Southwest Bands

Southwest Middle School, Rapid City, SD

 ________2016- 2017________

THE 2017 

SWMS POPS CONCERT!!

The Pops Concert will be May 12th in the SWMS gym. Performance times are 1:30 and 6:30pm.  There is no admission. Consessions will be available.  This years theme is "Music of Walt Disney", featuring music from 60 years of Disney classics. 

                .......6TH GRADE SPRING CONCERT......

The 6th grade band and Orchestra will be presenting their Spring Concert on May 8th at 7:00pm.  The concert will be held at the SWMS gym.  The program will last approximately 40 minutes.  

AUDITION TIMES AND LOCATIONS are located on the FOB information sheet. 

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2017 FESTIVAL OF BANDS information
is now available HERE.
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Missed performance makeup, and extra credit information
is available by clicking HERE,

or by clicking on the Grading link located in the bar.

Be sure to check out ALL CONCERT DATES using the link at the top of the page called CALENDAR.

WELCOME TO THE 2016-2017 YEAR!


PLEASE BE WATCHING OUR WEBSITE FOR VALUABLE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COMING YEAR.

BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE LINKS ABOVE; ESPECIALLY CALENDAR, GRADING, AND NEWS!


MR. FORESMAN

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4th ANNUAL FOB T-SHIRTS... $5.00... MAKE CHECKS TO SWMS BAND

 

Chair auditions for Festival of Bands takes place for all 7th and 8th grade band students. Each instrument auditions at different Middle Schools across town. Please note the LOCATION and TIME for your child’s audition. It is important that they arrive in plenty of time to be at their location site on time. Due to the large number of students, multiple judges and locations there will not be make-up auditions. If an audition is missed for any reason, the student will be seated in the band accordingly. For the sake of judges, and other students arriving for their audition, we will strive to keep all auditions on time. If you have further questions please email your director.

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7th & 8th BAND CELEBRATION!!


Students.. 


You are invited to an afternoon of fun and

entertainment! Friday, Jan 22nd, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Southwest Middle School Multi-purpose Room.


There will be door prizes, games, food, and entertainment provided by the SHS Jazz Band and Drumline!


No admission! Sponsored by SWMS Band Parents.

      WINTER BAND CONCERT 2016

Dear Parent...   This coming Monday, January 11th, at 7pm, SHS Fine Arts, the Southwest Middle School Bands will be presenting their 2016 Winter Concert. The program will feature 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands, and will last approximately one hour.

Students need to arrive at 6:45, and are to meet in their designated areas. The auditorium will open at 6:30pm. There is no admission for this event. Students are to dress nicely. No T-shirts with writing, jeans, or shorts. The kids have spent a number of weeks preparing this music for your enjoyment. Please encourage them by being an attentive audience and clapping loud following their selections.

Monday, during the school hours, students will be traveling to SHS for a rehearsal. We will be back to SW by the end of the school day.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday night, and as always, if you have questions, please feel free to give me a call at the school or drop me an email.

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ALL-STATE AUDITIONS 


THIS NEXT WEEK!!!


It's crunch time!!  Auditions for the 2016 SD All State MS Band will be the first week in December.  A 30 minute sign-up sheet will be on the band room door. Be Sure to sign-up for your audition/recording time.

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DATE CHANGE!!!  The Winter Concert will be held January 11th, 2016, 7pm, at the SHS Fine Arts Auditorium. Please make this adjustment on your home calendar!  Thank you!
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SOLO & ENSEMBLE CONTEST

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2015

North Middle School... 1501 N. Maple Ave.


AUDITION ATTIRE: Please look nice. No t-shirts with writing on them.


Arrive at your audition site, 5 minutes early. There will be a warm-up area to meet with your group and play a bit before you go into your performance center. Parents, friends and family are welcome to come and listen. Once at your performance center, do NOT play your instrument until you go in. Be sure to give the judge a copy of your music, and then be sure to get it back from them after you have played. Once finished, you are free to leave or listen to other groups. Please bring back all music on Monday.

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The 7th and 8th grade bands will be performing for the Veterans Day Program at Southwest MS on Tuesday, November 10th, at 9:30am.  

Parents, family and friends are invited. If you know a Veteran, bring them with you! 

Sign-up for ALL-STATE BAND REHEARSAL. Bandroom Door.
If auditioning, you must sign up for at least one rehearsal.

