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NEW FUNDRAISER!

Published: 2019-01-30 17:23:41 by jsmith

WHAT: Cookie Dough & Drowsy Poet Coffee

WHEN: 1/31/19-2/15/19

PROFITS: Uniform & equipment
 
Packets will go home immediately.
 
Profits from this fundraiser will go toward uniforms and equipment we dearly need.  If we raise enough money with this fundraiser the next one will benefit student accounts.
 
All money and order forms must be turned in by 2/15.  Please total your order forms and add up your money before you turn it in - they HAVE to match or I will send it all back home to you. 

DC/Philadelphia trip meeting

Published: 2019-01-30 16:00:57 by jsmith

The trip meeting for the upcoming DC/Philadelphia trip will be held Wednesday, 2/13 at 6PM.

Attendance at this meeting is required of every student and chaperone traveling with us.

Each student will also need a parent/guardian present to fill out and sign paperwork.  Notaries will be on hand so adults should bring a photo ID.

We will discuss our expectations of students, trip rules, packing, the itinerary, what we'll do if the shutdown begins again, and address any other concerns.

We apologize for scheduling a Wednesday meeting but it was unavoidable.


UWF Brass Day

Published: 2018-12-20 08:24:11 by jsmith

WHAT: UWF Brass Day 2019

WHEN: Jan. 19 9am-2pm
WHERE: UWF Music building, main campus
CLINICIAN: Allen Vizzutti
 
  • FREE EVENT - open to all middle school and high school brass players
  • Lunch will be provided!
  • Programming will include masterclasses, performances by UWF brass faculty, and clinician Allen Vizzutti
  • Please pre-register by email.  Send your name, age, instrument, and school attended to jmartin2@uwf.edu
 
YES, this does count as a concert credit, brass people!  Yes, you still have to write an essay about what you learn and turn it in.

Deadline extended to sign up for trip

Published: 2018-12-11 14:02:04 by jsmith

Y'all are making this hard for us!  We had quite a few new folks sign up for the trip last week.  Unfortunately it wasn't enough to make that 2nd bus a for sure thing.  It WAS enough people to make figuring out who gets cut a really tough decision. 

Here's what we're going to do: the deadline to sign up for the trip has been extended to Friday, 12/14.  You need to turn in $400 (two $200 payments have passed) and your signed contract by Friday, 12/14 to reserve your spot.

Parents, we're still looking to add a chaperone or two to the list so if you've worked with the kids before please feel free to sign up as well!


Honor Band Camp, 1/25-26

Published: 2018-11-29 09:15:40 by jsmith

WHAT: Honor Band Camp

WHO: ALL wind and percussion students

WHERE: BTWHS campus
 
WHEN: Friday, 1/25 4:15pm - 7:00pm and Saturday, 1/26 9:00am - 5:00pm
 
HOW MUCH: $25 payable by cash/check/money order (payable to BTWHS Band) in the drop box
 
ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED AT THIS EVENT - PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!
 
DETAILS:
This is the concert season version of summer band camp.  Each concert band will work on their MPA music with a clinician Friday evening.  Saturday morning students will have a master class with a professional musician on their instrument.  The rest of the day will be spent back with their clinicians working on their MPA music again.  Lunch will be provided.

5 things about lunch in the band room

Published: 2018-11-13 12:24:26 by jsmith

5 things about lunch in the band room:
  1. If you plan to spend your lunch period in the band room you must come immediately after the first bell.  Do not come down the hall after that without a pass from your block teacher (no, we will not write you a pass).  This is a school rule so please do not complain to us about it.
  2. You are not allowed to bring cafeteria food into the band room.  You must bring your lunch if you want to eat in there.  This is also a school rule.  See previous item about complaints. 
  3. You must bring directors a pass from your block teacher if you are in the band room during block outside of your usual lunch time.  Again, this is a school rule - don't complain to us.
  4. You must clean up after yourself every time you eat in the band room.  This is our rule.  I don't recommend complaining about it.
  5. You will keep the noise down during lunch.  Talking is fine; yelling (for fun or otherwise) is not.  Practicing is fine; turning the amp up to 11 and trying to impress your friends is not.  Drumming on a pad is fine; busting out a set of quads and disrupting classes all the way down to ROTC is not.  You get the picture.  This is our rule and if you would like to complain you can feel free to enjoy your lunch period in the cafeteria for the rest of the year.
 
Please understand that we do NOT have to keep the room open for you during lunches.  This is our planning period which could be spent very comfortably with doors locked, main room lights off, and lovely, blissful peace and quiet.  Spending your lunch period in the band room is a privilege that can be revoked at any time if we feel you are taking advantage of it.  

ATTENTION: We are not participating in the Veteran's Day Parade

Published: 2018-11-11 18:17:47 by jsmith

Due to projected bad weather we will NOT be participating in the Veteran's Day Parade on Monday, 11/12.


Community band parades

Published: 2018-11-07 16:51:06 by jsmith

Remember that each wind/percussion student is required to attend one of the two community band performances (Veteran's Day or Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) every year for a grade!

The Veteran's Day Parade is Monday, 11/12.  

  • 8:00am: report to corner of Main St. and Spring St. downtown
  • 9:00am: Parade begins
  • 10:00am: Band marches off parade route at Veteran's Memorial Park (this is where you'll pick up your student)

Students should wear their full marching band uniform with no hat.

