Category Archives: Band

Distance Learning Schedule, and Next Year!

Hello, everyone! I sincerely hope you and yours are doing as well as you can right now. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or any of the Cascade staff about any needs your family may have.

I made a Week at a Glance schedule for my classes that show the general pattern I’ll be following for Distance Learning for the rest of the year. I hope you find it helpful 🙂

I’m also starting to look towards next year, and I hope you are, too 🙂 This next week there are several important forms I’m asking students to fill out; please take a moment to check in and review this information with your student. All of these forms will be posted to Google Classroom on Monday 5/11 at 8:00 am.

  • Ensemble Awards: This is to be filled out by EVERY student. They should ALL nominate students for awards for this year. I’m working on figuring out a fun Zoom party for us to “present” these 🙂 Students in multiple ensembles – please fill it out for EVERY ensemble you are in!

  • CMS Band/Choir: This is to be filled out by EVERY 6th/7th grade student. This is short and just gives me information for us to start building schedules for next year. It only needs to be filled out once per student, even if they are in both band and choir.
  • WHS Band/Choir: This is to be filled out by EVERY 8th grade student. This is to gather information for the WHS band and choir directors/confirm what they may have already submitted in forecasting.

  • OPTIONAL FORMS: for 6th/7th grade students only*
  • Jazz Band/Vox Novus: Usually, auditions would be happening around this time for Jazz Band and Vox Novus. If your student is interested in Jazz Band and/or Vox Novus next year, PLEASE ask them to fill out this form so I can collect information/start getting rosters together. Please note: this is a zero period CLASS that runs from 7:45-8:30 am. If the schedule stays the same, Jazz Band is Monday/Tuesday and Vox Novus is Thursday/Friday; Wednesdays alternate. Students already in Jazz/Vox do not need to re-audition/fill this out.
  • Music Council: This last year was the first we had a Music Council, and despite being cut short, I think it was very successful! If your student would like to join Music Council for next year, please ask them to fill out the application. Most weeks the time commitment is a 45 minute once/week after school meeting. Students already in Music Council do not need to re-apply.

*If your student is filling out either of these optional forms: I would encourage you to please do it with them if you are able. There are additional details within the quiz that would be too long to include here/it may answer some questions.

Thank you for your support and communication in this strange time; please let me know if you have any questions 🙂

Christina Boorman
christina.boorman@bethel.k12.or.us
(541) 689-0641, ext. 6014 (new!)

IMPORTANT: Music/Instrument Pick-up Wed. April 8th!

Hello, Cascade Music Families!

First of all, I hope you are all well- or as well as you can be in this very unique time. It was wonderful to chat with several of you on the phone this week. Please know that I, and the whole Cascade staff, really and truly care about our students and families, and we really miss working with our students!

As we move towards Distance Learning for All, it’s going to be very important for music students to be able to music 🙂 Many band students took their instruments and sheet music home, but I know that there are several who were not able to/forgot/were absent/etc. Choir students were also encouraged to take their sheet music/folders home, but again, I know that there are several who were not able to/forgot/were absent/etc.

I will be hosting a music pick-up day on Wednesday, April 8th from noon-1 pm. This will happen in the breezeway right outside the music rooms (walk around the left side of the main building, past the Bethel Health Center and where the Echo Hollow pool construction is happening, and towards the stand alone building in the back left). Please maintain social distancing of 6 ft. between people not living together. I will have “spots” marked on the ground in tape.

To be honest, I’m not positive what Distance Learning is going to look like for my classes, but I’m hoping that the better prepared we are, the more successful it will be. I think it is best for all students to have their sheet music/red book/what we were working on for performance at home. This includes the choir students. I will make sure that the sheet music is made available in an online format, however, if you require a printed version/do not want to read it off a screen and do not have a printer, please make plans to pick up sheet music.

If you are planning to attend/send someone to pick up on a students’ behalf, please reply to this email with your students’ name and, if known, whether they need their instrument, music folder, or both. I will plan to have materials gathered and prepared for each student ahead of time, as much as possible. Drop-ins (those who do not reply/let me know you’re coming) are allowed, but not preferred. PLEASE if at all possible, arrange to have instruments picked up. It will be very difficult for us to progress in any way without students having their instrument at home.

