• Weekly Band Announcement: Last Announcements of the Fall

    Posted by JAMES ROGERS on 12/9/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Parents and Students,

    This will be the last weekly announcement of the Fall Semester. This Semester has absolutely flown by! The Junior High Band has accomplished so much and had some absolutely stellar performances. I can not wait to see what the MBJH band is able to achieve in the Spring. Thank you all for a wonderful semester and I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Here are the announcements for the week:

    • Full Study AO This Week: Each day this week will be full study AO in the band room. Students are expected to bring something to class that they can work on quietly. Students are welcome to work in groups or practice, however they must receive approval from a band director. The goal of Full Study AO is to prepare for exams starting Friday.
    • Band Exam Period Friday: The Holiday Concert is considered the semester exam for all Band Students. Therefore students are not required to attend the band exam period this Friday. However, Myself, Mr.Smith and Mrs. Beck will be present in the JH band room during our exam time. If you would like to stop by the band room for a private lesson, to pass-off, or to just have a quiet-ish place to study all band students are welcome.

    Here are our spring announcements:

    • Spring Band Trip: INTENT FORM DUE THIS THURSDAY The MBJH Band is going to Nashville! This years band trip will be March 15-17 to Music City! The complete trip packet was given to students Thursday and is on the band webpage. This trip is not required. Please take note of all due dates. Our Nashville trip should be a wonderful opportunity to make memories of a lifetime while also getting a glimpse into the life of a professional musician. Our trip will include seeing the Nashville Symphony and performing in front of the historic Opryland Theater. If you have any questions about the trip please feel free to contact me.
    • Leadership Council: We will be creating the first Mountain Brook Junior High Band Leadership Council. This council will serve three main purposes. First to provide input and suggestions to me and the other band directors about the direction and activities of the band program. Second to provide a welcoming and helpful support system for all of our band students. Thirdly to help those in the council develop effective leadership skills. Students were given a leadership application/packet today. Our application process takes a different approach than your average school application. It is designed to challenge the students and help them learn about themselves as a leader.
    • National Board Certification: FORM DUE THIS THURSDAY This year I am excited to start the process to become a National Board Certified Teacher. Part of the requirements of National Board Certification is that I provide videos of my teaching practices. Due to this there is a strong possibility that your child will be featured in the media submitted. With that being said it is up to each students and parent to decide whether they are ok with me using their videos as I strive to achieve this certification. If I have your permission to include your child in my submissions please complete the National Board Form I sent home with your child Thursday or on the band webpage. It is my hope to have all forms turned in before the Christmas Holiday. Attached to the form is a letter that National Boards ask I send to make this request. Due to its length I chose to summarize the request above but please feel free to read in more detail

    Thank you,


    James M. Rogers
    Associate Band Director 
    Mountain Brook City Schools 
    205-871-3516 Ext: 7526
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  • Weekly Band Announcements: Uniform fitting October 9th

    Posted by JAMES ROGERS on 9/30/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon,

    It is hard to believe that we are just one week away from the end of the 1st 9 weeks. The time has flown by. This upcoming week during AO we will preparing for 9 week exams. Please make sure to come to AO with materials to work on. The MBJH band’s next performance will be on October 11th at the MBJH vs. Irondale football game. Here are the announcements for the week:

      • Uniform Fitting has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 9th during band class. A representative from Southern Performances will be at MBJH on this day to size our students and to provide them with uniform garments to try on. Students will also need to purchase their uniform on this day. Dresses will cost $76, Tuxedo pants and shirt will cost $44.25. Make all check payable to: Southern Performances. If you are unable to be sized on October 9th please send your sizing information and payment prior to October 9th. If there are any questions or concerns please email ASAP.

     

    • Potential Jazz Gig! The MBJH Jazz Band has been invited to perform at the Arlington Open House on the morning of Saturday, December 8th. I am still looking into the logistics of this performance but wanted to double check parent/student availability. If your child is in Jazz Band and you are unable to be their on December 8th please send me an email.

     

     

    Have a great week.

     

    Regards,

    James M. Rogers  

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  • Weekly Band Announcements: MBJH Band Performs this Thursday!

    Posted by JAMES ROGERS on 9/23/2018 5:30:00 PM

    Good Afternoon,

    This Thursday the MBJH Band will perform at the MBJH vs. Clay MS Football Game. The students are beyond excited to cheer our spartans to victory this thursday. There is a lot of information included in this email about Thursday and uniform sizing. Please read the following announcements closely. Here are the announcements for the week:

     

    • MBJH Band Football Game Performance: Our first performance at a MBJH Football Game is this Thursday, September 27th. The MBJH band will perform for the 2nd half of the 7th grade game and the 8th grade game. Here is the basic information
    • When: Thursday, September 27th. Call time for full band is 5:30pm. The Tuba section and percussion section will need to meet me at 5:00pm at the MBHS band room to get instruments. The end of the game may vary but I anticipate it ending between 8:30-9:00. I will send out a remind text when we start the 4th quarter.
    • Where: Mountain Brook High School Football Stadium
    • Dress: 2018-2019 Band T-Shirt, Shorts, Tennis Shoes
    • What to Bring: Instrument, flip folder, Lyre, $ for concessions.

