April 24, 2018
Dear Band Parents, Students, and Friends,
What a fantastic end-of-the-year concert! Your children played with so much heart and expression. From the powerful bass drum blasts in the Percussion Ensemble (thanks Tyler 🙂 ) to the passionate playing of Isfahan, by Trey and Jazz Ensemble, to the nostalgic rendition of Amazing Grace, everyone put their heart and soul into their performance. I am so blessed to be able to work with such amazing young people and like I said tonight…they are what’s good about the future of our world! I think what’s most touching for me is to see the growth… to watch them step WAY out of their comfort zones and allow themselves to really get caught up in the music and let the music move them.
When I got home, I opened up the cards and bags and I was overwhelmed with your generosity. Thanks a bunch, not for the gift cards and cash, but for allowing me to be able to work with your children on a daily basis. It truly is FUN! I know I’m losing a bunch of very talented seniors but I welcome the challenge to teach my young incoming freshmen and all those who will become the leaders of next year’s group of fine musicians.
We will honor these talented musicians at our Band Convocation, May 2, in the school cafeteria at 6:30. There will be food!!! I am ordering dinner to feed each student and up to two guests (IF THEY RSVPed ME). I look forward to a relaxing evening where we can honor them and all that they achieved this year!
Thanks again to the best band parents in the world!!!
April 17, 2018
Dear Warrior Band Parents and Students,
Here are the remaining performances for you children at St. Michael:
April 23 (during school) We will be playing for the ground-breaking ceremony. Students will wear whatever they are wearing for school that day.
April 24, at 6:30 – Our Spring Concert. Students wear concert dress (black). There is no charge for this event and we welcome all alumni to join us at the end when we perform Amazing Grace
May 2, at 6:30 – Our Band Honors Convocation. Students wear their school dress uniform. There is no charge for this. Students and two guests (ie. mom and dad) will be fed a light dinner.
May 18, at 3 PM – Graduation. Students (underclassmen and a few select percussionists) will wear their school dress uniforms. There will be transportation to and from the River Center. If your musician has a sibling who is graduating, they your musician can ride home with you at the River Center, providing I get an email from you stating your intentions to take them home or to an after party.
Keep the week of July 23 – 27 open for Band Camp. I will send out a Warrior Band Newsletter before exams.
April 11, 2018
Dear Band Parents and Students:
The weather for this year’s event will be PERFECT! (with the grace of God) Here’s a preliminary listing of student and parent responsibilities and our timeline:
In order to make this event the best ever, I need everyone to pitch in and help! Remember that proceeds from this event helped pay for YOUR band trip to Orlando this year, keeping costs down to a minimum.
First, I need volunteers, usually strong dads, who can gather Sunday morning at 11:30 to help assemble the scaffolding stage. The stage has to be assembled at White Oak. We normally do this on Saturday but there is a strong change of dangerous weather Saturday, so I’m going to push to have the scaffold delivered Sunday. I am going to double check the time on the scaffold assemble. I suggest you bring work gloves to prevent splinters when handling the plywood and metal pieces. We will need a couple of cordless drills to drill the boards into the scaffold.
Sunday, students and a parent from my 4th hour class with last names beginning with A-P are to meet me at school for 2:30 to load the trailer with items that need to be delivered to White Oak. These will include a very large carpet roll, filled ice chests, keyboard, amps, music stands, music, and more.
- Rhythm section players need to meet us at White Oak for 3 PM to begin setting up your equipment and working with the sound guy to get things ready for our sound check.
- The rest of the performers meet at White Oak at 3:30 to finish setting up and prepare for our 4 O clock sound check.
- We will feed students performing in the concert at 4:30 (ish), depending on how long it takes to do the sound check. The meal will be a jambalaya (0r pastalaya) dinner. Hostesses should get there by 4:30 to eat.
- Members of my 6th hour Percussion Class, members of my 4th hour Advanced Band class (last names R-Z), and a parent need to report to White Oak for 7:15 who will assist all performers and anyone else who can help to dismantle the stage and load the trailer for the return trip to school. Again, please bring a pair of work gloves if you have them to prevent splinters. You will also be bringing parts of the scaffold to the trailer, so the gloves will come in handy there too.
We are expecting 260+ guests! Thanks to everyone who made this possible! Many of you have worked tirelessly to make this year’s Moonlight and Jazz the best ever! I can’t wait!
April 8, 2018
Congratulations Warrior Band Members. I have received approval from Mrs. Lee for you to wear a band spirit shirt (any one) to school tomorrow and tennis shoes. No jeans though! We will try to get a group picture sometime soon with all the trophies. I’ll get together with our marketing director to make this happen. That means Trey, Grace, and Nathan will need to bring their trophies to school.
April 7, 2018
It seems I write this same post every other year when I take our band to participate in Festival Disney. I’m extremely proud of my St. Michael Warrior Concert and Jazz Bands for earning superior ratings for its performances again this year. The Jazz Ensemble also earned Best in Class honors and they took home the Gold Mickey for best jazz ensemble of the weekend. Three Jazz Ensemble members earned their own Mickey awards for their outstanding musicianship. Pictured here are Nathan Zeringue (trombone), Grace Nizzo (jazz vocalist), and Trey Parker(alto saxophone).
Parents, because the awards ceremony was canceled due to bad weather, we got an early start home. It looks like we will arrive around 6:30, so be looking for an early text or call from your child about a half hour before our arrival.
