Dear Band Parents and Students,
I hope you are enjoying your Mardi Gras holiday. This post is to get some important dates out to you so you can put them on your calendar. First, we will begin having after school rehearsals for concert band Thursday, February 18 from 3-4:30. The following week’s rehearsal will be on Tuesday, February 23. Our final after school rehearsal before District IV Assessment Festival will be Thursday, March 3. Here’s the kicker. IF we don’t sound like we are ready for competition on that Thursday, I may have to call one more rehearsal on Monday, March 7. I hope we can get everything put together with only three after school rehearsals.
Now, here are performances that you should have on your calendars. The Jazz Ensemble will be performing for the 50th anniversary of the Fortier/Gerbrecht Jazz Invitational Tuesday, March 1, at the Manship Theater. I haven’t received a time yet for our performance, but it generally begins around 6:30 or 7 PM.
Our District IV Concert Band Assessment Festival is Tuesday, March 8, at Zachary High School. We perform at 2 PM. I will be working on bus transportation first thing when we get back to school next week.
Our performance at Loyola University Jazz Festival is Friday, March 4th. I haven’t received a performance time for that yet but I expect it sometime this week. Students in the Jazz Band will be out all day that Friday.
Our Chamber Recital of Sacred Music will be at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church, Sunday, March 20 at 7 PM. Students will need to report to the church to set up at 6:30 so we can set up as soon as 5:30 Mass lets out.
Finally, I just received an email with our performance schedule for Disney!! (while I was typing this) Our Concert Band will be performing Friday, at 10:35 and our Jazz Band will be performing Friday at 2:30. The Concert Band venue (Ballroom of the Americas) has been moved this year and will be at the Contemporary Resort. The Jazz Band will be performing at the Boardwalk Resort Atlantic Dance Hall. That means, spectators will not need tickets to get in to hear us perform. Spectators will, however, have to provide their own transportation to these venues (Disney buses can drop you off at the resorts).
I will post more information after I go through all the paperwork.