Show Reveal and MB Info!

Marching Band Show Reveal: TODAY, Monday April 27 we will reveal the 2020 Marching Band show on zoom!  Rising Seniors will be first at noon, followed by two other times open to everyone (any grade, INCLUDING parents!).
12:00 Zoom (class of 2021 ONLY):  https://zoom.us/j/97714076358?pwd=WW1zZnVSK2N0SjR4eml0Sk1jZi9SUT09
Password: 2020mb
1:00 Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94856125480?pwd=Y2xoNm9oTWF4aldiTmNxMzZDNUh1Zz09
Password: 2020mb
2:00 Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/91188002345?pwd=a1hieXJZZlVCRUZsdmpxNHBRZGV4UT09
Password: 2020mb

MB Show Music:  Students, I will send an email out at 3:00 PM today with links to a Dropbox folder where you can download your show music and audio files that play YOUR part with a click track so you can practice!

MB Registration information:  The online MB registration is on KBBA.org.  Please have your health insurance card handy.  Filling out the registration forms takes approx.10 minutes.  (Slightly longer if you’re trying it on your phone, but it IS possible to do on a phone).  Please read below for important financial information.

MB Planning Options:  This document (also online at kbba.org) shows how we are actively planning for any eventuality this fall and how each option affects the schedule, show, and MB dues.  Parents, please know that we are working hard to be proactive with your time and money in order to give your child the best experience possible!

MB Info

Next Monday, 4/27 is the date we will unveil the 2020 show production, email out music, and open the online registration.  See details below!

** Show Reveal on Monday:  Rising Seniors (class of 2021) will get to go first (12:00 noon), as is our tradition at Kell.  EVERYONE ELSE: you will have two options to log in–1:00 or 2:00 PM.  Links are below.  Students and parents are invited to watch the approx. 30-minute presentation and discussion.  Please leave your mic muted during the presentation!  If you can’t make either of the zoom meetings, the teaser trailer for the show will be on KBBA.org starting on 4/27.  We are so excited!

Mon 4/27
12:00 Zoom (class of 2021 ONLY):
  https://zoom.us/j/97714076358?pwd=WW1zZnVSK2N0SjR4eml0Sk1jZi9SUT09
Password: 2020mb
1:00 Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94856125480?pwd=Y2xoNm9oTWF4aldiTmNxMzZDNUh1Zz09
Password: 2020mb
2:00 Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/91188002345?pwd=a1hieXJZZlVCRUZsdmpxNHBRZGV4UT09
Password: 2020mb

** Music:  Students, I will send an email out at 3:00 PM on Monday 4/27 with links to a Dropbox folder, where you can download your show music and audio files that play YOUR part with a click track so you can practice!

** Registration information:  The online registration will be on KBBA.org on Monday 4/27.  Please have your health insurance card handy.  Filling out the registration forms takes approx.10 minutes.  (Slightly longer to read if you’re trying it on your phone, but it IS possible to do on a phone).

Lots of Upcoming Events

Please stay informed and updated. Lots of exciting events coming up!

1. Kell Bands Assignment #5 “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”  These assignments are for students who want to continue raising their grade, OR for students who just want to keep doing band stuff. 🙂  Due Thursday 4/23 at 5PM.  Enjoy!  https://forms.gle/b5tmoVgRsoLifmwf6

2. Upcoming Dates.  Mark your calendars, please– details will come soon!
** Fri April 24 Student Leadership Team Announced

** Mon April 27 Marching Band Show reveal on zoom!/ music emailed out/ registration forms available online

** Wed April 29 Senior (Class of 2020) get-together on zoom! (2 PM)

** Fri May 8 Marching Band registration forms due

** Thurs May 14 Virtual Spring Concert
** Fri May 15 Virtual Spring Awards Banquet

Details will come later this week about the 2020 MB show reveal and online registration happening next Monday 4/27.  

Have a great week!

Digital Learning This Week!

Welcome back!  Please stay informed and updated. Lots of exciting events coming up!

1. Audition results.  Class rosters for the 20-21 school year are linked below.  If you don’t see your name on the list but want to be in band, email me immediately at rothdr@gmail.com so I can add you.  Congratulations to all; we can’t wait to make music with you again!

Concert Band
Symphonic Band
Wind Ensemble

2. Congrats to Ria Champaneri, Eve Douglas, Ivonne Mora, Liam Powell, and Dominic Vruno for correctly guessing the source material of the audition etude: “Transcendent Journey” by Rosano Galante!

3. Kell Bands Assignment #4 “Transcendent Journey.”  For students who want to continue raising their grade, or for students who just want to keep doing band stuff. 🙂  Due Thursday 4/16 at 5PM.  https://forms.gle/55b9HKxAPvYLxcwU7

4. Upcoming Dates.  Mark your calendars, please– details will come soon!
** April 20-22 Student Leadership Interviews (sign-up genius will come via email)
** April 23 DM tryouts and interviews
** April 24 Student Leadership Team Announced

** April 27 Marching Band Show reveal/ music emailed out/ registration forms available online

** May 8 Marching Band registration forms due

** Thurs May 14 Virtual Spring Concert
** Fri May 15 Virtual Spring Awards Banquet

5. Student Leadership.  Interested in applying for a student leadership position? Complete the leadership survey HERE by Friday 4/17 at 5PM.

Have a great Monday!

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!