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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  Uniform fittings for new marching band students A-M, are still happening tomorrow as scheduled!!!  They will be at 10am.  Mr. Smigell did announce this at practice today.  If you need to come earlier, I can make that happen now that there is not practice in the morning.  Please contact Christyne MacDermaid if you need to come in earlier, or you're an adult and can help me out.  I don't have a lot of help tomorrow, but I took the day off for this, so we will get through it.  734-476-0312 I do not mind going in earlier, but please call or text me.

Please see the last 2 posts too!!  They were recent posts I don't want to bury.
Mrs. MacDermaid 😊

 
  Thursday Morning Practice Cancelled, Report Time 4:30pm Thursday Morning (8/25) Practice Cancelled.

Report Time is 4:30pm in the uniform stated in the blogpost made earlier this week (BLOG POST).
You will be practicing until the tailgate is ready.

Uniform Fittings are still happening - Please make sure you get your uniform fitted / assigned to you.

Uniform for the First Game* - Thursday, August 25th @ 7pm:
  • This Seasons' Marching Band T-Shirt (They will get the day of the first game)
  • Khaki Shorts - School Appropriate, No Stains or Rips/Tears 
  • All Black Socks
  • All Black Shoes - No White/Colored Logo, Trim or Soles
*This uniform is used throughout the school year. More information about the first home football game will be announced after band camp, closer to the date.

Tailgate for the First Game* - Thursday, August 25th @ 5pm:

The tailgate starts at 5pm.

Tailgate is PIZZA. Everyone needs to bring $3 per person please. You can drop off money early in an envelope in the mailbox in the band room w/your name (and your families names) on it.

Sign Ups for what else is needed for the tailgate is here: SIGN UP LINK

Bottled water is always welcomed (since we go through a lot every school year - especially in the fall).

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

 
Sunday, August 21, 2016
  Tailgate Info Plus Everything Else Band Camp was awesome! It was nice seeing everyone and this season will be awesome!

Post-Band Camp Practices:


Monday, August 22nd: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Tuesday, August 23rd: 8am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Wednesday, August 24th: 8am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Thursday, August 25th: 8am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
**First Football Game - Additional Practice / TailGate / Etc. posted below**
Tuesday, August 30th: 8am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Wednesday, August 31st: 2:30pm - 3:30pm -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field

We try to have morning post band camp practices because of the heat / sun (which is the same reason we don't have the students wear their marching band uniform on the first (and very rare second) home game.

Uniform Fittings:

Wednesday, August 24th: Vets Only - After Practice
Thursday, August 25th: New Members A- M - After Practice
Wednesday, August 31st: New Members N - Z - After Practice

Parents help needed! Please contact Christyne MacDermaid at: (734) 476 - 0312 or christynemacdermaid@gmail.com if you can help!


HHS Home Football Games - Season 2016:
^ - Not set in stone - may change location.
*8th Grade / Senior Show is TBD atm.

Uniform for the First Game* - Thursday, August 25th @ 7pm:
  • This Seasons' Marching Band T-Shirt (They will get the day of the first game)
  • Khaki Shorts - School Appropriate, No Stains or Rips/Tears 
  • All Black Socks
  • All Black Shoes - No White/Colored Logo, Trim or Soles
*This uniform is used throughout the school year. More information about the first home football game will be announced after band camp, closer to the date.

Tailgate for the First Game* - Thursday, August 25th @ 5pm:

Whether or not there is a practice before the tailgate is depending on how the morning practices this week goes. If there is practice, report time is 3pm. Smigell will state whether or not there is practice during this week. (I will post when he tells me.) The tailgate starts at 5pm - w/ or w/o an afternoon practice.

Tailgate is PIZZA. Everyone needs to bring $3 per person please. You can drop off money early in an envelope in the mailbox in the band room w/your name (and your families names) on it.

Sign Ups for what else is needed for the tailgate is here: SIGN UP LINK

Bottled water is always welcomed (since we go through a lot every school year - especially in the fall).

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This season is going to be awesome! <3

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett


 
Thursday, August 18, 2016
  The busses left camp at 1:55pm.  They should arrive back to Howell High between 4:30-5pm.  We will update if they run into traffic.  
  Band camp families, the busses are running a little late picking the students up.  They will be back to Howell closer to 4-4:30pm at this moment.  We will post again when they leave and/or get closer. 
  Good morning band families!
Howell High Bandos plan on leaving camp at 1pm today, Thursday 8-18-16.  We should arrive at Howell High at 3:30pm.  If we run into traffic we will post here and on FaceBook HowellHSBand as soon as we can. 
Friday, August 12, 2016
  Band Camp is here! Hey All!

