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7th and 8th Grade

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 
Performance Calendar at a Glance:
Keep your eyes peeled for email communications as this page to change! 
• Veteran’s Day (Vets day is Monday, NOV 11)
     o Monday, Nov. 11th
     o 9:15 Assembly- 7/8 Band Only
     o Morning double assembly schedule
• Third Annual Band Thanksgiving
     o Friday, November 22nd after school until 5:30
     o All 7th and 8th grade band members, at Benjamin MS
• Pep Band for Boys BBall
     o Tuesday, November 19th v. Timothy Christian, Rehearsal at 3:45, Game @5-6PM
     o Tuesday, December 10th v. Schaumberg CS, Rehearsal at 3:45, Game @5-6PM
     o Dates subject to change based on Athletic Schedule
     o All 7/8 band members
• Breakfast with Santa/ PTA Holiday Fundraiser
     o Saturday, December 7th from 9:00-12:00AM. Performances times determined by chamber ensemble assignment.
• Holiday Concert
     o Wednesday, December 11th
     o 5/6 grade ensembles starts 6:30
     o 7/8, Jazz Band and Choir starts at 7:30
• Pep Band for Girls BBall
     o Dates TBD based on athletic schedule, usually in January and February
• Solo and Ensemble Contest through IGSMA
     o All day Saturday, February 15th
     o Thayer J. Hill Middle School
     o All interested band students who would like to perform a solo or ensemble piece for this band contest may participate. Information and music selection will be accomplished during small group lessons.
• Musical Week
     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
• Red White and Beautiful
     o April 22nd, 6:30-8:00
     o All Ensembles, but this may change!
• Celebrate Mom’s through Jazz
     o Friday, May 8th
     o Dinner Fundraiser put on by the Benjamin Jazz Program
     o 6th grade jazz band and 7/8 jazz ensemble are performing as well other groups from the community
• Spring Concert
     o Thursday, May 14th
     o 5/6 grade ensembles starts 6:30
     o 7/8 and choir 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