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To All Pine View Band Students, Parents, Boosters and Friends:

The Pine View Band Boosters needs your help. We need to raise funds to support two major initiatives - the coaching and instruction of our students; and scholarships for the big band trip to Chicago for the Heritage Festival in April 2018.

The need is great - we hope to raise $10,000 at a minimum by the end of the year.

If you can, please give generously at the link below.



We have also started an auction to donate the parking spot of Teacher of the Year and Band Director Victor Mongillo.

The eBay auction begins with a minimum bid of $500. Click HERE to participate!



2017-2018 Band Events/Information (click Links)


Complete Band Packet - 2017-18
Letter from the Band Director Victor Mongillo
Band Calendar (2017-18)
Chicago Band Trip (Letter and Important Dates)

About

The 212 Spirit: Pine View Principal Dr. Stephen Covert and Band Director Victor Mongillo

Since Victor Mongillo arrived at Pine View 10 years ago, the Band Program has been on an upwards trajectory of excellence and achievement, with the strong support of Principal Dr. Stephen Covert.

There are about 200 Pine View students enrolled in Band Classes. This is about 10 percent of the entire Pine View student body. Students start band classes in Grade 7 and then progress in successive years to 8th Grade band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band.

In addition to classroom instruction and rehearsal, band students go on band trips. In the last school year, the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Bands went to New York City to compete in a Heritage festival. This year, we are heading to Chicago!

The band also travels locally to participate in the regional auditions for the Music Performance Assessments (MPA) events where they are evaluated by external judges scoring them on key metrics of musicianship.


Recent Awards and Achievements


In 2016-17 school year:

1) 3 students were selected to the All State Bands.

2) At MPA 72 students were awarded Superior Medals in solo/ensemble.

Recently, the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Bands competed in the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival in Orlando. Both groups each received 1st Place Gold in their division as well as the Adjudicators Award for scores higher than 92%. The Jazz Band received the Outstanding Instrumental Award with the highest instrumental score in the competition of 97.5%.

Six individual Maestro Awards were given to Jazz Band soloists.

The coaching sessions with professional musicians helped students achieve these high awards and is definitely something to be proud of - and financial support of Pine View Band makes this possible!

This year, Band Students will aim to match or exceed last year's achievements.

Boosters Make a Difference

With support from Band Boosters, Mr. Mongillo is able to bring in professional musicians to offer small group instruction and coaching to students.

Band Boosters is a group of volunteer band parents that organize fundraising and other events to support the Pine View Band program. They operate under Pine View Band, Inc which is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Finally, Band Boosters operates the Belong program that encourages people to support the Pine View Band through a paid membership.

We hope that you want the Pine View Band program to continue its tradition of excellence and we appreciate any support that you would like to offer.

We are currently looking for individuals who want to bring their skills from the business world, arts community or any other trade or skill that can help us help our students and our band have a successful year.

You can make all the difference! Please consider joining! Just email Booster President Ray Porter at ray@portersrule.com, leave your name and phone number and he'll give you a call!

Or, just show up at one of our meetings. Band Boosters meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Band Room at Pine View. Our first meeting this year is on Tuesday, Sept. 5th due to the Labor Day holiday.

Band Calendar/Social Media

The new school year has started!

You can access the Pine View Band Calendar HERE.

The calendar contains all the major activities and events for the 2017-18 band year!

Download it, print it, and place it on your refrigerator door for an easy reference guide to your child's band year!

There might be infrequent changes to event dates and times during the year, and they will be posted on this site and also on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/pineviewband

Speaking of Facebook - we encourage our Pine View Band families to like our page and follow our posts - photos, videos, events, etc. Share your child's band experiences with family and friends. Talk it up!

The band and music in general can be a major part of your child's school experience, and utilizing our Facebook page and other social media is a great way to enhance his or her enjoyment and appreciation of the many hours spent learning and perfecting a musical instrument.

This is also a great way to share with the families, and make life-long friendships that you never thought possible.

Join BELONG!

BELONG - Why It Matters

A Message from Victor Mongillo

Music is mankind's universal language. From Beethoven to the Beatles, music evokes emotions that defy explanations and connect us all culturally. But how and when will our children learn that language? What better way than during their most formative years? Who better to teach them than those who are preparing them for their place in the world?

As Director of Bands at Pine View School for the Gifted, I invite you to join Belong. What is it? Belong is a group that supports the Pine View Band program through membership and other activities. This program is organized by Pine View Band Boosters. With the help of Belong members and Band Boosters, I am able to provide greater resources to band students as I help them learn the language of music. I know that many of the deepest and most rewarding friendships that I have developed in my life, have their roots in my school band program. My wish is that the same is true for my band students.

Thank you for your support of Pine View School, our marvelous Band Boosters and our successful Band music program!

Are you ready to join Belong?

We encourage you to become a Belong member at whatever level that works for you.
Our membership levels are:
Friend - $50;Bronze - $100; Silver - $250; Gold - $500; Director's Circle - $1,000

Please fill out this FORM to join Belong! A special Belong reception is set for Friday, Oct. 6th. Details can be found in the Band Packet on the Events page.

