Leah Claire Stewart
Isabella Dee - Head
Junior High Majorettes:
Leah Claire Stewart
Isabella Dee - Head
I'd say we had a successful band camp. It was definitely one of the hotter ones I can remember. Thank you for all the hard work you put in. I'm proud of you!
Meet in the band room at 4:00 tomorrow to get dressed into uniforms. Pictures will be at 4:30.
You do not need your hat. You do not need your instrument UNLESS you would like it in your individual picture.
After pictures, EVERYONE must stay to help clean up the band room. You may not leave until everything is first-day-of-school ready. With everyone working, it shouldn't take more than 20-30 minutes. We will not do any rehearsing on Monday or Tuesday. We will have practice after school on Wednesday until 5:00. Bring clothes & shoes to change into for marching. We will start inside 7th period. I will give you a break to change clothes if you need to.
We will carpool to the jamboree at Oak Hill Academy (West Point, MS) on Thursday. We will not play but we will cheer on our Pirates from the stands! If you have a conflict, please talk to me. Attire will be anything school appropriate. We will leave PA at 4:30 and eat concessions at the game.
Thank you to everyone for being so punctual with turning in your forms this year! If you are one of the few who still owe me an insurance card, field trip, handbook, or emergency form, please get that to me no later than Monday!
Don't forget about our DCI party on Saturday in the band room! It will start at 5:00 and end at 10:00. Come enjoy some food and fun as we watch the top 12 drum corps compete in the championship! You do not have to stay the entire time, but the better corps will perform at the end...so, it's your call.
I'm looking forward to school starting back up and I am excited about our potential this year! See you Monday.
Monday, Aug 1 – Friday, Aug 5: 8:00-5:30
Saturday, Aug 6: 8:00-3:00
Monday, Aug 8: 3:00-6:00 (PICTURES @ 4:30)
Tuesday, Aug 9: 3:00-5:15
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early each day so we can begin on time. Attendance is mandatory. You may not leave campus once you get here, so remember to bring lunch.
What to wear:
- You MUST wear lace-up tennis shoes and socks. No flip flops, sandals, Chacos, etc.
- Wear clothing that will keep you cool, like shorts, light-colors, and a hat to keep the sun off your head.
- Sunscreen. Don't be this year's lobster.
- Some type of lip protection with spf. Usually, if it tingles, it's a bad idea. Stay away from the ingredient camphor.
- Deodorant. Please. :)
What to bring:
- Water/Gatorade jug. We will have bottles of water iced down each day and a cooler of ice for your own Gatorade bottles. Do not bring energy drinks/coffees.
- Snacks for short breaks (trail mix, granola bars, nuts, fresh fruit/veggies, yogurt, jerky, etc.). Do not bring gum.
- Lunch (Majorettes will sell Subway box lunches on Wednesday and Saturday. $8.50)
- Flip folder & lyre
- Pencil (bass drums will also need a highlighter)
- Instrument (reeds, valve oil, slide grease, sticks, etc.)
- Inhaler, epi pen, or other medical necessities if you have EVER used them. Make sure I know if you have these when you get here Monday morning.
- Cell phones will go in the phone box during rehearsals. I need you mentally present during rehearsals.
- Good attitude!
What to do before and during:
- Get plenty of sleep. If you're like me, you need to start reprogramming your body to go to bed and wake up earlier.
- EAT BREAKFAST EVERY MORNING. You will burn a lot of calories and need food in your system for energy. A coke and candy bar do not count as breakfast.
- Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Start drinking more water TODAY. Don't wait until band camp.
- Play your instrument each day leading up to band camp to build up your endurance. Long tones, Remingtons, lip slurs, scales.... Check your email for the link to the folder with halftime music.
- Get exercise. Go outside. Sweat. Go for a walk or a run. Go catch Pokemon. Yes, in the heat. Kill two birds with one stone and play your instrument outside!
Things to turn in:
By the 1st day of band camp:
- Emergency form (submit here)
- Copy of health insurance card
- Field trip release (print here)
- Band handbook agreement (page 12) (print here)
- 1 case of water per family
- $26 for shoes if you ordered
By Sept. 1st:
- $75 band fee #1
- $35 first semester school instrument fee
By Nov. 1st:
- $75 band fee #2
There are still 5-6 people who need to pick up a uniform. I can do uniforms again this Thursday, July 28th from 9-12:00. If you need alterations, remember no cutting and no ironing. If you still have not turned in uniform parts from last year, I need them back ASAP.
If you need any music supplies listed above you can get them at Cole Band (open 10-5, M-F), or you can wait and I will make a shopping list the first day of camp (meaning you would have to do without for a couple days). Please check to be sure your instrument is in working condition and have it serviced if necessary before camp.
Band Booster Meeting
Our first Band Booster meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 4th at 5:30. Please plan to attend as we generally only have 2-3 meetings per year. You will want to be there to sign up to work the concession stand (this goes by seniority and usually fills up fast). We will also pass out calendar & magazine fundraiser packets.
Scheduling — Please read carefully
We are very blessed to have such a small school with so many different opportunities for student involvement at PA. I do encourage you to immerse yourself in our school culture to discover and hone your abilities, but please involve yourself responsibly.
