Dr. Nichols’ Blog


Week of January 21, 2019

Office Hours:  The Bandroom is open everyday at 8:30 am for students to practice.  They must use this time for practice.


No School on Monday, January 21


8th Grade Symphonic Band - 1st period

We have decided on our repertoire for our upcoming LGPE performance on March 19, 2019 at McEachern HS.  Here are links to our music to help you practice

New South Wales March - John Edmondson

The Southern Dawn - William Owens

Prelude and Fugue in Bb Major - Johann Sebastian Bach / arr. Moehlmann


PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.  The 1st three tests are already loaded.  The first one is due this Thursday, Jan. 10 in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


8th Grade Concert Band - 2nd period

The 8th Grade Concert Band will be presenting a concert on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.  

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Symphonic Band - 4th period

We have decided on our repertoire for our upcoming LGPE performance on March 21, 2019 at McEachern HS.Here are links to our music to help you practice.

Forward March - Paul Murtha

Celtic Air and Dance - Michael Sweeney

Blue Ridge Reel - Brian Balmages


 PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.


If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Concert Band - 5th period

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

The 7th Grade Concert Band will be presenting a concert on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


6th Grade Beginning Band

Brass and Percussion Playing tests on Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Line 47 Baja Breeze

Students should be spending at least 15 minutes per day practicing out of the book and building up the embouchure muscles.

Week of January 14, 2019

Office Hours:  The Bandroom is open everyday at 8:30 am for students to practice.  They must use this time for practice.


8th Grade Symphonic Band - 1st period

We have decided on our repertoire for our upcoming LGPE performance on March 19, 2019 at McEachern HS.  Here are links to our music to help you practice

New South Wales March - John Edmondson

The Southern Dawn - William Owens

Prelude and Fugue in Bb Major - Johann Sebastian Bach / arr. Moehlmann


PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.  The 1st three tests are already loaded.  The first one is due this Thursday, Jan. 10 in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


8th Grade Concert Band - 2nd period

The 8th Grade Concert Band will be presenting a concert on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.  

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Symphonic Band - 4th period

We have decided on our repertoire for our upcoming LGPE performance on March 21, 2019 at McEachern HS.Here are links to our music to help you practice.

Forward March - Paul Murtha

Celtic Air and Dance - Michael Sweeney

Blue Ridge Reel - Brian Balmages


 PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.


If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Concert Band - 5th period

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

The 7th Grade Concert Band will be presenting a concert on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


6th Grade Beginning Band


Students should be spending at least 15 minutes per day building up the embouchure muscles. 

Week of December 24, 2018

Office Hours:  The Bandroom is open everyday at 8:30 am for students to practice.  They must use this time for practice.


8th Grade Symphonic Band - 1st period

We have decided on our repertoire for our upcoming LGPE performance in March.  Here are links to our music to help you practice

New South Wales March - John Edmondson

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Prelude and Fugue in Bb Major - Johann Sebastian Bach / arr. Moehlmann


PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


8th Grade Concert Band - 2nd period

The 8th Grade Band will be playing holiday music on Wednesday morning before school.  Extra 40 point test grade for everyone who participates!  Be in the 8th commons by 8:30 am.

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Symphonic Band - 4th period

We have decided on our repertoire for our upcoming LGPE performance in March.  Here are links to our music to help you practice.

Forward March - Paul Murtha

Celtic Air and Dance - 

Blue Ridge Reel - Brian Balmages


 PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.


If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Concert Band - 5th period

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


6th Grade Beginning Band

Our FIRST performance is our PREMIER CONCERT on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

Students should be spending at least 15 minutes per day building up the embouchure muscles. 

Week of December 17, 2018

Office Hours:  The Bandroom is open everyday at 8:30 am for students to practice.  They must use this time for practice.


Band yearbook pics tomorrow



Full BAND uniform is solid BLACK pants, solid BLACK shoes, solid BLACK socks, solid BLACK belt and a RED Smitha Band Polo Shirt.


8th Grade Symphonic Band - 1st period

The 8th Grade Band will be playing holiday music on Wednesday morning before school.  Extra 40 point test grade for everyone who participates!  Be in the 8th commons by 8:30 am.

We are looking forward to our performances at our feeder elementary schools on Monday of this week.

We will spend the next week or so reading music to consider for our LGPE performance in March and continue working on fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


8th Grade Concert Band - 2nd period

The 8th Grade Band will be playing holiday music on Wednesday morning before school.  Extra 40 point test grade for everyone who participates!  Be in the 8th commons by 8:30 am.

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Symphonic Band - 4th period

We will spend the next week or so reading music to consider for our LGPE performance in March and continue working on fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Concert Band - 5th period

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


6th Grade Beginning Band

Our FIRST performance is our PREMIER CONCERT on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

Students should be spending at least 15 minutes per day building up the embouchure muscles. 

Week of December 10, 2018

Office Hours:  The Bandroom is open everyday at 8:30 am for students to practice.  They must use this time for practice.


Full BAND uniform is solid BLACK pants, solid BLACK shoes, solid BLACK socks, solid BLACK belt and a RED Smitha Band Polo Shirt.


8th Grade Symphonic Band - 1st period


We are looking forward to our performances at our feeder elementary schools on Monday of this week.

We will spend the next week or so reading music to consider for our LGPE performance in March and continue working on fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


8th Grade Concert Band - 2nd period

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Symphonic Band - 4th period

We will spend the next week or so reading music to consider for our LGPE performance in March and continue working on fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Concert Band - 5th period

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


6th Grade Beginning Band

Our FIRST performance is our PREMIER CONCERT on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

Students should be spending at least 15 minutes per day building up the embouchure muscles. 

Week of December 3, 2018

Office Hours:  The Bandroom is open everyday at 8:30 am for students to practice.  They must use this time for practice.


Full BAND uniform is solid BLACK pants, solid BLACK shoes, solid BLACK socks, solid BLACK belt and a RED Smitha Band Polo Shirt.


8th Grade Symphonic Band - 1st period


Great job on your winter concert last week!  I hope you enjoyed the performance.  

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


8th Grade Concert Band - 2nd period

Great job on your winter concert last week!  I hope you enjoyed the performance.  

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Symphonic Band - 4th period

Great job on your winter concert last week!  I hope you enjoyed the performance.  

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Concert Band - 5th period

Great job on your winter concert last week!  I hope you enjoyed the performance.  

We will spend the next few weeks of this semester working our fundamentals.  PARENTS, keep an eye out for playing tests in CHARMS.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


6th Grade Beginning Band

Our FIRST performance is our PREMIER CONCERT on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

Students should be spending at least 15 minutes per day building up the embouchure muscles. 

Week of November 26, 2018

Holiday Concerts 2018



Office Hours:  The Bandroom is open everyday at 8:30 am for students to practice.  They must use this time for practice.


Full BAND uniform is solid BLACK pants, solid BLACK shoes, solid BLACK socks, solid BLACK belt and a RED Smitha Band Polo Shirt.


8th Grade Symphonic Band - 1st period


Our Fall/Winter concert is this Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert. Playing tests need to be completed in CHARMS prior to the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


8th Grade Concert Band - 2nd period

We continue to prepare for our upcoming Fall Concert.  Playing tests need to be completed in CHARMS prior to the concert.

Our Fall/Winter concert is this Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you!  


7th Grade Symphonic Band - 4th period

Our  Fall/Winter concert is this Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert. Playing tests need to be completed in CHARMS prior to the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Concert Band - 5th period

Our Fall/Winter concert is this Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


6th Grade Beginning Band

The last playing test for Dr. Nichols’ class in Line 14.  This should have been completed in CHARMS.  If you are unable to log into CHARMS, please see Dr. Nichols or Ms. Fargo

Students should be spending at least 15 minutes per day building up the embouchure muscles. 

**Planning ahead** Our FIRST  performance is our PREMIER CONCERT on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

Week of November 12, 2018

Office Hours:  The Bandroom is open everyday at 8:30 am for students to practice.  They must use this time for practice.



Thanksgiving Break is Nov. 19-23.

Enjoy your Break!


Full BAND uniform is solid BLACK pants, solid BLACK shoes, solid BLACK socks, solid BLACK belt and a RED Smitha Band Polo Shirt.


8th Grade Symphonic Band - 1st period


Our Fall/Winter concert on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert. Playing tests need to be completed in CHARMS prior to the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


8th Grade Concert Band - 2nd period

We continue to prepare for our upcoming Fall Concert.  Playing tests need to be completed in CHARMS prior to the concert.

Our Fall/Winter concert on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you!  


7th Grade Symphonic Band - 4th period

Our  Fall/Winter concert on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert. Playing tests need to be completed in CHARMS prior to the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Concert Band - 5th period

Playing test due in CHARMS was Line 112 due on Nov. 6.   Our Fall/Winter concert on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


6th Grade Beginning Band

The last playing test for Dr. Nichols’ class in Line 14.  This should have been completed in CHARMS.  If you are unable to log into CHARMS, please see Dr. Nichols or Ms. Fargo

Students should be spending at least 15 minutes per day building up the embouchure muscles. 

**Planning ahead** Our FIRST  performance is our PREMIER CONCERT on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

Week of November 5, 2018

Office Hours:  The Bandroom is open everyday at 8:30 am for students to practice.  They must use this time for practice.


Last day to turn in sweatshirt or hoodie orders is this Thursday, Nov. 8


Tuesday, Nov. 6 is a Student Holiday


Full BAND uniform is solid BLACK pants, solid BLACK shoes, solid BLACK socks, solid BLACK belt and a RED Smitha Band Polo Shirt.


8th Grade Symphonic Band - 1st period


We are very proud of our 110 students and their performances at the GMEA Solo and Ensemble on Nov. 6.  EVERY student who participated in S&E is a WINNER. We saw musical growth for everyone.  That was our goal!  We hope everyone enjoyed the process and their performance.

Our next performance is our Fall/Winter concert on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert. Playing tests need to be completed in CHARMS prior to the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


8th Grade Concert Band - 2nd period

We continue to prepare for our upcoming Fall Concert.  Playing tests need to be completed in CHARMS prior to the concert.

Our next performance is our Fall/Winter concert on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you!  


7th Grade Symphonic Band - 4th period

We are very proud of our 110 students and their performances at the GMEA Solo and Ensemble on Nov. 6.  EVERY student who participated in S&E is a WINNER. We saw musical growth for everyone.  That was our goal!  We hope everyone enjoyed the process and their performance.

Our next performance is our Fall/Winter concert on Thursday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert. Playing tests need to be completed in CHARMS prior to the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Concert Band - 5th period

Playing test due in CHARMS is Line 112 due on Nov. 6.   Our next performance is our Fall/Winter concert on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


6th Grade Beginning Band

The next playing test for Dr. Nichols’ class in Line 14.

Students who have not paid their $25 Band Starter Package need to do so next week so they can have their book and polo shirt.

Students should be spending at least 15 minutes per day building up the embouchure muscles. 

**Planning ahead** Our FIRST  performance is our PREMIER CONCERT on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

Week of October 29, 2018

Office Hours:  The Bandroom is open everyday at 8:30 am for students to practice.  They must use this time for practice.


Full BAND uniform is solid BLACK pants, solid BLACK shoes, solid BLACK socks, solid BLACK belt and a RED Smitha Band Polo Shirt.


8th Grade Symphonic Band - 1st period


Our next performance is at the GMEA Solo and Ensemble THIS Saturday, November 3 at Hightower Trail Middle School.  Exact performance times for each group were distributed in class last week. Please check with your child for that information.  Solo and Ensemble is a required performance for this class. 

Just 2 weeks later, we will present our Fall/Winter concert on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


8th Grade Concert Band - 2nd period

We continue to prepare for our upcoming Fall Concert.  Playing tests need to be completed in CHARMS prior to the concert.

Our next performance is our Fall/Winter concert on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you!  


7th Grade Symphonic Band - 4th period

Our next performance is at the GMEA Solo and Ensemble THIS Saturday, November 3 at Hightower Trail Middle School.  Exact performance times for each group were distributed in class. Please check with your child for that information.  Solo and Ensemble is a required performance for this class. 

Just 2 weeks later, we will present our Fall/Winter concert on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


7th Grade Concert Band - 5th period

Playing test due in CHARMS is Line 112 due on Nov. 6.   Our next performance is our Fall/Winter concert on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.

If you have not completed the Blanket Permission Slip (Spanishform, please do so and return to us immediately.  Thank you! 


6th Grade Beginning Band

Dr. Nichols’ class will RETAKE last week’s playing test on Line #12 in class this Tuesday.

Students who paid their $25 Band Starter Package received the band method book (Tradition of Excellence) on Friday before Fall Break.  Band Polo Shirts were handed out on October 2.  If you paid for a shirt and your child has not received it, please contact Dr. Nichols or Ms. Fargo.

Students who have not paid their $25 Band Starter Package need to do so next week so they can have their book and polo shirt.

Students should be spending at least 15 minutes per day building up the embouchure muscles. 

**Planning ahead** Our FIRST  performance is our PREMIER CONCERT on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 pm.  Students should be in their seat at Smitha, in full BAND uniform, at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert.  We are continuing to prepare this music in class.


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