Blue Brigade News
We’re raising funds in an effort to continue upgrading our Band program and need your help to attain our goal. Our goal is to raise $3,000 + to be put towards new band uniforms and music/instruments for the department.
Students will be selling the Enjoy the City coupon book for residents of Volusia County. When someone purchases this book they will be helping the Blue Brigade as well as saving money for themselves.
We know there are supporters of your student all over the country so we have created this online fundraiser to allow them (locals can use it too) an opportunity to shop from over 1500 useful items while helping our band. Orders will be delivered directly to the person ordering and should arrive very quickly.
Each time you make a purchase, we’ll receive up to 40%. You can also support us by sharing this page and spreading the word to friends and family using the integrated Facebook button.
Thank You in advance for being so supportive and helping us reach our goals!
Mrs. Lauren Martin
Director of Bands
Here is the Fundraising Web Site:
Good morning Blue Brigade parents,
1. IF YOUR STUDENT IS A SENIOR: Please select 3 pictures for the end of the year video. One baby/toddler type, one middle years and one current. We need these AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. You can have your student bring them to Mrs. Martin and she will pass along.
2. Any one with pictures/video from the games, concerts, MPA, etc ... if you would like to share these, please have these brought to Mrs. Martin's office. Make sure they are labeled so we know who to return them to.
MPA Photos are posted in the gallery.
Thanks to Scott Leisen for the photos.
Here is a link to a FSU's Summer Music Camps.
This includes band camps, double-reed camps, tuba/euphonium camps, and a leadership camp.
A new link was added to the Links page. This was submitted by a Music Teacher at a Community Center. She (Zoey) found the Blue Brigade site and thought this may be helpfull to some.
This is a very good site for information on instruments and related topics. Zoey's College Volunteer Nadia found this page and pointed it out to us. Special thanks and a "W0Ot Wo0T" to Nadia and Zoey.
Thank You Scott Leisen for pictures of the
Scott Leisen's photos from the Orange City Christmas Parade are posted.
As part of the budget process, the school district is inviting parents, students, employees and community members to send us their best ideas to save money. All responses will be provided to school board members and the superintendent for review in preparation for budget workshops, which will be scheduled in February after the election of the District 2 school board member.
To participate in the survey, visit the district’s website at http://myvolusiaschools.org.
Below is the recap from the meeting on 11/26 for those who could not attend.
Thank you Mrs Martin for providing the details!!!!
I will be sending out the details for each event again as they get closer to the dates.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Orange City Christmas Parade (Dec. 8th)
· Students will be responsible for getting to and from the parade
· Uniforms will be the responsibility of the students. We will check uniforms out to the students on Friday and we will load the trailer during classes on Friday.
· Students need to be in front of 2 Guys Pizza (the corner of French Ave. and 17-92) by 4pm. The parade will start at 5pm
· The parade ends in the parking lot of John’s Appliance City on Ohio Ave. We should be done, no later than 7pm.
· Students are encouraged to decorate their instruments, as long as it doesn’t interfere with playing, marching, or will cause damage to the instrument. BE CREATIVE J
· Chaperones have been asked to dress up as well!
Deltona Christmas Parade
Students will be responsible for getting to and from the parade
Uniforms will be the responsibility of the students. We will check uniforms out to the students on Friday and we will load the trailer during classes on Friday.
Students need to be in front of 2 Guys Pizza (the corner of Providence Blvd and Ft. Smith Blvd by 4pm. The parade will start at 6pm
The parade ends in front of City Hall on Providence Blvd. We should be done no later than 8pm.
Students are encouraged to decorate their instruments, as long as it doesn’t interfere with playing, marching, or will cause damage to the instrument. BE CREATIVE J
Chaperones have been asked to dress up as well!
The prism concert will be Thursday, Dec. 13th at 7pm in the DHS Auditorium
Students will have a call-time of 5:30pm in the band room.
