My name is Richard Smith and I going to be your new Band Director. Along with me, is Ms. Laura Martinez who will be the Associate Band Director. We look forward to an exciting and fun year. We look forward to meeting and working with all parents and students of the Frank Black Middle School Band Program. There will be many opportunities for all parents and students to be involved in this year.
To have a successful musical experience, some students will need to transition to other instruments that are lacking in each ensemble to achieve balance in the instrumentation ratio. For example, we cannot have 8 alto saxophones to 1 flute, because the alto saxophonists would have to play super soft in order to hear the melody instrument (flute). Simply, we want EVERYONE to be heard, thus creating a positive experience for the student musicians and audience participants. Auditions for all woodwinds will be held July 29 from 8am – 12pm. All brass auditions will be July 30 8am – 12pm. Make-up audition will be July 31 8am – 10am. All auditions will be held in the Band Room. The following audition requirements will be used: chromatic scale full range of instrument at 100 bpm (metronome) and a short sight-reading excerpt.
Instrument Drive for all First Year students or parents that are interested in renting/purchasing of instruments will be held July 28 in the Band Room from 9am – 2pm. During the instrument Drive for First year Band students, it is vital that you attend, because instruments and classes will be selected.
PERFORMANCE DRESS ATTIRE
HONORS BAND / CONCERT BAND