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RED RIBBON PARADE HAS BEEN CANCELLED THIS YEAR DUE TO A
SCHEDULING CONFLICT WITH SD SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY.
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MARCHING NIGHT AT 

O’HARE STUDIUM, SDSM&T


We will have two rehearsals for our marching night. The dates are October 6th and October 7th. The kids need to only come to one night of their choice. However, if they come to both, I will give them extra credit! Rehearsal is from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the Post 320 practice field, directly across from Sioux Park Swimming Pool.


We will march during the SHS Football game on Friday, October 9th. Students need to arrive at O’hare at 6:00pm. Tickets will be sent home with students for parents and siblings.

Dress is the black band t-shirt and jeans. It may be cool, so I would recommend bringing a jacket. Students are required to stay until half-time, following the SHS Marching Band performance.

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Oct. 9 7/8 March with SHS Raider Band O’Hare Field 6PM

TBA    Red Ribbon Day Parade O’Hare Field 10:30AM

Nov. 13  7/8 Solo & Ensemble NMS 3:30PM

Nov. 9 7/8 Play for Veterans Program SW gym 9:25AM

Nov. 16 All-State Band Auditions begin SW Band n/a


Dec. 11 All-State MS Auditions Due n/a n/a


Jan. 12 6/7/8 Winter Concert SHS 7PM


Feb 1-5 Festival of Band Auditions various 3:30PM


Mar. 4-5 All-State Middle School Band Pierre, SD all day

Mar. 12 Festival of Bands Civic Center 5 & 7:30PM


April NO BAND EVENTS :)


May 9 SW 6 Band/Orchestra Concert SW gym 5PM

May 12 SW Pops Concert SW gym 1:30 & 6:30

May 13 SW Band/Chorus Tour Community all day

Welcome to band this 2015-2016 School Year!  

I am very pleased and excited to have you as part of the band, and I look forward to a great year of learning and concerts!

AS ALWAYS!! If you have questions, concerns or ideas... I can always be reached via my email at [email protected] You can also reach me by phone, 605.394.6792.

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SWMS POPS CONCERT... May 14th...  1:30 & 6:30 pm

 

6th Grade

Band &

Orchestra 

Concert


May 7th, 7pm

SWMS gym

Congratulations to the 2015 All State Band Members from Southwest Middle School.


Youngeun Yang - Flute (2 year member)

Julia Hawkins - Flute

Natalie Hughes - Bass Clarinet (2 year member)

Molly Larson - Bari Saxophone

Stephanie Shuster - Trumpet (2 year member)

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FOB INFORMATION COMING SOON. WATCH FOR THE LETTER, OR GO TO THE FOB LINK LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE!

Got a text from Elvis!!

 

He says

 


"Fabulous Concert

 

Last Night!"  


The SW bands will be traveling to SHS to rehearse for the Winter Concert:


January 12th:


8:15 - 10:00am...  7th and 8th bands


1:30 - 3:00pm...  6th bands


All students will have transportation too and from the rehearsal site.


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December 22nd  -  January 2nd, 2015

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL GIFTS I RECEIVED           FROM STUDENTS THIS YEAR!  THEY ARE TRULY APPRECIATED :)

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Nice job students on the Fall Fund Raiser.

 

Here are the results!!


6th Grade - $2246.00

7th Grade - 2342.00

8th Grade: 949.50

numbers based on gross sales

SOLO & ENSEMBLE CONTEST.. FRIDAY, NOV. 7th... NORTH MS... 
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR TIME and CENTER.  
BE 20 MINUTES EARLY!  SEE YOU THERE!!!

GREAT JOB REPRESENTING SWMS AT THE RED RIBBON PARADE !!!   WE WON THE RED SPIRIT AWARD!

CONGRATS !!

On October 4th, 2014, the 7th and 8th grade bands from SWMS and WMS will be marching the pre-game show with the SHS Raider Marching Band. This is a required performance, so please be sure to mark it on your calendar! The students have been working hard on learning and memorizing the music for this event, but we still have to put it on the field with all bands combined.

Marching rehearsal will be on Tuesday, September 30th, and Wednesday, October 1th, from 4:00-5:00PM, at the Post 320 field, across from Sioux Park. Please be sure to have your instrument, and dress appropriately for the weather. The marching event will take place at O’Hare Field on the SDSM&T Campus. The students need to be in the bleacher section at 6:15PM. Free tickets for students and all family members will be provided. 

Students will wear their black band t-shirt ($10), blue jeans, and comfortable shoes. You may wear a long sleeve white or black t-shirt under your band shirt if you would like. Coats can be used in the bleachers, if it is cold. ALL band students will remain with the SHS band until AFTER the half-time show. Students will then be allowed to leave if they wish. Large instruments and percussion will be transported by trailer.

This is a great opportunity for your child to experience a taste of marching band, and to see the great fun and camaraderie these upper class-men have. We look forward to seeing you on MARCHING NIGHT!

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Welcome to SWMS Band program! I am very pleased and excited to have you as part of the band, and I look forward to a great year of learning and concerts!

AS ALWAYS!! If you have questions, concerns or ideas... I can always be reached via my email at [email protected] You can also reach me by phone, 605.394.6792.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:


- You must be in the room by the time the bell rings. If you are not, you will be given a tardy slip.

- No food or GUM is allowed in the Bandroom. These can cause great damage to your instrument. If you are caught with gum or food, you will be required to come in after school and assist in cleaning the Bandroom:)

- Students will need to have their instrument, music folder, pencil, a good reed or valve/slide oil depending on your instrument.

- Percussion are to keep the percussion section clean. All music and mallets are to be put away after rehearsal.

- ALL instruments need to be in cases and are to be in storage slots. Do not leave your instrument on the floor.

- Students are expected to practice a minimum of 15 minutes 4 times a week.

- There will not be practice time cards, however, there will be quarterly playing tests.


GRADING:


- Students are given a daily participation point. If you forget your instrument or music, or if you are not being attentive in class, you will loose your daily point.

- Students will receive points for concert participation. ALL concerts are mandatory. 

PLEASE PUT THE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR!!

- Students are graded on weekly playing and written tests.

- Opportunities for extra credit will be made available


REQUIRED SUPPLIES:


- ALL STUDENTS need to have a 1” BLACK binder, and 15 clear sheets. I have binders available for $1.00, and 15 clear sheets available for $2.00.

- Students need to have a PENCIL EVERY DAY.

- Woodwinds should always have three good reeds. Brass players need to have valve or slide oil.

- 6th Grade needs to have BOOK 1 of STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE

- 7th Grade needs to have BOOK 2 of STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE

- 7th/8th BAND POLO SHIRT. Cost is $10.

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Have a GREAT summer everyone!!  See you in the Fall!  Mr. F.

SUMMER BAND FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! If you are interested in keeping up on your playing this summer, want some great instruction, and spend some time with friends making music, then SUMMER BAND might be for you! It's an economical way to continue working on your instrument, AND with the aid of a $25 scholarship it's reasonably priced. That's right!! Sign up for SUMMER BAND, and the SW band will pay $25 of your registration fee. Simply return the completed form, with a check for $50, and I will send in the registration and pay the balance. It's that easy! 

8th GRADE BAND and CHORUS TOUR!

On Friday, May 16th, the 8th grade band and chorus students will be touring, by bus, elementary schools throughout Rapid City, promoting music in our school. The schools we will be performing at include, Meadowbrook, Corral Drive, South Canyon, and Wilson. We will be having lunch at the Mall; students will need to have money for this. Students will be gone the entire day, leaving at 8:00am and returning at 3:00pm. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to drop me an email. 

2014 SWMS POPS CONCERT is just around the corner!! May 15th, two showings.. 1:30 and 6:30PM in the SW gym. The performance will feature the 7th and 8th grade Band, Orchestra and Chorus kids. This years theme is: "Music from Animated Films". 

Special guest for this event is the SHS Concert Choir.


Popcorn, Soda Fountain Soda, and Big Box Candy will all be available for the event, so bring a few dollars! It's going to be a great concert, and a lot of fun. We look forward to seeing you there!


Students need to bring $5.00 to pay for their Pops T-shirt. Please make checks to SWMS Music.


Students need to arrive for the evening performance at 6:15PM. Band students will meet in the bandroom.


Awesome Concert 6th Band and Orchestra!!

      6th BAND ORCHESTRA CONCERT. MARCH 8th, 7:00PM. SWMS GYM. 

