Mrs. Catherine Alvarado

New Braunfels Middle School

Assistant Band Director

cralvarado@nbisd.org

ext. 6386

Conference 7th Period

Welcome to New Braunfels Middle School and your beginnings of the Mighty Unicorn Band!

My name is Catherine Alvarado but you can call me Mrs. A! I am the new director here at the middle school and I am so happy to be on this team of amazing teachers here at NBMS and the NBISD district. I was born and raised here in New Braunfels and graduated from NBHS in 2008. Coming back to my home was a big moment for me and working with the Dolores Jimenez and Melissa Townsend is a dream since they were my teachers when I attended New Braunfels Middle School. I am excited for this years new addition of Haley Wares to the team since Melissa retired in 2019. 

Looking forward to a great year here at NBMS and GOOOOO UNICORNS!

 

Remind101 Codes: text the code to phone number 81010 to receive messages on your phone or use the app

Honor Band: @nbmshonor

Concert White Band: @nbmswhite

Beginners: @nbmsbegin

 

Video below is the 2019 BOA Austin run of the show "The Only Home I've ever Known"

HOPE TO SEE ALL YOU ON THE FIELD ONE DAY AS HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIANS!

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We hope your child is having an enjoyable and successful experience in the NBMS Band. As a member of The NBMS Honor Band, your child will be participating in several projects, concerts, and a UIL contest. The following is a list of dates and activities that your child will be involved in with UIL:

  • Jan. 6 - March 6 Weekly UIL Varsity Band sectional
  • Jan 13 - Feb. 13 UIL Music Pass Off Project
  • Feb 11 Pre UIL Concert at NBHS
  • March 5 or 6 UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest


To prepare the students for these various projects, performances and contest it will be necessary for the Varsity Band to pass-off their UIL music and begin UIL sectionals. 

*The UIL pass-off project consists of each student meeting individually with their director several times either before school, after school, during lunch or advisory.The students will be testing their UIL music for a pass-off grade. 

*Sectionals will be once a week beginning the week of January 6, 2020, and will go through the week of March 6, 2020

These sectionals are a very important part of the student’s musical development and understanding of the contest music. For the students to achieve the needed level of proficiency and to ensure a positive musical experience, attendance at all sectionals is required. Students will receive a grade for their attendance at sectionals. We understand that things may come up so every effort will be made to accommodate any conflicts, however, all missed sectionals must be made up. Sectionals will meet as follows for each band:

SECTIONAL SCHEDULE

 

Sectional Schedules Honor
Monday Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Trumpet
Tuesday Percussion
Wednesday Tuba, Euphonium, Trombone, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon
Thursday French Horn and Alto Sax


REMIND101 Code

@nbmshonor

ALL Band Students will need the following items for their classes everyday:

  • 1 Inch Black Binder with pockets
  • At least 3 pencils in your Band Binder
  • 1 Box of Kleenex
  • 1 Highlighter
  • Dividers for Binder (at least 3)
  • Optional Pencil Pouch

School Owned Instrument Fee:

$30 yearly fee paid at the beginning of the year to your band director in an envelope

Oboe, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba and Percussion

Band Uniform:

  • NBMS Band Polo shirt (The one from Beginning Band)              Polo bought from Duckys
  • Solid Black Pants                                                                         272 Union Ave, NB TX
  • Black Belt                                                                                     (830) 609-7422
  • Black Socks
  • Solid Black Dress shoes

Advanced Band Percussion List

  • Timpani Mallets             Vic Firth T3 Staccato
  • Drum Sticks                   Innovative Percussion Lalo Davila Snare Sticks Vic Firth SD1 General (*If needs to be replaced)
  • Marimba Mallets            Innovative Percussion IP240
  • Bell/Xylophone Mallets  Innovative Percussion 902
  • Stick/Mallet Bag             Any brand, must be black
  • Advanced Drum Pad     (optional) Step-up pad 12” outlander practice pad with rim or Evans HQ 12” Realfeel

Remind101 Code

@nbmswhite

ALL Band Students will need the following items for their classes everyday:

  • 1 Inch Black Binder with pockets
  • At least 3 pencils in your Band Binder
  • 1 Box of Kleenex
  • 1 Highlighter
  • Dividers for Binder (at least 3)
  • Optional Pencil Pouch

