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Friday, January 29, 2016
  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:

Concert Band


Flutes:
Chloe Chandler
Caylyn Mira
Saylor Payne
Melanie Carlson
Cameron Setlak
Alyssa Forester
Carlee Morris
Camryn Harvey
Summer Simet
Makayla Welch
Anna Sartor


Oboe:
Charles Huhta
Evan Shumard


Clarinet:
Nora Hall
Jessica Snider
Margeaux Labadie
Virginia Kuzmich
Kylie Lopo
Jade Rojas
Madison Vandreumel
Emily vincent
Patti Salmon
Isabella Sistulli
Audrey Lloyd


Bass Clarinet:
Harrison Fegan
Brandon Hatfield


Bassoon:  
Mason Hughes

Saxophones:
Brandon Spencer
Brayden Gregory (tenor)
Hannah Lingenfelter
Zach Charette
Joe Barton
Hannah Tomason
Sam Spiker (tenor)
Rebecka Perkins
Alyssa Miriani


Keegan Flory, Lindsay Fisher, Rebekah Spoor, Special Assignment


Trumpets:
Michael Farrel
Joseph Schaffer
Jesse Knight
Cort Bouse
Ryan Gula
Paul Smaza
Natash Gilbert
Cody Gerkin
Madison Melby
Connor Brzuchowski
Natalie Canfield
Austin Woodard


Jacob Rushlow Special Assignment


Horn:
Shannon Hobson
Chris Hackenberg


Trombone:
Matt Immel/Dan Zeppa TIE
Hunter Compton
Timothy Stachowski
Ashlyn Tait


Euphonium:
Nick Broadbent
Milayla Goble
Caleb Boyer
Kristina Marmalejos


Tuba:
Jackson Bondie


Percussion:
Ryan Bartlett
Haley Smathers
John Wirt
Alec Pomminville
Shane Morrison
Jayden Monohan
Zach Estepp
Josh Osgood
Brandon Viel
Brandon Tann
Ben Masters
Aedin Seck
Mikayla Norton



Symphonic Band:

Flute:
Shannon Carpenter
Christine Coon
Marcey Mick
Jasmine Brause
Haley Modovsky
Bri Koslowski
Audrey Hundt
Amanda Houthofd
Becca Hatley
Bri Weems
Jordan Salmon
Becca Sizemore

Clarinet:
Maria Cline
Anna Creed
Amanda Bolton
Carissa Harris
Emmalie Talbot
Emily Gorecki
Sarah Burke
Katie Sowell
Bethany Belanger
Chloe Basa
Eric Stapleton
Alana Rutkowski
Aaron Bannow

Bass Clarinet:
Austin Mazurek
Natalie Sumeracki
Ashley Carr

Saxophone:
Kylie Stone
Josh Trierweiler
Kathleen Issenegger
Savannah Grubaugh
Sara Aardal
John Kuzmich
Connor Papson (tenor)
Kylie Pollman
Max Wagner (tenor)
William Newell (tenor)
Patrick Crilly (bari)
Connor Lewis
Parker Weber
Blake Stephens

Trumpet:
Camden Crowe
Shanna Miller
Molly Lee
Mike Robinson
Luke Okopski
Adam Ellis
Jacob House
Bri Mcarter
Mitch Carrol
Amber Farchione
MIchael Davey
Micaela Taylor
Paula Lepecki
Abigail Husik
Connor Scott
Abigail Holland

Horn:
Dora Cassar/Sydnee Ormsbee TIE

Cam Papson, Special Assignment

Trombone:
Jeremy Blatt
Noah Miller
Nico Senda
Connor Brzuchowski

Sean Miller, Jacob Hill Special Assignment

Euphonium:
Logan White/Kelcie Reed TIE

Tuba:
Matt Allegoet
Max Greenwood
Dale Pebley

Percussion:
Ava Hansen
Molly Macdonald
Dylan Wolfe
Hannah Ward
Joey Wirt
Lexi Cruse
Erin Bryte
Jake Hibbard
Lee Owens

Wind Ensemble:


Flute: Maddie Nibloc Alyssa Fackender Jennifer Esch Liz Smaza Nicole Kuchey Shannon Carpenter Anna Wolan Kayleigh Herman Oboe: Katie Buyers Morgan Chidester Clarinet: Casie Lamay John Tucker Jessica Krakowiak Emily Manetz Kinsey Boutell Kaitlyn Carter Aubrey Klein Isabell Scott Maria Cline Scott Mcarty Brandon Rickel Bri Koslowski Bass Clarinet: Brendan Sanders Maddie Osgood Saxophone: Kevin Durand Rebekah Spoor Lindsay Fisher (Bari) Shaina Devries Brendan Norwood (Tenor) Troy Vanvalkenburg Sara Wright Sam Belanger (tenor) Trumpet: Julia Ettema Jacob Rushlow Clark Sist Abigail Mulaney Ellie Huhta Shelby Cook Mikayla Carter Eric Mettetal Parker Judd Billy Kenney Horn: Cameron Papson Sarah Hoffman Madeline Timmermann Ashley Dunn Kat Ray Trombone: Riley McEntee Nolan Walter Sean Miller Ben Wood Jacob Hill Evan Nolan Euphonium: Nick Mullaney Tuba: Jared Duncan Jack Crilly Andrew york Percussion: Nolan Rector Brooks David Golm Seth Milano Matt Wenzel Jake Favor WIll Stuart


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.

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Have a nice weekend everyone! 

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett
 
  CHAIRS COMING SUPER SOON!

Hello everyone!


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!


Mr. Smigell


 
Monday, January 04, 2016
  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.

Thanks!

~ Nicole "Jade" Prewett 
Monday, December 07, 2015
  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.

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 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.

Winter Concert:

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



 
Monday, November 30, 2015
  Hockey Band (In Howell :)


Hello everyone!


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.


 
Monday, November 23, 2015
  Practice canceled for Tuesday 11/24/2015




Hello everyone!


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!!!


-Smigell
 
  The candle orders will be in the room today, Monday 11-23-15.  Please see earlier posts regarding Fantasy of Lights practices and times. 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  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.

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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 
Friday, November 13, 2015
  New York 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.

New Rules
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.

 
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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