Band lesson will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The schedule will be posted on Lessons tab of the band website any moment now. We’re still making adjustments to the schedule and will keep the website up-to-date at least weekly as adjustments are made to the schedule.
Students will have weekly lesson times. They will alternate weeks between having a 1-on-1 lesson with a staff member, or focusing on personal practice.
Students who are studying with a private teacher will be allowed to “vouch” for their lessons by having their private sign a voucher form (also available in the Lesson tab of the band website).
This hear, J-Hawk Foundations program will focus on the topic of “accountability.”
August’s session focused on personal responsibility. The next session on Nov. 29th, will focus on supporting each other towards goals. The final session on March 28th will also be on team accountability.
Please ensure these dates on in students’ calendars. All meetings will be at 2:30 pm in the PAC.
J-Hawk Foundations is a program for students in all activities designed to develop leadership skills and all-around success in activities, academics, and daily life. Students are expected to attend this session. Coaches and Directors will also be in attendance; we will be working together.
- Students will be asked to check off their “counts in music” (they know what this is). Students were given time during camp to complete this project.
- Students will be asked to perform memorization checks on the marching band music during their lessons. To receive 100%, students should be able to play the entire set of music memorized by State Contest in October.
Students have the opportunity to exceed expectations by completing this prior to the homecoming game. If so, they will receive a grade of 150%.
For student taking private lessons, we will accept memorization checks by video. The video should be at a wide enough angle to show the student and surround area to ensure performance is by memory. It is acceptable (actually preferable) to have make the video with the music playing in the background. Music can be accessed on the marching band page of the band website. (The password for that page is: ujb2017gambit)
Marching Band Itineraries
As they become available, all itineraries related to marching band will be posted in the Itineraries tab of the band website.
Currently, these itineraries are available.
Home football games
Johnston Marching Invitational
“All Hands On Deck” for the Urbandale Marching Invitational
This is an event for which we count of support/volunteerism from 100% of band families (and the last “All Hands On Deck” for the school year).
We will host 22 marching bands, well over 2000 students and another 2000+ spectators on for the 20th Annual event from about 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. Our event is well known in the state as a premier event with the best hospitality around.
To make it happen, we count on each family contributing volunteerism in the areas of ticket sales, concessions stand, time-keepers, hospitality room host, program sales and more. Please visit the link below and sign up to help! The tasks are easy and the time working with other families is fun.
Unique &/or Skilled help needed:
Medical professionals to staff the Marching Invitational Aid Station. Medical volunteers will not treat students, but triage visitors who may need simple first aid vs. those who may need to seek care at a clinic or hospital.
General Band Volunteerism:
Links for both general Band and Urbandale Marching Invitational volunteering opportunities are always available on the Volunteering page on the Band website: http://jhawkbands.urbandaleschools.com/volunteer/
Thanks to Beth Day
A heartfelt thanks to Beth Day for wrangling volunteers for the Dairy Barn this year.
We often talk about a “fair share” being 3 shifts for students and 2 adult shifts per family. Wrangling the volunteer effort is certainly exceeding the fair share… and doing it all with a delightfully positive spirit makes it that much more enjoyable for everyone
Please join us in thanking Beth for sharing her time and energy towards this massive project.
Great job, Beth! We owe you a heaping scoop of thanks!!
Op. Ed. Regarding Appointments
One of the most unique aspects of being in band, choir, or in a team sport is the inherent and critical aspect of collaboration. One master music educator once told the students, “Practice is for learning your part. Rehearsal is for learning everyone else’s.” Due to the nature of a collaborative art form, it’s essential that students are present for the collaborative growth process. Unlike some “stereotypic” academic classes where students are learning independently, students in band are learning cooperatively and interdependently in order to realize the highest levels of team performance. What students miss in a band rehearsal is a collaboration that cannot be made up independently. We recognize that conflicts with medical and other appointments aren’t always avoidable, but we do appreciate efforts to schedule these outside of group rehearsals as much as possible.