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Welcome to the Kell Band Directors’ Blog!  Both Mr. Roth and Mr. Watts are very excited about this year and being able to communicate important information with you all via this blog. Please make sure to check this blog and the Kell Band Site regularly to ensure you are keeping up to date with new information.

All new information will appear below the “Weekly Newsletter” link– please make sure scroll down for new posts.

Audition Info!

Hope you had a good weekend! This week before spring break is all about our AUDITIONS.  🙂

** 9th-11th graders: your audition videos are due THIS FRIDAY(4/3) BY 5PM (see instructions below).
** 8th graders: if you want to be on a band roster, please submit an introductory video to flipgrid.  Instructions are below.  IF you want to audition for Symphonic Band/ Wind Ensemble (primarily upperclassmen), you will need to submit audition videos to flipgrid (see instructions below).  All videos are due THIS FRIDAY (4/3) BY 5PM. Remember that auditioning for Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble is OPTIONAL.

Audition Requirements (please read carefully):
Wind Audition Info
Wind Etude
Percussion Audition Info
Percussion Snare Etude

Audition Video Instructions:
** Go to Flipgrid.com (or download the app).
** It should ask you for a flip code. The flip code for the auditions is kellauditions.  This takes you to the Kell Band Auditions “grid.”
** You will see that there are three topics available: “”Snare Etude,” “Winds–Etude,” and “Winds–Scales”
** Choose the topic applicable to you. All percussionists, choose snare etude.  All wind players, you will submit a video to BOTH “winds-etude” AND “winds-scales.”
** Hit the Green “plus” button to start recording.  Remember you have as many tries as you like before submitting your video!
** You may need to sign up for flipgrid using a google or microsoft email.
** You should be able to upload a video using either your phone or your computer.
** The videos are all hidden from view and only viewable by the Kell directors.

Introductory Video Instructions (8th graders only)
** Go to Flipgrid.com (or download the app).
** It should ask you for a flip code. The flip code is kellband.  This takes you to the Kell Band “grid.”
** You will see that there are two topics available: “Introduce Yourself” and “Assignment #3”.
** Choose “Introduce Yourself” (this is the one for 8th graders!)
** Hit the Green “plus” button to start recording.
** You may need to sign up using a google or microsoft email.
** You should be able to upload a video using either your phone or your computer.
** Currently, the videos are all hidden from view and only viewable by the Kell directors.

If you have any questions, email me at rothdr@gmail.com.  The videos can all be uploaded any time between now and Friday 4/3 at 5:00 PM.  Good luck!

Mid-Week Reminders

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Don’t forget– Assignment #3 is due TODAY at 5:00.
** Go to Flipgrid.com (or download the app).
** It should ask you for a flip code. The flip code is kellband.  This takes you to the Kell Band “grid.”
** You will see that there are two topics available: “Introduce Yourself” and “Assignment #3”.
** Choose “Assignment #3”
** Hit the Green “plus” button to start recording.
** You may need to sign up using a google or microsoft email.
** You should be able to upload a video using either your phone or your computer.

Seniors– we’ll see you at 12:00 today on Zoom! 🙂

Assignment #3!

Assignment #3: Short Flipgrid Video!
Due Date: Wednesday, March 25, 5:00 PM
https://flipgrid.com/d05e70b4
** Sign up for a Flipgrid account (it’s free, and the app for your phone works GREAT as well), then upload a short video answering the following questions:  Be as creative as you’d like!
1) Your Name
2) Your Instrument
3) What have you been doing since you’ve been home from school
4) Something positive 🙂

Digital Learning Week #2

Hello, Kell Band families (and rising 9th graders),

Happy Monday!

** Class of 2020 seniors: check your emails for a Senior-only Zoom meeting on Wednesday.  Optional, of course, but we’d love to see your smiling faces!

** 9th-12th grade Percussionists: make sure you’re keeping up with Mr. Tucker’s reminds and class periods.  Mondays 2:00 Concert Band, Wednesdays 2:00 Sym/Wind, and Fridays 2:00 everyone.  Remember that the class periods are required, the private lessons he’s offering are optional.

