MP Band – Information for 16 – 21 September 2019

Good Afternoon All,


Hope everyone is enjoyed a restful Sunday.  This past week was a very special week. I greatly appreciate you all for your hard work and dedication to ensure a successful weekend. We now look forward to the next major event: SHOWCASE.


Rehearsal Schedule for 16th – 21st September:  The rehearsal schedule for this week looks like the following:


  • Monday: All (4-7 PM)
  • Tuesday: Winds/Percussion (4-7 PM)
  • Wednesday:  Guard (4-7 PM)
  • Thursday: All (4-7 PM)
  • Saturday: All (8 AM – 1PM)


VOLUNTEERS FOR SHOWCASE DESPERATELY NEEDED:  We are in need of volunteers to help work our 21st Annual Showcase of Champions that will be held here on Saturday, September 28th, 2019. This event is our most profitable fundraiser for the band. In order for this to be a success, we need the help of anyone who is willing. We will be hosting 19 bands that day. Jobs range from concession sales to helping with equipment movement. Please go to to volunteer for this opportunity.


ONLINE APPAREL STORE:  For anyone interested, we have an online store open for the next week to get general MP Band apparel ordered. Items include a variety of items. You can also find the black band jackets that the staff and some of the students wear there. This store will be open for one more week so please go and check it out!!!


SOCCER JERSEYS:  Anyone interested in ordering a soccer jersey, please turn in orders and money to Mr. Lee by Monday, 23 September 2019.

MP Band Soccer Jersey Form – 2019


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 ( This calendar can be accessed at any time. You can also access this calendar through Google Calendars at . 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 ( 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:



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 .




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