Monday, October 27, 2014

State Contest Itinerary

Itinerary for Division II State Championship

Stewart’s Creek High School, Smyrna, TN

Saturday, November 1st, 2014


7:30 am                Band report to band room.  Go to the restroom before we leave!

8:00 am Depart SGCHS.  Make sure you have your hat box, gloves, long black socks and shoes.

10:30 am              Arrive at Stewart’s Creek High School.  Equipment will need to be unloaded.

12:00 pm              Lunch will be provided.  Use this time also to go ahead and start focusing on your musical and visual aspects of the performance.  We must be at our best to make finals!

1:20 pm                Start putting on uniforms.

1:50 pm                Group stretch and Breathing exercises.

2:05 pm                Line-up and travel to warm-up.   

2:15 pm                Warm- up.  During this time there is to be no talking. 

2:45 pm                Travel to Stadium.  Keep your chin up and shoulders back the entire time.  Do not talk.  Focus on the upcoming performance. 

3:00 pm                Perform.  Don’t try to do anything special, simply perform what you know.

3:30 pm                Arrive back at bus.  Put plumes back in plume box, put instruments in cases.  Leave uniforms on.  The seniors will meet with the directors and go to the Band entrance to the field. The rest of the band will go back in to the stadium as a group.

4:15 pm                Recognition of Judges, Announcements of Scholarship participants and Finalists. 

4:45 pm                Gather at the buses where you will be given the itinerary for the evening performance.  . 

7:00 pm                Finals performances start.  Finals performances are based on a random draw that we will not know the order of until 4:45.

10:00 pm              Awards and Final placements.  We will load the buses as soon as these are over.

11:30 pm              Depart Stewart’s Creek High School.

2:00 am                Arrive SGCHS.  After everything is put up properly, we will be dismissed together.    

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Announcements 10/26/14

1)  The Trunk or Treat is tomorrow (Monday) at SGC from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  If you have a team signed up to have a car entered, be there by 4:30 at the latest.  If you need to get there a little earlier to dress up your car, that is fine.  Remember to rmain ambassadors to the school and the Band as you interact with the children.  Also, tomorrow is your last chance to bring candy for this event.  

2)  There will be no Drumline practice Monday afternoon.

3)  We will have our regularly scheduled rehearsals from 3:30 to 5:30 on Tuesday and Thursday.

4)  Report time for Friday is 5 pm.  We will depart at 5:30.  We will wear full uniforms and perform at halftime.  We will leave after our halftime performance in order to get home and rest before Division II State the next day. 

5)  A full itinerary for state will be posted tomorrow morning.

6)  I want to say again how proud I was of the Band this past weekend, winning the Grand Champion for the first time.  Take that momentum of a great performance into this final week of rehearsals as we make our final adjustments and improvements to the show!

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Huntingdon Itinerary

Itinerary for Huntingdon Contest

Saturday, October 27th, 2014


1:30 pm                Be on practice field with instruments for a short rehearsal.  Beginning of the show.

2:30 pm                Load instruments on buses, use restroom, get on bus.

3:30 pm                Depart SGCHS. 

4:30 pm                Arrive at Huntingdon High School.   Watch bands, relax.  Supper will start at 5:30 at the buses.  Props and pit trailers will need to be put together during this time.

7:05 pm                Get Uniforms on and get instruments out.

7:35 pm                Line-up and travel to warm-up.   

7:45 pm                Warm- up. 

8:15 pm                Travel to Stadium.  Keep your chin up and shoulders back the entire time.  Look proud!

8:30 pm                Perform.  Don’t try to do anything special, simply perform what you know.

8:45 pm                Take off uniforms, load buses.   Leaders stay in Uniforms.

9:30 pm                Awards Ceremony.  We will clap and support everyone as the awards are handed out.  There will be absolutely no booing or loud negative responses.  After awards, get on buses and prepare to leave after roll is called.

10:45 pm              Depart Huntingdon High School.

11:45 pm              Arrive at SGCHS.  After all instruments are unloaded and put in their proper place, you will be dismissed.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Announcements 10/19/14

1)  A huge and heartfelt "Thank You!" to every student who worked their tail off without one complaint and to every parent who diligently worked their post while setting a great example with great attitudes and a sense of fun.  There were absolutely no problems - NONE - from any of the jobs, any of the students, or any of the parents who were working!  I heard compliment after compliment from directors, staff, and judges about how welcome we made them feel and how hospitable the atmosphere was.  The event ran on time, even with one band showing up late (it was not their fault).  I could not have asked for a better night for our first ever competition.  There is a reason that many teachers brag about how good the band students and parents are.  You are the best!  

2)  Drumline (not front ensemble) will have rehearsal tomorrow from 3:30 to 4:45.  We have to clean up to get ready for a big showdown this weekend!

3)  Report time Friday will be 5:45.  Parents of Seniors:  Be ready to escort your child to the field before the game starts for the Senior Night (I will let you know the exact time as soon as I find out if you haven't already been told).  I have seen parents in the past really dress up, and I have also seen some in jeans.  It is pretty much up to you what to wear.  Band Seniors will wear their uniforms, but no hats - the ladies can dress up their hair and wear jewelry for the pictures.  

4)  Our performance time for the contest Saturday has been changed to 8:30 (it was originally 8 pm.)  A new itinerary will be posted soon, but most of the times will still be the same, including the report time.

5)  Have I told everyone "Thank you!" yet?  Because, seriously, everyone was awesome Saturday.  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Announcements 10/12/14

1)  No Rehearsal this Tuesday - enjoy Fall Break!

2)  Rehearsal this Thursday - 3:30 to 5:30.

3)  Report time this Friday will be 5 pm and a departure time of 5:30 to Crockett County.

4)  Report time this Saturday will be 10 am in the Band Room for the 1st Annual HORNET INVITATIONAL!  The weather is looking good and I can't wait to put on a show with everyone's help.  Let's make this first competition flawless so that every band that attends this year not only wants to come back, but also tell everyone they know what a great show it was!  I will send out a separate announcement later this week with more information about the competition.

5)  Continue to bring in candy for the Trunk-or-Treat on October 27.  If you are signed up to participate, start working on the project with the rest of your team.

6)  Performance time for Huntingdon's contest on October 25 is 8:00 pm.  A full itinerary will be given later this week.
7)  Finish selling your BBQ!  This will help us pay for the charter buses we are taking to State!  They are due this Thursday.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gibson County Contest Itinerary

Itinerary for Gibson County Contest
Saturday, October 4th, 2014

9:30 am Report to Practice field with instruments.
10:15 am              End Rehearsal.  Load instruments and equipment, use restroom, eat snacks, load buses.
11:00 am              Depart SGCHS.  Make sure you have hat box, long black socks, shoes, and gloves.
11:45 am              Arrive at Gibson County. Loading crew will unload.  Props and trailers will be assembled.  Lunch will be provided at the buses. Use the extra time to go in the stadium and watch bands.  Do not travel alone! 
1:40 pm                Put on uniforms.  Get your instruments.
2:05 pm                Line-up and travel to warm-up.   
2:15 pm                Warm- up.  During this time there is to be no talking. 
2:45 pm                Travel to Stadium.  Keep your chin up and shoulders back the entire time.  Look proud!
3:00 pm                Perform.  Don’t try to do anything special, simply perform what you know.
3:30 pm                Arrive back at bus.  Put plumes back in plume box, put instruments in cases, put uniforms up properly.  Leaders will keep uniforms on for Awards.
4:15 pm                Go back into stadium. 
4:45 pm                Awards Ceremony and announcements of finalists.   

Performance time for Finals is based on Random Draw.  A schedule for Finals performance will be
announced at the buses following the Awards Ceremony.

10:00 pm              Finals Awards Ceremony
11:00 pm              Load equipment and buses.

11:50 pm              Arrive at SGCHS.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Announcements 9/28/14

1)  Drumline sectional Rehearsal Monday from 3:30 to 4:45.  No Front Ensemble, just the marching drums.

2)  Low Winds (Tuba, Trombone, Baritone, Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet) sectional Rehearsal Monday from 3:30 to 4:45.

3)  Booster meeting this Thursday at 6:30 pm.  We will finalize a lot of details about the Hornet Invitational!

4)  Report time for Friday's Home Game vs. Milan will be 5:45 pm.  

5)  Report time for Saturday's contest at Gibson County will be 9:30 am on the Practice field.  A full itinerary will be posted tomorrow (Monday).

6) The Band will be participating at the Beta Club's Trunk-or-Treat at SGC on Monday October 27th.  Leaders need to come up with an idea on how to dress up our "trunk".  Everyone else - start bringing candy.  Lots of candy!  Miss Matamoros said they ran out of candy last year early in the event.  Since the Beta Club will not be doing the Canned Creation contest this year, this is our chance to go all out and give back to the community!

7)  Everyone will need to wash their uniform this week before the weekend performances.