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Fall activities

posted Oct 16, 2017, 12:08 PM by Gregory Gates   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 9:15 AM ]

            Happy Halloween! I am writing this letter to keep you informed about things that are going on soon in band/orchestra land.

Practice cards – For every month, there is a corresponding practice card. You can print them out from the practice card tab above and your child gets music money for turning them in. They are a great way to keep track of where we should be at throughout the year so we don’t fall behind.

Playing tests – On the week of October 30th, there will be playing tests for everyone. Here is what your child is expected to know:                   You have a lot of time to prepare, please don’t wait until the last minute.

Beginning Band - #27 Good King Wenceslas

Beginning Orchestra – #43 Mozart Melody

Advanced Band – #83. (Concert Bb Major) Scale, Arpeggio and Chords

Advanced Orchestra – #92. Can-Can – A (melody) line

Concerts – Our fall concert is just around the corner! Both band and orchestra will have a concert on the 7th of November at Columbine High School in the gym at 7:00PM.

Concert schedule:

Beginning students arrive at 6:15 in the band room – Leave cases and coats in the band room – bring instrument, stand, music to gym.

Advanced students arrive at 6:30  in the back of the gym (behind curtain) – Leave cases and coats in back of gym, Bring instrument, stand, and music to the front of the gym.

6:45 – String tuning

7:00  – Concert

 

Item checklist for concert:

__Instrument / Music    __Music stand     __Band/Orchestra t-shirt (or black shirt if you don’t have one) and black pants or skirt.

 

Extra rehearsal:

On Wednesday November 1st, I’ll be holding an extra rehearsal in the Columbine High School band room to prepare for the concert the following week. Here is the schedule for that:

4:00 – 4:45 Beginning Band

4:45 – 5:30 Beginning Orchestra

5:30 – 6:15 Advanced Band

6:15 – 7:00 Advanced Orchestra

Handbook added

posted Aug 25, 2017, 9:25 AM by Gregory Gates

The handbook with Expectations, Schedule, Calendar and Supply List has been added to the Downloads page.

First day of class!

posted Aug 18, 2017, 9:46 AM by Gregory Gates   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 10:51 AM ]

Advanced students just need to show up on the first day of band/orchestra class. Your start date is below. Click on the 2017-2018 Weekly schedule Link to see when your classes will be this year.

8/30 Leawood and Normandy
8/31 Dutch Creek and Columbine Hills
9/1 Governor's Ranch

Welcome!

posted Aug 14, 2017, 11:04 PM by Gregory Gates

Welcome to the Band and Orchestra program in the Columbine Area!  Your student has the opportunity to begin one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of their education so far – learning how to play a musical instrument!

The Columbine Area instrumental music program includes the five elementary schools that feed into Columbine High School: Governor’s Ranch, Leawood, Normandy, Dutch Creek, and Columbine Hills.  The classes are taught during the school day by Mr. Gates.  Both Band and Orchestra meet twice a week for half an hour.  These are a “Go-To Resource Class,” which means students will leave their regular classroom for instruction on their instruments.  This different type of instruction enhances music students’ abilities to connect different skills and subjects together, and ultimately become better students.  Additionally, students who participate in music often score higher than non-music classmates in reading, writing, and math standardized tests!

Participating in band and orchestra requires very few out-of-school commitments. We have three concerts a year. Other than that, your student just needs to practice! You can see these dates here on this website (I'll have them up by August 29th) and they will be made available at the instrument rental night in our Band and Orchestra Handbook.

We are very fortunate in the Columbine Area to have incredible support at our elementary schools for the music program.  It is not uncommon for there to be 40-60% of a class involved in band and orchestra.  We would love to have an entire class playing instruments! Every destination starts with a decision to embark on a journey, and now is the time to start your child in music and the Columbine Area Music Program is the place to do it! We can’t promise that every child will be a musical prodigy, but we can promise they will learn, laugh, and grow along the way.


Getting an Instrument:

Students will need to provide their own instruments and method books to participate in band and orchestra.  We highly suggest rent-to-own programs from local music stores above purchasing an instrument. It is especially helpful in orchestra where instrument sizes vary and your student could need a new one after only a year of playing as they grow. Cost of instruments generally range from $18/mo for small instruments (flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, percussion, violins and violas) to $38/mo (cellos, saxophones) to $54/mo for large instruments (horns, tubas, bass clarinets, tenor saxophones). Some of these larger band instruments can be rented from the school, and are only available to students as they gain playing experience on other instruments in band. More information here.


Please do not let cost keep your student from participating!

Contact Mr. Gates if you are in need of some assistance with procuring an instrument, as there are a limited number of instruments that the school can rent for families who qualify. It is our goal that every student is able to participate in band and orchestra – music isn’t about money, it’s about music!


Instrument Rental Night:

We have scheduled a rental night on Tuesday August 29th from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Ken Caryl Middle School.  This evening you be able to talk with several music stores to discuss instrument rental options, meet Mr. Gates, and ask any questions you may have. The music stores will be available with instruments, books, and the other supplies that you will need to get started.  Please plan on attending and meeting with Mr. Gates!  We are excited to get started!

 

Instrument Rental Night – Wednesday August 30th

Ken Caryl Middle School – 6509 W Ken Caryl Ave

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM – This is open door: come when you can

Location: Start in the cafeteria

 

 

Sincerely and Musically Yours,

 

Gregory Gates

Advanced tour!

posted Apr 5, 2017, 11:01 AM by Gregory Gates   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 11:03 AM ]

On Wednesday May 17th, I will be taking all of the advanced band and orchestra students on a tour to play a concert at all five of the elementary schools in the articulation area. The goals of the concerts are to give the students experience following a scheduled timeline and the chance to perform as a full ensemble in front of all of their peers. This is also a great way to show some of the younger students what band and orchestra is all about.

♫ Students will need to bring a sack lunch.

♫ Students will need to arrange to be dropped off at Dutch Creek at 8:15 and be picked up from Leawood at 2:50PM.

♫ Students should wear their black Columbine Area Music shirt and jeans.

♫ I need at least 4 parents to go with us. One driving separately and hauling percussion equipment.

Download and turn this permission slip in by May 5th!

Summer music camp!

posted Mar 6, 2017, 7:27 AM by Gregory Gates   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 7:30 AM ]

Summer Instrumental Music Classes 2017

 

Classes begin on Tuesday June 6th--Friday June 9th,

and continue Monday June 12th --Friday, June 16th.

            It’s just about time to break out the shorts and put the coats away! We are now filling classes for this summer’s music program. Classes will be held at Ken Caryl Middle School. Classes are open to all students who will be in grades 5th through 8th next fall. The last Friday June 13th will be a concert for all the members and their families! Registration will be at Music and Arts on Bowles just west of Pierce from 10:00 – 11:00 AM on Monday June 5th. If you have already turned in the registration form below and you already have all of your supplies, you do not need to attend the first Monday.

The classes being offered and the times they will meet each day are as follows:

Beginning Band                          10:00 – 11:00 AM

Intermediate/Advanced Band          11:00 – 12:00

Beginning Orchestra                   10:00 – 11:00

Intermediate/Advanced Orchestra     11:00 – 12:00

Download the full document HERE

Concert coming up!

posted Jan 29, 2017, 8:45 PM by Gregory Gates

An opportunity has presented itself to have a concert in February! It is late notice, so if you already have plans, please let me know so I can excuse your child. 

Place: Ken Caryl MS
Date: Thursday, February 9th

Band Concert Schedule:
Beginners arrive at 5:00
Advanced students arrivea t 5:15
Concert starts at 5:30

Orchestra Concert Schedule:
Beginners arrive at 6:30
Advanced students arrive at 6:45
Concert starts at 7:00


Attire:
Black music shirt (or black shirt if you don't have one)
Black pants (or as close as you can get)
Black shoes (or as close as you can get)

Bring:
Instrument
Music
Folding music stand (If you have one)

November news

posted Oct 24, 2016, 7:38 AM by Gregory Gates   [ updated Oct 24, 2016, 7:40 AM ]

Parents,                                                                                                                                   October 24, 2016

            Happy Halloween! I am writing this letter to keep you informed about things that are going on soon in band/orchestra land.

Practice cards – For every month, there is a corresponding practice card. You can print them out from the practice cards tab and your child gets music money for turning them in. They are a great way to keep track of where we should be at throughout the year so you don’t fall behind.

Playing tests – On the week of Nov 9, there will be playing tests for everyone. Here is what your child is expected to know: You have a lot of time to prepare, please don’t wait until the last minute.

Beginning Band - #27 Good King Wenceslas

Beginning Orchestra – #43 Mozart Melody

Advanced Band – Already did their test

Advanced Orchestra – #124 G major study

Concerts – Our fall concerts are just around the corner! Both band and orchestra will have a concert on the 7th of November.  If your child is in beginning or advanced band, your concert is at 5:30PM. If your child is in beginning or advanced orchestra, your concert is at 7:00PM.  Both concerts are at Columbine High School in the gym.

Band Concert schedule:

Beginners arrive at 5:00

Advanced students arrive at 5:15

5:30  – Concert

 

Orchestra Concert schedule:

Beginners arrive at 6:30

Advanced students arrive at 6:45

7:00 – Concert

 

Item checklist for concert:

__Instrument / Music

__Music stand

__Band/Orchestra t-shirt (or black shirt if you don’t have one) and black pants or skirt.

 

I look forward to seeing you at the concert!

 

Gregory A Gates

Passport prize winners!

posted Sep 1, 2016, 8:45 AM by Gregory Gates

Congratulations to these three students who win a fantastic prize for trying out all the instrument families!
Romaun Tsuber - Columbine Hills
Julia Constant    - Governor's Ranch
Katy Velazquez - Leawood
I will deliver your prize to your school next week. 

Welcome 2016-2017 Band and Orchestra!

posted Aug 18, 2016, 3:23 PM by Gregory Gates

Welcome to the Band and Orchestra program in the Columbine Area!  Your student has the opportunity to begin one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of their education so far – learning how to play a musical instrument!

The Columbine Area instrumental music program includes the five elementary schools that feed into Columbine High School: Governor’s Ranch, Leawood, Normandy, Dutch Creek, and Columbine Hills.  The classes are taught during the school day by Mr. Gates.  Both Band and Orchestra meet twice a week for half an hour.  These are a “Go-To Resource Class,” which means students will leave their regular classroom for instruction on their instruments.  This different type of instruction enhances music students’ abilities to connect different skills and subjects together, and ultimately become better students.  Additionally, students who participate in music often score higher than non-music classmates in reading, writing, and math standardized tests!

Participating in band and orchestra requires very few out-of-school commitments. We have three concerts a year. Other than that, your student just needs to practice! You can see these dates here on this website (I'll have them up by August 29th) and they will be made available at the instrument rental night in our Band and Orchestra Handbook.

We are very fortunate in the Columbine Area to have incredible support at our elementary schools for the music program.  It is not uncommon for there to be 40-60% of a class involved in band and orchestra.  We would love to have an entire class playing instruments! Every destination starts with a decision to embark on a journey, and now is the time to start your child in music and the Columbine Area Music Program is the place to do it! We can’t promise that every child will be a musical prodigy, but we can promise they will learn, laugh, and grow along the way.

Getting an Instrument:

Students will need to provide their own instruments and method books to participate in band and orchestra.  We highly suggest rent-to-own programs from local music stores above purchasing an instrument. It is especially helpful in orchestra where instrument sizes vary and your student could need a new one after only a year of playing as they grow. Cost of instruments generally range from $18/mo for small instruments (flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, percussion, violins and violas) to $38/mo (cellos, saxophones) to $54/mo for large instruments (horns, tubas, bass clarinets, tenor saxophones). Some of these larger band instruments can be rented from the school, and are only available to students as they gain playing experience on other instruments in band. More information here.

Please do not let cost keep your student from participating!

Contact Mr. Gates if you are in need of some assistance with procuring an instrument, as there are a limited number of instruments that the school can rent for families who qualify. It is our goal that every student is able to participate in band and orchestra – music isn’t about money, it’s about music!

Instrument Rental Night:

We have scheduled a rental night on Wednesday August 31st from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Ken Caryl Middle School.  This evening you be able to talk with several music stores to discuss instrument rental options, meet Mr. Gates, and ask any questions you may have. The music stores will be available with instruments, books, and the other supplies that you will need to get started.  Please plan on attending and meeting with Mr. Gates!  We are excited to get started!

 

Instrument Rental Night – Wednesday August 30th

Ken Caryl Middle School – 6509 W Ken Caryl Ave

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM – This is open door: come when you can

Location: Start in the cafeteria

 

Please make sure you return the permission slip for the Instrument Demo Day to your classroom teacher by Friday August 26th! This is a great opportunity that you won’t want to miss – even if you’re on the fence about joining band or orchestra now, it’s better to try it than to pass on the chance to find out it’s something you LOVE!

 

Sincerely and Musically Yours,

 

Gregory Gates

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