Summer Update

Greetings from the BMS Band! 

The Band Hall at Belton Middle School has been a hub of very busy activity this past week as we received many of our brand-new instruments!  There’s still more to come, but the directors have been hard at work to get everything ready to go for school.  If you haven’t already, be sure to “Like” our page on Facebook to see the pictures: facebook.com/beltonmsband.  Additionally, you can follow our Instagram: @beltonmsband

To ensure we have the correct email address for you, please reply to this email to just say “Got it” so we can tell if our Charms database is working correctly.  Also, please let us know if we need to add a different email address that you check more frequently so we can update our system.

If you haven’t purchased all of your band supplies and materials, now is the time to get started.  The new due date for all instruments, materials, and supplies to be obtained is Wednesday, September 9.  If you’re not sure what to purchase, please visit the list of necessary supplies at this link: tinyurl.com/beltonmsbandlist.  If you are new to Band, open up the folder labeled “Beginners” and then find your instrument.  The supplies lists for Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (Advanced) members are in the other folder.  If you get lost or confused, be sure to reply to this email. 

As a side note, most of all our communication will come from email.  Be sure to add BOTH of these email addresses to your contacts list so our messages don’t get lost in a Spam or Bulk mail folder: charmsemailsender@charmsmusic.com AND beltonmsband@gmail.com.  Emails that are sent to all members will also be published on our website: beltonmsband.org so this is a great resource for information as well.

The in-person Band Registration/Everything Day previously scheduled for August 3 & 4 has been canceled due to new district restrictions.  We will still have you complete a checklist of tasks online specific to your student, but these details are still being ironed out.  We will send out detailed instructions for this at a later time.

Unfortunately we still don’t know exactly what school will look like this year, but we as the directors are committed to making this a great year for the Belton MS Band.  If you haven’t already, be sure to follow the latest plans for Belton ISD at this website: www.bisd.net/responseplan.

If you have any questions or problems, be sure to send us an email so we can stay in touch during these challenging times.  Stay safe!

~Mr. Pulley: Beginning Brass, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band

~Mr. Trahan: Beginning Woodwinds and Symphonic Band

~Mr. Smith: Beginning Percussion and all things Percussion

Make-Up Instrument Placement Sessions

This event is only for new students who have yet to be placed on an instrument. Because students’ class schedules are determined by which instrument they will play, we need to get them placed on a band instrument ASAP. We will be holding our last instrument placement sessions on July 21 and 22 between 1:00-7:00pm (come-and-go) at the South Belton Middle School Cafeteria.

Because of social distancing, you are required to sign up for a time at the following link: tinyurl.com/instrumentplacements where only one parent/guardian and the student are required to attend.

Hopefully, they have an idea of which instrument that are interested in, and we have spots available for only the following instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, French Horn, Tuba, and Percussion. Visit our “How to Join” page to find out more about these instruments.

Please email Mr. Pulley if you have any questions, and thank you for signing up for instrument placements!

Ensembles Placements for Next Year

Here is the roster of next year’s Belton Middle School Band after our recent placement auditions.  They are listed by student ID numbers for privacy reasons.  Please realize these are preliminary results that may change between now and the start of school, per directors’ discretion.  Individual student packets will be sent out via email soon.

End-of-Year Placement Auditions

This message is for current 6th and 7th grade band students who will be joining the Belton MS Band next school year:

Please read the set of instructions at this link in order to prepare for the End-of-Year Placement Auditions.  These auditions determine which ensemble (group) students will be placed in next school year at BMS.  

Students should submit only one video recording to their current band director no later than Friday, April 17 at 11:59pm. Audition results are final and will be made available to students and parents on Monday, April 27.  Email your current director if you have any questions.