HHS Bands Blog!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
  Band Camp!! It's almost here!!  We still need 2, yes TWO, more male chaperons.  Dads, Uncles, Grandpas, WE NEED YOU!!!  Please contact Christyne MacDermaid if you think you can do this great job!!  It is honestly one of my favorite weeks of the year!!  734-476-0312 or christynemacdermaid@gmail.com

Don't forget that you'll need Khaki shorts (fingertips at your side in length), and solid black socks & shoes.  We will most likely use them for our first home game, August 28, 2014.  Shorts should be on sale soon since school supplies have bombarded us already.  NO short shorts please!!!!

More soon!! 
Monday, July 21, 2014
  SQUAD LEADER CANDIDATE LIST!! PLEASE READ!!
Hello everyone!

Well, as is evidenced by target and wall mart pushing back to school supplies on everyone, BAND CAMP IS APPROACHING!!

YEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


ok, now that I have regained my composure, it occurred to me that I never formally announced the Squad leader candidates.  THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE ARE CANDIDATES UNTIL THE END OF BAND CAMP, WHERE THEY WILL BE CONFIRMED OR NOT CONFIRMED AT THAT TIME.  ALL CANDIDATES MUST ATTEND BOTH SQUAD LEADER DAY (August7th, 8:30am-Noon) AND NEWBIE DAY (August 8th, 8:30am-Noon).  

All Drum Majors
Mitch Spangler
Kris Klug
Nick Mulleney
Brenden Norwood
Sydney Thames
Nick Lelli
Madi Atkins
Aubree Byington (See Smigell)
Hailey MOdovsky
Jarred Duncan
Maddie Osgood
Kinsey Boutell
Anthony Pitera
Bree Koslowski
Maddie A2Z
Hayden Rupert-Macdermaid
Charley Garlock
Rosie Hersh
Kim Kenney
Sierra Rivera
Kelsey Murphy
Kevin Durand
Joda Porch (AKA Jack Porath)
Jen Esch
Ben Allegoet
Aubrey Klein
Katie Ray
Joe Bartkowiak
Connor Norton
Cameron Papson
Jack Crilly (See Smigell)
Christian Harris
Dan Jurva (See Smigell)

Problems? Left off the list and want to know if it was a mistake? contact me via phone or my summer email (jsmigell@mac.com)


MUCH MORE INFO (like perc placements and other goodies) COMING VERY SOON! STAY TUNED!!!


-Smigell


 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  Fundraising Opportunity Hi there!  Fundraising opportunity!!  You must be 18 years or older to help your student out.  The chamber needs help with parking during balloon fest.  Please contact Brenda Barone, below, to sign up for a time slot. The money you earn will go into your student's account. Times and contact info below.

RED GATE
Saturday 2-5pm (2 open)
Saturday 5-9pm(2 open)
Sunday 6-10am( 2 open)
Sunday 10-2pm (5 open)
Sunday 5-9pm (3 open)

BLUE GATE
Sat 6-10am (1 open)
Sat 2-5pm (5 open)
Sat 5-9 (6 open)
Sun 10-2pm (1 open)
Sun 2-5pm (6 open)
Sun 5-9 (7 open)

GREEN
Fri 4-9pm (1 open)
Sat 2-5pm (1 open)
Sat 5-9pm (11 open)
Sun 2-5pm (1 open)
Sun 5-9pm (6 open)

YELLOW
Sat 10-2pm (1 open)
Sat 2-5pm (4 open)
Sat 5-9 (2 open)
Sun 10-2pm (1 open)

ORANGE
Fri 4-9pm (2 open)
Sat 10-2pm (1 open)
Sat 2-5pm (6 open)
Sun 2-5 pm (1 open)


Sincerely,

Brenda Barone
Event & Program Coordinator
Howell Area Chamber of Commerce
123 E. Washington St., Howell, MI  48843

 
Saturday, June 07, 2014
  Follow me on twitter! @smigellj
Hey folks!

It's been a great year!  Thank you so much kids, parents, admin, everyone for making it happen with me (you know I'd be lost without you all!). We are looking for an even MORE INSANE, MORE MUSICAL, JOYFUL YEAR in the fall.  We already have the calendar already tentatively set (will post soon).  Kids already are talking about music for jazz band, perc ensemble, and other special projects...  We have the music picked out for marching band! Oh and by the way, our marching band is going to be at least 150 STRONG for 2014-15!! Summer is going to be sweet, but I honestly am looking forward to coming back in the fall and digging into the next cycle.