Kouvatsos Coaching Fund
Since the dawn of civilization, the relationships between music and other disciplines like math have been studied and the connections and benefits are undeniable. Now imagine that at Pine View School, an institution for gifted students, there was no music program due to budget cutbacks or inadequate funding. That possibility always lurks around public school finances.

About 10 percent of the Pine View Student body plays in one of the five Pine View Bands. That amounts to about 200 students each year. There is only one Pine View teacher, Mr Mongillo, for all these students. So how does he get them to be able to perform superbly at school concerts? With a little help from some professional musicians. These accomplished professional coaches provide small group instruction across all ages of students and instruments. The results have been impressive and of unquestionable benefit especially for the younger students who are starting their musical journey in grades 7 and 8.

These coaches are brought in by Mr Mongillo based on the needs of the program. The cost last year was about $2,000/month and the final tally was about $17,000 for the school year. As you probably are aware, these funds are not reimbursed by the school board. The Band Boosters, a collection of band parents have stepped in to help. With your support, they have held various fundraising activities to sponsor musical coaching and other initiatives. Looking ahead, it was felt the long term viability of funding the coaching program would be improved with an endowment fund.

In February 2015, the inaugural Band Gala dinner, the Kouvatsos Toast and Roast was held with great success and the Kouvatsos Coaching fund was born. The fund was named for Tom and Kay Kouvatsos, long time supporters of Pine View school and in particular the Band program where their three daughters benefited from the excellent instruction.

The goal is to set aside some of the funds raised each year into an endowment fund that eventually will be able to provide financial assistance to future generations of band students that would benefit from musical coaching.

Our fourth Gala evening, now called the 'ENCORE dinner', will be held near the end of the school year. If you would like to be a sponsor or a part of this wonderful event, please contact us. In addition consider attending with your family and friends to support the Pine View Band Program. During the evening, you will be entertained by the highly acclaimed Pine View Jazz Band. We hope that you will be able to join us for a wonderful evening.

Stay tuned for more details!

Bands

7th, 8th, Concert, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Bands

7th and 8th Grade Bands

Beginning Your Band Experience!

Course Overview
Beginning Band
This course is designed to enable beginning musicians to learn basic musical concepts and apply them to their instrument, alone and as a member of an ensemble.

Donations
If affordable, a $15 donation is requested to provide a beginning band method book and supplies. This year, we will be using Sound Innovations Book 1.

Performances
Public performances are a very important part of the learning process in band and participation is mandatory. So far, two performances are scheduled for Nov. 16th, 2017 and May 3rd, 2018. Concerts begin at 7:00 pm.

Homework
In order to keep up with concepts learned in class and to develop fundamental playing techniques, students should play regularly at home. 15-20 minutes per day would be appropriate.

Communication
Other than progress reports and report cards, we can communicate via email. My e-mail address is victor.mongillo@sarasotacountyschools.net

Cell Phone Use in the Band Room
I recommend the music tuning app "Tonal Center" for practice at home but unless there is a medical reason or other "legitimate" reason for having a phone in rehearsal, they are not allowed.

Additional Help
Students wishing additional help with anything musical are welcome in the band room from 8:00-9:00 am, 1:00-2:00 pm and some days after 3:00 pm.

Uniforms
The basic concert attire will consist of black slacks for boys and girls, black shoes (closed toe for girls), black socks and a white collared shirt (blouse for the girls).

212 in Band
To be successful in band, putting forth extra effort will guarantee reaching goals set for the year. Let’s complete the beginning band method by Spring Break!

Quarterly Grades
- 40% have necessary supplies in class, including instruments in working condition, pencil and book/music.
- 20% homework (practice assignments)
- 25% positive attitude and on-task behavior in rehearsal.
- 15% attendance at concerts.

8th Grade Band

This course is designed to further study in basic music fundamentals as they apply to each instrument and concepts involved with ensemble performance.

Donations
If affordable, a $20 donation is requested to aid in purchasing new music and basic supplies.

Uniform
Concert dress will include black slacks (for girls and boys), black shoes (open toe for girls), black socks and a collared white shirt (blouse).

Performances
Public performance is a critical part of the musical experience and is mandatory. We have two concerts scheduled for Nov. 16th, 2017 and May 3rd, 2018.

Homework
To continue physical and mental development on any instrument requires practice outside of the rehearsal setting. 20 minutes per day is adequate.

Communication
Other than progress reports and report cards, we can communicate via email. My e-mail address is victor.mongillo@sarasotacountyschools.net

212 in Band
“The true measure of success is not to outdo others, but rather to outdo ourselves” Let’s finish all of book 2 and have 6 major scales memorized by Spring Break!

Quarterly Grades - 40% have necessary supplies in class, including instrument in working condition, pencil, method book and music.
- 20% homework (practice assignments for playing exams).
- 25% positive attitude and on-task behavior in rehearsal.
- 15% attendance at concerts.

Concert Band

High School music curriculum

Course Overview
This course is designed to continue mastery of fundamental playing techniques as they apply to each instrument and to begin the process of intuitive musicianship.

