Pictures

We hope that you enjoyed our concert on Monday, and we proud of our students’ performance!  While we work on editing the videos we recorded, please share any pictures you took either beforehand, at the concert, or afterward.  You can simply reply to this email or share via Dropbox or Google Drive to beltonmsband@gmail.com

When posting to social media, please use the hashtag #beltonmsband to help build our following.  Once we have all of the pictures collected, we will share the Google Photos link online.  We will also be sharing the YouTube link once we get all of the videos edited.  If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our YouTube Channel here so we can get to 100 subscribers in order to qualify for a custom address: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHWFPIRBrgLspo6d7SeubqQ/playlists.

Holiday Concert Information

Dear Band Parents and Students,

The holidays are fast approaching! We want to make you aware of the details for our Holiday Concert on Monday, December 7 held in the Belton High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) starting at 7:00pm. This free concert is open to all friends and family members so they can watch students perform.

The Band Hall will close at 4:30pm that day, and students are responsible for taking their instrument and music binder to the PAC. This concert performance is a major grade for all band students, and is critical to their success as a musician. Please remember that it is not possible to recreate a public performance, and this concert serves as the semester exam for Fall 2020.

Members of the Beginner’s Ensemble need to arrive at 6:15pm so they can be seated on stage and ready to warm up by 6:30pm. This is when attendance will be taken and determined who is on time, prepared, and ready to perform! Beginners will need to wear their red band shirt tucked into jeans with closed-toed shoes. Their program (in order) includes: “First Holiday Concert” and “Christmas Fun”. The percussion ensemble will then perform a piece afterward. Beginners will also have 2 required group rehearsals at school on Thursday & Friday (December 3 & 4) starting at 3pm through STRIPES until 4:30pm in the Band Hall. There will be an announcement made to call students down to the Band Hall.

Members of the Symphonic Band will need to arrive at the Belton High School Band Hall by 7:00pm in order to warm-up for their performance, and Wind Ensemble members will need to arrive at the same place for their warm-up by 7:20pm. Both groups of students will need to wear their red polo shirt tucked into black pants with black calf-length socks, black closed-toed shoes, and a black belt for gentlemen. Jazz Band students will wear their black jazz band dress shirt for the whole concert.

When students first arrive, they will need to double-check to see if they are in uniform (including tucked-in shirt). We will not be wearing any silly attire, such as Santa hats, for this formal performance. Instrument cases should stay in vehicles, or with parents at their seats in the PAC. Students should quickly find their seat, get out their music, and represent BMS well. Students should respect every adult working at Belton High School, as well as everyone playing music. All of the band students have worked hard on their music, and all of them deserve the same respect. Please remain seated while groups are performing, and applause is appreciated when done appropriately.

In order to be in compliance with Belton ISD’s guidelines for safety, we have a few things that everyone needs to follow in order to ensure everyone’s safety. Beginner parents may enter the building starting at 6:15pm, but must promptly exit at the conclusion of their performance (by 7:15pm). Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble/Jazz Band parents may enter the building immediately after, and are able to stay for the remainder of the concert. Since we are only allowed to be at 50% capacity, every other row will be blocked off, and please leave 3 seats between you and the next party. A mask must be worn the entire time you are in the building. Please promptly take your seat and avoid congregating in crowds. If you are feeling ill or are showing any COVID-type symptoms, please do the right thing and stay home.

Please see this timeline that we will follow for this concert, so be sure you know where to be and when.

All students can a grade of 100 for this performance if they follow all 3 of these rubric categories:

Punctual Attendance and Materials (50%): Students must be on time at the specific report time given for each ensemble (see above). Students must also have everything needed for their performance, including instrument and appropriate accessories, their binder with all music, and any other necessary materials.

Proper Attire (25%): Each performance has an appropriate uniform as outlined in the Belton Middle School Band Handbook – follow all guidelines to earn full credit, including tucked-in shirt.

Behavior and Concert Etiquette (25%): Students should always be disciplined in their behavior and act appropriately at all times, both on and off stage, including proper concert etiquette. This includes listening and not talking while others are speaking or performing

As always, if you have any questions or problems, please contact us. We hope to see you and your family at the Holiday Concert, and thank you for your support of your child’s music education!