Anyway, the original point of this post was to tell everyone to follow my professional account on twitter.  It's @smigellj

If more people follow the account, then we can be even more effective in getting word out to people with important announcements :)

Also, of you want to reach me over the summer, try me at jsmigell@mac.com , my personal email account.  Make sure to put PLEASE READ  in the title!

Ok folks, HAGS!

-Smigell 
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
  GRADUATION INFORMATION!


Hello all!


Graduation will take place on Saturday, My 31st 2014.  Here are all the facts you need to know :)


WHO: All non percussion members of Symphonic Band and all members of Wind Ensemble.  This is considered their final exam.  If a student cannot make it, their obligation falls to making up the time during the final exam slot for that class.  Any student not attending graduation in these ensembles needs to clear it with mr. Smigell beforehand.


WHEN: This saturday 5/31/2014.  REPORT TIME FOR BAND MEMBERS IS 2:15 PM AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.  Graduation itself starts at 5pm. They will be bused back and forth.  Snacks and possibly a meal will be provided (for sure the snacks, working on the meal).  Return time will be somewhere in the 8 o clock hour.


WHAT TO WEAR: Wear something nice.  No shorts, jeans, Tshirts, Sweatshirts, or tennis shoes.  Khakis and a polo are fine for anyone involved.  Appropriate summery attire is fine (minus the shorts).  Appropriate sundresses are fine.

WHAT TO BRING: We will be there for a long long time.  Books and homework are not out of the question.  Small electronic devices are fine.  CARDS, LAPTOPS, BOARDGAMES, OR ANYTHING THAT WILL DRAW ATTENTION TO US IN A BAD LIGHT IS NOT OK.  Basically, if it fits on a music stand, is school appropriate, and discreet, its good.  Bringing your own snacks would be good.  We will have water for the kids.


WHY NO SYMPH PERCUSSION OR NINTH GRADERS?  Ninth graders would make the band too enormous (don't worry, you'll get your chance :) and there are very few parts for the percussion to play in the pieces we have programmed.

Any other questions, feel free to email me at smigellj@howellschools.com


Thanks so much!


-Smigell




 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
  Banquet, Band Camp Chaperones, and End of the Year Banquet
I could use help setting up for the banquet at 5pm tomorrow.  Thanks!

Band Camp Chaperones
I need ALL paperwork and $100 in by June 6, 2014.  If I don't have the $100 I cannot consider you as going.  The paperwork is all of the forms you filled out for your student, filled out for yourself.  Yes, we need a list of your meds and emergency contacts.  If an emergency happens we need to know what to tell medical personnel what you are on, and who to contact.  I need emails for all of you asap too.  There is a form I will email you so that you can get your background check done through the State of Michigan.  The school also must have a current background check done on you too.  The school checks are only good for 6 months.  I cannot check these past June 30, 2014, so please get those done.  This is all first come, first served.  Those that want to go and have all of their paperwork in and background checks done will be considered first.  We can only take a certain amount of parent chaperone's.  I am going on vacation and would like to go w/everything set for camp.  Please contact Christyne MacDermaid with questions.  734-476-0312 or christynemacdermaid@gmail.com

End of the year
Any students that can stay after and help load the Snedicors van with our uniforms will be appreciated on June 4, 2014.  Snedicors should be there around 2:45.  Loading takes approx 15-30 minutes.

 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
  Memorial Day Needs We are in need of some cases of water for the Memorial Day Parade.  If you can help with that, please drop them off in the band room anytime between now and the morning of the parade.  We also need someone to take the water in our water bins to the cemetary and ice them down.  It is supposed to be VERY hot that day and our students will need the water when they get there.  If you can help getting the water to the cemetary, please contact Christyne MacDermaid at 734-476-0312.

Students, please start drinking NOW!!  Hydrate in the coming days so you don't pass out on us during the parade!!!  Remember, pee clear!!!

We will pass out parking passes for the picnic after uniforms are turned in.  If you'd still like to donate to the picnic and missed the items to choose from last night, please bring either a case of water or a few 2 liters of pop.

Commencements next week!!  We need one chaperone for the commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 31, 2014.  You'd travel to commencements, via bus, with the band, and sit with the remaining symphonic and wind ensemble while they perform for the commencements.  Please contact Christyne MacDermaid if you can help with that also. 
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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