Here are the jam tracks for the first 20 measures of “The Marches of John Williams.” Check back soon for the rest of song!
The Beginning and Advanced Bands will be performing “12 Bar/B-flat Jam Blues” at the Black History Month Assembly this Friday, February 28th. The assembly is during the school day, and there is no specific dress code. The song “B-flat Jam Blues” is based on “C Jam Blues,” which was written by Duke Ellington in 1942.
Here’s our schedule between now and the end of December:
- There WILL be regular open sessions Monday – Thursday, but NOT on Fridays
- NO Beginning Band rehearsal on Wed. December 11th (I have to go to a workshop)
- There WILL be Advanced Band on December 12th and both bands will rehearse the following week
- Friday open sessions will begin again in January
- If your child’s instrument isn’t working and/or needs repairs, please let me know ASAP. I will be sending instruments out for repairs next week
- There will be a pizza part on Wed, December 18th for Beginning Band Violins and Trombones, and the following students with excellent attendance at open sessions: Alden, Caleb, Luk, Nina, Rex and Tara
- There will be a pizza party on Thurs, December 19th for Advanced Band Clarinets and the following students with excellent attendance at open sessions: Aisling, Emma, Koby, Luca, Manoc, Nathan, Pearl, Rosie, Sekou, Tyler and Yanai.
- Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if your child is coming to a party and needs an alternative to pizza
Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful series of Winter Concerts and Assemblies this week! 142 students performed in 8 different groups, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the P.S. 261 administration, staff, PTA, Arts Committee and parents! It’s incredible how many people in our school community help support the arts at our school – from the school aides who put a rush on photocopying (and proofing!) the program, to parents like Yvette Torres-Schwartz who made sure there was water and snacks for the performers on Wednesday night, Ellen Levine who helped recruit volunteers and Nate Shaw who carried band gear, accompanied the chorus and handled everything we threw at him (at the last minute) – not to mention the administration who made sure that the teacher specialists had everything we needed… the list goes on and on. We are so lucky to have a school community that comes together to celebrate the arts, despite budget cuts and busy schedules. During this holiday season, we have much to be thankful for at P.S. 261!
If you are interested in becoming more involved in the arts here at P.S. 261, there are lots of opportunities to help out! Do you have a special skill (for example: sewing, running sound, playing an instrument, graphic design)? Do you have time during the school day to help during assemblies? Check out the Arts at P.S. 261 – www.ps261arts.org!
I need to take a personal day tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 25th.
Open Session is cancelled. See you on Tuesday!
Winter Concert & Assemblies -
Tuesday, December 3rd at 9:30 & 10:30am
Wednesday, December 4th at 6:15pm
featuring the P.S. 261 Beginning Band, Advanced Band,
Chorus & Dancers!
Students in Band should wear a white shirt & black pants or skirt
Please contact Ms. Williams at email@example.com if you are interested in helping out at the concert