I hope everyone has had an amazing summer filled with thrilling and edifying experiences. All the teachers at AMS have been excitedly readying themselves for this historic year in the Arlington Community Schools, and the AMS Band is no exception!
Below is some important information for parents and students to hit the ground running.
The New Band Website
Last year's band website was run by SCS, so we have made the move to an ACS approved site.
This gave us the opportunity to register our own domain name. Our new website is:
Please visit this site often as we transfer to the new format. There is already a wealth of content available including the calendar, private teacher list, and All-West information.
The First Day of School
Unlike last year, band classes will be meeting on Monday, August 4th. However, as I said at registration, you do not need to worry about bringing your instrument in addition to everything else you need for the first day. We will be going over the band handbook, calendar, and other expectations for the year.
We will need instruments for the second day of school (Tuesday). The exceptions to this are those 6th graders new to the area that have not yet received an instrument assignment. You will get that information during the first week of classes.
Band Placements and Books
This information is for 7th and 8th grade members only. 6th graders are all in Beginning Band and will use Time for Band.
As you remember, last spring band students auditioned for placement in this year's bands. Students we shown their placements on the last week of school, but not all students we able to see them. This information was also put in an email and placed on the band website's homepage. If you have not found out your placement yet, please look it up on the new band website, www.arlingtonmsband.com.
Also on the website, you will find information on what book to purchase for your band. The books are instrument specific just like your old Time for Band book. Both books were chosen to take students from their current levels and move them quickly to the next, so make sure you have it!
Sept. 9 - 8th Grade Night at AHS (All 8th Graders)
September - 6th Grade Performance and Booster Meeting
Nov. 9 - Arlington Town Veteran's Day Performance
Dec. 14 - Winter Concert (All Students)
Jan. 17 - All-West Auditions
Feb. 12-14 All-West Convention
Please visit the band website for a complete calendar.
Daniel J. Foster
Arlington Middle School, Director of Bands
5470 Lamb Road, Arlington, TN 38002