Sincerely,

Mr. Pulley, Mr. Trahan, & Mr. Smith

Belton Middle School Band Directors

Chocolate Fundraiser Reminders

Greetings, hope you had a great holiday! Just a reminder that tomorrow (Monday the 30th) is the last day to check out chocolate for our fundraiser. We will have our last cash prize drawing at the end of school on Tuesday and give out a $20 bill to each of the 5 who are selected.

ALL money is due by this Wednesday (December 2). Remember you can’t returned open boxes of chocolate, so “buy” the rest of your box and turn in that money on Wednesday. Keep selling as long as you need to replace what you bought. Let’s finish strong and thanks for your help!

Upcoming Holiday Concert – Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band

Please note this message is intended for parents and students of Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band:

We want to be sure you have our upcoming Holiday Concert marked on your calendar at home.  The date is Monday, December 7 in the evening at the Belton High School Performing Arts Center (PAC).  We will give you definite times later, but we wanted to make sure you knew about this date since we cannot recreate a public performance.  We finally get to perform live in public again!

All students who have paid for their band uniform shirt should have received one by now.  If your child has not yet received theirs, kindly send $20 with them to school this week.  At the concert, students will wear their band shirt tucked into black dress pants (not jeans) with black dress shoes and black calf-length socks that serves as their band uniform.  Yes, tucking their shirt in is part of a well-kept appearance for our performances, and is required for our uniform for all of our students.  Young gentlemen will need to wear a black dress belt.  Jazz Band students will wear their jazz uniform shirt for this performance.

If your student does not have either of these items (such as black pants, black calf-length socks, black dress shoes, and/or black dress belt for gentlemen) please use this upcoming Thanksgiving break to get them for their band uniform they will wear throughout this year.  Again, this is a required part of our band uniform.  Young ladies need to tuck in their shirt as well, but do not need to wear a belt.  Consult our Band Handbook online for additional details.

We will need our remote virtual learners to come to school and physically participate in our class rehearsals in the Band Hall if they plan on performing at our concert.  Please contact us if this is not the case.

Thank you for your support, and let us know if you have any questions.

Upcoming Holiday Concert – Beginners

Please note this message is only intended for students and parents of our Beginning Band:

We wanted to make you aware of our upcoming Holiday Concert at the Belton High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Monday, December 7 in the evening.  Finally, our students get to perform live at their first band concert!!  We will give you definite times later, but we wanted to make sure this date was marked on your calendar at home since we cannot recreate a public performance.

All students who have paid for their band uniform t-shirt should have received one by now.  If your child has not yet received theirs, kindly send $10 with them to school this week.  At the concert, students will wear their band shirt tucked into jeans with closed-toed shoes that serves as their band uniform.  Yes, tucking their shirt in is part of a well-kept appearance for our performances, and is required for our uniform for all of our students.

Young gentlemen will need to wear a belt.  If your son does not have one, please use this upcoming Thanksgiving break to get them one for their band uniform that they will wear throughout this year.  Again, this is a required part of our band uniform.  Young ladies need to tuck in their shirt as well, but do not need to wear a belt.

In order to prepare for our upcoming performance, we will be having 2 required group rehearsals at school so we can put all 8 of our beginner classes together to perform as one Beginner’s Ensemble.  These will occur Thursday and Friday, December 3 and 4 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm both days.  These rehearsals will start at the beginning of our 8th period STRIPES class and continue after school until 4:30pm.  Parents will need to pick up their student at the bus loop by the side awning entrance near the Cafeteria at that time.  

We will need all of our remote virtual learners to come to school and physically participate in both of these rehearsals in the Band Hall if they plan on performing at our concert.  Please contact us if this is not the case.

Thank you for your support, and let us know if you have any questions.

Chocolate Fundraiser Details

Here are a few details regarding our World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser that starts this Tuesday.  Students must turn in this parent permission slip before they will be checked out chocolate.  

