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!

All-Region Audition Recording Sessions

Please note that the message below is only intended for select members of the Wind Ensemble:

We are excited that it is finally time for this year’s prestigious TMEA All-Region Band Auditions on Saturday, October 31!  The students have worked very hard on their scales and etudes since the start of school, and now they finally get to see how they measure up to the competition!  This is the most individually-competitive event we do all year, and the students compete with middle schools from Belton, Bryan, and College Station.  Students that makeRegion Band are considered state-ranked within Texas middle schools!

Parents should sign up their student for a time slot using Sign-Up Genius at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y5jrl8h7 no later than this Wednesday, October 28.  These times range from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Belton Middle School.  Students should arrive at the side Cafeteria entrance under the awning (by the bus loop) 30 minutes before their recording time.  This will allow them to get focused, warm-up, and tune in the Cafeteria before their time slot.  Students should take their instrument home with them the day before (Friday) so as to not disturb the recording sessions already in progress in the Band Hall.

If the student plays a woodwind instrument (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, or saxophone) they should report to the Orchestra Room promptly at their designated recording time.  Brass instruments (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba) should report to the Band Hall.  Percussion students should report to the Ensemble Room.  A director will meet each student at that place and time and help them make 5 recordings: 1. First Scale, 2. Second Scale, 3. Chromatic Scale, 4. First Etude, and 5. Second Etude.  The first and second scales should be announced by the judges before Saturday (hopefully).

This recording session is considered a performance, and will be taken as a major grade using the following rubric:

Be Punctual – arrive at the Cafeteria 30 minutes before your scheduled time slot, and be on time to your recording room for your audition (25 points)

Be Prepared – have all of your music, instrument, and supplies ready to go ahead of time.  Make sure that your instrument is in good working order, including broken-in reeds and valves that have been oiled ahead of time (25 points)

Be Prepared – wear school-appropriate attire when you enter the build.  Do not wear hats so you don’t interfere with the playing of your instrument or the recording (25 points)

Be Disciplined – both in the practicing of your instrument and in your behavior at all times, including the Cafeteria, hallways, and recording room (25 points)

Thank you ahead of time for your support of our band students.  If you have any questions or conflicts, please contact Mr. Pulley ASAP.  We wish all of our students the best of luck as they make final preparations for this year’s All-Region auditions.

Thursday’s M100 Rehearsal

Please note this message is intended for 7th and 8th grade band students only:

This Thursday, October 15 we will be having our first band event of the 2020-2021 school year!  Our 7th and 8th grade band students will be observing a rehearsal and performance of the Belton HS Marching 100 (M100) in Tiger Stadium.  Students will need to arrive at the BMS Band Hall at 5pm.  No instruments or uniforms are necessary for this event.  We will then walk over as a large group to Tiger Stadium to watch.  Masks will be required to be worn by students, parent chaperones, and directors, and social distancing guidelines will be in effect.

Students will also be observing proper concert etiquette guidelines by not talking or disrupting the viewing of the rehearsal and performance, and they will be provided a bottle of water to stay hydrated.  This gives our students the opportunity to observe the high performance level of the high school band, and gives them a glimpse into what it’s like to be part of the M100, a goal we have for all Belton MS Band students.  Afterwards, we will walk back to BMS and parents can pick up their student in the BMS Bus Loop (staff parking lot) by 6:30pm.  

We do realize that other events, such as a girls’ volleyball game, will be occurring at the same time as this event.  If your student has a conflict during our event, please email their director and let us know no later than this Wednesday, October 14 so that we don’t count them as Unexcused for their absence.  See our Band Handbook on our website for more details.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and thank you for your support!

Practicing Expectations

Please note that this message is only intended for the parents/students of Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble:

As we start this 3rd week of school, we want to communicate the expectations for practicing for our advanced band students.  Practicing is necessary outside of class time in order to improve one’s ability on their instrument.  Unlike other classes, band students have homework every week that includes practicing 5 days a week for a minimum of 25 minutes each day. 

Each week, we will be giving students a hard copy of their practice record, as well as posting it in Google Classroom.  After a student practices, a parent will then initial in the box of that particular day.  Practice Records are due the first A Day of the week.  For example, next Monday the 28th is an A Day, so practice records will be due on Monday.  The following week it’s a B Day, so the practice records will be due on Tuesday.  Ten points will be taken off for every day under 5 days that the student does not practice.  For example, if a student only practices 3 days a particular week, their grade would be an 80.

Five points will be deducted for the first day that it is late, followed by 1 point off each subsequent day thereafter.  Practice Records will not be accepted past Friday of the week they are due.  Because practice records are taken as a daily grade every week, a significant portion of a student’s band grade will be determined by their consistency of turning in practice records.  Students should not expect to earn a passing grade for Band if they do not practice and turn in their practice records.

The content of what students will practice will change from week-to-week as they receive their practice records.  As an example, this week’s practice record for Wind Ensemble has been linked here for your viewing.  Symphonic Band’s practice record will be different, and they will receive it in class as well as having it posted to Google Classroom.

