Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fantasy of Lights / November Band Info

Fantasy of Lights Parade
Rehearsal for marching band members for the Fantasy of Lights Parade:

Thursday, November 15th  2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, November 19th  2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Fantasy of Lights Parade is Friday, November 23rd.
Report time:  5 p.m. (Grand River closes at 5 p.m.)
Busses and trailer leave high school for parade:  6 p.m.
Parade starts at 7 p.m.
We are #33 in the parade line-up.

We are dressing up in our uniforms, packing the trailer and busses and leaving by 6pm. Please don't be late.

Students are allowed to wear stuff under their uniform to keep warm (long-johns or under-armor helps out a lot), wear simple "beanie" hats under their marching band hats as long as they are black / dark grey / dark green, and gloves (some students put hand warmers inside their gloves to help keep warm).

We are also having our annual soup 'n such potluck at the band room after the parade - a great way for everyone to warm up!  Click on the sign up link below if you can help and/or make a donation.

ANNUAL POTLUCK SIGN UP LINK HERE <----------

Jazz Band
Jazz band starts Monday, November 19th in the band room - here is the rehearsal schedule:

Monday, November 19th  3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, November 26th  2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, December 3rd  2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, December 10th  2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Jazz band is optional but, in order to participate, students MUST ATTEND 3 OF THE 4 REHEARSALS!

Solo & Ensemble
If your student signed up to participate in Solo & Ensemble in January, their registration fee is due this Friday, November 16th.  Students can find how much they owe on the list posted in the band room.  Or, if you need to know how much your student owes, please contact Laura Allegoet at allegoel@howellschools.com

Winter Concert:

Date:
  Tuesday, December 11th
When:  7pm
Report Time:  6:30pm - In performance uniform
Where:  Rod Bushey / HHS Auditorium

Each ensemble has their own version of the following performance uniform which has been / will be discussed during their respective classes / hrs.

Concert (9th Grade) Band Performance Uniform:

- White Formal Shirt
- Black Tie
- Black Pants
- Black Socks and Dress Shoes

Concert Shirts:
The shirts / ties are in - but need to be sorted.  Mr. Smigell will make an announcement about when the shirts / ties are ready to be passed out.

Prices are:

White Formal Shirt - $16
Black Tie -$4
Combo - $20 (Shirt + Tie)

You pay by cash or check made to Howell HS Bands - and you can pay when the shirts / ties are delivered - up until the day of the concert.  Payment is needed in order to receive your shirt.

If anyone has any money troubles, please contact Mr. Smigell ASAP. The program has a few items to help out those in need.



 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Shirt Fittings and FOL Parade Info

Concert Shirt Fittings:
This refers to any 9th grade, new student to the program or any student needing a new shirt.

Mr. Bourbonias from the Brighton Tux Shop is coming this Thursday, November 1st during 7th hour to do white, formal shirt fittings.  The shirts / ties will come in around the end of November.

PLEASE - order your shirt and tie on Thursday if you are a freshman or need a new shirt!  Mr. Smigell would like all the shirts to be the same and ordering them all from Brighton Tux ensures they will be.  These prices are also less than you can find at most places.

Prices are:

White Formal Shirt - $16
Black Tie -$4
Combo - $20 (Shirt + Tie)

You pay by cash or check made to Howell HS Bands. Payment can be made on Thursday or when the shirts come in.  Formal shirts and ties will be worn at the next concert on December 11th.

New Wind Ensemble Jackets and Highlander Band Vests
Thanks to the band boosters and donations made to the band program, we are able to purchase new jackets for Wind Ensemble and vests for Highlander Band.  Brighton Tux Shop will be fitting Wind Ensemble and Highlander Band for their new attire on Thursday, November 1st.

Like our marching band uniforms, the jackets and vests will be turned in after each concert and stored in the band room.  Students in Wind Ensemble and Highlander Band will be assigned a jacket or vest for the school year.  All bands wear their white formal shirt and tie for concert performances.  Concert Band and Symphonic Band do NOT wear a jacket or vest.


Fantasy of Lights Parade
Rehearsal for marching band members for the Fantasy of Lights Parade:

Tuesday, November 13th  2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 15th  2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, November 19th  2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Fantasy of Lights Parade is Friday, November 23rd.
Report time:  5 p.m. (Grand River closes at 5 p.m.)
Busses and trailer leave high school for parade:  6 p.m.
Parade starts at 7 p.m.

