1. Band Camp Checklist:
-Don't skip breakfast!
-flip folder & lyre
-2-3 extra reeds, valve oil, slide grease, sticks
-lace-up tennis shoes and socks - No sandals, Toms, etc.
-healthy snacks for short breaks (trail mix, granola bars, nuts, fresh fruit/veggies, yogurt, jerky, etc.)
-lunch *See below about Subway*
-medical necessities (epi pen, inhaler, etc. - Make sure I know about these!)
-wear light, breathable clothing
LEAVE AT HOME:
-Phones will go in the phone box during rehearsals.
If you need any music supplies listed above you can get them at Cole Band, 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 day or two). Please check to be sure your instrument is in working condition and have it serviced if necessary before camp.
2. Due by Monday, Aug. 3rd (1st Day of Camp):
Our treasurer appreciates when you write separate checks for different things.
-Emergency Form (send on website here)
-Field Trip Form (print off from website here)
-Copy of insurance card
-1 case of water
-$25 if you ordered shoes — *Must pay before I can order*
Due by Friday, Aug. 28th:
-First half of fees ($75)
-$35 instrument fee (if using a school-owned instrument)
Due by Friday, Oct. 2nd:
-Second half of fees ($75)
3. Camp Schedule & Attendance
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so we can begin instruction on time each day. Daily attendance is mandatory. You may not leave campus once you get here, so remember to bring your lunch.
Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7 — 8:00-5:30
Mon., Aug. 10 — 3:00-6:00
Tues., Aug. 11 — 3:00-5:15
Wed., Aug. 12 — after-school practice until 5:00
Thurs., Aug. 13 — after-school practice until 5:00
4. Scheduling — This is an important section. Please read it 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.
All performance and rehearsal dates & times for the entire school year are now listed on the Google calendar on the band website here. This calendar is available to you at all times and is accurate 24/7. I will let you know immediately if there are any changes to it. Hopefully there will be none, but rescheduling of other school events does happen and sometimes we get bumped. I encourage you to sync this calendar with your phone.
The only excused absences from PERFORMANCES are student illness or a death in the family. All other foreseen absences from ANY PERFORMANCE for the 2015-16 school year must be approved by me no later than Friday, August 28th. The schedule for the entire school year is posted on the calendar. Two possible dates for PTO/Fish Fry are listed because I am waiting to hear back about that. Excused performances can be "made up" for up to 75% credit by submitting a 2-page typed report to me. The complete band grading policy can be found here on the band website. Remember that this is a CO-curricular class, meaning, there are curricular requirements outside of regular class times.
After-school rehearsals will be every Wednesday and Thursday until 5:00. Please remember this schedule when you are making doctors' appointments and other plans. 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. Exhaust every resource to be at school and all after-school rehearsals, especially on Wednesdays. Tuesday is the best day of the week to make appointments.
I think all but 2 people have a uniform now. 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. For instance, we are missing about 15 hats that have disappeared over the years.
6. Band Booster Meeting
Our first Band Booster meeting will be Tuesday, 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.
7. Subway Lunches
The majorettes will be taking orders for Subway boxed lunches on Tuesday and Thursday during band camp. Please consider supporting their fundraiser. Boxes are $8.50.
8. DCI Finals Party
The Band Council is hosting a DCI Finals watch party on Saturday, Aug. 8th from 4:30-9:00 in the band room. We will watch the livestream of Finals (the championship!) and enjoy some food, fellowship, and the (almost) end of band camp. 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.
9. Final Thoughts
Play your instrument.
Start drinking water.
Play your instrument.
Play your instrument!
We're going to have a great year! I can't wait to make music with all of you again next week. See you then!
I hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable summer! We had a great camp at Huntingdon a few weeks ago and were exposed to some high-quality teaching. Hopefully you've been practicing some of the techniques you learned! 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.
1. 2015-16 Band Members
If you are reading this email, then I have you on my marching band class roll. Please reply now if this is incorrect. Keep in mind that because of the size of our organization, any drops in our numbers at this point in my planning process will have an immediate effect on our season. If you are still on the fence, it's time to decide. Please do not assume that I already know.
Band fee = $50 per child (+$35 for 2nd child)
Bus fee = $100 per child. In an effort to save money to purchase new uniforms in the near future, the Band Boosters decided at our winter meeting that we would take cars to all away games this year but still pay the bus fee.
You can send one check for $150 or split into 2 payments of $75 if you wish. The deadline for the first payment is Friday, Aug. 28th. The second payment is due Friday, Oct. 2nd. Please do not send cash.
School Instrument Usage Fee = $35 per semester. This only applies to students using school instruments. This fee is to help cover the cost of regular maintenance to those school instruments. Any other costs for repairs/accidents are the responsibility of the student. An instrument check-out form will be signed by the student, parent, and myself. Fee for 1st semester (marching season) is due by Aug. 28th. Fee for 2nd semester (concert season) is due by Jan. 8th.
New shoes = $25. 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.
Please fill out the emergency form on the band website (fill out online here). You also need to bring a copy of your health insurance card and the field trip release (print off here) with you to band camp. All 3 of these items are due Monday, August 3rd. It is very important that I have emergency info for everyone the first day of camp.
If you would like to have the same band uniform again, please let me know. Uniform fittings will be12:30-5:30 Tuesday, July 21st. Everyone will need a uniform to wear for pictures on Aug. 7th.
For band camp, each family should bring 1 case of water. You can bring this with you to uniform fittings or by Monday, August 3rd.
6. Camp Schedule Reminder
Below is the schedule I sent via email on May 4th.
August 3-7th 8:00-5:30 (Picture Day is Fri., Aug. 7th.)
August 10th 3:00-6:00
August 11th 3:00-5:15 (Open House 6:00)
Daily band camp attendance is mandatory! This is a very short band camp compared to our schedule the past couple years. You must be here 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. 12th. Parents, please remember this schedule when you are making doctors’ appointments and other plans.
Wednesdays are sacred band days. All athletes and any student involved in any other curricular or extra-curricular activity must come to band every Wednesday – no exceptions. Unfortunately, the schedule won’t allow for this every day. Remember that band goes on your report card because it is a co-curricular class (meaning, 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 school and all after-school rehearsals, especially on Wednesdays. Tuesday is the best day of the week if you have to make doctor appointments, etc. during school hours.
Keep yourself in shape! Upper body (arms, chest) and core exercises (especially abdominals and lower back), 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! With less time for camp, we will hit the ground running the first day. Be ready. Halftime music and recordings are posted to Members Only. I am working on a new packet of warmups & technique exercises and will try to hurry up and finish so I can post those as well.
If your instrument needs a checkup or repair, please tend to that BEFORE band camp.
I will send another email of things to bring to band camp in the next couple of weeks.
See you August 3rd!