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Thank you/End of year Pool Party

Thank you all for a great year!  We were very busy and the students learned a lot and performed well!  I'm looking forward to next year with my returning members and looking forward to seeing what our now freshmen students do in the Bartlett High School Band!  
Thank you for the wonderful laptop rolling bag that people pitched in on for me and gave to me at the banquet..... I love it!  And thank you to everyone for their sweet cards and gifts......I have the best students and parents.
We are ON for our pool party tomorrow Saturday May 26 at Emily McDaniel's house.  Thank you so much to her parents for volunteering to host our band.  We have been watching the weather and it looks like scattered showers on the front end and then tapering off so we decided to extended it to 12-5 instead of 12-4.  Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share.  If you need her address again, please message me on Remind or send me an email tonight or in the morning.  Looking forward to some fun!
We have several of our students attending the University of Memphis music camp on June 18-23 and there is still time to sign up.  I also would like to invite you to perform in the Bartlett Community Band with us that meets on Monday nights from 7-9 at Whitten Road Baptist Church.  There are many students that perform with us during the summer and it would be a great way to keep up your skills and work on sight-reading.  
Have a wonderful summer!  Email me if you need anything at 
Mrs. Sanders

Bartlett Band On Line payment Procedure

Please see the file for online payment procedures for the $250 band fee for high school band.  If you don't pay online, then you can pay cash or money order to the Bartlett High office during school hours or can bring the money to Mr. Dodd next Monday 5/14 or Thursday 5/17 from 5:30-8 during percussion auditions.  
Mrs. S.

Extra Credit Listening Opportunity - Memphis Symphony

The Memphis Youth Symphony (Mrs. Sanders' daughter Marlee plays in this along with two of our Appling Band alumni (Samantha Hall - oboe and Kenneth Burnett - percussion) and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will be performing a Side by Side concert together this Saturday evening at 6 pm at First Baptist Church on 200 E. Pkwy N. Memphis, TN 38112 (Poplar and East Parkway).  Tickets are only $5 for students and $15 for adults, and this is a great opportunity to hear some really good music by both students and professional musicians.  You can purchase them online at the link below or at the door.




$15 adults/$5 children/students.  Available:

Phone (901) 537-2525

Fax (901) 537-2550

Address:  University of Memphis Campus, Newport Hall. 610 Goodman St.

Memphis, TN 38152

Important Updates/Announcements

Our 6th grade and jazz bands did a WONDERFUL job Tuesday night in their concert.  The 7th/8th/and honor band concert is tonight at 6:30 at New Hope Christian Church.  Dress is concert black - white top (guys wear a tie), black pants (or girls may wear skirt), and black shoes/socks.  Admission is free so please invite your family and friends.  We need all students to be seated by 6 pm for warm-up.  7th grade is on the stage first and 8th grade/6th grade honor band is on the left side ramp.   If you can help with equipment/set up, please be at Appling between 5:20 and 5:30 to load and then at New Hope about 5:50 to unload.  We also need help taking equipment back to Appling after the concert.   If we have many helpers we can get it done quickly and efficiently.... thank you in advance for your help!  
The deadline has past for our band banquet reservations for next Tuesday night's band banquet.  If you pre-ordered tickets, there will be someone checking you off when you enter Faith and dinner will be served at 5:30.  Dress is semi-formal/dressy casual (no jeans.... similar to what you wore for Solo/Ensemble Festival).  There will be a slideshow of our year's events.  Awards will start at 6:30 and if you did not order a dinner ticket, you may still come to awards.  I'm looking forward to celebrating our year!
6th and 7th graders will not need instruments next Tuesday because we will be playing a review game on the computer while we still have them..... but you will need instruments the rest of the week.  8th grade will play this review game Friday 5/11 so please bring laptops to class and no instruments..... 8th grade will need instruments next week.
6th grade has Smart Music assignments due this Sunday May 13.... sections of your concert music.
The jazz band will plan to perform next Thursday 5/17 from 5-5:45 at Pizza Social as part of our give back night.  Please meet there by 4:45 or at Appling by 4:20 to load equipment and if you need a ride.
All school instruments are due next Friday 5/18 for check in and cleaning/repairs.  
8th graders...... look for information on a separate post for the packet that was given out at the meeting Tuesday night and also online payment information if you need to pay your band fee.  It is very important that you take care of that next week before school is out.
I think that is all.  Things are winding down and it has been a good year with the Appling Band!
Mrs. Sanders

