Sunday, November 23, 2014

Announcements 11/23/14

1)  The Band is assigned to work concessions Monday and Tuesday night.  I have a few volunteers signed up, but it wouldn't hurt to have 2 or 3 more parents and/or students.  Report time is 5 pm or close to that as you can.  We usually close down around 9 or so.  If you want to coordinate with someone else to work "shifts", that is fine also.  Finally, I need one volunteer to go by McDonalds at 5 pm to pick up the burgers to sell.  Basketball concessions are nowhere near the job that football concessions are, so don't be scared to volunteer.  If you have any questions about it, just let me know.

2)  Jazz Band Rehearsal this Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:30.  Our first two rehearsals have been super, with more participation than I have ever had!  I have really enjoyed it thus far.

3)  Just a friendly reminder that the final exam for this class is going to be the 12 major scales and chromatic scale memorized.  We have been working on these scales every day during class - keep working on them.  Scales are a major foundation of playing your instrument and reading music.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Announcements 11/16/14

1) Fruit orders are due Wednesday.  Delivery will be the last week of school before Christmas Break.

2) Jazz Band Rehearsal Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:30.

3)  We are going to have our band pictures for the yearbook taken Thursday during class.  We will wear uniforms.  If you have taken them home to be cleaned, make sure you bring them back by Thursday. 

4)  UTM Honor Band applications are now available online.  Only students trying out for All-West are eligible for the UTM Honor Band. If you choose to apply, please note that if you are chosen for the Honor Band you will be responsible for the $75 fee ($45 for registration and $30 for hotel room).  The event will be held on January 22-24.  The application is due by Friday, November 29th.  The optional solo competition is for Seniors only.  You can find out more information about the event at this link:  Here is the information you will need for the application:  Director email -  School Address:  1000 Hornet Dr (Address Line 2 - PO Box 249), Medina TN, 38355.  School Phone - 731-783-0999.  You can fill out the application at this link:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Announcements 11/9/14

1) Jazz Band will meet Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:30.  Anyone interested is invited to join us and play some good jazz music!

2)  Fruit sales begin this week.  This is one that a lot of people look forward to, so all you have to do is ask!  You have until next Wednesday, November 19.  I should have a more definite delivery date by the end of the week, but it is usually the last week of school before we let out for Christmas Break.  We need to sell this fruit to help pay for the extra uniforms we will need for next year.

3)  The High School Veteran's Day program is this Tuesday, November 11 at 10:45 am in the Gymnasium.  The Band will be performing the National Anthem.  All Veterans are invited to attend as we honor them on this day.  Contact the school for more information.

4)  The first memorization test for the Christmas parade music will be this Thursday during class over measures 1-19.  The percussion schedule for tests will be slightly modified since they are not getting their music until Monday.

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.