Graduation and the end of the school year…

10 05 2012

With the end of the school year next week, there are just a few pieces of information we need to cover.

  1. All school instruments need to be either checked-in for the summer or checked-out before your child goes home for summer break.  For students not participating in graduation, this should be done by the last day of school.  For students participating in graduation, this should be done by May 19th.
  2. As of today, only one high school musician has not turned in his/her uniform.  This also needs to be done by the last day of school.
  3. Music camp registrations are due to me by Monday, May 14th, if you want a music camp scholarship.  Proof of registration and that the deposit has been paid is all that is required.
  4. All sheet music needs to be turned in by the last day of school (for those not participating in graduation) or May 19th (for those participating in graduation).
  5. There will be a graduation practice on Friday, May 18, 2012, beginning at 12:00pm.  This rehearsal is required for all student participating in the graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 19th.  Donuts and juice will be provided.
  6. Saturday, May 19th, is the Pilot Grove High School Graduation.  Pizza will be served for band students at 1:00pm in the band room.  Otherwise, students in the band should be ready to go by 1:30pm.  Graduation begins at 2:00pm.  Attire for this event is dress clothes.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication this year.  It has been my pleasure to serve as your music teacher for these last three years, and I wish all of you nothing but the best in the future.



Brandon K. McDannald
Music Teacher
Pilot Grove C-4 School

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Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

2 03 2012

Here is the link for everyone to play the game featured in our elementary classes.

Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Central Methodist Music Festival

23 02 2012

Dear Parents,


Friday is the first music festival of the spring semester.  The Central Methodist University Music Festival is a great place for students to get good feedback on the build-up to our conference and district/state contests.  With it being so early in the semester, not everyone will be going.  Below you will find the schedule for Friday.  Participating students should wear dress-attire for their performance.  Parents are welcome to attend if available.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


Central Methodist University Music Festival

Friday, February 24, 2012



Time Event Location
2:00 pm Leave for Fayette  
3:21 pm Flute Trio — Brumback, Lorenz, Tate Missouri Room
4:06 pm Alto Saxophone Solo — Ben Glenn Eagle’s Nest
4:48 pm Boys Vocal Solo — Levi Gerke Conn 100



We will return to Pilot Grove School between 5:00 and 6:00 pm.

Parents are welcome to sign their child out after their event is done.

Pep Band Change…..

31 01 2012


Previously I have told the students that call time for pep band games was 6:30 pm.  With the lack of home basketball games, I have failed to realize that the 6:30 time was in error.  After tonight, (January 31st) the call time for basketball events will need to be 5:30 pm.  This will allow us to get to the girls games on time.  I apologize for the error, and I will strive to correct them sooner in the future.

Thank you for your understanding.


Junior High District Band Schedule

12 01 2012

Junior High District Band Schedule

Location: Sedalia Junior High

7:00 a.m. Leave Pilot Grove

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.              Registration

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.              Sectionals

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.              Drink Break

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.          Rehearsal

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Rehearsal

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.            LUNCH (bring money)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              Rehearsal

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.              Drink Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.              Rehearsal

4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.              dress for concert

4:50 p.m.                                 in seats for concert

5:00 p.m.                                 CONCERT (dress clothes…… tennis shoes or jeans)


We should be home between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m or earlier.  It depends on how long the concert lasts.  You are welcome to attend the concert and take your child with you afterwards.  Just sign them out with me.

Cell Phone Use During Concerts

12 01 2012

I normally would not post something like this, but I feel that one of my responsibilities is to teach proper behavior at concerts.  This is the first time I have read of anything like this happening.

Maestro halts N.Y. Philharmonic Concert because of jarring ringtone



Awesome Job!

16 12 2011

Congratulations to all the Pilot Grove Bands and Choir for their awesome performance last night! Everyone did a great job.