** 8th-11th graders: please see the attached PDFs and read below for details about our upcoming auditions.  This information WILL TAKE THE PLACE of all audition information previously communicated.  It’s a lot of info– please take your time and read everything!
A few items of note:
** All auditions will be done via video upload(s).  Details will be emailed out later this week about where and how.

** All audition videos are due Friday, April 3 at 5:00 PM.  The information contained in the  PDF’s is to let students know what to prepare.

** All Kell students grades 9-11 will complete an audition, regardless of band class intentions for next year.

** 8th graders DO NOT HAVE to audition unless they want to be considered for Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble.  Please understand that most 8th graders begin their Kell careers in the Concert Band– auditioning for one of the higher bands is NOT required.  Any 8th grader not uploading an audition video will automatically be placed in the Concert Band class.

Frequently asked questions:
** What if I don’t have my instrument?  Email me at rothdr@gmail.com to figure out appropriate steps.  If buzzing on your mouthpiece is an option, that’s a great start.  If temporarily renting an instrument while we’re away from school is possible, that’s another great option.  We will work with your needs to figure out the best course of action going forward.

** I’m an 8th grader.  Do I have to audition to be in band?  NO! Most 8th graders audition into Concert Band based on skills mastery, and any 8th graders who don’t submit audition videos will automatically be placed in Concert Band.  No stress!  If you’d like to be considered for one of the top 2 bands (Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, which are mostly comprised of upperclassmen) then yes, you would need to complete audition videos.

** You keep saying “Audition Videos.” Are there more than one?  Yes, for wind players.  Winds will upload 2 separate videos: one for scales, and one for the prepared etude.  Details about how and where to upload these videos will come in a separate email.  Percussionists only have to upload one video (snare etude).

** When are these videos due?  Due date for all videos is Friday, April 3 at 5:00 PM.

** What if I still have questions?  First read the information in this email and in the attached PDF’s. If you still have questions, email me at
rothdr@gmail.com and we’ll try to figure it out together.

2020 Audition Info Sheet REVISED

Winds Prepared Etude

2020 Percussion Info Sheet REVISED

Percussion Snare Etude

Week #1 Assignment Reminder

Hello Kell Band families!

Remember, Assignment #1 is due WEDNESDAY at 5:00 (clean your instrument and upload your picture to the google form) and Assignment #2 is due FRIDAY at 5:00 (remember to submit through the CCSD Virtual Band google form BEFORE submitting on ours– read all the directions carefully, please!)

Have a great day!

Digital Learning Assignments #1 & #2

Assignment #1: Clean your Instrument
Due Date: Wednesday, March 18, 5:00 PM
https://forms.gle/63omJnjhnGfzLUZN7
** Clean your instrument as well as you can and upload a picture of yourself with your cleaned, sanitized instrument.   Be as creative as you’d like in showing us that you’ve cleaned the horn! 🙂

Assignment #2: CCSD Virtual Band
Due Date: Friday, March 20, 5:00 PM
https://forms.gle/3nJBF6HHzfrqRVh57
** Check out the CCSD Virtual Band (we talked about this in class on Friday).  Download your own music from the Dropbox link on the form, then practice on your own.  Listen to the Youtube recording for guidance!  When you’re ready, video yourself playing your instrument while listening to the Youtube recording in your headphones.  Upload the file in the Google Form and you’re done!

Digital Learning Days

Good afternoon Kell Band families!

Please be on the lookout for forthcoming information regarding the upcoming digital learning days.  We will be using several platforms to communicate (this blog, Edmodo, Remind, Charms, and Synergy — info below), so please make sure that all of your contact information is up-to-date in each!  Stay safe and aware — we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Edmodo

CB: kh3j3u

SB: ffv9ts

WE: kag9in

Remind

CB: text “@1920kellcb” to phone number “81010”

SB: text “@1920kellsb” to phone number “81010”

WE: text “@1920kellwe” to phone number “81010”

Charms

Instructions

Welcome to Kell Bands 2019-2020

Please see the links below regarding info discussed during the first day of school.

Looking forward to a great semester!

Syllabus — receipt of transmittal printed out and needs to be returned with signature

Charms — please update with current information, print out, and return

Check-Out Forms — must be returned with parent signature to use school equipment

Remind — sign up for the class Remind for updates

KBBA website