MP Band – Newsletter for 2 – 9 Oct 2020

Good Afternoon All,


Hope you are well.  Please take the time to read this newsletter.  Lots of information to share with you this week.



PLAN “B” AND BAND:  As you know, the school board elected to bring students back to school starting October 19th.  All secondary grade level students will be in Plan “B,” which means students will come to school twice a week and will be home three days a week doing synchronous or asynchronous learning.  Some of you will chose to stay completely remote.   I know you are probably wondering how things are going to look once we get to October 19th.  We are working through what protocols and permissions we have at this point.  Stay tuned…….

BAND FUNDRAISER:   THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ!!!  We have not had great traction with this. Maybe that is because everyone is so inundated with information right now, that there is being pushed to the side. Completely understandable. With that being said, we have decided to postpone the start of this fundraiser until after we begin our Plan B phase. Please look for a big push to occur very soon on this. This fundraiser is so very important. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A BAND EXPERIENCE THAT YOU ARE ACCUSTOMED TO HAVING (OR BETTER), FUNDRAISING MUST COMMENCE AND IT MUST BE DONE AT A HIGH LEVEL!!!

ASSIGNMENTS FOR 29 SEP – 2 OCT:  All assignments for students are posted in Canvas.  At this point, I don’t believe I have any students who are having a hard time logging in to Canvas, but if you are, please let me know ASAP.  We began to get in to some playing tasks and some music theory tasks.  All directions for the tasks are can be found when you click into the assignment, and hopefully they are easy to follow.  If you are having issues with any task, let me know ASAP so that I may help you.  I can’t help you if you don’t communicate that you need the help.


This week, students have a variety of items that they have to work on and turn in.  Students have


  • 4 scale exercises (through Smartmusic) assigned on 29 Sep due on 6 Oct
  • 4 sightreading exercises (through Smartmusic) assigned on 30 Sep due 7 Oct
  • 1 Chorale exercise (through Smartmusic) assigned on 1 Oct due on 8 Oct; work on concert literature
  • Leadership Training assigned on 2 Oct due on 4 Oct
  • Music Theory Quiz assigned on 2 Oct due on 4 Oct


Students need to get in a habit of making sure items are turned in on time.  Unlike the spring, all assigned tasks count.  You will be held accountable for completion/non-completion of a task.  If you have an issue completing a task, please contact me ASAP.  Communication is key…….


MARCHING BAND/COLORGUARD INFORMATION:  We are currently looking at all the requirements/protocols that we need to follow. At this present time, things continue to change, so I do not feel great about sending out information until we have the most concrete info we can. Once this occurs, a plan that is organized and “fool proof” will be created and we will share a calendar of rehearsals with you. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING STUDENTS BACK AND GETTING BACK TO WHAT WE LOVE TO DO!


Two-Week Staggered Re-entry to Skill Development Workouts That was Created by Cabarrus County Schools


Sept. 14 Volleyball, Cross Country, Swim (land workouts), Theatre Ensembles
Sept. 28 Basketball, (m) Soccer, Cheer
Oct. 12 Football, Band, Chorus
Oct. 26 (m/w) Golf, (w) Soccer, Softball, (m) Tennis
Nov. 9 Baseball, (w) Tennis, Wrestling



TO CLOSE:  “Music isn’t fun anymore!” This is the clarion call of October — and the pandemic isn’t helping. Gone are some of the best parts of our activities: trips, performances and competitions. I’m sure you have heard your child say it. If you haven’t, just wait; it’s likely coming soon! But don’t worry — it’s natural and almost predictable and part of the ebb and flow of any rigorous activity.


Yes, we missed out on the traditional start of the school year and the energy of new faces, new music, and typical start-of-school experiences have been replaced with the sometimes monotonous tasks of learning in remote settings. The repetition and grind associated with our new normal, combined with mounting academic pressures can sometimes take their toll.


Add in after-school activities, tests, jobs, and the other responsibilities associated with being a teenager, and your child might be right — band might not always be fun. Here’s a secret… It’s not supposed to always be fun. It’s supposed to be life-changing.


Speaking from my own life experience, except for the occasional trip to an amusement park, there is very little in my teenage life that was “fun” that I remember. I’m sure that going to the movies was fun, but I don’t remember what I saw. I guess that going out to lunch with my friends was fun, but I don’t remember where we went or what we ate. I’m positive that hanging out with my friends on a Saturday night was fun, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what we did. I don’t remember anything I did that was “fun,” but I do remember being involved in music like it was yesterday! I remember the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, and the people I shared it with. I remember my time in music vividly.


Yes, maybe at this very moment, music isn’t “fun.” You know what music is?


Music is worthwhile. Music is character building. Music is memory making. Music is friendship building. Music is working hard with the same people, fighting through the bad days, and celebrating the good ones together. Music is life-changing — and your child will remember that.


Thanks for all you do to make your children successful, both in music and in all their other pursuits. Being a parent is hard. Being a parent in a pandemic is just flat-out ridiculous. But, you are doing a great job. You are making a difference in their lives.


Have a great week. Hang in there and let me know how I can help!


If you have any issues, questions, etc., feel free to contact me at




Keith J. Lee

Director of Bands

Mount Pleasant High School



Office Phone:  704.260.6690 ext. 76707

Cell Phone:  704.224.4695


Address:  700 Walker Road, Mount Pleasant, NC  28124-9596