The Valley Center Band Program is under the direction of
Jan Verboom & Kara Whitaker.
Look at the VCHS/VCMS/VCIS Band Sections of the Website for more details on Info/Schedules & Times.
SLACK Communication Update 2020 for the VCHS Band
Hello band parents and current members! This year we will be trying the app “Slack” as a means of communication. This app is easy to use and we will be able to effectively communicate to all who are on it. We will NOT be utilizing “Remind” any longer. To become included in the band reminders on Slack, please follow these steps:
Download the Slack app (it’s free!)
It will ask for you to type on your name as you want it shown to everyone.
You will then be added to the band reminders channel.
Leadership will be added to a separate page as well.
Once you join the band remind page, you will see this message:
“Hey guys! Welcome to the new remind! The chat function is open to everyone, however we ask that only those talked to by staff post messages to keep the reminders clear and accessible. If you ever have any questions, you can respond to posted messages or chat with staff directly.
IMPORTANT: Once you have joined the chat, click on the ( i ) icon in the top right corner. There you can ensure notifications are set to every message and the channel is not muted to ensure you don't miss a thing!”
If any questions arise, please e-mail me at email@example.com. Thanks!
Kara WhitakerCo-Director of Bands
Valley Center USD 262
January 7th: State KMEA Audition Recordings due to Verboom
January 15th: VCHS BB vs. Eisenhower (HS Purple Pep Band) RT: 5:30pm
January 21st-23rd: VCHS BB January Jam (Both Purple/Gold Pep Bands) (Schedule TBA)
ABOUT THE VALLEY CENTER BAND PROGRAM
We are excited about our upcoming events and hope that you'll be able to join us for some of them! Music education is a valuable part of developing well rounded students. We strive to present our students with as many opportunities as possible in a supportive environment.
Often a single concert or presentation measures the success of a music program. While it is true that a performance demonstrates the students' mastery of skills, it is only one aspect of our comprehensive music curriculum. Instrumental music classes in Valley Center are designed to prepare students to be responsible citizens in tomorrow's society. What is it about music learning that offers young musicians a head start over their non-musician counterparts?
* Music develops interpersonal skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication, negotiation and working with others; the basic personal attributes required for problem-solving in our modern day workplace.
* Music stimulates the creative, curious, and imaginative mind - the mental building blocks for critical thinking and self-motivation.
* Since much of music is active learning, it links the creative thought process to reality. The following quote is an excerpt from The Value of the Arts, created by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities - 1993:
...Some skills taught only in the arts are as important to science as they are to art. Among these tools are playing, abstracting, building models and recognizing patterns. Non-verbal skills allow people to imagine and visualize new realities before they can be proven by logic or scientific experiment.....
When our students are in the act of making decisions based on present moment choices, they replicate the same thought processes used in expressing music. This is a human quality that must be developed; it is the foundation for all problem-solving skills.
When we take a holistic view of music learning, we develop a new perspective and appreciation for our school's music program. Music is important in the life of your child, our community, and our society as a whole.