Lesson Schedules: Week of September 26th

Hi All,

Lessons have been shifting around for many students. We are trying out different solutions to scheduling problems that have arose.  4th grade lessons will not change. 5-8 lessons will rotate between two times each week to avoid missing the same class each week. Please let me know if you have any concerns.

4th Grade Lessons

7/8 Lessons Sept 26th

5/6 Lessons Sept 26


I will be posting schedules for lessons on the website starting this week. Students, make sure you check the schedule and make sure you bring your instruments/stick and are prepared!

Things are starting to get rolling, I’m real excited for the rest of this year!

-Mr. Gill



Jazz Band and Lesson Schedules

Hope everyone is having a great start to the school year!

In the next few weeks I will begin posting lesson schedules on this site. Right now they are still moving around quite a bit due to schedule conflicts. For now, students can find weekly lesson schedules posted in their classrooms. The daily schedule for lessons is posted on a whiteboard outside of my room. I also send an email the day before the lesson.

Students please take responsibility for knowing your lesson time! Lessons are mandatory.


Jazz Band will be meeting at 7:15 am on Wednesday mornings.  Hoping to have a full band this week so we can start reading some charts!

Jazz band is open to any student, however the music will be around the 7-8th grade level. It could be a great challenge for an advanced 5th or 6th student, but will require lots of practice outside of rehearsal outside of class.

For students looking for a further challenge, or more exposure to Jazz,  Jazz Combo will be after school on Mondays 3:10-4:10. We will be working on small group playing, improvisation, theory, transcription and history in that group.

Welcome Back

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Gene Gill, I am the new band teacher this year at Conners Emerson. A little about me, I grew up on Kodiak Island in Alaska and am a recent graduate of Arizona State University. I completed my student teaching last fall with Heather Graves (MDES) and Michael Remy (MDIHS).  My primary instrument is saxophone, but I have been working on a lot of trumpet recently. I am excited to start up band and lessons with all the students!

I will be using this website for parent and student communication for music related news and events. If you are currently not subscribed for email updates you can do so by pressing the subscribe button at the bottom right of the site.

Feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns.



-Gene Gill


Band Instrument Return

If you have a school Instrument, and would like to keep it over the summer to practice, please let me know (reply to this email).

If you are returning a school instrument, please put it in my office TOMORROW immediately after we perform the opening ceremonies for Field Day.

Thanks! – Mr. Ellis

Your Final Concert – WOW!

Hey Everyone – Your final concert last week! WOW! Amazing job, everyone!

It was a very happy, but also sad moment for me. We made such great music together! But at the same time, I will miss working with all of you. I am very proud of the musical accomplishments you have all made these past two years. It has been a privilege to be part of it all!

I look forward to hearing some of your performances next year!

Have a Great Summer! – Mr. Ellis

Band Performs for Field Day!

The Emerson Band performs for EVERYONE tomorrow (Thursday) morning!

This is the opening ceremony for Field Day! To make the day of sporting events official, we will even be playing the National Anthem!

TIME = Roughly 8:30 to 8:45, before Field Day events start.
AUDIENCE LOCATION = Outside, on the lower grass field or bball court. 

Note: This is optional for 4th grade band students, mandatory for 5-8 Band.

AND, Parents are welcome!
Mr. Ellis

Concert Time !!!

Wednesday – June 1st – Conners Emerson Gym

UPDATE: The new JAZZ COMBO will play pre-concert music at 5:50.  

Chorus Members, meet in the Library for warm-up at 5:30.

DRESS: Nice Spring Attire: Dresses and dress shirts suggested.
 – no logo shirts, no ripped jeans, no tank tops, no t-shirts, no flip flops –

(After the Jazz Combo)

Now Let’s Have Some Fun!

Concert & Dress Rehearsals

Spring Concert 2016 – Wednesday June 1st at 6:00
Set up & Dress Rehearsal Schedule
Dress Rehearsals are 100% mandatory

The Dress Rehearsals in RED may impact your classes. Missing a dress rehearsal is NOT an option (stress this with your teacher as needed). You absolutely need to attend. 

Tuesday May 31
1:30 – Staff Open Divider to Gym
1:40 – Initiate set-up in gym. Staff move 4 choir risers to stage.
2:30 – 3:00 – 5-8 Chorus Dress Rehearsal (during Learning Lab)
After School – Show Stoppers Dress Rehearsal
After School – Mr. Ellis and crew finish setting up gym floor.

Wednesday June 1
7:30 to 8:25 – Jazz Band Dress Rehearsal (in gym)
8:20 to 8:40 – String Quintet (in cafeteria)
8:30 to 8:45 – K-4 Assembly in Gym
8:45 to 9:10 – Swallowtail Fiddlers (on stage after k-4 assembly)
9:10 to 9:55 – 5-8 Orchestra Dress Rehearsal (in gym)
9:55 to 10:35 – 5-8 Band Dress Rehearsal (in gym)
2:30 to 3:15 – Jazz Combo Dress Rehearsal (in gym)
3:15 to 3:45 – Voices Dress Rehearsal (on stage)
5:30 – Chorus Warm-up (in Library)
5:50 – Places Everyone!
6:00 – CONCERT

FYI – The Emerson Band did and AWESOME job this morning (in the rain) for Memorial Day. Fantastic work, gang! You sounded INCREDIBLE – Mr. Ellis

This Morning is a GO!!!

Emerson Band and BH Town Band members,

The Memorial Day Ceremony IS happening this morning AT THE PIER. For those getting there a bit early, note we may be playing up on the green area instead of at the end of the pier (TBD).

You are responsible for: Your Instrument, your music, your flip folder, and lyre. If you need a music stand, you are responsible for bringing one for yourself. I will not bring extra music. If you do not have a flip folder you are responsible for bringing something to keep your music from blowing away (clothes pins).

ARRIVE 9:00 at school OR 9:30 at the pier, there will be a bus to/from school.
WE PLAY at 9:50 at the Town Pier, Ceremony is at 10:00
Dress nice, please – light raincoats are a good idea. 
(no logo shirts, no ripped jeans, no tank tops, no flip flops… )

Mr. Ellis

Band Memorial Day – Rain Plan

Conners Emerson BAND Parents, Students, and BH Town Band Members!

Tomorrow there is a 50/50 chance of rain in the forecast.

I will officially notify everyone by 8:30 tomorrow morning of our Memorial Day plans.  You will be notified through the CEmusic.org site (via email if you are subscribed). If you do not get an email by 8:30, check the site homepage (sometimes there is a short lag on the emails).

FYI – Parents can help out other parents become more informed by letting them know of the existence of CEmusic.org. If they subscribe online, they will get the emails like you! 

Thanks everyone, and hopefully we will see you tomorrow! – Mr Ellis

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