It's almost March!

LGPE is near: t-minus 15 rehearsals until LGPE for our 7th and 8th students.

 

Concert Band (1st and 4th periods) have a rehearsal from 4:30-5:30 next Monday, March 5, a Pre-LGPE Concert at Cooper at 7:00 on Monday, March 12, and an LGPE performance at McEachern at 10:30am on Tuesday, March 20.

Symphonic Bands (2nd and 5th periods) have a Pre-LGPE concert at Cooper at 7:00 on Tuesday, March 13.
7th Grade Symphonic Band's LGPE performance is at McEachern at 6:45pm on Tuesday, March 20.
8th Grade Symphonic Band's LGPE performance is at McEachern at 5:45pm on Wednesday, March 21.

 

ALL band students have passoffs due on Friday each week. 7th and 8th grade students may choose any 2 LGPE passoffs each week. 6th grade students have a list of assigned passoffs for each week.

Winter Break Reminders

Winter break is finally here! We will be out of school for the week of Monday, February 19. 

Over the break, continue to practice and submit passoffs as outlined throughout the semester so far.

Concert Band (1st and 4th periods) will have a required rehearsal on Monday, March 5 immediately after school. We will end at 5:30. Any 8th grader in 1st period who plans to go on the Disney trip must be in attendance at the rehearsal to remain a part of the trip.

Our 4th Disney Trip payment ($100) is due the week after Winter Break. All trip money is due in March. 

As always, please send any questions to Mr. Lowery (robbin.lowery@cobbk12.org) or Mr. Tanksley (dillon.tanksley@cobbk12.org)

Ice Days

Enjoy your extra two days off from school this week! Please submit a passoff or two when you're trying to figure out how to pass your time all day long!

January 15 Updates

6th Grade

Our very first 6th grade band concert is in 8 days! It is next Tuesday, January 23 at 7:00pm. Students should arrive between 6:30 and 6:40, and parents will want to get a seat in the auditorium so you don't miss any of it! Boys should wear all black dress shoes, long black socks, black dress pants, and long-sleeve white dress shirt. Girls should wear the same, but all black (including the tops).

6th grade passoffs are beginning this week as well. We went over the assignments and Charms in class on Thursday and Friday of last week and sent home information on both passoffs and Charms. Please ask your student about this if they haven't brought it home to you yet.

 

7th & 8th Grade

Our next concerts for 7th and 8th grade (as well as LGPE) are in March. Please check the calendar for the exact dates and times. The concert uniform will be strictly enforced at the Pre-LGPE concert to prepare us for the adjudicated setting later in the month. Boys will be provided bowties and vests for these concerts as well. 

Passoffs are continuing for our 7th and 8th grade students. Every 7th and 8th grader in band should have completed the Fundamentals Passoffs from the Fall semester. If you haven't, you can still turn them in at any point for full credit. We just want you to do them! Our next passoffs will be excerpts from the LGPE music itself. 

 

8th Grade Disney Trip

The third payment for the Disney trip is $100, due on or before Wednesday, January 24. Our first two payments totaled $325. If you still need to catch up with those payments, please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions about payments or the trip itself, please email Mr. Lowery.

Charms

To login to Charms for the very first time, please follow these instructions. The first time you login you should change your password to something that you will remember when you are prompted to do so. We cannot see your new password, but we can reset it back to your lunch number should you forget it later.

When you do login, please update the parent information section to include names, email addresses, and phone numbers. 

 

6th Grade Concert POSTPONED

There will be NO 6th Grade Band Concert on Tuesday, December 12. 

Due to the unexpected snow and power outages, we will postpone our 6th grade concert until January, 2018. We will send out an exact date when we have the information set in stone.

7th and 8th grade will still have a concert on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00 in the Cooper auditorium.

7th & 8th Grade Band Concert: Thursday, December 14, 2017

We look forward to welcoming the friends and families back to Cooper for our first concert of the year!

It will be on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00PM in the Cooper Middle School Auditorium. Please arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 so that we can begin the concert on time.

This concert is a big event for our band. Our students must look as professional as they sound, so no student will be allowed on stage if they are not in the correct uniform.

Boys should wear: a long sleeve white dress shirt, long black dress pants (no jeans), long solid black socks, solid black dress shoes

Girls should wear: a ¾ length sleeve or longer solid black dress shirt or blouse, long black dress pants (no jeans), solid black dress shoes, solid black socks or hosiery if necessary

6th Grade Band Concert: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

We look forward to welcoming the families of our 6th grade beginner students to their very first Cooper Band concert!

It will be on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00PM in the Cooper Middle School Auditorium.

Please arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 so that we can begin the concert on time

This concert is a big event for our band. Our students must look as professional as they sound, so no student will be allowed on stage if they are not in the correct uniform.

Boys should wear: a long sleeve white dress shirt, long black dress pants (no jeans), long solid black socks, solid black dress shoes

Girls should wear: a ¾ length sleeve or longer solid black dress shirt or blouse, long black dress pants (no jeans), solid black dress shoes, solid black socks or hosiery if necessary

 

8th Grade Disney Trip

The time has come to begin preparations for our annual trip to Disney World! It is open to all band, chorus, and orchestra students in 8th grade. The trip estimate is $625, based on how many students and chaperones participate. We sent home an information letter today with more details. To reserve a spot on the trip, fill out the form on our Disney page. For text message updates about the trip, sign up for the Remind messages by texting the message  @coopdisney to the number  81010.   Please plan to attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, September 20. We will outline the trip for parents, fill out permission slips, and take the deposit payment that night. 

