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10/30/2019

Band Email 10-30-19

This Week's Schedule:
Thursday - All Members from 3:15 - 5:30

Friday - AWAY at Upper Arlington
WARM-UP UNIFORM (Don't forget your Ball Caps and Black Shoes)
*Students can (and should) wear fleece pants or Under Armour underneath their pants and jackets.  Two pairs of socks is recommended.  Dress warm.
5:00 - Report
10:00 - Approx Arrival Back to DHCS

Saturday - OMEA State Contest at Hilliard Bradley
Competition Uniform
11:45am - Report (Please plan to have already had lunch)
3:15 - Performance
4:30pm - Arrive back to DCHS

Next Week's Schedule:
Monday - No Practice
Tuesday - No Practice
Wednesday - No Practice
Thursday - All Members from 3:15 - 5:30
Friday - Home Game or Away Game Depending Upon Outcome of Friday

Marching Band Schedule During the PLAYOFFS:
The band will rehearse for all play-off games on Thursdays after school.  We will start at 3:10 and finish when the "work is done".  We typically get done around 5:00.  We are flexible with your schedules but ask that anything "routine" be worked around such as work or doctor's visits.  Excused absences such as out-of-town trips or practice for a winter sports are all excused absences.  Participation in games are mandatory except where excused by Mr. Bradstreet.  Please remember that all GAMES are on FRIDAYs.

Important: ALL ABSENCES WILL NEED TO BE NOTIFIED BY THURSDAY TO MR. BRADSTREET TO INSURE WE ARE PRACTICING WITH THE CORRECT NUMBER OF STUDENTS FOR PRE-GAME.

Private Lessons:
Our participation in private lessons has dramatically slipped over the past few years.  Private lessons are the single best way to help our program succeed on the field and the concert stage.  Attached is the list of preferred teachers.  With concert band auditions and solo and ensemble around the corner, now is the time to start!  One thing to understand is that taking private lessons is not like the relationship with a tutor for academics.  The biggest difference is that with music lessons you are committing to a longer period of time.  We do not want to see students being "tutored" in order to be ready for auditions.  To help gain musical knowledge, music instruction is a longer journey that is much like an athlete training.  

Private Lesson Teachers:  Click for Lesson Teachers

If you have any questions about how private lessons work or if they would be good for your child, please email Jeremy Bradstreet at <bradstreet_jeremy@dublinschools.net>

Bradstreet Notes:
Special Thanks to all the parents, siblings and grandparents that attended our "Family Run-Through".  This is the day we see the most smiles and it is a joy for us to show our families what we do and how we do it.  Hopefully you were able to see just how hard everyone's responsibilities are on the field.

As our season comes to an end, it is amazing to reflect back on how much we've grown as musicians, performers, and young adults.  We've learned so much from each other in our strengths and our weaknesses.  We've overcome obstacles on the field and off the field and we are definitely better than when we started.  Seeing the progress on the field is only one aspect of how we judge ourselves.  What you don't see is some of our students are less shy, some are better musicians, some have more confidence, some students can advocate for themselves better, some of us have become better leaders and some have made more friends.  All of these are goals that we should celebrate.  The life skills that we've learned this year are skills that haven't been perfected but they are a part of our life's building blocks that we keep getting better at each and every year.

As we celebrate our accomplishments on the field, please remember all of the accomplishments we've made off the field as a part of our band class.

Jeremy

Jeremy Bradstreet
Director of Bands
Dublin Coffman High School
Performing Arts Lead Teacher 9-12, Dublin City Schools
Grammy® Finalist, Music Educator of the Year, 2019

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