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December 9, 2018
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Nursing Home Performance

Dear Warrior Band Parents and Students,

As this semester draws to a close quickly, I have to say that I’m soo proud of my students. Not only have I watched them grow musically, but they are always eager to volunteer to bring a little heaven into some else’s life. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love you all showed last Sunday and we collected enough to fill 24 boxes with goodies for David Bell and the rest of his unit in Afghanistan. This Tuesday, many of you will be performing at Old Jefferson Community Center. I sent excursion forms home last week and I need those completed and turned in by tomorrow (Monday). Remember that transportation to the facility is parental responsibility. Please have your child arrive as close to 3 PM as possible so we can get started playing and singing around 3:20. We should be finished no later than 4:15 because they have to get the residents ready for supper. The address to Old Jefferson Community Center is:

Old Jefferson Community Center
8340 Baringer Foreman Road

Thanks,

 

Doc

November 25, 2018
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Moonlight and Jazz XIII and our Annual Christmas Concert

Dear Band Parents, Friends, and Alumni,

It’s time to kick off the 13th annual Moonlight and Jazz event. Moonlight and Jazz is a two-hour musical affair held on the beautiful grounds of White Oak Plantation. A steak and wine dinner, prepared by the Chef John Folse staff, is served while the St. Michael High School Jazz Ensemble performs favorite jazz tunes.

For those new to our Warrior Band family, Moonlight and Jazz is the only fundraiser for the St. Michael band program. All proceeds are designated to support the various band programs including marching, concert, percussion, and jazz. Some of the proceeds from last year’s event were used to provide transportation to the Disney World Music Festival where we received numerous awards, including the Golden Mickey for the Best Overall Jazz Band. Additionally, funding from this event provides money to purchase and repair instruments, funding support for marching and music festivals, as well as other unexpected needs that arise that are not covered by our normal budget.

Each year, our profit is determined by the number of sponsors. I have attached a sponsorship page to this blog post. We know that being a sponsor is not possible for everyone. However, we ask you to consider sponsoring this event if you are able or if you know someone who loves music and would like to be a part of encouraging music education for our youth. We would love to have them become a part of our music family at St. Michael.

For the rest of you who will be purchasing tickets, we ask that you either purchase a table of 10 or get together with others to form a group of 10. Please see the attached brochure and sponsorship page for more information about priority seating.

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M & J Sponsorship page-tbv4n6

Our annual Christmas will be Sunday, December 2, at 2:00 PM. As of this post, the gym will be available. If something changes in the next couple of days, I will let you know but we cannot move the date, only the venue. I will need all students to report at 12:30 for setup. Dress for this will be concert black. That means, gentlemen will wear their school dress uniform with BLACK pants. Ladies wear all black dress or pants outfit. This concert is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas Spirit. You will hear selections from our Percussion Ensemble, our Concert Band, and our Jazz Ensemble. I hope to see everyone there!

Musically,

 

Doc

November 4, 2018
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Playoff Game

Dear Warrior Band Parents,

I received word today that the Warrior Football team will be traveling to Thibodaux to face E. D. White Catholic High School. Right now, I have tentatively scheduled for us to leave campus at 4:30. I am working on details for transportation and food options and I’ll let you know those details whan I  get them.

We will not have after school rehearsal for this because we will not be performing a halftime show. Combo has a gig Thursday evening (Pro Vita Dinner). Combo WILL rehearse after school Tuesday.

Musically,

 

Doc

October 26, 2018
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Blowing and Going!

Dear Warrior Band Parents,

This semester is blowing by! First of all, I want to thank all my parents who have been actively helping all semester with hydration, pregame meals, pulling the trailer, pit crew, cooking for band night, serving at band night, helping with supervision before games, baking delicious cookies, costumes for competition, purchasing props for us, redoing the band boards for band night and open house, trailer dad’s, etc. We couldn’t do it without you!

Now, an update on our progress. First of all, most of you know this is as much as a rebuilding year as we have seen in a very long time. We graduated 18 seniors last year, many of whom were all-parish, all-district, and all-state musicians. It’s been a bit of a grind this semester but I can say we have finally “turned the corner.” I began seeing it a couple weeks ago with our performances on the field and at the football games. Then we earned a superior rating last week at the Dutchtown Invitational. Last night, the Jazz Ensemble gave an inspiring performance. We still have a lot of work to do!

Our next performance will be our Christmas Concert on December 2nd at 2 PM. We will have 3 MANDATORY rehearsals for this. Please mark your calendars for November 13, 27, and 29. These reahearsals will begin at 2:45 and will end at 4:30. For the next two weeks, I will give the kids a break and we will only rehearse on the Thursday before each game from 3 – 3:45. Please pick your child up by 4 PM.

I’m looking forward to a fantastic year.

