BRMS BANDS

The February lesson schedule has been posted to this site and our Google Classroom.
 
The Music in the Parks festival (outlined in the handbook) is tentatively scheduled for May 20th, two days after our Spring Concert. The plan will be to arrive at BRMS at the normal time, eat lunch during AE (students may purchase lunches or bring their own), then head over to Jackson HS. All of the ensembles will perform for adjudicators, then we'll head over to Six Flags. An award ceremony will take place in the afternoon, then we'll head back to BRMS. Students will need to be picked up from school. HOWEVER, we (as well as all of the other schools in Bordentown) are currently waitlisted due to limited performance venues. Information regarding payment will be sent home as soon as we move off of the waitlist. The tentative pricing is $71 ($34 if a student has a season pass) and $37 for chaperones (free if they have a season pass).
 
Lesson group numbers and the lesson schedule have been posted (to the left on a computer, bottom if you're on mobile).
Please check your spam folder for correspondences from "cglitz@bordentown.k12.nj.us" and mark me as a safe sender.
 
Concert band (full band) meets on Mondays. Tuesdays, and Thursdays during AE. Jazz band (audition-based group) meets on Wednesdays and Fridays. Students who are also in chorus will report to Ms. Silvey on Thursdays. DIFFERENT THIS YEAR: Students check in with the AE teacher/classroom listed on PowerSchool THEN report to the auditorium for rehearsal EXCEPT JAZZ BAND AND SELECT CHOIR STUDENTS- they check in with Mrs. SG for AE attendance. Too complicated? It'll become routine soon!
 
 
Email cglitz@bordentown.k12.nj.us with any questions or concerns.
 
Cheryl Stallworth-Glitz "Mrs. SG"

 

 

MARCHING SCOTTIES

Our award-winning marching band is composed of woodwind, brass, percussion, and colorguard students in grades 7-12. We perform at all BRHS home football games and compete every weekend in the USBands circuit. This year, we hosted our first-ever home competition on Saturday, September 18th and it was INCREDIBLE!. Click the photo to the left (bottom if you're on mobile) to view the flyer for BaNdEmOniUm.

Click this link to view our performance at a National Competition in November 2021.

 

Concert Etiquette

This is an important topic which we will cover before all performances with the students and at the beginning of all performances with the audience. Good concert etiquette shows respect to the hours and hours of hard work that teachers and students have put into making the concert an enjoyable evening.

***We encourage you to bring small children, but if they become fussy or noisy, please step into the hallway or lobby with them.
***All electronics should be silenced (not on vibrate) and dimmed.
***Take as many photos as you like, but please turn off the flash.
***There is NO food or drink permitted in the PAC.
***All students will stay for the duration of the concert; as such, families should stay for the entire performance.
***Please do not interrupt the performance by leaving or entering during a song (unless it is to take care of a crying baby or something like that. :-)
***Do not talk or whisper during performances as this is distracting to other audience members.
 

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email blast from 12/6

Hello all! This is the final reminder email regarding tomorrow's winter concert. Here is the full information letter. Please also read the details below.
  • Rehearsal at BRHS tomorrow (Tuesday) morning- all band/jazz students need their instruments and sheet music
    • We'll load the equipment truck and buses at 9:45
    • We'll return by 11:15- 8th graders will eat lunch with me, 7th graders will report to core 2, 6th graders will report to core 2/go to lunch depending on the timing
  • Concert is at 7pm
    • Students should report at 6:30/6:45ish with their instruments and sheet music
    • They'll go through the front doors of BRHS and down the stairs
    • Jazz band wears all black, everyone else wears white on top, black on bottom
    • Festive touches are fine
    • Percussionists stay masked, woodwinds and brass use their bell covers while playing and masks when they're not playing
  • There is absolutely no food or drink in the PAC.
  • All guests must remain masked.
  • Try to social distance/leave empty seats between family pods.
  • Please follow standard concert etiquette:
    • Phones should be silenced and dimmed
    • Small children should be taken into the lobby/hallway if they become fussy
    • Do not talk during musical numbers
    • Clap loudly and enthusiastically! It can be difficult to see the audience from the stage because of the bright lights, so let your children know how proud you are by making some noise at the end of each piece. For jazz band, it is appropriate to "whoop" whenever the spirit moves you. Or, if you're like me at the high school concert last week, maybe you'll even shed some happy tears!
  • Please let me know ASAP if your child will not be attending the concert. I know there are a few quarantiners, and we will certainly miss them!
  • Thank you so much for your support as we re-build our music programs at BRMS. I'll speak more on it tomorrow, but we really took a hit over the past 2 years. The students who have stayed in band (especially the youngsters) are creating a new legacy, and I am incredibly grateful for their efforts and your support. I'll see you tomorrow!

email blast from Mon 9/27

Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade musicians! You are welcome to join Mrs. SG and Mr. Montalto at the BRHS football game this Friday night, October 1st. We'll march up to the field with the marching band, hang out on the field as they perform their pregame set and halftime show, sit with them in the stands, and play along with Sweet Caroline and the Fight Song. We will have free snacks, and the concession stand will have food for sale. It's a great time to get a feel for what marching band is all about. No commitment is needed to join- ANYONE can and should attend!
BRMS students will report to the band room at BRHS at 5pm on Friday. Students should be dropped off on the side of the school by the football field (by the glass doors). Students should wear their BRMS Music Dept. t-shirt and bring their instruments. Drummers should bring sticks, mallet players do not need to bring anything. Pick-up will be in the same spot as drop-off when the game is over- possibly 8:00. I'll send out a Remind when students can be picked up, and students will also be able to use their phones.
If your child would like to attend, please reply to this email. I'll share the sheet music on Google classroom and have paper copies available. T-shirts are still available for $10.
Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to have a big crew of middle schoolers join me on Friday!

email blast from Fri 9/17

Hello everyone! Please review these six brief announcements regarding the BRMS band program. All of this can also be accessed through the Band Google Classroom. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!
  • All students should bring their instruments to school on Monday. If a student doesn't have an instrument yet, it is most likely sitting in front of the stage waiting to be picked up. I will provide all of the instructional materials.
  • Band rehearsal starts on Monday during AE. ALL band students should check in with their teachers then report to the auditorium. I will direct them by section to their assigned seats/area.
  • Small group lessons begin on Monday with percussion. Students should check the papers posted on the auditorium doors or Google Classroom to find their group numbers and times. Lessons continue throughout the week. I have attached the group numbers and schedule to this message.
  • Due to testing, there is no AE on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday next week. If this changes, I will post on Google Classroom and make an announcement after the pledge of allegiance.
  • Jazz Band will begin on Friday 9/24. Students should check in with their AE teachers then report to the auditorium. I will pass out music. Congratulations to everyone who tried out and made it! We still have room for more brass, so if you have an unsure child, encourage them to contact me for a tryout.
  • The incredible Marching Scotties, which includes 10 middle schoolers, are hosting their inaugural home competition TOMORROW at BRHS. We have 10 bands competing starting at noon. It's going to be an incredible event! The flyer is attached.
Have a wonderful weekend! 🎵