Beginning Band Meeting


Good Evening!  Just a reminder that tomorrow (September 15th) we will have our beginning band rental meeting.  Please check out our newsletter here for more information.  Hope to see many people there!

BEGINNING BAND!

We are nearly ready to begin playing instruments for the year! Thursday, September 15th we are welcoming Meyer Music to our school to rent and sell instruments for the school year.

Meyer Music is a Michigan-based company with a new store in Kalamazoo. They will be on hand beginning at 6:30pm to fit your student with the supplies and instrument they need. All instruments come with the beginning band book (Standard of Excellence, book 1) and a music stand. Check out their website www.meyer-music.com if you would like to speak with a representative before the meeting.

RENTAL MEETING

WHEN  THURSDAY, SEP. 15TH, 6:30PM

WHERE  BERRIEN SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL, BERRIEN COUNTY, MI, UNITED STATES

MORE INFORMATION  The meeting will be in the middle school cafeteria.

A WORD ON PERCUSSION…

At Berrien Springs, we start percussion after 6-8 weeks of working with wind instruments. Any student who wishes to switch to percussion will need to audition for Mrs. Rosselit in late fall/early winter. The top 6 candidates, with parent permission will be switched from their current instrument to percussion. If you are renting an instrument, the rental company with swap out that instrument for a percussion kit.

Percussionists do more than play “the drums”. They must be able to read both clefs, copy and perform complex rhythms, be willing to play multiple instruments (sometimes simultaneously), be able to stand and wait for long periods of time, and be self-motivated. Percussionists will play instruments that include the snare drum, bass drum, xylophone, marimba, chimes, timpani, suspended cymbal, triangle, and tambourine. There are dozens more instruments as well. It takes a lot of work to be a percussionist.

 

Needs: Handkerchief Tuning Rod

Needs: Handkerchief
Tuning Rod

Needs: reeds (strength 2 1/2) reed guard cork grease cleaning swab

Needs: reeds (strength 2 1/2)
reed guard
cork grease
cleaning swab

Needs: reeds (strength 2 1/2) reed guard cork grease cleaning swab neckstrap

Needs: reeds (strength 2 1/2)
reed guard
cork grease
cleaning swab
neckstrap

Needs: valve oil slide grease flexible "snake" cleaning brush mouthpiece brush

Needs: valve oil
slide grease
flexible “snake” cleaning brush
mouthpiece brush

Needs: rotor oil slide grease flexible "snake" cleaning brush mouthpiece brush

Needs: rotor oil
slide grease
flexible “snake” cleaning brush
mouthpiece brush

Needs: slide cream slide grease spray water bottle flexible "snake" cleaning brush mouthpiece brush

Needs: slide cream
slide grease
spray water bottle
flexible “snake” cleaning brush
mouthpiece brush


About Kelly Rosselit

Kelly Rosselit is the band director for the Berrien Springs Public Schools. She is in her 9th year of teaching; this is her 5th at Berrien Springs. She holds a Master's degree in Oboe Performance from Central Michigan University as well as two undergraduate degrees in music education and music performance. She has performed with the St. Joseph Municipal Band, Andrews Symphony Orchestra, Midland Symphony Orchestra, and Midland Players. She lives in Niles with her husband, Chris, who is a middle school science teacher for the PHM district in Indiana. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, quilting, and binging entire seasons of tv shows on Netflix.

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