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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
  Jazz band postings

NEWS FLASH!  NINTH GRADE PARENTS PLEASE READ THE PREVIOUS POST!!! IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SHIRTS!

Hello All,

Here are the Jazz band postings, as promised (Barely under the wire I know, sorry).  If you are puzzled please ask me (Mr Smigell)



Jazz Band 1

Saxes
Rebekha Spoor
Zach Charette
Josh Trierweiler
Braden Gregory
Pat Crilly
Brandon spencer
Kylie Stone
Sarah Aardal
Savannah Grubaugh
Matt Roberts
Alex Kukuzke
Ben Yoder
John Tucker (apprentice)
Casie Lamay (apprentice)

Trumpets
Jacob Rushlow
Julia Ettema
Clark Sist
Aiden mulaney
Camden Crowe
Jacob House
Shanna Miller
Adam Ellis
Molly Lee
Paula Lepecki
Cody Gerkin
Evan Brzuchowski
Austin Woodard
Luke Thacker
Kyle Matta
Andrew Trierwieler

Trombones
Sean Miller
Jeremy Blatt
Evan Nolen
Danny Zeppa
Matt Allegoet
Hunter compton
Collin Dewitt
Christina Marmalejos

Basses
Riley kirkpatrick
(Jackson Bondie)

Drums
Nolan rector brooks

Piano
David golm
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Guitar
MacKeon Bohanon

Aux perc/vibes
Will stuart
Molly MacDonald
Andrew grager





Jazz Band 2

Saxes
Rebekha Spoor
Zach Charette
Josh Trierweiler
Braden Gregory
Pat Crilly
Brandon spencer
Kylie Stone

Trumpets
Jacob Rushlow
Julia Ettema
Clark Sist
Aiden mulaney
Camden crowe
Jacob House

Trombones
Sean Miller
Jeremy Blatt
Evan Nolen
Danny Zeppa
Matt Allegoet
Hunter compton

Basses
Riley kirkpatrick
(Jackson Bondie)

Drums
Nolan rector brooks

Piano
David golm

Guitar
MacKeon Bohanon
Aux perc/vibes
Will stuart
Molly MacDonald
Andrew grager


 
  Concert Shirts and Winter Concert Concert Shirts and Tie Fitting / Ordering:

This refers to any 9th grade, new student to the program or any student needing a new shirt.

Mr. Bourbonias from the Brighton Tux Shop is coming in TODAY, November 30th during 7th hr to do white formal shirt fittings.

The shirts / ties will come in next week.

Prices are:

White Formal Shirt - $16
Black Tie -$4
Combo - $20 (Shirt + Tie)

You pay by cash or check made to Howell HS Bands - and you can pay when the shirts / ties are delivered - up until the day of the concert.

If anyone has any money troubles, please contact Mr. Smigell ASAP. The program has a few items to help out those in need.


Winter Concert:

Each ensemble has their own version of the following performance uniform which has been discussed during their respective hrs for awhile now.

Concert (9th Grade) Band Performance Uniform:

- White Formal Shirt
- Black Tie
- Black Pants
- Black Socks and Shoes

The Winter Concert is Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm in the HHS Auditorium. Report time for all ensembles is 6:30pm in their performance uniform.


~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

 
Thursday, November 24, 2016
  FoL Parade Info and Sticker Fundraiser Fantasy of Lights Parade Info:

Fantasy of Lights Parade is Friday, November 25th at 7pm. Report time at the Howell High School is 5pm. Grand River is closed at 5pm - so you should be entering the M-59 way.

We are dressing up in our uniforms, packing the trailer and buses and leaving by 6pm. Please don't be late.

Our position is #16 in the parade (we were 15 last year - to compare).

Students are allowed to wear stuff under their uniform to keep warm (long-johns or under-armor helps out a lot), wear simple "beanie" hats under their marching band hats as long as they are black / dark grey / dark green, and gloves (some students put hand warmers inside their gloves to help keep warm).

Students are also allowed to wear battery operated lights on themselves and their instruments as long as it doesn't interfere with them playing their instrument / their instrument's sound. This is completely optional to the student.

We are have a tradition of "FoL After Parade Soup Potluck" - show off your favorite or your / your family's super secret soup/chili recipe. Once the students return from the parade, they will get out of their uniforms and get warmed up with a variety of soups / chili and hot chocolate.

Please bring your soup and/or donations to the school no later than 5:30 p.m. Once the students leave for the parade, you will not be able to enter the school until they return at approximately 8 or 8:30 p.m. Thank you so much for helping!!! This is our last marching band event until the memorial day parade in May :(


SIGN-UP LINK

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HHS Band Car Window Sticker Fundraiser:

The HHS Band Boosters are selling Car Window Stickers for $6 each. Limited supply available. You can buy them at the FoL Pot Luck or fill out the form below and hand them in w/ money by December 9th, 2016.

CAR WINDOW STICKER ORDER FORM

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone and be safe / warm!

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett 
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
  WE HAVE ALL STATERS!


Hello everyone and happy Thanksgiving!

It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce that three of our Highlanders earned honors in the MSBOA all state audition process.

