March 6, 2020

 

 Dear Senior Band Parents,

 

As we begin our final preparations for the Spring Concert, I just wanted to send home a brief note to let you know of an exciting event coming up for our band.

 

 On Tuesday, April 7th (Day 6) at 7:35 A.M, we will be having a special “Early Morning Band Recording Session” with Mr. Edward Leone, Band Director at South Middle School. We will record this rehearsal and use it as an evaluation tool to make any final adjustments needed to insure an outstanding concert performance.

 

 We would ask that in preparation for this exciting day that all band students take the necessary final steps in the next few weeks to make sure that their music is “concert ready” for our recording session.

 

 To prepare for this, we will begin Pre-Concert Assessments starting on Tuesday, March 24th (Day 3) to make sure our students are set and ready to go. Toward this end, we would ask that all students be practicing their music regularly at home and continue to have their practice sheets initialed for their weekly lessons.

 

 Should any student need extra help in the next few weeks to prepare for this, I will be available for extra help on Days 1 and 5 for anyone who would like to come.

 

 Finally, with the concert approaching, we are asking all students if at all possible to arrive on Days 3 and 6 for rehearsal by 7:30, so as to enable them to be on stage for a 7:35 start.

 

 Many thanks for all your support and assistance during this time and we are all looking forward to a superb concert experience!

 

 Sincerely,                                                        

 

 Mr. Collorafi

 

 

 

Concert Dress Requirements for Lynbrook Public Schools

 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Band, Orchestra, Chorus

Black dress pants/slacks Bright white collared blouse or long sleeved full button-down dress shirt – both tucked into pants. Black dress shoes w/moderate heel or flats (no boots) and black socks/stockings School issued vest.

 

 

 

 

Dear Senior Band Parent,

 

 We are almost there! Here is a schedule of our remaining rehearsals, and if we could have everyone arrive by 7:30 AM that would be great!:

 

*Denotes extra date*

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 27th, Day 1 – 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

***Monday, December 2nd, Day 2 – 8:40 AM Full Band Rehearsal (Note this rehearsal is at 8:40 AM during the school day)

***Wednesday, December 4th, Day 4 – 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal***

Thursday, December 5th, Day 5 – 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

***Friday, December 6th, Day 6, 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal***

   Monday, December 9th, Day 1, 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

***Monday, December 9th, Day 1 – 10:00 AM Dress Rehearsal/Concert Assembly***

***Tuesday, December 10th, Day 2 – 8:40 AM Full Rehearsal***(Note this rehearsal is at 8:40 AM during the school day)

**Tuesday, December 10th, Winter Concert @High School - Report at 6:00 PM**

 

We will resume our Day1/5 rehearsal schedule after the concert.  I am very proud of the Senior Band for all their hard work, and wish to thank you for all your support as we look forward to a wonderful Winter Concert!!

 

 Sincerely,                                           

 Rob Collorafi

 

 

 Waverly Park School Music Department

 November 2019

Dear Music Parents,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the Waverly Park Annual Winter Concert!

Please find the information you’ll need to be sure your child is ready to perform below:

Dress Rehearsal: Monday, December 9th

10:00 AM Waverly Park School

All Performers:

· Report to school in REQUIRED Concert Dress (see attached). *** Please note: Students not adhering to the dress code may put their ability to perform in jeopardy. *** Students who may anticipate issues with adhering to the dress code are encouraged to speak with their music teacher in advance. ***

· Band and Orchestra students must bring instruments.

Senior Band

· Report to the stage at 7:30 for rehearsal

Orchestra

· Report to school at regular time; report to Stage after Morning Announcements.

Chorus

· Report to school at regular time.

Evening Performance Tuesday, December 10th

7:00 PM Lynbrook High School

All performers

· Report to Lynbrook HS at 6:00 PM in Concert Dress. *** Performers must wear same outfit as Dress Rehearsal

· MUST use the back entrance on Carpenter Avenue.

· Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

· Please do not arrive earlier than this time, as adequate supervision for students will not yet be available.

· Leave coat with parents.

Band

· Report to Band Room. Signs will be posted.

· Leave instrument case, report to Chorus for warm-ups first. You will be escorted back for Band warmups.

Orchestra

· Report to Small Gym. Signs will be posted.

· Leave instrument case, report to Chorus for warm-ups first. You will be escorted back for Orchestra tuning.

Chorus only

· Report directly to the Auditorium for Chorus warm-ups. Signs will be posted.

· After Chorus warmups, Band and Orchestra members will be escorted back to those groups for their own warmups and tuning.

Audience members

· Please park legally when attending the concert. Please do not use the parking lots across Carpenter Ave.

· MUST use the back entrance on Carpenter Avenue.

· Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

· Remain for the entire concert.

Dismissal

· Audience members remain in Gymnasium

· Performers will be escorted to meet you.

· Exit using Carpenter Avenue doors.

Thank you for your cooperation. We know that you will appreciate the musical efforts that your child has put into making this a Gala Event! See you at the concert!

