• Final Concerts of 2018-19

    Posted by Eric Rokohl on 4/17/2019

    I can't believe how quickly this year has FLOWN by!

    Final Concert & Award Night Dates

    6th & 7th Grade - Tuesday, May 21

    8th Grade & Honor Groups - Thursday, May 30

    At each of these concerts awards will be given away for many band students. While I wish I could give every student an award, I do want to recognize growth and outstanding students that I have seen throughout the year. It will be a great night to finish our year strong! Please join us!

    Honor Group Trip to Silverwood

    Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble parents, please don't forget to send the fees for this trip. If you know how to login to the Charms website, then please do that to check your balance. If you don't know how or don't remember, email me and I can get that for you as well.

    Silverwood Trip - Saturday, May 11

    Thanks! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Rokohl.

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  • Solo Days!

    Posted by Eric Rokohl on 3/11/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Solo Days - March 18-21

    Solo Days are upon us! Next week students will be performing their solos they have been working on so hard!

    The solo days schedule is up on the Solo Days page. Please check times and arrive a little early.

    A note to 6th grade parents: There are many more 6th grade students than we have had in past years. We are going to be moving very quickly through performances to allow everyone an opportunity to perform. If you want to watch your child perform, please arrive early.

    If you are unable to come to your student’s class to watch their performance, Mr. Rokohl records all solo days performances. If you would like him to share a copy of your students’ performance, please email him - esrokohl@mcpsmt.org.

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  • UM Concert Band Festival 2019

    Posted by Eric Rokohl on 2/18/2019 7:00:00 AM
    Next week is the Annual UM Concert Band Festival! Here are the details for each performance:
    8th Grade:
    Monday, February 25 - Performance at University of Montana Dennison Theater
    2:00pm performance time - open to the public
    2:30pm clinic - not open to public
    The 8th grade band students will load the bus to go to the University at the beginning of the school day, and we will be watching other bands perform that morning. We will be eating at the University - Mr. Rokohl will have pizza delivered. Students may bring their own lunch if they prefer. We will be returning to Porter by the end of the school day.
    7th Grade:
    Tuesday, February 26
    We will be hosting the 7th Grade Mass Band rehearsal at Porter during the school day (8:30-10:30), and trombone students will be attending a masterclass for an additional hour.
    Concert will be at Big Sky High School - students need to be at BSHS no later than 6:45 in their uniform.
    Students will be given their uniform during their band period that day.
    The concert will start at 7:00 and feature the MCPS 7th Grade Mass Band, Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble, the University of Montana Wind Ensemble, and the festival's guest artist, Dr. Natalie Mannix (trombone).
    Both of these performances are considered co-curricular and are part of a student's grade, and are mandatory. Please communicate as far in advance as possible with issues. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Rokohl. Thanks!
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  • 6th Grade Red Wave Shirts and Performance Info

    Posted by Eric Rokohl on 2/6/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Red Wave Shirts!

    Red Wave Shirts are now available at Universal Athletic. There was an issue in production this year so they have been out and have been delayed. Please make arrangements to purchase a shirt no later than Monday of next week to ensure your student has a shirt.
    Your student does not need to purchase a shirt if they are using one from an older sibling.
    Shirts are $12 - if that is an issue, please contact Mr. Rokohl to ensure your student receives a shirt. Students will not be permitted to enter the Adams Center for the performance without a shirt.
    Universal Athletic is located in the shopping center on Brooks Street where Little Caesars, Jo Ann Fabrics, Access Fitness, and China Buffet are located. If you have questions, please email Mr. Rokohl.

    Red Wave Performance - Feb. 14

    On Thursday, February 14 the 6th Grade Red Wavers will have their performance at the Lady Griz Basketball game! Here is the info:

    • Students will be bused to the Adams Center for our regular rehearsal time. 
    • Students should be picked up at 4:30 to go eat dinner
    • Students should be dropped off at the Adams Center NO LATER THAN 6:30 
    • Students will then watch the first half of the game, and perform at Halftime.
    • After halftime, students are dismissed - they can finish watching the game, leave with parents, or go sit with parents for the remainder of the game.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Rokohl. Thanks!

    Thank you!
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  • Quarter 2 Concerts

    Posted by Eric Rokohl on 11/20/2018 5:00:00 PM

    6th Grade Concert - Thursday, Dec. 6 - with Percussion Ensemble

    Students should be at Porter in their uniforms, ready to warm up no later than 6:30 pm.

    7th and 8th Grade Concert - Tuesday, Dec. 11 - with Jazz Ensemble

    Students should be at Porter in their uniforms no later than 6:30. 8th grade and jazz will meet in the gym, 7th grade in the band room.

    IF you have any questions or concerns, please reach out!


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  • Red Wave and Chocolate Sale

    Posted by Eric Rokohl on 10/8/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Red Wave

    Well done 7th and 8th grade Red Wavers! It was another great success, and many students have already reported a GREAT time they had during the parade! If you have a video or photo from the parade, please hashtag it on you favorite social media platform with #porterbands!

    Annual Chocolate Sale

    TODAY IS THE DAY! You’ve waited for it... and it is now here... our annual World’s Finest Chocolate Sale is here!

    This year all three departments have one unified goal of selling a total of $40,000 in chocolate. We have some lofty goals for our programs this coming school year, including some great literature, trips, and some equipment needs, and need YOUR HELP and support to make it happen!

    A few items of note about us having a successful sale:

    • Please have all orders and money turned in by Monday, October 22. This helps us place the order on time and we can have the chocolate in time for our Thanksgiving Break.
    • Students can (and are encouraged) to turn in money as they collect it. This eliminates the chance of it getting stolen or lost before the due date.
    • DONATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED! If someone doesn’t want to purchase chocolate, donations to our program are very much acceptable - even a small one ($5 goes a long way!)

    This fundraiser is basically our budget for the year. We would like to be able to do great things for your students, and some of those things require funds. Please help us have a successful chocolate sale in 2018!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Rokohl. Thanks!

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  • Start of School

    Posted by Eric Rokohl on 8/31/2018 7:00:00 AM

    Hello students and parents!

    A couple of reminders as we get going for school! So far we have had a great couple of days. Here are the supplies every student needs:

    1" (or larger) black binder, with 5 tab dividers

    Method Book for their class (Essential Elements Book 1 & 2 for 6th grade; Foundations for Superior Performance for 7th/8th grades)

    7th/8th Grade Red Wave Dates:

    Thursday, Sept. 20 - Rehearsal 3-4 (Percussion only 4-5)

    Wednesday, Sept. 26 - Rehearsal 4-5

    Tuesday, Oct. 2 - Rehearsal 4-5

    Thursday, Oct. 4 - Rehearsal 3-4

    Saturday, Oct. 6 - PARADE!!



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  • Have a Great Summer!

    Posted by Eric Rokohl on 5/24/2018
    THANK YOU for a wonderful, joyful, music-filled school year. 8th graders will be missed, and I’m looking forward to next year already with the other grade levels! This year was filled with many memories of great music making, and watching your students grow. It has been a real honor and pleasure, and can’t wait to get back to it (after some rest, of course!). 
    I wanted to reach out with a couple of reminders for the end of the school year and this summer.

    Band Supplies and Items

    Students should have checked in school-owned instruments already. Please return instruments ASAP so that we can have an accurate inventory. If you have any band polos, please return them as well.
    If you have any items that you wish to donate (old books, Red Wave shirts, instruments, supplies, etc.), you can drop them off with Mr. Rokohl or at the front office at Porter.

    Summer Rentals, Camps, and Lessons

    Band (and music in general) is a skill-based discipline. Taking 2.5-3 months off from it will drastically regress students’ progress, and be frustrating for students going into the next school year. It is recommended (but not mandatory) to check out an instrument for the summer and at least practice a few times a week to keep up skills. This is a great time to perform for grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, and show off your young musician!
    There are many summer camps throughout western Montana, and one right here at Porter. For more information, please contact Mr. Rokohl.
    Additionally, there are MANY MANY college students offering summer lessons for great rates. A great way to make LOTS of progress on an instrument is getting one-on-one attention. Many teachers are understanding that summer plans happen, and will work around your schedule. Again, for more information contact Mr. Rokohl.

    Supplies for Next Year

    For any student continuing with band, please check to make sure you have the correct supplies so your student is prepared for band.
    For returning Porter students, I’ll be updating the website with needed materials very soon - before school is out! If your student is doing band in high school, check that band’s website, or contact the director to see what it is they will need for band class. 
    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Rokohl! Have a great summer!
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  • End of Year Reminders

    Posted by Eric Rokohl on 5/8/2018
    Hello students and parents!
    I can’t believe it is already the end of the year! This year has flown by. I’ve really enjoyed making great music with your students! Here are the last bit of details as we approach the end of the year:
    Jazz Band: Improvisation Clinic with Naomi Moon-Siegel, regular rehearsal time
    6th Grade Band and Choir with Percussion Ensemble: Thursday, May 17th - Cougar Gym
    Honor Groups Silverwood Trip: Saturday, May 19th - Refer to itinerary
    7th/8th Grade Band and Jazz Ensemble: Tuesday, May 22nd - Cougar Gym
    Musicianship Points Due: Friday, June 1 (students can turn them in starting the week of May 21st.
    Turn in District Instruments: Friday, June 1 (Home instruments need to be brought to the Administration Building or to the school NO LATER THAN this date)
    June 11: Instruments are available for pickup at the Administration Building for summer check out
    Please contact Mr. Rokohl if you have any questions or concerns!
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  • Solo Days and UM Jazz Festival

    Posted by Eric Rokohl on 3/7/2018

    Solo Days

    Our annual Porter Music Solo Days are NEXT WEEK! March 12-15. A few reminders:

    • PARENTS ARE WELCOME! All performances are during your students' band time (with the exception of SOME 6th grade brass students), so check in at the front office and come watch! Please arrive at the beginning of the period so we have the least amount of interruptions!
    • I record all performances, so if you aren't able to attend, please let me know and I'll send you a recording.
    • Students should be dressed nice for their performance - it IS a performance! 

    UM Jazz Festival

    The annual UM JAzz Festival is at the very end of solo days week - Friday, March 16. Jazz Ensemble students will need to arrive at Porter a little earlier than normal (and on a Friday) - 7:15am. Our warm up time is at 8:00am and we perform at 8:30am in the Masquer Theater. We will stay for the day at the University for masterclasses, clinics, and performances, then return to Porter in time to ride the bus home. CLICK HERE for a detailed itinerary.

    Students will need to bring money for lunch  - we will be eating together at the University Center Food Court. $10-$15 should be enough.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me ASAP! Thanks!

    Musicianship Points

    Musicianship points are due Friday, March 16. Jazz ensemble students should get them in before Friday to avoid penalties on their grade. Mr. Rokohl will be absent during the day that day, but students are still able to turn them in. 

    This assignment is the one and only assignment that is not accepted late. Please encourage your student to turn in their musicianship points early! They can turn them in as early as next Monday, March 12.

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