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    Ms. C. Sousa


    April 2, 2019

    Dear Band 6 Parents,

    Every second year, NSMS holds a two night “Showcase” which highlights some of the awesome talent we have here at the school. Talented student acts not only from our Fine Arts classes, but also from students who have developed special and hidden talents of their own. As part of the Showcase, I like to feature my Grade 6 Band. This performance acts as their spring performance opportunity and there will not be a separate Spring Band Concert.

    This year’s Showcase will be held on Wedneday, April 24th & Thursday, April 25th in the NSMS MPR at 7pm both evenings. The Grade 6 Band will be performing on Wednesday the 24th only.

    Students are expected to wear black bottoms and white tops like they did for our Winter Concert. We will be performing two or three pieces this year and looking forward to showing you how far we’ve come!

    Ticket information can be found on our school website.

    The Grade 7/8 Band will have their spring performance with the Parkland Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Choir on the evening of Thursday, June 6th at 7pm in the Parkland theatre. This is an “admission by donation” performance and I encourage the younger students to come check out the performance! It’s great to be able to see how far you can go, musically, with good work ethic and determination.

    Thank you and see you on the 24th!


    • For Parents - Practicing at Home

      Hello, Band Parents!

      Sometimes I have parents ask what they can do to help support their child in band. The biggest, and most important, thing I can suggest is to have them teach you what they have learned in class so far. The Band 6 students have learned the names of the lines and spaces, how many counts a whole note, half note, and quarter note gets, and fingerings/positions for at least SEVEN notes. This is huge! Ask them, while it's still early, to show you those notes, tell you what the names of the lines and spaces are, recite the musical alphabet, point to a whole note, half note, or quarter note on the page, and even show YOU how to make a sound on their instrument.

      The most important thing at this crucial stage is repetition. Practice doesn't have to be long, but it does have to be efficient. FIVE minutes of efficient practicing is more useful and beneficial than 20 minutes of unfocused "practice".

      If you have any questions about what else you can do at home, please don't hesitate to contact me!

      Cristina Sousa (

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        Rehearsal Schedule

        Morning Rehearsal Schedule - 8:30-9:38

        Mondays & Thursdays: Band 7

        Tuesdays & Fridays: Band 6

        Wednesday: Band 8

        Band 8 will also rehearse on alternating Tuesday and Thursday in Block 4.

        Please email me with any questions or concerns. 

        Cristina Sousa (

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