5th Graders Must be Tested for Band Instrument Placement!

Please sign up for an appointment during the week of June 4-7 by clicking on the link below.  This is extremely important for all incoming 6th graders who have not tested for band instruments yet.  Students will not be placed on an instrument without being tested first.

https://nullband.youcanbook.me/?noframe=true&skipHeaderFooter=true

Honor Band–Winter Tour Info

Winter Tour is Friday, January 26 during the school day.

 

Details:
Wear your new grey band shirt
We will be playing Let’s Go Null and Feast of Stephen–we will practice this in class on Thursday.  Be sure to have the music.  If you need it, let Mrs. Tieman know before school starts.

We will leave at about 9:30 and will return around 1:30.  We will feed you Chick Fil A.

We need to take as little equipment as possible.  No large percussion equipment, and we will take stands with us on the bus.  We will talk more on Thursday.

Let Mrs. Tieman know if you have any questions.

Donors Choose for iPod Touches

We are looking for donations to purchase iPod Touches so that students who do not own an electronic device can record their playing tests.  Please Visit the Website and be sure to share the link on your social media page so that we can get as many donations as possible!

Anyone who donates by December 19 can enter the code LIFTOFF at checkout, and Donors Choose will double the donation up to $50!

SPIRIT OF KING

 

Our band is participating in the annual Spirit of King program, in which we “adopt” families in need and provide their Christmas presents.

This year, we have chosen a 6 year old boy!

We need band families to help us provide gifts.  You may also donate money or gift cards and the band directors can make purchases.  Here is the child’s information:

Gender: Male
Age: 6
Clothing sizes:
Top: 7-8 boys
Pants: 8 Husky
Shoes: 1.5
Needs/Wants: pants, shirts, cars, game boy games (Note: Mrs. T is trying to get more info on the specific gaming system the child has)

Everything must be in before December 13!

EVERYONE MUST UPDATE THEIR CHARMS ACCOUNTS!

CHARMS is the website our band directors use to keep up with all of our students’ information regarding band.  YOU can use Charms to do things like :

  1. See if you owe the band any money
  2. Make sure you have turned in all your forms
  3. View the calendar for the band
  4. Submit recordings for playing tests

Everyone will be expected to use this program.  For example, before asking a director if you owe money or if you have turned in a form, our first response will be to ask if you have checked Charms first.  If you need help after that, we will be glad to assist you.  Click the link below for help.  If your information has not changed, make sure it is all correct and that is all you need to do.

Charms Setup Instructions

The Storm is Over…It’s Time for Band

Notes for all band members–

1. Students will be bringing home a bright orange form about Band Fees.  We were able to get them from $20 down to $10 to make it easier for families who are having to clean up their homes.  There is also a place on the form for 7th/8th graders to order their uniforms and for those students who are renting an instrument from the school to pay for that.  Just check off the boxes that apply to you and total it up at the bottom.

2. Students need to turn in their Travel & Medical Form and their Handbook Agreement form.  If these were lost during our time off, there are more copies available in the band hall.

MORE NEWS

6th grade–
Our minor setback is the whole “we don’t have instruments” thing.  As you know, we were supposed to have our Horn Drives back in August for you to come visit the music stores here at Null and set up your rent-to-own.  Then there was Harvey.

We have rescheduled our Horn Drives for October 4 and 5 from 5:30-7 PM at the NMS Cafeteria.  If we want these kids to be ready for their first concert in December, it is HIGHLY important for all 6th graders to show up if they did not do so in the spring.

 

7th and 8th grade–

We are now playing our instruments!  Students should have them every day.  They need to make sure they have all necessary maintenance supplies, as they will be tested soon for them.

Donations

In the wake of the devastation caused to our district by Hurricane Harvey, we are accepting donations to help our students. We have had a lot of people ask, so if any of you would like to pass this info along, please do!

To contact the director for more info or to make a donation:

Amanda Tieman, Director of Bands

amandatieman@sheldonisd.com

Office: 281-436-2862

Mail donations to:

Null Middle School Band

C/O Amanda Tieman

12117 Garrett Rd

Houston, Tx 77044

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We are still in the process of assessing our needs. Here is what I can tell you RIGHT NOW that we need.

We need LOTS of these (like…200+):

1″ black binders.

3-ring pencil pouches

Highlighters

Packs of dividers

***We will always accept used instruments. Greatest needs will be flute, Bb clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, and trombone. If it needs repairing, it’s fine! We’ll take care of it.

I will continue to add more as we know more. We will also probably have a PayPal donation option on our website.

Flooded Instruments

VERY IMPORTANT–

Students:

If your instrument got wet in the flood, you need to get it out of the case and let it air dry. DO NOT PLAY THE INSTRUMENT AT ALL, as the water is contaminated and you risk getting sick.

When we get back to school, whenever that is, we will look at what we need to do to make sure your instrument is sanitized. You will probably need a new case. The good news is–if you are renting your instrument from the music store they will take care of replacing whatever needs replacing, as will the school if you have a school-owned instrument.

You are NOT in trouble if your instrument was flooded. It’s not your fault. Tell us so we can help you!

We have been told that the band hall did not flood, so we can at least be thankful for that.

Finally, if your family needs help cleaning your homes at this time, let us know!

Scholarships still available for San Jac Band Camp

San Jacinto College will host its annual band camp next week–June 12-16–at San Jac North (Uvalde at Wallisville).  The cost is $30.

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We are providing scholarships for the first 15 students who sign up!  We will be covering $20 of your cost, meaning you’ll get to go for $10!  You MUST contact a director before you register for camp so that we can give you the magical secret discount code.

Email Mrs. Tieman at amandatieman@sheldonisd.com for the code, or call her office at 281-436-2862.

Register at www.sanjac.edu/summer-camp-north-music

 

6th Graders–You Need an Instrument!

If you are signed up for band this year and have not yet done so, it is important that you do the following ASAP:

  1. Get tested by a band director to see what you will play
  2. Get your instrument and supplies ordered.  We want to start playing by the third week of school.

We are having an INSTRUMENT DRIVE (rental event) on Thursday, August 23 from 5-8 PM in the NMS Band Hall.  We will have music stores on our campus so that you can order everything through them without having to travel to a store yourself.  If you have not made arrangements for your instrument, please attend this event.

All instruments ordered through H&H Music, Swicegood Music, or Music & Arts will be delivered to Null.  The directors will send the instruments home with the students once they have been taught the “do’s and don’ts” of taking care of the instrument.