TRINITY BANDS

Band Placements for next year posted today!

Posted by Dean Surface on May 20, 2019 in TSMS with No Comments


Hello TSMS Band Families,

Today we posted the results for next years band placement, they are also attached to this email. We have described each band before, but wanted to remind you about them. Also, we want to make sure that everyone understands that the bands all work on the same fundamentals, concerts, and contests. The difference is the range, scope, and intensity of the fundamentals, concerts, and contests. Band is not a “cut” activity and we have a place for everyone. Hard work and enjoyment of performance are key to success in music and life, we hope to instill that in every band student.

Concert Band is directed by Mrs. Machado. It is a group of mostly 7th graders and some 8th graders. This band works on instrument fundamentals, basic musical concepts, scales, solos, and really fun music!

Symphonic Band is directed by Mr. Trewitt. It is a group of mostly 7th and some 8th graders. This band works on instrument fundamentals, basic musical concepts, scales, arpeggios, solos, musicianship skills, and really fun music!

Wind Ensemble is directed by Mr. Surface. It is a group of mostly 8th graders and a few 7th graders. This band works on instrument fundamentals, basic and advanced musical concepts, scales, arpeggios, musicianship skills, District and Region music, solos, ensembles, and really fun music! Wind ensemble should be viewed as a Pre-AP or advanced band class.

If your child made the Wind Ensemble we have our first required meeting of the 2019-2020 school year Wednesday May 22 at 5:00 pm in the TSMS band hall. We will be discussing expectations for this summer and next year! It is going to be an amazing school year next year and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

Please talk with your child about this tomorrow. We ask that you do not email or call us with questions until after next week. Whether they are happy or upset about their placement, please explain to them the importance of hard work. Review the year with them and ask these questions:

  • Did you practice on a consistent basis?
  • Did you take every opportunity afforded you in band this year?
  • Did you ask for and come in for extra help on things you did not understand?
  • Did you complete pass offs/practice records last year?
  • Did you always pass your classes, including band?
  • Did you contribute in a positive way to your band class?

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF BAND MEMBERS

Thank you,
Dean Surface

Band Placements for next year posted today!

Posted by Dean Surface on May 20, 2019 in TMIS with No Comments


Hello TSMS Band Families,

Today we posted the results for next years band placement, they are also attached to this email. We have described each band before, but wanted to remind you about them. Also, we want to make sure that everyone understands that the bands all work on the same fundamentals, concerts, and contests. The difference is the range, scope, and intensity of the fundamentals, concerts, and contests. Band is not a “cut” activity and we have a place for everyone. Hard work and enjoyment of performance are key to success in music and life, we hope to instill that in every band student.

Concert Band is directed by Mrs. Machado. It is a group of mostly 7th graders and some 8th graders. This band works on instrument fundamentals, basic musical concepts, scales, solos, and really fun music!

Symphonic Band is directed by Mr. Trewitt. It is a group of mostly 7th and some 8th graders. This band works on instrument fundamentals, basic musical concepts, scales, arpeggios, solos, musicianship skills, and really fun music!

Wind Ensemble is directed by Mr. Surface. It is a group of mostly 8th graders and a few 7th graders. This band works on instrument fundamentals, basic and advanced musical concepts, scales, arpeggios, musicianship skills, District and Region music, solos, ensembles, and really fun music! Wind ensemble should be viewed as a Pre-AP or advanced band class.

If your child made the Wind Ensemble we have our first required meeting of the 2019-2020 school year Wednesday May 22 at 5:00 pm in the TSMS band hall. We will be discussing expectations for this summer and next year! It is going to be an amazing school year next year and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

Please talk with your child about this tomorrow. We ask that you do not email or call us with questions until after next week. Whether they are happy or upset about their placement, please explain to them the importance of hard work. Review the year with them and ask these questions:

  • Did you practice on a consistent basis?
  • Did you take every opportunity afforded you in band this year?
  • Did you ask for and come in for extra help on things you did not understand?
  • Did you complete pass offs/practice records last year?
  • Did you always pass your classes, including band?
  • Did you contribute in a positive way to your band class?

