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Music Education Services (MES) provides comprehensive band programs to elementary schools.  

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February 2019

February is a month of preparation for our band students! They are working hard on their solos and music for the next concert. It is an exciting time when students start to realize that music that appeared intimidating a month ago is not as challenging as it initially appeared.
Your director may schedule extra rehearsals with these upcoming events. Communication is key and students have been informed by their director of any schedule changes or added rehearsals. Please make sure to check with your child, look in their band folder on a regular basis, and keep an eye out for emails from your director.
The upcoming Solo Festival and spring band concert are important learning experiences for your young musician. You should be very proud of your child and the work they are accomplishing in band.  We, too, are so proud of all our fine students. We are elated to see their progress! Thank you again for your support.
Steven A. Nierman
Music Education Services
It is not too late, but time is running out to enroll your child in our annual Solo and Ensemble festival!!  All students are encouraged to participate in this musical opportunity.  Registration forms are due by midnight the evening of February 4th. If you haven't registered, please register online or call our office at 847.805.1800. Solo fees will be billed to your February invoice, and ensemble fees will be billed in March. 
Don't forget to use all of the available resources on our website! Solo recordings are available to help your child enjoy practicing and to hear what the solo sounds like. If you are unable to find your child's recording, please contact your director. There is also a checklist to help students prepare for the day of the festival. 
Students who are participating in Solo Fest will need to practice with a piano accompanist prior to the festival. Students will be notified of these rehearsals by their director. Rehearsals are to help students iron out the last details of their solo, ask any last minute questions, and rehearse with their piano accompanist. Students should know all of the solo by the time they practice with the accompanist. 
Please note the time and location of the piano rehearsals as they may not be at your child's school. Students should bring their instrument, pencil, solo, and stand.  Please be early to allow time to set up so students are prepared and can maximize every minute of their rehearsal. The director will closely follow the schedule to be respectful of everyone's time.  If you have any questions, please contact your director.
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Honors Band is an annual event hosted by Music Education Services. We bring together our top instrumentalists to play music meant to challenge and inspire excellence. Two Honors Bands; a Symphonic Band and a Concert Band, will perform on April 27th, 2019 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. The day will start at 8:00am and include sectionals, clinics, full band rehearsals, and a final concert at 3:30pm. Attendence for the full day is required. Parents, family members, and friends are encouraged to attend the concert and celebrate our fine young musicians. There is no cost to the participating students or their families. As the name implies, being selected to participate in Honors Band is truly an honor! 
Symphonic Honors Band participants were selected through an audition process. Student audition videos were due at the end of December and we are just finishing reviewing their performances. We were impressed with the student talent and we commend all students who submitted an audition. Directors will be notifying their students of who earned a spot in the Symphonic Honors Band in the upcoming days. Students who did not make the Symphonic Band are still eligible for a Concert Band nomination. 
Concert Honors Band students are chosen through a director nomination process. Directors are allotted a percentage of seats in the band for outstanding Advanced Band students. They submit information about students abilities to the selection committee. Students chosen for Concert Honors Band will be notified by their director towards the end of February.
Selected students for both bands will need to attend extra rehearsals before the big day. Information about additional rehearsals will be distributed by your director.  It is imperative that students begin working on the music at home so they are well prepared for rehearsals and the Festival.  Honors Band has proven to be one of the the most rewarding days of music for all who participate and gives students incite into what comes next in high school band.
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1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
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