RHHS Band Update

To All Members of the 2019-2020 RHHS Band Family,

I want to begin this note by telling you that my woodwinds are back from the shop! If you need to sign out a woodwind instrument, here are three times when I am planning to be at school:

*Monday, 7/22, from 6:45 - 7:15 PM

*Tuesday, 7/23, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM

*Wednesday 7/24 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM

If you can’t make any of these times, just let me know and we can either schedule a different time to meet at school, or I could even bring an instrument home and you could stop by my place at your convenience (I live one mile from school).

Thanks to everyone for filling out Google Form #1 - that information is very helpful. Your commitment to the rehearsals and performances is truly meaningful to me, and it has allowed me to begin to write the drill for your fall 2019 show. I can not make changes to the class lists at this point, so please consider us “stuck together” until June 2020! : )

I have attached an updated Marching Band roster. Please give it a quick look and let me know if if any of your information is incorrect.

It is now time to start working on the next five tasks from my July 9th email, and filling out Google Form #2. the link is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxaA1MjN2OUl_tf-LnzIWEGNBR2IsBfDgsYOJM9hHE2WH3Zw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1. Musically, I would suggest that all of your Marching Band music should be learned (in terms of simply working out the notes and rhythms), and that you should now be working on memorization. You need to memorize “Galeon,” “On Top of the World,” “Wicked,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Ode to Joy” (29-47 only), and “Go Hawks Go.” Remember that practicing with the demo recordings is the best way to memorize, and another couple of suggestions are to mark your music with any accidentals or counts that would be helpful, and to get together with your friends and practice as a small group! Also, you will need to have a small(1/2-inch) 3-ring binder and plastic page protectors for all of your music.

As we look ahead to Band Camp and the Marching Band season, I want to give you some preliminary information about uniforms. As you know, your Band Boosters have partnered with the school boosters to double our inventory of Marching Band uniforms, so that all 130 students can be outfitted. These uniforms are owned by the school, so they are provided free of charge, and they will of course need to be returned in perfect condition at the end of the season. Band Boosters will also provide every new Band member with a “casual uniform” t-shirt, which we will wear on home game days as a show of spirit. That shirt, along with compression (spandex) shorts (supplied by the student), will need to be worn under your Marching Band uniform at each performance. Students will also need to purchase marching shoes and gloves. These will be a minimal expense, and Boosters will coordinate the bulk purchase of these items (which can be used again next year, assuming they still fit!). Finally, sneakers will be required of all students during Band Camp. Sandals and flip-flops are not safe and will not be permitted. If you have any questions regarding uniforms, please contact Nancy McAllister at nancymcallister@yahoo.com.

Thank you, and please let me know if you need anything!


Mr. B.

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