Things We Like
These former HHS Band Students have made the Big Leagues - performing this weekend in front of 101, 820 fans at the Iron Bowl. In the chaos of rain and loading, we were able to catch up with (L-R) Ashley Ortel, Jackson Miller and Winton Williams from the Auburn University Marching Band! And from Bama's Million Dollar Band (L-R) Ansley Boles, Carley Bourland and Kieran Eversole. Combined there are about 17 former students in the two bands! Congratulations on a thrilling season!
Monday - Symphonic Band Rehearsal 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - Wind Ensemble 4:00 - 5:30 pm.
Wednesday - Off.
Thursday - Wind Ensemble 4:00 - 5:30 with Dr. Ragsdale
Friday - Off.
Prior to Thanksgiving Break, Mrs. Connell announced that she will be taking a head band director job and she will be leaving us after the 1st semester. We are really excited for this opportunity for her and know she will do some great things with her new program just as she has done with our program here. Make sure you wish her the best before she leaves us!
Mr. King and I are working to hire a new assistant director to begin in January. We are in the middle of that process and will be excited to announce that person when the time is right.
Tuesday, December 6th 7:00 pm
Huntsville High Auditorium
6:15 pm Call time
6:30 pm Symphonic band on stage, wind ensemble in band room.
7:00 pm Concert Begins - Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble
~8:30 pm - Concert should conclude.
Tuxedo/Concert Dresses with holiday accessories.
Wind Ensemble Upcoming Schedule
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.
Thursday, December 1 - special rehearsal with Dr. Ragsdale after school 4:00-5:30 pm
Thursday, December 8 - special rehearsal with Mr. Denton (during class AND after school from 4-5:30)
During Exam week - We will rehearse during the time scheduled for our regular A3 exam.
Monday, January 16th (MLK Day - no school) 2:00-5:00 pm - Special rehearsal with Gus Arnold, Huntsville HS Alumnus and saxophone soloist.
Tuesday, January 17th - AMEA Preview Concert with UAB Wind Ensemble. Huntsville High Auditorium 7:00 pm.
Friday, January 20th - AMEA Performance in Birmingham. We are planning to depart before lunch and return in the evening.
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
Students 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!
Group Photo Rescheduling
We are looking to reschedule the group photo from Veterans Day sometime before we leave for Christmas Break. More info soon.
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.
Old Band Uniforms
At the WINTER CONCERT on December 6th, you will have the opportunity to get an old HHS Band Uniform. Seniors will be able to get one as a gift from the HHS Band (you must get it at the winter concert). All other uniforms will be sold for a donation of $10 each to the band.
If you would like your specific uniform, please email Kelly Parrish in advance of the concert at email@example.com. Otherwise, you will be given a uniform at random.
Any uniforms not purchased will be properly removed over Christmas Break.
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.
We are in search of some parent assistance for London. We will need some logistical help collecting copies of passports and developing a detailed manifest (for insurance and accountability) of every piece of equipment that will be shipped. This is not immediate work, but may begin late Spring or early Fall.
It is our wish that we have as many or ALL students go on this trip regardless of any financial situation. There are many schools in this country (and at least 1 in Tennessee and North Alabama) that have gone on similar trips and had the backing of local community businesses, leaders, and individuals to have most or all of the student's trip paid for ALL students. If this is something you feel passion about, we need you on our London Fundraising Committee who will seek 4, 5, and 6 digit donations from our community.
London Fundraising Committee
Seeking a small group of parents (3-5) for the good of all band students. This committee's primary responsibility will be to seek out corporate donations to help ensure all band students go on this trip and do what we can to defer cost.
Qualifications for this committee:
London information can be found in our google drive. Click here to access google drive
Tuesday, December 6th - Christmas Concert
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!
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