Band Camp is here!

The Post-Band Camp Practices have been ironed out and information is listed below.


Band Camp:

Band Camp is:

Report Times for Band Camp:
Packing List:


What To Bring:

Only 1 piece of luggage please.
  • Instrument
  • Bedding - Pillow, Sleeping bag/blanket, sheets
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Bug Spray
  • Flip Folder and Lyre
  • Water Bottle w/name on it
  • Any extra instrument parts like reeds, neck straps, sticks, oil, etc.
  • Pencils
  • Bathing suit and beach towel (unless planning to air dry)
  • Clothing for all weather (check the weather sites for the forecast and prepare for "Michigan Weather")
  • Sunglasses / Hat
  • Two pairs of shoes that can get dirty
  • Extra socks
  • 1 or 2 Bathtowels
  • Fan* (Optional for males, females will be in the Peak and won't need any)
What Not To Bring:

  • Weapons / Knives / Razers of any kind
  • Cigarettes, Alcohol, Drugs or anything else forbidden in the District/School Code of Conduct
  • Televisions, Full Blown Video Game Systems or Stereo Systems
  • Large Coolers
  • Extra Food (it attracts beasties and bugs!)
  • Expensive (electronic) items that scream "Steal me!"
  • Hairdryers the size of Volkswagens
  • District/School Dress Codes Apply - No Short-Shorts / Miniskirts, etc.
  • Your own bed
  • Anything else that you can do without for 5 days and 4 nights
All medication needs to be in their original container (w/ the prescription label) and handed in to the head nurse. Check with the head nurse about any emergency medication that needs to be carried.

Clothing at Band Camp: 

We know it is hot and the students will be outside - but it is important for the students to follow the Howell District's dress code (Pg. 15 -16). Please make sure there are no short booty shorts or miniskirts and no revealing tops.


Drillbook Next App:

Band Camp will soon be among us - and there is an app for that ;P

Two years ago, I introduced a drill app called "Drillbook Next" to the HHSMB - where I went to the app's website and uploaded the show's drill and students/staff was able to get the app and have the show on their phones / tablets.

I was told by the squad leaders / upperclassmen / staff that downloaded the app that it was amazing - not only did it help out getting coords for any marcher on the field - it showed the formations movement too.

This app is not for free sadly - it is $2.99 - but it is NOT required in order to be in marching band. This is just an option for students who don't like carrying the drill/coords and want to see how everything is (and help out their fellow nearby band mates).  We will still be passing out coordinate papers to each member and we will still be giving all the squad leaders the formation/set packets for the whole show.

Once again - this is NOT required and totally optional. The reason why I am mentioning it now - before band camp - is so students who don't have the app but want it, can buy/download it (especially before the we leave cause cell phones lack signal up @Eagle Village). And to tell the returning students who have the app (and the people who just bought it) - that the show's info / password is:

Organization: Howell
Show: The Who
Author: Jade
Password: Pokemon

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.drillbooknext.DBN_Reader&hl=en

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drillbook-next-reader/id795739546?mt=8

http://www.drillbooknext.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU_YqFIVOtY

Clothing at Band Camp: 

We know it is hot and the students will be outside - but it is important for the students to follow the Howell District's dress code (Pg. 15 -16). Please make sure there are no short booty shorts or miniskirts and no revealing tops.

Post-Band Camp Practices:

Monday, August 22nd: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Tuesday, August 23rd: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Wednesday, August 24th: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Thursday, August 25th: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
**First Football Game - Additional Practice / TailGate / Etc. will be announced after Band Camp**
Tuesday, August 30th: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Wednesday, August 31st: 2:30pm - 3:30pm -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field

We try to have morning post band camp practices because of the heat / sun (which is the same reason we don't have the students wear their marching band uniform on the first (and very rare second) home game.

Uniform Fittings:

Wednesday, August 24th: Vets Only - After Practice
Thursday, August 25th: New Members A- M - After Practice
Wednesday, August 31st: New Members N - Z - After Practice

If you can't make a fitting due to orientation being at the same time - feel free to go to the other fitting times.