We are dressing up in our uniforms, packing the trailer and busses and leaving by 6pm. Please don't be late.

We don't know our position number in the parade yet.

Students are allowed to wear stuff under their uniform to keep warm (long-johns or under-armor helps out a lot), wear simple "beanie" hats under their marching band hats as long as they are black / dark grey / dark green, and gloves (some students put hand warmers inside their gloves to help keep warm).

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Help needed Monday, Oct. 15 @7am!!  We need help for about an hour hanging up raincoats in the band room.  If you can help, please text Christyne MacDermaid at 734-476-0312.

The first band concert is on Wednesday.  We have our awesome raffle again this year before the concert.  This year we are changing it up in hopes that the concert doesn’t go too long.  We will be putting names on the tickets instead of using numbers.  An easy way to speed this process up is using an address label instead of handwriting each one.  There are a lot of great baskets waiting for you to win!!

Monday, October 08, 2018

Senior Show / First Concert Info

Home Game #5 - vs. Brighton:
Friday, October 12th - @7pm

Report Time:
 4:00pm ON THE FIELD*** (Please try not to be late, we only have enough time to run through the whole thing a couple times)
Tailgate: 4:45/5pm (If you or your parents volunteered to bring stuff for it, please remember ^.^)
Uniforms / Senior Pictures: 5:45pm
Step Off: 6:05pm
Senior Family Meeting Up: 6:15pm* at the Gate near the Scoreboard
Senior Walk: 6:20pm
Pregame: 6:45pm - MB Performs Pregame Show
Kickoff: 7:00pm - MB Performs During Halftime
Game Ends: ~9:00pm-ish (Depending on timeouts, injuries, etc.)

* - If you are walking/want to walk with the band over to the field - you still have to pay admission at the ticket booth before you can meet up with your Senior student at the Scoreboard gate. It is important to be lined up before the Senior Walk starts to prevent any issues.

Tailgate for the Fifth Game - Friday, October 12th @4:45pm:
Everyone needs to bring $3 per person please if you are not donating something or helping with something (listed on the Sign Up link). You can drop off money early in an envelope in the mailbox in the band room w/your name (and your families names) on it. This helps with the extra costs needed to feed everyone. Thanks!

Sign Ups for what is needed for the tailgate is here: SIGN UP LINK

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Senior Show Line-Up Survey:

Seniors - please fill this out to the fullest. This form is due by Wednesday, October 10th. This gives us enough time to compile and hand in Friday morning.

SENIOR SHOW FORM - SENIORS PLEASE FILL OUT <------

Post-Season Marching Band Practice:

In order to prepare the marching band for the First Band Concert, they will be practicing their seasons' music and during a complete run-thru (marching into the auditorium and onto stage). This is also a sound check for the marching band to ake any adjustments needed.

MB Practice Date:

Tuesday, October 16th: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

First Band Concert:

Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm in the HHS / Rod Bushey Auditorium.  
The concert will show all the concert ensembles, including the marching band.

Dress Code: "Dress nicely". This means NO TSHIRTS, SWEATSHIRTS/PANTS, JEANS, OR TENNIS SHOES. Obviously, this also means that all clothing needs to be school appropriate as well.

Gentlemen - a nice shirt and tie with slacks or khakis will do.
Ladies - a nice blouse or sweater with a skirt or slacks put you in the clear.

You will be changing into your uniform during the concert after you perform if you are in marching band, so bring your marching uniform (all black socks and shoes).

Report Time For All: 6:30pm - Show up already in your nice outfit. :)

Band Booster Meeting (Rescheduled Date):

The rescheduled Band Booster Meeting is Thursday, October 11th at 6:30pm in the HHS Band Room.
It is not too late to be a part of the parent organization that help supports the HHS Band Program! Everyone is welcome!

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~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett


Wednesday, October 03, 2018

BB Meeting Cancelled, Hockey Band - Senior Show Info Soon

Band Booster Meeting:

Band Booster Meeting tonight has been canceled. Rescheduled date TBA. Hockey Band:


Students are to wear neutral or UofM school colors to the game. This includes black, grey, white, blue, gold and yellow. They can wear either jeans or pants (no holes/stains and presentable please) and a long / short sleeved shirt (most students wear jeans and a long sleeved shirt cause they get chilly).

