Back to School Newsletter

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another wonderful year of music here at Aspen Middle School!  There are lots of new things to look forward to!  From a new director to new technology to new interactive musical games, this year of band promises to be the best year ever!

In this article…

  • Kyle Jones
  • SmartMusic
  • Pokemon Band
  • Play..and Sing
  • Band Ninja
  • Band Calendar
  • Auditions for Region Bands
  • Jazz Band
  • Double Black Band
  • Maroon Bel Canto

Welcome Kyle!Kyle

With the departure of Mr. Loda to Pennsylvania, we had some big shoes to fill in looking for a new director.  Luckily for us, we were able to find Kyle Jones!  Kyle is a young, vibrant music educator who connects instantly with kids.  He is an avid mountaineer and amazing pianist.  You are going to love him!  Learn more about Kyle here!

SM LogoSmartMusic!

New this year, every student will receive a subscription to SmartMusic – the most advanced instrument learning technology in the world.  Your students’ practice session will never be the same.   Check out SmartMusic here: http://bcove.me/lu2sk2u5

Pikachu tptPokemon Band!

New this year for 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students is the Pokemon Band Challenge!  Students can compete for control of the Band Room and earn special privileges for their team.  It doesn’t stop in the classroom either!  Students can earn and battle their pokemon inside and outside of class!  Using SmartMusic, they can catch ‘em all! #gottacatchemall

children-singing2Play…and Sing!

With a new year comes new opportunity!  With Kyle’s special set of skills, we are excited to begin integrating vocal music into some of the band classes.  So, not only will 5th graders learn an instrument this year, but they will have the opportunity to sing their favorite songs with their friends.

Band Ninja LogoBand Ninja!

5th graders this year will be able to earn belts in our revamped edition of Band Ninja!  This system rewards students for practicing out of their method book, awarding “Ninja Belts” for completing increasingly difficult exercises.  This is also compatible with SmartMusic, making getting belts easier than ever before!

calendarBand Calendar

Stay Up to Date with Band Events on our Band Calendar.  It’s always available and always up-to-date!  Bookmark this page!  http://aspenbands.org/band-calendar/

music-35Auditions for Region Bands

Honor Band, Select Band, Honor Jazz, Select Jazz – So many opportunities for cool band trips and experiences!  Earn a spot with the best players in the region this year by practicing your audition music early and often!  Stay up-to-date with regional auditions here: http://cmead8.org/auditions/

jazz_band_music_sJazz Band

Jazz is back before school on Tuesdays and Thursday at 7am.  Come jam with us!  While the 7am Band may need to be auditioned if we have too many folks coming out for it, we are working with Jazz Aspen to start a Wednesday jam session after school for anyone who wants to play!  More details to follow.

DBB LogoDouble Black Band!

Double Black Band will be starting up in the winter again before competition season begins.  Auditions will be held in November.  Audition music will be made available in the first few weeks of school.  Practice hard and get in!

mbcccMaroon Bel Canto

You don’t have to give up your recess to sing anymore!  Maroon Bel Canto (led by Kyle Jones!) is now meeting after school on Mondays!  Get in at the ground floor as we rebuild the vocal program in the district!