School Owned Instrument Fee:

$30 yearly fee paid at the beginning of the year to your band director in an envelope

Oboe, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba and Percussion

Band Uniform:

  • NBMS Band Polo shirt (The one from Beginning Band)              Polo bought from Duckys
  • Solid Black Pants                                                                         272 Union Ave, NB TX
  • Black Belt                                                                                     (830) 609-7422
  • Black Socks
  • Solid Black Dress shoes

Advanced Band Percussion List

  • Timpani Mallets             Vic Firth T3 Staccato
  • Drum Sticks                   Innovative Percussion Lalo Davila Snare Sticks Vic Firth SD1 General (*If needs to be replaced)
  • Marimba Mallets            Innovative Percussion IP240
  • Bell/Xylophone Mallets  Innovative Percussion 902
  • Stick/Mallet Bag             Any brand, must be black
  • Advanced Drum Pad     (optional) Step-up pad 12” outlander practice pad with rim or Evans HQ 12” Realfeel

NBMS Jazz Band

The Jazz Band rehearses in the large ensemble room every Friday morning from 7:15 - 8:00 am.

Please be seated and ready to go on time!

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Beginning Clarinets Supplies:

  • Clarinet (Buffet E-11/Model 2501, Yamaha YCL-400AD, Yamaha YCL-34, or Normandy 4)
  • Mouthpiece and Mouthpiece Cap (Vandoren 5RV Lyre)
  • Rovner Reg. Dark or Bonade Reg. Ligature
  • Cork Grease
  • Clarinet Silk Pull-Through Swab
  • 1 Box of Vandoren Traditional (Blue Box) #2 1/2 Reeds
  • Ed Sueta Band Method for Clarinet Book 


NO PLASTIC OR SIMILAR-TYPE CLARINETS; WOOD ONLY PLEASE!

**Pre-packaged supplies are not recommended. There are items in these packages we do not use**

Beginning Bass Clarinets:

  • Instrument (provided by school)

  • Mouthpiece with Mouthpiece Cap (Clark Fobes Debut)
  • Rovner Ligature
  • Cork Grease
  • Bass Clarinet Swab
  • 1 Box of Vandoren Traditional (Blue Box) #2 1/2 Reeds
  • Ed Sueta Band Method for Clarinet Book

**Pre-packaged supplies are not recommended. There are items in these packages we do not use**

Beginning Tuba Supplies:

  • Instrument (provided by school)
  • Tuba Mouthpiece - Helleberg 7B
  • Valve Oil (Al Cass Preferred)
  • Tuning Slide Grease - chapstick style
  • Polish Cloth
  • Mouthpiece Cleaning Brush
  • Ed Sueta Band Method for Tuba Book 



**Pre-packaged supplies are not recommended. There are items in these packages we do not use**

Beginning Euphonium Supplies:

  • Instrument (provided by school)
  • Euphonium Mouthpiece - Shilke 51D - Small Shank
  • Valve Oil (Al Cass Preferred)
  • Tuning Slide Grease - chapstick style
  • Polish Cloth
  • Mouthpiece Cleaning Brush
  • Ed Sueta Band Method for Euphonium B.C. 



**Pre-packaged supplies are not recommended. There are items in these packages we do not use**

Beginning Saxophone Supplies:

  • Alto Saxophone (Yamaha YAS200AD or Yamaha YAS23)
  • Mouthpiece with Mouthpiece Cap (Vandoren Optimum AL3, Selmer C* S80, or Rosseau Classic NC4)
  • Rovner Reg. Dark Ligature
  • 1 Box Vandoren Traditional (Blue Box) Reeds #2 1/2
  • Cork Grease
  • Polish Cloth (Non-Chemical)
  • Alto Saxophone Swab
  • Ed Sueta Band Method for Alto Saxophone Book


**Pre-packaged supplies are not recommended. There are items in these packages we do not use**

My schedule is:

1st Period - Beginning Clarinets & Bass Clarinets

2nd Period - Beginning Tuba and Euphonium

3rd Period - Concert White Band

4th Period - Varsity Honors Band

5th Period - Honor Band

6th Period - Beginning Saxophones

7th Period - Conference

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