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April 21, 2016
by docandry

Spring Concert Invitation

Dear Band Parents, Alumni, Friends, and Students,

I wanted to extend an invitation to you to attend our Warrior Spring Concert, Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 in the gym. This year’s group is the best I’ve ever taught as was exhibited by the record awards and accolades they earned this past year. You will hear from the Percussion Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble, and our Symphonic Band. For an added treat, we would like to invite all Warrior Band Alumni who still play their instruments to join us for our grand finale (Amazing Grace). You Jazz Ensemble Alumni should bring your instruments as well and we may have you sit in for an encore jam session!  Again, you don’t want to miss this exciting evening of great music!


April 7, 2016
by docandry

2une In

Hey Gang,

I just received word that the “Cool Schools” segment on Channel 2 will be aired next Tuesday morning, April 12 between 6 and 6:30 AM. It will re air at noon and will be on their web site later that day. For those of you who didn’t know this, WBRZ was on campus Tuesday to tape footage for their “Cool Schools” segment that airs on 2une In. They interviewed a couple of students about our recent Disney trip and collected video and photos that we provided of students having a great time and performing in Orlando last week. So, set your DVR’s if you know how to do that, because I certainly don’t 🙂


April 5, 2016
by docandry

Moonlight and Jazz

Our annual Moonlight and Jazz Event this Sunday, April 10, at White Oak Plantation.

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, 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 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 to the scaffold to the trailer, so the gloves will come in handy there too.

We are expecting 250 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!

The other dates you need to be aware of are:

Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 PM in the St. Michael cafeteria we will have our band awards convocation/dinner. This year’s convocation will be for all band students, parents, and friends. Parents need to RSVP how many will be in attendance by Monday, April 18 so we can have enough food. We will be able to provide a free meal for students and their parent(s)/guardian only, however, I will have to ask for a $10 donation for any other family or friends who plan on eating at this event. We will serve pasta, salad, and a drink from Portabellos for this meal. Students must wear their school dress uniform for this event. There is no charge for this event.

Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM in the school gymnasium, we will have our annual Spring Band concert. This concert is free and open to the public. Please join us for this wonderful evening of music as your children share their God-given gift of music with our school community.

March 21, 2016
by docandry

Meds for the Disney Trip

Dear Band Parents and Students,

This is just a quick post about how I will be handling student medications during our trip to Orlando. I will not and cannot administer medication to students. I will, however, be prudent in my approach to the subject. Here’s what each one has to do: Place all medications in a ziplock bag and only a 4 day’s supply, with the dosage, student’s name, etc. on a card in the ziplock bag. The student will be responsible for taking his or her own medication each day. I will have students show me their bags before we leave. Parents, please help to make sure this gets done properly. I know that I have many students taking medication for everything from allergies to acne medication but I only want a four day’s supply on board with us.

I assigned park tickets to students today. I am hesitant about giving students your tickets to the parks. So, I will have your tickets available to pick up after tomorrow’s after-school rehearsal. I know my students would feel horrible if something were to happen and they would loose your park ticket before our trip. I collected all their tickets today and will pass them out again next Thursday morning as we are exiting the bus to enter the park.

One more thing. We need to have our ducks in a row before we leave for our trip for Moonlight and Jazz. So, if you were waiting until the last minute to purchase yours, now’s the last minute! I have to give White Oak Plantation a number by next Monday! Let’s make this year’s event the best ever!




March 13, 2016
by docandry

Moonlight and Jazz X, April 10

This is our formal invitation to this year’s Moonlight and Jazz. It’s hard to believe it’s been ten 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 10!! Deadline to purchase tickets is Good Friday and we have to send our final number in to White Oak by next Monday. I’ve attached a copy of the invitation here: Moonlight and Jazz invite2016

Important points to note: Priority seating can be purchased by being a sponsor of the event. Email me if you’re interested in sponsoring this. Also, priority seating can be obtained by purchasing a table of 10. 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.

One final note: Tickets can be purchased online through this link:

I look forward to seeing all of you at this great event. Let’s sell it out this year!


March 11, 2016
by docandry

Final Trip Itinerary

Dear Band Parents and Students,

I’m attaching the final trip packet with our itinerary in it. Please read the letter about behavior expectations and sign the release form included there. Please check to make sure your health information is up to date on the School’s Athletic Profile page.  Our trip is a little over two weeks away!

Trip Packet 2016

March 9, 2016
by docandry

Schedule for the Next Two Weeks

Dear Band Parents and Students,

Here is our after school rehearsal schedule for the next two weeks as we prepare for our performance/competition at Disney:

Tuesday, March 15 – Full Concert Band Rehearsal
Thursday, March 17 – Full Concert Band Rehearsal

Tuesday, Marcy 22 – Full Concert Band Rehearsal

Monday and Wednesdays for the next two weeks will be reserved for combo rehearsals.

I am putting the final touches on our final itinerary for Disney and will be emailing that to you shortly.


March 7, 2016
by docandry
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Loyola Results

I’m sure most of you have already heard about our outstanding performance at Loyola this past Friday. I just received word that several…actually many of our students were selected to receive a certificate from Loyola for their distinguished musicianship/solos.

Earning outstanding musicianship awards for the big band performance were:

Camille Dupre`,  Tenor Sax
Brian Bordelon,  Tenor Sax
Trey Parker, Alto Sax

Earning outstanding musicianship awards for the Jazz Combo performance were:

Trey Parker, Alto Sax
Jacob Barrios, Trumpet
Sarah Banker, Flute
Dane Harter, Bass

Congratulations to all our students for an outstanding performance!



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