IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR….
OR IS IT THE MOST STRESSFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
I hope this newsletter finds you all doing well and I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. This newsletter is going to be full of information, so please read this very carefully. To preface what you are going to read, prior to me taking this position, my family and I had planned a vacation for the first full week of December about a year ago. As you all know, I came straight off of my deployment right into the band room. Because of this, my family and I really never had any true down time coming off of my deployment or any time to do a proper vacation prior to me jumping into the saddle. I owe it to my family to keep our vacation plans. They deserve it. With that being said, there were many events planned for the next few weeks (prior to me coming in) that fall in the middle of my family’s plans. There are proper individuals running the show for these events to ensure they are successful. I am a little stressed about not being here for these events, but I have faith that these will go off without a problem, as long as everyone helps to make sure things run smoothly. I will be out of the classroom on 30 Nov for the second half of the day and gone 1 Dec (MP Parade) due to a required military function. My family and I will leave for our vacation on 2 December and will return 9 December. I will be having qualified folks in the room to run rehearsals. I will be keeping tabs on everything while I am gone. You all are professional enough to make this work. Please do your part to ensure everything goes smoothly. ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK.
AFTER SCHOOL REHEARSALS: Due to me being gone next week, we will have to have several after school rehearsals to ensure we are successful for our upcoming Winter Concert. Some rehearsals are optional (only if you plan to participate in small ensemble pieces) and some are mandatory (everybody must attend). Schedule is as follows:
- Monday, 26 Nov 2018: Percussion (Optional); 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018: Woodwinds (Optional); 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, 28 Nov 2018: Brass (Optional); 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Monday, 10 Dec 2018: ALL (MANDATORY) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018: ALL (MANDATORY) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018: ALL (MANDATORY) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Any issues with the rehearsal schedule need to be addressed with me ASAP. Do not wait until the day of to address the issue.
ALL DISTRICT REGISTRATIONS: If you are planning on auditioning for All District Band, I need to know NO LATER THAN THE MORNING OF 29 NOV 2018 (THURSDAY). You will need to bring in your $10 fee by this time. Since I am going to be gone the first full week of December, I have to turn this information in early. Checks need to be made to the MP BAND BOOSTERS.
MOUNT PLEASANT CHRISTMAS PARADE: The Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade is Saturday, 1 Dec 2018. All marching band students need to meet at the old middle school at 8:00 a.m. Plan on parking at the back of the school. Students will be dressing here. Students will need to meet toward the front of the school to be directed to where to go to dress. Bigger instruments and uniforms will be hauled to the middle school. Students who play smaller instruments (flutes, clarinets, sax, trumpet, etc.) need to bring their own instruments with them. Line-up for the parade starts at 9:00 a.m. During this time, you will warm-up and get ready to roll. Parade is supposed to kick off at 11:00 a.m. Once the parade is completed, you will walk back to the old middle school, undress out of uniform, pack the trailer, and head out. I would anticipate being able to be done with everything by 12:30 p.m. We will need to pack the trailer by mid-morning on Friday, 30 November 2018. I would suggest packing the uniforms and most of the equipment on Thursday evening. We will need a volunteer to haul the trailer to the old middle school on Friday, 30 November 2018 or early Saturday, 1 December 2018 (prior to 8:00 a.m.). The trailer will need to be hauled back to the high school after the parade is done. The equipment will need to be unloaded and brought into the band room at some point early next week.
MATTRESS FUNDRAISER: The MP Band 7thAnnual Mattress Fundraiser will be held Saturday, 8 December 2018. We will be having our student meeting on Monday, 26 November 2018. I have also been posting the information on Facebook. Please forward the flyers and information out to everyone you may know that may be in the market for a mattress. All students will be involved with the sale on Saturday, 8 Dec 2018. A work schedule created prior to my departure and will be shared. In order for this to be successful, we need all hands on deck. The mattress sale will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. There will be more specifics laid out about exact times (set-up, break-down, etc.) this week.
WINTER CONCERTS: We will be hosting our Winter Concert on Thursday, 13 December 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Call time for this will be 5:45 p.m. for all students. This is a required performance and is a major part of each students’ grade. All students are required to wear the designated concert attire. All orders for concert attire that needed to be ordered were placed and we have received those items in. If you do not have the required concert attire items, it is up to you to acquire these things now.
The MPMS Bands will be hosting their winter concert on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. I am not requiring high school students to attend, but it would be awesome to see a bunch of you there. These little things help to build the program. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.
MP Band Schedule: November 26th– December 16th2018
Monday (11/26/2018)Class Rehearsals. 1stBlock POWER. After School Rehearsal (Percussion (Optional)) 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday (11/27/2018)Class Rehearsals. After School Rehearsal (Woodwinds (Optional)) 3-5 p.m.
Wednesday (11/28/2018)Class Rehearsals.
Thursday (11/29/2018)Class Rehearsals. ALL DISTRICT REGISTRATION DEADLINE. After School Rehearsal (Brass (Optional)) 3-5 p.m.
Friday (11/30/2018)Class Rehearsals. 4thBlock POWER.
Saturday (12/01/2018)MOUNT PLAESANT CHRISTMAS PARADE
- CALL TIME @ OLD MPMS: 8:00 a.m.
- UNLOAD, DRESS, ETC.: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
- LINE-UP (Warm-up, etc.): 9:00 a.m.
- STEP OFF:11:00 a.m.
- RETURN TO OLD MPMS: 11:45 a.m.
- LEAVE:12:30 p.m.
Sunday (12/02/2018)Eat, Sleep, Practice
Monday (12/03/2018)Class Rehearsals. 1stBlock POWER.
Tuesday (12/04/2018)Class Rehearsals.
Wednesday (12/05/2018)Class Rehearsals.
Thursday (12/06/2018)Class Rehearsals.
Friday (12/07/2018)Class Rehearsals. 4thBlock POWER.
Saturday (12/08/2018)MP Band 7thAnnual Mattress Sale
Sunday (12/09/2018)Eat, Sleep, Practice
Monday (12/10/2018)Class Rehearsals. 1stBlock POWER. Rehearsal (Mandatory) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday (12/11/2018)Class Rehearsals. Rehearsal (Mandatory) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MPMS Winter Concert @ 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday (12/12/2018)Class Rehearsals. Rehearsal (Mandatory) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday (12/13/2018)Class Rehearsals. MPHS Winter Concert.
- CALL TIME:5:45 p.m.
- START:7:00 p.m.
Friday (12/14/2018)Class Rehearsals. 4thBlock POWER.
Saturday (12/15/2018)Eat, Sleep, Practice
Sunday (12/16/2018)Eat, Sleep, Practice. BE READY TO DO A FULL INVENTORY OF ALL SCHOOL OWNED EQUIPMENT ON MONDAY (12/17/2018)