From the Band Room - May 1, 2017

Submitted by NHolland on Mon, 05/01/2017 - 20:29

From the President

May Day! May Day! Can you believe it's May? Time has flown by for me, and it will accelerate to the finish line in June. We have a big month ahead of us - instrument testing for rising 6th graders, final concerts for all groups, a volunteer appreciation night, a new booster board ahead, and the annual Beach Bash right around the corner!

Solo & Ensemble Recap

Many students from Cario participated in the SC Solo & Ensemble event at Goose Creek last Friday, and EACH GROUP received SUPERIOR RATINGS! I know several groups received PERFECT SCORES as well. Tremendous job everyone!

East Cooper Honors Percussion Ensemble

A huge shout out to the Cario Percussionists that participated in the East Cooper Honors Percussion Ensemble on Friday night on the Wando Percussion Ensemble concert! Our kiddos were mini rock stars on a stage filled with awe-inspiring talent. Another tremendous job! It was a treat seeing them up there with the 'big boys and girls'!

Uniform Return Information - 
Begins May 22

It's time to start thinking about returning the 7th and 8th grade uniforms. Uniform Return will be the week of May 22-26.

- Wash uniforms in COLD water and dry on low heat (or hang to dry).

- Uniforms MUST be washed before returning. They can be dry cleaned, but machine washing works just fine

- DO NOT wash the cummerbund and bow-tie!

- Please send your musician's uniform on a hanger

- Add your musicians First and Last Name and their Band Class, and pin it to their uniform

- We MUST account for everyone's uniform, so thanks for helping us get this done!

Final Fee Statements This Week

Final Band Statements are coming out this week - many thanks to you who have paid yourFair Share, instrumental rental, percussion, and many other fees that make the Cario Bands great! Hopefully you have seen and heard the fruits of your investment! Note: All fees must be paid by May 10th. Feel free to contact our treasurer if you have any questions:

Cario Band Bookworm Angel Drive -
Ends Wednesday!

The BOOKWORM ANGEL DRIVE! runs through Wednesday, May 3. Please place books in the hallway up against the wall toward the gym doors in front of the band room. Send in new or gently used fun books for pre-K through 8th grade reading levels. Please no religious, textbooks, or encyclopedias! Download the form from the FORMS link on the Cario Band website.

Instrument Testing May 2

Tuesday May 2 is INSTRUMENT TESTING DAY at Cario! This is an opportunity for rising 6th graders to try out different instruments and to get a feel for which instrument will work best for them. Here's the direct link to sign up to volunteer:


Lessons Academy Update

Because of Instrument Testing on Tuesday, there are no lessons Tuesday May 1. Lessons will resume on Wednesday. Spring lessons end after May 10.

Join The Cario Band Boosters!

Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to serve on the booster board next year! I've had a good number of folks reach out (somewhere between a trickle and a deluge I'd say), but there are still spots available! Researchers suggest a direct correlation between your musicians achievement in band and parent participation on the booster board! I don't have direct studies to cite for this, just 20+ years of teaching instrumental music, data obtained via direct observation…well, just trust me! We still have places for you to serve if you're interested!

Honors Concert -
May 16, 7:00 PM

The final concert of the year is May 16 and 7:00 PM in the Cario Gym. Each band (6th, 7th, and 8th) is featured on this concert, and we'll also honor all of the award winners for the year. We will also conduct a short (I promise) Band Booster business meeting. Please make plans to attend!

Beach Bash -
June 2

The Beach Bash is our annual celebration held on the last day of school. This year CCSD added an extra half-day of school on Monday June 5, but we are keeping the Beach Bash on June 2 as previously scheduled. It will be at the Isle of Palms County Park from 2:00-5:00 PM. Just a heads up - we'll have volunteer sign ups for that event as well.

Important Dates

April 24-May 3 Cario Bookworm Angels Book Drive
May 2 Instrument Testing at Cario
May 16 Spring Concert and Awards, 7:00 PM, Cario Gym