Thursday, July 27, 2017

Marching Band info!!

Squad Leader Day
August 10th
8:30am-12:00pm
You know if you're a squad leader already.  Please show up if you are.  This is mandatory!!

Newbie Day
August 11th
8:30am-12:00pm
Anyone new to Marching Band and squad leaders need to be at this.  This is mandatory, unless you've already cleared not being there with Smigell, Mrs. Allegoet, or Mrs. MacDermaid.

Please be drinking water NOW through the entire season of marching band!!  You cannot catch up very easily if you show up to camp dehydrated.  It could also cause you to possibly vomit in front of your friends, which is not fun.  Bring a water bottle to refill at everything marching band related, especially newbie day and to camp.  We will provide lots of water and Gatorade.

Also, get outside and get used to the weather.  You will be glad you did!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CHAIR AND ENSEMBLE PLACEMENTS FOR NEXT YEAR (WITH MANY CAVEATS)




Hello Everyone,


The following are the placements for Howell HS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.  They have been placed in chair order.  The chair placements for Percussion are also posted.  They have not been put into ensembles yet because many still need to perform the minimum entrance test for Percussion Ensemble.  After that, we will divide them up and place them as well.

A few notes before you check the placements:


#1. DON'T FREAK OUT

-Your score and placement are probably correct.  Yes, every once in a while we make calculation errors, but literally less than 1% of the time.  If you have a concern though, talk to me before freaking out.

-If you did not make the ensemble you wanted to make or did not get the chair you wanted, there are a variety of reasons.  If you have a case to make, I will gladly hear it.

-You know that whatever your concern, I will always listen and try to help you.

#2. IF YOU ARE NOT ON THIS LIST....

- You haven't auditioned yet
- You told me you weren't coming back
-You auditioned and were told you needed to redo it.
-We screwed up and your sheet is somewhere in my office (less than 1%)
-Aliens took it (less than .00001% chance)

#3. BE CLASSY

1. Gloating, trash talking, and/or saltiness over social media or in person can result in loss of placement.  Competition is a part of life and is healthy when done right.   If you have a problem please come to me first, I will show you the proper way to deal with it.


#4. If you have an asterisk by your name I need to talk to you.
There are many reasons I need to talk to people.  Don't freak out!

Overall I was really pleased with the results.  We have two fine ensembles that will really be able to shine next year, and a talented group of young percussionists that will join the two ensembles in addition to forming Perc Ensemble.


Without further ado...


Symphonic Band 2017-2018 initial placements


Flutes
Emily Gonzales
Cecilia Nagel
Marian Kennedy
Holly Klasko
Kirsten Lama
Hailey Smith
Cas Morris
Caylyn Mira
Saylor Payne
Julianna Neppa
Cameron Setlak
Melanie Carlson
Amanda Peddie
Camryn Harvey
Rebecca Sizemore
Veronica Leppecki
Sonja Sherrill
Mikayla Welch*
Anna Sartor*
Summer Simet*
Ethan Kennedy*

Oboe
Charles Huhta

Bassoon
Colin Dewitt

Clarinet
Claire Flory
Lauren Soth
Alex Lam
Katie Vyse
Jade Rojas
Katie Sowell
Patti Salmon
Natalie sumeracki
Madison Van Dreummel
Austin Fisher
Aaron Bannow
Ava Sorvala
Haley Jacobson
Derek Simet
Mason Passinault
Samantha Lee
Audrey Lloyd
Shane Norris*

Saxophone
Morgan Atkins
Ben Yoder
Sarah Aardal
Savannah Grubaugh
Sam Spiker
Will Newell
Hannah Thomason
Alex Kukuzke
Connor Lewis
Mitch Albrant
Blake Stephens*
Caitlyn Arrick*

Trumpets
Jacob Zirkle
Kyle Matta
Connor Lewis
Joe Shaffer
Luke Thacker
Cody Gerkin
Anthony Hanvey
Craig Stebbing
Paul Smaza
Andrew Trierweiler
Madison Melby
Adam okopski
Josh Zamonski
Owen Wood
Austin woodard*
Abbey Holland*
Ryan Gula*
Evan Bruchowski*
Michael Davey*
Trumpets cont.
Joe Nepa*

Horns
Sharon Kwan
Shannon Hobson
Evan Hibbard
Zach Farmer

Trombones
Hunter Compton
Ashlyn Tait
TJ Stachowski
Tyler Ralko
Jonathan Hoffman

Euphonim
Kaleb Boyer
Mike Goble
Jordan Tracey
Christina Marmelejos

Tuba
Dale Pebley
Matt Arbruster
Jackson Bondie






Percussion Chairs 2017-2018

Haley Smathers
Alec Pomminville
Brandon Tann
Hannah Ward
Ava Hansen
Molly Macdonald
Mikayla Norton
Ben Masters
Emma Perrin
Shane Morrison
Sara Guarino
Ryan Bartlett
Zoe Benn
Alaina Pitera
Brandon Viel
Andrew Grager
John Wirt
Zach Estepp
Josh Osgood
Mickey Bonanni
Joey Wirt
Sydney Hendrix
Ethan Charles
Nolan Mitchell
Zach Breuer
Rocco Merucci
Louis Knight




