8th Grade Night

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Who: SMS 8th Grade Band Students

Where: At Lee High Stadium

What: The Lee High marching band has invited 8th grade students from SMS to play with the marching band for a football game! This allows the students to meet people in the high school band and get a taste for what the high school marching band is all about!

When: Friday September 7th. We will meet at the stadium entrance at 6pm

Where do we sit?The students will sit with the marching band. Parents are welcome to sit next to the band. Please do not drop off your student and leave unless you have designated another family member or guardian to be responsible for the supervision of the student!

Cost: SMS students will get into the game for free, parents will need to pay the entrance fee for the game.


Q. What does my child need to bring?
A. Their SMS hoodie, Jeans, and instrument. Students should eat dinner beforehand, pack dinner, or bring money for the concession stands.

Q. Is attendance required?
A. Nope! But strongly recommended!

Q. How long do they play for?
A. Students will play the pre-game show on the field with the marching band, they will then move to the stands and play pep tunes during the 1st and 2nd quarters. At the half time show, the marching band will play their show on the field and the 8th graders are invited to the track to see the show! After the halftime show the kids can enjoy the game with friends/family, continue playing with the band 4th quarter, or leave.

Band news 7/30/18 6th Grade Edition

Hello Band Parents!!!

We can’t wait to make some great music with you awesome kids! We hope to see you guys at the open house this Wednesday at 6:30pm. If you have any specific questions, it’s best to ask before then because the band room tends to be pretty packed with people that night. If you have any instruments that you’d like us to check the condition on, you can certainly bring it that night! Also, if you already have an instrument, we will have name tags available that tell the student which band locker is theirs. It’s nice not to worry about taking it to school on the first day.

I’ve attached the supply list. Many things on the list come with the instrument if you rent or buy it, but it’s best to check. If you’re not sure what some of the things are, just let me know! You definitely need to get the Essential Elements book, a 1in. Binder, and a small makeup mirror though. (Percussionists don’t need a mirror)

If you rented your instrument through Shen-Valley Band in Harrisonburg, they will drop off the instruments sometime this week. We will then hand them out to the students next week. If you got your instrument from Staunton Music, Music and Arts, or online, then I’m not sure when and where they will deliver. You may need to check with them. PLEASE DO NOT LET THEM PLAY THEIR INSTRUMENT BEFORE GETTING TRAINED! It builds bad habits and can break the instruments if they are put together incorrectly.

Some parents have been asking when we start working with the instruments. The first few days of school we are mostly checking off who has what from the materials list and getting the kids used to the routines of the band room. There are a lot of logistics involved with band class and 6th graders need a bit of practice with all of that. By day 4 or 5 we will start learning how to make sound.

I think that’s about it! Let me know if you have any questions!

Charlie Nesmith
Band Director, Shelburne Middle School
300 Grubert Ave
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 383-3753

Band news 7/30/18 7th and 8th Grade Edition

Hello 7th and 8th grade band parents!

If you want to change, add, or remove your name from this mailing last, please let me know.

We hope to see you all at the open house this Wednesday at 6pm! I’ve attached the supply list and I will highlight some specific notes below! If you have any questions, please let me know!

All 7th/8th (but especially 7th): In 7th and 8th grade we use Essential Elements book 2. It has a red stripe on the top. Be sure to order online or at a music store!

Clarinet and Sax Players: Now that you aren’t in 6th grade anymore, you need to be playing on Vandoren 2.5 or 3 reeds. Vandoren 2 is now too soft for you and if you use it, you will play out of tune and your high range will be difficult.

Brass Players: If you have not played your instruments all summer, most of your slides and valves are going to be very sticky (or even stuck, in this case, let me handle it). You need to give your instrument a bath for it to start working properly again. See this video for the general idea. (Halfway through this video the guy uses balloons and brass polish to shine the outside, feel free to skip this part)

School rentals: For those students playing Tuba and other large instruments that are rented from the school, we will have the rental forms available during open house. We’d like payment the first week of school if possible.

Oboe/Bassoon: Make sure you get at least 3 “Medium-Soft” reeds. No NOT get “medium” reeds or “soft” reeds, it must be “Medium-soft”. If not, you’re going to have a bad time.

Percussion: Make sure you have a good matching pair of snare sticks and the mallets for your bell kit. If you lost your mallets, you will need to order a replacement. See the materials list for a replacement suggestion.

Looking forward to a great year!