Starting this Tuesday until November 28 our students have another opportunity to raise money individually while shopping for the holidays. Money raised can be used for all music needs, to cover band fees or the band trip cost. Money raised this year will stay in the student’s account until graduation and can be used anytime. To start your individual online store, go to: https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/618596-white-station-high-school-band
Tuesday rehearsals are off for the next two weeks. The next two Thursdays will have rehearsals from 2:30-4:30. Senior Night is this Friday versus Germantown (@ Kirby HS). Seniors will be recognized during half time with family. We are in full uniform for the last two games and will plan on performing our show each game.
For those who have raised money through the popcorn fundraiser and would like to use it for the band trip, or anything else, email the boosters through this site: About Us tab, Director and Booster Leaders, scroll to the bottom and leave your message. The sooner you get the information to them, the faster they are able to send a list to the travel agency and move forward.
The Jazz Band has been asked to perform at the University of Memphis, Holiday Inn Hotel for a special function. They will be leaving school to play around 11am and playing at 11:30. This is only the beginning of opportunities for everyone who wishes to get out in the community to perform. I would like to introduce a coffee house experience in the future for students to perform in classical and jazz formats, either solo or in combos, for an array of people. I am trying to provide opportunities for everyone to play while also involving our neighborhood in what we do. Keep your eyes and ears open for this in the future as well.
Questions about anything, email me directly or the boosters. Have a great day and rest of the Fall Break!
There will be no practice or sectionals today after school, or Thursday. I am also calling all sectionals to be cancelled by section leaders as well so everyone can focus on completing class work for all classes before grades are posted. Focus on the concert tonight and grades for the remainder of the week. Symphonic Band doesnot have to attend the concert tonight.
Here is the game day routine that we follow each week:
Students end school at 2:15pm. I tend to leave the school around 4 pm to get food at which point the students need to be outside the school. The call time for students is 5 pm at which point, all students need to be dressed and ready in the band room. The sousaphones and baritones will not take out their instruments as they will go on the trailer. Once the driver of the trailer arrives and pulls the trailer in front of the band room, the drums load up first, followed by the sousaphones and baritones. Then, we load up the front ensemble (mallet) instruments and water cart.
Students will board the buses around 5:30 pm. Chaperones traveling with the band will split up between the buses and check students off before they board the bus to set seat assignments and each bus list (clipboards are already made and in my office for use). These same lists and buses will be used in the same manner on the way back from the game. We should depart the school at 5:45 pm to head to whatever school we are playing. Games start at 7:00 pm and run typically until close to 9 pm (penalty time excluded). Parents signed up for Remind will receive notifications when we are on our way back so you are here to pick them up post the game.
Food is not provided for students, but the backpacks they have (only band backpacks allowed) may contain any food they wish to bring to consume during the game. We will have four water containers for students to refill bottles, but we will not have extra bottles on hand. Each student must bring their own bottle to the game. Water is a must as we are exercising hard for the game and students can easily become dehydrated. There are also concession stands that students may purchase food from, but only during the third quarter after we have performed the half-time show.
Very Important: If you are planning on taking your child home from the game, I have to have the Bus Exemption Form filled out and signed by one of the principals before you take them. This form is in the band room and on this site under the resources tab. I need to have it 24 hours before the game as it goes to the chaperones so we all know who we are traveling with and don’t stress trying to find your child at the stadium. Any other questions, please send me a remind or email – you can also send a message through this site to the boosters who can also help answer questions. Go Spartans!