MP Band Newsletter for Week of 26 – 30 August 2019

Good Afternoon All,

 

Hope everyone is enjoying a restful weekend.  There is a lot of information to go over.  Please read this carefully.

 

  • Back to School Pep Rally (HS Students Only):  On the first day of school, the band has been asked to participate in a back to school pep rally right at the beginning of school.  At 7:10 a.m., all band winds and battery percussionist need to quickly check in with their homeroom teacher, come to the band room to get their equipment, and go to the gym for the pep rally.  We will play a few stands tunes and the school song.  It should last no more than 15 minutes.  I need you to be super professional on this.  Move with a quickness.  Once complete, you will go to 1st Block.

 

  • Make-up Football Game on Monday:  Since the weather on Friday caused the game to be pushed, the decision has been made to make it up on Monday, August 26th.  I would like for us to participate in a pep band role.  We will not march on Monday.  We will rehearse on Monday until 5:30 p.m., then we will go into game mode.  Students are asked to wear their band shirts, black shorts, white or black socks, and tennis shoes.  These items can be worn to rehearsal  on that day.  All other uniform rules apply.  Schedule is as follows:
    • Dinner:  5:35 p.m.
    • Leave to go to Stadium:  6:00 p.m.
    • Get to Stadium/Warm-up:  6:10 p.m.
    • Star Spangled Banner:  6:25 p.m.
    • Game Start:  6:30 p.m.
    • Approximate End:  8:30 p.m.
  • Middle School Students Getting to the High School After School:  Normally, Mr. Fisher would be the one walking students over after school.  With the recent birth of his son, Mr. Fisher will be missing the first two weeks of school.  I am working on a game plan.  Students need to plan to meet myself or a band representative at the front of the school at the end of the school day with all their gear.  They will be escorted over to the high school.  Once there, they will be given a quick chance to change into their rehearsal clothes and get to the appropriate areas for rehearsal.  They need to be in their areas no later than 4:20 p.m.  After the first couple weeks of school, Mr. Fisher will be back in the saddle and will be their escort.

 

  • Rehearsal Schedule for the week of 26 – 30 August:  On August 26th, 2019, we go into our normal school rehearsal schedule.  On a normal week, the rehearsal schedule will look like the following:
    • Mondays:  All Sections (4-5:30 PM); stopping early to prepare for make-up football game
    • Tuesdays:  Winds and Percussion (4-7 PM)
    • Wednesdays:  Colorguard (4-7 PM)
    • Thursdays:  All (4-7 PM)

 

  • Football Game (Away) on 30 August 2019:  On August 30th, we will have our first away football game.  Details are as follows:
    • Call Time:  5:00 p.m.
    • Dinner:  5:15 p.m.
    • Leave MPHS:  6:00 p.m.
    • Arrive at Northwest Cabarrus HS:  by 6:30 p.m.
    • Warm-up:  6:45 p.m.
    • Leave to enter Stadium:  7:10 p.m.
    • In Stands:  by 7:20 p.m.
    • Approximate End Time:  10:00 p.m.
    • Approximate Return to MPHS:  10:40 p.m.
    • We will need the following volunteers needed for this event:
      • Meal Servers/Providers
      • Equipment Trailer Hauler (Will only need the small trailer)
      • Water

 

  • 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.
  • Field Racks:  We also DIRE need for a couple of field racks.  These racks are used to help get some of our front ensemble percussion equipment on and off the field.  These racks help to keep the instruments in great shape while also making it easier to get this stuff on and off the field (less frustration, mitigates the chance of timing penalties, etc.).  These racks are also useful during the concert season, as well.  We need two types:
    • Pyle Latin Percussion Rack at $695.95
    • Pyle All terrain Field Rack at $799.95
    • There are a couple of accessory pieces that we will need to purchase, as well. The field rack crash cymbal holder is $318.75 and a field rack trap table $168.75.  If we get the racks, we can add more accessories at a later date, but we need to go ahead and at least get these items.
  • Electronic Equipment Carts:  We are also in CRITICAL need to purchase a couple carts/racks for our synthesizers and mixer equipment.  We have all this wonderful electronic equipment, but the items we have to haul this stuff and store this stuff is lacking in a big way.  If we do not fix this now, we risk seriously damaging this equipment.  We damage this equipment, that is thousands of dollars gone and wasted.  We fix this issue now, this equipment should last us a good long time.  We need two racks.  One that will encompass a synthesizer and the mixer board, and one that is for a single synthesizer.
    • Pageantry Innovations KC 35 Synth/Mixer Cart Combo:  This is a very pricey rack, but would be the best purchase because it combines two racks in one.  This means less stuff to have to move around.  Once the equipment is in this rig, it never has to come out.  It will keep our main synthesizer and our mixer board out of the elements (sun, rain, etc.).  Cost of this rig is $3599.99 (estimate).  Expensive, but is cheap in comparison to having to replace electronic equipment because of being weathered, etc.
    • Pyle Electronics Cart:  This would be the secondary synthesizer/electronics rack.  This one is not as extensive than the other, but is required for the amount of synthesizers we use.  The cost of this is $1079.99.
    • An option would be to buy two of the Pyle electronic racks and purchase a separate rig for the mixer.  If interested in this option, I can look into options.
    • We can always explore cheaper options, and depending on donations, we may have to go that route, but the options labeled are best case scenarios.

 

There are other equipment needs, but these are priority.

 

Outside of these needs, we are always needing donations of:

 

 

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.

 

  • SENIOR PICTURES FOR BANNERS: Pictures took place on August 13th.  We have a couple that have to do remakes.  Once the final proofs come in, students will pick the picture they want for their banner.  We will then send those photos off to be applied to the banners.  The cost of the banners will be $50, as in years’ past.  Please submit payment for those by September 6th.
  • SHOWCASE ADS/TROPHY SPONSORSHIP FORMS:  Please see e-mails that were sent out for this.  These are due by 30 August 2019.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

 

As always, any questions, concerns, etc. can be brought to my attention at any time.  Feel free to e-mail me at keith.lee@cabarrus.k12.nc.us .