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF BAND MEMBERS

Thank you,
Dean Surface

TMIS Band Week 37

Posted by Dean Surface on May 19, 2019 in TMIS with No Comments


Hello Mustang Band,

This is the last weekly email for the year! This week we have a few items that we need to make sure all of you are aware of! We will not need instruments this week, because we will not have class like normal.

Monday we will start checking out instruments to students that are doing band next year at TSMS. If you have a personal instrument you are renting from a music store or have purchased please hold on to that so you can practice and be ready for next school year! If you play a school owned instrument you will need to bring cash or a check for $100.00 (made out to TSMS) on Monday. This payment will cover the instrument usage for the summer and all of next year! We will email you the instrument usage form to sign and return as well.

We will also post band results at the end of the day on Monday. If your child makes the Wind Ensemble we have a meeting planned for Wednesday May 22nd in the TSMS Band Hall 5:00 pm. Please enter in the front doors of Trinity Springs MS, ONLY IF your child is in Wind Ensemble.

Band Placement info:
Tomorrow after school we are posting the results for next years band placement. We have described each band before, but wanted to remind you about them. Also, we want to make sure that everyone understands that the bands all work on the same fundamentals, concerts, and contests. The difference is the range, scope, and intensity of the fundamentals, concerts, and contests. Band is not a “cut” activity and we have a place for everyone. Hard work and enjoyment of performance are key to success in music and life, we hope to instill that in every band student.

Concert Band is directed by Mrs. Machado. It is a group of mostly 7th graders and some 8th graders. This band works on instrument fundamentals, basic musical concepts, scales, solos, and really fun music!

Symphonic Band is directed by Mr. Trewitt. It is a group of mostly 7th and some 8th graders. This band works on instrument fundamentals, basic musical concepts, scales, arpeggios, solos, musicianship skills, and really fun music!

Wind Ensemble is directed by Mr. Surface. It is a group of mostly 8th graders and a few 7th graders. This band works on instrument fundamentals, basic and advanced musical concepts, scales, arpeggios, musicianship skills, District and Region music, solos, ensembles, and really fun music! Wind ensemble should be viewed as a Pre-AP or advanced band class.

If your child made the Wind Ensemble we have our first required meeting of the 2019-2020 school year Wednesday May 22 at 5:00 pm in the TSMS band hall. We will be discussing expectations for this summer and next year! It is going to be an amazing school year next year and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

Please talk with your child about this tomorrow. We ask that you do not email or call us with questions until after next week. Whether they are happy or upset about their placement, please explain to them the importance of hard work. Review the year with them and ask these questions:

  • Did you practice on a consistent basis?
  • Did you take every opportunity afforded you in band this year?
  • Did you ask for and come in for extra help on things you did not understand?
  • Did you complete pass offs/practice records last year?
  • Did you always pass your classes, including band?
  • Did you contribute in a positive way to your band class?

Thank you,
Dean Surface

Week 37

Posted by Dean Surface on May 19, 2019 in TSMS with No Comments


Hello W.E. Families,

This is the last weekly email! Tuxes and Dresses need to be turned in Monday! This week, while our last, is still very busy! During class we will start checking out school owned instruments, students will need to bring $100.00 to take instruments home. This will cover the usage fee for this year and next! Please make checks payable to TSMS. We will also be announcing TSMS band placements for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday.

Monday – Awards ceremony at TSMS, we will meet at 5:00 in the large gym. Please wear "professional" dress. Our first performance is at 5:30 and then any 7th grader receiving an award will go sit with their parents, 8th graders will report back to the band hall and wait for the 8th grade ceremony at 7:00. 7:00 we will perform for the 8th grade ceremony, we should be done about 7:15. 7th graders and any 8th students not getting an award should go home. 8th graders receiving an award will go sit with their parents.

Tuesday – SIX FLAGS (if you signed up) 8th grade students who are participating in high school band next year have a rehearsal at TCHS at 4:30. These students will leave the park at 3:00pm and be bussed straight to the high school! Instruments and anything else needed for this rehearsal can stay on the bus while we are inside the park. Parents, please plan to pick up your students at TCHS at 7:00 pm.

All other students (all 7th graders, any 8th graders NOT participating in HS band) will leave the park at 4:00 and must be picked up at TSMS at 5:00pm. Please have a ride waiting for you!

Wednesday – 5:00 pm Wind Ensemble parent meeting. Students that make the 2019-2020 wind ensemble will have a brief meeting to go over expectations and dates.

It has been a truly AMAZING year! Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement!

Go Band!
Dean Surface

Solo Contest Info – May 11

Posted by Dean Surface on April 29, 2019 in TMIS with No Comments


Good afternoon TSMS/TMIS band families,

This email may seem like a lot of information. Please read carefully!

On Saturday, May 11, all TSMS and TMIS band members will participate in our KISD Solo Contest. The contest will take place at Indian Springs Middle School. Students have individual performance times, and should arrive 20 minutes prior to their scheduled time to find their room and warm up. Students will need to dress professionally for this event. The fee for solo contest is $5 for TMIS and $10 for TSMS. TSMS students who are paying $36 for a piano accompanist will not be required to pay an additional solo contest fee. All solo contest fees are due by Monday, May 6. Only cash is accepted for the solo contest fees.

The schedule for solo contest is located HERE. Please check to make sure a.) your child’s name is on one of the sheets and b.) your child’s solo information is correct. More information will be sent later about specific rooms/locations within Indian Springs.

Please note that this schedule is divided into seven different pages based on what room your child is performing in, and you can toggle between pages at the bottom. Search the pages using Control + F to find your child. The pages are organized as follows:

Room 1 (TSMS piano accompaniment room)

Room 2 (TSMS and some TMIS piano accompaniment room)

Room 3 (TSMS piano accompaniment room)

Room 4 (TSMS and some TMIS Smart Music)

Room 5 (TMIS Woodwinds)

Room 6 (TMIS Brass)

Room 7 (All Percussion – percussionists perform in pairs)

If your child is enrolled in private lessons, they will be performing with a piano accompanist (except 6th grade French horn). Rehearsals with the pianists begin tomorrow, April 24, and continue for the next several weeks. The rehearsal schedule can be found HERE. Please note that some rehearsal times are prior to the start of school. Please check carefully to make sure your child’s name and solo information are correct. The schedule is divided into six pages, one for each rehearsal day an accompanist is on our campus. Students are in charge of making sure they are present for their rehearsal time.

If your child is using a piano accompanist, they are required to pay the $36 fee. Please note that 6th graders do not need to pay this fee. This fee must be paid online to Trekorda (the company we are using for the accompanists). Instructions for online payment are attached. If paying with Venmo, when prompted, enter Jesse Fry as the recipient of the payment. The fee covers the two in-class rehearsals and the performance. Only online payment is accepted. All payments to the pianist are due Monday, May 6.

If there are any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

Dean Surface

Solo Contest Info – May 11

Posted by Dean Surface on April 29, 2019 in TSMS with No Comments


Good afternoon TSMS/TMIS band families,

This email may seem like a lot of information. Please read carefully!

On Saturday, May 11, all TSMS and TMIS band members will participate in our KISD Solo Contest. The contest will take place at Indian Springs Middle School. Students have individual performance times, and should arrive 20 minutes prior to their scheduled time to find their room and warm up. Students will need to dress professionally for this event. The fee for solo contest is $5 for TMIS and $10 for TSMS. TSMS students who are paying $36 for a piano accompanist will not be required to pay an additional solo contest fee. All solo contest fees are due by Monday, May 6. Only cash is accepted for the solo contest fees.

The schedule for solo contest is located HERE. Please check to make sure a.) your child’s name is on one of the sheets and b.) your child’s solo information is correct. More information will be sent later about specific rooms/locations within Indian Springs.