Tickets are $3 at the door, with the exception of Galaxy and Deltona Middle School students. If a GMS or DMS student wears their band shirt, they will receive free admission!
We will have an in-school performance that afternoon and band students will be getting out of class at 12pm that day.
Prism Auditions start on Wednesday from 2-4pm. Students groups MUST audition in order to perform in Prism!
Following Prism rehearsals will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5th, Monday and Wednesday Dec. 12th in the auditorium from 2-4pm.
Full Band Rehearsal for Prism will be held on Monday, Dec. 10th from 3-5pm
Please check out the calendar, which is up on the website and was sent home with students for important rehearsals.
A couple of important dates to remember:
§ Wind Ensemble Camp is Friday, January 4th from 1-6pm.
Students who make the wind ensemble will be REQUIRED to attend. All other students are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to be there.
I am bringing in clinicians to work with the students from 1-3pm and we will have a full band rehearsal from 3:30-6pm.
There is a Jazz Band Rehearsal on the 1st Monday back from break. It will be from 3-6pm
If your student made All-County please make sure they attend ALL rehearsals and are on time!
Jazz MPA is Feb. 7th at Seminole HS
District Solo and Ensemble is Feb. 8th and 9th at Seminole HS
Please make note that the Wind Ensemble rehearsals for the 2nd week in February are different. We will be rehearsing on Tuesday, Feb. 12th and Wednesday Feb. 13th that week in order to allow Dr. McCutchen from the University of South Florida to attend our rehearsal.
We will have a Wind Ensemble rehearsal on Presidents’ Day, Feb 18th from 3-6pm. This is to allow Dr. Tobias from the University of Central Florida to attend our rehearsal.
We will have a Pre-MPA Concert on Monday, Feb 25that 7pm. This concert will include DeLand HS and University HS.
Concert MPA is March 7th-9th at Lyman HS
State Solo and Ensemble will be March 25th- 27th, location TBA. This is during Spring Break!
Solo and Ensemble Sign-Up Sheets will be up tomorrow. Students are responsible for ordering any Solo and Ensemble music that is not in our S&E library. I am working on securing accompanists at this point.
We have several fundraising opportunities coming up! If you have ideas, please send them to Tony Black or Mrs. Martin.
The last band installment was due Nov. 15th. If are unsure of your balance, please see Sue Malyzska or Mrs. Martin. Students who have not paid their fees by the end of the year will be turned over to the school debt list and will not be eligible for a leadership position next year. We are more than willing to work with anyone and we fundraise to off-set the cost of band fees! Please speak to Mrs. Martin if you need to set up a payment plan.
Wednesday, February 27th
Jazz Band Auditions 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10th
Jazz Band Rehearsal – 3-5p
Wednesday, April 17th
Jazz Band Rehearsal – 3-5p
Wednesday, April 24th
Jazz Band Rehearsal – 3-5p
Friday, April 26th
Jazz Band Rehearsal– 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27th
Jazz Band Rehearsal – 9:00 a.m. – noon
Saturday, April 27th
Now is a good time to start thinking about attending a music camp. This camp is restricted to 200 band members
Thank You, Scott Leisen, for the great photos from the Deland Game.
The photos are posted here.
Mrs. Martin will have the band room open to all students on Monday 11/5 and Wednesday 11/7 from 3 to 5 p.m. for anyone who wishes to come in and get in extra practice or help. These are the corrected dates from the ones Mrs. Martin originally posted on Facebook.
Reminder: There is a $5 fee for all students auditioning. This must be turned in on Friday, 10/26, for the student to be able to audition. If you are writing a check please make it out to Volusia County Schools.
The auditions will be held at Deland High School on 11/14 after school.
Hello Parents and Students!
The week after MPA I will be holding after school help sessions for All-County auditions on Monday 11/6, Wednesday 11/8 from 3-5pm. . All County auditions will be held at Stetson University on Nov. 14th after school. The week before I will give you your official times.