     

          • Tuba and Percussion sections will not need to bring instruments we will use HS equipment. Tuba and Percussion students should meet Mr. Rogers at the HS band room no later than 5:00pm.

     

    • If you would like chick-fil-a sandwich please notify Mr.Rogers in class by Tuesday so he can inform the concession stand. Students will need money for concessions.

     

      • Uniform Fitting has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 9th during band class. A representative from Southern Performances will be at MBJH on this day to size our students and to provide them with uniform garments to try on. Students will also need to purchase their uniform on this day. Dresses will cost $76, Tuxedo pants and shirt will cost $44.25. Make all check payable to: Southern Performances. If you are unable to be sized on October 9th please send your sizing information and payment prior to October 9th. If there are any questions or concerns please email ASAP.

     

    • Potential Jazz Gig! The MBJH Jazz Band has been invited to perform at the Arlington Open House on the morning of Saturday, December 8th. I am still looking into the logistics of this performance but wanted to double check parent/student availability. If your child is in Jazz Band and you are unable to be their on December 8th please send me an email.
    • Sign Up for Remind: As we start regular performances with the MBJH band our band remind group will be used heavily to notify parents when events are ending and to remind students about proper uniform. Be sure to sign up for remind by texting @mbjhband to 81010.

     

     

    Have a great week.

     

    Regards,

    James M. Rogers

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  • Weekly Band Announcement

    Posted by JAMES ROGERS on 9/17/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon,

    The MBJH Band did an outstanding job this past Thursday at our MBJH Pep Rally! A huge thank you to all of our students for being such great ambassadors for our band program. Here are the announcements for the week:

     

    • MBJH Band Football Game Performance: Our first performance at a MBJH Football Game is two weeks away on Thursday, September 27th. The MBJH band will perform for the 2nd half of the 7th grade game and the 8th grade game. Here is the basic information

    When: Thursday, September 27th. Call time is 5:30pm. The end of the game may vary but I anticipate it ending between 8:30-9:00.

    Where: Mountain Brook High School Football Stadium

    Dress: 2018-2019 Band T-Shirt, Shorts, Tennis Shoes

    What to Bring: Instrument, flip folder, Lyre, $ for concessions. Students will have an opportunity to go to the concession stand.  

    • Sign Up for Remind: As we start regular performances with the MBJH band our band remind group will be used heavily to notify parents when events are ending and to remind students about proper uniform. Be sure to sign up for remind by texting @mbjhband to 81010.

     

     

    Have a great week.

     

    Regards,

    James M. Rogers  

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  • Weekly Band Announcements: T-Shirt Money Due Friday

    Posted by JAMES ROGERS on 9/5/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon,

    Happy Labor Day! The MBJH band is only two weeks away from their first performance of the year. We will have our first pep rally next Thursday, September 13th, at Mountain Brook Junior High. Here are the announcements for the week:

     

    • 2018-2019 JH Band T-Shirt: Each students needs to bring $10 for their band shirt by this Friday. The shirts will be ordered on Friday so this is a hard deadline. Please make checks payable to Mountain Brook Junior High. Thank you to all of the band members who provided designs and suggestions for our shirt this year. The design of the shirt will be revealed this week. This t-shirt will be our uniform for all pep rallies and football games.
    • Instrument Check-Out Forms: Instrument check out forms need to be returned ASAP with the $50 maintenance fee. Only students who use a school owned instrument must complete this form.

     

    Have a great Labor Day.

     

    Regards,

    James M. Rogers  

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  • Weekly Announcements

    Posted by JAMES ROGERS on 8/19/2018 7:10:00 PM

    Good Afternoon,

    I hope everyone has recovered from their first week of school and is ready for week number two. Our annual junior high band parent meeting is this Tuesday at 5:00pm. The band meeting precedes MBJH open house. Here are the announcements for the week:

     

    • Parent Meeting this Tuesday: We will have a Junior High Band Parent Meeting this Tuesday at 5:00pm in the Mountain Brook Junior High Band Room. This meeting is just before MBJH open house. It is important that we have a parent from each household present for this meeting. This is the only parent meeting for the year so please plan to attend.
    • Student/Parent Information Survey: This year we are streamlining our band information request for the entire band program. The hope is to create a format that gives all three directors access to your information throughout your child’s band career. That means that you will only have to fill out this survey once! Then update any changed information when it occurs. Please complete the survey at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/BueJn8oJ4a0TJs4y1.
    • Instrument Check-Out Forms: Instrument check out forms went home Friday. These forms need to be returned ASAP with the $50 maintenance fee. Only students who use a school owned instrument must complete this form.
    • Jazz Band: The Mountain Brook Junior High Jazz Band starts regular rehearsals tomorrow during AO.

