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Benjamin Middle School


7th and 8th Grade

For parents' planning purposes, please check out the performance calendar at a glance below. It includes all the different performing arts opportunities happening at Benjamin in 2020. Depending on the ensembles your student is involved in, all of them may not apply to your student - some are jazz band only or musical theater FYI's. 
Kalahari Music Festival:
Please see the attached letter in the documents letter. 
The fee for this festival is $80 and this covers festival admission, dinner, breakfast, and waterpark admission. The fee is due March 26 and can be accomplished with check or revtrak
Performance Calendar at a Glance:
Keep your eyes peeled for email communications with more specific information regarding each of these performance opportunities. 

• Musical Week- no band obligation but MANY students are involved in this!
     o Tech Week 3/16-3/19
     o Performances 3/20 and 3/21

• Jazz Band at La Quinta de los Reyes in Aurora
     o April 14th – performance time is 6:30-7:15. 6:00PM call time
     o 7/8 Jazz Ensemble ONLY

• Red White and Beautiful
     o April 22nd, 6:30-8:00
     o 5th grade and 7/8 grade band only. 

• Mother's Day Jazz Dinner
     o Friday, May 8th from 6:00-8:00 in the Benjamin Gym
     o Dinner Fundraiser put on by the Benjamin Jazz Program
     o 6th grade jazz band and 7/8 jazz ensemble are performing as well the Geneva Jazz Ensemble

• Spring Concert
     o Thursday, May 14th
     o 5/6 grade ensembles as well as choir starts 6:30
     o 7/8 and starts at 7:30

• Kalahari Trip
     o Thursday, May 21st to Friday May 22nd , includes overnight stay
     o Students in the 7/8 grade band will leave directly after school on Thursday. We are staying overnight and will return on Friday evening.

• 8th grade graduation
     o May 27th - 8th grade band members only. 
Rehearsal and Lesson Structure:
  • Full Band Rehearsals: 7:00 AM every Tuesday and Thursday 
    • Students may be dropped off in the round-about outside the band room. 
    • Please make every effort to have your student on time. 
    • On-time is instrument out, in our seat, ready to play at 7:00 AM
    • Parents have had great success carpooling for these rehearsals! Work together and reach out for help if this presents a logistical problem for your family. 
  • 8th Grade Small Group Lessons are every Friday during the school day 
  • 7th Grade Small Group Lessons are every Wednesday