SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK!
Monday – Symphonic Band 4:00-5:30 pm Color Guard 4:00-6:00 pm
Tuesday – Wind Ensemble 4-5:30 pm
Wednesday – Off.
Thursday – Winter Camp (see schedule)
Friday – Winter Camp
Saturday - Winter Camp / Winter Guard Competition
Directors' Notes: Stuart.Tankesley@hsv-k12.org; Holly.Connell@hsv-k12.org
All State / District Honor Band Results
We are extremely proud of all our students who went above and beyond to improve their playing by going through this audition. Going through the process of preparing for the audition will make you a better musician! Our district is the toughest in the state.
Congratulations to the following students for making all state.
Gabbi Smith. - unassigned bassoon
Allie Polzin. - red band French Horn
Daniel Starnes - red band (1st chair) Trumpet
Alton Hudson - red band Alto Saxophone
Maggie Tonsmeire. - red band (1st chair) flute
Matthew Hutcherson - white band Baritone
Grace Bradt - blue band trumpet
Jillian Boles- blue band trombone
Nathan Strohman - Bari saxophone
Drew Blankenship - Alto Saxophone
In addition, these students and trumpet player Chase Ruffing will represent Huntsville High School in the district honor band.
Finally, we are excited that two students in the Hampton Cove Band also made all state (and they happen to both be siblings of current band members!) Congrats Tori Smith and Savannah Flores!
You can see full results at abadistrict1.com
Winter Band Camp Information
Here is the schedule for Winter Camp, February 4-6 for all Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band students.
Please make sure you order food for Thursday night!
Thursday, February 4th
4:00 – 6:00 pm Symphonic Band Sectionals. Wind Ensemble on stage for rehearsal with Mr. Denton.
6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner break. Boxed dinner from Jason’s Deli. Click to order yoru dinnerL : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScArxRHyBaNrcj1cileDV59ufk7ey6xZ-bAepsmY3rI_vFkHQ/viewform?usp=sf_link Students must stay on campus! If you need assistance or questions regarding food, please contact Kim Ejide at firstname.lastname@example.org
7:00-9:00 pm Symphonic Band on stage for rehearsal with Ms. Burden. Wind Ensemble sectionals
Friday, February 5th
Come to school as normal. You are excused from classes today to be in the bandroom. This event is considered a field trip, so you need to plan around this event for any tests or make up work.
8:30 am – 11:30 am Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band rehearsals
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch break / brain break. Eat lunch at school as you normally would.
12:30 – 3:30 Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band rehearsals
3:30 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:30 Instrument masterclasses
5:30 - Dismiss. Go home and rest!
Saturday, February 6th
**We are aware some students may be taking the ACT this morning. We have moved the concert a little later so that they can come participate immediately after the ACT.**
8:45 Arrive at the bandroom!
9:00 – 11:30 am Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band rehearsals
11:30 Break and reset stage for concert
12:00 pm End of Camp / Work in progress concert (family and friends invited). There will not be a ticket reservation system for this concert, but we ask that you spread out in the auditorium.
12:45 pm Dismiss!
What is it?
Winter Camp is an annual required event (for traditional students) and a part of the HHS band program. It is band camp….but for concert band. It’s our chance to prepare our spring music and become better musicians while having outstanding guest conductors and professional musicians on your instrument come in and work with you. It is a chance for you to learn more about your instrument and get instruction from professional musicians and collegiate level conductors. The rehearsals are long, but it will be worth it. We want you to get the most rehearsal time with the clinicians. You will be at school late on Thursday and you will miss school on Friday. Plan ahead with these teachers!
Although this is a larger scale event, students and clinicians will follow HCS protocols. In addition to social distancing to the extent possible with other students, students will be required to keep 6 feet from our clinicians/guests. We will be eating in several different locations and being served pre-prepared box dinners on Thursday. We will be spread out to the extent possible in all locations. For HVA students, we may look at zooming some parts of this event. We also now have bell covers for our bell front brass instruments.
