Welcome to We Got The Beat

Fastest way to know what is going on:

Members Website

Go to www.wegotthebeat.org

Click on Members

Password: WGTB14 (ALL CAPS)

Here you can:

·      Pay tuition

·      Get Info on Up-Coming Gigs

·      Read Directors Blog (this will be my first blog of the year)

Like We Got The Beat Youth Percussion Band on Facebook. I put a lot of interesting music videos and info there. I also post pictures there

Ask to join the WGTB Families private facebook group. Here you can find out how other parents handle WGTB issues, ask about carpools, etc.

Like wegotthebeatpercband on Instagram

Parents Guide to Gig Etiquette

We've got our first gig on Friday September 7th.  Here's (almost) everything you need to know about gigs.

Check the Members Website (see above) I try very hard to put everything you need to know on the Up-Coming Gigs page

·      Please avoid coming to me during practice and asking a question about a gig until you've checked the website. I often don't remember details of each specific gig off the top of my head so read the website before asking

o   You can also try asking the front table mom or veteran parent. They are experienced at this sort of thing

Be On Time - Please always ALWAYS be ON TIME for gigs.  It's really stressful to the group if you're late and we don't know where you are.  If you are usually time challenged, please be very aware of call times for kids.  Early is okay  - Late is BAD.  

·      If you ever need to be late to a gig, please text Lexi & Brenda so we know when to expect you

·      If your kid is too sick to perform on the day of a gig, we need to know as soon as possible so we can work on replacing parts.  If your child ever needs to miss a gig, we MUST know by the rehearsal before the gig so we can prepare    

Make Sure Kids Are Dressed Properly: I will put wardrobe requirements on the Up-Coming Gigs page for each gig.  Please make sure to read the information to see if everyone needs to wear the same shirt or if any shirt will do.     

Here are some general rules:

·      WGTB on top, black on bottom

·      If it's an outside gig - dress for the weather 

·      No sunglasses (we need to be able to see eyes)

·      WGTB head gear i.e. hats/visors/beanies are the only acceptable head gear for gigs. We have these available all year

·      Warm weather black shorts are okay WITH BLACK SOCKS or no socks.  If kids are wearing shorts, black shoe are best but any shoes are usually good

·      Cool weather WGTB shirt on the outside

·      Don't wear a jacket over your WGTB shirt 

·      If you don’t have a WGTB sweatshirt for this year, Beaters can wear SOLID BLACK long sleeve turtle/mock necks or t-shirts under their performance shirt.  NO OTHER COLORS PLEASE.  

·      Inside gigs - Most inside gigs we wear our official outfit, so that means long pants and solid black shoes.  Again, read the Gigs Page for details

·      On The Bottom - Skirts should be long enough so Beaters can bend over without anything showing that shouldn't

·      NO LEGGINGS OR YOGA PANTS.  If kids are wearing leggings or yoga pants, they need shorts or a skirt over them.  BOTTOM LINE - NO TIGHT PANTS 

SHOES - BLACK means SOLID BLACK. 

SHIRTS - Any WGTB shirt means any shirt (plain color or tie dye)

We currently have a stash of gig clothes that kids have outgrown. Ask the front table mom on your practice day. You can take whatever fits.  If you have gig clothes your kid has outgrown, send them in and we will offer them as well.

Why all the wardrobe rules?  Because it looks better.

Check your texts on practice & gig days - Sometimes last minute changes come up with gigs and I need to get info to families asap.  I use my texting app to communicate important info.  If it is too long for a text, I’ll text to let you know I emailed something to you (like this infor :>)

Making noise is Good - When the audience is involved, the kids tend to play better.  That means it's good to clap after solos (but not too long as to cover up the following solo).  Make lots of noise after songs.  Of course, yelling from the audience wouldn't be appropriate at every gig.  Use your best judgement to decide when noise is appropriate. Feel free to error on the side of LOUD : >)

Stay In The Back  - We want to reach a new audience so leave the front open for non-Beater people.  If the entire front of our audience is made up of WGTB parents, people unfamiliar with us won't have a place to view our group.  So, please sit/stand in the back of the audience at gigs.

Your Kids Have Jobs - All Secondary kids will have jobs to do at gigs. 

·      EVERYONE helps get our van & trailer UNLOADED before a gig

·      After the gig, the Secondary students have specific jobs to do

·      After the van & trailer are loaded, we will let them go. They need to stay at gigs until all the work is done.  Please do not take your Secondary kid from a gig until after all the work is done if at all possible

·      As the year goes on we will have the Primary kids help more and more 

Leaving a Gig - Parents should come to the van & trailer to pick up your Beater. Please DO NOT take your kid from a gig without checking in with a teacher first. 

Take Pictures - Please take lots of pictures at gigs and then post them on our secret WGTB Family FB page as soon as you can.  This is where I get pictures for our public Facebook page and our website.  Post both performance pics and fun pics.  

Videos - If you want to share a video that you took at a gig, it is best to only share it on our secret family FB page!  Please DO NOT post a gig video and make it public.  Sometimes it's hard for parents to realize the disaster that just happened in a song so please leave the public video posting to Brenda & Lexi.  Thanks for understanding. 

I Don't Mean To Be Rude, But . . .  I try not to be like this but sometimes when I'm really focused on something at a gig, it's not a good idea to ask me a question that can wait until after things calm down.  Preparing for a gig can be a bit stressful (there are things going on that you guys don't know about) so it may be better to ask veteran parent if you have a question at a gig.

Please Come to Practice!

·      We need all kids to attend all rehearsals 

·      Please DO NOT use WGTB as a punishment if kids don't do their homework or mess up at school or home. This may seem like a punishment for your kid but it actually effects all of us when your kid is absent from Practice

·      Please never use these phrases when explaining absences:  

"I will have my child practice at home."

"My child knows all their parts."

That's not what it's about.  We expect kids to practice at home and know all their parts.  Rehearsal time is when we work as a team to put our tunes together.  We need everyone there to produce the best product that we can.

Absences - We understand that things come up.  Please keep us informed about what's going on so we can plan our instruction.

Hopefully this helps all of us have a GREAT WGTB Experience!

Overview of WGTB through the End of the WGTB Season

Hi Everyone,

I am going to try to give you an overview of the rest of the year so you can refer back to it from here on out.

First of all I am working on A BUS TRIP Saturday March 10. A bus trip is the BEST way to bond WGTB together. Spending a long stretch of time cooped up together makes us all closer. One of our long-time main corporate sponsors is Remo. They are mainly a drum head company but also specialize in hand drums. They just moved their educational center to Valencia CA. That is a about a 3-hour drive for us. They offer a community drum circle especially for kids the Beater's ages. They would love for us to come down to see their new place, possibly get a tour of the factory and enjoy playing on their instruments. It would be an all day trip. We may add another stop while we are down there as well. Cost is $35 per seat on the bus. In the past WGTB has paid the cost for the Beaters. Our funds are down right now so, I am asking families who can to pay for their Beater's seat. If you can afford to do that, I will credit your fund-raising account for this year. If paying for your Beater's seat would mean your child could not come on the trip, WGTB will pay for them. The important thing is that as many as possible make this trip. I cannot emphasize the importance of this enough. Any parent wanting to ride the bus would need to pay $35. Right now, we have a 50-seat bus so there is plenty of room for parents :>) I NEED TO KNOW YOUR BEATER'S AVAILABILITY FOR THIS TRIP ASAP

 

The Beaters are working on new songs to add to our playlist. Primary & Secondary BOTH are currently working on Brazil:  Please have them listen to this recording. It is very close to how we are playing it.

For veterans and rookies who are ready, we are helping them learn more than one  keyboard part per song as well as how to solo on keyboard. We are also showing them drumming parts. Those who are spending lots of time at home listening to our recordings and trying to hear the part they want to learn are showing GREAT progress. YAY!!!!!!!

We are preparing for upcoming gigs in March. We may still get a gig in February so please stay tuned. We are also preparing for our BIG Show on April 20. Mandatory Dress Rehearsal the evening of April 29. If you haven’t already, Please mark your calendars
Our BIG Show tickets are here. They are only $10 per adult and $5 kids. Kids kindergarten and under are FREE. 100% of what you sell gets credited to your fund-raising account
Beater family members need to pay for a ticket BUT again, 100% of what you sell/buy gets credited to your fundraising account
Jamba Juice cards (6 BOGO per card) are also available ALL YEAR. Cost is $10. You get $5 credited to your account for everyone you buy/sell
NOW through April 20

Lots to do during this time:

Please be sure to continue to check our Up-Coming Gigs page for details and mark your calendars

Preparing for gigs coming up (we have 2 gigs confirmed the weekend of March 3/4.  These are community gigs. We will need ALL families to do the best they can to get your Beaters to these gigs.
We move Beaters around parts as much as we can. Once your Beater is on a solo or drumming list (they do this by showing us in practice they can do it) they very well could be on a different part each performance
This is also a great time to start talking to your school principal, event coordinator (not necessarily a school) or whoever schedules gigs. An assembly is the BEST way to introduce students to WGTB. If that isn't possible, playing the school carnival, multi-cultural day, etc. is the next best thing. Once the school/organization agrees to consider having us, please give them my contact info or give me theirs if they prefer I contact them
We could use MORE community gigs to increase our exposure
We will be preparing for our BIG Show during this time as well. We will want to put our best show on that night. We will be evaluating which configuration of Beaters makes the band sound the best on each tune. Please be sure to check our Up-Coming Gigs page for details on April 19 and 20
We honor our older/multi-year Beaters on The BIG Show by having them learn a song that only they play. This year, former Beater/teaching assistant McKenna Reeve arranged the Earth Wind & Fire hit September  If your Beater is on this tune we will need to have them come at 3:30pm soon. You will be contacted when we confirm the start date of the extra practices
April 20 through May 31

More gigs to play, new tunes to learn, more parts to learn, more instruments to get better on. For some Beaters, all their efforts to figure out how to be successful in WGTB start to come together. All the training finally is sinking in. Lots of progress happens during this time
May 29/30 will be our last rehearsal or end-of year party, unless someone comes up with a better plan for a party on the weekend. The Beaters always enjoy a swim party during this time of year. If any parents would like to volunteer their pool, the Beaters would appreciate it
This week is also the last payment week for those paying monthly
June 1 through 8

NO PRACTICES
We typically have school gigs during June
Sunday June 17: Move-In day for WGTB camp

We will meet from 1pm-3pm to move instruments in place inside our building and also the 3 rooms we rent from Calvary Chapel church across the street
June 18-22: We Got The beat Camp

All returning Beaters NEED to be at camp. This is when we lay the foundation for our up-coming year
3rd Graders for next year come 9-noon
4th+ Graders for next year come from 1-5pm
All current 6+ Beaters graduating to Beyond The Beat NEED to attend Beyond The Beat camp which meets 5:30pm-8:30pm of that week
FUNDRAISING YOUR WAY TO CAMP

By raising more than your $250 fundraising goal, you can choose to have the extra money credited to your camp fee
Camp cost for Beaters is $160.00 if you pay all of it yourself
If paying through Inspire Charter, the cost is $195 (no discount)
If you choose to fund-raise all or part of your camp fee, the cost is $195. That is the full cost of camp
Discounted fees are for those families paying totally out of pocket
July: OFF

August 2018 first week of WGTB: Primary Tuesday August 7 4-6pm; Secondary Wednesday August 8 4-6pm