They have not decided on all of the cuts yet! Right now it looks like we may loose our supplements and the elementary music, art & PE may be wiped out.
They are also looking at shortening the school day and putting us on a rotating block schedule. It does not sound good.
Thanks for asking,
In Southern California, lots of districts are sending possible layoff notices out to people (all disciplines). Some districts are handling it better by trying to encourage some of the veteran teachers with early bird retirement packages. It looks bad out here right now because nobody knows what money is going to be coming from the state. Each district will have to figure out what they want to keep or not.
Hello, Russ. "Thanks for your message. I am glad that I discovered the MS Band Director page. In Mongomery Co. we are all preparing for festival right now and are in the middle of county wide exams as well. We will perform "Knights of Dunvegan" and "High Sierras" this year. Do you know of any any pitfalls regarding those two pieces that I need to watch out for? "Knights" is a grade II but it's harder than most grade twos. Some pretty exposed measures. High Sierras is not that difficult except for the coda. Thanks!
Russ, It sounds just as great from my itunes as it did on the tape. Thanks for the guidance. The family will be sick of hearing it in a couple of days..I sent a msg to Wayne DuMaine. Maybe he'll check it out. Thanks again, Aimee
Hi again, The Boss Brass doesn't exist any longer. Rob is doing a 10 piece but has been silent for several years now. I'll upload some files soon but here is a site of me playing if you are interested. www.MySpace.com/SkaBoom
Hi Russ, Yes I know Rob McConnell. I've been a big fan of the Boss Brass for decades. His lead trumpet player Arnie Chycoski just passed away. It was a tragic day for many trumpet players. His daughters are trying to have him inducted into the hall of fame.
"Frimmin' on the Jim Jam" was part of an incantation the wiz character used in a strip from Johnny Hart's "The Wizard of Id" comic. It just has a nice hip-hop-type rhythm to it, so I appropriated it for the chart.
I created some "home video" type things that show how we use SmartMusic at my school. The link for that page is www.rrmsband.org/SMatRRMS.htm I also created some handouts for the SCBDA on general uses of SM and how they could use SM to prepare for all SCBDA events. i will send you those when i have my other computer.
Thanks Russ. WE have put together a site for the SC directors. Not as fancy as yours, but with a bunch of stuff on it. Some of the links are not working properly since i changed hosts, but I will be working on that soon.
www.rrmsband.org/scbda.htm Check it out if you have a few minutes.
Good Morning Russ,
Thanks for the advice on Birdland. I haven't played the Manhatten Transfer version for them yet, but I'm looking it up on I-Tunes right now for them to listen to. They seemed to really enjoy Maynard's version when I played it for them. We'll continue to go at it.
Also I typed in my affiliation incorrect. I thought it was referring to what school we came from. I've corrected it since. I'm director of bands at Rochelle School of the Arts in Lakeland. Thank for your time.
Good morning Russ. I got a chance to meet you at FMEA convention this year. I would like to thank you for introducing me to MS Band Director. I absolutly love it. If I can ask an opinion of you. We are preparing for Jazz MPA, and I'm looking at taking Birdland arr by Sweeney. I think it's a good piece but wanted to get more thoughts from others about taking this chart to MPA. Thank you,