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August 1, 2019
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Thanks for your help and understanding. CHANGE OF PLANS!

First of all, I want to thank everyone who came out yesterday to help begin our moving process. We got a lot done in a short amount of time because we had good help 🙂

There has been a CHANGE IN PLANS!  The foreman told us this morning that we cannot move Friday. Sooooo we will move Monday afternoon at 1 PM. Those of you who are familiar with construction will not be too surprised by this. Again, I’m asking for help Monday. I know many of you work and cannot help, but if you can somehow get your children here, we will knock this out in one afternoon.

There is another change in next week’s schedule. We will not be able to take our formal pictures on Thursday so we will be taking our picture for the yearbook and football programs Wednesday at 3 PM. Please have your child report to the band room (hopefully the new one) by 2:40. There, we will change into the formal uniform and take a group photo at 3, which will be followed by small group and individuals, beginning with seniors and working our way down to freshmen. Freshmen should be finished by 4 PM.

Finally, our first after-school rehearsal will be Thursday, August 8 from 3 – 4:30. Remember, these after-school rehearsals are mandatory (students earn a participation grade). We WILL need hydration.

Thanks again for your understanding and your help. It’s going to be a great year!

Doc

July 31, 2019
by docandry
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Time for a Moving Party!!!

Dear Band Parents,

The time has come to begin our move from our current bandroom to the new facility. I just received word that we will begin our move this Friday, August 2nd. To help facilitate our move, I will need volunteers! I need some volunteers this evening (6 PM) to begin to move instruments and equipment from the band room to our band trailer. I will also need volunteers Friday morning, at 8:30 AM to help facilitate our move. This will be your first chance to be able to see the new facility!!

Please email me if you plan on being there Friday (students and parents are welcome). If you can come this evening, then I will see you then.

Thanks,

Doc

April 15, 2019
by docandry
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A couple more dates

Dear Band Parents, Friends, and Alumni,

I just wanted to pass on a few more dates for you. Our Fine Arts Evening (Art show, fashion show, and band concert) is May 1. The Art Show will be in the Commons Area. The Fashion Show will begin in the cafeteria at 6 PM.  The band concert begins at 7 PM and will be in the gym. We want to invite any alumni who still play their instrument to join us for our finale, Amazing Grace.

Our Awards Convocation is scheduled for 6:30 PM on May 9 in the Cafeteria. We will feed each current student and 2 adults. Dress for the convocation is the school dress uniform.

The last important date (May 17) is graduation. I will send home excursion forms when we get closer to that date.

I am putting together dates for next year and will be publishing my Warrior Band Newsletter after the Easter break. Speaking of Easter, I want to wish each of you a blessed Easter. I hope you get to spend quality time with family.

Musically,

 

Doc

April 4, 2019
by docandry
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Moonlight and Jazz

Dear Band Parents, Friends, and Alumni,

I guess you have figured by now that we will be moving this year’s Moonlight and Jazz indoors because of the 100% chance of rain for Sunday. I know that you and others support this event because 1) the music is outstanding 2) the food is awesome 3) the wine is…well as much as you can safely drink and 4) the White Oak atmosphere is beautiful. Well, Mother Nature has thrown us a wicked curveball again and we will have to move our event to St. Michael this year. So numbers 1,2, and 3 will be the best ever! 4 won’t happen but that’s not why you come in  the first place. So there will be a little change to our lineup for the weekend.

Tomorrow (Friday), we will have some dads (and bulldog moms) meet at school for 6 PM to move tables and a small stage over from the cafeteria to the gym. The protective floor covering will have already been put down. We are going to set up the stage for our performance. Gentlemen (and my bulldog moms)… we will feed you (fried fish dinners) and we will have some adult refreshments (the variety made with barley and hops). Please RSVP me via email if you will be able to help tomorrow. I want to be sure to have enough fried fish dinners and refreshments for you. We really don’t want the kids there. They will work Sunday! Plus, we are going to be serving barley and hops 🙂 We will NOT be bringing truck-loads of plants and flowers from Clegg’s Nursery this year. However, if you have a couple of plants (can be live or fake) that you will let us use to decorate the stage (only), please feel free to bring them Friday evening or Sunday at 2 PM. Otherwise, we will meet as planned at SMHS for 2 PM Sunday. Moonlight and Jazz will be a success again this year because of your support and the efforts of these kids extremely talented kids.

