Friday, August 14, 2009

Band Camp Reminders

Hello marching band students and parents,

I'm writing with some important reminders for the upcoming band camp week. Please read each item and write back if you have questions or concerns.

--Please remember that band camp begins on SUNDAY NIGHT from 6-9 PM, not Monday morning. Please arrive 10 minutes early to Hurley field and meet near the baseball diamond (the field is in use from 6-7). You will NOT need instruments this evening. We'll have water and snacks, but please eat an early dinner before the rehearsal.

--Please remember that during the week this year, we are starting at 8 AM, not 9 AM like we usually do. That means you'll need to arrive 10 minutes early on those mornings, also.

--The parking lot at Anderson is torn up and, unfortunately, will be for most or all of the week. You will be able to park a car at the Rec Center around the corner or out on the streets around the school. Students should consider carpooling or getting dropped off when possible.

--During the week, students must provide their own lunch. You can either bring a lunch, or go out to lunch with your section.

--It will be hot and sunny. Please remember sunscreen, a big water bottle that you can refill, and a hat/sunglasses.

--We will have some evening activities, including our annual movie night in the BHS auditorium on Tuesday (time TBA), and a party at the Huntington Woods Rec Center on Wednesday evening (time TBA). Everyone should attend if possible, as these are really fun parts of the week.

--On Thursday, August 20, there is a big 4-way football scrimmage at Hurley field, all day long. As a result, we'll be having band camp at BHS that day. Details will be forthcoming throughout the week.

--On Friday, we will perform a show for parents on Friday at noon. Following the performance, please join us for a potluck meal. On Monday, I'll pass out a flyer that asks different sections in the band to bring in certain food. If we all chip in a little, we'll have a really nice get together to celebrate our week.

I can't wait to see you all on Sunday night. Our drum majors attended camp in Illinois and are primed to lead the band (especially senior drum major Umberto Fournier, who earned the "First Class" award). We have 4 excellent coaches coming in to work with us. Our numbers are up from previous years. Simply put, we are going to have a great time.

Remember, we start on SUNDAY night at 6 PM. See you soon!

Mr. Shaw

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Are you bored?

If so, watch this:

Students: this has to do with what we do in class, when I ask you to hear the pitch in your head before you play (audiation).

Maybe we'll try this someday this year...