Updates and Announcements week of April 30

We had a wonderful trip to St. Louis this weekend with our honor and jazz bands and Appling orchestra!  Our groups performed well.... honor band receiving an excellent rating and 2nd place and jazz band receiving an excellent rating and 1st place.  Thank you to all of the parents and chaperones who helped and thank you to Mrs. Taylor who went as our administrator support..... you are AWESOME!  We had a great time going to the city museum, Six Flags, science museum, and Lamberts.  
The honor and jazz band will be performing Monday night at the 6th grade orientation night.  Jazz band is to be here at 5:20 wearing their jazz band black uniform (we will perform before it starts 5:40-6) and honor band is to be here at 5:30 in the band room to change into uniforms (bring black shoes and socks) and begin to warm up.  We will have parents keep them in the band room until our time to perform.  I have asked that we are one of the first groups to perform, so we should be finished around 6:15/6:20.  
Here is the schedule for the week:
Monday - No rehearsal after school (go home and nap or catch up on schoolwork - Honor and jazz return for 6th grade performance in evening
Tuesday - 7th grade band REQUIRED rehearsal 2:15-4:00
Wednesday - 6th grade band REQUIRED rehearsal 2:15-4:00
Friday - Jazz Band (listen to judge's comments from St. Louis and prepare for concert)
Next week:
Monday 5/7 - 8th grade band REQUIRED rehearsal
Tuesday 5/8 - 6th and jazz band concert 6:30 New Hope Christian Church - be there 6:00 pm wearing all black (jazz) or black and white (6th grade); 8th grade band has a Bartlett High "How to Pay for Band" meeting in the BHS auditorium at 6:30 pm.... be prepared to pay half of band fee which is $250 - cash or cashier check
Wednesday 5/9 - Honor Band (listen to judge's comments from St.Louis and prepare for concert)
Thursday 5/10 - 7th/8th/Honor concert 6:30 pm New Hope Christian Church - be there 6:00 wearing black and white
The Appling Band banquet is Tuesday 5/15 - dinner 5:30 and awards 6:30 at Faith Baptist.  You should be getting information this week for reservations. I encourage everyone to come and celebrate our year!
All groups should be practicing their concert music.  Sixth grade is preparing Freedom March, Dueling Dragons, Dance Celebration, Incantation and Ritual, and Encore!.  Seventh grade is preparing Skygazer Fanfare, Engines of Resistance, Swashbuckler's March, Colliding Visions, and Cumberland Dances.  Eighth grade is preparing American Heritage March, Tapestry, Pieces of Eight, and Pirates of the Caribbean.  
Have a great week!
Mrs. S.

Solo/Ensemble and other announcements

Remember to be at Elmore Park at 3:45 tomorrow afternoon for our 4:15-4:45 performance time.  Make sure to dress nicely and to have your judge's copy of the music.  Find me when you get to the gym to get your judge's scoresheet and check in.  Warmup carefully.  Remember to play with good sound and with good dynamics.  I'm so proud of your hard work and I hope Appling brings back lots of medals!  Good luck!
Honor Band don't forget about our elementary tour on Monday.  You will be called around 8:00 to change into uniforms - don't forget black shoes and socks and gym shorts.  Don't forget to get your work for 2nd and 3rd period missed.  Have all of your music and your instrument in good working order.  Those 5th graders are going to love us!
Honor Band - trip payment information was emailed to you and it is due by next Tuesday 4/10.
Upcoming 9th grade girls - BHS color guard auditions are next Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 5:30-8:00.
Reminder - Smart Music assignments are due Tuesday (6th and 7th grade) and Thursday (8th grade)..... take your time and only submit your best work.
If you aren't doing anything Saturday night, I would like to invite you to the Bartlett Community Band concert that I am performing in this Saturday night 4/7 at BPAC at 7 pm.  It is a ticketed event as part of their family series and tickets are $10.  Lots of great music and I would love to see familiar faces there!
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Sanders

Solo and Ensemble 2018 Letter

Here is the solo and ensemble information letter for Saturday.  Please read over carefully and let me know if you have any questions.  I will see everyone at Elmore Park at 3:45 on Saturday with our assigned block 4:15-4:45.  Don't forget to get a judge's copy of your music.  I will be at Appling at 6 am Thursday and Friday mornings this week if anyone needs any extra help or a time and a place to practice.  Happy practicing!
Mrs. S.

Announcements for 2/11 Week

Congratulations to the All-West TN Band members for outstanding performances this past weekend!  We were definitely well represented with 15 members!  I have posted pictures on our A.M.S. Band Bartlett, TN Facebook page if you want to take a look.
The bands will be busy working in their books this week and continuing to work on the solo/ensemble music that was distributed last week.  I have put solo/ensemble songs on your Smart Music and you are to submit two of them (your choice and with the highest scores) for a grade and any more than that can be for extra credit.  These are due by Sunday, March 4.  Please work hard on these and only submit your best work!  
Students will be sightreading new music this week also to select songs for our spring concert.  
Honor and jazz band 2nd spring trip payment was due Feb. 1 and there are still a few that have not turned that in.  Please get this in asap.  The follower form is due by March 1.
Honor and jazz bands are busy rehearsing for upcoming West TN festivals.  I have registered honor band for concert festival which will be March 6 or 7.  Honor band will be performing in a pre-festival concert on Tuesday Feb. 27 at 6:30 at New Hope Christian Church along with our Appling strings, Elmore Park Honor Band, and Bon Lin Honor Band.  We will be receiving feedback from guest directors so that we can use that to better ourselves for upcoming competitions.  We will be wearing uniforms to this event and will be fitting students at the next four rehearsals...... it is SUPER IMPORTANT that everyone is here at these rehearsals.
The Christian Brothers Honor Band is next Friday 2/23 and Saturday 2/24.  Applications were distributed in class or can be found on our webpage at  I need these applications and the $25 registration fee by this Tuesday 2/12 so that I can mail to them by Friday and start coordinating car pools.  I highly encourage you to participate in this event if you want to.  I have heard that there are already over 60 participants, so a bigger year than last year.  
I am available during parent/teacher conferences this Thursday evening if anyone needs to speak to me or you may email me any time at  
Looking forward to a great week!
Angela Sanders

Announcements for Week of 2/5 - Band Booster meeting 2/6

Good morning!  We are still moving along in our method books with 6th grade on #101 and following (reviewing phrases, learning dotted quarter note rhythms, and reviewing slur articulations), 7th grade on #81 and following (learning dotted eighth/16th patterns) and 8th grade with #65 and following (key of Ab scales, exercises, songs, and sight reading).  All groups will receive solo and ensemble festival music this week for the April 7 Solo/Ensemble Festival and will start working on that in class.
There is a very important band booster meeting Tuesday Feb. 6 at 6:00 pm in the band room.  We will discuss upcoming events, fundraisers, and preliminary information on the spring trip to St. Louis. 
Our 15 students that made the All-West TN Band will be attending a three day clinic this Thursday through Saturday at the Cook Convention Center.  Those students need to bring luggage to school Thursday morning and store in one of the practice rooms.  You will need to report to the band room at the beginning of 4th period at 10:20, eat lunch with 7th grade at 10:29 and then we will leave right when we return from lunch hopefully by 11.  Don't forget meal $, breakfast food and snacks for yourself and/or to share, black shoes/socks, instruments and music (with plenty of extra reeds), and jackets for when we walk outside.  The concert is at 8:30 Saturday morning at the Cannon Center and is open to the public..... I encourage everyone to attend to hear some fantastic music and support your classmates.  The All-West jazz and orchestra concert is Friday night at 6:30 if you would like to also attend that.
The Christian Brothers High School honor band registration form and $25 registration fee (made to CBHS) is due by next Tuesday 2/13 and the event is 2/23/24.  
Everyone  please continue to practice and work hard.  New Smart Music assignments will be posted soon.  
Have a great week!
Mrs. Sanders

BCS Honor Band Permission Slip

8th grade band students please read over the information for the Bartlett 8th grade All District Honor Band event on Tuesday January 23.  Sign and return the permission slip by next Friday 1/19.  Please be practicing your music.  Smart Music assignments have been posted. Thanks.
Mrs. S.

Allwest Rescheduled for 1/20

The All-West TN band auditions have been rescheduled due to the weather for next Saturday 1/20.  Same location and times.  This was the best decision for everyone's safety.  Now we have an extra week to practice.
Because of this the Memphis Area Honor Band that was originally scheduled for Jan. 18-20 is now cancelled.  I will be returning everyone's money.  Hopefully you may consider the Christian Brothers High Honor band on Feb. 23-24.  
Let me know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Sanders