Musically,

 

Doc

 

March 26, 2019
by docandry
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Warrior Band Earns the Triple Crown Today

I am so very proud of my Warrior Band for completing our goal of earning the “Triple Crown” of superior ratings. Many band programs can boast of earning superior ratings at marching band and concert band festivals, but very few can say they earned the highest rating possible, the superior rating, at a marching band, concert band, and jazz festival in the same year. Heck, this may be only the first or second time we have achieved this at St. Michael. I think I’m most proud of the fact that my students this year took it upon themselves not to let things slip, simply because we had to replace so many outstanding seniors from last year with mostly freshmen and sophomores.

I can’t wait to see what this group can accomplish in the next few years to come! Next on our agenda…Moonlight and Jazz!!

 

Doc

March 21, 2019
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Change of Date

Dear Warrior Band Parents, Alumni, and Friends,

Please make a note that the Spring Concert date has been moved from April 30 to May 1st. We had a couple of students who were getting confirmed on the 30th. We will be performing on the same evening as the Art Show and the Fashion Show, so it will be an evening of Fine Arts! We hope that you can browse the art and attend the Fashion Show will begin at 6 PM. Our concert will not begin before 7 PM. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

Doc

March 10, 2019
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Details on upcoming performances

Dear Band Parents,

This post is of high importance.

Our first performance it the Fortier/Gerbrecht Invitational at the Manship Theater this Tuesday – involving only the Jazz Ensemble (no combo)
Parents will provide their own transportation for students. The concert begins at 7 PM. St. Michael performs at 8:40. Tickets are $5 plus a service charge.

Our next is this Saturday –  the Jazz Ensemble and Combo will be performing at the Loyola University Jazz Festival. 
We depart St. Michael at 6:45 AM in a small school bus (I will be driving) and in parent cars.
Combo performs at 9 AM
Big Band performs at 11 AM
Clinics are at 12:30.
We eat (bring money for food) and return after clinics – hopefully be home around 4:30 PM

Our next performance is Sunday – the Jazz Ensemble and Combo will be performing at Grandparents’ Day
Students involved in these ensembles will arrive at school at 1:15 to setup and get a sound check.
We begin our performance at 2 PM.
The event should be over by 4 PM

The next performance is our District Large Ensemble Assessment at Zachary High School, March 26.

All students in the band program will be leaving St. Michael on a large school bus at 8:15 AM.
Our Concert Band performance is at 10 AM
We sightread at 10:30
We pack up and return to St. Michael around 11.
We will stop to eat on the way back home (bring money for a fast food lunch).

Important – Please keep the week of July 22 – 26 open for BAND CAMP. This is a MANDATORY event for all band members where we begin to learn our marching band contest show. By having this week of intense learning, we can limit our after school rehearsals to only two days a week for full band rehearsals.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and help.

 

Doc

February 27, 2019
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Upcoming performances

Dear Band Parents, Students, Alumni, and Friends of our Warrior Band Program.

We have several upcoming performances that you need to be aware of. The first is this Friday, after our school pep rally. Students will be traveling to perform for the annual Mardi Gras Parade at Ollie Steele Burden Manor on Essen Lane. I sent excursion forms home yesterday. There won’t be a bus available to transportation is parent responsibility.

The Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the Manship Theater Tuesday, March 12. See the attached file for more details (how to purchase tickets, etc.) 2019PRJazzInvt-27bec6i
The concert begins at 7 but we don’t perform until 8:40…Better bands go toward the end so we are the last band before the host band plays.

The next important performance will be the Loyola University Jazz Festival Saturday, March 16, at Loyola University. I will be driving a bus (the short one) and we tentatively plan on leaving St. Michael at 7 AM. Students will need money for lunch. There is no admission charge for anyone wishing to attend this performance. While I would love to be able to have everyone stay and listen to some of the fine groups performing in the afternoon, including the Loyola University Big Band, we will leave Loyola after the master classes are over (around 2 PM). That’s because we will all be performing for the Grandparents’ Day Program Sunday, March 17. All JAZZ ENEMBLE students will be performing at this and they will need to report to the band room to set up and get a sound check at 1:15 PM. The performance begins at 2. We should be finished by 3:30.

Full Band rehearsals when we come back from the Mardi Gras Break will be Thursday, March 14, Tuesday, March 19, and Thursday, March 21. Our large ensemble concert assessment will be at Zachary High School either Tuesday, March 25 or Wednesday, March 26. I will let you know when I get that information.

That’s it for now.

Thanks for all you do in support of your child’s music education!

 

Doc

 

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