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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
  Memorial Day Parade / Picnic and Commencement 11 more days of school left and we still have a few things left to do in the band program!

Memorial Day Parade: MB

Final Practice:
Thurs May 21st: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Parade Report Time:
Mon May 25th: @ 8:45am at the HHS Band Room
~ Taking a few school buses to the parade
~ Parade Starts @10am
~ Students take the school buses back to the HHS to change out of their uniform

** TIME TO DRINK LOTS OF WATER **

Memorial Day Picnic:

We are still in need of a few volunteers and some items for the picnic. The VolunteerSpot sign up link is provided below - with what we are currently in need of and for people to sign up for. Thank you for all the volunteers that help make this fun event come together! <3

Sign Ups: Picnic VP Link

- Starts directly after the parade (after the students change from their uniforms, they can head over there) and is located at Howell City Park @ Thompson Lake
- Parking Passes will be given out at uniform hand in to get in
- It is the students responsibility to have a ride to / from the Picnic; this is an optional fun social event to wrap up the band program's school year and to say goodbye to this years Seniors.
- This is for the whole band program and their family to celebrate together.


Commencement: SB / WE

Sat May 30th: @MSU Breslin Center

Uniform - Nice dress pants / top and dress skirt / top (think first band concert - something NICE, no tshirts, jeans, etc.)

Report Time: @ 2pm at the HHS Band Room
Busses Leave: @ 2:45pm
Sound Check: @3:30pm - Student will be seated then
~~ Pizza and Snacks provided for Students Dinner around this time ~~
Doors Open to the Public: @4pm
Commencement Starts: @5pm

*Due to the nature of this event, there is no exact timing when it will be over and the students will most likely be back at HHS around 8/9pm - for exact times - please watch the blog / facebook for up-to-date postings of the bands ETA and students are encouraged to phone home as we leave*

** Students are to have a late lunch prior to the report time. There will only be the one meal at about 3:45pm/4pm. There will be no stops on the way home for a late dinner (since it was provided before Commencement started). **

Band Camp:

Thanks to everyone who handed their forms and at least the initial payment on time. Marching band is very close to being full. There is a possibility of a wait list and/or having to turn students away who have not turned in their forms AND initial payment (we still have about 30 students have only turned in either a) uncompleted/no forms but the initial payment or b) no initial payment but completed forms).

Please get these papers and the initial payment in ASAP. We would hate to turn students away but it is very possible that we might have to this year. It is not too late to join if you haven't yet - we still have a few spots open, but we will not accept anyone past Friday, June 5th.

The full payment is due Friday, June 5th ($325 - $50 deposit = $275) - any forms missing are due by the time also.

Band Camp Forms: .docx // .pdf (Pdf seems to be more friendly)

~ Jade
 
Thursday, May 14, 2015
  Drum major audition results


Ladies and gentlemen it is my pleasure to announce our newest drum major joining Amber and Kathleen for next season.  The third drum major of the Highlanders next year will be Jennifer Esch.  All of the auditionees were fantastic and we thank them for their time and passion for music.  Congratulations!



 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
  New Jazz Band Practice Tonight is the Band Program's Banquet Dinner / Award Ceremony @7:30pm in the HHS Cafeteria! A friendly reminder - there are limited seats and if you haven't handed in a form/pre-paid, we do not guarantee there will be enough for those who do not have a reservation. It is $10 per person at the door - and '15 Seniors eat free!

Congrats to all the people getting awards tonight! <3

Jazz Band:

There is an additional practice added to the Jazz Band practice schedule to prepare for the concert. Here is the updated schedule:

Mon May 18th - 6:20AM - 7:30am (NEW!)
Tues May 19th - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Memorial Day Parade Rehearsals:

Mon May 18th - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tues May 19th - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Thurs May 21st - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Memorial Day Picnic (following the parade):

It's been a band program tradition to close the season / year with a Memorial Day Picnic following the parade (giving the kids time to change from their uniforms before it of course). The picnic is held at Howell City Park - and is a really fun event for all the students and a last chance to say goodbye to this years Seniors.

More information about the picnic will be announced soon - including signups for food, paper products, etc. will be done through Volunteer Spot.

Commencement:

Sat May 30th @MSU Breslin Center (Times/Details TBD) - We are still in need for one chaperone to be with the band and to travel with them from/to the HHS via bus. Please contact Christyne MacDermaid 734-476-0312, or christynemacdermaid@gmail.com if you can chaperone.

