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!

Music Students Performing at Willow Tree

Swing Choir Fun Camp students will be headed over to perform their Disney Spectacular show at the Willow Tree Festival in Gordon. The performance will be on Sunday, September 9th at 3:25 p.m. This performance is part of the “Cream of the Crop” series being featured at Willow Tree Festival over the weekend. Come and watch the show!

Swing Choir Fun Camp 2012 pictured at their June performance in Security First Bank – Hay Springs.

Music Notes

With year 1 under my belt, I can’t wait to get started on year 2!  Already there are several new additions and new performance opportunities taking place in the music department.

Let’s start with swing choir.  Mrs. Beth Jungck is going to be co-directing this group with me!  We held auditions last spring before school was out.  The 2012-2013 swing choir consists of: Kate Roberts, Brook Scherbarth, Jen Scherbarth, Zoe Schneider , Jordan Encinia, Nate Letcher, Shane Vifquain  & Austin Weyers.  We will again be practicing on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:15-7:55.  Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, August 16th.

I am extremely excited with what is happening in our instrumental department.  Numbers are on the rise and I am looking forward to seeing how this group will progress through the year.  I’m hoping you will see a little more of this group!  Right off the bat we will be playing the Star Spangled Banner at the Friendly Festival parade.

Beginning band is making a move into the school day vs. being held after school, which is exciting news for all of us!  The time has not been set in stone yet, but rest assured it will be by the time the students hit the door on the first day of school!  Notes will be sent home with the 5th grade students containing all the information needed that first week of school!

Several groups will be going over to Gordon for the Willow Tree Festival on Sunday, September 9th.  I’m planning on the elementary fun camp swing choir kids performing their “Disney Spectacular” show (we will hold several refresher rehearsals once school is in session), as well as the high school swing choir performing new material we will begin working on right away!  We will be performing from 3:25-4:00 pm.  As the details get all worked out I will be in contact with the students who will be performing!

Another exciting addition to the music department is the addition of the preschool.  If you have a student enrolled in the preschool at the school I am so excited that they will be spending a part of their day with me in the music room!  We will be dancing, singing and playing instruments on a regular basis!  I can’t wait to get started working with these kiddos!