Performance and rehearsal dates and times for the year are listed on the calendar on the band website (click here). I encourage you to sync this calendar with your phone or other device.
The only excused absences from PERFORMANCES are student illness or a death in the family. Excused absences can be "made up" by submitting a 2-page typed report to me. Any other type of absence will be unexcused. Unexcused absences from performances cannot be made up and will result in a 0 for that performance. Absences from REHEARSALS are excused if the school will excuse it. Unexcused absences from rehearsals will result in a 0 for that daily grade.
After-school rehearsals will be every Wednesday and Thursday until 5:00. Tuesday is the best day to make doctors' appointments, etc. Wednesdays are the only day of the week we are able to have the whole band together to rehearse. ALL band members MUST come to band every Wednesday — no exceptions.
DCI Finals Party
The Band Council is hosting a DCI Finals watch party on Saturday, Aug. 13th from 5:00-10:00 in the band room. We will watch Finals (the championship) and enjoy some food and fellowship. Plan to come and have fun with your band family. You don't have to stay the entire time, but the higher-ranked corps perform at the end! More details about this during camp next week.
We're going to have a great year! I can't wait to make music with all of you again next week. See you Monday!
I hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable summer! Plans for the upcoming school year are underway and I am very excited. Below are a few announcements so that everyone will be up to date. All of the deadlines are listed on the calendar on the band website (papirateband.com). Our first Band Booster meeting will be 5:30 Thursday, Aug. 4th.
1. 2016-17 Band Members
If you are reading this email, then I have you on my marching band class roll. Please stop and reply immediately if this is incorrect. Please do not assume that I already know.
Band fee = $50 per child ($35 for 2nd child)
Bus fee = $100 per child
You can send one check for $150 or split into 2 payments of $75 if you wish. The deadline for the first payment is Thursday, Sept. 1st. The second payment is due Tuesday, Nov. 1st. Please do not send cash.
School Instrument Usage Fee = $35 per semester for students using school-owned instruments. Helps cover the cost of regular maintenance to those school instruments. An instrument check-out form will be signed by the student, parent, and myself. Fee for 1st semester (marching season) is due by Sept. 1st. Fee for 2nd semester (concert season) is due by Jan. 6th.
Shoes = $26. Only if you need them. I have a few hand-me-downs in my office. Shoes must be paid for before I can order them.
All 4 of these items are due on Picture Day. It is very important that I have emergency info for everyone before we start camp.
-Emergency Form* (click here)
-Copy of health insurance card*
-Field Trip Release (click here)
-Band Handbook Agreement (page 12) (click here)
*If there are no changes in your emergency info or insurance from last year, you do not have to fill out a new emergency form or bring another copy of your insurance card. EVERYONE is required to return the field trip release and band handbook agreement.
If you would like to have the same band uniform again or if you already know you need a new part, please let me know ASAP. Uniform fittings will be 12:30-6:00 Tuesday, July 19th and 9:00-12:30 Wednesday, July 20th. Everyone will need a uniform to wear for pictures on July 29th.
*All percussionists: please return your marching uniform ASAP – you will wear an alternate uniform this year.
For band camp, each family should bring 1 case of bottled water. You can bring this with you to uniform fittings or on Picture Day.
6. Camp Schedule Reminder
July 29th 7:45AM Picture Day
August 1-5th 8:00-5:30
August 6th 8:00-3:00
August 8th 3:00-6:00
August 9th 3:00-5:15 (Open House 6:00)
Daily band camp attendance is mandatory! You must be here every day to learn what to do.
7. ***School Rehearsal Schedule*** Please Read!
After school rehearsals will be every Wednesday and Thursday until 5:00. We will rehearse after school beginning Wed., Aug. 10th. Parents, please remember this schedule when you are making plans. Tuesday is the best day of the week if you have to make doctors' appointments, etc. during school hours.
Wednesdays are sacred band days. All athletes and any student involved in any other curricular or extra-curricular activity 7th period must come to band every Wednesday – no exceptions. Unfortunately, the schedule doesn’t allow for this every day of the week, so it is up to the student to stay current with the things we are learning when he/she is not at band. Remember that your band grade goes on your report card. It is a co-curricular class, meaning: 1. we have a curriculum (therefore, band is not extra-curricular), 2. there are requirements outside of regular class times that are either a product or continuation of our band curriculum. Exhaust every resource to be at all rehearsals, especially on Wednesdays.
Keep yourself in shape! Upper body and core exercises, running/cardio, and eating healthy foods are all good things to do to get ready for band camp. Begin acclimating your body to the heat as well. Spend a little time outside each day. Band is more enjoyable when your body is able to perform the things band requires it to do!
Remember to practice your instrument! We will hit the ground running the first day, so be ready. Halftime show music will be posted to the Google Drive as I finish it. You have the link in your email.
If your instrument needs a checkup or repair, please tend to that BEFORE band camp. Cole Band is open M-F 10-5:00.
I will send another email in the next several days of things to bring to band camp.
See you July 29th!
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