Band Camp:

Thanks to everyone who handed their forms and at least the initial payment on time. Marching band is very close to being full. There is a possibility of a wait list and/or having to turn students away who have not turned in their forms AND initial payment (we still have about 30 students have only turned in either a) uncompleted/no forms but the initial payment or b) no initial payment but completed forms).

Please get these papers and the initial payment in ASAP. We would hate to turn students away but it is very possible that we might have to this year. It is not too late to join if you haven't yet - we still have a few spots open, but we will not accept anyone past Friday, June 5th.

The full payment is due Friday, June 5th ($325 - $50 deposit = $275) - any forms missing are due by the time also.

Band Camp Forms: .docx // .pdf (Pdf seems to be more friendly)

HHS Bands Schedule:

May:
Weds 13th - HHS Band Banquet Dinner/Award Ceremony @7:30pm
Tues 19th - Spring Band Concert @ 7pm in HHS Auditorium (CB SB WE JB PE)
Mon 25th - Memorial Day Parade (MB) *Details TBA - practice times above*
Sat 30th - Graduation (SB WE) *Details TBA*

June:
Fri 5th - Final 15-16 Band Camp Payment Due ($275 - if initial payment is paid)

KEY:

CB = Concert Band
SB = Symphony Band
WE = Wind Ensemble
PE = Percussion Ensemble
MB = Marching Band
SR = School of Rock
AX = MB auxiliary without the marching band


~ Jade



 
Thursday, May 07, 2015
  Updated Schedule - w/ Jazz Band and Memorial Day Parade Rehearsals Hey Everyone!

May is here! All of our veteran band parents/students know how busy the month of May is - especially if you are a graduating senior. 

Holly Candle Shoppe Fundraiser:
Orders are in and available to be picked up at the Band Room! 

Lock-In:

Thank you chaperones who are volunteering to make this fun yearly event work!  Students make sure you have your permission slips and $10 ready at the door. Doors open at tomorrow Friday May 8th at 9pm - no admittance after 9:30pm. Students must be signed out by their parents/guardians by Saturday May 9th at 5am - no later than 6am. (Anyone left after 5am will help clean ^.^)

Memorial Day Picnic (following the parade):

It's been a band program tradition to close the season / year with a Memorial Day Picnic following the parade (giving the kids time to change from their uniforms before it of course). The picnic is held at Howell City Park - and is a really fun event for all the students and a last chance to say goodbye to this years Seniors.

More information about the picnic will be announced soon - including signups for food, paper products, etc. will be done through Volunteer Spot.

Commencement:

Sat May 30th @MSU Breslin Center (Times/Details TBD) - We are still in need for one chaperone to be with the band and to travel with them from/to the HHS via bus. Please contact Christyne MacDermaid 734-476-0312, or christynemacdermaid@gmail.com if you can chaperone.
Band Camp:

Thanks to everyone who handed their forms and at least the initial payment on time. Marching band is very close to being full. There is a possibility of a wait list and/or having to turn students away who have not turned in their forms AND initial payment (we have about 30 students have only turned in either a) uncompleted/no forms but the initial payment or b) no initial payment but completed forms).

Please get these papers and the initial payment in ASAP. We would hate to turn students away but it is very possible that we might have to this year.

The semi-discounted payment ($315 - $50 deposit = $265) is due tomorrow, Friday, May 8th.  The non-discounted/full payment is due Friday, June 5th ($325 - $50 deposit = $275) - any forms missing are due by the time also.

Band Camp Forms: .docx // .pdf (Pdf seems to be more friendly)

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Jazz Band Rehearsals:
Tues May 12th - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Weds May 13th - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tues May 19th - 3:30pm - 4:30pm


Memorial Day Parade Rehearsals 
Mon May 18th - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tues May 19th - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Thurs May 21st - 2:30pm - 3:30pm


HHS Bands Schedule:

May:

Fri 8th - 2nd 15-16 Band Camp Payment Due ($265 - if initial payment is paid)
Fri 8th - HHS Band Banquet Dinner/Award Ceremony Forms Pre-Paid ($5 per person) Due Forms
Fri 8th / Sat 9th - Lock In! @ 9pm - 5am in HHS Field House
Incoming band Freshman and current band students are welcome. 
It is an awesome night!! Letter // Forms
Weds 13th - HHS Band Banquet Dinner/Award Ceremony @7:30pm
Tues 19th - Spring Band Concert @ 7pm in HHS Auditorium (CB SB WE JB PE)
Mon 25th - Memorial Day Parade (MB) *Details TBA - practice times above*
Sat 30th - Graduation (SB WE) *Details TBA*

