Band

Upcoming Events

Holiday Bazaar (Jazz Band)

Saturday, December 9th - 9:30-10:45 AM - Evergreen Elementary School

The jazz band will be participating in our first performance of the school year at Evergreen's Holiday Bazaar.  You will be able to enter through Door 17.  Students will need to arrive at Evergreen by 9:30 AM to set up and warm up.  We will perform from approximately 10:00-10:15, watch the choir from about 10:15-10:30, and then perform again from about 10:30-10:45.


Students will need to bring their jazz instrument(s), binder, and a folding music stand to this performance.  Instruments and sound equipment will be provided as applicable for the students in the rhythm section (percussion, piano, guitar, and bass guitar).  The dress for this event will be this year's band t-shirt, jeans or khakis (no sweatpants, basketball shorts, etc.), and gym shoes.  If your child is also singing with the choir, they may choose whether they want to wear their band shirt or their choir shirt.

Winter Band/Choir Concert and Assembly (all bands)
Wednesday, December 13th - call time 6:00 PM, performance time 6:30 PM - BMS Large Gym

Our Winter Band/Choir concert will be taking place on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30pm in the Large Gym.  Performers for all ensembles will need to be dropped off at the band room doors (door 18) no later than 6:00pm.  Audience members will enter through Door 20.  Performers will need to bring their instruments (except for percussion), music (including band book for 5th grade band), and any equipment they need to play it (reeds, neck straps, mouthpieces, etc.).  Students are expected to stay for the entire duration of the concert.

The dress code for this event is formal (no jeans, sweatpants, gym shoes, t-shirts, etc.).  Concert dress must be in compliance with school dress code.  If you are unsure if a planned outfit is appropriate for the concert, please ask me.

During school on the day of the concert, we will be holding an assembly during which we will perform an abbreviated version of our concert for the student body.  All students must bring their instrument and music to school during the day on Wednesday, December 13th.  We will wear this year's band t-shirts, jeans or khakis, and close-toed shoes for the assembly.  Please help your child check their closet ahead of time to make sure they have their band t-shirt.  I have limited quantities of extras that your child may borrow if their shirt is missing.  If your child needs to borrow a shirt for the assembly, please let me know in advance.

After the band concert, students will not meet for band again until after winter break.  This includes lessons during school as well as rehearsals before and after school.  Your student's instrument and music must go home with them on the night of the band concert after our performance (music only for bari sax, baritone, and percussion).  All students have songs from their band book they can be practicing over winter break.  Furthermore, it gets cold in the hallways so it is not good for the instruments to be left at school for long periods of time (this also applies even when we are not on break--students should be bringing their instruments home on days when they don't have band throughout the school year).

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About the Band Program

The Benjamin bands are open to all students at Benjamin Middle School.  Band is an activity that meets throughout the school year. Our band program includes Beginning Band, 6th Grade Band, 7th/8th Grade Band, and Jazz Band.  Each band rehearses once or twice per week as a full group, and students in the Benjamin bands have a weekly individual or small-group lesson with students in the same band who play the same instrument. Students are pulled from class during the school day for their individual or small group lesson on a rotating basis to avoid continually missing any one class.  It is the student's responsibility to complete any work they miss as a result of band in a timely manner. Students are expected to attend all band lessons, rehearsals, and performances for the group(s) they are in.

Each band performs in two concerts per year: one in December and one in May.  Additional performance opportunities vary by ensemble, including Bengals Night, the Evergreen Holiday Bazaar, WEGO Marching Band Night and WEGO Middle School Band Festival at WCCHS, and the Solo & Ensemble Festival.

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About the Director

Morgan Martin began her band directing career at Benjamin Middle School during the 2020-21 school year. Ms. Martin attended Elmhurst University and graduated in 2020 (Summa Cum Laude) with Bachelor's Degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance. She is also the Percussion Director for the Oswego East High School Marching Wolves.

Ms. Martin is an active performer who has played with multiple ensembles throughout the Chicagoland area including the Naperville Winds (principal percussion), Chicago Brass Band, Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a two-time recipient of the Elmhurst University Honors Recital Award.

Ms. Martin is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association and serves as District IX Percussion Representative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

Ms. Morgan Martin
mmartin@benjamin25.org
(630) 876-7820 ext. 2154

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