HHS Bands Blog!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
  Updates Sept 3, 2015
First Home Game
Report time
4:30pm
Uniform
Khaki Shorts, fingertip at your sides in length, no rips or holes please.
Black Socks
Black Shoes
Shirt handed out that day.

Tailgate

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Click on the link above and help us out by donating some food items for our first tailgate.  We are having pizza, ordering a few gluten free ones too.  Please turn in your $3 per person and RSVP for how many in your family will be attending. We will need help setting up, serving, cleaning up and handing tshirts out.

Sept. 9, 2015
3:30pm
Uniform fittings immediately following practice.  Please plan at least an hour to an hour and a half for this.  Vets please plan on staying if you need adjustments to your current uniform.
We will need parent help for this.  No experience necessary.
6:30pm
First booster meeting of the season.  Students and parents are welcome.  Students earn points towards their Varsity letter if they attend.

Practices
Please refer to previous blog post for those.  
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
  Practices and the Generic Info about Marching Band Season The days are getting shorter and colder - and school is starting up again around the nation. It's the best time of the year folks - Marching Band Season!

Here is the Generic Information about the Marching Band Season***:

*** The HHS Director (Jason Smigell) can (and will change) things slightly as the season progresses - Students will be notified and the blog will reflect any changes (I.E. Practice cancellations due to whether, etc.) ***

This Season's Post Band Camp / Before School Starts Practices:

Tuesday August 25th 7:30am - 9:30am @HHS Football Field
Wednesday August 26th 7:30am - 9:30am @HHS Football Field
Tuesday September 1st 7:30am - 9:30am @HHS Football Field
Wednesday September 2nd 6pm - 8pm @HHS Football Field

HHS Home Football Games - Season 2015:
  • Home vs Glenn - Thursday, September 3rd @ 7pm
  • Home vs Pinckney - Friday, September 18th @ 7pm
  • Home vs Milford (Homecoming) - Friday, October 2nd @ 7pm
  • Home vs Novi (Senior Show) - Friday, October 23rd @7pm
*8th Grade show is TBD atm.

Uniform for the First Game* - Thursday, September 3rd @ 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.

The Marching Bands Generic/Tentative Week Schedule (Throughout the Season):

Mondays: ~6:30pm - ~8:30pm Evening Rehearsals
Tuesdays - Thursdays: ~2:30pm - ~3:30pm
Fridays (Home Game Days)*:
Practice: ~4:30pm Tailgate: ~5:30pm Step-Off: ~6:15pm Pre-Game: ~6:45pm Game: 7pm
Post Game / March Back: ~9pm (Depending on if anything happens during the game (weather delay, injuries, etc.)
* Homecoming Game Day is SUPER BUSY. Students will not have time to go home because they will be at the school and doing the parade and extra stuff.

Extra practices will be added for events like Homecoming and Fantasy of Lights Parade. Usually the week before a Home Game, that day's schedule will be posted on the classroom board and on the blog. Tailgating runs on donations and there will be a sign up website link posted a few weeks in advanced on what is needed to make the tailgate run smoothly (either $3 per person or donated food/items).

The First Home Game (Thursday, September 3rd) Report Time is 4:30pm due to the scheduling of usage of the football field.


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Please refer to the earlier post made today - POST - about uniform unloading and the first game's tailgate info.

Remember to drink water folks and be prepared to go over the WHOLE show next week! <3

~ Jade

 
  Help needed!!
Weds, August 26, 2015 9:30 am
Mrs. Weber and Mrs. MacDermaid need your help unloading and sorting Marching Band uniforms.  If you can come, please get a message to Mrs. MacDermaid 734-476-0312.  Adults and students are welcome.

Sept. 3, 2015
Pizza Tailgate
$3 per person
Please make checks payable to Howell Band Boosters.  Place money in the mailbox with the number of people from your immediate, band family attending.  The mailbox is near Mr. Smigell's office with a pink lock.  We will need a few donations of paper products and desserts.  I will post that after next week when I get a look at what we currently have. 
Saturday, August 15, 2015
  IMPORTANT NEWS FLASH! FIRST TWO POST BAND CAMP PRACTICES CANCELLED!


Hello Everyone!

What a fantastic week we had at band camp!  We got so much done!  We had such a good time!  The weather was great, and everyone came back in one piece.

Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors, WE ARE CANCELLING THE FIRST TWO POST BAND CAMP PRACTICES.  These being the full band practices scheduled to be at Parker on Aug 18th and 19th.

ALL OTHER PRACTICES ARE STILL GOOD AS SCHEDULED (including drumline and color guard practices)


So... The Practices are as follows:


 TUESDAY Aug 25 7:30-9:30 AM at HOWELL HS

WEDNESDAY Aug 26 7:30-9:30 AM HOWELL HS


TUESDAY Sept. 1 Probably in the morning at HOWELL HS

WEDNESDAY Sept 2. Probably in the evening at HOWELL HS

FIRST HOME GAME IS AT 7PM Sept 3 AT HOWELL HS.


More information will be forthcoming on Monday when I can confirm reservations with the athletic department.  Have a great week and I will see you all bright and early on the 25th!  PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS TO EVERYONE UNDER THE SUN!!!! Please make a special effort to reach those people who seem to miss bulletins like this :)  Thanks again to everyone who help make band camp a roaring success!!

