This year’s MSBOA Orchestra Festival will take place on Thursday, February 28th at East Lansing High School. .
Please make sure that your student has the appropriate attire for the event. Here are the uniform requirements:
White Tux Shirt (ironed), black pants or long black skirt (please no short skirts), black shoes and black socks if you are wearing socks. No excessive jewelry. A drop necklace, watch, or stud earrings are acceptable. If you are having trouble or are unable to acquire these items, please let us know ASAP, and we will arrange them for your student.
The 7th grade Orchestra will play on Thursday, February 28th at 9:35am. 7th grade orchestra members should report to Macdonald Middle School in uniform and come directly to the orchestra room for 1st hour. The bus will depart for the High School around 8:15am. Students will be finished with the entire festival experience around 10:30 and will return to the MS. The students will be excused from the appropriate classes and will have time to change into regular school clothes.
The 8th grade Orchestra will play on Thursday, February 28th t at 11:05am. 8th grade orchestra members should report to Macdonald Middle School in uniform (bring clothes to change into after festival) and come to the orchestra room during their regular scheduled 2nd hour class. The bus will depart for the High School around 9:50am. Students will be finished with the entire festival experience around 12:00pm and will return to the MS. We should return to MMS in time to change and go to lunch. The students will be excused from the appropriate classes
Cellos and basses may be dropped off to the large ensemble room at the High School (rm 104) on Wednesday Feb 27th, between 1:30-4:00pm or Thursday (2/28) morning before 8am. The room is located between the choir and orchestra rooms off the hallway by the night activities entrance. Cellos with soft cases can bring them on the buses.
Parents are highly encouraged to hear the orchestra perform. It is always easier to give a great performance when there are friendly faces in the audience. All aspects of the festival are open to the public, however there is no videotaping allowed in the sight-reading room.
Participation in festival is an integral and required part of the orchestra curriculum. Thank you for having your student (in uniform) present for this very important event. You will be amazed at what you will hear from the orchestra.
Our Pre-Festival Concert will take place on Wednesday, February 20th at the High School at 7:00pm. The schedule is:
7th grade orchestra
7th grade band
8th grade orchestra
8th grade band
Students may leave once their ensemble is finished performing.