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Jul 22 / JJP Orch Admin

Group Dynamix

The date for Group Dynamix has been set:
Monday, August 18 – Tuesday, August 19
8:00 pm – 8:00 am

As a reminder, this is a non-mandatory event at an indoor facility that produces fun, team building games that many orchestra students enjoy before the school year starts.  This is a great way for current, as well as new orchestra students to get together and have fun!  It is a lock-in event that requires a few parents to chaperone.  Any interested parents, please contact Will Calame (  The fee is $39 per person but chaperones are FREE!

Attached is the GDX Youth Consent form that is required of ALL participants.  Those under 18 need a parent signature.

In order to reserve this date, a minimum of 25 participants is needed, as well as a deposit by August 4.

So don’t delay!  We need at least 25 kids to sign up!  Please print the attached form and send payment (cash or check made out to Group Dynamix) to:

Will Calame
1126 Stratford Drive
Richardson, TX  75080

GDX Waiver

Jun 28 / JJP Orch Admin

Summer Social Events


Jun 4 / JJP Orch Admin

After School dinner, JC’s Burger

Parents and Students,
All orchestra students are invited to attend an completely informal and TOTALLY optional after-school lunch at JC’s Burger house. It’s been an unofficial tradition to go to a burger house after the last exam and this year it’s at JC’s.

The address is: 401 West President George Bush Highway, Plano 75080 (just south of Highway 190/George Bush, between Custer and Alma). We’ll meet at 1:30pm on Thursday (tomorrow) and everyone in orchestra is invited.

Last chance to hang out before the summer (but really it’s an excuse for Mrs. Livings to have a burger.) Hope to see you there!

May 27 / JJP Orch Admin

School owned instruments (home & school use)

Attention all students,
If you use a school instrument (either at home, school or both) it must be formally checked in no later than this Friday, May 30 (even if you intend to use it over the summer).

For those wanting to check out an instrument over the summer, we will reissue them during your exam time.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this.

May 22 / JJP Orch Admin


Hello Orchestra Family!

A quick reminder that our Annual Spring Banquet is Friday, May 30, 2014 from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm.  Invitations were sent out and we need your RSVP!  The deadline has been extended until Monday!!
Please print and fill out the attached invitation, and return it with a check made payable to PAOC by Monday.
Please do not respond to this email, rather, send your banquet questions to Sarah Myers at
Pearce Orchestra Summer Socials
The 2013-2014 school year is coming to a close but there are plans and activities coming up this summer for you to know about:
JJP Orchestra Summer Nights at Chili’s (Coit and Campbell location only)
Just mention that you are with JJP Orchestra and a portion of your bill goes back to Pearce Orchestra!!  This is an easy way to keep costs down for the Disney World spring trip!!
Wednesday, June 18 from 4 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, July 16 from 4 pm – 10 pm  AND
Summer Social/Pool Party at the Budde (Jeffrie) Residence from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
1202 Cheyenne Place
Richardson, TX  75080
Wednesday, August 20 from 4 pm – 10 pm  AND
Summer Social/Pool Party at the Smith (Megan) Residence from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
407 Ridgehaven Place
Richardson, TX  75080
Orchestra registration will take place on August 21, 2014 from 4 pm – 8 pm.  More information to come.  Do not respond to this email regarding registration.  Please send your questions to Melissa Livings at
May 20 / JJP Orch Admin

Spring concert recording now available

Parents and Students,

Congratulations on a successful concert! It was truly one of my favorite in my career (I really don’t always say that!) and I hope you enjoyed the show. If you would like a recording I have it available in wav format via Dropbox. Just email me and I’ll share the file with you. We were able to record all but two solos and it should provide you with a memento of the wonderful time we had last night.
Moving forward, I just wanted to thank you so much for everything. It really has been a great year; and what better way to end it than with our annual Orchestra Banquet on May 30. I hope you will plan to attend; reservations are due on THURSDAY. This celebratory event is full of awards, special presentations, laughs and the good kind of tears so don’t miss out! Reservation forms can be found on our website.
Also, as an FYI, I am positive the students are aware but auditions for the 2014-2015 school year will be held next Tuesday-Thursday, May 27-29. These will take place in class and students will sign up for their day this coming Thursday.
As always, I welcome your feedback and comments.

Melissa Livings 
Orchestra/AP Music Theory 
Pearce High School—Richardson ISD

May 14 / JJP Orch Admin

2014 JJ Pearce Annual Spring Banquet & Dance


May 7 / JJP Orch Admin

all region and all state music available on charms

For those students interested in getting a head start on region or those who plan on taping for All-state next year, the official etudes are now available for download on charms.

For those who will be trying out for region only: As a reminder, this is NOT the official region cut from the etudes; those are not made until August but preparing these etudes one measure at a time until then will give you a SIGNIFICANT advantage once the cuts are made.

For those who want to tape for state: These ARE the official etudes used for All-State (the level of competition that occurs after region); any student who wishes to be considered for All State should begin practicing these etudes immediately. Statewide, students are already learning them. The excerpt portion of the audition music will be released in August and you should have these learned by then. See me if you want help finding camps over the summer that can help you with this process.

Good luck and happy practicing!

May 5 / JJP Orch Admin

Audition music for the 14-15 Orchestra is now on Charms

Attention all students:

The Audition music for the 14-15 school year is now available for download on Charms. If you don’t remember how to log in please visit: for more information. I will have hard copies available in class tomorrow as well.
As a reminder, all students must complete an audition (with the exception of students who made all-region); even seniors. The final audition counts as the final exam grade. Please note that for Chamber auditions there is a link provided for each instrument where you can go and hear/see the music for the audition. Hopefully this will help you in your preparations. Philharmonic and Chamber students must prepare the Chamber audition music; Concert orchestra students must prepare the Philharmonic audition music.
May 1 / JJP Orch Admin

Don’t Forget…..the next SCRIP order is due THIS FRIDAY, MAY 2

From our SCRIP fundraiser coordinator,
Carol McBroom
Just place your order online and put your check in the JJP orchestra vault by 4:00 pm or pay using PrestoPay.
Order and win a free gift card holder and a chance to win a FREE $10 gift card……not to mention earning scholarship dollars for your child(ren)’s orchestra ledger.
Basic steps for first time users:
1.  Go to  and click on “Family Sign Up”
2.  Fill in your information; fill in your child’s name in the “Student Name” box
3.  Read and accept SCRIP fundraiser agreements
4.  When prompted for enrollment code, enter F88ACBC425883
5.  Begin shopping
6.  Deliver a check (made out to PAOC) for your total purchase amount to JJP Orchestra vault  or select “PrestoPay”
7.  When check is in the vault, email Carol McBroom at
Still have questions?  No problem!
Please contact Carol McBroom at