Author: Mr. Hood

I teach orchestra at Killian Middle School.

Parent Night: Thursday, Aug 31, 6PM, KMS Cafeteria

You’re invited to our orchestra parent info night, Thursday, August 31st, at 6PM in the KMS cafeteria.  Following a 20-minute presentation, we will have a Q&A.

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2017-2018 Handbook

Behind this link is the handbook for the ’17-’18 school year.  Orchestra students: please read it with your parents.  This outlines, with charts and rubrics, how we operate and what I expect from you this year.

Please print the last three pages, fill them out appropriately, and return them to me by Sept. 8.

Note the different due dates on the orchestra fees.  The $20 to come with us to Amazing Jakes (an optional trip that I hope you’ll join us for) is due this Friday, Sep 1.  The orchestra class fee ($65 for beginners, $90 for all others) is due the following week.  Our trips to Hawaiian Falls and to Studio Movie Grill are not due until next semester.  You may pay some or all of the fees at once.

The private lesson form is required in order to be taken out of orchestra class once a week for a 25-minute private lesson from one of our private teachers.  Please give this strong consideration– it is a powerful enhancement to class instruction.  We provide the service of time, place, and matching with a teacher.  You must provide the fee ($20 weekly) and the practice.

Howdy Morning- Sat, Aug26, 8AM, free

1718 Howdy Breakfast Invite2Greeting to our new KMS orchestra students and parents!  Our first event this year for you is a breakfast in the orchestra room this Saturday, at 8 AM.  This activity is for orchestra members and families who are new to Killian or to the KMS orchestra.  This meal is free, and will include pancakes, waffles, fruit, juice, and coffee.  Please RSVP to Mr. Hood, hoode@lisd.net, so that we can make sure we have food enough for all.

At the breakfast we’re going to get to know each other a little, and get oriented for the beginning of orchestra.  We’ll discuss lessons, instruments, fees, what we learn in class, concerts and our spring trip, and volunteering.  I, the booster club officers, and orchestra student officers, will be on hand to answer questions.

Winter Concert- Wednesday, Dec 7

Join us Wednesday, December 7, at 7 PM for our holiday concert.

Beginners, please uncase in the ensemble room and be on stage to rehearse at 6PM.

1617-winter-qrCamerata and Chamber orchestra students: please uncase in the orchestra room and report to the cafeteria quietly by 6:30.  Your seating charts will be available in the cafeteria.

The concert program is available here and also through the QR code below:

Our booster club is providing light refreshments following the music.

Fall Concert – Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 PM

Don’t miss the Killian Orchestras’ fall concert, Wednesday, October 12, in the KMS cafeteria.

concert program

Beginner orchestra plays at 7:00 PM, followed by Camerata orchestra, and then Chamber orchestra.

All orchestra students should report to the 1600 hall, dressed in concert black, by 6:30 PM.

Beginner orchestra students: please un-case in the ensemble room by 6:30 and take your instrument, bow, and iPad to the theater room for tuning and warmup.  After your performance, you will go as a class back to the ensemble room, case your instruments, and then return as a class to the cafeteria for the remainder of the concert.

Camerata orchestra students: please un-case in the band hall, tune, and wait to be taken as a class to the theater room at 7:00 when the Beginner Orchestra goes on stage.  After your performance, you will go as a class back to the band hall, case your instruments, and then return as a class to the cafeteria for the remainder of the concert.

Chamber orchestra students: please un-case in the orchestra room, tune, and wait to be taken as a class to the theater room at about 7:15 when the Camerata Orchestra goes on stage.  After your performance, the concert will be over and you may return to the orchestra hall to case your instruments.

 

 

[updated link] Handbook: 2016-17 school year

[note: you no longer need lisd.net credentials to access the KMS orchestra handbook]

Here’s our handbook for the coming year.   I’ve made lots of changes as we traverse the transition from Mr. Cautivar to me.  (How’s that for some $5 vocabulary?)

Print it out; read it.  We’ll be using barcodes to collect the return papers for your orchestra fee, media release, and private lesson forms.    (More on that when class starts!)