Dear Martin Area Band Families,
It’s Optimist Festival time!! On Thursday, March 21, the Grade 7/8 band students will be performing at the Optimist Band Festival at the Conexus Arts Centre. Please click here for a detailed itinerary.
Cost for this event is $6.00 and will be set up to pay at School Cash Online. Our school division prefers online payment, but if you have to turn in cash or cheque, please label a sealed envelope. Cheques should be made to your child’s school.
The Grade 7/8s will be on the main stage at 11:10am where they will perform two pieces for three adjudicators and an audience. Following their performance, our band will have a clinic with one of the adjudicators, as well as have a group photo taken. Your son/daughter also has the option to have an individual or small group photo taken (please click here for the picture order form). If you choose to order pictures, please turn the order form/money in to us anytime prior to the festival.
We would love for family and friends, who are able, to come and listen to our performance and cheer us on! If you are interested in helping out as a chaperone, and hanging out with us for that morning, leave your name and phone number at the bottom of this sheet and have your son/daughter turn it in as soon as possible. An email is also ok. We would like to have 3-4 parents for each band along with us that day. You must have a Police Information Check on file with your school in order to be a chaperone.
All students will need to bring their instrument, music and be wearing their uniform (red band shirt, black pants/skirt, black socks, black shoes).
Buses will pick up at schools starting at 9:00am so please be on time for school! Buses will pick us up after the performance at 12:45pm so students will return to school for most of the afternoon.
Since Optimist is running over the lunch hour this year, you must send a bagged, non-microwaveable lunch with your student. If everything is running on schedule there might be time for students to purchase lunch at the Conexus Arts Centre’s canteen but we do not recommend relying on this – please send a lunch just in case.
***All students play an important role in our band, therefore, everyone needs to be with us that day. Attendance can make or break our performances***
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns!