Tuesday, July 10, 2018

This is our schedule for the year.  The first home game is at U of M!!!  We will share how to get tickets for that as well.  The home games are mandatory for Marching Band students. If Mr. Smigell decides to do pep band at an away game, those are optional.  For pep band the student has to take their instrument home, have their own transportation to and from the game, then be able to get their instrument back to school by Monday.  For the home games, we always do a tailgate prior to step-off.  Tailgate help from adults is usually needed starting between 4:30-5pm.  I hope this helps if anyone is planning work schedules for the Fall.

Also, make sure to purchase khaki shorts before they are gone from stores.  These are a uniform requirement for those hot days.  They must be past your fingertips in length, per school dress code policy.

The band folks that answer all of your questions are all enjoying various vacations.  If you have questions, and have FaceBook, pop on over to Howell HS Band FaceBook page and ask away.  If you don’t, feel free to email christynemacdermaid@gmail.com and I’ll answer ASAP.  No question is a bother, or silly, especially when you are new to the program!!!

8-25-18 HOME vs. Fordson HS (U of M) 4:30pm We will post student’s report time to the school in August.

8-30-18 HOME vs. Plymouth HS 7pm

9-7-18 AWAY vs. Northville HS 7pm

9-14-18 AWAY vs. Novi HS 7pm

9-21-18 HOME vs.  Hartland HS 7pm

9-28-18 AWAY vs.  Salem HS 7pm

10-5-18 AWAY vs.  Canton HS 7pm

10-12-18 HOME vs.  Brighton HS 7pm

10-19-18 AWAY vs. Open Date 7pm


Friday, June 01, 2018




Hello Folks,

These are the placements for next year's Howell Bands.

Some things to remember:

1. I posted these on a Friday for a reason.  Let it sit for a weekend, I will happily speak with anyone about their placement on Monday.  The good news is that there is a little bit of wiggle room since each band is smaller. Every situation is different and will be dealt with individually.  

2. If you are not on the list it is because
a. You did not audition
b. You told me your were dropping band or taking percussion ensemble.
c. We lost your audition (highly unlikely)

3. DO NOT FREAK OUT. Talk to Smigell first, then freak out if you like.

4. ANY GLOATING OR SALTINESS ON SOCIAL MEDIA CAN RESULT IN DISCIPLINE AND/OR LOSS OF PLACEMENT.

Great work everybody. We will have four wonderful talented bands that are going to shine. I can't wait!


-Smigell


Howell High School Symphonic Band 2018-2019

Flutes
Genevieve Griffin
Karris Mahoney
Isabella Zack
Kaitlyn Meyer
Theresa Laframboise
Shelby Kern
Alicia Burton
Olivia Dakota
Juliana Nepa
Anna Sartor
Sophie Harbison
Isabella Lingenfelter

Oboe
Emma Wood
Emily Cuellar

Clarinet
Maria Huhta
Ann Ketchum
Brianna Brunk
Courtney Taylor
Ethan Kibler
Olivia Gomez

Bass Clarinet
Caden Harris
Carter Grissom

Saxophones
Connor Murphy
Deven welch
Josh Jennings
Ryan Lane
Chet Brayton
Jon Page
Brent Berry

Trumpets
Hannah Vasiloff
Dan Klungle
Ben Hauck
Drake smith
Devon Harlow
Ethan Ormsbee
Ty Vickerman
Nolan Koch

Horns
Mathias Dahline
Jonathon Lachowicz


Trombones
Jacob Drotos
Gunnar Offerman
Kyle Kotarski
Luc Hartwell
Niklas Woodard

Euphonium
Owen Tolsdorf
Trey Bouse
Cameron Houthoofd

Tuba
Alex Poertner
Jaya Yaks

Percussion
Luke Sheets
Mason Macdermaid
Kachiri Hartwell
Brendan Melmoth
Josh Page
Tristan Carney
Cooper Fergusen

Parker Freeman






HOWELL HS 2018-2019 HIGHLANDER BAND
Flutes
Bria Sheffer
Kay Lama
Saylor Payne
Cameron Setlak
Kaylee Malone
Emily Gonzales
Veronica Lepecki
Cas Morris
Hailey Smith
Melanie Carlson

Oboe
Charlie Huhta

Bassoon
Colin Dewitt

Clarinet
Hayley Jacobson
Derrick Simet
Austin Fisher
Jade Rojas
Patti Salmon
Katie Vyse
CJ Neboyski
Shane Norris
Mason Passinault

Bass Clarinet
Madison VanDreumel
Sam Lee

Saxophones
Mitch Albrant
Sam Spiker
Jace Hund
Alex Kukuzke
Ryan Hermann
David Johnston
Caitlin Arrick

Trumpets
Craig Stebbing
Anthony Hanvey
Paul Smaza
Madison Melby
Andrew Trierweiler
Joseph Nepa
Joe Schaffer
Owen Wood
Josh Zamonski
Adam Okopski
Cody Gerkin

Horns
Evan Hibbard
Zach Farmer

Trombones
Ashlyn Tait
Tyler Ralko
Tim Stachowski
Renae Kenney
Casey Papson

Euphonium
Jordan Tracy
Kaleb Boyer
Cristina Marmolejos
Jenna Wellman

Tuba
Matt Armbruster
Luke Breuer

Percussion
Sara guarino
Rocco Merucci
Andrew Grager
Alaina Pitera
Zach Estepp
Sydney Hendrix
Brandon Viel
Zach Breuer



Howell HS 2018-2019 Wind Ensemble


Flutes
Chloe Chandler
Emily Endebrock
Lizzie Jamieson
Marian Kenney
Caylyn Mira
Amanda Peddie
Cecilia Nagel

Clarinets
Kim Meagher
Kylie Lopo
Claire Flory
Margeaux Labadie
Laren Soth
Nora Hall
Emily Vincent
Jessica Snider
Alex Lam

Oboe
Dallas Pine

Bassoon
Mason Hughes

Saxophones
Brayden Gregory
Zach Charette
Matt Roberts
Brandon Spencer
Hannah Lingenfelter
Hannah Thomason
Morgan Atkins
Ben Yoder

Trumpets
Michael Farrell
Sean Gleason
Kyle Matta
Jacob Zirkle
Michael Sutton
Luke Thacker
Tom Prince

Horn
Drew LaCommare
Sharon Kwan
Chris Hackenberg
Shannon Hobson

Trombone
Danny Zeppa
Kyle Brinker
Matt Immel
Hunter Compton
Johnathon Hoffman

Euphonium
Mike Goble
Nick Broadbent

Tuba
Jackson Bondie
Marcus Banks

Percussion
Mikayla Norton
Haley Smathers
Brandon Tann
Alec Pominville
Ryan Bartlett
Lillia McCurdy
Zoey Rector Brooks

Friday, May 25, 2018



Hello Everyone!


I know it has been covered elsewhere, but PLEASE MAKE SURE TO BRING YOUR BLACK STARWARS SHIRT, YOUR BLACK SHOES AND SOCKS, AND KHAKI SHORTS to the parade (report time 8:30 am at the HS).  The forecast is getting hotter and hotter, and I want the option to use our "hot weather" uniform if it becomes apparent that the situation would be unsafe.  I apologize if this seems like we are being lax. I assure you it is not.  It is strictly the children's health I have in mind. 

One more thing, a couple people have asked questions about whether or not the parade and the picnic are mandatory.  It is technically an optional parade, and most certainly an optional picnic.   I understand that sometimes people have events that they cannot reschedule or avoid.  All I ask is that they let me know in advance so I know that my instrumentation is good for the performance.

I also think that this parade is a good civics lesson for the kids.  It really helps drive home the purpose of this holiday, which is to honor the fallen remember their ultimate service to our great country. 

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy lives to celebrate and memorialize these great men and women. 


-Smigell

Monday, May 21, 2018

UPDATED INFO - Memorial Day Info, Commencement and NEW Band Boosters Meeting Date

REMAINING MARCHING BAND PARADE PRACTICES:

TODAY / TUESDAY, MAY 22nd // THURSDAY, MAY 24th

2:30pm - 3:30pm

These practices are for the Memorial Day Parade.

SPRING CONCERT:

TONIGHT / TUESDAY, MAY 22nd

7PM - HHS Rod Bushey Auditorium

Report Time - 6:30pm in Concert Attire

SENIORS LAST DAY:

TOMORROW / WEDNESDAY, MAY 23rd :(

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE / PICNIC:

The HHS Marching Band will be marching in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28th. After the parade, anyone in the HHS Band Program (and their families) are welcome to the program's traditional Memorial Day Picnic at the Howell City Park. Parking Passes will be passed out before / after the parade.