WAVERLY PARK EXTRA REHEARSALS

All ensembles will also meet for their regular morning rehearsals

 CHORUS

Tues. 11/26 (Day 6) 7:30-9:20

Tues 12/3 (Day 3) 2:00-3:00

Wed. 12/4 (Day 4) 2:00-3:00

Tues. 12/10 (Day 2) 7:30-8:20

 

ORCHESTRA

Thurs. 11/21 (Day 3) 7:40-9:20

Tues. 12/3 (Day 3) 7:40-9:20

Wed. 12/4 (Day 4) 8:40-9:20

Mon. 12/9 (Day 1) 8:40-9:20

 

BAND

Mon. 12/2 (Day 2) 8:40-9:20

Wed. 12/4 (Day 4) 7:35-8:20

Fri. 12/6 (Day 6) 7:35-8:20

Tues. 12/10 (Day 2) 8:40-9:20

 

 

Lynbrook Public Schools Concert Dress Requirements

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEMENTARY SCHOOLS Band, Orchestra, Chorus 
Black dress pants/slacks
Bright white collared blouse or long sleeved full button-down dress shirt – both tucked into pants. Black dress shoes w/moderate heel or flats (no boots) and black socks/stockings School issued vest/tie (if supplied)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waverly Park School Music Department
 
April 2019 Dear Music Parents,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the Waverly Park Annual Winter Concert! Please find the information you’ll need to be sure your child is ready to perform below:

 

Dress Rehearsal:

 

Wednesday, May 8th 10:00 AM Waverly Park School All Performers:

 

• Report to school in REQUIRED Concert Dress (see attached). *** Please note: Students not adhering to the dress code may put their ability to perform in jeopardy. *** Students who may anticipate issues with adhering to the dress code are encouraged to speak with their music teacher in advance. ***

 

• Band and Orchestra students must bring instruments.

 

Senior Band

• Report to the stage at 7:30 for rehearsal

 

Orchestra

• Report to school at regular time; report to Stage after Morning Announcements.

 

Chorus

• Report to school at regular time.

 

Evening Performance

 

Thursday, May 9th 7:00 PM Lynbrook High School All performers

 

• Report to Lynbrook HS at 6:00 in Concert Dress. *** Performers must wear same outfit as Dress Rehearsal *** A small number of skirts will be available at the HS if any do not meet the length requirement. ***

 

• MUST use the back entrance on Carpenter Avenue. 

 

• Doors will open at 6:00 PM. • Please do not arrive earlier than this time, as adequate supervision for students will not yet be available. • Leave coat with parents.

 

Band

• Report to Band Room. Signs will be posted.

• Leave instrument case, report to Chorus for warm-ups first. You will be escorted back for Band warmups.

 

Orchestra

• Report to Small Gym. Signs will be posted. • Leave instrument case, report to Chorus for warm-ups first. You will be escorted back for Orchestra tuning.

 

Chorus only

• Report directly to the Auditorium for Chorus warm-ups. Signs will be posted. • After Chorus warmups, Band and Orchestra members will be escorted back to those groups for their own warmups and tuning.

 

Audience members

• Please park legally when attending the concert. Please do not use the parking lots across Carpenter Ave.

• MUST use the back entrance on Carpenter Avenue. 

• Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

• Remain for the entire concert.

 

Dismissal

• Audience members remain in Gymnasium • Performers will be escorted to meet you. • Exit using Carpenter Avenue doors.

 

Thank you for your cooperation. We know that you will appreciate the musical efforts that your child has put into making this a Gala Event! See you at the concert!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 4, 2019

 

 Dear Senior Band Parent,

 

 It’s here! Just a quick reminder that our Special Recording/Band Rehearsal with Mr. Leone in preparation for the concert is tomorrow morning (Friday), April 5th (Day 5) @7:35 A.M.

 

 If we could have 100% attendance with all students could arriving by 7:30 A.M. that would be super!

 

 Many thanks for all you do, as well as your support and assistance during this time. We are all looking forward to a superb concert experience!

 

 Sincerely,

 

Rob Collorafi

 

 

 

 

 

March 15, 2019

 

Dear Senior Band Parents,

 

 As we begin our final preparations for the Spring Concert, I just wanted to send home a brief note to let you know of an exciting event coming up for our band.

 

 On Friday, April 5th (Day 5) at 7:35 A.M, we will be having a special “Early Morning Band Recording Session” with Mr. Edward Leone, Band Director at South Middle School. We will record this rehearsal and use it as an evaluation tool to make any final adjustments needed to insure an outstanding concert performance.

 

 We would ask that in preparation for this exciting day that all band students take the necessary final steps in the next few weeks to make sure that their music is “concert ready” for our recording session.

 

To prepare for this, we will begin Pre-Concert Assessments starting on Wednesday, March 27th (Day 5) to make sure our students are set and ready to go. Toward this end, we would ask that all students be practicing their music regularly at home and continue to have their practice sheets initialed for their weekly lessons.

 

Should any student need extra help in the next few weeks to prepare for this, I will be available for extra help after school on Day 3, and both before and after school on Day 6 for anyone who would like to come.

 

Finally, with the concert approaching, we are asking all students if at all possible to arrive on Days 1 and 5 for rehearsal by 7:30, so as to enable them to be on stage for a 7:35 start.

 

Many thanks for all your support and assistance during this time and we are all looking forward to a superb concert experience!

 

 Sincerely,                                                        

 

 Mr. Collorafi

 

 

 

 

Dear Senior Band Parent,

 We are almost there! Here is a schedule of our remaining rehearsals, and if we could have everyone arrive by 7:30 AM that would be great!:

*Denotes extra date*

 

Wednesday, November 28th, Day 5   – 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

***Thursday, November 29th, Day   6 – 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

Friday, November 30th, Day 1 –   7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

***Monday, December 3rd, Day 2 – 7:35 AM   Full Band Rehearsal***

***Wednesday, December 5th, Day   4, 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

**Wednesday, December 5th, Day 4 – 10:00 AM   Dress Rehearsal/Concert Assembly**

Thursday, December 6th, Day 5 - 7:35 AM   Full Band Rehearsal

**Thursday, December 6th, Winter Concert   @High School - Report at 6:15 PM**

We will resume our Day1/5 rehearsal schedule after the concert.  I am very proud of the Senior Band for all their hard work, and wish to thank you for all your support as we look forward to a wonderful Winter Concert!!