Parents help needed! Please contact Christyne MacDermaid at: (734) 476 - 0312 or christynemacdermaid@gmail.com if you can help!

HHS Home Football Games - Season 2016:

^ - Not set in stone - may change location.
*8th Grade / Senior Show is TBD atm.

Uniform for the First Game* - Thursday, August 25th @ 7pm:
  • This Seasons' Marching Band T-Shirt (They will get the day of the first game)
  • Khaki Shorts - School Appropriate, No Stains or Rips/Tears 
  • All Black Socks
  • All Black Shoes - No White/Colored Logo, Trim or Soles
*This uniform is used throughout the school year. More information about the first home football game will be announced after band camp, closer to the date.

NYC Refund Checks:

The checks have been processed and are ready to be mailed out on Monday. Check your mailboxes next week. :)

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Remember to drink lots of water and try to get use to being outside / active for when band camp is here!

Can't wait to see everyone at band camp!

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

 
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
  Post Band Camp Practices Info: Hey All!

Band Camp is almost here! Yay! (I am diving up this Saturday to help prepare! ^.^) I can't wait to see everyone!

The Post-Band Camp Practices have been ironed out and information is listed below.

Post-Band Camp Practices:

Monday, August 22nd: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Tuesday, August 23rd: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Wednesday, August 24th: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Thursday, August 25th: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
**First Football Game - Additional Practice / TailGate / Etc. will be announced after Band Camp**
Tuesday, August 30th: 7:30am - 10am -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field
Wednesday, August 31st: 2:30pm - 3:30pm -> Main Football Stadium / Grass Field

We try to have morning post band camp practices because of the heat / sun (which is the same reason we don't have the students wear their marching band uniform on the first (and very rare second) home game.

Uniform Fittings:

Wednesday, August 24th: Vets Only - After Practice
Thursday, August 25th: New Members A- M - After Practice
Wednesday, August 31st: New Members N - Z - After Practice

Parents help needed! Please contact Christyne MacDermaid at: (734) 476 - 0312 or christynemacdermaid@gmail.com if you can help!

Band Camp:

Band Camp is:

Report Times for Band Camp:


Clothing at Band Camp: 

We know it is hot and the students will be outside - but it is important for the students to follow the Howell District's dress code (Pg. 15 -16). Please make sure there are no short booty shorts or miniskirts and no revealing tops.


HHS Home Football Games - Season 2016:

^ - Not set in stone - may change location.
*8th Grade / Senior Show is TBD atm.

Uniform for the First Game* - Thursday, August 25th @ 7pm:
  • This Seasons' Marching Band T-Shirt (They will get the day of the first game)
  • Khaki Shorts - School Appropriate, No Stains or Rips/Tears 
  • All Black Socks
  • All Black Shoes - No White/Colored Logo, Trim or Soles
*This uniform is used throughout the school year. More information about the first home football game will be announced after band camp, closer to the date.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Remember to drink lots of water and try to get use to being outside / active for when band camp is here!

(Marching Band related - but just something fun / unrelated to the program that some band students went last year went and loved it so I figured a few students / parents may want to enjoy taking their family too. If anyone enjoys DCI - there is an awesome live theatre event that is happening nationwide. The 2016 DCI Quarter-Finals is going to be aired live in certain cinemas for one night - Thurs, August 11th. For more information on this event / to buy tickets - DCI '16 Quarter-Finals: Big, Loud & Live )

I will make a post with the DrillBook Next App info for this Season's Main Show later this week - but other than that, have fun and be safe (Especially if you are playing Poke'mon Go :) )

Can't wait to see everyone at band camp!

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
  Refund Check Status and More Hey All!

I hope everyone is having an awesome and safe summer. Band Camp is about a month away - yay!

Here are a few updates and such:

NYC Refund Checks:

Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances out of our control, they haven't been sent out. This due to the district upgrading their computers / network right after school got out and the people needed to process / sign the checks being on vacation (because it's summer vacation). We are in the beginnings of them being processed (it's a multistep process due to having the checks coming from the district) but need to wait a few more weeks. Smigell said he will make sure they are sent out asap - but it won't be until closer to the school year has started. No one has been forgotten - we are just at a stand still atm. If your address has changed, feel free to send an email to hhsbandjade@gmail.com. We will let you know when they are sent out.