6th GRADE SPRING BAND & ORCHESTRA CONCERT...  will be held in the Southwest gym on May 8th, beginning at 7:00PM.  Cookies and coffee will be available during the program.  Students will be performing traditional as well as pop literature. Dress for this performance is formal. We ask that the students look nice, and dress appropriately for a concert (no t-shirts or jeans). The program will last approximately one hour. The band students will need to arrive at 6:45PM, and will be meeting in the bandroom.   We look forward to seeing you there!


Ever wonder how music affects the brain and how that impacts academic achievement; or how music shapes the way our students think of themselves and the world around them?  Check out this great website which explains how music affects such things as: cognitive thinking, decision making, reading skills, creativity, communication.. and so much more!


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC EDUCATION

Be sure to check out the new link at the top of the page, CAMPS, where you can find information and links to all the regional music camps available for middle school students. 

According to the National Summer Learning Association, numerous studies show that summer learning opportunities lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college. Keeping children engaged through enriching experiences and activities have also been shown to positively affect their self-esteem, confidence and motivation. For those who don’t participate in summer learning activities, the break can lead to serious academic consequences. By participating in summer camps, students return to school with improved social skills, project planning skills, confidence and an increased awareness of learning and leadership. Experiences that children have at a summer camp can be profound and remembered long after the summer is over.

It’s never too early to start thinking about where to send your child for summer camp. Although many camps can teach a child valuable skills, it’s worthwhile to consider sending your children to a summer camp that specializes in something that fosters both intellectual and social growth. Music camps offer children the opportunity to develop their abilities while interacting with peers.






POPS CONCERT


 INFORMATION


COMING SOON!

Congratulations on an OUTSTANDING Festival Of Bands 2014

For Information about the Festival of Bands, Audition times and locations, tickets, and MUCH MORE, click on the  FOB LINK ABOVE

AUDITIONS:  FESTIVAL OF BANDS:  7th and 8th grade, February 18th or 21st.

Solo and Ensemble Contest will take place this coming Friday, January 17th, at North Middle School. The students have been working on their material for the past several weeks. Not all students are involved. This activity is for extra credit.  Students participating have been given their solo or ensemble time. Parents, friends and family members are encouraged to come and listen. Students need to arrive a minimum of 20 minutes prior to their performance time. Please use the front entrance of North Middle School. There is no charge or fee for this activity. I hope to see you there!

The Southwest Middle School Bands will be presenting a Winter Concert on January 14th, at the Stevens High School Fine Arts Auditorium. The Concert will begin at 7:00PM, and will feature our Pep Band, 6th grade band, and the 7th/8th Concert Band. 


Admission is free. Doors will open at 6:40PM. Students are to meet in their assigned rooms. Parents may enter through the Main Theater doors. 


This is a formal Concert, and students are encouraged to look their best. Please, no t-shirts with writing or logos on them. Dress pants, and dresses are recommended. 


The day of the performance students will be traveling by bus, to rehearse at SHS. They will miss approximately 1:20 minutes of school. Transportation will be provided both ways.  This is a required performance, and all students will be graded on their participation. 


If you have questions, please feel free to contact me via our contact page.

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The SW bands will be traveling to SHS to rehearse for the Winter Concert:


January 14th:


8:15 - 10:00am...  7th and 8th bands


1:30 - 3:00pm...  6th bands


All students will have transportation to and from the rehearsal site.

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Wishing you a very
Merry Christmas...
and a Joyous
New Year!

6th Grade

Has finished book 1

Standards of Excellence!!


We will be starting in Book 2

Standards of Excellence after

Christmas break.


Please purchase a book 2 (blue cover)

at Haggerty Music Works

or order online! Thank You!


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GREAT JOB!!
Corral Drive and Meadowbrook
on your Christmas Programs.

Second Quarter Mid-terms were complete as of Dec. 6th, 2013

Meadowbrook Christmas Program

Dec. 13th, 2013, MB gym.

Band performs at the 10:15AM performance

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Corral Drive Christmas Program

Dec. 17th, 2013, SWMS gym

Band performs at the 9:00AM performance

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  School on Nov. 25th and 26th, with Wed. through Friday off! 


I just want to say that I am thankful for being part of such a great school and district, and for having so many great parents and students. I truly do look forward to band every day! 


I hope your Thanksgiving Holiday is filled with joy and time with friends and family.   _______________________________________________________________________

6th Grade 
Cookie Dough Party!!

