Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Philly Jazz Event

Hello all, 

It's a last minute thing that I stumbled upon but I wanted to pass on an awesome opportunity. 

The Earl Phillips Big Band is playing Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite tomorrow evening at Chris's Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia. The suite is a major cornerstone of the Ellington legacy and is considered jazz legend. The music was not available until recent years and it is extremely rare that a group will attempt to perform it live. The band will be performing the Nutcracker as well as other songs in 3 short sets. The band consists of some of the top local jazz musicians an educators. If you want to know more here is a link to the groups facebook page Earl Phillip'sBig Band Facebook Page.

The first set starts at 7 and their performance will be over by 10. The individual sets are about 45 min each. The cover was listed at $15 a person.

If you need more information or directions to Chris's Jazz Cafe here is a link to their page. Chris's Jazz Cafe

This is not mandatory or required in any manner, just an opportunity to see professionals play some great jazz in a great venue for music. If you have any questions that aren't answered above feel free to email me, jazz@pitmanband.org.

Mr. V

Sunday, December 14, 2014

All-South Jersey Auditions

Congratulations to all of the students that prepared and auditioned for All-South Jersey ensembles.  It takes a lot of work and determination to make the decision to audition and prepare yourself.

We had two students selected as well as one former student.

Alex Bierman- Wind Ensemble placed third on Battery.
Jolie Delia- Symphonic Band placed fourth on Bassoon.
Matthew Torrence- Wind Ensemble placed first on Bassoon.

I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of all of these kids.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Boston Trip Reminder

Hello all,

Jazz band rehearsals have gone excellent and we are really looking forward to an awesome concert with the concert band on Tuesday night. Congratulations also go to the middle and elementary schools on their winter performances over the past two weeks.

I wanted to take a second to remind everyone about some information concerning the Boston trip. 

This year I scheduled a payment plan on the calendar. This payment plan is not mandatory however it should help to alleviate having to pay the full total all at once when the trip approaches. Currently the cost per student sits around $175. The payment plan set up two payments of $75 followed by the final payment being adjustable. The final payment is adjustable as I am doing my best to help bring the cost per student down. 

The first payment is set for tomorrow night December 11th. If you decide that you would like to use the payment plan please be aware of the following. 

All payments must be made by check (made payable to the PPBA) or through PayPal.  Cash will not be accepted.  If you pay through PayPal, please remember to select “sending money to friends and family” so the PPBA is not charged a fee.  If you have any questions, please email Sally Bierman at treasurer@pitmanband.org.

If you have decided that you would like to join us on the trip please let me know no later then December 18th. Please either see me after rehearsal or email me at jazz@pitmanband.org. The rate for parents joining us on the trip is lower then the per student cost and the exact price will depend on your rooming accommodations. If you decide to drive separately from the group but would like to be in the same hotel as the band please let me know so I can get you the discounted rate as well. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone Tuesday night!

Mr. V

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Concert

Our Holiday Concert is quickly approaching so I wanted to send out some reminders.  In order to prepare for the evening concert we will be holding practices for the entire group.  Wednesday, December 10 from 5-7 and Monday, December 15th from 4-6.  Attendance at these rehearsals are mandatory and any conflicts are due to Mr. Carey by the end of this week.

Concert Dress:

Men- Black Button Down Dress Shirt, Black Dress Shoes, and Black Dress Pants.  No Sneakers or Jeans will be permitted on the stage please plan accordingly.

Women- Black Dress (Knee Length or Lower)  You may also wear dress pants and a button down shirt as well.  Black Dress Shoes.  No Sneakers and No Jeans will be permitted on the stage please plan accordingly.

The Concert will begin at 7:00 pm with the choral portion.  The Pitman Education Association will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots so please consider bringing a new unwrapped toy to drop off in the bin on your way into the concert.

Tri-M will also be selling candy grams for all the students participating.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

West Cape May Parade

The West Cape May Christmas parade has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 7th due to the weather forecasts.  The parade will still begin at 5:00 and report time will still be 2:00 Sunday for the parade.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

West Cape May Christmas Parade

Report time for the parade is 2:00 p.m.  Parade begins at 5:00 in West Cape May and we should return home by 9:30.  We will be stopping for food on the way home from the parade so the kids should have some money on them.