Updates – March 17, 2020

Note: sheet music PDFs and recordings available on your student Schoology account (files were also emailed): https://tempeunion.schoology.com/

Band Families,
I hope everyone is doing well in this crazy and unpredictable time.  We wanted to give you a quick update of cancelations and what we are preparing for in the weeks ahead.  Schools will remain closed until March 27 (if not longer) and we are taking everything day by day. Tempe Union has more information here: https://www.tempeunion.org/health-safety including a FAQ page for students and parents.  Our school and district leadership are moving fast to keep our students and staff safe – keep in mind we are all “figuring this out” together and a little positivity and compassion among us is the First Class way to be!

The following events have been CANCELED: AMEA All-State Auditions and Festival; Music Under the Stars Concert (all concert bands and Steel Band); Highland Jazz Festival (all Jazz Bands); ABODA State Concert Festival (Wind Ensemble)

We hope to reschedule the Percussion Concert if possible, and perform our year-end Pops Concert.  Marching Band auditions and help sessions will be rescheduled as appropriate. We are also hoping to perform at Graduation.  Keep in mind, this is all subject to state and district guidance on public events and we will keep you updated.

While you’re at home and looking to maintain some semblance of normalcy, you might be looking for more music to practice!  As of now, we are still planning on performing our year-end Pops Concert, assuming school resumes in April (obviously – nothing for sure yet!)  Please refer to your email OR your school Schoology account for the music PDFs and recordings – https://tempeunion.schoology.com/  As of now, we aren’t doing any “playing tests” or online assignments… but I wanted to get this to you as I’ve heard from many of you that you want something to play!  There is also a “part assignment” list on your Schoology account and email, so you can see which part to download for your instrument (1st clarinet, etc.).  I’ve included four songs – we will add more as needed.  Due to copyright – please don’t share these files outside of our Corona community.
We hope you and your families are well.  We miss you! 

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