Lastly, when this happens, please do not come in the music building 🙂 I, as well as my toddler, have recently been diagnosed with asthma, and so I’m really into this whole social distancing thing 🙂 I will prop the door open and use my teacher voice to talk to you 🙂

Thank you! Please reply if you are planning to have things picked up for your student, and let me know if you have any questions,

Christina Boorma (christina.boorman@bethel.k12.or.us)

P.S. Reeds! During this time, the best way to get reeds will be online. I’ll have some available at the pick-up for students in financial need, but I would recommend getting them at WoodwindBrasswind.com. Shipping is even free J Links are here:

Clarinet (strength/size 3 for 6th and most 7th graders, size 3.5 for 8th graders and advanced 7th graders)

Bass Clarinet (strength/size 3 or 3.5, depending on the player)

Alto Sax (strength/size 3 for 6th and most 7th graders, size 3.5 for 8th graders and advanced 7th graders)

Tenor Sax (strength/size 3 or 3.5, depending on the player)

Bari Sax (strength/size 3 or 3.5, depending on the player)

Bassoon (medium strength)

P.P.S. Valve Oil/Trombone Slide Cream: It’s less likely to be needed, but here are some links for valve oil (trumpet, baritone, tuba) and trombone slide cream. This slide cream needs a spray water bottle (should be in your case) to use effectively. Again, I’ll have some available at the pick-up for students in financial need, but I would recommend getting supplies at WoodwindBrasswind.com. Shipping is even free J Links are here:

Valve Oil (trumpet, baritone/euphonium, tuba; 1 bottle should last at least a few months)

Slide Cream (trombone only, also need a spray bottle; 1 should last at least a few months)

(spray bottle if needed for trombone)

Field Trips and Festivals

The Cascade music program has been on quite a few field trips recently! Most of these have been for a festival- this is a gathering of similar musical ensembles from a large area that could be competitive, or not. We’ll be sharing selections from our festivals at our concert tomorrow night!

For now, please enjoy some pictures 🙂

Concert Pictures!

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the winter concert as much as I did- combining band and choir was a lot, but we made it work 🙂

You may not know, but Matt Stiffler (one of our Cascade teachers) takes great pictures one concert per year for the yearbook! I’m happy to share them with you at a Shutterfly shared site here.

You can purchase prints from the website, or simply email me with the picture number/description and I can send it to you 🙂

Welcome EYMA!

We are partnering with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and their Encouraging Young Musicians to Achieve (EYMA) program for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years! We will have 20 visits from professional musicians, who will be working with our Advanced Band students in sectionals to perform a chamber ensemble piece at the Bethel Solo and Ensemble festival on February 29th. Thank you, EYMA!

Visiting Artists:
Dave Bender – trumpet

Carson Keeble – trombone

Carol Robe – clarinet

Brian Scott – percussion
(The internet did not provide a fancy head shot, so instead, please enjoy this picture I took of my friends in college during Brian’s percussion class, where we were learning the tambourine 🙂 He’s on the far right.)

Summer Music Camps!

Hello, Cascade Music Families!

Summer is just around the corner, and I wanted to share just a few of the local offerings for summer music camps. I can not speak personally for each of them, but they are all organized by reputable, high quality establishments. All Cascade music students are eligible for a $100 scholarship towards a summer camp. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Band:

1) Northwest Band Camps: This awesome camp is on the coast, at Twin Rocks (just north of Tillamook). It’s an action-packed week of ensemble rehearsal, sectional time with instrument specialists, recreation, and more. Students also have the opportunity to try choir or jazz. The price tag is high, but I believe it to be worth it. Details can be found at: http://nwbandcamps.com/ Please note that they have a payment plan option, and remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.

2) Mid-Valley Band Camp: I have not personally been involved with this camp, but I know several who are involved, and they are top quality music educators. This camp is much more affordable, however, lodging is not provided; if you have a place for your student to stay in Albany or a way to transport, this sounds like an excellent experience. Details can be found at: www.nmla.net/mvbc.html Please remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.

3) University of Oregon Summer Camps: There are multiple camps at the UO School of Music, that include an option to stay in the dorms. These are camps for concert band, jazz, and marching/leadership. These camps are for high school students, so only those currently in 8th grade would be eligible. Information can be found here: http://musiccamps.uoregon.edu/ Please note that they have scholarship options, and remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.

Choir:

1) Oregon Children’s Choir Summer Camps:
There are multiple camps offered by this wonderful, local organization here in Eugene; I would draw your attention to the HS/MS Vocal Camp, which is probably the most applicable. Information is here: http://www.oregonchildrenschoir.com/calendar.html. Please remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.
 
2) Oregon State Choir Camp:
This camp is for students 14-19, so would mostly apply to our current 8th graders. OSU (for all it’s not the ducks…) in Corvallis has an excellent choral music program, and this camps sounds great. Information is here: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/sac-academy/summer-programs/precollege-programs/choir-camp. Please remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.

If you have any questions, and/or are interested in the CMS scholarship towards a camp, please let me know! Once I go on maternity leave this will likely be handled by our office manager, Mrs. Sue Thompson. We will need proof of payment and registration for the scholarship reimbursement.