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November 13, 2017
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Moonlight and Jazz Kicks Off!

Dear Parents,
It is now time to kick off this year’s Moonlight and Jazz. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 12 years since we envisioned an evening that would showcase our awesome jazz program at St. Michael and provide attendees with an awesome dinner complete with wine. This year’s even is APRIL 15!! Deadline to purchase tickets is March 26 . Moonlight and Jazz is simply the classiest St. Michael event next to graduation. Proceeds from this band fund raiser will be used to cover transportation expenses throughout the year (Disney trip) and purchase instruments and other important items we need to keep our St. Michael band program heading in the right direction. We cannot make this year’s event a success without your help. First, we need sponsorships to help pay for our expenses. This year, we’ve gone up on the price ($2 per ticket to cover costs for credit card fees) for the first time in 11 years. Moonlight and Jazz tickets make great Christmas gifts for grandparents and other hard-to-buy-for family members. I’ve attached a copy of the Christmas Flyer and the Moonlight and Jazz Sponsorship Page to this post. 
Important points to note: Priority seating can be purchased by being a sponsor of the event. See the attached sponsorship page.  Also, priority seating can be obtained by purchasing a table of 10 on a first come-first served basis. If you don’t have 10 people in your party, you can team up with some others who are coming and purchase your table together.
Thank you in advance for you support and participation.

Doc

November 5, 2017
by docandry
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Great Performance!

What a great performance by our Warrior Jazz Ensemble and Combo at the Alzheimer’s event at Perkins Rowe today! I am so proud of my musicians who sounded like a seasoned group. I cannot wait to hear you as you progress throughout the year. I’m hoping that my young musicians are taking note of what our seniors did today. We will begin Developmental Combo rehearsals every Tuesday from now on. Parents, Developmental Combo is where students learn to step outside their comfort zone and really take improvisation to the next level. With a lot of hard work, any one of my freshmen musicians can sound like those seasoned veterans in a couple of years.

 

November 3, 2017
by docandry
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Meeting Monday Evening

Parents,

This is just a quick reminder about the meeting for all interested parents who plan on joining us on our Disney trip. The meeting should last from about 6:30 to 7 PM this Monday (it got moved because of the change in this week’s football game).  Again, this is only for those who wish to go to Orlando with us. If you have any other questions, by all means, you can attend this question and answer meeting.

Musically,

 

Doc

November 3, 2017
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Perkins Rowe Gig for Jazz Band Students

Dear Jazz Ensemble Parents,

This is a copy of the email I sent to your children. I’m sorry I forgot to post it here (I thought I had). I do realize that they aren’t always good at letting you know what’s going on.

Here are the details about this Sunday’s performance at Perkins Rowe:

 

  • We play from 12:30-2:00
  • We will be set up outside Lava Cantina
  • Students should report to our performance area by 11:15. They will be fed before the performance starts.
  • Students will also receive a complimentary t-shirt for the performance
  • Students will receive service hours (2) for the gig as it’s a benefit for Alzheimer’s of Baton Rouge. 
  • Students need to bring their instruments, cables, amps, etc. I will bring music stands, the PA and stands. 

 

Students should have received a t-shirt from the Alzheimer’s group. They will be fed at 11:15 and will receive 3 service hours for this performance. Winner! Winner!

Doc

October 27, 2017
by docandry
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Change of Plans

Dear Band Parents,

I just received word that next week’s ball game has been moved from Friday, Nov. 3 to Thursday, Nov. 2 and will be played at Glen Oaks High School (vs. Tara). I am aware that there are already conflicts. We will, however, make the usual “college try” and make the game. That means that I will have to reschedule the mandatory parent meeting for all those planning on making the Disney trip with us. So, let’s plan on meeting in the Band Room Monday, November 6 at 6:30 PM. Again this meeting will be short (maybe on a half hour) but I want all parents who plan on going to Disney with us to be on the same page.

Thanks,

DOC 

October 23, 2017
by docandry
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Congratulations are in order

Congratulations to all my students for their hard work in preparation for this year’s marching festival. As you know by now, we earned a superior rating, which is the highest rating a band can receive. I have challenged them to earn the grand slam this year; that is a superior at our marching band festival, a superior at Loyola, a superior at District Band festival, and superiors at Disney.

Please remember that the first installment for the Disney trip is due to me by next Tuesday (Halloween). I have had lots of interest in parents going with us so I will have a mandatory meeting of all parents who plan on going with us to Orlando next Thursday (November 2) in the band room at 6:30. This meeting should only last 20-30 minutes. I want to make sure we are all on the same page. Here are a few things we will discus:

  • What are the responsibilities of chaperones?
  • Can siblings attend?
  • Can alumni attend?
  • How old do alumni have to be to chaperone?
  • Do I purchase tickets and get my hotel room on my own, or does Doc do that?
  • Do I have to have my background checked in order to chaperone?
  • Can I attend, even if I do not plan on being a chaperone?
  • What if my family wants to go up to Orlando early and spend the whole week there?
  • If I’ve already been fingerprinted and background checked by my child’s middle school, do I have to do it again now that my child is in high school?
  • Do adults have to purchase the whole packet?
  • Why is the chaperone package a little more expensive than the student package?
  • Do I have to ride the bus with the students?

As you see, there are a lot of questions for me to just answer in an email or a blog post. If you have any additional questions, please bring them to the meeting. I hope to be able to answer all of them at that time.

One more thing. The date for the Christmas Concert has been changed. The concert will be Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 PM. Please mark your calendars.

Thanks,

Doc

October 18, 2017
by docandry
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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

 

Doc

October 17, 2017
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Dutchtown

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.

 

Doc

October 10, 2017
by docandry
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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.

Thanks,

DOC

July 26, 2017
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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.

Musically,

 

Doc

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