Saturday Marching Band Performance
The Urbandale J-Hawk Marching Band will perfrom their last show of the season this Saturday, October 10th. Vouchers for Saturday’s performance were handed out today in rehearsal.
- Masks are required upon entry and at all times in the stadium.
- Vouchers do not serve as tickets. They only allow you to purchase a ticket upon arrival.
- Admission is $5.00 – the gate will open at 6:45 PM.
Thank YOU for making this unusual marching season great. We hope to see everyone on Saturday!
Concert Band Update
Concert band will begin next Monday, October 12th. We will not have 7AM rehearsals for concert band. It’s important that all students bring their concert instruments to school on all odd days for their first period band rehearsals. We have decided to create two traditional concert bands for each hybrid day. Students will be placed into these bands based upon their placement last year and through observations of improvement by staff members.
Professional grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for instruments is on order and will be provided to all band students in the Urbandale district. Until these materials arrive, the band will be utilizing temporary instrument PPE to ensure safe rehearsals while indoors. Students will remain spaced and bells/tone holes covered in order to contain aerosol dispersion from instruments. We will play in one space for a maximum of 30 minutes. After those 30 minutes, students will vacate the space until one full cycle of new air has been filtered into the room. More information regarding instrument specific temporary PPE will be released in the coming days.
Remote band students will begin working on solo repertoire as our in person teams begin concert band. Just a reminder that remote students will not be allowed to attend any first period rehearsals.
All State Auditions
The joint boards of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association have voted to cancel the 2020 All-State Festival rehearsals and concert in Ames due to COVID-19.
Please know that online auditions will still occur as planned and your progress on these materials is still meaningful and important. The board will still be accepting students and awarding the traditional All-State medal, certificate, and bumper sticker set.
As you know, the goal of any audition is to learn and grow through the preparation of assigned materials. Along with this continued growth, you will still have the chance to be recognized as one of the top musicians in the state. We are extremely proud of your hard work this year and look forward to witnessing your continued improvement.
Video audition instructions can be found HERE.
Jazz band will transition to morning rehearsals on October 12th. Both jazz bands will rehearse at 7:00 AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Jazz I will also rehearse on Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
SCIBA Honor Band
If you are interested in auditioning for SCIBA Honor Band please talk to a director ASAP.