Tuesday
November 26th
during Band Period

Top Selling Group
Congratulations!

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SCALE TESTING - Week 4 Second Quarter
(6th-Eb,F) (7th-Ab,C,Gm melodic) (8th- Gm,Dm,Am melodic)
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The 2014 MSASB will be February 28th - March 1st, T.F. Riggs High School, Pierre, SD. Auditions for this event will be due on December 10th.  Recording of Auditions will begin mid-November. Students auditioning for this event can sign up in the band room for additional help before and after school. Click here for a complete list of scales, etudes, and general information for this event!


AUDITIONS SCHEDULED FOR: DECEMBER 4-11. 

FOR THOSE AUDITIONING.... PLEASE SEE ME TO SET UP AN AUDTION TIME

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GREAT JOB BAND on VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM!

Veterans Day Program


Again, this year, Southwest Middle School will have the privilege to host a Veteran's Day Program, at the SWMS gym, on November 8th, 9:25AM.

The Band, Chorus, and Orchestra will be performing for this event; and will include guest veteran speakers, recognition of SW staff who are veteran's, recognition of students who have parents that are currently serving, and a "white cloth ceremony". Parents, family and friends are invited to attend. 

The band will be performing, The Star Spangled Banner, America The Beautiful, and an original work by Michael Sweeney, entitled Last Full Measure "A Gettysburg Address"Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, this is a medley of Civil War-era tunes. The Girl I Left Behind Me, When Johnny Comes Marching Home and the tender Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier express longing and hope for loved ones far away. In contrast, Battle Cry of Freedom and Battle Hymn of the Republic inspire feelings of patriotic resolve and courage.

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PEP BAND TO PLAY PEP ASSEMBLY 

THIS FRIDAY, OCT. 25th


PEP BAND will play the Pep Assembly this coming Friday afternoon at 2:15 in the Southwest gym. Students will be dismissed from class at 2:00PM to set up. Songs will include: Go Big Blue, Hey Song, Don't Stop Believin', Land of a Thousand Dances, School Song, Star Spangled Banner. Following the Assembly, band students need to move all chairs, stands, instruments, and percussion back to the band room.  ________________________________________________________________________________________

Southwest School Conferences. 

Stop by the band table and say hi! The students are doing great. Testing is going well, and students are making progress on their music for upcoming concerts. Our biggest concern remains talking at appropriate times, not disrupting the class, and distracting others. These are concerns we will continue to work on.

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Marching Night with SHS Raider Band

          cancelled due to snow :(


On October 11th, 2013, the 7th and 8th grade bands from SWMS and WMS will be marching the pre-game show with the SHS Raider Marching Band. This is a required performance, so please be sure to mark it on your calendar! The students have been working hard on learning and memorizing the music for this event, but we still have to put it on the field with all bands combined.

Marching rehearsal will be on Wednesday, October 9th, from 4:00-5:00PM, at the Post 320 field, across from Sioux Park. Please be sure to have your instrument, and dress appropriately for the weather. A makeup rehearsal will be on Thursday, October 10th, in case of bad weather. The marching event will take place at O’Hare Field on the SDSM&T Campus. The students need to be in the bleacher section at 6:00PM. Free tickets for students and all family members will be provided. 

Students will wear their new band shirt ($10), blue jeans, and comfortable shoes. You may wear a long sleeve white or black t-shirt under your band shirt if you would like. Coats can be used in the bleachers, if it is cold. ALL band students will remain with the SHS band until AFTER the half-time show. Students will then be allowed to leave if they wish. Large instruments and percussion will be transported by trailer.

This is a great opportunity for your child to experience a taste of marching band, and to see the great fun and camaraderie these upper class-men have. We look forward to seeing you on MARCHING NIGHT!

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cancelled due to snow :(

The Red Ribbon Parade is Saturday, October 5th, 11:00AM. Students should meet at the SDSM&T Surbeck Center parking lot at 10:15. This activity is for EXTRA CREDIT, and not required. Wear something red or white, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Bring your instrument, and a bag of candy to toss in the street for kids! The parade will end approximately at 11:30. The float will return to O’hare Field parking lot. We will be playing GO BIG BLUE and HEY SONG. Work on getting those song memorized! The RED RIBBON PARADE is always a lot of fun, and our SW BAND does a great job representing our school.

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