10 times the donation, one day only!

Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI! Today, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Instrumental Parent Boosters. Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-5525867.

Chipotle Fundraiser

We are having our Chipotle fundraiser on Sunday, 3/19 at the Greenbelt Chipotle! Tell them you are with Parkdale Music for us to get the fundraising credit. We earn half of whatever each family buys, so this is a GREAT opportunity for us to raise much needed money for higher quality instruments and music.  Print the attached flyer and bring it with you so that we can earn money with each purchase!

Chipotle

Music T-Shirts

We will be ordering this year’s music t-shirts next week. They are $15, but they are already paid for if students paid their music fees for this year. Students will get order forms in class on Thursday and Friday.

Service Hours Opportunity this Saturday

Berwyn Heights Elementary School is hosting a service project to help beautify their school by helping to take care of their gardens. Please report to BHES from 9-12 for the project.

DaMatha Summer Band & Strings Program

DeMatha HS is having a summer music program (for non-Dematha musicians) in July for both band and strings. Flyer attached.

Non-DeMatha Summer Band-Strings 2017

Spring Marching Band Camp

Both Bowie State and Howard University bands are having spring marching band camps for any students who may be interested. Extra credit for anyone who attends! Flyers attached.

UMD Clarinet Symposium

The University of MD is having their 5th annual Clarinet Symposium on Saturday, 4/2. Attached is the flyer for the event. Extra credit to any of our clarinets who make it! Registration is $35, and includes lunch.

Clarinet Day Flyer

Picture Day Friday Morning

The orchestra and bands will be taking yearbook pictures on Friday morning during first and second periods. It may be best to come to school dressed in concert attire. Students will be permitted to wear their concert attire for the remainder of school on Friday, although I wouldn’t recommend it for the gowns, especially. Remember that the gowns should be worn with FLATS, not heels.

Southern University Band Auditions

The band director for Southern University (LA), Nathan Haymer, will be in the area auditioning seniors on Thursday afternoon from 3-4:30. Let me know if you would like more information about the audition. Juniors and Seniors can leave rehearsal a little early to make it to the audition, if they wish. That particular college is VERY heavy on marching band, and highly competitive, even with a 200+ piece marching band. “Cupcakes” need not apply. 🙂

After School Rehearsals

As a reminder, we are finalizing our preparation for our performance assessments on March 31 (Festival Band) and April1 (Orchestra). We have after school rehearsals  on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 for orchestra (this is a bit longer than anticipated) and on Thursday from 2:30-4 for Festival Band. These rehearsals are important, and everyone in each ensemble is expected to make arrangements to attend. Unfortunately, several students  in Festival Band and Orchestra are not meeting the minimum proficiency requirements for performance, and we will not be able to take those students with us for these important performances this spring. I will be evaluating progress very closely over the next week to make this determination.

Contact Mr. Martin if you have any questions

director@parkdalemusic.com