Music Notes

music pic1We may be settling down into the 4th quarter, but your 4th-8th grade students should still be hard at work practicing their 60 minutes a week!

In preparation for our trip to Kansas City NEXT spring we will be doing some different fundraisers.  We’ve just completed our Deli International Sales (thanks to all who supported that) and we are going to try our hand at a new fundraiser!  It’s called “FLOWER POWER Fundraising.”   Please stay tuned for more information, or see any 8th-12th grade music student for more information.

Make sure to “like” the new Music notes facebook page.  There are regular posts and updates.

An exciting change for next year…  Next year high school swing choir will be a part of the school day!  We will meet during the regular choir time!  You do NOT have to be in swing choir to be a part of choir, but you WILL have to be in the choir class to be a part of swing choir!  This means no more 7am practices-YAY!!

Mrs. Jungck and I will once again be doing a swing choir fun camp!  This year we are opening it up to 4th-8th grade.  It is tentatively set for the 3rd week in June, the 17th-20th.  We are limiting the amount of campers we will take, so make sure to sign up early!!


April 2nd                   High School Choir & Swing Choir to perform for Security Gold Club at Security First Bank 7:30p

April 11th                  Elders Wisdom Program  – K-5th grade students perform

April 16th                 Pre-Contest Concert & Recital – HS Choir, Swing Choir, ML & HS Band

April 17th                 District Music Contest – Alliance, NE

May 14th                  K-5 Music Program

Pop’s Concert Scheduled

danceThe Pop’s Concert is scheduled for Thursday,  February 21st at 7pm.  The theme for this years concert is “kids music,” it will consist of many Disney songs as well as a few selections from some musical theater!  The Swing Choir and High School Choir & ML/HS Band will perform.  There will also be a special performance by this summers “elementary swing choir fun camp” group.  Please plan to attend!

Meeting for Music Parents

fundraiserThere will be an informational meeting for 8th-11th grade music parents whose students are interested in going on a music trip in the Spring of 2014 on Tuesday, February 5th at 7pm in the music room.  We will discuss the trip itself, the cost and fundraising options.  Please plan to attend!

4th Grade Students Begin Band

music notes1Any household with a 4th grade student should be hearing the toot of a new instrument!  Please remember that music students 4th-8th grade are expected to practice at least 60 minutes a week.  Parents are suppose to sign the practice record on Sunday of each week so their students can turn them in for a grade.

Beginning Band Schedule: Each week we will have individual sectionals with the different families of instruments.  On Mondays I will meet with the woodwinds (flutes, clarinets & Alto Sax’s); on Tuesdays I will work with the Brass instruments (Trumpets, Trombones & Baritones) on Wednesdays I will be with the percussionist and then on Thursday we will have a full band rehearsal!  Please help your beginning band students remember their supplies (instrument & book) for band rehearsal on their assigned days.

Two Selected for Oregon Trail Honor Band

Congratulations to Jen Scherbarth and Cydney Jancik for being selected to the Oregon Trail Honor Band. They will be in Gering on Monday, January 14th for rehearsals. There will be a concert at 5 p.m. at the Gering High School auditorium. Eli Badje and Brittany Ferguson were selected as alternates.Jen.Cyd

Music Performances and Times

Due to some conflicting information,  I wanted to let everyone know exactly who is performing and when.

Middle level students will be performing with the High School band and choir at the Nights, Lights and Music concert on Saturday, December 15th at 7:15 pm. Presale tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Security First Bank, The Hip Hop, Sackers and at the Hay Springs Public Schools office. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $7.

The Preschool Open House is scheduled for Monday, December 17th at 6:00 pm. Starting in the Old Auditorium.

Kindergarten – 5th grade will be performing on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00 pm. Please have your students dressed in nice clothes and in the library no later that 6:45 pm. 

There is word that Santa might be present!

I apologize for the conflicting information and hope this clears up any confusion you may have!  Thank you!


Music Notes

Welcome to the Christmas season in the music department!

Please note the Night, Lights and Music concert has been moved to Saturday, December 15th.  Tickets are $5 presale; can be purchased at Security First Bank, Sackers, Hip Hop or at the school office; or $7 at the door.  This will be a nice concert featuring the Swing Choir, HS/ML Band, HS/ML Choir, Flag corp., and perhaps some additional surprise performances!

K-5th grade Christmas concert will be on Tuesday, December 18th.  The title of this year’s program is “Light Up the World” and should prove to be an extremely entertaining evening, I know the students can’t wait to share it with you!

Beginning Guitar class continues to meet on Wednesday mornings.  We faithfully have nine 3rd-5th graders attending.  Keep an eye out for this group as they will make special appearances throughout the year.

The 4th graders are carrying on with their recorder lessons.  Starting after our Christmas concert we will be doing testing for beginning band, starting band early in the 2nd semester.  The majority of school owned instruments are already being used, so students will be responsible for purchasing their own instruments.  We will be hosting an instrument display where Haggerty’s Music from Rapid City will come and have an assortment of instruments for a semester rental with an option to buy.

Please remember 4th grade through 8th grade students should be practicing each and every week.  Parents need to sign the practice records each week, simply stating I’ve seen & heard my student practicing throughout the week.  These practice times are a part of the student’s grades.  Please note that week #17 over Christmas Break counts as extra credit; a good opportunity for students having trouble getting all their practice times in.

We have some exciting news!  The music department got 48 new music stands!  We are looking to get rid of the old stands.  For $5 a stand you can get your student a stand!  They will be offered on a first come, first served basis.  These would be great to use at home for your own practice time!

Upcoming dates:

Saturday, December 15th Nights, Lights and Music Concert 7:15pm – Please note the change of date!

Monday, December 17th Preschool Open House—6:00 pm

Tuesday, December 18th K-8th grade Music Concert—7:00 pm


Guitar Class is a Hit

Mrs. Varvel’s new guitar class is a hit with students. Eleven guitarists attended class this morning! Class meets each Wednesday from 7:10 am to 7:50 am. Talk to Mrs. Varvel if you are interested in joining them!

Back Row L-R: Tanna Badje, Kobe Encinia, Drew Letcher, Trent Reed, (Not Pictured: Gabe Varvel)
Front Row L-R: Jaiden Anderson, Joce Varvel, Brittany Ferguson, Cierra Ryan, Baden Planansky, Jace Langford

Guitar Class Begins

Mrs. Varvel is beginning an acoustic and electric guitar class on Wednesday mornings from 7:15-7:50. If you are interested in participating you will need to bring a:

  • Guitar
  • “Essential Elements” guitar method book

Books can be purchased at Marbow Music in Chadron, Haggerty’s Music store in Rapid or can be ordered off the internet. This class is open to 4thgrade through high school students and will be focusing on beginning guitar skills.  Class begins Wednesday, September 12th! Hope to see you there!