LIFE AFTER MARCHING SEASON
Well, another marching season has come and gone. Time really does fly by during marching season! Now is the time to get used to the slower pace again. October is such a busy, tiring month and it always seems so strange when much of the band activity just suddenly stops.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that only a little over three months has passed since summer band started. Believe us, by the time May comes around and the directors start telling the parents and students what they are planning for next year, the exhaustive schedule of the last few months will be a distant memory and we will all be looking forward to a new show and new challenges.
So, now that marching season is over, what’s next? Concert Season!!
Freshman Region, Region Orchestra, and regular Region auditions. Participation is required for students in the Wind Ensemble and optional to the other bands. However, many students still choose to challenge themselves and audition since they have been working on their Region music throughout the marching season.
Auditions for second semester’s band class placement will be held in December. The Directors will select portions of this year’s Region music to be used during the auditions. If your student is not participating in the Region auditions, the audition music will be handed out in class.
The Winter Concert has all bands performing separately on the stage in the auditorium. Watch the weekly band notes for dates and times of upcoming rehearsals after school to prepare for this concert.
Students wear a school issued uniforms. However, the boys need a tux shirt to wear under their concert uniform. The one they had from intermediate school is perfect, if it still fits. If not, Al’s Formal Wear offers a discount to Clear Brook Band members. If you have region patches sewn onto the sleeves, go ahead and remove those. They would make a tight fit and be uncomfortable under the tuxedo jacket. Don’t worry if you can see the small needle holes on the shirt after you remove the patches. It won’t be noticeable when the boys are wearing a jacket. Black socks and dress shoes are also needed for all. The girl’s uniform, a black top and long skirt, is provided along with the dress pants and jacket for the boys.
The bands will soon start rehearsing their UIL music. The UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest will be in mid-April. At some point prior to this, the band directors will start after school section rehearsals. Those dates and times will also be posted in the weekly band notes and on the band calendar.
We understand this is a LOT to take in! At any time, ask any questions you might have! All in all, contest season is fun! Hang on for a wild ride from the end of September into early November! We will all be exhausted when it is over but will look back with fond memories.