Practicing Expectations

Please note that the following message only applies to students and parents of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble:

This week, your band student will start their consistent schedule of practicing outside of class time in order to improve on their instrument.  Our expectation is that all instruments go home at the end of the school day every day.  Many of our students who play larger school-owned instruments have already been provided with an instrument that stays at home in addition to the one they have at school.  We do not charge extra for home instruments.  

Starting this week, students will be assigned a Practice Record that includes a customized plan for them to follow for their practicing every week.  These will always be handed out (and provided online in Schoology) on the first school day of the week, and are always due the following Monday, either through Schoology or a hard copy to be turned in the black box at the back of the Band Hall.  A parent signature or initial is required from you to ensure accountability that the student did indeed practice.  Students may also practice before school starting at 7:30am in the Band Hall, or after school until 4:30pm.  Directors can sign these practice records, but the responsibility rests on the student to bring us their practice record to be signed.  Practice Records constitute a large portion of a student’s band grade because they are submitted weekly for the entire school year.  Unfortunately, Practice Records are the number 1 reason students do not pass Band.

Following a consistent, daily practice schedule is essential for a student to progress at an acceptable rate on their instrument.  Parents, encourage your child to adopt a schedule of 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  Students already know that we expect them to practice outside of class time.  Practicing is just as important as any assignment that must be turned in.  You are the only ones that can carve out this time for your child.  This can be challenging, but it matters just as much as any other academic support you can provide.  Please know that in-class participation is not enough and should not be the only time students play their instrument.  Our goal is to support you in creating strong practice habits in your child, every day.   We ask that you support your child by setting aside practice time at home.

For more information on how to practice, please visit this handout from our website: How to Practice and we appreciate your help and support.

8th Grade MS Band Night Performance

Please note that the following information only pertains to 8th grade band students:

Parents, please read the attachment detailing information for our MS Band Night at Tiger Field on Friday, September 10. This is a required performance and is a major grade for our curriculum. Please email your child’s ensemble director with any questions you have.

Last Call for Band Uniform Shirts

This is the last notification to order band uniform shirts for the entire year. This also includes parent chaperones who would like to order a shirt to our events when they help out. Click here to fill out the form: https://forms.gle/Hdbqnu15icDot6mt9.

Beginner shirts are $10, Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble polo shirts are $20, and the Jazz shirts are $25. All orders need to be completed no later than this Sunday, August 22. We need to order shirts to get them made and back in time for 8th graders’ first performance at MS Band Night on Friday, September 10.

Parent Slideshow and Reminders

Thank you to those of you who attended our parent meeting Thursday evening in the Belton MS Band Hall – we had a great turnout! For those of you who could not make it, click on this link to see the slideshow: tinyurl.com/beltonmsbandparents, as well as this link to download the handouts.

Remember that the Registration Checklists are due to the Band Directors by Thursday, August 19. Click here for the Beginner Checklist and here for the Advanced Checklist. All instruments, supplies, and materials are also due by this date, and clicking here will take you to those lists.

Tiger Camp will be happening for new students to BMS next Monday, August 16 from 4:00-6:00pm. This is a great time for students and parents to drop off their instruments and supplies in their locker in the Band Hall. They should be receiving their class schedule that you can walk around the campus to visit the classroom. Teachers will not be available to visit with students and teachers at this time. That will happen during Open House, which is on Thursday, September 9 from 5:00-7:00pm.

Band Web Store Now Active

Our web store through Belton ISD (RevTrack) is now live for parents who wish to pay for their band fees online using a credit/debit card, including the School-Owned Instrument Usage Fee, Uniform Shirts, and the optional Auto Decal.  Please Note: Sales tax will be added, as well as a 4% service fee to your purchase when you use this option: http://tinyurl.com/beltonmsbandstore.

Alternatively, parents can choose to pay with cash or a check made out to BMS with a valid phone number by putting their payment in a sealed envelope and writing their student’s name and the item(s) they are purchasing on the front side of the envelope.  Students should give their money envelope directly to an adult, and NOT place it in the turn-in box in the Band Hall.  The front office staff will accept payments for Band as well. 

Just a reminder that payments for uniforms shirts, auto decals, and instrument usage fees are due by Wednesday, September 15.  We will also accept payments at Tiger Camp on Monday, August 16 from 4:00-6:00pm.  Don’t forget our parent meeting Thursday from 5:30-6:30pm in the BMS Band Hall.  Hope to see you there!