Dear RHHS Band Families,
I can’t tell you how excited I am to get started with all of you next week! This year is going to be great, and we will kick everything off with a FANTASTIC Marching Band season. Please, if you would, check out these important reminders :
*Google Form #2 must be filled out by August 15th, which is THIS THURSDAY. Thank you for giving me the information I need in order to do my best for you. The link is -> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxaA1MjN2OUl_tf-LnzIWEGNBR2IsBfDgsYOJM9hHE2WH3Zw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1. Most of the information that you need in order to proceed with the Google Form can be found on the Booster website at: https://rhhsband.wixsite.com/boosters/music.
*Every student participating in a fall sport should have already worked out rehearsal/practice conflicts with the coach and myself. Even if you know someone else that is playing the same sport, YOU must contact me to be sure that we have a mutual understanding about how time will be split between athletics and Band.
*You should be finishing up the process of memorizing your music for pregame and halftime. The pieces that must be memorized are:
On Top of the World
The Star-Spangled Banner
Go Hawks Go
Ode to Joy Warm-Up, measures 39-end
Of course, ALL of your music must be learned, but the other pieces do not need to be memorized. Remember to always use foot-tapping, and definitely practice along with the demo recordings.
*For students that are MARCHING, you will need to bring dinner to Band Camp each day. We will eat between music rehearsal and visual rehearsal.
*Remember that the first day of camp, August 20th, is for students who are MARCHING this year, but were either stationary or not here last year. Student leaders will be on hand to assist new marchers and make sure that we are ALL ready to start together on August 21st. Attendance will be taken each day at the start time of the rehearsal, so please feel free to come as early as 15 minutes beforehand to warm-up, get questions answered, etc.
*For the Dr. Martirano performance on August 26th, I am planning on having us wear our casual uniform - your RHHS Band t-shirt (supplied by the Band Boosters), blue jeans (not shorts), and sneakers. Unfortunately, parents are not able to be in attendance that morning - the meeting is just for teachers.
*For Camp you will need a 1/2-inch 3-ring binder (nothing bigger than 1/2-inch please) with page protectors for your music. Please make sure it is clearly labeled with your name and instrument. You will also need a pencil with eraser. Students staying for visual rehearsal need sneakers, as no other footwear is safe for marching.
*For performances (starting on September 6th!), you will need compression/spandex shorts to wear under your Marching Band uniform.
*Parents, please come to one of our “Back to Band” meetings. I have scheduled two of them to make it more convenient for you to attend. They will be on Monday, 8/26 from 3:30-4:15 PM and on Thursday, 8/29 from 8:30-9:15 PM. We will discuss concert wear, earning money toward Band expenses (including Spring Trip), the calendar for the year, etc., and of course I will try to answer any questions that you may have!
OK, that should do it! Please let me know if I can help with anything.