Grand Champion Band! and Concert schedule next week!

Congratulations to the AMS 8th Grade Band and Jazz Band, who competed in the Showcase Music Festival in Yorktown, VA on Saturday.  Both bands earned 1st place in their categories.  The 8th Grade Band received a rating of Superior, and had the highest score for the day, winning the Best Overall Award in competition against elementary, middle and high school bands, choruses and orchestras, and were named the Grand Champions!  Way to go, 8th Grade Band!  Stop by the band room and check out their new hardware!

May Band Concerts!!

  • 7thGrade Band and Jazz Band – Monday, May 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
  • 6thGrade Band – Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
  • 8thGrade Band and Jazz Band – Wednesday, 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Our long-awaited, final performances are here!Yes, you’ve received an email notification from our AMS Band Boosters VP of Communications (Marna Carlson), you’ve seen it on Blackboard, on the AMS School Calendar, and we’ve discussed the dates in class, and it’s really about to happen!Performances are a required element of being in a performance class – all students are expected to attend.It’s nice that something as fun and fulfilling as a concert is a requirement.Here are some instructions for students and parents for the days leading up to and the night of the performance that should help things run smoothly.

Concert Attire-Students are required to wear a standard outfit when performing with the Apex Middle School Bands.Please let me know in advance if you feel you will have difficulty obtaining the required concert attire.


  • Black dress shoes
  • Solid black socks
  • Black dress pants
  • White dress shirt (no t-shirts)
  • Neck tie (optional)


  • Black dress shoes
  • Black socks or hose
  • Black dress pants
  • White dress shirt (no t-shirts)

As students arrive to the school, they should report directly to the auditorium.Cases may be left in the car.Students should bring instruments and music inside.Do not play instruments until instructed to do so, which means don’t play on the way to the auditorium, as you’re getting seated, etc.We will assemble on stage behind the closed curtain.Please adhere to the following arrival times:

  • 7thgrade band – Monday, May 12th, 6:30 p.m. - 8thgraders in Jazz Band should arrive at 7:15, dressed in all black
  • 6thgrade band – Tuesday, May 13th, 6:30 p.m.
  • 8thgrade band – Wednesday, May 14th, 6:30 p.m. - 7thgraders in Jazz Band should arrive at 7:15, dressed in all black

For your future listening and viewing pleasure/posterity/nostalgic purposes, a recording of the concerts will be produced.All bands will be featured on one disk.Information regarding ordering the recording will be made available at the concert, handed out in class and made available on blackboard.So far the DVD will include footage of the Apex Christmas Parade, recordings of our bands in concert performance in December, March and May, and a special slide show of photographs from throughout the year.

Thank you for your support.If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Helen Bishop