Donations
If affordable, a $20 donation is requested to purchase new music and supplies.

Uniform
Concert attire will consist of black slacks (for girls and boys), black shoes (closed toe for ladies), black socks, a black collared shirt (blouse) & a red tie for the boys.

Performances
Public performance is a critical part of the musical experience and is mandatory. Two concerts have been scheduled for Nov. 16th, 2017 and May 3rd, 2018.

Homework
To continue physical and mental development on any instrument requires practice outside of the school setting. 20-30 minutes per day is adequate.

Communication
Other than progress reports and report cards, we can communicate via email. My e-mail address is victor.mongillo@sarasotacountyschools.net

212 in Band
To build on what we’ve accomplished and taking the ensemble to the next degree, will guarantee success. Let’s set MPA competition as our goal this year!

Quarterly Grades
- 40% have necessary supplies in class, including instrument in working condition, pencil, method book and music.
- 20% homework (practice assignments for playing exams)
- 25% positive attitude and on-task behavior in rehearsal
- 15% attendance at concerts

Wind Ensemble

Advanced Level High School

Course Overview
This course is designed to enable students to pursue high levels of performance, including technical skill and musicianship.

Donations
If affordable, a $20 donation is requested to help purchase new music and basic supplies.

Uniform
Attire for the men is a tuxedo and black separates for the ladies. New members to this group will be measured early in the fall and uniforms will be ordered.

Performances
Attendance at performances is a critical part of developing musicianship and is mandatory. A specific list of performances was included in the band packet sent home on the first day of school. Other dates may be added.

Homework
Performing music at this level requires a commitment beyond the band room rehearsals. Each student must determine what adequate practice time should be to master such skills. At least 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Communication
Other than progress reports and report cards, we can communicate via email. My e-mail address is victor.mongillo@sarasotacountyschools.net

212 in Band
To build on what we have accomplished and taking the ensemble to the next degree will guarantee success. Let’s equal or surpass our superior rating from MPA last year.

Quarterly Grades
- 40% have necessary supplies in class, including instrument in working condition, pencil, method book and music.
- 20% homework (practice assignments for playing exams).
- 25% positive attitude and on-task behavior in rehearsal.
- 15% attendance at concerts

Jazz Band

Contemporary/Improvisations

Course Overview
This course is designed to study and perform various styles of jazz/contemporary music and to incorporate jazz improvisation.

Donations
If affordable, a $25 donation is requested to help purchase music and supplies.

Uniform
Attire for performances will be determined early in the year but will likely consist of black pants, black coat and a shirt color to be chosen.

Performances
As with any advanced group, each individual part is crucial to the ensemble sound and makes attendance at all performances mandatory. A specific list of dates was included in the band packet sent home on the first day of school. Please keep in mind that additional dates will be added to the calendar during the school year.

Homework
Jazz (including improvisation) is a genre of music unfamiliar to most young players and requires a commitment beyond the band room rehearsals. Each student must determine what adequate practice time should be to master such skills. At least 40 minutes per day is recommended.

Communication
Other than progress reports and report cards, we can communicate via email. My e-mail address is victor.mongillo@sarasotacountyschools.net

212 in Band
To build on what we have already accomplished and taking the ensemble to the next degree will guarantee success. Let’s outdo our last MPA and Festival scores!

Quarterly Grades
- 40% have necessary supplies in class, including instrument in working condition, pencil, method book and music.
- 20% homework (practice assignments for playing exams).
- 25% positive attitude and on-task behavior in rehearsal.
- 15% attendance at concerts.

Board

Pine View Band Boosters - 2017/2018


Band Boosters is the working name for the board of Pine View Band, Inc. It is a non-profit organization made up of a group of parents and other supporters of the Pine View Band.

Executive Officers
President - Ray Porter
Vice-President - Maura Burns
Secretary - Rebecca St. Pierre
Treasurer - Denise Porter


Our mission is to support the goals and objectives laid out by the Director of Bands, Mr Victor Mongillo, for his students.

Past Presidents
Immediate Past President: Cliff Menezes
Past Presidents: Zoltan Karpathy; Rebecca St. Pierre
School Principal
Dr. Stephen Covert
Director of Bands
Victor Mongillo Emeritus Member
Stephen Largo (Former Principal)

For information related to: Music Program, band trips or band students contact:
Director of Bands - Victor Mongillo
Call: 941.486.2001 and leave message
Email: victor.mongillo@sarasotacountyschools.net
Mail: Attn Mr. Mongillo
1 Python Path
Osprey, FL 34229

For information related to: Pine View Band, Inc. or Pine View Band Boosters contact:
Band Boosters President - Ray Porter
Call: 941.923.4861
Email: ray@portersrule.com

CONTACT

Any questions? We're here to help! Would you like to get involved as a band volunteer? Do you want to join the Boosters? How about joining our Board? This is the time to step to the plate and help make your child's band experience a true family adventure! Please use this handy contact form to get your answers, get involved, and make your band experience even more memorable!
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