Hi, hey, hello!
And off we go!
I'm so ready to show our community what the kids have been working so hard on for the past month. This Friday will be an exciting night for all and to make sure we are prepared as possible, there are a few things that need to happen!
We have a few students who weren't here during band camp to get fitted for uniforms - the plan is to fit them before/after class this week. We will also spend some time getting shakos (hats) fitted for those who are new to the band.
We need YOUR help on Friday night! Drum majors will move their podiums to the field, but we do need volunteers to help set these podiums up. It's an easy job and you still get to see the band perform - please sign up here if you haven't done so already. For those on water, please take a cooler or two of water to the stadium stands before or during pre-game. The kids will definitely want this water after pre-game is over and we head up to the stands.
Unless we have a competition the next day, the band is expected to stay for the entire game. Call time will be 5pm, in uniform warming up on the practice field by 5:30pm. We will perform pre-game, then sit in the stands and cheer on the football team. Halfway through the second quarter, we will move down to the track to warm up and then we will perform This Love... during halftime. We will have a snack/food/drink break during the third quarter and then back on the stands during the 4th quarter. To be worn underneath the uniform: black marching shoes (everyone should have these at this point), tall, clean, black socks, shorts, and SHOW SHIRT. It gets hot on Friday nights, and I will allow students to take jackets off IF EVERYONE IS WEARING THE SHOW SHIRT. If not, then jackets stay on.
If you are a cheerleader, in Pazzazz, or with the football team, remember to ask someone to bring your instrument or take your instrument to the track yourself before the game starts. Jump in with the band as soon as you're available - you will be in your uniform (cheer, Pazzazz, or football). I've said it before and I'll say it again: I absolutely LOVE seeing all the different activities we have represented in the band. It makes my heart warm.
I don't quite have a finalized itinerary for Murphysboro (Saturday, Sept. 16), but I can tell you call time will be around 7am and we won't be returning until around 10pm. Once I get the exact performance times, I will send the itinerary your way. Thanks for your patience on this matter and please sign up to donate food/your time if you haven't already here!
The Fine Arts Boosters first meeting of the school year is coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 12. As most of you are aware, the finances in Bethalto aren't doing so well and while we seem to be getting better news, we cannot rely on state funding which means we have to rely a little bit more on our Fine Arts Boosters. They fund quite a few things that we need throughout the school year and they need your help to continue funding our arts programs. Most recently, they purchased our two new drum major podiums (the old one wasn't quite the safest...). Please consider coming to this meeting to see what you can do for our arts students in Bethalto. It is held in the CM commons and begins at 6pm.
Every time I plan to write up a band update, I tell myself it'll be short... then I start typing and realize how much information I need to share... Sorry about that! :)
Monday, Sept. 4
- NO SCHOOL!
- NO REHEARSAL! Enjoy the day!
Wednesday, Sept. 6
- Tri-M Meeting (2:45pm)
- Percussion Rehearsal (3:15pm-4:30pm - starting a little bit later than usual)
- Color Guard Rehearsal (4:30pm-7pm)
Friday, Sept. 8
- Home Football Game vs. Olney (5pm call; 5:30pm in uniform)
Monday, Sept. 11
- Marching Eagles Rehearsal (4pm-7pm)
Tuesday, Sept. 12
- Fine Arts Boosters Meeting (6pm - CM Commons)
Wednesday, Sept. 13
- ILMEA Audition Clinic (Select Students Only)
- Percussion Rehearsal (3pm-4:30pm)
- Color Guard Rehearsal (4:30pm-7pm)
Thursday, Sept. 14
- CMHS Parent Night (6pm-7pm)
Saturday, Sept. 16
- Murphysboro Parade and Field Competition (All day)
I think that's it for this week - please let me know if you have any comments, questions, or concerns!
Musically yours --
Updates will go out weekly to all band parents and students. If you're not receiving these updates, double check Ms. Davis has the most up-to-date email address for you!