Please note that this schedule is divided into seven different pages based on what room your child is performing in, and you can toggle between pages at the bottom. Search the pages using Control + F to find your child. The pages are organized as follows:

Room 1 (TSMS piano accompaniment room)

Room 2 (TSMS and some TMIS piano accompaniment room)

Room 3 (TSMS piano accompaniment room)

Room 4 (TSMS and some TMIS Smart Music)

Room 5 (TMIS Woodwinds)

Room 6 (TMIS Brass)

Room 7 (All Percussion – percussionists perform in pairs)

If your child is enrolled in private lessons, they will be performing with a piano accompanist (except 6th grade French horn). Rehearsals with the pianists begin tomorrow, April 24, and continue for the next several weeks. The rehearsal schedule can be found HERE. Please note that some rehearsal times are prior to the start of school. Please check carefully to make sure your child’s name and solo information are correct. The schedule is divided into six pages, one for each rehearsal day an accompanist is on our campus. Students are in charge of making sure they are present for their rehearsal time.

If your child is using a piano accompanist, they are required to pay the $36 fee. Please note that 6th graders do not need to pay this fee. This fee must be paid online to Trekorda (the company we are using for the accompanists). Instructions for online payment are attached. If paying with Venmo, when prompted, enter Jesse Fry as the recipient of the payment. The fee covers the two in-class rehearsals and the performance. Only online payment is accepted. All payments to the pianist are due Monday, May 6.

If there are any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

Dean Surface

TMIS Band week 34

Posted by Dean Surface on April 29, 2019 in TMIS with No Comments


Hello TMIS Band Families,

Last week was a very successful week for the Mustang bands! Both bands at TMIS received superior ratings at their respective band festivals.

Students should be practicing at home everyday in preparation of their solos for the KISD solo contest on May 11. Below are the piano tracks that the students will use when performing, please help them practice with these. Also, students should be practicing their end of year performance exam.

French Horns

Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba

Upcoming Required Events:

May 6 – Required Spring Concert at TCHS
May 11 – Required Solo Contest at Indian Springs MS – Times will be given to each student soon.

Thank you
Dean Surface

TSMS Band Week 34

Posted by Dean Surface on April 28, 2019 in TSMS with No Comments


Hello W.E. Families,

Thank you everyone for helping the Trinity Bands have a successful week last week! All three TSMS bands received 1st divisions on their performances, and Wind Ensemble received a runner up to best in class trophy!

This week we will need to rehearse everyday during advisory, except for Friday, please plan accordingly. Our concert is May 6th and our final festival performance is May 10.

Tomorrow night is the Jazz Cafe at TCHS. We will have sectionals as normal this week, but will not have band council on Monday or percussion on Friday.

Thank you
Dean Surface

Six Flags and Band Banquet

Posted by Dean Surface on April 15, 2019 in TSMS with No Comments


Hello TSMS families,

Here are the forms for both Band Banquet and Six Flags. Please read through the information at the top of each form.

All money and forms are due Monday, April 22nd.

Band Banquet – CLICK HERE

Six Flags – CLICK HERE

Thank you,
TSMS Band Staff

Mustang Band Week 32

Posted by Dean Surface on April 15, 2019 in TMIS with No Comments


Hello Mustang Band,

Less than a month from now the Mustang band members will be participating in their first Solo Contest. Performing a solo for a judge might seem frighting or overwhelming at first, but this is a great experience to help your child present themselves in a professional manner to a professional musician. The judges are middle school directors and will be very kind and honest. The goal is to build up confidence in our young musicians as well as reward hard work and effort!

Students should be working on their solo EVERY day from now until May 11. Please use the following recordings to practice with in preparation for the solo contest. Students will be performing with the recordings at Solo Contest.

French Horns

Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba

Upcoming Required Events:

April 22 – Required after school rehearsal 3:00 – 4:45
April 23 – Pride of Texas band contest during school day (must pass all classes 5th six weeks)
May 6 – Required Spring Concert at TCHS
May 11 – Required Solo Contest at Indian Springs MS – Times will be given to each student soon.

Thank you
Dean Surface