     

    Have a great evening.

     

    Regards,

    James M. Rogers

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  • Weekly Announcements: First Week of School

    Posted by JAMES ROGERS on 8/19/2018 7:05:00 PM

    Good Afternoon,

    The 2018-2019 School year starts tomorrow! I can not wait to hear music coming from the JH band room again. It is also the season of syllabus signing, registration payments, and figuring out that oh so important locker combination. If I can be of any help please let me know. Below is the beginning of school information that pertains to band.

     

    • Bring your instrument to the first day of school! We will start our school year off making music. Please come to school prepared. Students are welcome to bring their instruments to the band room before school or bring it with them to their band period. We will have a secure place in the band room to store instruments during the day.
    • Student/Parent Information Survey: This year we are streamlining our band information request for the entire band program. The hope is to create a format that gives all three directors access to your information throughout your child’s band career. That means that you will only have to fill out this survey once! Then update any changed information when it occurs. Please complete the survey at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/BueJn8oJ4a0TJs4y1.
    • Band Paperwork: Attached to this email is a copy of our band handbook and calendar for the year. Students will get a paper copy of this information tomorrow. It is also posted onto our website. Please sign the back of the band handbook and return to the bandroom by this Friday. Students will also receive a copy of the MBJH Code of Conduct during band tomorrow. These need to be returned to the bandroom ASAP.

     

    I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Have a great evening.

     

    Regards,

    James M. Rogers

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  • Welcome Back to Band!

    Posted by JAMES ROGERS on 8/7/2018 5:10:00 PM

    Parents and Students,

    Welcome to another wonderful year of band at Mountain Brook Junior High! I am incredibly excited for this upcoming year and I can not wait to get started next Tuesday. If you have any questions about band please do not hesitate to call the band office or send me an email. Information pertaining to the next few days is below. Another email will be sent out next week with information about band donations, the band calendar, and other basic information about the year.  

    • Bring your instrument to the first day of school! We will start our school year off making music. Please come to school prepared. Students are welcome to bring their instruments to the band room before school or bring it with them to their band period. We will have a secure place in the band room to store them during the day.  
    • Band Jamboree: All MBJH band students are invited to our 2nd annual Band Jamboree this Thursday, August 9th, at the Mountain Brook High School Football Stadium. There is a brief parent meeting at 6:30 in the cafeteria followed by the premier of our 2018 halftime show and Steel City Pops! The meeting at 6:30 is our primary meeting where we speak about helping in the concession stand. The concession stand is the main source of income for our band program including all individual instruction that goes on at MBJH.
    • Dr. Foster’s Retirement Reception: Please join us Friday, August 10, from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Mountain Brook Baptist Church to celebrate Dr. Foster’s contribution to the Mountain Brook Band program. Dr. Foster has done so much for our students here at MBJH and we would love to have as many as possible join us. Please RSVP at the this link: https://www.evite.com/event/0340XMNX4QHUBEQ6YEPISUKRHPSSME/rsvp.
    • Check out the Website’s New Look: Most of our information for the year has already been posted. Here is the link: https://www.mtnbrook.k12.al.us/Domain/1353.

    I can not wait to see everyone at our Jamboree and Dr. Fosters reception and I hope you all enjoy your last few days of summer.

     

    Regards,

    James M. Rogers
    Associate Band Director 
    Mountain Brook City Schools 
    205-871-3516 Ext: 7526
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  • Big Announcement

    Posted by Jason Smith on 7/21/2018 1:05:00 PM

    Hello, All!

     
    This afternoon at the Board of Education meeting, Michelle Beck was recommended to become our new Assistant Band Director! Ms Beck is returning to Birmingham from South Carolina where she is currently finishing her Doctorate in Horn Performance. She will a valuable member of our team taking on the beginning band. She will also be working closely with the JHS and MBHS Bands. We are excited to welcome her!
     
    The Board also approved Mr. Rogers as Associate Band Director. He will be taking on the duties at MBJHS. Mr. Rogers is the perfect person to lead the transition of our 6th grade musicians to 7th grade as well continue the excellent instruction of our current 8th and 9th grade band members. Mr. Rogers will continue to work closely with both the beginning band and the high school bands.
     
    We are working on a date for a "meet and greet" and I will share information as soon as possible. Until then, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

     

     

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    Jason Smith
    Director of Bands
    Mountain Brook High School
    205.414.3810
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