The Mustang Memo
September 19-25, 2022
Congratulations Honors Band!
The Killian Middle School Honors Band is a National Winner in the 2022 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors competition.
This is the sixth time the band has received this award and the first under Mr. Ousey’s leadership.
The Mark of Excellence is a national music competition that recognizes music programs and their ensembles for high standards in music performance. The competition is sponsored by The Foundation for Music Education, a national organization dedicated to the support and advancement of music education.
Bands are judged by nationally respected adjudicators and directors. This year’s adjudicators included Larry Livingston, professor of music at the University of Southern California, Fred Allen, retired director of bands at Stephen F Austin University, Anthony Maiello, professor of music at George Mason University, and Robert Carnochan, director of bands at the University of Miami.
This year, 376 bands from 39 states submitted entries to the competition, and 18 middle school bands were awarded.
Additionally, both the Arbor Creek Honors Band and Hebron High School Wind Symphony were also named National Winners in their respective classifications.
We are so proud of our amazing students! Congratulations, Honors Band!
9/24 Saturday: Hebron (and Killian!) Band Parent Preview Show
This Saturday, September 24th is the Hebron High School parent preview. In addition to special performances by the Hebron Band and Drumline, the Hebron cluster middle schools (including Killian) will also perform.
Gates open at 10:30 and the preview begins at 11:00 AM. All festivities are held in the Hebron High School Stadium. Read the 7th/8th Grade Memo for more details.
Come out and support the Hebron and Killian Band programs!
Weekly practice logs help students create and maintain healthy practice habits, so they experience the greatest chance of success in band. Additionally, practice logs are a minor grade weighted at 40% of your child’s overall grade in band.
For the next several weeks, practice logs will look like the attachment below:
- Blue Section: Throughout the week, we will have students write down what to practice in the middle section, including exercises, scales, lines out of the book, music theory, and a host of other assignments. This is also where students and private lesson staff can add their own practice assignments.
- Purple Section: Each night, students will record their practice session in minutes. Do not use hours. Only include numbers – no “minutes,” “mins,” or any other wording should go in these boxes. If students do not practice, they should fill that box with a zero. Students should total their weekly minutes each Sunday evening and fill in the “Total” box.
- Pink Sections: Parents must sign the practice log and complete the questionnaire at the bottom each Sunday. While a parent signature will always be required, the questionnaire is only needed for the next few weeks while practice habits are established.
Grades are determined by the total number of minutes practiced each week. The grading scale can be found on each weekly practice log. Earning more than 100 points is possible by practicing 80 or more minutes in a week. Additionally, if a student practices all seven days a week, they will earn an additional 10 points on their practice log.
If you have questions regarding practice logs, please contact your child’s band director.
🚨 Charms Update, Forms, and Fees are PAST DUE! 🚨
➡️ NOTE: Only students with completed forms and fees will receive their official Band T-Shirt! ⬅️
The Killian Band Team
Director of Bands
Primary teacher for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Oboe/Bassoon.
Assistant Band Director
Primary teacher for Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, and Euphonium/Tuba
Primary teacher for Percussion
Parent Liaison - 6th Grade
- General Questions
Parent Liaison - Volunteers
- Voly Application
- Volunteering with the Band
Parent Liaison - Finance
- Password Reset