Appling Middle School

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8th Grade Band (Period 6th)

Angela Sanders

Course Description

 Welcome to 8th grade Band.  We are going to have a great year as we continue to develop our skills playing instruments and reading music!

Recent Posts

All-West Midi files Uploaded

The midi file recordings of the All-West TN music are now on my homepage on the bottom far right for each instrument.  Please know that these are performance tempos and are played by a midi keyboard but they are very helpful to you in listening to how each piece is supposed to go.  There will be Smart Music links posted soon so that you can slow things down and isolate parts and be assessed on the music.  

Allwest Prep Academy

There will be an All-West Help Clinic on Saturday September 30 from 8-noon for all instruments except baritone/euphonium.  The cost will be $20 and you can register at this link:  Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn from professionals in the area and learn about the audition process.  

Announcements 9/11 Week

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  The 8th graders had a good time at Bartlett High School on Friday night for 8th grade night and got to perform with the BHS band during pregame and then perform with them in the stands and see their halftime show.  It was pretty awesome to hear 280 kids in the stands!  
This week our 6th grade students will be continuing in their book on #26 and following and continue their sheet music as they prepare for the 6th grade Meet the Band night concert on Oct. 3.  7th graders are learning the chromatic scale and finishing up book one (#170 and following) and will start book two at the end of this week.  8th graders will be starting book three this week and should have their books on Tuesday.  Both 7th and 8th grade will be reviewing songs for the football game next Tuesday night Sept. 19 and will start sight-reading some open house music.  
All groups should have their Smart Music accounts set up because you got information sent home on Sept. 1.  You have five songs to submit by the Sept. 20 deadline so please get on that, spend time on it, and only submit your best work.  
6th grade - #12,14,17, 23, and 24
7th grade - #157, 164, 166, 172, and 175
8th grade - #120, 128, 133, 140, and 141
7th/8th grade beginners - #14, 18, 38, 42, and 44
Schedule for this week:
Monday - Brass/Percussion All-West Help session 2:15-4:00
Tuesday - Individual Help Session 2:15-4:00
Wednesday - Woodwind Help Session 2:15-4:00 (plus all French horns - have a helper coming to work with you)
Thursday - Parent/Teacher conferences 3-6 and "Give Back Night" for Appling Band at Pizza Social on Whitten Rd. 4-8 pm
Friday - No school - Teacher Professional Development Day
I hope everyone has a great week!
Mrs. Sanders

Appling Honor Band Auditions

 Appling Honor Band auditions will be the week after fall break.  You will be responsible for learning the chromatic scale in at least one octave (fingering chart in the back of book) and will also be asked two of the first six major scales on your scale sheet - concert C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, and Db (my choice not yours).  These must be memorized.  Speed and/or extra octaves will give extra points.
Students will also be asked the marked sections of their All-West TN band music.  Eventually these will be posted as Smart Music assignments and there will be recordings for you to listen to.  Please use these as a tool when they are available.  Work for correct notes (reminder each song has a different key signature) and rhythms as well as good tone, dynamics, articulation, and strive for close to performance tempo (but accuracy and steadiness is most important)
Flute - m. 6-end of 11, m. 13 - end of 18, m. 31-second note of 38
Oboe - m.3-after first note of 11, m.23 - end of 28, last two notes of 40-end of 46
Bassoon - m.5-end of 13, last note of 24-end of 33, m.37- end of m.42
Clarinet - m.5-after fifth note of 10, last note of m.14-fourth note of m.24, m.35-  
                end of 40
Saxophone - m.1-after 5th note in m.6, last note of 17-end of 23, last note of 33-
                       end of song
Trumpet - m.8-end of 15, m.16- end of 22, m.36-end of song
French Horn - last note of 11-end of 23, m.24-end of 31, m.42-end of song
Trombone - m.3-end of 8, m.16-end of 23, m.35-end of m.45
Baritone - after first note in m.8-end of 15, m.22-end of 28, m.30-end of 35
Tuba - m.5-end of 16, m.21-end of 28, m.35-end of 40
Percussion - Timpani - m.5-12, Marimba - m.21-after first note of 25 plus last 9 notes, Snare - m.43-end of m.48
Work on these slowly and with a metronome and please try to come to the help sessions offered on Mondays and Wednsdays after school.  
Let me know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Sanders

8th grade Night at Bartlett High

 This Friday September 8th all of the 8th graders from Appling, Elmore, and Bon Lin are invited to perform in pregame with the Bartlett High School band and then play with them in the stands and see their halftime show.  I am very excited for our students to see and hear the band..... they are pretty awesome!  Plus they will see a lot of former Appling students that they may know from the past several years.  
Students are to wear their band shirt from last year or school colors black and gold.  Here is the schedule:

4:30 students arrive

4:45 pizza

5:30 music review

6:00 bathroom break

6:15 line up

6:30 march in

6:45 pre-game with 8th grade

The game starts at 7 pm and is usually done around 9:15/9:30.  Pick up and drop off is at the band room.  Students need to be preparing the Star Spangled Banner, Hey Baby, and the Bartlett Fight Song.  

Smart Music Activation/Renewal

 Students were given a letter on Friday 9/1 with information about our Smart Music computer program.  Students in band last year will need to renew their subscription and new students will need to activate their subscriptions with the code given to you.  I am not going to repost the letter here to the webpage because of security reasons...... we have only paid for enough codes for our band students and these are part of your band fee.  If you need the letter emailed to you, please email me at  Please go ahead and enroll in your class.  7th and 8th grade beginners should enroll in both the 7th/8th beginner class and their class period class.  All band students have a set of five songs due on 9/20 so please get started on these.  
6th grade - #12,14,17,23, 24 (book one)
7th grade - #157, 164, 166, 172, 175 (book one)
8th grade - #120, 128.133,140,141 (book two)
7th/8th beginners - #14,18,38, 42,44 (book one)
I also encourage you to explore the program and look at other songs in your method book, scales (under exercises on find music), sight reading exercises (there are ten levels and 6th grade can start with level one, 7th grade level 2, and 8th grade level 3), and also download tons of solo literature pieces.  This will be a wonderful practice tool for you and you will definitely get better if you use this program.  
Please let me know if you have any questions or need the letter emailed to you.
Mrs. S.