Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Band Camp 2018

Band Camp:

Students who plan to participate in Howell High School Highlander Marching Band in the 2018 - 2019 school year must attend camp in August. Camp begins with pre-camp dates at Howell High School, followed by 5 days / 4 nights together at Eagle Village. 

Pre-Band Camp: 8am – 4pm* @ Howell High School
Thursday, August 9th: Leadership Day – Squad Leaders and Drum Majors
Friday, August 10th: New Member Day – Everyone New to HHS Marching Band (SL / DM)
Band Camp @ Eagle Village:
Sunday, August 12th to Thursday, August 16th: Everyone**

*Dismissal times may vary due to weather / what we cover.
**We meet at the HHS and travel by bus. More exact travel times will be announced at a later date (usually around 7am-ish on Sunday and 3/4pm-ish on Thursday)

The Information Packet and Forms that were handed out during the info meeting are listed below. These forms are also available on the Sheet Shack outside Mr. Smigell's Office in the HHS Band Room.

Individual Forms (that are in the Zip File):

- Band Camp Packet / Student Registration Packet (pdf )
- Scholarship Application (pdf)
- Volunteer/Chaperone Registration Packet (pdf)
- Additional Payment Voucher Form (pdf )
- Charms Withdrawal Request Form (pdf) (doc
- 8th Grade Information Packet (pdf)

Full Band Camp Costs is $325 - unless paid in full on initial deposit (which is $300).
Initial payment of $50 and all forms are due on Friday, April 20th.


It's almost that time of year again.... Getting the MB roster together and picking out the next seasons MB show... I can't wait to jump back into drill writing once again this summer. 

To my 2018 Seniors - it's been great and I will miss you all!
To everyone else returning / entering MB - I can't wait for another great season to start! <3

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett (HHSMB Drill Writer)

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Boston Updates

Good Evening!!

We should know the final amount due by next week for the trip.  We are extending the final payment to April 6, due to not knowing the exact amount owed yet.

We also are extending one more round of Charms requests to all who have money they could use.  We will put a final date on requests as soon as we know an amount due.

Band Program Fundraisers and Mailing List


We’re asking everyone to help us raise funds for the band program, without spending a dime! If you have not already used the AmazonSmile program, you can select Howell Band Boosters as your beneficiary, and every time you shop on Amazon, you raise funds in support of band initiatives. Thanks to the efforts of parents and students, this year we are able to dedicate $3500 to instrument repair. The AmazonSmile program will help us do even more.

Once you set eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer's selected charitable organization. 

In order to participate, you can use our unique charity link:

This link will take you directly to in support of your organization so they won’t have to search for your charity among almost a million other organizations.

Buffalo Wild Wings:

Our next fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings is set for March 11th (THIS Sunday). Its easy:
1. Go to B-dubs with lots of friends.
2. Show the flyer (attached).
3. Watch the game.
4. Eat, drink, repeat.

It's a great day to be at B-dubs because the NCAA Men’s Basketball brackets will be announced on TBSthis Sunday, which will also be the home of the Final Four on March 31.

Now, if you really want to amplify the impact of your spending, be sure to bring the discount card you bought from your band student. It give’s you $5 off! Don’t have one? Well watch for the next email for a reminder.

Finally, you can triple-wammy your impact by paying for your meal with a gift card purchased through our Scrip program. More on that to follow too.

Fundraising Cards:

Cards are available in groups of 5 for $50.00. Students pre-pay for cards then keep money from sales when they sell them. For every $10.00 card sold a minimum of $7.20 per card will go on students account, that's at least $36.00 for 5 cards! 

That’s great way to help pay for Boston or any other band expense your student may have. Interested? Send a note to Lisa Grager:

Howell Band Boosters Mailing List:

If you’re not already on the Howell Band Boosters mailing list, you can join easily by sending an email to:

We use this Google Group as part of a multi-point communication toolset that includes Facebook and the HHS Bands Blog. We use the list to share important information about band events, booster events, fundraising, and more.


Good luck to all the students attending festival this weekend!

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Additional Band Events Email

"Hello band families!  We have a busy month ahead.........

* Informational meeting for Marching Band Camp:
Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 pm in the band room

This meeting is optional. Registration forms and detailed information will be available in the band room and on the band blog after the meeting if you can't attend.
Band Camp is Sunday, August 12th to Thursday, August 16th

* HHS Band Lock-in is on Friday, April 6th - times and detailed information soon!

