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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

All-West Auditions - Inclement Weather Announcement

Here is the announcement that was posted by the WTSBOA executive board regarding All-West auditions on Saturday:

WTSBOA Directors,

Regardless of weather conditions, the All West Honor Band auditions will still take place this Saturday at Northside High School in Jackson. There is simply no way to reschedule the audition date.

Please communicate to your students that we understand the challenging and potentially dangerous situation and leave the final decision-making to the parent.  Parents will need to determine the best action, if any, concerning their student. We also advise students to take their instruments home on Thursday just in case schools are closed on Friday.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.  Though we apologize for the situation, it is in fact outside our control, and all we can do is follow protocol and hope for a safe weekend.

WTSBOA Executive Board


So.....there are just too many logistics to consider with hosting this event and hiring judges for all of the instruments for middle school, 9-10 bands, 11-12 bands, and jazz bands and they can't reschedule it.   Most of our students have been working really, really hard on their music, scales, and sight-reading skills for this audition.  I know that I am "requiring" it of my 7th and 8th grade non beginners, but you need to make the best decision for your family.  I know this is a big sacrifice of time, driving, etc..... I cannot control the weather but do know that it is all interstate and then the Highland Ave exit so those roads should be ok.  If they are having this anyway, it could turn out better in that some students would be unable to attend and therefore up the percentage of the chance of making it because of less competition.  If students go to the All-West audition, then they will get a full credit grade for following through with their audition.  If students cannot attend, then they will play their music for me for a grade.  

Students can audition early and not late.  Please allow even more time to travel to Jackson.  If anyone needs to ride with me, I am leaving at 5:30 am because I have a director meeting at 7.  I will just need them to find a ride home with someone else because I am going on to Nashville with my kids for my daughter's Governor's School audition on Sunday.  If you need to arrange a carpool, please check the chronological list of times that I posted earlier in the letter and perhaps someone can help you.  

Also..... make sure ALL INSTRUMENTS are taken home with you on Thursday in case we are not in school on Friday. 

Please email me at if you have any questions or concerns.  Thanks.

Angela Sanders


Memphis Area Band Letter Permission.

Here are more details and permission slip for the Memphis Area Honor Band at Overton.  We have 19 kids signed up to go..... that is great!  We now have to arrange transportation for them to get there.  I will need everyone to pitch in and help drive these students.  Please sign up for times that you can help drive and return no later than next Tuesday.  Thanks.
Mrs. Sanders

2018 All-West audition letter

This is the letter that I have given to everyone today that is auditioning for All-West TN band next Saturday 1/13 at Jackson Northside High School in Jackson, TN.   Reminder that this is REQUIRED of all non-beginner 7th and 8th grade band students and you have known about it since August.  
I have put a chronological order of audition times in the letter so if you are having difficulty with transportation you can arrange a carpool.  Reminder that you can audition early but not late and you must give yourself plenty of time.  Reminder that we will have all west help sessions today (1/5) and next Friday 1/12 after school until 4:00 and next Tuesday (1/9) and Thursday (1/11) mornings at 6 am.  Please practice EVERY DAY between now and then.  I will be working on drilling scales and sight-reading everyday in class next week. Work hard and do your best..... I'm proud of you!
Mrs. S.


Yearbook pictures for all grade level bands will be this Monday January 8.  Students need to wear this year's band t-shirt.  We do not have any extra shirts.  I want to have everyone look uniform, so if you want in the picture, you must wear your band shirt.  Thanks!
Mrs. S.

December 2017 Calendar

Here is the December calendar.... we are quite busy!  Take note of these things:
Required rehearsals (part of your grade and responsibility:  
6th grade:  Wed. Dec. 6 until 4:00
7th grade:  Tues. Dec. 5 until 4:00
8th grade:  Wed. Nov. 29 until 4:00
***Holiday Concert - Dec. 7*** (Performances are what we do and our time to shine  and show off :). They are required and are a huge part of your grade) - 6:30 pm at New Hope Christian Church (corner of Whitten and Yale).  Be there 6 pm.  Wear concert black - black bottoms, white shirt (guys wear a tie), black socks and shoes, and Santa or Christmas hats are optional.  
Dec. 1 is deadline for UT Martin Honor Band applications but I really need them in by 11/30 because it will send me a link of something to fill out about you.  If chosen, this even will be Jan. 25-27.  
Dec. 1 is the deadline for the spring trip $75 deposit and also for solo/ensemble auditions for the holiday concert
Jazz band will go on a holiday nursing home tour on Dec. 12...... more info to come.
Honor and Jazz Band will both perform at the holiday assembly on Wed. 12/20 on the last day of school before break.
There will be several All-West help sessions both after school and a few before school to help you with your music and to have a time and a place to practice.  I hope to get some of our high schoolers and perhaps college students to come help at these.  All-West auditions are Jan. 13..... don't procrastinate!
Stay on top of your Smart Music assignments that have deadlines in December as well...... use this as a tool to help you!
Ready for an awesome December!
Mrs. Sanders