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Announcements Marching Band

Oct 27 rescheduled Band-O-Rama & Senior Recognition Night

The rescheduled date has been set. Join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30pm at the football stadium as the GBS Titan Marching Band holds its annual Band-O-Rama performance. Spectators can view the show from the stands while maintaining appropriate distances between families. Click to view the recorded performance.

Parents of Seniors: Band-O-Rama will coincide with Senior Recognition Night, where band members will be recognized for their contributions over the last four years and have a final opportunity to perform with their peers. Parents/guardians of the Senior Class band members should gather in the South end zone of the field at 7:15pm. You’ll join your student as they’re announced and will escort them across the football field to have your portrait taken. You’ll proceed to the stands afterward to view the performance.

Uniforms: gym shoes, jeans, and band polos. Students will also be wearing the band parkas which will be available to students at their rehearsal, starting at 6:00pm. Since the parkas will be returned after the performance, we ask that students do not put anything in the pockets. Students are also allowed to wear hats and gloves.

Spectators: We invite family members to join us in person at the stadium. We kindly ask that everyone attending this event wears a mask. The bleachers will be open for seating. Members of the same household are welcome to sit together, but must maintain at least a six-foot distance between other families.

Livestreaming: To view the live stream of the performance, connect to www.gbsil.org and scroll to the bottom of the homepage. 

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Marching Band

Sep 15 Large Group Rehearsals

Large group rehearsals will begin on September 15th. Rehearsals will continue to take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students are expected to attend both days.

Student health and safety remain our top priority. We are able to continue these rehearsals by adhering to the guidelines and procedures described below. We appreciate your cooperation in taking these precautions seriously, and ensuring safe, productive, and positive rehearsals for yourself and your band family. We are looking forward to continued music making and the opportunity to showcase “Rhapsody in Zoom.”

Schedule

6:00 – 7:20p

Tuesdays
  • Woodwinds (Practice Field)
  • Trumpets/Mellophones (Faculty Lot)
  • Colorguard
Thursdays
  • Low Brass (Practice Field)
  • Percussion (Faculty Lot)
  • Colorguard

7:30 – 8:50p

  • Low Brass (Practice Field)
  • Percussion (Faculty Lot)
  • Woodwinds (Practice Field)
  • Trumpets/Mellophones (Faculty Lot)
  • Please make sure your instrument is in working order before coming to rehearsal. Students are responsible for bringing all equipment necessary for instrument maintenance (reeds, oil, grease, etc.). To maintain a safe environment, students will not be allowed to share these items, and they will not be available for use from the school.
  • Access to the building will be limited. Please plan on bringing your own water. Students will not be allowed to use indoor water fountains or share water.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.
Procedures
  • All students are required to wear a mask. Percussionists and Color Guard members are required to wear a mask at all times. Wind players must wear a mask when not playing their instruments.
  • Rehearsals will take place outside. Please be prepared with anything you may need such as sunscreen, bug spray, etc..
  • If you have your own music stand, please bring that, as well as a pencil.
  • If indoor entry is necessary, students will enter and exit through Door O (the auditorium door).
  • Every student must check in with Mr. Russell or Mr. Boron before being admitted to rehearsal. In order to maximize rehearsal time, please fill out the online self-certification survey  before arriving on campus. Please have your ID number ready. Your ID number will be entered into a system, and your temperature will be taken. If your temperature is over 100.4, we will ask that your parent/guardian pick you up at that time.
  • Students will be spaced out during rehearsals using parking spaces as a guide. Students will be in two rows. The first row will be at the end of every other line, and the second row will be placed in windows of the first row. Please see the image below

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Announcements Jazz Band Marching Band

Aug 9 Band Director Update

Hello, Band Families, and welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We’re excited to offer our students rewarding opportunities through in-person and virtual rehearsals. The band camp schedule has been published. Students are still able to sign up for in-person rehearsals. If you plan on viewing the live stream of the rehearsal, you do not need to sign up for a time slot. Make sure you keep an eye on Google Classroom for recording assignments and google form reflections for each day of band camp.

At the most recent meeting of the GBSIL, the board voted to waive marching band fees for 2020. Although marching band may look differently than it has in the past, we are still excited to provide our students with positive experiences and opportunities for music making.
We have been working diligently to get a plan in place for the start of the school year. Although all school-day classes will be virtual, we will be continuing with in-person and virtual marching band rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Once the schedule is set, a link for sign-ups will be posted.

While our focus has been getting started on the marching band program, we are currently discussing logistics and scheduling for jazz band. As plans are finalized, they will be communicated to all band families. We appreciate your patience and support.

We are excited to announce the title of this year’s marching band show. As you know, we are performing “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Fascinating Rhythm” by George Gershwin. In honor of that, as well as a nod to our in-person/virtual hybrid band rehearsals, we are pleased to present the 2020 Glenbrook South Marching Band Program: “Rhapsody in Zoom!”As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you!
Mr. Markeise Russell, Fine Arts Instructional Supervisor/Band Director, mrussell1@glenbrook225.org
Mr. Brian Boron, Band Director, bboron@glenbrook225.org

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Marching Band

Aug 10-14 Band Camp

Monday through Friday, August 10 through 14.

Call Time for Flute/Clarinet group12:45p
Flute/Clarinet Group 1 (Marching Band Practice Lot) Flute/Clarinet Group 2 (Faculty Lot)1:00p-1:50p
Transition1:50p-2:00p
Trumpet Group 1 (Marching Band Practice Lot) Trumpet Group 2 (Faculty Lot)2:00p-2:50p
Transition2:50p-3:00p
Bass Clarinet/Saxophone (Marching Band Practice Lot) Mellophone (Faculty Lot)3:00p-3:50p
Transition3:50p-4:00p
Low Brass Group 1 (Marching Band Practice Lot) Low Brass Group 2 (Faculty Lot)4:00p-4:50p
Transition4:50p-5:00p
Batterie Group 1 (Marching Band Practice Lot) Batterie Group 2/Pit Group 2 (Faculty Lot)
Color Guard Group 1 (Student Lot Next to Baseball Field)
5:00p-5:50p
Transition5:50p-6:00p
Pit Group 1 (Marching Band Practice Lot) Drum Majors (Faculty Lot)
Color Guard Group 2 (Student Lot Next to Baseball Field)
6:00p-6:50p
Attendance Procedures
  • All students are required to wear a mask. If you are not wearing a mask, you will not be permitted to attend rehearsal.
  • Rehearsals will take place outside. Please be prepared with anything you may need (sunscreen, bug spray, etc.).
  • As access to the building will be limited, please plan on bringing your own water. You will not be allowed to use indoor water fountains or share water.
  • If you have your own music stand, please bring that, as well as a pencil.
  • If indoor entry is necessary, students will enter and exit through Door O (the auditorium door). Students must line in the West Parking Lot, maintaining a 6-foot distance before being checked in. The check-in line will be marked.
  • Every student must check in with Mr. Russell or Mr. Boron before participating in rehearsal. Please have your ID number ready. Your ID number will be entered into a system. If you have answered a short survey (self-certified) prior to arriving on campus, you will be admitted to rehearsal after your temperature has been taken. Complete the online self-certification survey before hand or the teachers will ask several questions prior to admittance. If your temperature is over 100.4, you will need to be picked up, and you cannot attend the rehearsal.
  • Once cleared for rehearsal, you will be directed to a specific rehearsal area and spot in the rehearsal area. Do not remove your mask or assemble your instrument. You will be instructed when you can take your instrument out of the case. You must always wear a mask when not playing your instrument. Percussionists and Color Guard members are required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Please be at the school to pick up your student at the designated time. Please do not exit your car while waiting for your student. The following group cannot begin their rehearsal until all students from the previous group have left campus.
Instrument Information
  • Students who need to rent a school-owned instrument should reach out to Mr. Russell and Mr. Boron as soon as possible to request an instrument.
  • Please make sure your instrument is in working order before coming to rehearsal. Students are responsible for bringing all equipment necessary for instrument maintenance (reeds, oil, grease, etc.). Students will not be allowed to share these items, and they will not be available for use from the school.
Weather Contingencies
  • In the event of inclement weather, rehearsals will be paused or canceled.
  • If a rehearsal has started and it begins to rain, students will be moved indoors to either the band room, choir room, or orchestra room.
  • No instruments will be played indoors.
  • Chairs will be set up at safe distances.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be available.
  • A determination will be made and communicated as to whether or not rehearsals will continue.
Alternative Virtual Rehearsals
  • If you are not comfortable attending in-person rehearsals, you will not be penalized in any way.
  • Resources from the in-person rehearsals will be available on Google Classroom. Classrooms from the 2019-2020 school year have been reactivated. If you plan on using the virtual rehearsals, please make sure you have access to your Google Classroom. If you do not, please contact Mr. Boron as soon as possible.
  • If you are new to the band program and plan on using the virtual rehearsal, please contact Mr. Boron to get added to the Google Classroom.
  • You will be informed through the live stream and via Google Classroom Assignment what was worked on at the in-person rehearsals. You are expected to submit a video of yourself playing what was worked on (submit one recording- you do not need to submit a full rehearsal).
  • You will receive feedback after your video is submitted.
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Marching Band

July 16/17: Virtual Rehearsals

Rehearsals originally scheduled as small group sessions at GBS this week will instead be conducted via Google Meet. Click to connect:

Wednesday, July 16 from 5:00 -6:30p. Dial in: 417-448-6122‬ PIN: ‪486 660 302‬#

Thursday, July 17 from 5:00 – 6:30p. Dial-in: 323-741-1852‬ PIN: ‪460 668 242‬#

Students can attend one or both days. We will be doing a meet and greet, having a great conversation about band, and previewing our marching music. This is going to be a fun opportunity to reconnect with your band family, as well as to welcome one of our newest members, Mr. Russell. 

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Marching Band

Summer Rehearsal Signup (& Postponed)

UPDATE: Summer band rehearsals were scheduled to begin on July 13. Upon learning of certain students contracting the COVID-19 virus, the GBS administration has postponed all onsite activities at the school through July 14, at the earliest. Updates to the rehearsal schedule will be announced as soon as new information becomes available.


AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED: We are excited to announce that summer band rehearsals will begin Monday, July 13th! Students may attend either in-person or online sessions. As student health and safety is the top priority, strict guidelines have been established to ensure a safe set of rehearsals.

In-Person Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be conducted in small groups at the school, scheduled as a series of three 1-hour sessions. Sign Up Here to select your block — either July 13, July 15 and August 4 or July 14, July 16 and August 6.  As explained above, some or all of these dates will be rescheduled.

Block Option 1Block Option 2
Monday, 7/13Tuesday, 7/14
Wednesday, 7/15Thursday, 7/16
Tuesday, 8/4Thursday, 8/6

Rehearsal groups will be limited to 9 students and conducted either by Mr. Russell or Mr. Boron. Students should sign up for only 1 time slot, which will accommodate a 10 minute check-in and 50 minute rehearsal. Once rehearsals begin, there will be no changing of groups, dates or times.

Preparation
  • Please download and print the District 225 Informed Consent and Waiver, which must be signed before students are allowed in the rehearsal.
  • Rehearsals will take place outside. Please be prepared with anything you may need (sunscreen, bug spray, etc.).
  • As access to the building will be limited, please plan on bringing your own water. You will not be allowed to use indoor water fountains or share water. 
  • If you have your own music stand, please bring that, as well as a pencil.
Mask Wear
  • All students are required to wear a mask. If you are not wearing a mask, you will not be permitted to attend rehearsal.
  • You must always wear a mask when not playing your instrument.
  • Percussionists and Color Guard members are required to wear a mask at all times.
Procedures
  • Student check-in will be conducted outside in the West parking lot. The check-in line will be marked and everyone must maintain a 6-foot distance while waiting.
  • Every student must check in with Mr. Russell or Mr. Boron before entering the building. Please have your ID number ready so it can be entered into a system.
  • Students may self-certify through the district’s COVID Survey site prior to arrival. Those who have not completed the short survey will have their temperature checked. Any student whose temperature is over 100.4 cannot attend rehearsal and will need to be immediately picked up.
  • Once cleared, students will be directed to their own specific rehearsal spot. Do not remove your mask or assemble your instrument until instructed to do so.
  • If indoor entry is necessary, students will enter and exit through Door O (the Auditorium entrance).
  • Parents: please be at the school to pick up your student at the designated time. Please do not exit your car while waiting for your student. The following group cannot begin their rehearsal until all students from the previous group have left campus.
Instruments
  • Students who need to rent a school-owned instrument should reach out to Mr. Russell and Mr. Boron as soon as possible to request an instrument.
  • Please make sure your instrument is in working order before coming to rehearsal. Students are responsible for bringing all equipment necessary for instrument maintenance (reeds, oil, grease, etc.). Students will not be allowed to share these items, and they will not be available for use from the school.
Virtual Rehearsals
  • All material covered during in-person rehearsals will be available as assignments in Google Classroom. The recordings you submit will receive feedback. You will not be penalized by completing the virtual rehearsals instead of attending sessions at the school.
  • Classrooms from the 2019-2020 school year have been reactivated. If you do not have access or are new to the band program, please contact Mr. Boron to be added.

We want this to be a positive experience for all band members. Rehearsals can only take place if these guidelines and procedures are carefully adhered to. By taking these precautions seriously, you are ensuring safe and enjoyable rehearsals for yourself and your band family

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Marching Band

No rehearsals July 7 & 9

Thank you for your patience as we develop our plans for the upcoming rehearsals. Student health and safety is our number one priority. Out of an abundance of caution and making sure the plans and procedures are as thorough as possible, we are postponing the rehearsals for July 7th and 9th. The plans for rehearsals are in the process of being approved by the school district. Please check your emails for details such as procedures and schedule changes as they become available.  
Thank you again for your patience. Stay safe and healthy! 

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Fall 2020 Show Announced

We’re excited to announce the theme for this year’s marching band show! Click for the Big Reveal