* The Addam's Family Musical (Music for the show performed by some of our fabulous band students and Mr. Smigell is the pit director)
Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 4th at 2:30 pm
Tickets: Students $10 and Adults $12

*  Band Booster Meeting: Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30 pm in the band room

* Band Festival March 9th and 10th
Detailed information and performance times are posted on the band blog:  Festival Info Blogpost

Email me at if you have any questions!

- Laura Allegoet"

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Official Festival Info and Panera Fundraiser

Festival Info:

Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble goes to their MSBOA Festival on Friday, March 9th (WE) and Saturday, March 10th (CB / SB). They will be performing at Walled Lake Northern High School. This is a mandatory performance for students in the performing bands. 

Each band will report at the Howell High School at separate times. Once attendance is taken, the students will driven via school bus to WLNHS. After their performance and judging, the students will be taken back to HHS via school bus.

It is important that the students arrive at HHS on time and in their respective ensemble's uniform to prevent any tardiness. Students will need to make sure they have their instrument (including any extra needs like reeds, oil, etc.) and sheet music.

Students who are in multiple bands - please talk to Mr. Smigell.

Students are to eat before they arrive - the festival trip for each ensemble is fairly short. There will be snacks / drinks on sale at the festival, in the cafeteria that all of the ensembles wait in for their festival scores. This is totally up to the student whether or not they want to bring money to get something (whether to calm nerves or crave any munchies/thrust after their performance).

Here is the following report / performance times for Festival for each ensemble:

Wind Ensemble: - Friday, March 9th @ 8:35pm

Report Time: 6:05 pm
Buses Leave: 6:35 pm
Performance Time: 8:35pm
Return at HHS: ~10:35pm


Concert Band: Saturday, March 10th @9:50am

Report Time: 7:35 am
Buses Leave: 8:05 am
Performance Time: 9:50 am
Return at HHS: ~11:50 am

Symphonic Band: Saturday, March 10th @1:25pm

Report Time: 11:10 am
Buses Leave: 11:40 am
Performance Time: 1:25 pm
Return at HHS: ~3:25 pm

***If you can chaperone on one of the busses and at festival, please contact Laura Allegoet at Thank you!***


Panera Fundraiser:

We’re doing another fundraiser, with Panera. 20% of sales will be donated back to the Band Boosters for purchases between 4-8PM on Thursday, February 22nd.

A printed flyer or an electronic version of the flyer below on a mobile phone or tablet must be presented when ordering.



(Don't) Break a leg tonight! GL HF GG

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Boston Trip Roommates

It’s time to sign up for roommates!!  Students only at this time.  Chaperones, we will sign up after the meeting  that’s being rescheduled.

Students MUST be paid up to $645 in order to be able to sign up for a room with their friends.  I have a list of who’s paid up to that point if anyone needs to check please text me, Christyne MacDermaid, 734-476-0312.  I’ll respond as soon as possible.

Here’s how sign up works, gather your group of 4, email their first and last name to me at  If you could try to keep it to one email per group of 4 that would really help me out.  If there’s only 2-3 of you in a group, please don’t worry!!  Email me your 2 or 3 confirmed and we will do our best to pair you with some more compatible band students.  If you are unsure of who to room with, please email me that too.  We will have at least 3 adults working on this part to put you in a room with great students!!

If someone in your group is not paid in full to the $645 amount, I will ONLY be contacting that student, privately.  I will not email that information to your whole group.

Please keep in mind that the chaperoned groups, for out on the town, will be bigger than 4 per parent, and these groups can be boy/girl.  The above email of 4 students just refers to who you are sharing a hotel room with during sleep times.

Email requests can start February 15, 2018.  I will be checking them as I’m able.


Christyne MacDermaid
734-476-0312 (for texting money questions) (for emailing room requests)

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Tonight is Cancelled

Due to the weather / roads and many students / family members having the Flu - Drumline Practice and Band Booster Meeting has been cancelled tonight.

Tomorrow's Boston Trip Meeting has also been cancelled for the same reason.

Stay safe and warm.

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Sunday, February 04, 2018

No School Tomorrow - LCHB Cancelled

No School Tomorrow - Monday, Feb. 5th.

Livingston County Honors Band Concert has been cancelled - the directors will try to reschedule it at a later date / time. He will inform me when it happens.

Stay safe and warm folks!

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett