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October 18, 2017
by docandry

Disney Band Trip

It’s time to begin our serious planning for the Disney trip. I have worked hard to keep the cost down again this year. I do this without a tour company so I can save you guys $$ there. I also use proceeds from Moonlight and Jazz to pay for the bus transportation. The total next April will be around $450 per student. I’ve put the cost breakdown and the dates for you to send the payments in the attachment. Parents who want to attend as chaperones need to see me before the 31st of October. Other parents who just want to join us also need to contact me so we can make sure we have enough rooms blocked off for you.

Thanks. I am looking forward to this trip!

Trip Cost and Break Down 2018-166pbif



October 17, 2017
by docandry


Dear Band Parents,

I haven’t received any new word on Dutchtown but this is what I know. We will meet at St. Michael Saturday morning at 10:40. Buses will leave promptly at 11 AM. We warmup at 12:05 and our performance commences at 12:45. The festival/competition will be over after the awards ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 5:10. I assume we should boarding buses for our return trip to St. Michael by 6 PM, which means we should arrive back at school by 6:30 ish.

Please help us out by attending this event. It’s the goal we have worked toward since July when we started band camp. I need you to help by cheering before, during (all the high points), and after the performance. It gets them pumped up and it looks good for the judges! There are high points, like the “park and blows,” after the solos, and in-between movements, where applause is highly encouraged. This is one of my best bands ever! Please come out and support them!

If for some reason your child must leave after our performance (I understand there’s a homecoming dance that evening) your child may leave after we have picked up our instruments and uniforms only if a parent or guardian is there to pick them up. They cannot drive themselves. Also, be advised that students are my responsibility that day, all day, until we get back to St. Michael. Under no circumstances are students allowed to leave Dutchtown High School without written permission from a parent. There will be food and drink available for purchase (this is a fundraiser for the Dutchtown band) all day so students should bring money for food because we will not be providing them with a meal.

I am looking forward to a great performance.



October 10, 2017
by docandry

Dutchtown Marching Band Festival

Dear Band Parents and Students,

Here is the latest on next Saturday’s marching festival at Dutchtown High School:

  • We will depart St. Michael on school busses (this is tentative) at 11 AM
  • We warmup at noon.
  • We perform at 12:35
  • We will return to campus after the awards ceremony (leave Dutchtown approximately at 6 PM)

Dress for this will be our formal marching band uniforms. Because this is in two weeks, we will don those uniforms for this Friday’s game, so students get used to performing in them. I will be getting more details to you later this week when Dutchtown sends me that information.



July 26, 2017
by docandry

Meeting tomorrow night

Dear Band Parents,

Please remember that we have a Band Booster Parent meeting tomorrow at 7 PM in the cooking lab (across from the band room). This is your opportunity to sign up for various committees where we will need your help throughout the year. Please be sure to have one adult from your family in attendance.

There has been a small snag in the band fee. I was informed tonight that the post-game meals will be catered by Tramonte’s this year. These post-game meals will be served in the cafeteria after 5 games this year. It serves as a supervised event where students can get a quality meal and spend some social time with their peers without having to go to the Pizza Hut. Let’s face it. We all know what happens at the Pizza Hut on a Friday night after a game. 🙂 Anyway, the price for this meal has gone up to $45 per child. Please make a separate check out to Allison Gaspard for $45 to cover these meals. If you have any questions about this, please see me. As for the band fee, which will cover costs for this week’s band camp and some of band night, please send a check made payable to St. Michael High School for $35.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation and understanding. I look forward to seeing you at tomorrow (Thursday) night’s meeting.




July 26, 2017
by docandry

Welcome Back!

Dear Band Parents and Students,

Welcome back to the beginning of a new year! We have already completed our drum/percussion camp and we are currently smack dab in the middle of a very productive Band Camp! In fact, we learned the drill for the first movement in two days and I fully expect to have the first two movements ready to be performed for you at 7:30, at the conclusion of Friday’s camp.

The following are important information for you to be aware of before the start of school. Please see the attached Warrior Band Newsletter. Warrior newsletter XIII-zt0ti4 It has important dates in it as well as policy and grading procedures. Please submit your check for $35 made payable to St. Michael High School for your band fee. This helps to pay for feeding your children during band camp, and funding for our annual Warrior Band Night. Please send a separate check for $45, made payable to Allison Gaspard for $45 for post-game meals. The post-game meals are provided for football players, band, dancers, cheerleaders, and other support groups involved for 5 Friday-night football games. It provides a fun, supervised experience for students to enjoy a meal and social interaction after a Friday football game and will be catered by Tramonte’s.

Please refer to the newsletter and have your child’s paperwork turned in no later than the start of school. I know some of you have the paperwork but you are missing the physical. Please turn in the other paperwork by the first day of school and get the physical to me when you can.

I have seen a lot of parent volunteers at camp this week and I want to personally thank you for being an active participant in your child’s band and school experience. I tell my students that there are basically two types of people in this world: participants and spectators. I challenge my students to be lifelong participants in everything they do. It’s great to see the example set by their parents! Parents, you are going to enjoy this band experience as much as your children. I have parents who stop in to help who no longer have children in the Warrior Band!

Finally, I will be taking orders for pep band shirts and Dinkles. The pep band shirts act as our uniform during hot weather football games. Dinkles are the uniform marching band shoe that, incidentally, can double as an approved school shoe (it’s black and inexpensive). Parents can order pep band shirts to show their pride in our Warrior band too. The shirts are $37.17 for adult small – extra large and $38.38 for XXL. This price includes 10% tax. The Dinkle Glide shoe is $27, which includes shipping. Please get your orders in for shirts and shoes by the first day of school. Feel free to email me your size and have your child bring a check to school on the first day.

I have scheduled band pictures (in our formal uniforms) for Monday, August 14 at 3 PM after school. We begin by taking a group formal pic. That will be followed by small groups (seniors, siblings, etc.) and then individuals. We should be finished by 4. These pictures will be available for purchase from Barklell Studios. You will receive information from your children about purchase options at that time. Note, percussion will not rehearse with me after school that day. Speaking of rehearsals…after-school rehearsals will begin the first full week of school. Percussion on Monday, August 7 with full band rehearsals beginning on Tuesday, the 8th.

I think that’s it for now. Again. Thanks to all of you who have worked so hard to make our camp successful. I look forward to a very fun, productive year!


April 10, 2017
by docandry

Important dates to round out the year

Dear Band Parents and Students,

Here are a few dates to round out the end of this year. We will have a very busy schedule the week we get back from our Easter Break. First, I have now received our schedule for the Regional State Band Assessment. We perform Wednesday, April 26, at 10:30, at Baton Rouge High School. I will be taking care of excursion forms this week. Dress will be concert black!

We have one after school rehearsal this week and that will be tomorrow at our regular time. We will have one more rehearsal to prepare for state and that will be Sunday, April 23 from 2-4. I had originally scheduled this for 4-6 with pizza begin served afterward, but the Warrior Club is having their senior BBQ at four.

Our Spring Concert is Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 PM. All students are required to attend. Dress will be concert black.

Our Band Convocation will be Sunday, April 30 at 6 PM in the cafeteria. While attendance to this is not mandatory, I do need an RSVP for all those attending so I can be sure to order enough food. Also, while all family members are invited to attend, we will only be able to feed each student and TWO guests. There is no charge to you for this. We will be using profits from Moonlight and Jazz to pay for the meal. I will take RSVPs in class this week!

It’s been an incredible year! All our performances have been superb! Let’s make our state performance our best ever!



March 24, 2017
by docandry

Moonlight and Jazz is Here!

Dear St. Michael Band Parents,

The weather will be PERFECT! (with the grace of God)  Here’s the 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 help pay for YOUR band trip to Orlando next year, keeping costs down to a minimum.

First, I need volunteers, usually strong dads, who can gather Saturday afternoon at 2:30 to help assemble the scaffolding stage. The stage has to be assembled at White Oak by 4 PM. 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 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 3:45 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 dinner. Hostesses should get there by 4:30 to eat.
  • Members of my 6th hour percussion class with a parentneed to report to White Oak for 7:15 who will assist all performers and anyone else who can helpto 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!

Here are some dates you should be aware of:

We will have the following after school rehearsals for students who will be participating in the Regional/State Band Assessment Festival (TBA, one day during the week of April 24-28)

March 28 2:45-4:00
April 4 – 2:45-4:00
April 11 – 2:45-4:00
April 23 (That’s a Sunday) from 4-6 PM. We will have a Pizza party after.

Jazz Band students will be performing for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame Inductee Banquet on April 12 at the Crown Plaza Hotel. This is an evening performance and our students will be fed. I will give them more instructions on setup times at a later date.


December 11, 2016
by docandry
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Congratulations are in Order!

We are extremely proud of Warrior Band members, Sarah Banker, Camille Dupre`, and Eva Lee, for earning spots in the District IV honor bands. These students went through a rigorous audition process and competed among some of the top students in East Baton Rouge Parish, Livingston Parish, and Ascension Parish to earn spots in the honor bands. Sarah placed second in the prestigious Symphonic Band, while Eva and Camille earned spots in the Concert Band. We are very proud of these and all of our Warrior Band members!



December 5, 2016
by docandry

Christmas Concert

Dear Parents,

I’m sorry my original post never got posted. It stayed in my drafts folder for weeks.

This should update you.

Students need to report to the gym for 5:45 tonight. They are wearing concert black. That’s black pants for the boys and all black for the girls. We discussed this in class so they should know what to wear.

Congratulations to these students for earning spots in the All-Parish Symphonic and Concert Bands:

On horn, Eva Lee and Mary Vanhaverbeke
On flute, Sarah Banker and Leah Bourg
On bass clarinet, Amber Chavez and Allison Kimbrough
On clarinet, Camille Dupre` and Katherine Ledet
On trumpet, Brianna Alumbaugh

Congratulations to the following students for earning spots in the All Parish Jazz Honor Band:

On bass, Dane Harter
On trombone, Nathan Zeringue
On bari sax, Blair Stewart
On alto sax, Trey Parker
On trumpet, Jace Barrios


October 26, 2016
by docandry

Christmas Concert Date Has Been Changed!

Dear Band Parents, Alumni, and Friends,

Due to a scheduling conflict, our annual Christmas Band Concert, which was previously scheduled for Sunday, December 11, has been moved to Monday, December 5, at 6:30. Please make a note in your calendars about this change! It will be our best ever!



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