HHS Bands Blog!
NYC Trip Payment and PLACEMENT CHAIRS!
NYC Trip Payment:
A friendly reminder that the 3rd Payment of $200 for the NYC trip is due on Monday, February 1st. Smigell is working on getting the final cost finalized and will know soon what it will be. Once the final cost is finalized, an announcement will be made. Thank you!
Winter 2015 - 2016 Chair Placements for the HHS Ensembles:
Brayden Gregory (tenor)
Sam Spiker (tenor)
Keegan Flory, Lindsay Fisher, Rebekah Spoor, Special Assignment
Jacob Rushlow Special Assignment
Matt Immel/Dan Zeppa TIE
Connor Papson (tenor)
Max Wagner (tenor)
William Newell (tenor)
Patrick Crilly (bari)
Dora Cassar/Sydnee Ormsbee TIE
Cam Papson, Special Assignment
Sean Miller, Jacob Hill Special Assignment
Logan White/Kelcie Reed TIE
Lindsay Fisher (Bari)
Brendan Norwood (Tenor)
Sam Belanger (tenor)
Nolan Rector Brooks
If your name is not on this list, that means you did not audition or there has been an error. Please see Mr. Smigell for details.
If you think that your placement is in error, don’t freak out, talk to Mr. Smigell for a score verification, then freak out.
Have a nice weekend everyone!
~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett
CHAIRS COMING SUPER SOON!
I have finished the chairs! I sent them to Jade (Nicole) who suggested that let her edit the fonts and formatting so you don't have to scroll a million miles to get your placement. That's cool. A few things:
1. I tried to spell your name correctly. If I messed up, very sorry. Let me know and I will change it.
2. If you do not appear on this list, you either didn't audition or there was an error. No biggie, come see me and we will figure it out.
3. If you think your placement is whacko, please come see me first before you freak out. I will happily recalculate your score to make sure it is legit.
4. I am working on a system with Nicole to have a feedback database so you actually get a printout of what you did well and what you can improve on. Stay tuned.
5. Competition is part of life, and some healthy competition is part of our program. It is not healthy if you gloat or gripe or flame to your friends either in social media or in person. Life is stressful enough without that. Be classy no matter what happened, and let the instrument do the talking. Blatant gloaters will be dealt with, as well as loud grousing. We have a challenge system in place for resolving conflicts. If you have an issue either way, please come and see me. Everything will be just fine :)
ok.. see you all Monday!
NYC Musical Letter to Parents
Welcome to the New Year!
Mr. Smigell has written a letter to all of the parents of the students going to NYC Trip. Please read the following letter: NYC Musical Disclaimer
A friendly reminder that the 3rd Payment of $200 for the trip is due on Monday, February 1st.
~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett
Trip, Concert and Shirts
Happy Holidays All!
We have a few upcoming things to close out the 2015 year.
New York Trip:
The next NYC trip payment is due this Thursday, December 10th. Please print the payment form slip and fill in your student's name so we know who the payment applies to. All medical / trip release forms are due as well. Please refer to the Mega Post made earlier in the school year for any forms or info needed. NYC Trip Mega Post
Concert Shirts and Tie Fitting / Ordering:
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 in tomorrow, December 8th during 7th hr to do white formal shirt fittings.
The shirts / ties will come in next Monday, December 14th.
White Formal Shirt - $16
Black Tie -$4
Combo - $20 (Shirt + Tie)
You pay by cash or check made to Howell HS Bands - and you pay next Monday when the shirts / ties are delivered.
If anyone has any money troubles, please contact Mr. Smigell ASAP. The program has a few items to help out those in need.
Each ensemble has their own version of the following performance uniform which has been discussed during their respective hrs for awhile now.
Concert (9th Grade) Band Performance Uniform:
- White Formal Shirt
- Black Tie
- Black Pants
- Black Socks and Shoes
The Winter Concert is Tuesday, December 15th at 7pm in the HHS Auditorium. Report time for all ensembles is 6:30pm in their performance uniform.
~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett
Hockey Band (In Howell :)
We will be doing pep band at the Howell vs. Hartland "Fight Cancer" game tomorrow, Tuesday 12/1/2015. It will be at the Grand Oaks Ice Arena off of Grand River. The address is
720 Grand Oaks Dr.
Howell, MI 48843
We are at capacity for this one (If you signed up, then you are good), show up at 6:20 pm for some fun and get ready to pack the place! Wear your band shirt if you are going even though we are supposed to get a shirt.
Practice canceled for Tuesday 11/24/2015
We are looking pretty good out there, and a lot of people will be unable to make tomorrow's (11/24/2015, originally scheduled for 2:30-3:30 pm) rehearsal, so I am cancelling it. Very sorry if this causes a problem. I did say in the beginning that we were ready, I would be cancelling it though. The band is ready.
REPORT TIME FOR THE PARADE IS STILL AT 5 PM AND THE SOUP FEAST IS STILL SCHEDULED FOR AFTERWARD!!!
The candle orders will be in the room today, Monday 11-23-15. Please see earlier posts regarding Fantasy of Lights practices and times.
Fantasy of Lights Info and Meijer Flowerland Fundraiser Info
FoL Parade Practices Remaining:
Monday, November 23rd: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tuesday, November 24th: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Fantasy of Lights Parade Info:
Fantasy of Lights Parade is Friday, November 27th at 7pm. Report time at the Howell High School is 5pm. Grand River is closed at 5pm - so you should be entering the M-59 way.
We are dressing up in our uniforms, packing the trailer and buses and leaving by 6pm. Please don't be late.
We are position number #12 in the parade.
Students are allowed to wear stuff under their uniform to keep warm, 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).
Students are also allowed to wear battery operated lights on themselves and their instruments as long as it doesn't interfere with them playing their instrument / their instrument's sound. Please bring your instrument home if you are plan on decorating your instrument to save time. This is completely optional to the student.
Since last year was a great hit, we are now doing the tradition of "FoL After Parade Soup Potluck". Once the students return from the parade, they will get out of their uniforms and get warmed up with a variety of soups / chili and hot chocolate.
The Soup Potluck Sign Up link is here.
Meijer Flowerland Fundraiser Info:
It starts this Friday and lasts for two weeks. The order forms will be in the band room. The Meijer money certificates are $30 and the "Flower of the Month" Club cards are also $30. Students will receive $4 for every card / certificate sold. The money is due Friday, December 4th and delivery is Monday, December 7th.
Dear Santa "letters" to the kids after the parade during the soup potluck.
Stay warm, keep safe and have an awesome holiday break!
~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett
WOW!! We are completely full!! VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW!!
Since we are now at the maximum amount of students and chaperones that we can take, we have to put a few rules into place to ensure we all have the best time possible. We are now taking 4 buses and approximately 200 people. Yes, I typed that correctly.
With the next payment due, December 10, everyone must turn in all health and release forms in order to continue to be counted as going. This includes chaperones.
Also, if your next payment is later than December 10 you will be required to purchase trip insurance. This helps us keep the cost from increasing a month before we leave.