-Smigell




 
Thursday, August 13, 2015
  Our expected time to arrive back at Howell High School is 3:15pm.  It's been an awesome week!! 
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
  Band Camp is Upon Us
Report Times for Band Camp:
  • Thursday, August 6: Leadership Day - Squad Leaders and Drum Majors
    • @HHS Football Field: 8am - 2pm (New Time - Be Prepared for Hard Work)
    • Smigell posted the Squad Leader list
  • Friday, August 7: New Member Day - Everyone New to HHS Marching Band
    • @HHS Football Field: 8am - 2pm (New Time - Be Prepared for Hard Work)
    • Squad Leaders and Drum Majors come to this also to help teach the new folks.
  • Sunday, August 9: Everyone - To Go To Eagle Village
    • @HHS: 6:30am - Check-In, Instrument Assignment, Load Trailer / Buses
    • Students MUST be signed in.
  • Thursday, August 13: Everyone - Return To School
    • @HHS: ~ 2:30pm / 3pm (Watch the Blog / FB Groups for exact ETA)
Band Camp Chaperone Meetings:

They are located in the HHS Band Room on:
- Friday August 7th @ 8am
- Sunday August 9th @ 6:15am

If you are chaperoning band camp, you must attend one meeting prior to leaving. Contact Christyne MacDermaid @ 734 476 0312 if you have any questions.

Dropped Off / Picked Up:

We understand some people may be returning from / leaving for any end of the year vacations. If you are planning on dropping off/ picking up your student at Eagle Village, we must be notified (and they have to be signed in / out).

Please contact 
Christyne MacDermaid @ 734 476 0312 if you have any questions and needing/planning on doing this.

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 Marching Band Camp - Pack 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
 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
 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

Donations:

The band is running low on bottled water and we are in need of powered gatorade / powerade for Band Camp / the season. If you are interested in donating, feel free to drop them off at any time Pre-Band Camp is happening or during the Band Camp drop off. Thanks!

~ Jade 

 
Thursday, July 23, 2015
  More Band Camp Info, Before School Practices and More! Hey Everyone! I hope you guys had a nice summer vacation. Band Camp is about 2 weeks away - Yay!

Report Times for Band Camp:

We are all set on chaperones - Thank you for everyone who is taking their time to volunteer and help out with Band Camp! 

Band Camp Chaperone Meetings:

They are located in the HHS Band Room on:
- Friday August 7th @ 8am
- Sunday August 9th @ 6:15am

If you are chaperoning band camp, you must attend one meeting prior to leaving. Contact Christyne MacDermaid @ 734 476 0312 if you have any questions.

A Copy of the Band Camp Forms (for the packing list): .docx // .pdf 

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 since this year we have a larger gap between band camp and the first game (which is before school starts), we are not having practices being Tuesday - Thurs each week like we normally do - but Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each week.

The following are this season's Post Band Camp / Before School Starts Practices:

Tuesday August 18th 7:30am - 9:30am @Parker MS Football Field
Wednesday August 19th 7:30am - 9:30am @Parker MS Football Field
Tuesday August 25th 7:30am - 9:30am @HHS Football Field
Wednesday August 26th 7:30am - 9:30am @HHS Football Field
Tuesday September 1st TBA
Wednesday September 2nd TBA

HHS Home Football Games - Season 2015:

*8th Grade show is TBD atm.

Uniform for the First Game* - Thursday, September 3rd @ 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!

Can't wait to see everyone at band camp!

(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 Quarter-Finals is going to be aired live in certain cinemas for one night - Thurs, August 6th. For more information on this event / to buy tickets - DCI '15 Quarter-Finals: Big, Loud & Live )

~ Jade

 
  Squad leader list... PLEASE READ!
Hello everyone,


This is the list of squad leader candidates, as determined before school ended.

Abi Mullaney
Madison Osgood
Kevin Durand
Scott Mcarty
Bree Koslowski
Seth Milano
Brandon Rickel
Shaina DeVries
Rebekah Spoor
Sarah Hoffman
Madalynn Timmermann
Cameron Papson
Jarred Duncan
Nick Mullaney
Jacob Rushlow
Julia Ettema
Riley McEntee
Ben Wood
Aubrey Klein
Casie Lamay
Shelby Cook
Mailey Modovsky
Nico Senda
Pat Crilly
Lillian Kuikahi
Mikayla Carter
Billy Kenney
Jake Favor
Matthew Allegoet
Isabell Scott
Jasmine Brause
Jack Crilly
Adam Ellis
Michael Robinson
Troy Vanvalkenburgh
Anthony Pitera
Rachel Sedgewick
Hans Hansen
Hayden Macdermaid


My apologies if you were accidentally left off, or if you were not there on the day we had the sign up.  There were a few people that signed up that were left off on purpose.  If you do not see yourself on this list and you signed up, email me at smigellj@howellschools.com and we can talk.  If you forgot to sign up, again, email me and we will figure it out.  Squad leader candidates must attend both the squad leader day and newby day.  Squad leaders also need to make the vast majority of daily practices and before school practices (Band members that share time with a fall sport are not usually allowed to be squad leaders).  We will take care of everything else at S.L. day.  Please read the post coming up from Nicole/Jade, as almost everything for band camp and the season coming up will be revealed and detailed.


Ok hope you all are having a good summer! 

-Smigell




 
Sunday, July 12, 2015
  Band Camp Info and Home Games Hey Everyone! I hope you guys had a nice summer vacation. Band Camp is less than a month away and we got a lot of information for you!

Report Times for Band Camp:

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.

A Copy of the Band Camp Forms (for the packing list): .docx // .pdf 


HHS Home Football Games - Season 2015:

Uniform for the First Game* - Thursday, September 3rd @ 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.

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!

(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 Quarter-Finals is going to be aired live in certain cinemas for one night - Thurs, August 6th. For more information on this event / to buy tickets - DCI '15 Quarter-Finals: Big, Loud & Live )

~ 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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