I am announcing three car washes for the following Saturdays: 8/11 8-1 (I have to leave at 1pm), 8/25 8-3, and 9/1 8-3. These are all days that are also dependent upon the weather, so please help watch for poor weather. I am unable to do the 18th because of a meeting with WTSBOA and because the soccer team is doing a car wash at the school on that day.
Students typically show for a couple of hours, although some stay a majority of the day, and help to wash cars in our parking lot outside the band room. Some students will be on the street corners with signs collecting money and bringing cars into the lot. If any parents are willing and able to help monitor or simply help supply any amount of soap, it is very helpful. We typically have 10-20 kids at a time having a great time washing cars. We have made over $800 in the past per car wash so this is a great opportunity for our program.
This is not mandatory but a volunteer function. However, most of the band tends to show up. If you have any questions, please reach out and let me know.
For all of those families new to the High School, I am attaching the following google form to be able to gather information to keep everyone up to date when emails, or alerts are sent out. I am also sending the remind codes for the bands for the same purpose.
Contact Information – revised
Jazz Band – @815cb5
Symphonic Band – @a743b
Wind Ensemble – @8643g
Marching Band – @9b97e
Here’s a Sign Up Genius for uniform distribution: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050B44AFAE2FA20-uniform
Attached is the sign up for those wishing to help our students and parents already committed to a great season. Please sign up as you are able to help us aid students and parents with the loading up of the trailer, aiding of students and helping monitor students on buses. This also guarantees free entrance to the games and the chance to watch your child(ren).
Sign up for chaperones
Attached is the order form for our uniform package that we wear each year (many students should have brought this home already). The form needs to be returned completely filled out by next Thursday (the money does not have to be turned in right away – just the form). Friday morning will be the latest it can be returned or your child will not have a uniform by the first game.
MidSouth Solutions Order Form
For all Freshman families, we have each family buy the entire packet so the whole band enters all games looking as uniform as possible. The only thing I leave to each family to decide on is the shoes which students wear to the games. I am no longer requiring students to wear the marching shoes as we have in the past due to the unpredictability in the sizing and their uncomfortable nature. Students have to have all black shoes for the games – no white stripes, or colored logos of any kind. They have to be completely black.
After Freshman year, students only need to purchase the t-shirt for that corresponding year and any missing or damaged items they need. The uniform does not change in order to help offset costs. This current order form unfortunately does not have the concert shirts as requested, so that will be posted soon. It is a black button down dress shirt with our logo and the students corresponding band on the breast (approx. $22). This is for the boys only as girls will be wearing black dresses (no skirts or low cut tops?).
The following rehearsal schedule will be in place for this coming week: Monday-Wednesday, 10-5pm. Coach Q and our Woodwind and Brass coaches will be present and willing to run rehearsals. These days were explained to the band members to be voluntary as many parents did not plan on bringing their children to the school for practice. It would be very advantageous for them to come since we have had the misfortune to be running behind due to the school’s construction. Thursday and Friday will remain 2:30-6:30. These are mandatory rehearsals.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this very abnormal band camp.
Rehearsal schedule for the next, 7/30-8/3:
No rehearsal Monday through Wednesday. We will be rehearsing Thursday and Friday from 2:30-6:30. The following week, school begins and rehearsals will begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-5. It is to be determined whether we will be rehearsing Mondays in addition. We are behind on schedule, not due to the students but to the displacement we have had to face due to construction. If we are able to catch up, we will not have extra rehearsals.
The field show music (Mr. Brownstone) has been updated and altered to be as playable as possible.
In order to get caught up on the time lost due to all of the school construction, we will be running band camp this week from 9:30-6:30. This will not only give us time to get caught up on the music but we will hopefully be able to work outside when it is cooler both in the mornings and afternoons, avoiding the heat of the middle of the day. Hopefully, the Freshman lot will be finished this week and we will be able to start car washes outside the band room which we do each year on Saturdays. More information on that will come as I find out our options.
Also, two forms should have been brought home: A student information form that lets me be aware of any allergies or medical conditions and provides me with parent email information to be added to the email list, and an instrument rental form. There is no fee for using school instruments, but if any damage occurs during the time of use, I request that you take care of any repairs needed. The latter form requires a parent signature thus stating that you agree to and understand this. We are blessed to have many instruments to share but they require constant upkeep. Wear and tear is something I pay for, but damage is entirely different (dropping, stepping on, banging into a doorway, breaking keys or denting slides, valves or any portion of the instrument not already damaged). Both of these forms need to be turned in Monday morning. Especially the form allowing your child to use our instrument(s).
If you are not receiving emails yet, send a note to us here on the site so I may add you or send me an email requesting it at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am trying to add everyone I have been in contact with but know I am missing several students, many of which have not shown up for camp the last couple of days.
As of now, we do not have access to WSMS, and I do not feel comfortable lining the field of a supportive church. After talking to Mrs. Holland from our school, we are being given the opportunity to utilize the Freshman building across the way from the band room (the stand alone building closest to Poplar and Walgreens). We will still be using the field on campus as we always have. The schedule at the moment will be as follows:
Tuesday – No practice
Wednesday – 10-1 (Includes all officers and section leaders/heads) This is also the best day if the opportunity is present for any student needing an instrument to come to the school to check one out.
Thursday – 9:30-5:30 This will be the first full practice and will include all band members. Unfortunately, due to the work on the school, we are unable to host the Freshman camp as we have in the past. All students are expected to attend.
Friday – 8-5 Again, this is required of all students regardless of grade level.
Once I know more, Thursday or Friday, I will let everyone know about next week. I apologize that I do not have more information but I am trying to make everything work and am trying to schedule space with the football team which is also scrambling to make their practices happen. Thank you all for your patience!