12Jul/18

Perry Symphonic Winds to perform at the 2019 OMEA State Conference

Congratulations to the members of the 2018-2019 Perry Symphonic Winds for being selected to perform at the 2019 OMEA State Conference.  This event is attended by nearly every music educator in the state, college music professors, and professional musicians.  In order to be considered, groups must audition by submitting a recording.

This year, 120 collegiate, professional, and high school groups applied to perform.  The Perry Symphonic Winds were one of only a handful of groups to be selected.

This year, the conference will be held January 31st-February 2nd at the Cleveland Convention Center.  The performance will be open to parents and family, and you are all encouraged to attend.  We should know the performance date sometime this Fall.

This is not just an honor for the Symphonic Winds, but for ALL members of our program!

A special thank you to the senior class of 2018 for helping us achieve this accomplishment.

11Jul/18

Cedar Point Trip Update

•  Due to summer break, we are opening the sign up period for the Cedar Point trip until next Friday, July 20th.  You must be registered/paid for the trip no later than this date.

•  You will be roomed in groups of 4.  The room request sheet will be up next week until Monday, July 23rd.  Please start thinking about who you would like to room with.  Once the list is done, there will be no changes.  Girls will room with girls, boys will room with boys.

02Jul/18

Mid-Summer Update

We hope everyone has had an enjoyable and relaxing summer so far!  Here are some upcoming events and items that need your attention:

1.  A reminder that uniform fittings are July 9th and 11th in the band room.  Please be sure you have ordered your Black Drillmaster band shoes.  Rookies:  You will want to wear these during the first week or so of Marching Band to break them in.  This will help avoid blisters during the parade.

2.  A friendly reminder that marching band rehearsals begin on Monday, July 16, at 7:00 AM.  Please be in your seats and ready to play at 6:55AM.  Do not walk in the door at 6:59 and expect a positive outcome.  Please note that summer rehearsals are not optional.  If you are not there (and haven’t previously emailed Mr. Smith about a vacation), your spot will be given to someone who is there and on time.

3.  If you have lost touch with your instrument, now is a great time to reconnect with it and reintroduce yourself.  The better you sound on July 17th the more pleasant all of our lives (including yours) will be.

4.  Bring all music, instruments, flip folders, and lyres.  We will be outside for part of the first day.  Rookies, check in with your leadership team to make sure your instrument group uses a lyre (most do).  Do not show up on day one without these items.

5.  Wear comfortable shoes.  No flip flops or sandals are permitted.  Rookies:  It’s a good idea to wear your brand new marching band shoes to these rehearsals so you can break them in before the parade.

6.  We will give you water breaks each hour.  It is YOUR responsibility to bring water jugs, etc.  You will not have time to run inside to use the drinking fountain…bring it to the field with you!

7.  Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!  Marching Band rehearsals are not the place to try getting a suntan for the first time of the year and sunburns are not an excused absence.  If you haven’t ventured outside of your home since June 1st, start spending sometime outside to get acclimated to the heat.  Wear lots of bright/light colors to rehearsals.  Try to avoid black.

7.  If you haven’t memorized La Pantera and the Fight Song yet, get busy.

8.  Practice!