Hockey Band Shirts are being passed out tomorrow. They are to report with them on.

The rivals colors are green / gold / tan - so the more blue you have on, the better.

No UofM rival gear - which includes (but is not limited to) MSU / OSU / Norte Dame / etc. This is a UofM gig - if a student isn't able to represent UofM then this gig isn't for them  (they won't be able to get access).

The shirts will be handed out with the meal (or meal pass) the UofM staff members give us.

Each student must have a permission slip signed and handed in, in order to go by this Friday. No permission slip = Not going! This includes the students who have their parents coming to chaperone. Permission slips have been handed out and a copy is posted below.

HOCKEY BAND PERMISSION SLIP  <------------------------

Hockey Band Event:

Report Time: 4:30pm
Bus Leaving: 5pm
Hockey Game Starts: 7pm vs Vermont
Return to HHS: ~ 11pm

***If a student is going home with their parents after the game (if their parents are going to the game to watch), then they MUST have it written down on the permission slip and tell Smigell that they are leaving. This is to keep our attendance correct and to allow the bus to leave ASAP.***


Senior Show Home Game Info is coming soon! Check later this week!

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~Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Home Football Game This Thurs!

Home Game #4 - vs. Salem (JV/8th Graders):
Thursday, September, 27th - @~6:30pm (estimated start time)

SCHEDULE BELOW! 

Practice: 4pm
Tailgate: 5pm (If you or your parents volunteered to bring stuff for it, please remember ^.^)
Uniforms: 5:30pm
Step Off: 6:00pm
Pregame: 6:15pm (Approx)
Kickoff: 6:30pm (Approx) - MB Performs During Halftime 
Game Ends: 8:30pm-ish (Depending on timeouts, injuries, etc.)

We are performing with the 8th graders at this game while supporting our JV Football team.

Tailgate for the Game:

Everyone needs to bring $3 per person please if you are not donating something or helping with something (listed on the Sign Up link). You can drop off money early in an envelope in the mailbox in the band room w/your name (and your families names) on it. This helps with the extra costs needed to feed everyone. Thanks!

Sign Ups for what is needed for the tailgate is here: SIGN UP LINK *
* - We need help with a lot of things! Any help is greatly appreciated

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~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

HOMECOMING FRIDAY!



Home Game #3 - vs. Hartland (Homecoming):
Friday, September, 21st - @7pm

SCHEDULE BELOW! 

Normal (But Shortened) School Day:
  • Entire MB goes to Pep Rally // MB, Color Guard, Drumline Plays @1:35pm at the Field House
  • Right after school, the MB goes to the Stadium (may already be there if the weather is nice, if not - the pep rally would be in the field house)
  • MB does a dress rehearsal with the court

Uniforms: After Dress Rehearsal
Load the Buses/Leave: 4:00pm
Arrive / Unload the Buses: 4:15pm
Parade: 5:00pm

~~~ Performs in the Homecoming Parade ~~~

Tailgate: 5:45pm (If you or your parents volunteered to bring stuff for it, please remember ^.^)
Uniforms: 6:20pm - Be back in Uniform
Step Off: 6:35pm
Pregame: 6:45pm - MB Performs their "Halftime" at Pregame Show
Kickoff: 7:00pm - MB Performs During Halftime (with Court stuff)
Game Ends: 9:30pm-ish (Depending on timeouts, injuries, etc.) This will be a longer performing game due to the special things that happen during Pre-Game, Half-time, and Post-Game.

STUDENTS WILL NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO GO BACK HOME UNTIL EVERYTHING IS DONE. Students must bring their lunch (a large one is recommended due to the amount of energy they will be using until Tailgate), this season's MB shirt, black socks, black shoes, etc.

Tailgate for the Game:Everyone needs to bring $3 per person please if you are not donating something or helping with something (listed on the Sign Up link). You can drop off money early in an envelope in the mailbox in the band room w/your name (and your families names) on it. This helps with the extra costs needed to feed everyone. Thanks!

Sign Ups for what is needed for the tailgate is here: SIGN UP LINK *
* - We still need some help with a few things!

Bottled water is always welcomed (since we go through a lot every school year - especially in the fall). Powdered Gatorade / Powerade is also something we use a lot in the fall season.

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Have a great homecoming! Stay safe!
~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett