Schedule for the Week
Students are virtual this week. Band has been given permission to do after school practice in person - so we will continue with our normal after school schedule. Students should practice their MPA music during their band classes at home!
Mrs. Connell and Mr. Tankesley will be at the school during normal school hours this week in addition to the times below if you need to come get your music or instrument. If you need to stop by, please let us know you are coming so we can be expecting you and let you in the building.
Monday -Symphonic Band 4:00-5:30 pm and Color Guard 4:00-6:00 pm
Tuesday - Wind Ensemble 4:00-5:30 pm; Band Booster Board meeting in HHS Band Room.
Wednesday - Uniform Committee meeting at 4:00 pm in HHS Bandroom.
Thursday - Wind Ensemble 4:00-5:30 pm
Friday - All State / District honor band auditions for all High School students who registered except for Bb Clarinet and Flute/Piccolo
Saturday - All state / District honor band auditions for High School flutes, clarinets, and middle school students who registered.
All State and District Honor Band Auditions!
This is for only students who signed up to participate around Thanksgiving. Audition days/times are being sent to those auditioning and they should have them by the end of the day on Monday. Auditions are at Sparkman High School and you must provide your own transportation.
Most everything you and your student needs to know about the audition can be found here: shorturl.at/acfpF
Make sure you read this document carefully! Let me know if you have any questions!
Winter Camp is coming up quickly on Feb 3-5, 2022 (Thursday evening, all day Friday, Saturday until 1:00 pm). This is a big deal! Wind Ensemble and Symphonic band attendance required.
Our guest conductors this year are Bobby Lambert and Lanie Radecke, the band directors at Wando High School outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Lambert was here this past summer with our leadership camp. We have many local professional musicians doing our masterclasses.
Thursday, Feb 3
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Rehearsal #1 (Wind Ensemble on Stage, Sym band in band room)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner in Freshman Academy. More information coming from the boosters.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Rehearsal #2
Friday, Feb 4th
**Students are excused from class today as a field trip**
Arrive at school as normal and come to band room.
8:30 am - 11:30 am Rehearsal #3
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch / Break (Plan for lunch as you normally would at school)
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Rehearsal #4
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Instrument Masterclass #1 with professional musicians
Saturday, Feb. 5th
8:30 - 10:00 am Instrument Masterclass #2 with professional musicians
10:00 am - 11:30 am Rehearsal #5
12:00 pm - CONCERT!!! Wear your band polo! This end of camp concert is open to family and friends!
Complete information in next week's newsletter!
Winter Camp is Feb 3-5, 2022 (Thursday evening, all day Friday, Saturday until 1:00 pm). This is a big deal! Wind Ensemble and Symphonic band attendance required.
District Honor Band (for those that make it based on this week's audition) is February 11-12 at Grissom High School
Upcoming 9th grade / 8th grade meeting is at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 15th in the HHS Band Room. We invite all our 8th middle school students and parents to come to learn at the HHS Band.
Mattress Fundraiser - Saturday, February 26th
Our 5th annual Mattress Fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, February 26th, from 10am to 5pm! All mattresses are made new with full manufacturer’s warranties. Financing, layaway, and delivery are available! We need your help over the next few weeks to get the word out in the community. Here's how you can help our band and your child.
1. Help find at least 1 person who needs a mattress set and get them to commit to come by our sale on Saturday, February 26th. Most of our sales will come from the efforts of parents and band members who find people who need a mattress.
2. Go to our Facebook event page, click that you are "going" to the event, and "invite" all your friends. If we have 100 parents, with 100 friends each, we have just reached 10,000 people! Here is the link to our event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/980036969523375
3. Earn money! For every referral purchase of a mattress or adjustable base, you earn money toward your child’s account!
Thanks in advance for your help in getting the word out about this fundraiser!
SUMMER 2022 SCHEDULE
Guard and Percussion may practice after school during Finals week!
Tuesday, May 31st - Friday, June 3rd - 8:00 am -12:00 pm Rookie Camp for new marchers and leadership.
Percussion and Guard Camp #1 - Tuesday, May 31st - Friday, June 3. Times TBA.
Thursday, July 7 - Saturday, July 9th - Leadership training seminar with Mr. Lambert, Mr. Denton, and Mr. Horten for leadership team.
Thursday, July 13 - Friday, July 15th - Make up Rookie Camp for new marchers and limited leadership team.
Percussion and Guard Camp #2 - Thursday, July 13 - Friday, July 15th Times TBA.
Band Camp starts July 20th and runs to the first day of school (Tuesday, August 2nd). Do not plan any vacations or major conflicts starting July 20th if you plan to participate in marching band. The football band option will no longer be offered starting this coming school year - students must choose between marching band and concert only.
Disney/Universal 2022 - April 20-24, 2022.
FAQ: Is it too late to sign up?
No. If you sign up late you will need to make sure and make all missed payments. Keep in mind we are now making decisions based on the current number of people going like rooming, music, and other things that are number dependent. If we reach bus capacity or run into a situation that would significantly impact the price or quality of the trip, we may have to close registration. If you sign up after we do rooming lists, we will do our best to accomodate however your options may be limited as to who you stay with. All trips must be paid for in full by February 21st (firm deadline for any adds!)
To register or to acces your account:
Band trips are open to ALL students in the band program, which includes anyone in a band class including Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Color Guard, or Percussion.
This ink will allow you to purchase the Group travel protection plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter the cost of your full trip cost and make your purchase prior to final trip payment. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844-440-8113.
Anyone going is VERY strongly encouraged to purchase "Cancel for any reason" trip insurance. You will find an option to purchase "Cancel for any reason" trip insurance on the website or you can use your own insurance to do so. Anyone without "Cancel for any reason" trip insurance is risking not receiving a refund if the trip were to be cancelled or you were not allowed to go due to quarantine/Covid. A form will be out soon to indicate your choice with this. In the case of the trip insurance offered by our travel company, you can purchase it anytime up to the last payment. Once you have paid your trip in full, you are not eligible to receive trip insurance.
Deposit of $250 due by Monday, November 29th.
$300 payment due by Friday, December 24th
$300 payment due by Friday, January 21st
Remaining balance due by Monday, February 21st
Do not submit payments to the band box!
Chaperones that want to go should register like a student, but there are adult options in the registration. Adults can sign up for rooms of 2 or single rooms.
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