Jacob Rushlow, Trumpet
All State orchestra

Julia Ettema, Trumpet
All State Band

Nick Shields, Bassoon (Nick I would have texted you but I didn't have your number on hand)
Honorable Mention


Julia and Jacob will be performing at the Michigan music conference in Grand Rapids in January.

GO HIGHLANDERS!

p.s. Please read the post before for all the information about the Fantasy of Lights!!!


 
Sunday, November 20, 2016
  Fantasy of Lights Potluck Sign Up Link Fantasy of Lights Potluck Sign Up Link:

We are have a tradition of "FoL After Parade Soup Potluck" - show off your favorite or your / your family's super secret soup/chili recipe. Once the students return from the parade, they will get out of their uniforms and get warmed up with a variety of soups / chili and hot chocolate.

Please bring your soup and/or donations to the school no later than 5:30 p.m. Once the students leave for the parade, you will not be able to enter the school until they return at approximately 8 or 8:30 p.m. Thank you so much for helping!!! This is our last marching band event until the memorial day parade in May :(


SIGN-UP LINK


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Please refer to the post made earlier this week about times - remember to dress to the weather.

Stay safe and warm! Happy Holidays!

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
  FoL Parade Practices / Info and Pictures I am back in action after a 10 day vacation! Sorry for the lateness of this blogpost - but I am glad to be back!

FoL Parade Practice Remaining:

Monday, November 21st: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Fantasy of Lights Parade Info:

Fantasy of Lights Parade is Friday, November 25th at 7pm. Report time at the Howell High School is 5pm. Grand River is closed at 5pm - so you should be entering the M-59 way.

We are dressing up in our uniforms, packing the trailer and buses and leaving by 6pm. Please don't be late.

We don't know our position number in the parade yet.

Students are allowed to wear stuff under their uniform to keep warm (long-johns or under-armor helps out a lot), wear simple "beanie" hats under their marching band hats as long as they are black / dark grey / dark green, and gloves (some students put hand warmers inside their gloves to help keep warm).

Students are also allowed to wear battery operated lights on themselves and their instruments as long as it doesn't interfere with them playing their instrument / their instrument's sound. Please bring your instrument home if you are plan on decorating your instrument to save time. This is completely optional to the student.

We are have a tradition of "FoL After Parade Soup Potluck" - show off your favorite or your / your family's super secret soup/chili recipe. Once the students return from the parade, they will get out of their uniforms and get warmed up with a variety of soups / chili and hot chocolate. Sign-Up Link will be available this weekend - look for the blogpost / Facebook shared link if interested in helping out / bringing something.

Marching Band Pictures:

Information / Order Form Here

These are the same forms that have been available in the Sheet Shack for awhile.

Order Form / Money are due by Friday, November 18th. Please hand in order form and money in an envelope - and place it into the band room mailbox. Do NOT hand anything into Mr. Smigell.

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Remember to look for the blogpost this week about any FoL updates - and the "FoL After Parade Soup Potluck" sign-up link!

I hope everyone stays nice and warm - and have an awesome Thanksgiving!

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

 
Thursday, November 10, 2016
  SO MUCH THANKS TO THE BOOSTERS THAT CLEANED MY BAND ROOM!!!!





Hello everyone,


As some of you may know, we have had some problems with the new janitorial service getting online.  Fortunately, we have ABSOLUTELY wonderful band boosters and students who helped bridge the gap yesterday night.  I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me that you folks helped make the place a cleaner and more appealing place to work and learn.

Special thanks to the people that helped!

Al and Wendy Smith
Laura Allegoet
Kari and Alaina Pitera
Dean and Mikayla Norton
Tim MacDonald
Pat Creed
Gina, Don, and Christine Coon
Shannone and Chad Bondie
Monica Hacker
Tawnya Benn
Kathe Wenzel
Lisa Grager

and anyone else I might have forgotten.

Speaking of which, Stacey Miller has been coming in quite alot, along with Laura Allegoet helping with library and copying duties.

A whole slew of people have helped with uniforms (If someone could get me their names I will put out a nice post for them)

Tailgates!!! Same thing

Equipment Moms and Dads!  Oh My!


I am always so humbled by the time that people take out of their busy lives to involve themselves in my program.  I really feel like we do good things for the community and most importantly, for the kids in the program.

Band kids are good kids.  They grow up into great people.  They support the arts.  They become productive, happier citizens.  Many of them keep music in their lives.  I am grateful for my job and for the people I work with.


Thanks again,

-Smigell


 
Monday, October 31, 2016
  Traverse City Pie Co. Fundraiser Traverse City Pie Co. Fundraiser Starts 10-31-16 Ends 11-11-16
Order forms are in the sheet shack - also available here! (Added on 11/1). Fundraiser Info Form: HERE Fundraiser Order Form: HERE
All orders must be turned in by 11-11-16 in order to get certificates in time for Thanksgiving. This a a perfect opportunity to make some money for your charms accounts right before the holidays! Everyone has Pie for Thanksgiving! ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have a fun and safe Halloween everybody! ~Nicole "Jade" Prewett 
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