Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New Schedule Starts Wednesday, October 10 2018

The school schedule is changing as of Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  The school will now be on a 6-day schedule. The Lesson and Band Schedule has changed as a result. The new schedules are posted to the right on the instrumental music website and will be distributed in band and lessons. It is also posted on the band room door. 

1-All band student lessons will be accommodated in the 6 day schedule. This is good news as some of our 7th and 8th grade students had a lesson every 8 days with the old schedule. Students will always have their lesson on the same DAY (for example, Day 5). There will be a rotation just so students don't miss the same class every time.  
2-There is no longer a conflict for students wanting to take Band and Chorus. Those will meet at different times.
3. Some lesson groups had to be combined and beginner lessons that were scheduled during Flex will meet during a regular class period as a pullout.
4-Students who were attending Flex on Day 3 as a part of a Jazz Lab will no longer have that block available. We will plan an after school Jazz Band to begin after the Winter Concert.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Welcome Back to Nessacus, Music Students!

Welcome Back to school. We're looking forward to another great year of playing and singing.  No instruments needed on the first day as we'll do some getting (re)acquainted activities. Below is the planned calendar for the year for your convenience. 
Band is scheduled every other day for each grade. For students who also want to sing, we will work out a sharing schedule.
Lessons will begin the week of 9/10.  See everyone soon!

The UMASS Field Trip is October 19th. Permission Slips will be given out in band and can be found here.


Friday, October 19th- UMASS Field Trip

Saturday, December 1st- Junior District Auditions (Select students)
Saturday, December 8th- Light Up The Holidays 6:15pm at the Dalton Library
Thursday, December 13th- Winter Concert 7pm
Wednesday, March 27- Music In Our School’s Month Concert
Monday, May 27th- Memorial Day Parades (Dalton) 7th and 8th Grade
Late May/Early June- Spring Concert
June TBA- 6th Grade Plays for 5th Graders
June TBA-7th Grade Band plays for Graduation

Friday, June 15, 2018

Why We Go to the UMASS Multiband Concert Every Year

In order to be responsible, you have to respond. You have to respond with enthusiasm, excitement, energy, excellence, and intensity.
-George Parks, UMMBand 1977-2010

It has become a tradition that each year all Nessacus Band students attend the Multiband Concert at UMASS, Amherst. Which raise the questions: What is the Mutiband Concert and Why do we go?

The Multiband Pops Concert is an annual concert that showcases many of the performing organizations housed under the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts. We go so that students may experience Excellence and be inspired. We go so they can witness the highest level of musicianship, teamwork, collaboration, discipline and artistry.  All of the performances are nothing less than inspiring and there's "a little for everyone".  

Groups that perform are multiple Jazz Ensembles, Vocal Ensembles, Marimba and Percussion ensembles, the University Dancers, Symphony Band, Brass and Wind Ensembles.  The highlight after intermission is the 200 member strong Minuteman Marching Band dubbed the "Pride and Class of New England" and winners of the Sudler Trophy.  It is an understatement to say that the band brings energy to the event.  Each year, they play highlights from their current Field Show and the Drumline is also featured.  

The performance always ends with their signature: playing and singing of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way'.  This is a tradition that was started under the late and great George Parks who inspired tens of thousands in his 30+ years as director of the group. Indeed, their way is rare: aspiring and striving for personal and technical excellence at all costs-sublimating personal needs for the needs of the group and the music. In a 'selfie world', we need more examples like this. Every few years a CBRSD music student attends UMASS, Amherst and becomes a UMASS Marching Band member partly because they were motivated and inspired in middle school after attending this field trip. That's when the seed to become a musician/music teacher was planted.  We are very proud of these alumni. For those that may be interested in seeing the show, there is a performance Friday night.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nessacus Pops Concert Recordings April 11, 2018

Great Pops Concert! The recordings are up and available for anyone to enjoy. Happy Listening! https://bit.ly/2vbvbBr

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Nessacus Pops Concert will be Live Streamed 4/11/18

Nessacus Pops Concert is April 11, 2018. The concert will be audio and video recorded. Thanks to the IT Department, the concert will also be LIVE STREAMED.

It will be low resolution audio/video this time with hopes of HD for next year. Use this link starting 7pm: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/G6E9xGMbK5Q

Friday, January 12, 2018

From 'Practice Plan' to 'Performance Reflection'

The traditional practice plan has been revised to better reflect the realities of the program and student needs. Practice and reflection are necessary components to improving on an instrument. The reality is that most of the 'practice' that students are involved in takes place in the context of a band rehearsal or lessons at school with some additional practicing taking place outside of school.

The old practice plan was used for students to record and reflect on their practice at home. This was a well-intentioned method for encouraging home practice and an opportunity for students to provide a document that indicated that work was being done outside of school to improve.  The questions on the practice plan were specific to working on one's own and were 'assignment' based.  This posed some limitations.

With student input, the old practice plan has been revised and is now called a PERFORMANCE REFLECTION form.  Notable differences are:
  • Not assignment-based. Students can choose to focus on one specific musical work.
  • Can be used in the context of a rehearsal, lesson or solo practice session at school or at home
  • Opportunity to analyze self, section or large group playing
  • Opportunity to define next steps
  • Can be done 'in real time'- in the context of rehearsal
  • Aligned to MA Music Standard (Critical Response)
  • Aligned to UDL guidelines
6th Grade and 8th Grade band students have begun using the new performance reflection form in rehearsals and it has proven to be an excellent organizing tool.  After we play for awhile, we pause and students have a chance to reflect and write on the form in real time. They make suggestions for what they, their section and the entire band needs to work on next.  

The performance reflection forms are mini data-gathering tools which provide useful information about next steps for all lesson groups and rehearsals. This revision is already transforming the nature of rehearsals.

The new form is available on the practice tab of our website. There is a printable form and a digital version. Forms are always available to students at the student help center in the band room. Having the option of using the reflection form at school should prove to be beneficial to students as they will have documented real reasons to practice with the what and why already identified.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Concert Week Schedule Dec 2017

The Nessacus Winter Concert is THIS Wednesday, December 13, 7pm. Students should arrive at Nessacus by 6:30 to warm up and prepare.  NOTE: THIS CONCERT WILL OCCUR EVEN IF THERE IS A SNOW DAY TUESDAY. 

Concert Dress is required:
  • Black Pants/Long Skirt
  • White top/blouse
  • All Black "dressy" is also acceptable
  • Boys may wear ties
  • No Jeans or sneakers if at all possible
Thank you! We are looking forward to seeing you there.

This is the planned schedule for combined rehearsals.
Monday, December 11 (B day)- Period 5- 6th Grade Band Members join 7th regular rehearsal
Tuesday, December 12 (C day)- Period 4 7th Grade Band Members join 8th regular rehearsal
Wednesday, December 13 (D day)- 
Period 3-8th Grade Band Members join 7th regular final rehearsal
Period 6-6th and 7th Grade Band students combine for final rehearsal
Period 7-Jazz Band members (small group of 6-8 students)