  • Starting on Tuesday, students can check out their first box of chocolate to sell.  Please help them understand that we are loaning them $60 worth of chocolate per box when we do this, and the $60 must be turned in using the envelope provided in each box before we will check them out more chocolate.  
  • Each day starting at 3:35pm, students may come to the Band Hall to check out their box.  They must have permission from their STRIPES teacher to do so, and we will inform the teachers of this.  Students should be patient as we have many students participating from all 3 grade levels, and each student must sign out their box.
  • Students CANNOT sell chocolate at school from the hours of 7:00am to 4:00pm as per state nutrition guidelines.  If a student is attending an after-school event after 4:00pm on campus and wishes to sell chocolate there, they MUST keep their box in their band locker during the school day.  Students caught walking around during school with their chocolate box will be discontinued from the fundraiser.
  • Cash or checks made out to BMS with a valid phone number may used.  No coins, please.  Help them double-check to make sure there is a total of $60 in each envelope, and they write their name and the amount on the outside of the envelope. 
  • Starting Wednesday, students should turn in their money envelope to a director BEFORE SCHOOL during their Advisory time from 7:30-8:05am before they report to 1st period.  We don’t want students walking around campus with their chocolate money in their backpack.  When a student turns in all $60 in their money envelope, they are eligible to check out another box at 3:35pm that same day.  We encourage all of our students to sell at least 2 boxes of chocolate.  
  • Parents may send a written note with their student or send us an email if they wish to check out more than one box at a time.  This is with the understanding that we will NOT accept any opened boxes of chocolate, and that each box checked out must have $60 returned by Wednesday, December 2.
  • Starting on Wednesday, a drawing from those who have turned in their chocolate money will be done every A day for five $20 bills.  The grand prize will be done after Wednesday, December 2 for those students who have turned in all of their money for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place sellers to win $100, $80, and $40, respectively.  Students must turn in all of their money to be eligible for cash prizes.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and we hope your student decides to participate as we are a new band program at a new school with very little in our Activity account.  This fundraiser will be used for student awards and band activities.  Let us know if you have any questions.

World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser

Starting on Tuesday, we will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate as our fundraiser to help build up our Band Activity Account for student awards and band activities. Click here to find the parent permission form that is due Monday, November 16 in order to check out chocolate on Tuesday, November 17. Please read all of the details on the form before signing up.

We encourage all of our students to participate, and email a director if you have any questions.

Band Social

Band Social on Thursday, November 19 from 5-7pm at Lion’s Park in Temple combined with the South Belton Band. All students and chaperones must wear a mask and observe social distancing. Please bring $5 by Monday the 16th that includes pizza, chips, and a drink. Also, bring outside game activities, such as horseshoes, footballs, frisbees, etc. Hope to see you there!

All-Region Band Results

Recently, members of the Belton Middle School Band competed in the TMEA All-Region Auditions.  This was done in a virtual format with students recording 3 scales and 2 musical studies they have been preparing since August for the competition.  These were then judged anonymously and each student was ranked along with all other band students from all of the middle schools in Belton, Bryan, and College Station.  

We are proud to announce that 16 of our students earned spots in the honor group!  We also had one more student earn a spot as 1st Alternate as honorable mention.  Please help me congratulate the following students:

From the flute section, Abigail I. placed 10th out of 26 flutes.  From the clarinet section, Avery R. placed 13th out of 24 clarinets.  In the saxophone section, Olivia B. placed FIRST out of 16 alto saxophones.  John P. placed 6th, and Noelle D. placed 8th.

From the trumpet section, Chris V. placed 17th out of 41 trumpets.  In the French horn section, Jane G. placed 9th out of 21 horns.  In the trombone section, Pablo U. placed FIRST out of 26 trombones.  Alyssa V. placed 6th, and David S. placed 10th.  David is a 2-Year All-Region member.  Kyan P. placed 11th out of 26 trombones.  From the euphonium section, Mallory L. placed 5th out of 11 euphoniums.

In the percussion section, Alyssa N. placed 2nd out of 35 percussionists, and Grant C. placed 3rd.  Brennan L. placed 10th, and Diego S. placed 13th.  Grace L. placed 17th and serves as the 1st Alternate in the percussion section.  

Thank you for recognizing our superior musicians!