June:
Fri 5th - Final 15-16 Band Camp Payment Due ($275 - if initial payment is paid)

KEY:

CB = Concert Band
SB = Symphony Band
WE = Wind Ensemble
PE = Percussion Ensemble
MB = Marching Band
SR = School of Rock
AX = MB auxiliary without the marching band

~ Jade
 
Monday, May 04, 2015
  CHAIR POSTINGS... WITH A FEW DISCLAIMERS
Hello everyone!



Here are the postings for chairs and placements next year.  There are a few disclaimers and caveats to be had here:

1. Several people are left off the list.  These people either did not audition, told me they are not coming back to band, or the unthinkable happened, there was an error (they are possible).

2. No percussion are included at this time because I am still sorting it out (although I will be getting that sorted out MUCH sooner than before).

3. If you have a problem with your placement (would like a recount, ask me questions, etc) you are absolutely entitled to talk to me.  This may begin on WEDNESDAY.  Please give it 24 hours for the dust to settle.

4.  If I botched the spelling of your name, please correct it on the paper copy of this in the band room tomorrow.

5. Gloating either in public or social media is bad manners and could result in a penalty.

6. If you are upset, please wait to talk to me before flaming out on social media or in public.

so without further ado...

2015-2016 Howell wind ensemble

Flute
Maddy Niblock
Jennifer Esch
Nicole Kutchey
Alyssa Fackender
Liz Smaza
Kayleigh Hermann
Anna Wolan


Oboe
Katie Buyers
Morgan Chidester


Clarinets
Casey Lamay
Jessica Krakoviak
Emily Manetz
John Tucker
Isabelle Scott
Caitlyn Carter
Brandon Rickel
Madison osgood
Aubrey Klein
Kinsey Boutell
Scott McCarty
Bri Koslowski


Bass Clarinet
Brendan Sanders


Saxophones
Kevin Durand
Brendan Norwood
Becca Spoor
Troy Van valkenburg
Jordan Belanger
Sara Wright
Shaina Devries


Bassoon
Nick Shields
Lillian Kuikahi


Trumpet
Julia Ettema
Jake Rushlow
Abi Mulaney
Eric Mettatal
Shelby Cook
Clark Sist
Mikayla Carter
Billy Kenney
Parker Judd


Horn
Sara Hoffman
Cam Papson
Maddy Timmerman
Ashley Dunn


Trombones
Nolan Walter
Riley McEntee
Sean Miller
Evan Nolan
Jacob Hill
Ben Wood


Euphonium
Nick Mulaney


Tuba
Andrew York
Jared Duncan
Jack Crilly



2015-2016 Howell symphonic band

Flutes
Taylor Jacobs
Kacie Koslowski
Killean Ditmeier
Shannon Carpenter
Audry Hundt
Haley Modovsky
Marcy Mick
Christine Coon
Addy Miller
Jiyeon Seo
Sara roth
Bri Weems
Amanda Houthofd
Becca Hatley
Christine Abadin
Jordan Salmon
Becca Sizemore

Clarinets
Maria Cline
Amanda Bolton
Carissa Harris
Bethany Belanger
Jackie Mrakitch
Cortney Miriani
Emily Gorecki
Anna Creed
Allissa Byington
Eric Stapleton
Sarah Burke
Katie Sowell
Aaron Bannow
Alana Rutkowski
Gillian Smith
Chloe Basa

Bass Clarinet
Austin Mazurek
Ashley Carr
Natalie Sumeracki

Saxophones
Kathleen Issenegger
Kylie Stone
Keegan Flory
Pat Crilly
Josh Trierweiler
Max Wagner
Collin Cochran
Connor Papson
Max Greenwood
Kylie Pollman
Will Newell
Sara Aardall
Savannah Grubaugh
Connor Lewis
Parker Weber
Noah Dresbach
Blake Stevens

