PIT)
    • 7th/8th grade at 7:00 PM (MRMS PIT)
      • 8th grade parents will have short presentation on the Orlando trip immediately following the meeting. Parents can sign up to reserve a spot on a first come/first serve basis at the conclusion of the Orlando presentation. Space is limited**
    • October 30th Halloween Concert – 5:45 pm call time for participating students!

Please consider joining the Marvin Ridge Band Boosters (MRBB) – this organization greatly helps and supports the band at both the middle school and high school throughout the year! Without the support of this program and parents from previous years we would not have the program we have today. The MRBB Annual Dues are $50 per family and the money can be donated at open house next week or sent in to school during the first 1-2 weeks (Make Checks Payable to MRBB). To join please fill out the Band Booster Membership Form

Harris Teeter Vic Card:
Please link your Harris Teeter Vic Card to the Marvin Ridge Bands! Keep in mind you can link multiple organizations, and linking is an annual process IT WILL NOT RENEW AUTOMATICALLY!!!

MRBB code is 6377 – You can do this at the store with the cashier or online by following the link below!

Volunteers needed:
Throughout the year we will be in need of parents willing to volunteer to help the band organize events, fundraisers, trips, and to chaperone. Please consider donating some of your time with 1 or more event during the school year. More details will be provided for each item listed below as details become available. Each event in itself is not overwhelming to volunteer, but the same parents assisting for every event can be. Please help us “spread the wealth” by having “all hands on deck”!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  •           8th Grade Orlando Trip – Lead Chaperone *March-April (periodic tasks throughout school year)
  •          Cheesecake/Cookie Dough Fundraiser – Leader *November-December
  •          Cheesecake/Cookie Dough Fundraiser – Order Collection (3-5 parents) *November-December
  •          Cheesecake/Cookie Dough Fundraiser – Order Pick-up/Distribute (5-7 parents) *December
  •          Holiday Elementary Concert (7th/8th only) – Chaperones (5-7 parents) *November-December
  •          Halloween Concert – Lead organizer  *October
  •          Halloween Concert – Decorations coordinator *October
  •          Halloween Concert Bake Sale Coordinator  *October
  •          MPA Performance (7th/8th only) – Chaperones *March
  •          Band-A-Thon Fundraiser – Leader *March-April
  •          Band-A-Thon Party – Lead organizer *May
  •          Band-A-Thon Party – Assistants (7-10 parents) *May
Please click HERE to view volunteer options!

Wish List Items:
** Wish list items can be found on the left hand tab to our website throughout the year. At the start of the school year we are in need of:
-          Candy
-          Tissue
-          Mechanical Pencils
-          Sheet Protectors

Forms to view – Please consider getting involved with your child’s band experience!

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