 

Doc

October 14, 2018
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Dutchtown Invitational Marching Band Festival

Dear Band Parents and Friends,

This week will be another busy one so I wanted to give you a heads up on some of the logistics for the week.

Tuesday – students going on the middle school tour must report to the band room for 6:30 AM and wear their red pep band shirts with black pants. Girls wear their school plaid skirts. Students need to bring money for lunch that day. We will report back to school around 3:15. After-school practice will be from 3:30 – 4:30 that day.

Don’t forget that we have a game (middle school band night) this Thursday and that means we will have practice on Wednesday. This will serve as our “dress rehearsal” for Saturday’s marching band festival, the Dutchtown High School Invitational. This is a big recruiting event for us so let’s pray for a good turnout and great weather.

We perform at 10 AM this Saturday at Dutchtown High School. Parents will need to provide transportation to and from Dutchtown for the event. Students need to report NO LATER than 9 AM. Please assemble by our white band trailer. Students will need to bring clothes to change into after our performance and money for lunch. Students will be dismissed AFTER the awards ceremony, which is scheduled for 3 PM. There will be numerous other bands that we will want to see, including Dutchtown, East Ascension, North Vermillion, South Lafourche, and even a special appearance from St. Michael alumnus, Brianna Alumbaugh, when she performs with the Northwestern University Marching Band!!

One more thing. Please join me in congratulating sophomore, Steven Reed, for not only earning a spot in this year’s All State Concert Band, but for being the youngest St. Michael student to ever earn a spot in an all state band! We are Warrior Proud!

Doc

 

September 27, 2018
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Tomorrow’s Football Game

Dear Band Parents,

This is just a quick note about tomorrow. We didn’t get to practice today because of the storm. The rain didn’t let up until about 4:15. Anyway, they missed my pregame announcements so:

pregame meal is pulled pork sandwiches, served at 4:15 – no charge
bus leaves at 4:45 for Covington
we will not be performing a halftime show so we will leave “the pit” at school
there will be a “grab and go” post-game meal

Next week is HOMECOMING! Band students have two performances. The first is for the Pep Rally following the Block party. The pep rally begins at 7 PM and should be done by 7:45. Students need to be dressed (spirit shirts and jeans) and at school no later than 6:30. I suggest you get here earlier so you can take part in the food, fun, and games at the block party.

Thank you parents for your involvement in our band program!

 

Doc

September 19, 2018
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Tour Dates

Dear Warrior Band Parents,

We are preparing to tour 4 of our feeder schools this fall, starting with a visit to St. Alphonsus next Tuesday. I will need help from parents to drive vehicles and transport larger instruments that cannot fit on the bus. Here is what I plan to bring:

Music stands (17 of them)
Keyboard, stand, and amp
Electric bass and amp
Drum set
Sousaphones (2 of them)
Trombones (4)
Baritone Sax (yes it’s large)
Tenor saxes (3)
Marching Bass Drum and stands (3)
Marching tenor drum and stand

The dates for our tours are Tuesday, September 25 (St. Alphonsus) and Tuesday, October 16 (MBS, SJV, STM)

We will leave campus at 7:15 AM on both days.  Please email me at school if you are available to help drive some of our equipment.

Thanks again for all you do for your children and St. Michael,

 

Doc

September 14, 2018
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Next Friday’s Game

Dear Warrior Band Parents, Students, and Friends,

As we prepare for next Friday’s away football game I want to first say that I am happy with the progress we’ve been making. We have been having to deal with rain delays at practice and it seems we just can’t catch a break. Last night’s performance wasn’t our best. I think the heat and humidity got to our kids. I hope we can get a few cool fronts in very soon. It makes a big impact on the performance of our young musician/athletes.

Next Friday, we will be departing St. Michael at 1:30 to travel a little north of Natchitoches in charter busses. Thank you for supporting our big fund raiser, Moonlight and Jazz. Because of this, there will be NO cost to you parents for transportation! You have already paid for a “grab and go” meal for the trip home. I am blessed to have some good help from all of you and we have made arrangements to feed our participants while they are on the bus (around 5 PM) a meal that should hold them until the post-game meal. They will each receive a 6-inch subway sandwich, a bag of chips and two bottles of water. I want them to drink both bottles before we get to the game so they are well hydrated when we get there. The cost for this meal is $4 each. Please have them bring $4 cash by Monday of next week so I can reimburse the people who will be purchasing the sandwiches, chips, and waters.

Thank you again for all you do to support your child’s music education at St. Michael.

 

 

Doc

September 6, 2018
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Change in Plans!!!

There has been a big change in plans. Sorry!  Don’t shoot the messenger!

Next week’s game at Dunham High School will not be played on Friday. The date of the game that we received last May was incorrect. Coach Sanchez found me this morning and told me that the game is actually on Thursday. So, we will have after school rehearsals on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The good news is we will be off Friday, so now you can make fun plans Friday evening.

Thanks

 

Doc

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