Author: Mr. Hood

I teach orchestra at Killian Middle School.

Spring Concert: Program, Calls, Clean-up tasks

KMS Orchestra Spring Concert | Friday, June 1 |  7PM at the Killian cafeteria.  


All orchestra students should uncase and tune in the orchestra room, and proceed at call time to the cafeteria.  Band students should uncase, tune, and warm up in the band hall.  Ms. Pittman will bring you to the cafeteria at about 7:25.  Please enter quietly and wait in the ramp behind the lost and found.

Beginners’ call: 6:40, tuned and ready to go on stage for full-group warmups.

Philharmonic call: 6:45, tuned and seated at the Philharmonic table in the cafeteria.

Symphonic call: 6:20, tuned and on stage for full-group warm-ups.

Chamber call: 6:45, tuned and warmed up in the cafeteria at the tables marked for Chamber.

Clean-up tasks:


  • BEGINNER VIOLINS TASK: stack 5 chairs each.
  • BEGINNER VIOLAS TASK: stack all music stands and roll them back to the 1600 hall.
  • BEGINNER CELLI/BASS TASK: take all cello chairs to the orchestra room.
  • PHILHARMONIC TASK: take extension cords, amps, and mic stand back to orchestra room.
  • SYMPHONIC VIOLIN 1 TASK: roll piano, podium, conduction stand back to orchestra room.
  • SYMPHONIC VIOLIN 2-3-VIOLA TASK: stack 5 chairs each.
  • SYMPHONIC CELLI-BASS TASK: seek and return all rock stops, rosins, lost electronics, music, back to orchestra room.
  • CHAMBER BOYS’ TASK: break down and stow acoustic shell.
  • CHAMBER GIRLS’ TASK: re-case electric instruments with sound cables and take them back to the orchestra room.

Fall Concert: Passport to Russia

1718FallConcertPosterponyOur fall concert featuring arrangements of Russian music is Wednesday, October 18, in the KMS cafeteria.


Stage crew will stay after school.  Please bring your concert clothes to change before your call.

Beginners’ call is 6:15, in uniform, with instrument (uncased in the orchestra room) and iPad on stage for a short rehearsal.

All other musicians’ call is 6:40 in the orchestra room, in uniform, to tune and report with instrument and music to the cafeteria to sit and wait for your turn to perform.

The music begins at 7:00.



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,, 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.