March 21, 2018
Dear parents of Jazz Ensemble students,
Here’s the final itinerary for Friday’s festival. A bus will leave St. Michael around 9:20 (during their 3rd hour jazz band class). We will listen to the last few bands of the morning, which will end at noon with the performance of St. Jean Vianney’s jazz band. After that, students will get lunch at a local eatery in walking distance and be back for our warmup at 1 PM. We perform at 1:30 in the Magnolia Theater. We will then stay and listen to several fantastic high school groups, including Dutchtown, Baton Rouge High Gifted and Talented, and Fountainbleau High School.
The festival and evening concert (7 PM) is free and open to the public. Should St. Michael be selected as the top performing ensemble of the festival, we will be invited to open the 7 PM concert for the faculty group and judges. Students are to wear their normal Jazz Ensemble attire.
I have good news to add. There will be a bus to bring us back to St. Michael from the festival at 4:30. If a parent attends and wants to pick up his/her own child, you may do so. Just see me when you pick them up after the day is over.
I hope this answers any questions you may have.
March 19, 2018
Dear Band Parents,
Most of you have already purchased your tickets for Moonlight and Jazz. We have sold over 200 tickets and have procured two major (Louis Armstrong) sponsors! THANK YOU!! We now enter our final push to sell tickets. If you haven’t purchased your tickets, you have a couple of weeks to get that in. For those of you who are new to this, Moonlight and Jazz is the only fundraiser dedicated to our band program. Funds from this provide the funds needed to purchase and maintain new instruments for our band program, purchase a contest marching band show with necessary props, and it helps keep the cost of our Disney band trip affordable to everyone. $6,600 (which is the cost of the charter bus for Disney) is paid entirely by proceeds from Moonlight and Jazz.
Now “What is Moonlight and Jazz”, some of you ask? It is an evening (April 15) of wine, a great meal prepared by the John Folse staff, and great music provided by our very on Jazz Ensemble – all set on the beautiful backdrop of John Folse’s White Oak Plantation. It is the classiest event sponsored by St. Michael all year, except maybe for our commencement ceremony. Anyway, it’s certainly a lot of fun and you don’t want to miss it! Here’s a link where you can download the invitation. On the invitation, you will find a link where you can pay on line by credit card or you can mail a check to one of our officers listed on the invite. Moonlight and Jazz invite2018-18zd5af
Please feel free to invite friends, family, or just people who want to support music education in our schools.
March 14, 2018
Dear Jazz Band Parents,
Instead of our usual performance at Loyola University, we are attending the Mid City Jazz Festival. It’s a local festival held at B.R.C.C. and we are scheduled to perform at 1:30 next Friday, March 23. More information about the festival can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/357879591344994/381489128984040/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity¬if_id=1520970644948406
I will be sending excursion forms home this week. Students will miss 4th – 8 hours that day. We will leave on a bus during their band class (3rd hour). Here’s the tricky part. The bus will not be returning to St. Michael. Students will remain at the festival until 3:40, when the festival is over. At that point, they are responsible for their own ride home. Those who drive may want to have someone drop them off at school so they don’t have to worry about getting a ride back to school to pick up their car. The St. Michael bus will not be available at 4 PM. Students will need to bring money to eat at a local (walking distance) venue. I’m personally going to get a tuna sandwich from subway on a flatbread 🙂
If we are chosen as the top performing band, we will perform as the “opener” for the faculty and guest artist concert at 7 PM. There will be some stiff competition (which I’m looking forward to), including Dutchtown, Baton Rouge High, and Fountainbleau High School. This will also serve as a precursor to our Orlando performance.
March 7, 2018
Trip Packet 2018.doc-1ec194g
Please click on the link for the 2018 Disney Band Trip Packet, which includes instructions and a final itinerary.
February 25, 2018
Dear Band Parents,
I have now received our performance time for this year’s District IV Large Ensemble Assessment Festival. We perform Tuesday, March 6, at 10 AM at Zachary High School. The performance on stage is open to the public, so if you’re free that morning, we would love to have you in the audience to cheer for our young musicians. The second half of our assessment (sight-reading) is not, so we will have to enter unaccompanied. Your child will be receiving an excursion form this week. We will leave St. Michael at 8 AM on buses to arrive at Zachary High School in time for our warm-up at 9:30. Students will need money for lunch on the return trip back to St. Michael.
That evening, at 7 PM, our St. Michael Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the Fortier-Gerbrecht Jazz Invitational at the Manship Theater. This concert features performances from some of the premier high school jazz programs in the area. Our performance time is actually at 8:20 but the concert begins at 7. There is a $5 admission fee for this concert.
We haven’t received our performance times for Disney yet, but I expect to get our times any day now. I plan on having a meeting of all those going to Disney on Wednesday evening, March 7 at 6:30. I will distribute park tickets and we will set up our fast passes at that time. I will then COLLECT the tickets back from you so no one loses their ticket before we arrive in the parks in April. It is not imperative that adults attend the meeting unless you want to try to get your fast passes around the same time as us. I do ask that parents who plan on supervising as chaperones attend this meeting to get instructions from me. When I receive our performance times from Festival Disney, I will put together a final itinerary and will publish it on this blog. I will also email you a copy of the itinerary.
Those of you who have still not paid your final balance for the trip need to do so now. I will be writing checks next week for the hotel and for the charter bus. Our hotel, the Radison, was sold during the Christmas break. The new name of the hotel is the Grand Orlando Celebration https://grandorlandoresortcelebration.com/. It looks like it is becoming a Marriot Hotel. Our reservations are still good, so no worries there.
Email me if you have any additional questions.