8th Grade Band Meeting

All 8th graders in the Piner Band interested in being a part of the award-winning Sherman High School Marching Band next year should make plans to attend an information session this evening at 6:30pm at the Sherman HS Band Hall.

If you cannot attend this session, please contact Ryan Jenkins, the head director of the Sherman High School band program, by e-mail at rjenkins at shermanisd dot net so he can provide you the correct information.

Solo Contest

This Saturday, over 150 members of the Piner Band competed in our annual Solo Contest. Students played for one of four judges and received a rating along with written and verbal comments.

Our final results – 114 “Superior” ratings, 36 “Excellent” ratings, and 2 “Good” ratings. Thanks for all your help in making the contest a success!

Honors Band Rehearsals

A reminder that Honors band rehearsals will continue to be every Wednesday afternoon from 3:15 – 4:15. Absences are only excused with the approval of Mr. Anderson; otherwise, grades will be reduced.

Clinicians and Sherman HS Auditorium Rehearsals

Next week, we have special guests coming to listen and work with Honors and Symphonic band.

These clinicians, who are both retired band directors with over 30 years of experience, will provide comments and feedback to both the directors and the students during rehearsals in school and our after school rehearsal next Wednesday and Sherman High School.

Please remember that both Honors and Symphonic Bands have after school rehearsal at the Sherman HS Auditorium next Wednesday, February 4th. As we have limited time on the stage, there will be no excused absences for sports or other events. Every student in both groups is required to be there.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Symphonic Band rehearses
  • 4:45pm – 5:15pm – Pizza served between rehearsals
  • 5:15pm – 6:15pm – Honors Band rehearses

Each band member should get there at least 15 minutes early to get situated and ready to play. Rehearsal will begin precisely on time for each group. Dinner will be served to students between rehearsals.

Students must make their own arrangements to get to the high school in time for rehearsal.

Practice and Grades

As we get into the full swing of contest season, we’d like to remind all parents and students that practicing is an essential part of what we do. Daily practice consists of a warm up and focused work on parts of our contest music that they are not familiar with.

Do not simply practice easy parts repeatedly; this does not help get better, and only wastes practice time.

Secondly, the first progress report is coming out this week. To go to concert contest, students must pass every class during the 3rd Nine Weeks. Failing even one class by one point will cause those students to be ineligible and unable to perform. We need every student to perform as part of our groups, so grades are very important.

We will be pulling out students during the coming week and asking about grades and assignments. Please help us reinforce this by reminding your young musicians how important their grades are.