After All-County auditions, we will then start to focus on Prism. Prism auditions and then rehearsals will be held on Nov. 28, Dec. 3, Dec. 5, and Dec. 10. Dec. 12th will be the dress rehearsal in the auditorium and the performance will be Thursday, Dec. 13th @ 7pm. Tickets will be $3 at the door. We will also have an in-school performance that day during the last hour of school. Students should be organizing and rehearsing their Prism pieces now!
On Monday, Nov. 19th we will be holding jazz band auditions from 3-6pm. I will have a sign-up sheet posted outside of my door the Monday before. This is the auditioned group for Jazz MPA and rehearsals will start after Prism. Audition music will be made available the Monday after MPA.
At the beginning of December, I will put up a sign up sheet for Solo and Ensemble. Students need to start making decisions about what they would like to do for Solo and Ensemble within the next few weeks. Solo and Ensemble music is the responsibility of the student's to order unless their are extenuating circumstances. Usually, most solos and ensembles will run you between $7-$20.
Finally, Wind Ensemble auditions will be held during the mid-term exam. I will be posting that music within the next few weeks so please start looking at it. It will consist of an excerpt, all 12 major scales in 3 minutes or less, chromatic scale, according to specific instrument standards for All-State, and sight-reading.
Please let me know if you have any questions! My voicemail on the school phone works so you may call or email :) Great job these last few weeks! Let's keep up the intensity!
We are running low on water for the football games and if anyone who can bring a few cases it would be much appreciated (especially the kids).
Thanks very much
Bach Festival Society Young Artists Competition:
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park in partnership with the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is pleased to present the 20th Annual Young Artist Competition on November 17, 2012, at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.
This prestigious competition, open to students grades 9 through 12, provides vocalists and instrumentalists throughout Florida the exceptional opportunity to prepare for performance before judges who are respected in their field. Students may compete in one of four categories: piano, strings, brass/woodwinds, or vocals. Cash prizes are awarded in both the preliminary and finalist rounds for a total of $5,000, one of the largest combined prize winnings in the state.
Saturday, Nov 17, 2012
$5,000 in Awards Available
(Cash Prizes awarded in preliminary and final rounds)
Location: Rollins College Campus, Winter Park, FL 32789
Four Categories: Piano, Strings, Brass/Woodwind & Voice
Open to: State of Florida high school students (9th-12th grade)
Maximum Number of Participants: 18 in each category
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012
For further information or questions contact:
Heather Mitchell @ 407/691-1228 or hmitchell@BachFestivalFlorida.org
The colorguard will be having a general interest meeting for winterguard on Nov 7th at 6pm in the band room, and a camp on Nov 10th from 10am-4pm in the gym. Please spread the word and help us recruit! If any band members are interested please come...don't let money hold you back, we will fundraise, and I will work with your band schedules! If we could put this on the band website that would be great! If you have any questions ask Mrs. Martin or myself!
I wanted to remind everyone that Blue Brigade relies on the support of sponsors. The great organizations on our Sponsor's page donate money and items to keep the band running. Be sure to support those that support us.
Photos from the Pine Ridge Game are posted here. Special thanks once again to Scott Leisen for another set of great pics.
Scott Leisen's fantastic Photo's of the Spruce Creek game are posted in the Gallery.
Thanks again to Scott!
Yep, That's right. They are here.
Scott Leisen's talents and generosity, again, are much appreciated.
Until I get the classified ads section readded to the website, I would like to point out the temporary location. Classified Ads
If you have items to sell/trade/give away, please email the details to email@example.com and I will post them for you.
When items are added, I will post a news article that a new ad has been added to the Classified Ads page.
Good evening again,
There are volunteer forms on the www.bluebrigade.org website under the "band resources" and then "forms" tab for parents who wish to volunteer at football games, All-State Auditions, etc. The direct link is here.
Please remember, you also need to fill our a VIPS form for the county to be approved to volunteer.
If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Tony or Bonnie Black at the email addresses below: