Good Evening All,
Appreciate all of your efforts this past weekend. We are gearing up for our last home football game and contest of the season. Let’s finish it with a bang……
Rehearsal Schedule for 28 October – 31 October: The rehearsal schedule for this week looks like the following:
- Tuesday: All (4 – 7 PM)
- Wednesday: All (4-7 PM)
- Thursday: All (4-7 PM)
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PEP RALLY: We will be going to the elementary school for a pep rally on Friday, 1 November. More info to come. We will need 1 parent to haul the small trailer for us that morning. Any help is greatly appreciated.
SENIOR NIGHT FORMS: All seniors should have received a form that needs to be filled out with information requested by Mr. Hinson (Athletic Director). These need to be turned in to me NLT Wednesday morning. If I do not get these forms, you will not be announced. Form is attached.
Senior Night on Friday: On November 1st, we will be celebrating our seniors for their dedication to the program. We will need the following amount of parents to help with things:
- Equipment trailer haulers (1): One for the big trailer.
- At least 6 parents to help with front ensemble equipment
- At least 6-8 parents to help with backdrop props to lay sandbags down.
- 2 for Drum Major Podium
- 6-8 Meal Servers
- 6 Water Crew
- NO SIDELINE PROPS FOR THIS PERFORMANCE
These volunteer opportunities will be posted on Cut Time by Wednesday evening.
Schedule of events is as follows:
- Call Time: 4:45 p.m.
- Dinner: 5:00 p.m.
- Dress: 5:30 p.m.
- Line Up to March to Stadium: 6:00 p.m.
- Arrive to Stadium: 6:10 p.m.
- Warm-up for Performance: 6:15 – 6:45 p.m.
- Senior Night Activities: 6:45 p.m.
- Star Spangled Banner: 7:20 p.m.
- Game Start: 7:30 p.m.
- Perform at Halftime: approx.. 8:30 p.m.; shoe presentation following performance
- Approximate End: 10:00 p.m.
- Lot Concert for Parents: After Game in Stadium
- Approximate Release: 10:45 p.m.
North Davidson Contest on Saturday: On Saturday, November 2nd, we will be attending our last contest of the competitive season at North Davidson High School. The schedule of events will also be posted on Cut Time. Schedule is as follows:
- Call Time: 8:00 a.m.
- Eat Lunch/Pack: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
- Leave for North Davidson: 9:30 a.m.
- Arrive: 10:45 a.m.
- Prop Assembly: 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
- Visual Warm-up: 11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
- Snack/Preparation for Dressing: 12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
- Dress: 12:55 p.m.
- Warm-up: 1:30 p.m.
- Gate: 2:15 p.m.
- Performance: 2:20 p.m.
- Awards: 2:40 p.m.
- Leave North Davidson HS: approximately 4:00 p.m.
- Arrive to Mount Pleasant: approximately 5:15 p .m.
Volunteers needed for this event are as follows:
- Equipment trailer haulers (2): One for the big trailer and one for the small trailer.
- 3 Open Air Trailers w/ Tractors/Gators/Golf Carts: We will need to have at least this many to haul sideline props and front ensemble equipment to and from the field.
- At least 6 parents to help with front ensemble equipment
- At least 8-10 parents to help with front sideline props and drum major podium
- At least 8-10 parents to help with backdrop props to lay sandbags down.
Mattress Sale: The annual mattress fundraiser will be 17 November 2019. Please start pushing this out to as many folks as you know. This is a pretty easy fundraiser on our part. Main thing we have to do is promote it, so please push this out to family, friends, co-workers, etc. I have attached information to this e-mail for your perusal and for you to send out to folks if you will. Please help us in this effort. Also, watch Facebook for updates and event invites. More to follow soon……
Parade Rehearsals and Performances: Please ensure these dates are on your calendar
- Rehearsals (4-6 p.m.)
- November 12th
- November 14th
- November 18th
- November 19th
- November 21st
- Performances (Times TBA)
- Concord Parade: November 23rd
- Mount Pleasant Parade: December 7th
BAND BOOSTERS MEETING: Next meeting slotted for November 4th at 6:00 p.m.
BAND TRIP TO WASHINGTON: I have finally gotten word back from the county that we are approved to participate in the 75th Anniversary Celebration of VE Day in Washington D.C. This is a wonderful opportunity for us. Next thing on the docket is to gage the interest of the band members and families. This trip is to take place on 8-10 May. In order for us to participate, we need to ensure we have max participation. Because of the nature of the trip, it will only be for current marching band members. An interest form was sent out, but I have not received many back. Final deadline for these will be this Wednesday. If I do not get these back, I am going to assume you are not interested in this opportunity.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS: A detailed schedule has been sent weekly all summer long. I have also put all dates for the season on our Cut Time site (www.cuttime.net). This calendar can be accessed at any time. You can also access this calendar through Google Calendars at https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=a2VpdGgubGVlQGFwcHMuY2FiYXJydXMuazEyLm5jLnVz . I highly encourage utilizing your Cut Time accounts to keep up with the happenings of the band. This is where you will get all the details of every event (schedule of events, maps to events, etc.) This is where we will also get volunteers for events. All students will have an account by the end of band camp, and one parent/guardian of each child will have an account that is linked to their student’s account. Any and all parents/guardians can make an account, but at least one of each child is required to have one. This will become our main source of communication so it is imperative that folks gain access.
REQUEST TO BE EXCUSED FROM A REHEARSAL: As discussed in our parent meeting during the first week of band camp, a new method of requesting to be excused from an upcoming rehearsal has been developed. From here on out, please utilize the following link (https://forms.gle/XkTBbUZfdKzBDzjQ6) to request for an excused absence from a rehearsal. Please read the band handbook in concern of the policy for excused/unexcused absences. All requests for an excused absence for an upcoming rehearsal needs to be submitted 48 hours in advance (with exceptions of extreme emergency circumstances). This will eventually be made available on the band’s website.
DONATIONS FOR EQUIPMENT: Hope you are well. As discussed in our parent meeting, we have lots of needs. On top of our normal requests (field paint, water, etc.), we have some equipment needs. I am hoping that I can get some help to find ways to fund these items.
Drum Harnesses: We have a DIRE need to replace all of our harnesses for the drumline. We are lucky in that our instruments are in great shape for being as old as they are. Our harnesses on the other hand, have surpassed their day. I already have a few folks who have expressed interest in helping in this venture. If you are able to fully purchase a harness, I am looking at ways to have these items engraved. If you are unable to purchase a harness but are willing to help, we will also be excepting partial donations toward these items, as well. See costs below (PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE RECEIVED A FEW DONATIONS ALREADY TOWARDS THIS PURCHASE. WE HAD A KIND DONATION MADE TO THE BAND PROGRAM FROM AN ACQUAINTANCE OF ONE OF OUR BAND PARENTS FOR $1000. THIS MONEY WILL GO TOWARD 2 SNARE HARNESSES AND 1 BASS HARNESS. I HAVE ALSO RECEIVED A CHECK FOR THREE OF THE BASS HARNESSES ALREADY. THIS PUTS US JUST OVER HALF WAY TO BEING ABLE TO FUND THE ENTIRE LINE. I HAVE THE HARNESSES IN MY BAND OFFICE DUE TO THE COMPANY MISUNDERSTANDING MY REQUEST. AS SOON AS I GET ALL THE MONEY FOR THESE, I CAN START PULLING THESE OUT AND PUT THEM TO USE. IF I DON’T GET ALL THE MONEY FOR THESE, I WILL SEND BACK THE ONES WE AREN’T ABLE TO PAY FOR AT THIS TIME. IT WOULD BE MOST OPTIMAL TO PURCHASE THE ENTIRE SET, BUT WE CAN PURCHASE IN CHUNKS IF NEED BE.)
Snare Drum: We need 1 more carrier. 2 have already been purchased. Costs are $299.99 per carrier (taxes and shipping not included).Total: $299.99.
Tenor Drum: We need 2 carriers. Costs are $309.99 per carrier (taxes and shipping not included).Total: $619.98 for 2.
Bass Drum: We need 1 more carrier. 4 have already been purchased. Costs are $299.99 per carrier (taxes and shipping not included).Total: $299.99 for 1.
We had a very generous donation of time, labor, and parts that went toward building an awesome synthesizer cart. This cart is amazing. The kind folks of Propel Church, Gene Starnes, and Brian Harkey for doing this for us.
Also, THANK YOU to Buddy Cobb for building some awesome carts for our speakers. This will help us get on and off the field so much easier.
There are other equipment needs, but these are priority.
Outside of these needs, we are always needing donations of:
- Cases of water
- Gatorade (packets of mix)
- Cases of field paint. I prefer the Rust Oleum Matte White Marking Paint (https://www.lowes.com/pd/rust-oleum-professional-white-water-based-marking-paint-actual-net-contents-15-fl-oz/3959183?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-pnt-_-google-_-lia-_-219-_-spraypaint-_-3959183-_-0&store_code=2368&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3_um7cGM5AIVzZ6zCh1cUQrFEAQYAiABEgKIkvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds ). We go through a couple cases a week (a case is 6 cans; so we go through 12 cans a week). Right now, with learning drill, that number goes up a bit more.
- Snacks (especially for games and contests)
As always, I am so appreciative of all you do. Any little thing helps, so if you are willing to help, please let me know. Receipts for tax purposes can be done for your tax records.
As always, any questions, concerns, etc. can be brought to my attention at any time. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Keith J. Lee
Director of Bands
Mount Pleasant High School
Office Phone: 704.260.6690 ext. 76707
Address: 700 Walker Road, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124-9596