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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
  Band Canp
I'm finishing up making phone calls to those of you who have not turned paperwork and other items in to us.  If this pertains to you and you could call me first to tell me you are turning your stuff in, please call me!!!  All paperwork and monies owed were due the last day of school.  ALL PAPERWORK!!!  I have to tell the camp how many males and females and other things.  So, please beat me to the call and call me to make arrangements for these last things to be turned in.   Christyne MacDermaid 734-476-0312 
Saturday, May 30, 2015
  Commencement is Over. Commencement Band Parents:

The commencement is officially done, the buses are loaded and they just left. The band should be arriving at the HHS at about ~8:15/8:30pm (depending on traffic).

Please refer to yesterday's blog post about band camp.

http://hhsbands.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-end-is-near-commencement-recap-band.html

Seniors - It was great knowing you all! You will be missed! May your future be bright and full of wonders. Good luck!

~ Jade 
Friday, May 29, 2015
  The End is Near - Commencement Recap / Band Camp reminder Only a week left of school - then it's summer vacation! Don't forget to keep an eye on the blog over the summer for any upcoming information - especially when it gets closer to Band Camp / August.

The band program still has one last performance left - which is commencement and it's tomorrow, Saturday, May 30th.

Band Camp Forms and Final Payments are due on the last day of school, next Friday, June 5th.

Commencement: SB /WE
Sat May 30th: @MSU Breslin Center

Uniform - Nice dress pants / top and dress skirt / top, w/ dress shoes (think first band concert - something NICE, no tshirts (or shirts with logos), jeans, holes, stains, etc.)

Report Time: @ 2pm at the HHS Band Room
Buses Leave: @ 2:45pm
Sound Check: @3:30pm - Students will be seated then
~~ Pizza and Snacks will be provided as the 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 the 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). Students are allowed to leave a snack/drink on the bus if they want/need to munch on something on the way home. **

Band Camp:

As a friendly reminder - don't forget to mark your calendars!

Pre - Band Camp: 8am - 4pm @ Howell High School:
Thursday, August 6: Leadership Day - Squad Leaders and Drum Majors
Friday, August 7: New Member Day - Everyone New to HHS Marching Band (and SL/DM)

Band Camp @ Eagle Village*:
Sunday, August 9 to Thursday, August 13: Everyone

*We will be leaving/arriving at HHS - exact times TBD when it gets closer to the date.

Almost everyone has handed in their forms / full payments - but we are still missing some forms and a few peoples payments (if you are wondering what you still owe - feel free to text/call or email Christyne MacDermaid at 734-476-0312 or christynemacdermaid@gmail.com)

Here is the list of completed forms we are missing still: (we may have received some forms, but they were either a) Not completed all the way or b) Missing a page(s))

Basa, Chloe
Broadbent, Nicholas
Browning, Kevin
Coan, Emily
Cook, Shelby
Creed, Anna
Crilly, Jack
Crilly, Patrick
Derry-Petty, Taylor
Goad, Holly
Hall, Nora
McEntee, Sarah
Rhodes, Austin
Rickel, Brandon
Robinson, Michael
Seck, Aedin
Snider, Jessica
Tait, Ashlyn

* - This was the list as of this past Wednesday, May 27th - If you have recently handed your forms in, then disregard your name on this list.

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)

There are still a few spots open on our roster - it is not too late to join Marching Band / Band Camp for next season. Feel free to hand in the full payment w/ forms if you are interested.

We are still in need of chaperones - both male and female - for band camp. For more information and/or to volunteer - Please contact Christyne MacDermaid at 734-476-0312 or christynemacdermaid@gmail.com.

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It's been an awesome year folks! I can't wait to see everyone again at band camp / next school year - and introduce my son to everyone ^.^ (Pictures and such will be posted on Facebook whenever he decides its time to come). I am pretty hyped about the main show next year - it's going to be awesome!

I hope everyone have a safe and wonderful summer!

(Marching Band related - but just something fun / unrelated to the program that I figured a few students / parents may enjoy taking their family to. If anyone enjoys DCI - there is an awesome live theatre event that is happening nationwide. The 2015 DCI Tour Premiere is going to be aired live in certain cinemas for one night - Weds, June 17th. For more information on this event / to buy tickets - DCI '15 Tour Premiere )

~ Jade
 
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
 
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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