Report Time: 8:30am at HHS
Parade Starts: 10am
Picnic Starts: ~ 11:30am / Noon

Students need to show up in their khaki shorts, Black "Star Wars" shirt, black shoes and black socks (like the first football game's uniform), We will most likely use our uniforms (99.9% chance) but Smigell wants the option because he doesn't want to put our students in an unsafe situation in case the forecast gets hotter than what it is currently being reported - since they will be outside for a few hours.

Students will be taking a bus to / from the parade.

Everyone needs to drink lots of water - make sure your pee is clear!

We are still in great need of things for the Memorial Day Picnic - the Sign Up is below.
Memorial Day Picnic's sign up link is here: SIGN UP LINK

Maps of Howell City Park - We are going to be set up at Rotary Pavilion (on top of the hill). HOWELL CITY PARK: MAP 1 // MAP 2 // MAP 3

COMMENCEMENT:

The HHS 2018 Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Breslin Center at MSU in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, June 2nd at 5pm.

Details:

Band Performing: Wind Ensemble w/ some people from Symphonic / Concert Band (due to the large amount of Seniors graduating from WE) 
Report Time: 2pm @HHS
Ceremony Begins: 5pm
Ceremony Ends: ~7:30pm*
Return to HS: ~9pm*
Uniform: Wear "summer nice" - ladies can wear sun dresses (school appropriate) and gentlemen can wear a nice button down short sleeve shirt and slacks. Polo and khakis is fine also (for both genders).

Students are to have lunch before the report time. They are going to be served pizza at the Breslin Center for dinner. Students are allowed to bring snacks in ziplock bags and bottles of water if they think they will need it / want it during the commencement.

* - Due to the nature of this event, this is an approx time. The blog will be updated when the commencement is over and students are on their way back to HHS.

BOOSTER MEETING W/ELECTIONS:

***WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6TH 6:30PM***

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~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Sunday, May 06, 2018

The End is Near MEGA BLOG POST

MEGA BLOG POST


DRUM MAJOR CLINIC
MAY 9 AND 14 - After School in HHS Band Room

PICTURES FOR THE BANQUET'S SLIDE SHOW DUE
MAY 11 Send them to JACKI MRAKITSCH AT jackimrakitsch@gmail.com

**Seniors! Please don't make her hunt you down! If you don't get your baby / senior pictures in (or handed in on time), there may not be time to add you to the slide show.**

BAND BANQUET 
MAY 15, 7PM

Band Banquet 2K18 will be a different type of banquet than in the past. Our Marching Band tailgates go so well, we thought we’d try the same type of thing with Banquet, but with desserts only. If you can get your donation to the cafeteria at 5pm, we’d appreciate that. If not, feel free to organize with me and drop off the day/night before. Christyne 734-476-0312.

Here is the link to sign up to bring a dessert, etc.:
Band Banquet Sign Up

We've also attached the reservation form to make your reservation at the banquet (they will also be available in the Sheet Shack in the HHS Band Room). We are accepting optional donations of $3 per person this year - this will help cover the cost of decorations, etc. Reservations due by Friday, May 11th!

Band Banquet Reservations Form

MARCHING BAND PARADE PRACTICE
MAY 21, 22, 24 2:30pm - 3:30pm

These practices are for the Memorial Day Parade.

SPRING CONCERT 
MAY 22 7PM - HHS Rod Bushey Auditorium

Report Time - 6:30pm in Concert Attire

SENIORS LAST DAY
MAY 23 :(

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE / PICNIC
MAY 28 - More Info available soon!

GRADUATION
JUNE 2 - More Info available soon!

BOOSTER MEETING W/ELECTIONS
JUNE 5 6:30PM


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~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Upcoming Dates

MAY 9 AND 14 DRUM MAJOR CLINIC

MAY 11 PICTURES FOR THE BANQUET'S SLIDE SHOW DUE TO JACKI MRAKITSCH AT jackimrakitsch@gmail.com

MAY 15, 7PM BAND BANQUET a sign up genius will come out for that Friday 5-4-18

MAY 21, 22, 24 2:30-3:30 MARCHING BAND PARADE PRACTICE

MAY 22 SPRING CONCERT 7PM

MAY 23 SENIORS LAST DAY

JUNE 2 GRADUATION

JUNE 5 6:30PM BOOSTER MEETING W/ELECTIONS


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Good morning band families from your Boston group!!

At time, 9:55am, we are just outside of Buffalo, NY.  We are anticipating arriving back to the high school between 4:30-5pm.  We will update as we get closer.  You never know what traffic we will run into.  Thanks!!