We cant wait to get on the road to Disney with all of you!

6th Grade Band Concert

Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00

All 6th grade band students will participate in this concert, which begins at 7:00. 

Students will need to arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 and parents are encouraged to find a great seat in the theater at that time so that you won't miss a moment of the performance. 

Our professional appearance is essential, so please be sure you are wearing the correct concert attire. Students should wear black dress shoes, long black socks, black dress pants (not jeans), a long-sleeved dress shirt or the white Cooper uniform shirt.

Our band performance can only be successful when all students are in attendance. Please be sure to mark this on your calendar so you won't miss this event!

7th and 8th Grade Band Concert

Thursday, December 1 at 7:00

All 7th and 8th grade band students will participate in this concert, which begins at 7:00.

Students will need to arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 and parents are encouraged to find a great seat in the theater at that time so that you won't miss a moment of the performance.

Our professional appearance is essential, so please be sure you are wearing the correct concert attire. Ladies should be dressed in all black - dress pants, shoes, and 1/2 to full length sleeved shirt (all without other colors). Gentlemen should wear black dress shoes, long black socks, black dress pants (not jeans), a long-sleeved dress shirt, and the vest and tie that we will provide.

8th grade students are reminded that concert attendance is a expected for any student who plans to participate in the Disney trip. 

Fundraiser Cookie Dough Arrives Tomorrow!

We just received word that the cookie dough for our music department fundraiser will arrive at Cooper on Thursday, October 27. Students who sold 5 or fewer items will be sent home with the cookie dough. Any student who sold more will need a parent or family member to come pick up the cookie dough at Cooper. The dough is all frozen and should be picked up as early as possible and taken straight home to your freezer. 

We will be at Cooper until around 5:30 for those who need to pick up the cookies. 

 

Thank you to to all families who supported Cooper's music programs through this fundraiser! 

Passoffs for 7th and 8th Grade Students

Today marked the beginning of passoffs for our 7th and 8th grade students. The first passoff (concert B-flat scale for everybody) will be due next week as an introductory assignment.

You can login to your passoffs by going to cooper.musicfirstclassroom.com. Your username is your firstnamelastname, all one long word in lower case letters without any other symbols. Your password is your student ID number.

Please remember that these assignments are scheduled by the computer - you cannot turn them in late because they will disappear from your dashboard on the day they are due. You can redo your recording as many times as you want before you submit. You can submit your passoff at any time before the due date - the earlier, the better. This application is a powerful practice tool - the computer will play the excerpt for you and you can also slow down the tempo to practice it more slowly.

Passoffs will go into the gradebook as homework/practice assignments. Please stay on top of them!

October Information and Reminders

As our second 9 weeks of school begin, please make a note of the following updates:

  • Jazz Band begins next week! It is open to all 7th and 8th grade students and will rehearse every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30. Students will need to return the sign-up form and be in attendance every week in order to participate in the ensemble. 
  • 7th and 8th grade students will be receiving login information this week to pass off concert music and exercises. This can be done on any device with a microphone and internet access from home or using one of our devices in the band room in morning practice (8:15-9:00am). 
  • Our December concerts are quickly approaching: 7th and 8th grade students on December 1 and 6th grade students on December 6. 
  • 8th grade students participating in the trip to Disney World should make the second payment of $150 by this Friday, October 21. Chaperones will need to make their deposit of $50 by Friday as well.

 

As always, please email a director with any questions or concerns.

Night of the Arts Concert

Our first concert of the year is quickly approaching!

The fine arts programs at Cooper and McEachern are all working together to put on this multi-grade Cooper Night of the Arts at 7:00 on Thursday, September 22. 

The band members who will participate in this concert are those in the Symphonic Bands (2nd and 5th periods). Students will need to wear all black: black pants, shoes, and shirt. This is the typical concert attire for our ladies, and the only change for gentlemen is a black shirt instead of our normal white dress shirts (so a black polo school uniform shirt will be acceptable). Students will need to be at Cooper at 6:30. Parents are encouraged to find seats early - we will have a packed house!

 

Our next band concert will be in December and will include every band student from 6th through 8th grade. 

8th Grade Updates

Next week is a busy one for 8th grade band families!

Disney Parent Meeting - Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00

This meeting is REQUIRED for parents of students participating in the trip to Disney World. You will need to sign paperwork at the meeting to secure your student a spot on the trip. You may pay your $165 deposit at this meeting, or you may wait until the deadline of September 23. 

McEachern Marching Band 8th Grade Night - Friday, September 9

All 8th grade students are invited to join the outstanding McEachern Marching Band in the stands and on the field during halftime at our game on Friday night. Students will ride to McEachern on a bus after school and will be fed dinner at the high school. Parents are encouraged to attend the football game ($7 admission) to support your students in their first marching band performance! Students will be dismissed to parents after halftime. If you have not returned your Blanket Field Trip Permission Form, please print it out from this post and return it by Thursday, September 8.

As always, if you have any questions please email Mr. Lowery at robbin.lowery@cobbk12.org or Mr. Tanksley at dillon.tanksley@cobbk12.org.