Mr. Phillip Thorpe

This is the place to find information about the current status of the Middle School Instrumental Music Program. If there is information that you cannot find please send Mr. Thorpe an email so he may answer your question(s). 

Upcoming Concert Schedule
W.A.M.S. Holiday Concert - December 17, 2018 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium
Music In Our Schools Concert - February 21, 2019 7:00 pm - High School Auditorium
New Oxford Jazz Festival (Jazz Band only) - Saturday March 30, 2019 6:30 New Oxford
W.A.M.S. Spring Concert
- May 14, 2019 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium

 

The Middle School follows a six day schedule and each instrument group has their lesson on a different day. Band lessons are rotated through many different periods so the students only miss each class every twenty-four to forty-two times that it will meet. All instrumental large groups meet during 7th period of each day.  All 6th, 7th & 8th grade band students must participate in group lessons and Concert Band.  Jazz Band is available to all 7th & 8th grade Saxophone, Trombone, French Horn, Trumpet, Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano and Drum Set players.  (with the exception of Guitar, Electric Bass and Piano players, you must be in Concert Band to participate in Jazz Band.)  Jazz Band rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 - 3:00 pm.

7th period, known as Braves Block, is when the large groups rehearse.  Below is the Braves Block schedule of rehearsals;

Day 1 - 6th Grade Concert Band
Day 2 - 6th Grade Concert Band
Day 3 - 6th Grade Concert Band
Day 4 - 7th & 8th Grade Concert Band
Day 5 - 7th & 8th Grade Concert Band
Day 6 - 7th & 8th Grade Concert Band

Group lessons will be as follows;

Day 1 - 6th Grade lesson groups
Day 2 - 6th Grade lesson groups
Day 3 - 7th Grade lesson groups
Day 4 - 7th Grade lesson groups
Day 5 - 8th Grade lesson groups
Day 6 - 8th Grade lesson groups

All group lesson schedules are posted under course content in schoology.
 


What should I wear to my concert performance?
Over the years I have determined that simplicity, consistency and appropriateness works the best for concert attire.  All band students will be required to wear the following clothing for all concerts;

White button down collared shirt (neck tie optional)
Black long pants
Dark shoes
Dark socks


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