Blue Devil Bands
Murphysboro Middle School

Blue Devil Bands - Murphysboro Illinois Middle School


Posted 04/22/14 by Nicholas Williams
Students and parents, please see the following information regarding your trip to Chicago:
· Chicago Trip Itinerary
· Chicago Chaperone Assignments
· Letter regarding medications for the trip
· Suggested Packing List for the trip
· Final Room Assignments
Posted 04/15/14 by Nicholas Williams

Attention all Murphysboro Community members, I have decided to finally act on an idea that will hopefully have a huge impact on all students here in Southern Illinois. Please read the information below. If you were ever in band, chorus, or participated in the fine arts in school, please SHARE this information. I would love to get a great crowd at University Mall Saturday for the students. They are the reasons why we are teaming up to begin this initiative. Music is too important for our students!

The Southern Illinois Music Education Initiative: The purpose is to raise awareness to keep music in the local schools. Programs have been feeling the crunch lately with cutbacks or elimination due to funding. We are kicking off the initiative with an awareness jazz concert at the University Mall in Carbondale Saturday, April 19th by JC Penney at 2 PM.

The MMS Jazz Ensemble with special guest soloist Shadi Frick, Carbondale Middle School Band Director, will perform. Any and all community members are encouraged to attend. I have contacted the Southern Illinoisan for possible publicity. Please contact me if you have any other publicity contacts. This is to show awareness for music education in our schools locally!

I hope a lot of you can make it out Saturday to support our students. Thanks! Nick Williams, Director of Bands, Murphysboro Middle School

Posted 04/05/14 by Nicholas Williams
I want to first congratulate all directors who participated in this weekend's IGSMA South District 3's Organization Contest. All directors should be proud of their students' performances. Also, I would not be doing my job if I did not thank all of the MMS Band parents who helped with one of the smoothest contests I have had the pleasure of hosting. BDB parents, you are awesome!

Finally, I want to especially thank my MMS Band students. Your hard work and dedication paid off today with your First Superior Rating! First time in school history for the Symphonic Band to have 4 straight Superior ratings in 4 years, great work band! I am looking forward to the rest of the year, and Chicago at the end of this month.

Posted 03/01/14 by Nicholas Williams
Congratulations to all MMS Band students on a successful day at Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Unity Point. Out of 69 entries, 62 received a "1" rating or higher, and 7 received a "2." Congrats also to the MMS Jazz Ensemble on a great first contest season performance! They received a "1" rating. I am one very proud teacher!
Posted 02/21/14 by Nicholas Williams
Students and parents, please see my letter regarding Volleyball Pep Band Game Performances.  
Posted 02/06/14 by WebGuy
Notice: Due to the amount of snow days and non rehearsal time, the MMS Jazz Ensemble performance at the SEMO Jazz Festival has been cancelled.
Posted 01/29/14 by WebGuy
Some photos from the Pep Band performance on January 28 are available here.
Posted 01/24/14 by Nicholas Williams
Musser Xylophone
With the sponsorship money that has been given to the MMS Band program this year by so many generous community members, the MMS Band Boosters voted last Tuesday evening to purchase another needed percussion upgrade for the band program. This slightly used, but in good condition Musser 3 1/2 Octave Xylophone has a great sound and was bought with money given to us by our local sponsors. Thank you to all of our supporters! The students and I sincerely appreciate you and all that you have done for us this school year!

Posted 01/10/14 by Nicholas Williams
Students and parents, please see the following documents:
Posted 01/09/14 by Nicholas Williams
Thank you to the anonymous Murphysboro band program supporter who left a brand new flute at my classroom door to give to a student! I cannot thank our community enough for their support of music education! Please take the time to read the attached letter that they left with it. Below is a picture of the letter and the flute.

Flute letter   Flute photo

Posted 01/09/14 by Nicholas Williams
Students and parents, please see my letter regarding Solo and Ensemble as well as our Century Resources fundraiser.
Posted 12/15/13 by WebGuy
What a wonderful Holiday Concert this afternoon. Photos are available from Saturday's Pizza Lunch and Saturday Afternoon Rehearsal, as well as today's Holiday Concert.
Posted 12/13/13 by Nicholas Williams
For the first time in about 50 years, the MMS Band program has received a new set of timpani! Thank you to the Murphysboro CUSD 186 Administration and School Board for this purchase. We are very grateful for all of the support that you give us!

Posted 12/05/13 by Nicholas Williams

NOTICE: Our Holiday Concert is Sunday, December 15th. The concert will begin at 2:30. We will also have a rehearsal Saturday, December 14th. We will do the pizza luncheon at 12, and rehearse from 1-3. Also, the MMS Holiday Assembly that we will do for the student body will be Tuesday, December 17th during TAP.

Students and parents, please also see my letter regarding our Saturday Rehearsal for Winter Concert.

Posted 11/06/13 by Nicholas Williams
solomon Caraway photo
Congratulations to Solomon Caraway for his fine performance at the IMEA District VI Festival held on the campus of SIU Carbondale this past weekend. Solomon received 2nd chair overall for Tenor Sax in the All District Junior High Band. Nice job once again!

Posted 10/29/13 by Nicholas Williams
Students and parents, please see my letter regarding our Spring Trip to Chicago.
Posted 09/16/13 by Nicholas Williams
Posted 09/16/13 by Webguy
Photos from Friday's Kiddy Parade are available here. Photos from Saturday's Grand Parade are available here and here.
Posted 09/10/13 by Kristy
Want to raise some funds for your band student by working at SIU Concessions? Sign-up here.
Posted 08/17/13 by Nicholas Williams
Thank you Murphysboro! I have said it before, and will say it again, no town supports music education like this one. Because of the generous donations of many, the Murphysboro Middle School Blue Devil Band was able to raise $1,950.00. This is up a little from last year. Thank you to all parents and students who came out to help Saturday. Another thank you to Wrights Do-It-Center and Kroger for being our hosts. I am one very proud band director and community member! Great job everyone!
Posted 08/13/13 by WebGuy
Some photos from the Band Parent Welcome Picnic are available here.
Posted 08/09/13 by Nicholas Williams
Students and parents, please see our Band Shirt order form. If you wish to order MMS Band Apparel for Apple Festival, I will need this form back with a check made out to MMS Band no later than Tuesday, August 13th. Also see our new MMS Band Jacket order form for students and parents. Final date to order is the Monday after Apple Festival, September 16th. MMS Band students will not need to turn an order form in for their band shirt, as we have already fitted them during camp. The band shirt apparel order form is for parents/guardians who may want one to support the band.
Posted 07/20/13 by Nicholas Williams

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