MIMU 1/13/20

Matador Instrumental Music Updates

Week starting 1/13/2020

Bernardo Yorba Entertainment Unit Weekly Newsletter

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WELCOME BACK! We have hit the ground running during our first week back at school. There’s a joke about when the “off season” is for band directors, and the response is something along the lines of “July.” Please continue to encourage your student to pick up their instrument, even if it is only for five minutes each day. 

Here’s a few things that we accomplished this week-

  • Reviewed fundamentals (proper breath support, posture, characteristic tone production, scales, lip slurs, articulations, counting and playing new rhythms, identifying key signatures, learning new scales, increase range of motion in bowing)
  • Open Jazz Rehearsals – for students interested in auditioning for the spring. Week 2 starts next week, followed by auditions the third week. Lots of sight reading, soloing, and a few new pieces.
  • New Music!
  • Drumline Performance in the quad on Friday (GREAT job!)

Participation Reminder – when students do not have their instrument, book, music or supplies in class, they are unable to fully participate in the day’s activities. Each occurrence has an effect on their grade. Students must have their materials in class every single day.

Jazz Band Auditions – 3rd Quarter

Re-auditions will be occurring during class Tuesday-Friday. All students who are interested in being in Jazz Band will complete a brief audition to determine placement in the ensemble. Students are required to be enrolled in band or orchestra during the day with Mrs. Neumayr in order to audition. We will be preparing for 3-4 adjudicated festivals/clinics that will occur on Saturday mornings. Students must be available to attend these events, attendance will be part of the grade. Please see attachment for more information.

Send In Your Photos! We are collecting photos of events from the year to put on our website. Please email your photos to admin@bymsmusic.org 

Looking to upgrade your student’s instrument? Gift giving season is upon us, and what a great time to upgrade the instrument your student uses every day. A note of caution, however, that it is important to invest in a high-quality instrument now, that will last longer than a few months or a year. There are many brands that produce low-quality instruments that break easily and frequently. Many repair shops will even turn away instruments that continue to break because the repair costs eventually add up to more than the instrument value. A good rule of thumb is to avoid purchasing instruments from anywhere you can also purchase toilet paper or groceries! If you need some brand recommendations, please contact Mrs. Neumayr. Additionally, any of the recommended materials on this list will make a fantastic gift.


Please contact Cara Melendez (waysandmeans1@bymsmusic.org) or Anna Ordorica (waysandmeans2@bymsmusic.org



Please contact Colette Smith viceprez@bymsmusic.org 



Send In Your Photos! We are collecting photos of events from the year to put on our website. Please email your photos to admin@bymsmusic.org 


For an up to date, full year calendar, click here .

Mark your calendars–many of these events have mandatory attendance.

Wed Jan 15 Yearbook Photo Day (JB, IB)

Wed Feb 5 BYEU Booster Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Fri Feb 7 Orch Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30

Thurs Feb 13 (tent.) Elementary Performance Tour (CB, JB, PERC, ORCH)

Mon Feb 24 Orchestra Rehearsal at Esperanza HS, 4:30-6:30

Fri Feb 28 Jazz Festival – Western States (Upland HS) (JB)

Wed Mar 4 BYEU Booster Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Wed Mar 11 Pre-Festival Concert & Clinic @ PYLUSD PAC, 6:00 p.m. (CB, PB, PERC, ORCH)

Sat Mar 14 Jazz Festival – Aztec Jazz Festival (Esperanza HS) (JB)

Tues Mar 17 6th Grade Parent Preview Night Performance, 5:30 p.m.  (ORCH, JB)

Sat Mar 21 Jazz Festival – Irvine Jazz Festival (Irvine HS) (JB)

Tues Mar 24 SCSBOA Band Festival (CB, PERC, tent PB)

Wed Mar 25 SCSBOA Orchestra Festival (ORCH)

Rose NeumayrInstrumental Music DirectorBernardo Yorba Middle School(714) 986-7400 Ext. 22900http://www.bymsmusic.org