Manchester High School Band Program

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10 things for band in 2016-17

Posted by Keith Berry on August 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Hello Manchester High School Band Families,


We are saving a few stamps and using e-mail to get in touchabout the start of a new school year. Mr. Cancellieri and I are eager to greet all of our new and returningband members very soon!


Success in band has a lot to do with each student’s drive,determination, curiosity, and work ethic. We would like to offer our students 10 tips for a great start that should lead to a greater finish in 2016-17.

#1) – Be ready for the start of school by making sure thatyour instrument is in working order. Visit one of our fine local music stores (Beller’s, DuBaldo’s, Music & Arts, Summit Studios) for repairs and adjustments.

#2) If you can, take private music lessons with a professional instructor who is an expert on your instrument. Both Mr. Berry and Mr. Cancellieri can offer advice if necessary.

#3) If you need to rent an instrument this year, please have your parents e-mail Mr. Berry at [email protected] on or before August 22, 2016. (All percussionists will pay a user fee of $50 that includes both instruments and sticks/mallets.)

#4) Designate a place for focused practicing at home.  A wire, folding music stand is very importantand we also recommend a tuner, a metronome, and/or tuner & metronome apps.

#5) All reed players (clarinet, oboe, bassoon, & saxophone) must always have 3 working reeds available at all times.  When one breaks or wears out…replace it.

#6) We are on a mission to get more/many MHS Band members involved in the CMEA Eastern Regional auditions this year. It is not easy, iti s a great challenge, and it can be a remarkably rewarding experience.  TAKE THE CHALLENGE!

#7) Our first concert of the year will be on the evening of Tuesday, September 20.  We will all wear our new band t-shirt and comfortable pants as our uniform that night. All band parents will attend a Manchester Band Parents Association meeting while the students prepare to play a mini-concert scheduled for approximately 8:00. More details will follow.

#8) Get in the habit of checking the band website often:

#9) The MHS Marching Band starts on Monday August 22.  Thye music is "Phantom of the Opera" and includes a trip to see the Broadway show on September 24! We have more slots to fill and membership is voluntary. Contact Mr. Berry immediately if you are interested.

#10) We can’t wait to say hello….make sure that you start your practicing today so that you are ready to go!


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