The document “How to Practice” has been attached here so both parents and students can better understand how to create successful practice sessions.  We will also be teaching students in class how they should practice, and we would like to count on you the parents to help them schedule their practice times

In addition to at-home practice, students may practice in the Band Hall before school starting at 7:30am until 8:00am.  This is a great time for students to get feedback on their practicing from us the directors, as well as ask for help with a particular scale or passage.  In this instance, we the directors would sign the practice record for that particular day.  Students are still responsible for getting directors to sign their practice record if they take advantage of this.  We will not hunt them down!  Please do not take the student’s word for it that they practiced unless you see our initials on their practice record!  Please note that practicing before school is a privilege that can be taken away if students are not focusing and intentionally practicing.  

Thank you for your support of your band student’s improvement on their instrument.  Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help your student practice better.

Band Reminders

If you haven’t already, feel free to watch our Meet the Teacher Night video here: https://youtu.be/fw5lI0Xe4AU.

Remember that ALL students will need to purchase a shirt this year for their uniform. Please fill out their shirt size here no later than this Friday, September 18, if you have not already done so: https://forms.gle/Hdbqnu15icDot6mt9. Payment for the shirt is also due on Friday, and you can pay a variety of ways: Cash or Check made out to BMS with a valid phone number put in an envelope with your student’s name and the item on the outside. We also have on online store where you can pay for shirts, instrument usage fees, and the optional auto decal: http://tinyurl.com/beltonmsbandstore. The first payment for instrument usage fees are also due this Friday.

Thank you to those of you who have already filled out the form and sent in your payment! By now you should have received an email receipt containing your student’s updated financial statement. Email Mr. Pulley if you have any questions on this.

TONIGHT, the Belton HS M100 will having a Spirit Night at Chipotle! Take a night off from cooking and support the HS Band from 4:00-8:00pm. You can order online using the code: LMGPPYV and pick it up to take home. Or go to the Temple location for dine in or take out and show this flyer to give the Band credit. Thanks!

Payments for Instruments, Shirts, and Auto Decals

We apologize for the delay in sending out this information, but it’s been a very busy first week of school, including the weekend.  Below is information about turning in money for school-owned instruments, uniform shirts, and the optional auto decals.  We accept cash or checks made out to BMS with a valid phone number.  You can send your student’s money in a sealed envelope with their name and item written on the outside.  They should then give it directly to a director, not the black turn-in box. 

New this year is the ability to pay online using the district’s RevTrack system.  Visit http://tinyurl.com/beltonmsbandstore for the website, but please know the site charges a 4% processing fee and the standard 8.025% sales tax on top of our costs.  

Be sure to visit https://beltonmsband.org/forms and click on Uniform Shirt Order Form if you haven’t yet turned in your student’s shirt size.  Beginner shirts are $10, and the polo shirts for Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble are $20.  Jazz Band dress shirts are $25.  Be sure to turn in multiple submissions if you would like more than one shirt, say for a parent.  You can also custom order an Auto Decal for your vehicle for $10, and these are optional.  These submissions are due no later than this Friday, September 18.

If your student uses a school-owned instrument, you should have already signed up for a payment plan.  Plan #1 is the full $100 due this week.  Plan #2 is $50 due this week, and another $50 due January 15.  Plan #3 is $25 due this week, as well as November 16, February 16, and April 12.  Plan #4 is $12.50 due this week, as well as the 15th of every month until April 12.

Be sure to let us know if you have any questions.  Thank you for your help as our band program starts to take shape!

First Week of Band!

We are gearing up and ready for the first week of the Belton MS Band!  Here are a few informational items, as well as some reminders for this first week:

Band Supplies and Materials are due this week but we want students to wait until Wednesday to start bringing them in.  This is because everything is so hectic that first day, and we are just trying to get students where they are supposed to be without having to worry about bringing supplies. 

Starting on Wednesday, students in the following classes can bring their instrument and materials to school: B Day = All Beginning Band classes and Jazz Band.  Then starting on Thursday, A Day band students can bring their instrument and materials to school = Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.  If that’s too confusing, feel free to check out our daily Band Block Schedule here: https://tinyurl.com/y4bs7gpl 

Please check out our Supplies and Materials website to see if you have all of your student’s band stuff ready to go to school here: https://beltonmsband.org/supplies-materials.  

Speaking of school supplies, we also need all Beginning Band students to bring 1 pack of lined notebook index cards on their day above.  This will help us learn the notes on the staff for our specific instrument.  I apologize for the late notice.

Lastly, because we are a newly re-opened school, we do not yet have locks for our instrument lockers.  If you are renting an instrument from a music store or if your student is bringing their own instrument from home, you may want to provide them with a combination or key lock.  This is not required, but we wanted to let you know before the first day of school.  We hope to purchase locks for all of our instrument lockers soon.

Thank you for reading this information, and make sure your student signs up for Google Classroom by following the instructions here: https://beltonmsband.org/2020/09/03/google-classroom-sign-up-procedure.  At-Home Learners will find all of their instructions and lessons for Band at this site.  We look forward to meeting your student this week!