Sincerely,                                           

 

Rob Collorafi

 

 

 

 

November 9, 2018

 

Dear Senior Band Parent,

 

With our concert rapidly approaching I thought it might be helpful to send home a schedule of our remaining rehearsals:

 

*Denotes extra date*

 

***Thursday, November 15th, Day 4 – 7:35 AM   Full Band Rehearsal

   Friday, November 16th, Day 5 – 7:35 AM   Full Band Rehearsal

   (Special Recording Session With Mr. Leone)

Tuesday, November 20th, Day 1 – 7:35 AM   Full Band Rehearsal

Wednesday, November 28th, Day 5   – 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

***Thursday, November 29th, Day   6 – 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

Friday, November 30th, Day 1 –   7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

***Monday, December 3rd, Day 2 – 7:35 AM   Full Band Rehearsal***

***Wednesday, December 5th, Day   4, 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

**Wednesday, December 5th, Day 4 – 10:00 AM   Dress Rehearsal/Concert Assembly**

Thursday, December 6th, Day 5 - 7:35 AM   Full Band Rehearsal

**Thursday, December 6th, Winter Concert   @High School - Report at 6:15 PM**

 

We will resume our Day1/5 rehearsal schedule after the concert.  I am very proud of the Senior Band for all their hard work, and wish to thank you for all your support as we look forward to a wonderful Winter Concert!!

Sincerely,                                           

 

 Rob Collorafi

 

 

 

November 1, 2018

Dear Band Parents,

Here is the link to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts concert dress letter:

Concert Dress Requirements- rev..pdf

Many thanks for all you do!

Rob Collorafi

 

 

 

October 17, 2018

 

 Dear Senior Band Parents,

 

 As our preparation for the Spring Concert continues, there is an exciting event I wanted to bring to your attention!

 

 On Friday, November 16th (Day 5), we will be having a special “Early Morning Band Recording Session” with Mr. Edward Leone, Band Director at South Middle School. We will record this rehearsal and use it as an evaluation tool to make any final adjustments needed to insure an outstanding concert performance.

 

 To prepare for both these exciting events, we will begin Pre-Concert Assessments on Friday, November, 2nd (Day 3) to make sure our students are set and ready to go. Toward this end, we would ask that all students be practicing their music regularly at home and have their practice sheets initialed for their weekly lessons.

 

 Should any student need extra help in the coming weeks to prepare for this, I will be available for extra help on Days 3 and 6 for anyone who would like to come.

 

 Finally, with these two events approaching, it is very important that we have 100% rehearsal attendance, and if our students could arrive on Days 1 and 5 for rehearsal by 7:30, that would be wonderful.

 

 Many thanks for all you do, and we are all looking forward to a superb concert experience!

 

 Sincerely,  

 

Rob Collorafi                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to sign up for Remind - I will be using Remind to send out notifications and announcements.There are a few ways to sign up.  You can create an account at www.remind.com and join using the following class codes. You can also text the class code to 81010.

 

Third Grade Band - @wpjrb    Senior Band (4th +5th grade) - @wpsrb

 

 

 

 

 

September, 2018                                                                              

Dear Senior Band Parent,

               

Welcome to the Senior Band!  We are looking forward to an exciting year filled with challenging and fun pieces.  In this packet, please find the following items:

 

Cool Band Handbook

Cool  Letter from Mr. Pallotta, Director of Fine and Performing Arts

Cool  Acknowledgement and Rehearsal Commitment Form (should be signed and returned to me)

Cool  Information about Remind

 

*Lesson Schedules will be distributed shortly.

 

Senior band (4th and 5th grade) meets on Days 1 and 5.  All rehearsals begin promptly at 7:35 A.M. Lessons will begin on Monday, September 17th (Day 1), with rehearsals beginning on the following Day 1, Wednesday, September 26th.  Full band rehearsals are essential to our success; therefore attendance at these rehearsals is required. If your child misses more than three rehearsals during the fall or spring semester, they will not be eligible for that semester’s concert. Please note that these are unexcused absences, that is any absence other than illness or a family situation/emergency approved by myself and/or Ms. Banhazl. Arriving late to rehearsal is also both detrimental and disruptive to our ensemble. Students who arrive late will receive the equivalent of ½ absence for each occurrence.

 

 For your convenience, all of the Senior Band rehearsal dates are listed below.

 

Senior Band Rehearsal Dates (Day 1 and 5). Students must be ready to   play at 7:35 A.M.

Winter

Spring

September

26

October

2,4,11,15,19,23,29,31

November

7,9,16,20,28,30

December

6,10,14,18,

 

January

2,4,10,14,18,23,29,31

February

6,8,14,25

March

1,5,11,13,19,21,27

April

1,5,9,15,17

May

2,6,10,14,20,22

Parade Rehearsals

May 10,14,20,22

What if there is a conflict with extra help?

Every single person is a part of the band “team,” therefore it is extremely difficult to achieve the same results if students are missing from any part of a rehearsal. Please plan on attending extra help on non-rehearsal days or afternoon sessions, as every teacher is required to offer 3 sessions, which must encompass a combination of both morning and afternoon sessions.    