Trumpets
Ellie Huhta
Camden Crow
Jon Tann
Adam Ellis
Paula Lepecki
Shana Miller
Amber Farchione
Mike Robinson
Kevin Browning
Michaela Taylor
Holly Goad
Molly Lee
Jacob House
Luke Opkopski
Mike Davey
Abi Husic
Connor Scott
Mitch Carrol
Bri Mcarter
John Mastroeni
Abi Holland

Horn
Kat Ray
Sydnee Ormsbee
Dora Cassar

Trombone
Noah Miller
Jeremy Blatt
Connor Brzuchowski
Nico Senda

Euphonium
Kelcie Reed
Sydney Rupp
Logan White

Tuba
Matt Allegoet
Dale Pebley


Remember, I'll listen to whatever you have to say, just give it 24 hours.
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
  The end is near - May is coming! - IMPORTANT INFO POST Hey Everyone!

May is coming! All of our veteran band parents/students know how busy the month of May is - especially if you are a graduating senior. 
Speaking about Seniors....

Photos: 

We still need a copy of Senior baby pictures and Senior pictures from a lot of Seniors....
We also need photos from any band event this school year (this includes all non-Seniors too!)

Please get your photos to Kousa - his email is komoyodo@gmail.com. All photos MUST be received by May 6th in order to be included.

Point Sheets:

Due: Monday, May 4th

Blank copies are located in the sheet shack. Please turn completed ones into the labeled folder on the board by the mailbox. Do NOT hand them directly to Maddie or Mr. Smigell - doing this may result of your forms accidently getting misplaced.

If you have any questions on what counts, how many you have from the past year(s), or anything else - feel free to contact Maddie during the day - or text her at 517-375-5241 or email her at maz36658@gmail.com. Thanks!

Handing in point sheets late may forfeit your points for the year - Please hand them in on time and to the labeled folder!

Lock-In:

We are still in great need of about 10 more chaperones to make this fun yearly event work.  Please contact Christyne MacDermaid 734-476-0312, or christynemacdermaid@gmail.com if you can chaperone.

Band Camp:

Thanks to everyone who handed their forms and at least the initial payment on time. Marching band is very close to being full. There is a possibility of a wait list and/or having to turn students away who have not turned in their forms AND initial payment (we have about 30 students have only turned in either a) uncompleted/no forms but the initial payment or b) no initial payment but completed forms).
We would hate to turn students away but it is very possible that we might have to this year.

Please get these papers and the initial payment in ASAP.

Band Camp Forms: .docx // .pdf (Pdf seems to be more friendly)

HHS Bands Schedule:

April:

Thurs 30th - Collage Concert @ 7pm in HHS Auditorium (WE JB PE)

May:

Fri 8th - 2nd 15-16 Band Camp Payment Due
Fri 8th - HHS Band Banquet Dinner/Award Ceremony Forms Pre-Paid ($5 per person) Due Forms
Fri 8th / Sat 9th - Lock In! @ 9pm - 5am in HHS Field House
Incoming band Freshman and current band students are welcome. 
It is an awesome night!! Letter // Forms
Weds 13th - HHS Band Banquet Dinner/Award Ceremony @7:30pm
Tues 19th - Spring Band Concert @ 7pm in HHS Auditorium (CB SB WE JB PE)
Mon 25th - Memorial Day Parade (MB) *Details TBA - including practices dates/times.*
Sat 30th - Graduation (SB WE) *Details TBA*

June:
Fri 5th - Final 15-16 Band Camp Payment Due

KEY:

CB = Concert Band
SB = Symphony Band
WE = Wind Ensemble
PE = Percussion Ensemble
MB = Marching Band
SR = School of Rock
AX = MB auxiliary without the marching band

**Refer to http://hhsbands.blogspot.com/2015/04/lock-in-banquet-and-band-camp.html and other blog posts from April for more details on a certain things.


~ Jade
 
Friday, April 24, 2015
  Senior Parents and anyone with photos from any band event this school year!!
Please get your photos to Kousa.  komoyodo@gmail.com.  Senior parents, send a baby picture and a Senior picture please.  All photos MUST be received by May 6 in order to be included.

We still need a lot of Lock In Chaperones!!  Please call or text Christyne MacDermaid if you can help us out.  christynemacdermaid@gmail.com or 734-476-0312  We had 200 students attend Lock In last year.  That means we needed 20 chaperones!  I am not even close to 10 chaperones signed up for the entire night yet.  Again, we would hate to cancel this, but will if we do not have enough adults.  
 
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