Things We Like
Awesome trip Friday night to Alabaster. We love supporting the HHS Football Team! Proud of making the playoffs, and proud to have these awesome members represent HHS on the trip! Great way to wrap-up the "game" component of Marching Season. Join us for the Veteran's Day Parade downtown Huntsville this Friday!
If you are interested in serving in a Board capacity next year, we need you! Please contact KristinaHutcherson@gmail.com. We need your talents and expertise! Here are the broad committees that operate the band:
Finance, Fundraising, Fleet, Trip Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Media, Seniors, Color Guard & Hospitality... basically the Board functions as a "point person" for the various tasks. If you are interested in serving on these committees, please let us know as well. Example: You have a truck or SUV with a hitch, maybe you'd like to pull our trailer to a game. Let us hear from you! Thanks for all of your support!
Monday - Off. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic. No rehearsal.
Tuesday - Wind Ensemble 4:00 - 5:30 pm.
Wednesday - Off. The Bandies (optional but fun Student-organized awards ceremony for marching band) from 4 - 4:30 pm
Thursday - Wind Ensemble 4:00 - 5:30.
Friday - Veteran's Day (no school). Veteran's Day Parade in Downtown Huntsville - see info below.
Pictures and Veteran's Day Parade Schedule
THURSDAY AFTER SCHOOL - Take your marching instrument home or load it on the truck/trailer.
8:30 AM - Meet at Big Spring Park by the Art Museum in full uniform with equipment/instruments for picture. We will be taking a couple of large group and section pictures in the Big Spring Park and Downtown areas. Darlene Hall will be taking professional photographs, but you are more than welcome to join us as well for photos. We recommend leaving cases in your car unless there is a chance of rain!!
9:45 AM - Wrap up at the park and walk/move to our parade station location
10:15 AM - Meet at our parade meeting location, which is typically in the parking lot across from the post office on Clinton Ave.
11:11 AM - Parade Steps Off
1:00 PM - Parade ends and dismiss
As of the time of this email I don't have our official meeting spot or order in the parade. This will impact what time we are done.
See the attached photo of the parade route. The parade begins and ends at the same location. The photo indicates our TYPICAL meeting point although we have not had this confirmed yet.
Bring water bottles to stay hydrated during pictures and before the parade.
Only bring items you will need to the parade warm up site. All water bottles, cases, and other belongings can be put on the truck/trailer but there is limited space.
Full band uniform (we will be using plumes and shakos)
Color Guard - Black shirt, black tights, jacket, white shoes.
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!
New York Trip for Band Seniors - Spring Break.
An email was sent to seniors regarding payments and commitment to this trip. The first deposit is due now.
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.
Students interested in auditioning for All State and District honor band, should submit a $25 check to HHS Band to the band box in an envelope with your name and "All state auditions" on the envelope. The deadline to register with us to audition is Friday, November 18th (day before Thanksgiving)
Auditions will take place Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28th at Huntsville High School!
District Honor Band is February 17-18, 2023 at Grissom High School.
All State Band is April 27-29, 2023 at the VBC in HUNTSVILLE!!! Note that the concert on Saturday the 29th should conclude by 5:00 pm in time to attend prom later that evening if that applies to you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, you will be given a uniform at random.
Any uniforms not purchased will be properly removed over Christmas Break.
We had close to 160 people that have paid their first deposit and are going to London. The next payment of $400 is due January 5th. Get your passport now! It should be valid 6 months past our return date!!
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
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