Everyone else who is getting their refund deposited into their band accounts shall have it done by when school starts also - this includes the few Seniors / parents who want to transfer their funds into their incoming freshmen's siblings' / childs' accounts.

Band Camp:

Band Camp is:

Report Times for Band Camp:

We are still in need of chaperones - both male and female - for band camp. Please contact Laura Allegoet if you are interested at lallegoet@yahoo.com or (586) 214 - 4986.


Clothing at Band Camp: 

We know it is hot and the students will be outside - but it is important for the students to follow the Howell District's dress code (Pg. 15 -16). Please make sure there are no short booty shorts or miniskirts and no revealing tops.

Post Band Camp - Before School Starts Practices:

Every year, we have practices before school starts - but this year we have a shorter gap between band camp and the first game (which is before school starts - Thursday, August 25th).

*More information about the practices will be announced as we get a little closer to band camp - we are working on it.


HHS Home Football Games - Season 2016:

^ - Not set in stone - may change location.
*8th Grade show is TBD atm.

Uniform for the First Game* - Thursday, August 25th @ 7pm:
  • This Seasons' Marching Band T-Shirt (They will get the day of the first game)
  • Khaki Shorts - School Appropriate, No Stains or Rips/Tears 
  • All Black Socks
  • All Black Shoes - No White/Colored Logo, Trim or Soles
*This uniform is used throughout the school year. More information about the first home football game will be announced after band camp, closer to the date.

Remember to drink lots of water and try to get use to being outside / active for when band camp is here!

(Marching Band related - but just something fun / unrelated to the program that some band students went last year went and loved it so I figured a few students / parents may want to enjoy taking their family too. If anyone enjoys DCI - there is an awesome live theatre event that is happening nationwide. The 2016 DCI Quarter-Finals is going to be aired live in certain cinemas for one night - Thurs, August 11th. For more information on this event / to buy tickets - DCI '16 Quarter-Finals: Big, Loud & Live )

I will make a post when I get more information about stuff - but other than that, have fun and be safe (Especially if you are playing Poke'mon Go :) )

Can't wait to see everyone at band camp!

~ Jade

 
Friday, July 08, 2016
  SQUAD LEADER LIST! MANDATORY ATTENDANCE AT SL MEETING AND NEWBIE DAY





Hello everyone,


The following is the squad leader list for the 2016-2017 marching band season.  These people are squad leader candidates and may become full squad leaders at the conclusion of band camp.
The squad leader seminar will be held August 11 from 9-2 pm and the newbie day will be held on August 12 from 9-2 PM.  Attendance is mandatory for both in order for you to be a squad leader.  Please email Mr. Smigell (jsmigell@mac.com during the summer) if you have issues.

You were selected for squad leader if you applied and passed the test.  There may be some people left off the list because their name was illegible on the form.  Please contact me if you feel you were left of the list in error.

I am really excited about this year's crop of leaders.  I have a really good feeling that we are going to "raise the bar" in 2016-2017, I hope you are excited too!


Casie Lamay
Mikayla Norton
Billy Kenney
David Golm?  (Hard to read the  name)
Will Stewart
Nichole Kutchey
Troy Van Valkenburgh
Ava Hansen
William Newell
Breanna McCarter
Mikayla Carter
Sara Aardal
Logan White
Jacob Rushlow
Parker Judd
Matt Wenzel
Sean Miller
Hannah Ward
Molly Lee
Parker Weber
Austin Mazurek
Anna Wolan
Amanda Houthoufd
Julia Ettema
Bethani Belanger
Kaitlin Carter
Camden Crow
Connor Papason
Pat Crilly
Maddy Niblock
Alana Rutkowski
Nick Shields
Narcy Mick
Adam Ellis
Josh Trierweiler
Isabelle Scott
Sara Hoffman
Joey Wirt
Rebekah Spoor
Jasmine Brause
Kacie Koslowski
Dora Cassar
Jeremy Blatt
Christine Coon
Jacki Mrakitsch
Alyssa Fackender
Matt Allegoet
Chloe Basa
Madalynn Timmermann
Max Greenwood
Ashley Dunn
John Tucker


 
This is a message distribution forum for the Howell High School band. If you have any questions, you can email the director, Jason Smigell at smigellj@howellschools.com. The band office phone number is 517 540 8300 ext 86194. Emails sent to the howellschools.com email address are public. All personal, non-business emails should be directed to jsmigell@mac.com

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