Dinner - The Band Parents have arranged a meal for you on Thursday for $8 that will be charged to your charms account. If you are NOT planning on eating this food, please email Kim Ejide at email@example.com, so we don’t include you in our count. If you are not planning on eating this food, you need to bring food or have your parents deliver it to the school. You will eat your normal school lunch at 11:30 on Friday. We are not providing food Friday for lunch or Friday for dinner.
Missing Class - Mr. King has excused you from class on Friday. All band members are expected to be at all rehearsals regardless if we are in cohorts! You should treat this as a field trip. We will send out an email to all of your teachers, but als et your teachers know in advance to get make up work or reschedule tests. We are paying lots of money to have these wonderful clinicians come in and help and we need you there!
Guest Clinicians Our guest clinicians this year for Wind Ensemble is Mr. Denton. Mr. Denton is the retired band director at Ooltewah High School in Chattanooga. He has worked with us before with our leadership clinics. He does leadership and band clinics all over the United States. We are excited to have him!
Our guest clinician for Symphonic Band is Ms. Burden. She is the Assistant Director of Bands at Tullahoma High School in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Prior to this she was the band director at Knoxville Central High School in Knoxville. She is a fantastic teacher and we are excited to welcome her!
In addition, we will have local musicians come and work small groups with the students.
At the end of the clinic, we will hold the Winter Camp Concert on Saturday at 12:00 pm. This is the first chance to perform our pieces that we are doing for MPA and other competitions. The guest conductor will usually conduct the concert. This is a “work in progress” concert! The concert should conclude this year about 1:00 pm. The concert is free and parents/family are welcome to attend. We will not have a ticket reservation system for this concert, so please spread out in the auditorium.
What to wear: Wear your band polo shirt with blue jeans. Wear this when you come Saturday morning!
These guest conductors and master class clinicians are giving up their time to come and work with you. Some are traveling long distances to be here. They are fantastic musicians and want to share what they know. Make sure and go out of your way to thank them for coming and working with you. Make them WANT to come back. No cell phones or talking during rehearsals. Make sure you have a pencil at every rehearsal. Anyone not able to follow these rules will be removed from camp and it will be reflected in your grade.
Summer Band Camp 2021
Based on the approved school calendar for next school year (21-22), we will plan to start band camp on Monday, July 19th and it will continue through August 3rd (the day before school begins). If you plan to participate in marching band, do not schedule vacations or major trips/events during these dates. Students participating in marching band are required to be at band camp.
We will be working to solidify a complete summer schedule soon including rookie camp, guard rehearsals, percussion rehearsals, and leadership training.
To view next year's school calendar: https://www.huntsvillecityschools.org/sites/default/files/2021-22%20School%20Year%20Calendar%20v2.pdf
8th grade Zoom parent meeting - Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm on Zoom. This meeting is for all upcoming 8th grade parents and students. A zoom link will be sent out!
VBC ALERT! $$ Fundraising $$
VBC WRISTBANDERS you are needed for February Havoc Hockey games... Here is the link. (* you must have completed Vendor Responsibility Training with the VBC in order to sign up) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45A5AA29A6F4C70-havoc3
VBC Concessions events for FEBRUARY.
The VBC has opened more volunteer opportunities to the band - please review all of the information below and take advantage of earning money for your student’s band fees!
Below are LINKS to sign up and work concessions for FEBRUARY. Each event worked will earn money for your student’s band account and the band itself! A great way to earn and pay for existing band fees or earn for future expenses.
Please note the following information when working concessions at the VBC
Special shout outs and thank you’s to the following students and parents for volunteering at last nights Havoc game. They are... Gabbi Smith, Maggie Smith, Jada Goodwin, Allie Polzin, Dominic Aragon, and Jochen Floesser. Much appreciation to all of you for helping out!
If you have any questions about volunteering opportunities for the VBC please contact Sheri Polzin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks 😊!
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