 

Thank you very much for your attention to this very important matter. Your help will insure that this year’s band will be the best that it can be. When we work together as a team, great things will happen with the Waverly Park Band. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

                       

Sincerely,

 

 Mr. Robert Collorafi

 

 

 

 

September, 2018                                       

 

Dear Junior Band Parent,

 

 

Welcome to the Junior Band!  We are looking forward to an exciting year filled with challenging and fun pieces.  In this packet, please find the following items:

 

 

 

Cool Band Handbook

 

Cool  Letter from Mr. Pallotta, Director of Fine and Performing Arts

 

Cool  Acknowledgement and Rehearsal Commitment Form (should be signed and returned to me)

 

Cool  Information about Remind

 

 

 

*Lesson schedules will be distributed shortly

 

 Lessons will begin on Monday, September 17th (Day 1).  Lesson schedules will also be found on the band website in case you ever need another copy.

 

 Beginning in March, we will begin rehearsing as a full band on every Day 3 before school.  This is to prepare for our debut concert in June.  You will be receiving a detailed letter as we get closer to March in regards to before school rehearsals.

 

 I’m very much looking forward to wonderful year working with your child.  As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

 Sincerely,

 

 Mr. Robert Collorafi

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018-19 Band Handbook Waverly Park School

Mr. Robert Collorafi

 

Introduction

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  I am looking forward to an exciting and musical year at Waverly Park.  The purpose of this handbook is to give you an outline of the band program as well as to answer some questions that you may have.  Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.  I can be reached by email at rcollorafi@lynbrook.k12.ny.us, or by phone at 516-887-6590.

 

Remind - I will be using Remind to send out notifications and announcements.There are a few ways to sign up.  You can create an account at www.remind.com and join using the following class codes. You can also text the class code to 81010.

 

Third Grade Band - @wpjrb    Senior Band (4th +5th grade) - @wpsrb

 

 Website

Please visit the Waverly Band website at http://NYlearns.org/rcollorafi.  Here, you will find information about concert dates, schedules, announcements, practicing and much more!

 

Practice

Developing musical skills requires a consistent practice routine.  Just like a good athlete needs to train, students need to practice to improve their skills.  A realistic practice routine would include daily  20-25 minute sessions.  Weekly assignments are given at each lesson.  These assignments include scales, selections from the method book, band music and other technical skills.  Your encouragement will help your child develop good practice habits that will foster discipline and continuous growth and improvement.   A folding music stand is a good investment for home practice.  Your child will be receiving a practice log which will help them keep track of their practice goals and which needs to be filled out for every lesson.  This will also serve as a way to assess your child’s practice routine.

 

Lessons

We provide small group instruction for all students enrolled in the instrumental program.  Lessons are scheduled for forty minutes once a cycle during the school day.  In order to ensure solid progress, it is required that students attend lessons regularly.  

 

Make-up Lessons/Extra Help

In the event that your child misses a lesson due to an absence or test, there will be several opportunities to make up this lesson.  My extra help times are as follows: Day 3 from 3:00-3:30 PM and Day 6 from 7:50-8:30AM. 

 

Senior Band (4th and 5th grade)

This group consists of second and third year band students who show proficiency on their instrument and music reading ability.  Successful completion of the junior band program, or a minimum of one year of private instrumental study (decided at the discretion of the instructor), serves as a prerequisite. The repertoire is challenging, yet fun to play and listen to. Not only do band members further learn to play their instruments, they also learn about dedication, teamwork, goals, problem solving, concert etiquette, responsibility and much more!  Required performances include the Winter Concert and Spring Concert.  Senior band normally meets on Days 1 and 5 at 7:35 AM in the multipurpose room. 

 

Junior Band

This group consists of third graders. The purpose of this group is to introduce first year players to large group ensemble playing. The third grade band will meet beginning in March on Day 3@ 7:45 AM once a cycle during recess.  There will be a detailed letter sent out about this as the start date approaches.

 

Marching Band

Fourth and Fifth grade band members are expected to march in the Annual Memorial Day Parade.

 

2018-2019  Performances

 

December 6, 2018      Winter Concert                       7:00 PM           Lynbrook High School

 

May 9, 2019                Spring Concert                        7:00 PM           Lynbrook High School

 

May 27, 2019              Memorial Day Parade             9:30 AM          Lynbrook

 

Junior Band

 

June 7, 2019                Junior Concert                         9:30 AM          Waverly Park School

 

Supplies

  • Instrument: Students assigned to flute, clarinet or trumpet must provide their own instrument.

      Excellent rental or rental-purchase plans are available through local music stores. Students assigned to Tuba, Baritone, Trombone, French Horn or Saxophone will be able to rent from the school for a fee of   

     $95.00 per instrument, per year.  Instrument contracts will be distributed shortly.

  • Lesson Book:Every band student will be given a folder where they can store their band music, book and other related materials. Students should bring this folder to lessons and rehearsals.
    • Third Grade - Wind instruments (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba) are required to purchase The Prerequisites published by Pinnacle Press.  This book can be purchased through the publisher’s website www.pinmusicpress.com . *Drummers (percussion) please purchase the following book: Alfred’s Drum Method, Book 1 . (Third Graders see next item)
    • Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade - Sound Innovations Book One for band published by Alfred Music. *Drummers (percussion) will be using the same book purchased previously (Alfred).
    • Students assigned to baritone should purchase the bass clef version.

 

  • Pencil - to be always kept inside the instrument case or folder.
  • Instrument accessories:
    • Oboe/Clarinet/Saxophone Reeds. I recommend starting with Rico size 2 for beginners. Please only buy a box of 10 as your child will be moving up in reed size within a few months. Oboe players should purchase 2-3 medium-soft plastic reeds. Other supplies include a swab for Clarinet, a neck strap for Saxophone and cork grease for both. These should be included with the rental.
    • Trumpet/Trombone/Baritone/Tuba - Valve Oil (should be included with rental). Slide oil for Trombones.
    • Percussion - Drum Sticks (type 5A wood tip). Drum pad for at home practice.

