Mr. Lee’s Newsletter 3/11

NEWSLETTER FOR 11 MARCH 2019

 

 “CUT TIME” ACCOUNTS

We have begun the process of establishing Cut Time accounts for band students, a cloud based system that will allow us to streamline much of the information band students, parents and alumni need to access including:

  • management of student finances
  • music instrument and music library inventory
  • communication with parents, members, and staff (via e-mail and text)
  • calendar management
  • volunteer management
  • student assignments
  • file storage
  • Alumni Tracker

We are currently working to establish all student accounts and will then implement parent accounts.  Our hope is to have accounts for every member, parent/guardian, and staff member (as well as alumni so we can eventually offer alumni events) of MP Band. We will begin with assignment and calendar tracking and from there will explore the other options the system has to offer.  This is a work in progress, but once established, it should make life a little easier.  Be on the lookout for additional information.

PLAYING ASSESSMENTS

Students will be performing a variety of playing assessments over the next two weeks.  You will find a complete list of assessment requirements in your students Cut Time accounts Once completed, the assessments and grade will be posted as well. All assessments must be completed by 25 March.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER

I have passed out a calendar of events from March through May.  This calendar is approximately 90% correct.  There may be some additions, deletions, changes, etc. A few events that pop up (such as 6thGrade Band Recruitment, etc.) that we will need to throw into the calendar but there is enough for the time being to at least plan ourselves accordingly through the end of the semester.  The calendar of events in Cut Time will be updated in the next few days.

WINTERGUARD

MP Winterguard placed 3rdin their class at Ardrey Kell HS this on March 2nd.  They have been working hard and I am looking forward to seeing how they progress through the rest of the season.  They will begin wrapping up their season with the next competition on March 16 at the WGI Regional Show at Winthrop Coliseum.  It would be AWESOME to see lots of band students and parents come out and show their support!  The Guard will perform at 3:29 p.m. and awards will be presented at approximately 8:30 p.m.  If we make Finals they will return on Sunday to compete again (watch Facebook for info). Tickets are $20 per person for Saturday and $23 for Sunday or you can attend by purchasing a discount combo ticket for $34. AGAIN, COME OUT AND SHOW YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!

SAVE THE DATES

BAND BOOSTERS PARENT MEETING (IMPORTANT):  The next band boosters parent meeting is 16 April 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Please put this on your calendar.

BBQ FUNDRAISER AND YARD SALE:   30 March 2019.  More information to come.

BAND AWARDS BANQUET: 7 May 2019 (Tuesday).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ARENA WORK OPPORTUNITIES:  Statements are going out this week.  If you owe money or you are would like to build up your individual band account, check out new opportunities for arena work posted on the Facebook Band page.  Currently, 3 spots are available April 7 and 8 for the Spartan Race (5:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.). Please contact Mrs. Lori Good at mpbandwork@gmail.comfor information.

MARCHING BAND MEMBER PHOTOS:  We are still planning to do this but had to put it on the back burner. Once we have the details in place, we will let you know.

 

MP Band Schedule:  March 11th– March 24th, 2019

Monday (03/11/2019)Class Rehearsals.  1stBlock POWER.

H.S. Woodwind Rehearsal 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Middle School Woodwind Tutoring 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Winterguard Rehearsal 4-7 p.m.

Tuesday (03/12/2019)NO SCHOOL.  EAT, SLEEP, PRACTICE!

Wednesday (03/13/2019) Class Rehearsals.  2ndPOWER.

2ndgrade students touring the school.

H.S. Brass Rehearsal 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Middle School Brass Tutoring 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday (03/14/2019) Class Rehearsals.

H.S. Percussion Rehearsal 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Middle School Percussion Tutoring 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Leadership Training 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Winterguard Rehearsal 4-7 p.m.

Friday (03/15/2019)Class Rehearsals.

Leadership Training 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Winterguard Rehearsal 4-7 p.m.  Mock run of show at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday (03/16/2019)Winterguard Contest (WGI Regional).  Perform at 3:29 p.m.

Sunday (03/17/2019)EAT, SLEEP, PRACTICE!

Monday (03/18/2019)Class Rehearsals.  1stBlock POWER.

H.S. Woodwind Rehearsal 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Middle School Woodwind Tutoring 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Winterguard Rehearsal 4-7 p.m.

Tuesday (03/19/2019)Class Rehearsals.  2ndBlock POWER.

H.S. Percussion Rehearsal 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Middle School Percussion Tutoring 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Winterguard Rehearsal 4-7 p.m.

Wednesday (03/20/2019)Class Rehearsals.  Combined POWER.

H.S. Brass Rehearsal 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Middle School Brass Tutoring 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday (03/21/2019)Class Rehearsals.

Leadership Training 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Winterguard Rehearsal 4-7 p.m.

Friday (03/22/2019)Class Rehearsals.

Saturday (03/23/2019)Winterguard Contest (CWEA Championships); More info to come

Sunday (03/24/2019)EAT, SLEEP, PRACTICE!