Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Concert Reminder & Jazz Band Update!

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Date: Tuesday, December 11th
Concert starts at 7 p.m.
Jazz Band: report time 6:15 (be on stage and ready to rehearse at 6:15)
Report time for all other bands is 6:30pm - In performance uniform
Where: Rod Bushey / HHS Auditorium

Help needed!  After the concert, students wearing vests and jackets need to turn them in at the band uniform room.  Need helpers to assist with this (similar to marching band uniform turn in). Please come to the band room after the concert if you can help. Thank you!

- Laura

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Buying your MB uniform, no booster meeting, need help tomorrow

A message from Laura Allegoet:

Howell MB Uniform:

Out with the old…… in with the new! Thanks to funds from Howell Public Schools, the Howell High School Marching Band was able to purchase new marching band uniforms. If you would like a piece of history – the current (soon to be “former”) marching band uniforms are for sale. These iconic uniforms have been in use for over 15 years and are associated with lots of history and memories.

We’re offering interested families the chance to commemorate that history by keeping a piece of it. Parents have expressed interest in a hat and plume for graduation memorabilia tables, and in sashes to hang or frame with a diploma. Uniforms can also be turned into a pillow or tote bag. There are several on-line companies that can turn your uniform into a work of art. If interested in more info, mention that in your order or email Laura Allegoet at allegoel@howellschools.com

Order form is below. Please share the order form with anyone you think might be interested (alumni, etc.). Your uniform order will be delivered sometime in January.

ORDER FORM  <--------------

HHS Band Booster Meeting:

Reminder: NO band booster meeting this month! The next band booster meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the choir room. Hope to see you there!

Help Needed:

Help needed: TOMORROW - Thursday, December 5th at 10 a.m. in the band room. We need to steam all of the new Wind Ensemble jackets and Highlander Band vests. If you can help, please contact Christyne MacDermaid at christynemacdermaid@gmail.com or 734-476-0312. Must have current Howell Schools volunteer forms completed with the school in order to help.

HHS Band Program Concert:

Holiday Band Concert: Tuesday, December 11th at 7 p.m. in the Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center. Student report time is 6:30.

Thanks for supporting Howell Bands!

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~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Shirt & tie delivery / post-Thanksgiving updates

Thank you to everyone that helped with the Fantasy of Lights parade and soup potluck!  Great performance by our HHS marching band! 

Shirt & tie pick-up and payment are this Thursday, November 29th! Students will have an opportunity during class on Thursday to get their shirts and ties if they ordered them.
Cost is $20 for the shirt and tie combo, $16 for just the shirt, and ties are $5 each. Checks payable to Howell HS Band. If your student doesn't have their payment on Thursday, they can pay and get their shirt any time up until December 10th (day before concert).

Thanks to the band boosters and donations to the band program, we were able to purchase vests for Highlander Band and new jackets for Wind Ensemble. Students in these bands were fitted for their jacket or vest and they are in also! 

Jackets and vests are the property of Howell High School Bands and will be stored at the school. They must be turned in to the band uniform room at the end of each concert/performance. Lost or damaged jackets will be the responsibility of the student and they will be charged the cost to replace it (just like a lost or damaged library book).

Jazz Band practice from yesterday is NOT being rescheduled this week. Remaining rehearsals are:
Monday, December 3rd 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, December 10th 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Holiday Band Concert is Tuesday, December 11th at 7 p.m. in the Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center.

Questions?  Please contact Laura Allegoet at allegoel@howellschools.com

Thank you! - Laura

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