 

Assessment

Students will be graded on the following:

  • Attendance and participation at rehearsals and lessons.
  • Attendance at required musical performances.
  • Evidence of cooperation and practice (practice log).
  • Demonstration of proper instrumental techniques.

 

Grades are based on the district-wide rubric for academic performance:

4 - Student consistently exceeds expectations and has the ability to work independently.

3 - Student frequently meets expectations with minimal assistance.

2 - Student inconsistently meets expectations and requires moderate assistance.

1 - Student rarely meets expectations and requires considerable assistance.

 

NYSSMA

The NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Festival is held annually.  Students who choose to participate must perform memorized scales, a prepared piece and sight reading in front of an adjudicator for a written evaluation and numerical score.  Participation is not required, and should be reserved for students who are proficient in their instrument and are willing to commit to preparing the NYSSMA material to the best of their ability.     

 

All-County

Students who do exceptionally well may be nominated to participate in the All-County Music Festival which is held in January.  The All-County band consists of students throughout NassauCounty.  Nomination is based on the previous year’s NYSSMA scores and acceptance into the group is decided by the NMEA (Nassau Music Educators Association) selection committee.  I am looking forward to an exciting year filled with great music at Waverly Park!

 

 

 

 

 

                       

June, 2018

Dear Music Parent,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the Junior Concert which will be held on Friday, June 8th at 9:30AM in the Auditorium.  Here are some details regarding the performance:

Students should report to school in concert dress:

Cool white collared short-sleeved shirt or blouse

Cool  black dress pants or skirt

Cool flat black dress shoes and black socks (no sneakers or heels please).

 

Junior Orchestra members:  7:45AM rehearsal in the orchestra room

 


Junior Chorus: normal school day reporting time.

                                     

Junior Band:  7:45AM rehearsal on stage

           

 Our children have been looking forward to this concert all year long.  We are excited to debut their musical talents to the family and friends of Waverly Park!

 

 Sincerely,

The Waverly Park Music Department

 

 

 

 

 

May 29, 2018

 

 Dear Junior Band Parent,

 

 As our June 8th concert date approaches, the Waverly Park Junior Band continues to get better and better!  As we make our final preparations for our concert, there have been some additional rehearsals added to the Junior Band schedule.

 

Please note the following rehearsal/concert schedule. 

 

*Wednesday, May 30th (Day 1), 7:45AM – extra   Junior Band rehearsal*

Friday,   June 1st (Day 3), 7:45AM – regularly scheduled Band rehearsal

*Monday, June 4th (Day 4), 7:45   AM – extra Junior Band Rehearsal*

*Tuesday, June 5th (Day 5), 7:45AM – extra   Junior Band rehearsal*

*Wednesday, June 6th (Day 6), 7:45AM – extra   Junior Band rehearsal*

*Thursday, June 7thth (Day 1),   7:45AM – extra Junior Band rehearsal*

*Friday, June 8th (Day2), 7:45   AM – extra Junior Band Rehearsal*

Friday, June 8th (Day 2) – CONCERT   – 9:30 AM!! (detailed letter to follow)

 

We are asking that all Junior Band members be present at these rehearsals, and also are practicing every day at home the three pieces that we will be performing: Twinkle,Twinkle Little Star, Power Rock and Let’s Go Band.

 

I’m looking forward to a wonderful Junior Concert!

 

Many thanks!                                      

Mr. Collorafi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2018

Dear Marching Band Parent,

         

The annual Lynbrook Village Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 28th, 2018.  Please note the important details below:

 

Cool We will be meeting at 9:15 AM on Charles Street and Jefferson Avenue (this is near the McDonald’s on Merrick Road). Your child should report to this location. Please note  that the streets around the parade route are closed prior to the parade. Be aware that parking may be difficult.

 

Cool Your child should bring his/her instrument, music and lyre only (no cases)

 

CoolPlease have your child dressed in the “Property of Waverly Park” t-shirt (the t-shirt designated for field trips), Khaki (tan) long pants or capri’s – ABSOLUTELY NO SHORTS and black shoes or sneakers.

 

Cool Your child may be picked up immediately after the parade at the Astoria Federal Bank parking lot adjacent to the Lynbrook Long Island Railroad Station.  Please make sure that your child stays with me or a designated chaperone until picked up by a parent!

 

Cool  In the event of rain, causing the parade to be canceled, please check the Lynbrook website.

 

CoolYou may want to bring a cold drink and a snack for your child after the parade.

 

Cool  Parents and siblings are welcome to join us as WaverlyPark “Spirit Marchers”

 

I am looking forward to seeing the WaverlyPark community at the parade cheering for our Marching Band! 

 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Collorafi

 

 

 

Parade Route

  • Parade      begins at Charles St. and Merrick Rd.
  • Down Merrick Rd.,      left onto Forest Ave.
  • Forest Ave., right      onto Stauderman Ave.
  • Stauderman Ave., right      onto Atlantic Ave.      (north through Business District)
  • Left      back onto Merrick Rd.
  • Left on      Columbus Drive      to pass in front of viewing stand.

Parade ends by the Astoria Federal Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Band Parents,

 

I am pleased to announce that the annual Lynbrook Village Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 28, 2018. The parade takes place in the morning and it is usually over way before noon.

 

As our concert is now over, we will be rehearsing for the parade on normally scheduled rehearsal (Days 1 and 5, 7:35AM).  Please make every effort in helping your child get to these rehearsals on time.

 

All students should be practicing “You’re A Grand Old Flag” and we would ask that any student using a marching band lyre bring their lyre to rehearsal this Wednesday, May 16th as we will be using them to prepare for the parade.

 

The strength of our showing at the Memorial Day Parade depends on the strength of our band. All Senior Band members are expected to attend this very important event. Please return the attached slip no later than Wednesday, May 16th to give your child permission to participate in the parade

 

I am looking forward to sharing our talents with the community, and many thanks for all you do!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Collorafi

 

PS – A letter will be sent home detailing specific information regarding meeting places, dress code, etc., as we near the date of the parade.

 

 

 

 

_______________________ has permission to participate in the Annual Lynbrook Village Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, 2018.

 

 

 

_______________________Parent Signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May, 2018

 Dear Senior Band Parent,

 Our concert is here! With a week left to our May 10th concert, I wanted to send home a  schedule of our final rehearsals before the concert.

 To ensure an outstanding performance it is extremely important that we have all our band members present and on time for our remaining rehearsals, arriving by 7:30 A.M. so everyone can be on stage and ready to go to begin on time.

 

*Denotes extra date*

 

***Monday, May 7th, Day 4 – 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal***

Tuesday, May 8th, Day 5 – 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

***Wednesday, May 9th, Day 6 - 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal***

***Wednesday, May 9th, Day 6 – 10:00 Dress Rehearsal ***

Thursday, May 10th, Day 1 (Day of the   concert – detailed letter below) – 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

Thursday, May 10th, Day 1 - Spring Concert   @High School - Report at 6:15 PM**

After the concert we will resume our regular rehearsals on days 1 and 5 in preparation for the Memorial Day Parade.

 Many thanks for all you do, as well as for your support and assistance during this time. We are all looking forward to a superb concert experience!

 

 Sincerely,                                                        

 

Mr. Collorafi

 

 

 

Waverly Park School

Music Department

 

Spring 2018

Dear Music Parents,

 

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the Waverly Park Annual Spring Concert. Below, please find the information you’ll need to be sure your child is ready to perform.

 

Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 9th

10:00 AM Waverly Park School

 

All Performers:

  • Report to school in Concert Dress (see below).
  • Band and Orchestra students must bring instruments.

Senior Band

  • Report to the stage at 7:35 for rehearsal

Orchestra

  • Report to Room 1 at 7:45 for rehearsal

Chorus

  • Report to school at regular time.

 

Evening Performance Thursday, May 10th

7:00 PM Lynbrook High School

 

All performers

  • Report to Lynbrook HS at 6:15.
  • MUST  use the back entrance on Carpenter Avenue.
  • Doors  will open at 6:15 PM.
  • Please do not arrive earlier than this time as adequate supervision for students will not yet be      available.
  • Leave coat with parents.

Band

  • Report to Band Room. Signs will be posted.
  •  Leave instrument case.
  • Report to Chorus for warm-ups first. You will be escorted back for Band warmups.

Orchestra

  • Report to Small Gym. Signs will be posted.
  • Leave instrument case.
  •  Report to Chorus for warm-ups first. You will be escorted back to Orchestra for tuning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reportto 

Chorus only                                                                                                               

  • Report  directly to the Auditorium for Chorus warm-ups. Signs will be posted.
  • After Chorus warmups, Band and Orchestra members will be escorted back to those groups for their own warmups and tuning.

Audience members

  • MUST  use the back entrance on Carpenter Avenue.
  • Doors  will open at 6:15 PM.
  • Remain for the entire concert.

Dismissal

  • Audience members remain in Gymnasium
  • Performers will be escorted to meet you.
  • Exit using Carpenter Avenue doors.

 

Concert Dress

  • Ladies
    • Long sleeved white shirt, music vest, black skirt or dress pants, black shoes.
  • Gentlemen
    • Long sleeved white collared shirt, long tie, music vest, black slacks, black socks, black shoes.
  • Concert Dress is worn for both performances.
  • Please avoid athletic wear, jeans, or sneakers.
  • Music vests will be distributed on Tuesday, May 8th and will be collected immediately following the evening performance.

 

Thank you for your cooperation. We know that you will appreciate the musical efforts that your child has put into making this a Gala Event!

 

See you at the concert!

 

Sincerely,

The Waverly Park Music Department

 

Please park legally when attending the concert. This includes not parking in the parking lots across Carpenter Avenue.

 

 

 

 

 

November 30, 2017

 Dear Senior Band Parent,

 With our concert rapidly approaching I thought it might be helpful to send home a schedule of our remaining rehearsals:

 

*Denotes extra date*

 

***Monday, December 4th, Day 3,- 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal***

Wednesday, December 6th, Day 5, - 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal

**Wednesday, December 6th, Day 5 – 10:00 AM Dress Rehearsal/Concert Assembly**

**Thursday, December 7th, Day 6 - 7:35 AM Full Band Rehearsal**

**Thursday, December 7th, Winter Concert @High School - Report at 6:15 PM**

 We will resume our Day1/5 rehearsal schedule after the concert.  I am very proud of the Senior Band for all their hard work, and wish to thank you for all your support as we look forward to a wonderful Winter Concert!!

                       

Sincerely,                                           

 

 Mr. Collorafi

 

 

 

November 30, 2017

Dear Music Parents,

 

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the Waverly Park Annual Winter Concert!

Please find the information you’ll need to be sure your child is ready to perform below:

 

Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 6th

10:00 AM Waverly Park School

 

All Performers:

  • Report to school in Concert Dress (see below).
  • Band and Orchestra students must bring instruments.

Senior Band

  • Report to the stage at 7:35 for rehearsal

Orchestra

  • Report to school at regular time.

Chorus

  • Report to school at regular time.

 

Evening Performance Thursday, December 7th

7:00 PM Lynbrook High School

 

All performers

  • Report to Lynbrook HS at 6:15 in  Concert Dress.
  • MUST  use the back entrance on Carpenter Avenue.
  • Doors will  open at 6:15 PM.
  • Please do not arrive earlier than this time, as adequate supervision for students will not yet be      available.
  • Leave coat with parents.

Band

  • Report to Band Room. Signs will be posted.
  •  Leave instrument case.
  • Report to Chorus for warm-ups first. You will be escorted back for Band warmups.

Orchestra

  • Report to Small Gym. Signs will be posted.
  • Leave instrument case.

                                                                                                         

 

Chorus only                                                                                                               

  • Report directly to the Auditorium for Chorus warm-ups. Signs will be posted.
  • After Chorus warmups, Band and Orchestra members will be escorted back to those groups for their own warmups and tuning.

Audience members

  • MUST  use the back entrance on Carpenter Avenue.
  • Doors will open at 6:15 PM.
  • Remain for the entire concert.

Dismissal

  • Audience members remain in Gymnasium
  • Performers will be escorted to meet you.
  • Exit using Carpenter Avenue doors.

 

 

Concert Dress

  • Ladies
    • Long sleeved white shirt, music vest, black skirt or dress pants, black shoes.
  • Gentlemen
    • Long sleeved white collared shirt, long tie, music vest, black slacks, black socks, black shoes.
  • Concert Dress is worn for both performances.
  • Please avoid athletic wear, jeans, or sneakers.
  • Music vests will be distributed on Monday, December 4th and will be collected immediately      following the evening performance.

 

 Thank you for your cooperation. We know that you will appreciate the musical efforts that your child has put into making this a Gala Event!

 

See you at the concert!

 

Sincerely,

The Waverly Park Music Department

 

 Please park legally when attending the concert. This includes not parking in the parking lots across Carpenter Avenue.

 

 

 

 Remind - I will be using Remind to send out notifications and announcements.There are a few ways to sign up.  You can create an account at www.remind.com and join using the following class codes. You can also text the class code to 81010.

 

 

 

Third Grade Band - @wpjrb    Senior Band (4th +5th grade) - @wpsrb

 

 

 

 

 

September, 2017                                                                              

Dear Senior Band Parent,

Welcome to the Senior Band!  We are looking forward to an exciting year filled with challenging and fun pieces.  In this packet, please find the following items:

 

Cool  Band Handbook

Cool Letter from Mr. Pallotta, Director of Fine and Performing Arts

Cool  Acknowledgement and Rehearsal Commitment Form (should be signed and returned to me)

Cool  Information about Remind

Cool Band Lesson Schedule

 

Senior band (4th and 5th grade) meets on days 1 and 5.  All rehearsals begin promptly at 7:35 A.M. Lessons will begin on Thursday, September 14th (day 1), with rehearsals beginning on the following day 1, Tuesday, September 26th.  Full band rehearsals are essential to our success; therefore attendance at these rehearsals is required. If your child misses more than three rehearsals during the fall or spring semester, they will not be eligible for that semester’s concert. Please note that these are unexcused absences, that is any absence other than illness or a family situation/emergency approved by myself and/Mrs. McAssey. Arriving late to rehearsal is also both detrimental and disruptive to our ensemble. Students who arrive late will receive the equivalent of ½ absence for each occurrence.

 

 For your convenience, all of the Senior Band rehearsal dates are listed below.

 

Senior Band Rehearsal Dates (Day 1 and 5). Students must be ready to play at 7:35 A.M.

Winter

Spring

September

26

October

2,4,11,13,19,23,27,31

November

6,9,16,20,28,30

December

6,8,14,18,22

 

January

3,9,11,18,22,26,30

February

5,7,13,15,28

March

2,8,12,16,20,26,28

April

12,16,20,24,30

May

2,8,10,16,18,24

Parade Rehearsals

May 16,18,24

What if there is a conflict with extra help?

Every single person is a part of the band “team,” therefore it is extremely difficult to achieve the same results if students are missing from any part of a rehearsal. Please plan on attending extra help on non-rehearsal days or afternoon sessions, as every teacher is required to offer 3 sessions, which must encompass a combination of both morning and afternoon sessions.    

 

Thank you very much for your attention to this very important matter. Your help will insure that this year’s band will be the best that it can be. When we work together as a team, great things will happen with the Waverly Park Band. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 

 Mr. Robert Collorafi

 

 

 

September, 2017                                       

Dear Junior Band Parent,

Welcome to the Junior Band!  We are looking forward to an exciting year filled with challenging and fun pieces.  In this packet, please find the following items:

 

Cool  Band Handbook

Cool  Letter from Mr. Pallotta, Director of Fine and Performing Arts

Cool Acknowledgement and Rehearsal Commitment Form (should be signed and returned to me)

Cool Information about Remind

Cool  Band Lesson Schedule

 

 Lessons will begin on Thursday, September 14th (day 1).  Lesson schedules will also be found on the band website in case you ever need another copy.

 

 Beginning in March, we will begin rehearsing as a full band on every day 3 before school.  This is to prepare for our debut concert in June.  You will be receiving a detailed letter as we get closer to March in regards to before school rehearsals.

 

 I’m very much looking forward to wonderful year working with your child.  As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 

 Mr. Robert Collorafi

 

 

Band Handbook s Waverly Park School

Mr. Robert Collorafi s 2017-2018

 

Introduction

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  I am looking forward to an exciting and musical year at Waverly Park.  The purpose of this handbook is to give you an outline of the band program as well as to answer some questions that you may have.  Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.  I can be reached by email at rcollorafi@lynbrook.k12.ny.us, or by phone at 516-887-6590.

 

Remind - I will be using Remind to send out notifications and announcements.There are a few ways to sign up.  You can create an account at www.remind.com and join using the following class codes. You can also text the class code to 81010.

 

Third Grade Band - @wpjrb    Senior Band (4th +5th grade) - @wpsrb

 

 

Website

Please visit the Waverly Band website at http://NYlearns.org/rcollorafi.   Here, you will find information about concert dates, schedules, announcements, practicing and much more!

 

Practice

Developing musical skills requires a consistent practice routine.  Just like a good athlete needs to train, students need to practice to improve their skills.  A realistic practice routine would include daily  20-25 minute sessions.  Weekly assignments are given at each lesson.  These assignments include scales, selections from their method book, band music and other technical skills.  Your encouragement will help your child develop good practice habits that will foster discipline and continuous growth and improvement.   A folding music stand is a good investment for home practice.  Your child will be receiving a practice log which will help them keep track of their practice goals.  This will also serve as a way to assess your child’s practice routine.

 

Lessons

We provide small group instruction for all students enrolled in the instrumental program.  Lessons are scheduled for forty minutes once a cycle during the school day.  In order to ensure solid progress, it is required that students attend lessons regularly.  

 

Make-up Lessons/Extra Help

In the event that your child misses a lesson due to an absence or test, there will be several opportunities to make up this lesson.  My extra help times are as follows: Day 3 from 3:00-3:30 PM and Day 6 from 7:50-8:30AM. 

 

Senior Band (4th and 5th grade)

This group consists of second and third year band students who show proficiency on their instrument and music reading ability.  Successful completion of the junior band program, or a minimum of one year of private instrumental study (decided at the discretion of the instructor), serves as a prerequisite. The repertoire is challenging, yet fun to play and listen to. Not only do band members further learn to play their instruments, they also learn about dedication, teamwork, goals, problem solving, concert etiquette, responsibility and much more!  Required performances include the Winter Concert and Spring Concert.  Senior band normally meets on days 1 and 5 at 7:35 AM in the multipurpose room. 

 

Junior Band

This group consists of third graders. The purpose of this group is to introduce first year players to large group ensemble playing. The third grade band will meet beginning in March once a cycle during recess.  There will be a detailed letter sent out about this as the start date approaches.

 

Marching Band

Fourth and Fifth grade band members are expected to march in the Annual Memorial Day Parade.

 

2017-2018 Performances

 

December 7, 2017      Winter Concert                       7:00 PM           Lynbrook High School

 

May 10, 2018             Spring Concert                        7:00 PM           Lynbrook High School

 

May 28, 2018              Memorial Day Parade             9:30 AM          Lynbrook

 

Junior Band

 

June 8, 2018                Junior Concert                         9:30 AM          Waverly Park School

 

Supplies

  • Instrument: Students assigned to flute, clarinet or trumpet must provide their own instrument.

      Excellent rental or rental-purchase plans are available through local music stores. Students assigned to Tuba, Baritone, Trombone, French Horn or Saxophone will be able to rent from the school for a fee of  $95.00 per instrument, per year.  Instrument contracts will be distributed shortly.

  • Lesson Book:Every band student will be given a folder where they can store their band music, book and other related materials. Students should bring this folder to lessons and rehearsals.
    • Third Grade - Wind instruments (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba) are required to purchase The Prerequisites published by Pinnacle Press.  This book can be purchased through the publisher’s website www.pinmusicpress.com . *Drummers (percussion) please purchase the following book: Alfred’s Drum Method, Book 1 . (Third Graders see next item)
    • Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade - Sound Innovations Book One for band published by Alfred Music. *Drummers (percussion) will be using the same book purchased previously (Alfred).
    • Students assigned to baritone should purchase the bass clef version.
  • Pencil - to be always kept inside the instrument case or folder.
  • Instrument accessories:
    • Oboe/Clarinet/Saxophone Reeds. I recommend starting with Rico size 2 for beginners. Please only buy a box of 10 as your child will be moving up in reed size within a few months. Oboe players should purchase 2-3 medium-soft plastic reeds. Other supplies include a swab for Clarinet, a neck strap for Saxophone and cork grease for both. These should be included with the rental.
    • Trumpet/Trombone/Baritone/Tuba - Valve Oil (should be included with rental). Slide oil for Trombones.
    • Percussion - Drum Sticks (type 5A wood tip). Drum pad for at home practice.

 

Assessment

Students will be graded on the following:

  • Attendance and participation at rehearsals and lessons.
  • Attendance at required musical performances.
  • Evidence of cooperation and practice (practice log).
  • Demonstration of proper instrumental techniques.

 

Grades are based on the district-wide rubric for academic performance:

4 - Student consistently exceeds expectations and has the ability to work independently.

3 - Student frequently meets expectations with minimal assistance.

2 - Student inconsistently meets expectations and requires moderate assistance.

1 - Student rarely meets expectations and requires considerable assistance.

 

NYSSMA

The NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Festival is held annually.  Students who choose to participate must perform memorized scales, a prepared piece and sight reading in front of an adjudicator for a written evaluation and numerical score.  Participation is not required, and should be reserved for students who are proficient in their instrument and are willing to commit to preparing the NYSSMA material to the best of their ability.     

 

All-County

Students who do exceptionally well may be nominated to participate in the All-County Music Festival which is held in January.  The All-County band consists of students throughout Nassau County.  Nomination is based on the previous year’s NYSSMA scores and acceptance into the group is decided by the NMEA (Nassau Music Educators Association) selection committee.  I am looking forward to an exciting year filled with great music at Waverly Park!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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