The Buckeye Invitational

We received our confirmation yesterday that we WILL be performing at OSU for the Buckeye Invitational!  We are tentatively scheduled to perform in Ohio Stadium at 8PM on October 15th.  As we get closer to the event, we will have more details.  Parents:  this is a performance you won’t want to miss!


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 the first Disney payment and registration is due on July 22nd.  The sooner you get this done the easier it is for us to plan.  Chaperones:  I will be in touch once we have our initial trip numbers.

2.  If you haven’t ordered your black Drillmaster marching band shoes, now is the time to do so.

3.  A friendly reminder that marching band rehearsals begin on Monday, July 18, 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.

4.  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 18th the more pleasant all of our lives (including yours) will be.

5.  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.

6.  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. 

7.  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!  Do not drink energy drinks, coffee, milk, etc to stay hydrated during rehearsals.  H2O is your friend!  Try to wear light colored clothes as this will help with the heat.  Tank tops, etc are definitely allowed…just make sure you don’t wear anything “indecent”

8.  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.

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

10.  Practice!


Closer Now Online

The files for the closer are now available on the Marching Band page.  Please note that the mp3 file sounds slightly different than what is written (in measures 1-12 and again near the end when the same section comes back).  The rhythm is slightly different.  We will update the file once we have it.  Parts and score are correct.


A few early June items

•  I hope you are all having a fantastic break so far!  I’m having a great break though the fishing has been tough!

•  Please update your Final Forms as soon as possible so we have access to that information when marching band begins.  

•  We have the closer, but we are having some edits done to it.  We should have it ready to go in a week or so.  You’re going to love it.

•  A few of the older links on the website (i.e the band handbook) have expired.  I’m updating the links as they are discovered.  If something isn’t working, just shoot me an email and let me know.  The handbook link is now updated.

•  If you haven’t registered and made your first Disney payment, please do so ASAP.




Officer Voting

Band Officer voting is on hold until Monday.  If you already voted, you will be able to cast another ballot.  There is currently no one running for secretary, so if you are interested, please talk to Mr. Smith on Monday (don’t email…see me in person)