Wind Ensemble 2017-2018 initial placements

Flutes
Maddy Niblock
Alyssa Fackender
Lizzy Jamieson
Emily Endebrock
Christine Coon
Chloe CHandler
Kacie Koslowski
Marcy Mick

Oboe
Morgan Chidester
Dallas Pine

Clarinets
John Tucker
Emily Manetz
Jessica Snider
Jessica Krakowiak
Nora Hall
Karissa Harris
Amanda Bolton
Kim Meagher
Margeaux Labadie
Emily Vincent
Bethani Belanger
Jackie Mrakitsch
Sarah Burke
Kylie Lopo

Bassoon
Nick Shields
Mason Hughes

Saxophones
Zach Charette
Matt Roberts
Braden Gregory
Kylie Stone
Josh Trierweiler
Hannah Lingenfelter
Brandon Spencer
Connor Papson*

Trumpets
Camden Crowe
Michael Farrell
Michael sutton
Jacob House
Molly Lee
Tom prince
Paula Lepecki
Bree McCarter

Horns
Ashley Dunn
Chris Hackenberg
Drew LaCommare
Dora Cassar

Trombones
Sean Miller
Dan Zeppa
Evan Nolan
Jeremy Blatt
Kyle Brinker
Matt Immel

Ephonium
Nick Broadbent

Tuba
Jackson Bondie
Marcus Banks
Max Greenwood



  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Memorial Day Parade / Picnic and Commencement

Memorial Day Parade / Picnic:

The HHS Marching Band will be marching in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29th. After the parade, anyone in the HHS Band Program (and their families) are welcome to the program's traditional Memorial Day Picnic at the Howell City Park. Parking Passes will be passed out before / after the parade.

Report Time: 8:30am at HHS
Parade Starts: 10am
Picnic Starts: ~ 11:30am / Noon

Students need to show up in their khaki shorts, Green "Who" shirt, black shoes and black socks (like the first football game's uniform), We will most likely use our uniforms (99.9% chance) but Smigell wants the option because he doesn't want to put our students in an unsafe situation in case the forecast gets hotter than what it is currently being reported - since they will be outside for a few hours.

Students will be taking a bus to / from the parade.

Everyone needs to drink lots of water - make sure your pee is clear!

We are still in great need of things for the Memorial Day Picnic - the Sign Up is below.
Memorial Day Picnic's sign up link is here: SIGN UP LINK

Maps of Howell City Park - We are going to be set up at Rotary Pavilion (on top of the hill). HOWELL CITY PARK: MAP 1 // MAP 2 // MAP 3

Commencement:

The HHS 2017 Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Breslin Center at MSU in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, June 3rd at 5pm.

Details:

Band Performing: Wind Ensemble w/ some people from Symphonic Band (They will be asked to play soon, as in this Thursday).
Report Time: 2pm @HHS
Ceremony Begins: 5pm
Ceremony Ends: ~7:30pm*
Return to HS: ~9pm*
Uniform: Wear "summer nice" - ladies can wear sun dresses (school appropriate) and gentlemen can wear a nice button down short sleeve shirt and slacks. Polo and khakis is fine also (for both genders).

Students are to have lunch before the report time. They are going to be served pizza at the Breslin Center for dinner. Students are allowed to bring snacks in ziplock bags and bottles of water if they think they will need it / want it during the commencement.

* - Due to the nature of this event, this is an approx time. The blog will be updated when the commencement is over and students are on their way back to HHS.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May /June Events:

Mark your calendars! Here are the events that are official atm.

  • Memorial Day Parade Practices:
    • Monday May 22nd 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    • Tuesday May 23rd 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    • Thursday May 25th 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • HHS Band Spring Concert is Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm.
  • Memorial Day Parade / Picnic is Monday, May 29th.
  • Commencement  (Performing) is Saturday, June 3rd at 5pm - 8pm*
    • *- The band will be there before and after the commencement. The length of the event depends on any technical difficulties, etc. Facebook and the blog will have an announcement when it ends / the band is on the bus.

More details on the events will be announced later next week - we are still working on getting some final details of the events ironed out.

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Seniors still need to hand in their pictures



We have a fairly long list of Seniors who have not sent Casie a Baby Pic and Senior Pic for the banquet video. We'd like to give them one more chance to submit photos (Senior baby pics and Senior pics only).  They have until Tonight, Sunday, May 14 at 6 pm to email Casie at cl38788@howellschools.com or text her the pics at 517-376-8612.  After that, she will be completing the video with what she has received.

