Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekly Update - 9/26/2016

This Week's Announcements:       9/26/2016

Hey Band!..........Super job this weekend!  Your performance at Mt. Vernon was super-dee-duper, and a lot of fun!

1)  There will be NO after-school marching band practice today!      (Monday, 9/26)

2)  Wednesday, 9/28:      Full Marching Band Practice:  3:00-4:30 PM (CANCELLED)

3)  Friday, 9/30:               Full Marching Band Practice:  3:00 - 4:30 PM

                                Load Band Trailer.....4:30 PM
                                Dinner..........................4:45 PM
                                Suit-Up.........................5:15 PM  (polish shoes if needed)
                                6:00 PM........................Load Buses
                                Game V.S. Highland (away)...............7:00 PM

*  This Friday's Band Dinner is sponsored by the trombones and sousas.  They are making pasta with sauce, garlic bread and drinks.  "IF" you will not be partaking  you MUST sign your name on the band office door BY Wednesday.  Thanks!

NOTE TO PARENTS:  We seem to be having an issue with the length of the uniform pants on certain individuals.  While there are adjustment snaps on the inside of the bottom of the legs, occasionally pants do need to be hemmed.  If your child brings their uniform pants home this week it means that they need to be adjusted with needle and thread.  If you do hem them please DO NOT sew all the way around the hem, but simply sew 3/4 knots so the hem stays in place.  After this you may need to press the bottom of the pants with an iron.  They should not look ballooned-out.  We will be performing a formal uniform check next Friday before the Homecoming game and students will be given an actual grade based on their uniform appearance.  We are giving them ample time to make adjustments.   If you have any questions please 
contact us!

4)  OMEA District 10 Honor Band Audition Recordings are due by Wednesday, October 5th.  Recordings need to be uploaded onto Dropbox and sent to Dr. Packard at MVNU where they will be listened to and judged on Friday, October 7th.  Please let Mr. D. know when you are planning on coming to the band room to record your audition.  You will need to play the following:

                                 *  Prescribed excerpts for your instrument
                                 *  2 Major scales of your choice  (clarinets and mallets 2 octaves)
                                 *  Chromatic scale (slurred) 

P.S.-  You may make your recording during period 9 band, during a study period, lunchtime or after school on either a Tuesday or Thursday.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Newbie Test and other things...


1)  The "Newbie" (new member) take-home test will be distributed on this coming Monday, Sept. 26th and is due by the end of the day on Tuesday, Sept. 27th.  The test material deals with band procedures and is open book.  All study information has been distributed in the band classes.  If you are a new member and did not receive them please see us ASAP!  While test results are not part of the student's band "grade", new members will need to pass it in order to enjoy full participation, especially in performances.

2)  Marching Band Absences:  While we work schedule-wise with those students who are also involved in fall sports and/or other school-related activities, we are currently being inundated with students missing after school band practice for other reasons, mainly driver training, doctor, orthodontist or dentist appointments, etc...  We realize that sometimes we need to take the appointment we're given, but if we could all try to schedule general appointments that don't conflict with band it would be greatly appreciated.  We only have an hour and a half worth of practice on Monday and Wednesday and really need the time to work with the students.  Unlike other activities, when a fellow marcher is absent it makes it exceedingly difficult to work on fixing drill and teaching new moves, including changes and additions to the music.  Thank you very much for your anticipated cooperation!   If a student does need to miss we ask that you please either e-mail us or bring in a note a couple days before.  The day-of presents problems for us as we've already put together all of our plans for that day!

3)  This Saturday, Sept. 24th:  The band will have pizza and soda between their practice and loading of buses for the Mt. Vernon Show this Saturday.  We are asking all marching band members and band aides to please bring-in $3 on Friday.  Mrs. Culbertson and Mr. Dettmar will collect money during the 8th grade and high school band periods.  There will NOT be time enough for anyone to go out to get food.  If you don't want pizza then be sure to bring in your own food before practice begins!  There will also be a concession stand at Mt. Vernon in which students may partake following their performance!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Looking Ahead...

Looking Ahead...

Saturday, Sept. 24th:
Mt. Vernon Band Show  (Mt. Vernon, Fredericktown & Centerburg)    Show begins at 7:00 PM at the Mt. Vernon H.S. Stadium.
Who:  ALL marching band personnel

Monday, Sept. 26th
Newbie "take-home" marching band test  ( due on Tuesday )
Who:  All new members to the Trojan Pride Band.

Saturday, Oct. 1st
Alumni Choir Festival
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Who:  All Alumni Choir

Monday, Oct. 3rd
Powderpuff Football  (Varsity Field)  7:00 PM
Who:  All marching band personnel  (stands tunes only!)

Wednesday, Oct. 5th:
OMEA Honor Band Audition Recordings Due
Who:  Any "high school" students auditioning for the OMEA District 10 Honor Band.

Wednesday, Oct. 5th
Homecoming Parade & Bonfire Performance
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Who:  ALL marching band personnel

Friday, Oct. 7th
CHS Homecoming Ceremonies during the pre-game
(Please learn "New York, New York" for this performance)
Who:  ALL marching band personnel

Friday, Oct. 21st
No School - Teacher In-Service training
Yes, there will be marching band practice from 3:00 - 4:30!!!

Saturday, Oct. 22nd
OMEA Marching Band Competition at Tri Valley High School
The Trojan Pride takes the field at 5:00 PM (tentatively)
Who:  ALL marching band personnel

Friday, Oct. 28th
Senior Night     (We will be performing the Senior Show!)

Please check the fall calendar for a more complete listing of activities.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Marching Band Schedule Week of Sept. 19th

Weekly Marching Band Schedule

Monday, Sept. 19th:           Full Band Practice 3:00-4:30 PM  (CANCELLED)

Wednesday, Sept. 21st:    Full Band Practice  3:00-5:00 PM.

Friday, Sept.  23rd:             Full Band Practice  3:00-4:30 PM

                                             Load Trailer:  4:30
                                             Dinner:  4:45
                                             Suit-up  (polish shoes, instruments, etc...)  5:00/5:15
                                             Load bus for Cardington:  5:30   Game at 7:00

Saturday, Sept. 24th:     Mount Vernon Band Show/Festival  (Begins at 7:00 PM)

                                             Percussion battery and pit rehearsal (outside):  3:15
                                             Full Band Practice:  (basics, practice and run show)  3:45 
                                             Load trailer:  4:45
                                             Suit-up ( polish shoes and instruments)   
                                             Band Meeting (auditorium):  5:15
                                             Load buses and leave for Mt. Vernon:  5:30
                                             ARRIVE AT MVHS:  6:00  ( WARM-UP / TUNE)


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday Update!

Good Morning!

Having looked at the weather for today, it looks like the amount of possible rain between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM is only 15%.  WE WILL BE MARCHING IN THE FARM FESTIVAL PARADE!

See you all at 9:15 AM for trailer loading.

We step off in front of the church at 10:00 AM  SUMMER UNIFORM.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Weekend Update

Tonight  (Friday)  The band will be in full uniform

Tomorrow (Saturday)  We will march in summer uniform.  Raincoats will be on call!  Please take note of the "Remind" Code on the whiteboard in the band room.  This is the way that we will be able to notify you of any last minute changes due to inclement weather.  We'll also post it on the Music Department blog and Facebook by 8:00 AM Saturday morning!  If all else fails, Mr. D. will be in the Band Office by 8:00 AM.  You may call him at 740-625-6055 ext. 2185.

NOTE:  Marching Band performances are only cancelled if there are to be continuous  downpours, not for "scattered" thunderstorms or thunderstorms!

Good luck at the game tonight.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Marching Band Update: 9/12/16

Happy Monday Everyone!   Super job on Friday Night!!!

This week's marching band schedule is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 12th:           Full Band Practice 3:00 - 4:30

Tuesday, Sept. 13th:          Pit Percussion Practice  3:00 - 3:45 ( No battery percussion )

Wednesday, Sept. 14th:     Full Band Practice  3:00 - 4:30

Thursday, Sept. 15th:         Pit Percussion AND Battery Percussion Practice  3:00 - 3:45

Friday, Sept. 16th:              Full Band Practice  3:00 - 4:30
                                           Load Band Trailer  4:30
                                           Dinner:   4:45    ( Trumpets )
                                           Suit-up  5:15  ( full uniform - weather permitting )
                                           Uniform check  (cafeteria)  5:30
                                           Meet in front of the elementary school  6:15
                                           Enter field for pre-game  6:30
                                           Game against Northmor  7:00

Saturday, Sept. 17th:       Annual Old Time Farming Festival Parade (A.M.)
                                          Arrive at band room and load band trailer  9:15 A.M.
                                          In parade block BY 9:45 A.M.
                                          Parade Step-Off  10:00 AM  (followed by a short concert at the 
                                          park  (we'll announce which tunes we'll be performing)

Announcements / Reminders:

1)  "IF" you will not be eating what a particular section of the band is planning on providing for you on Friday nights you MUST sign-off on the sheet on the band or choir office doors.  Too much food is going to waste because so many students are going out to eat or having their own food delivered to them.  Please be respectful of this.

2)  Underclassmen are NOT to ride in student - driven cars over to the field, nor are they to get in other student's cars to go out to eat during the "band dinner" on Friday evenings.  We teachers assume that everyone is at the school either having dinner or getting into their uniform.  The only students who are to be going out in their cars are those upperclassmen who have completed and signed the form stating that they have permission to do so.  Parents are obviously welcome to pick up their own children granted they let one of the teachers aware that they are doing so.

3)  The teachers / directors are responsible for the students during the hours of the posted marching band schedule (above) and need to keep tabs on the locale of all the band members.  Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!