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Schedule for the Week
Monday - Off (Finishing Auditions in Class). Senior NY Trip Payment due this week to the website ($500)
Tuesday - Off
Wednesday - Pep Band (those that signed up) 12:30-2:00 pm at Mapco-Governors Ribbon Cutting
Thursday - Off
Friday - Off. Required Wind Ensemble rehearsal during A3 exam time. 12:30 - Meet and announce the new assistant band director
Don't forget to watch the London New Year's Day Parade on PBS! It usually starts around 6 am! Next London Payment due January 5th - $400 per traveler!
Have a wonderful Christmas Break!!
Assistant Band Director
The new assistant band director will be introduced to the band on Friday at 12:30, following the last exam. Everyone invited!
With the exception of the special Wind Ensemble rehearsal on Friday, you are not required to attend your band exam if you have completed your audition. We will not take attendance and have a final during that time. If you have not completed your audition, you need to do so during your exam time.
Note that during Spring exams, some classes will be rehearsing for graduation during that time.
AMEA Information - Wind Ensemble
As we approach our big performance at AMEA on Friday, January 20th I want to make sure everyone in Wind Ensemble knows the schedule leading up to this event. There have been a couple of additional rehearsals to our normal Tuesday/Thursday rehearsal schedule.
Monday, January 16th (MLK Day - no school) 6:00 - 9:00 pm (updated 12/1) Special rehearsal with Gus Arnold, Huntsville HS Alumnus and saxophone soloist. Symphonic Band students who have been asked to go with us should also attend this.
Symphonic Band Help: Carolyn Vandervere, Coulter McKinney, Aiden Hall, Colleen Pleva, Liz Tatum, Gabe Tapia, Tara McCalllion
Tuesday, January 17th - AMEA Preview Concert with UAB Wind Ensemble. Huntsville High Auditorium 7:00 pm.
Friday, January 20th - AMEA Performance in Birmingham.
9:30 am departure
Lunch in Birmingham
2:45 Sound check / rehearsal
Dinner in Birmingham
Return by 8 or 9 pm.
All State / District Honor Band Auditions
We are hosting this event!! All students will be required to serve 1 shift on Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th. We need 30 students present at any 1 time. It's a big undertaking and a service to our area.
If you are AUDITIONING, you must have your own personal copy of the book that the music comes from to audition. This is a copyright issue. It will be checked at registration on the day of your audition. If you need help with this, please see Mr. Tankesley
Senior New York Trip
The next payment of $500 per traveler is due to the travel website by December 12th.
Payment #3 of $500 per traveler is due to the travel website by January 23rd.
Our rooming list is due by January 23rd. Please be thinking about your room mate for this trip.
Our flight manifest is due by January 27th to Southwest Airlines. This will include the official names to the airlines for our flight. We will be collecting this information soon.
The remaining balance is due February 1st.
Thursday, January 5 (as soon as we return from break) - $400
What do I need to do right now?
1. Get your passport now! It should be valid 6 months past our return date!
2. Investigate your best option for overseas phone possibilities. Each phone company has different options. You will need to have access to phone communication while you are in London!
3. Research and investigate your credit card and financial options. Each bank and card is different. Make sure your card won't lock you out when you get to London
Can I still sign up?
Yes - but you must pay for all missed deposits on your first payment or else you can't be locked into the trip. At some point, there will be price increases, room assignments done, airline flights arranged, and other logistical things related to the trip completed. After we do those things, anyone added will just be accommodated the best we can. Our contract is for 150 people so we must be atleast at this number of travelers. If you have not signed up, the sooner you can do this the better for us because numbers dictate many things!
When do you have to declare if you are doing land only or full trip?
I don't have an exact date, but my best estimate is early Fall 2023.
London information can be found in our google drive. Click here to access google drive
Monday, January 16 - MLK Day (No School). Special Wind Ensemble rehearsal from 6-9 pm.
Tuesday, January 17 - AMEA Preview Concert (wind ensemble and UAB)
Friday, January 20 - Wind Ensemble AMEA Performance
Friday and Saturday, January 17-28. All State / District honor band auditions - hosted by us! Students will be required to serve 1 time slot at this event. We will also need parent volunteers!
February 2-4 - Winter Camp for ALL Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble!
Band Camp / Summer Schedule 2023
Tuesday, May 30 - Friday, June 2 Rookie Camp (new members only), Marching Percussion Camp, and Guard Camp
July 6-8 - Leadership Camp (leadership team only)
July 12-14 Make up rookie camp (new members only) and Marching Percussion Camp.
July 17 - 21 Band Camp Week 1 - All Marching Band Students + any concert only students going to London that want to march in the parade.
July 24-28 Band Camp Week 2 - All Marching Band Students
July 31 and August 1 - Rehearsals before school starts.
August 2 - 1st day of school
Student involved with marching band are required to attend these dates in full! Students who miss because of summer activities may be removed from the halftime show. We have worked hard over the past few years to improve our summer schedule to give a full break and options for camps and vacations. Our dead time this coming summer is June 3 - July 5 although some students have much longer than this!
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