Seniors needing to send pics:

Tessa Beard
Kegan Flory
David Golm
Sarah Hoffman
Parker Judd
Katrianna Ray
Nolan Rector-Brooks
Elizabeth Smaza
Nolan Walter
Ben Wood
Andrew York
Jasmine Brause
Audrey Hundt
Lee Owens
Michael Robinson
McKeon Bohanon
Amy Neff

and from Rock Band:  Antonio Colella, Ryan Dymkowski, Kacee Howe, Madeline Lassitter, Kevin Le, Madison Penque, Logan Rhodes, Trent Sheibels, and Lauren Tippie.

Hoping to get some of these pics so we can include as many as possible.  Thank you!


If you could help tag / text anyone on this list that you know to help spread the news - we expanded the date until tonight from Friday since we had a large amount of Seniors that still haven't handed anything in to be included in the video.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Happy Mother's Day everyone to all the Moms out there!

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Reminders - May the 4th be with you

Band Banquet:

This school year's band banquet is on Wednesday, May 17th at 7pm in the Commons at the HHS. All band members and their families are invited to join us for desserts, fun, awards, pictures, laughs and tears as we congratulate all of the band kids!

Pre-Pay and Reservations due by Wednesday, May 10th - $5 per person.

Band Seniors are free! (Seniors please fill out form to help us have an accurate head count / reserve a seat)
$10 per person at door if seating allows.

FORM: LINK

Casie LaMay is doing the Band Banquet video. She needs all of the Seniors to send a baby picture and a senior picture to either cl38788@howellschools.com (Casie LaMay) or lamayk@aol.com (Kristen LaMay). by Friday May 5th to be included in the video. Also anyone else who have pictures they want to be added to the video that were taken throughout the school year - this includes band camp, football games, parades, concerts, in-class, practices, lock-in, etc.  


Color Guard / Auxiliary Try Outs:

The parent info meeting will be Thursday May 11th at 6pm in the band room. If any of these dates conflict with band room activities, we will meet in the band room and find an alternate location.

All Dates 2:30pm - 5pm in the band room

Clinic 2: Thursday, May 4th
Clinic 3: (make-up clinic if you miss a date the first week/ additional help if you want another day to practice) Tuesday May 9th
Tryouts: Wednesday, May 10th
Parent Info Meeting: May 11th @ 6pm


Hair should be pulled back, wear athletic clothes (no jeans), tennis or dance shoes, and bring plenty of water to drink!

Email with any questions or concerns:
Kayla Grant: kgrant@lacasacenter.org / kdillon91@gmail.com
Ashley Quick-Drossart: aqdgirl16@gmail.com

There are few students with sport conflicts that really wanted to tryout. Kayla is trying to plan an alternate way to hold tryouts for these individuals but she needs to know prior to tryouts if she need to have an alternate plan for a student. 

Additional considerations: Auxiliary is a summer and fall commitment. (year round if competitive).

Flyer: HERE

Band Camp:

Note that the 2nd deadline to receive a discounted price on band camp is Friday, May 12th. If you pay your balance off in full by May 12th, you can deduct $10 from the amount due.

Example: $50 Deposit made by April 21st...to pay in full by May 12th would be:

$325 - $50 - $10 = $265

Anyone with a remaining balance is welcome to send in payments anytime between now and June 7th to complete the registration for camp. Please use the "Additional Payment Voucher" form when submitting payments so the payment is properly applied to the students balance. No cash payments, please.

If you have inquiries about your students camp registration, please contact Kristen LaMay either via email at lamayk@aol.com or at 517-304-2614.

Additional Payment Voucher Form: HERE
Original Band Camp Blogpost w/ all forms: HERE

May /June Events:

Mark your calendars! Here are the events that are official atm.

  • HHS Band Banquet is Wednesday, May 17th at 7pm
  • HHS Band Spring Concert is Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm.
  • Memorial Day Parade / Picnic is Monday, May 29th.


*** A couple things are still being planned out (Memorial Day Parade practice dates and Graduation Commencement for example). When we have the dates and information, we will let you know asap.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett

Friday, April 28, 2017

Band Banquet


Band Banquet:

This school year's band banquet is on Wednesday, May 17th at 7pm in the Commons at the HHS. All band members and their families are invited to join us for desserts, fun, awards, pictures, laughs and tears as we congratulate all of the band kids!

Pre-Pay and Reservations due by Wednesday, May 10th - $5 per person.

Band Seniors are free! (Seniors please fill out form to help us have an accurate head count / reserve a seat)
$10 per person at door if seating allows.

FORM: LINK

Casie LaMay is doing the Band Banquet video. She needs all of the Seniors to send a baby picture and a senior picture to lamayk@aol.com by Friday May 5th to be included in the video. Also anyone else who have pictures they want to be added to the video that were taken throughout the school year - this includes band camp, football games, parades, concerts, in-class, practices, lock-in, etc.  


May /June Events:

Mark your calendars! Here are the events that are official atm.

  • HHS Band Banquet is Wednesday, May 17th at 7pm
  • HHS Band Spring Concert is Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm.
  • Memorial Day Parade / Picnic is Monday, May 29th.


*** A couple things are still being planned out (Memorial Day Parade practice dates and Graduation Commencement for example). When we have the dates and information, we will let you know asap.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett