MP Band – Information for 11 – 17 May 2020

Good Afternoon All,


Hope you are doing all.  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of our moms out there. We appreciate all you do……


Video Message for the Week of 11 – 17 May 2020:  Please watch here:


ACADEMIC CALENDAR CHANGE FOR 2020 – 2021: Due to recent legislation that was passed by the NC General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Cooper on 4 May 2020, it has been mandated that students will return to school on 17 August 2020. Teachers will return to work on 10 August 2020. You are invited and encouraged to provide feedback on two possible scenarios (one with the Republican National Convention taking place, one without). Visit to compare and contrast the two proposed calendars and give your own feedback. This needs to be done by 10 May 2020.


MARCHING BAND INFORMATION FOR 2020: I have hesitated on pushing out anything due to all the changes that have been occurring lately. The proposed calendar change will affect our summer schedule. The vote on the calendar is supposed to occur on 11 May. I am going to be pushing out information concerning marching band soon after that vote occurs. Be on the lookout for this……….


MERIT POINT SYSTEM:  In year’s past, our various awards, such as varsity letters and the pink honors cord, have been given out based on amount of years you have participated in the band program.  It has become apparent that some changes to this will have to be made.  From here on out, students will be awarded varsity letters, service bars, and the pink honors cords based on a merit point system.  Why the change?


  • It has become apparent that we have to do more to make the awarding of these items more meaningful and fair.
  • Allows for anyone in the band program to earn points toward these items.  Does not discriminate against those who do not march in marching band, etc.
  • Places more emphasis on going above and beyond and excellence rather than just participation.


I encourage you all to watch this video that will give more detail:


The video is 23 minutes long (I know……pretty long).  Even though it is fairly long, I feel it is the best way to explain the form and to show how the merit point form is being used.


Attached is the merit point form.  I need ALL band students to fill this out.  Watch the video for explanation on how I need you to do this.  If you do not do this, you will not be given any of these awards.  Please e-mail back to me by 15 May 2020.  Fill out the form based on the information I have given you in the video.


Merit Point Form 2019-2020


  • SENIORS:  You are “grandfathered” into the system.  Most of you may be close when it comes to having enough points to earn the pink cord, but most of you will not make it.  If you have been a band participant through your Senior year, you will be awarded a pink cord this year.
  • JUNIORS:   You will also be “grandfathered” into the system.  Most of you may be close when it comes to having enough points to earn the pink cord, but most of you will not make it.  If you participate in band through your Senior year, you will be awarded a pink cord next year.
  • SOPHOMORES:  I will make an assessment of where you are at and make a determination.
  • FRESHMEN:  You are fully vested in the merit point program.


Any concerns about this can be communicated to me.


SUPERLATIVES:  Students – please go to to vote for superlatives.  Deadline for this will be Friday, 15 May 2020.


AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:  This award is for a deserving band parent/guardian that has gone above and beyond to help the program.  If you have someone that you would like to nominate, please go to to submit their name and a brief reasoning for why you are nominating this individual.  Deadline is 15 May 2020.


HOW WILL AN END OF THE YEAR AWARD CEREMONY GO:  At this present moment of time, it is looking like we may have a hard time getting together to do a face to face ceremony.  We will continue to look into ways we can make something happen.  Please prepare yourself that a face to face gathering of this magnitude may not happen.  If we are not able to gather at some point, then other plans will be made to celebrate you guys.  May have to be a virtual setting, but we will make something happen.


WCU Summer Symposium:  Every summer, Western Carolina offers a Summer Symposium for band students.  This year, due to the current situation, they are going to be doing this online for FREE.  You all need to get in on this.  There are tracks for every section.  I have attached to this e-mail a flyer with the dates and a PDF with information on how to logon to the webinars.  YOU WOULD BE FOOLISH NOT TO PARTAKE IN THIS!!!!!!


  • Drum Major Track – 7 May @ 5 p.m.
  • Winds Track – 14 May @ 5 p.m.
  • Percussion Track – 21 May @ 5 p.m.
  • Colorguard Track – 28 May @ 5 p.m.
  • Leadership Track – 4 June @ 5 p.m.
  • Jazz Track – 11 June @ 5 p.m.


There is something for everyone here.  Get involved in multiple webinars.  Be on the lookout for other great opportunities to come down the pike.


WCU SSY20 Online Schedule FINAL



Band Fees:  Some still have balances due from their marching band fees, winterguard fees, etc.  Please get this in ASAP.  I greatly appreciate the ones who have gotten with me to turn in money.  If you have money that is due that you need to turn in, it is imperative that you do this ASAP.  Send me an email and I can meet you.


Daily/Weekly Schedule:  A daily/weekly schedule has been created for you to follow.  Please see below:


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Daily Schedule
Time Period
9:00 am – 9:55 am 1st Period
10:00 am – 10:55 am 2nd Period
11:30 am – 12:25 pm 3rd Period
12:30 pm – 1:25 pm 4th Period
Wednesday Work Schedule
PLCs for Teachers
Time Department Administrator
8:00 am – 8:45 am Social Studies Sullivan
PE Frazier
Math Snyder
9:00 am – 9:45 am Fine Arts Sullivan
EC Frazier
Science Snyder
10:00 am – 10:45 am World Language Sullivan
English Frazier
CTE Snyder
Mr. Lee Office Hours (Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri.)
7:15 am – 4:30 pm Hit me up anytime during this time through e-mail or Microsoft Team.
Mr. Lee Office Hours (Wed.)
7:15 am – 8:50 am

10:00 am – 1:50 pm

3:10 pm – 4:30 pm

Hit me up anytime during this time through e-mail or Microsoft Team.



Microsoft Teams:  We will be doing at least two live meetings per week.  You have already been invited to attend these meetings through Microsoft Teams.  It should send a notification to your school e-mail address when these invites occur.  It will also show up in your calendars in your school e-mail.  In order to access Microsoft Teams, you need to know your login information for your school e-mail accounts, etc.  Please go to this website to learn how to do this: .


Class Meetings:  Live meetings are back on.  I have scheduled meetings up through May 14th, but these will be postponed until we are given the nod.  I will be having meetings on the following days and times:


  • 1st Block
    • Meeting 1:  Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m.
    • Meeting 2:  Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
  • 2nd Block
    • Meeting 1:  Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
    • Meeting 2:  Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.


Please plan to hop on to the meetings during your assigned time.


Assignments for the Week of 11 – 17 May:  I have posted assignments in Cut Time for you to begin.  There is some brand new material for you to do.  This week, you will have a theory component and a few playing components.  Follow the instructions of the assignment.  To access Cut Time and figure out how to access those assignments, please watch this video:


Once you completed an assignment, please go into Cut Time and certify you have completed the assignment.  To do so, watch this video:


If you do not have the required materials to complete a particular assignment, please let me know and I will make adjustments for you.  With this new way of learning, and with the situation being what it is, we will all have to have a level of leniency and understanding.


SITUATION AS IS:  Our Governor has just issued an order for us to be closed through the end of the school year.  Your teachers are working hard to figure out ways to administer some sort of online virtual learning to administer to you.  This is not easy and may come with some frustration.  I ask you all to work through these items your teachers prepare for you.  Do your very best.


For the Band:  We will continue to post items on SmartMusic and in Cut Time for us to do.  It is imperative that you remember your login information for both of those systems.  If you do not, please let me know ASAP so I can help you.  There will be a few things posted every few days for us to try to complete.


For Future Band Functions:  With this new announcement made by our state government, there are going to be lots of questions.  While we are in this hiatus, I am still doing lots of planning and work for the next year.  Please be patient.  We will be able to get back to normal if everyone is diligent and follow all precautions that have been set forth for your safety.


At this point of time, you and your family’s health are of the most importance.  Please follow the guidelines that have been placed in order to curb this situation.  If you follow these guidelines, the amount of time that we are dealing with this will shorten.


Parents-please make sure your children are checking their e-mails (school e-mails and e-mails associated with Cut Time and Smart Music) and their Cut Time accounts on a regular basis.  Your children are going to be sent lots of information by all of their teachers.  It is IMPERATIVE that they take some sort of onus in their own educational journey while we are experiencing these school closures.  Please stay on top of your children.  Force them to talk to you about what it is they are doing.  Make them show you what they are doing.  With the way they are having to do assignments, gather information, etc. while we are in our period of school closures, it cannot be solely on the teacher.  If there is lack of information that a student is given that is making it difficult for a student to accomplish a particular task, students need to contact their teachers to gain clarification.  This is great training for them for college, entering the workforce, etc.


As always, contact me with questions, comments, concerns, etc.




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