Students should take home all instruments and their uniform on Friday. The band room will not be open over the weekend.

 


Busy weekend!

Published: 2018-11-07 16:43:26 by jsmith

FRIDAY 11/9:

The BTWHS drumline will play at Cordova Mall for the arrival of Santa Claus!

Drumline students should report to the mall at 6:30PM wearing their drumline shirt and jeans.  They may wear holiday-themed hats, but please no lights.

 

Foo-Foo Festival's Back on the Blocks Festival, 11/10

Required of all marching band students!

  • 12:00pm: Report at corner of LaRue St. and Devilliers St.
  • 12:15pm: Warm up
  • 12:45pm: Block up
  • 1:00pm: Performance begins
  • 2:00pm: Performance ends

Students should wear their blue band shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes.  Families are invited to stay and enjoy the Battle of the Bands as well as all remaining activities for the afternoon.  Students will be excused to leave following the performance.  There will be food vendors available!


Spots available on the DC/Philly trip in the spring!

Published: 2018-11-07 16:24:32 by jsmith

Are you or your student interested in going on the spring trip with us?  Good news!  We have room for both chaperones and students to join the trip! 
 
CHAPERONES:
Go to our Google Drive (https://goo.gl/HfRACm) and open the folder titled "2019 Band Trip".  Print the chaperone contract, read it, and sign it.  Send that in with your $300 deposit (cash, check, or money order made out to BTWHS Band) to the drop box in the band room.  **Please note, all chaperones must have completed the blue volunteer application, passed a background check, and chaperoned with our students before the trip.
 
STUDENTS:
Go to our Google Drive (https://goo.gl/HfRACm) and open the folder titled "2019 Band Trip".  Print the student contract, read it, let your folks read it, and have everyone sign in the appropriate places.  Send that contract in with your $200 deposit (cash, check, or money order made out to BTWHS Band) to the drop box in the band room.

Concert Black

Published: 2018-11-06 14:33:53 by jsmith

Now that we're heading into concert season everyone needs to make sure they have the appropriate clothing for all upcoming concerts.  Students will be in concert black for all upcoming concerts, beginning with the holiday concert in December.  We usually allow holiday-themed ties and ugly Christmas sweaters for that event - keep your eyes peeled closer to time.

 
Please find the ensemble(s) your student is a part of below and make sure he/she has all the items needed for concert black.
 
**Please note: jeans, regardless of color or price, are NEVER dress pants**
 
Ladies, you'll note that all your options are long dress pants or floor/ankle-length dresses/skirts.  This is not social commentary.  This makes our performing groups look very uniform and professional.  
 
JAZZ BANDS (3rd period):
  • Young men:
    • black dress pants (never jeans)
    • solid black dress shirt, button down with long sleeves
    • tall black socks
    • black dress shoes (or clean marching shoes)
  • Young ladies have 3 options:
    • Pants
      • black dress pants (never jeans)
      • black dress blouse
      • flat black dress shoes
    • Dress
      • black floor/ankle-length dress
      • flat black dress shoes
    • Skirt & blouse
      • black dress blouse
      • black floor/ankle-length skirt
      • flat black dress shoes
 
WIND ENSEMBLE (6th period & some percussion):
  • Young men:
    • black dress pants (never jeans)
    • solid black dress shirt, button down with long sleeves
    • tall black socks
    • black dress shoes (or clean marching shoes)
    • solid black tie or bow tie
  • Young ladies that play percussion, bass clarinet, or contra clarinet:
    • black dress pants (never jeans)
    • black dress blouse
    • flat black dress shoes
  • All other young ladies in Wind Ensemble:
    • concert dress (provided by the band)
    • flat black dress shoes
 
SYMPHONIC BAND (1st period & some percussion):
  • Young men:
    • black dress pants (never jeans)
    • solid black dress shirt, button down with long sleeves
    • tall black socks
    • black dress shoes (or clean marching shoes)
    • solid black tie or bow tie
  • Young ladies have 3 options:
    • Pants
      • black dress pants (never jeans)
      • black dress blouse
      • flat black dress shoes
    • Dress
      • black floor/ankle-length dress
      • flat black dress shoes
    • Skirt & blouse
      • black dress blouse
      • black floor/ankle-length skirt
      • flat black dress shoes
 
CONCERT BAND (2nd period & some percussion):
  • Young men:
    • black dress pants (never jeans)
    • solid black dress shirt, button down with long sleeves
    • tall black socks
    • black dress shoes (or clean marching shoes)
  • Young ladies have 3 options:
    • Pants
      • black dress pants (never jeans)
      • black dress blouse
      • flat black dress shoes
    • Dress
      • black floor/ankle-length dress
      • flat black dress shoes
    • Skirt & blouse
      • black dress blouse
      • black floor/ankle-length skirt
      • flat black dress shoes

Senior Night Info for seniors and their escorts

Published: 2018-10-18 16:12:50 by jsmith

Senior Night ceremony & football game Friday, 10/26/18

 
This is a night where we recognize seniors from band, ROTC, cheerleaders, and football.
 
WHAT DO WE WEAR?
Wear something nice as we'll be taking your picture!  I don't recommend heels as you'll be on the field.  Our uniform coordinator is making an awesome buttons with a picture of your senior in his/her uniform.  Each senior family gets one!
 
REPORT TIME FOR BAND SENIOR ESCORTS: 6:00PM
 
TICKETS:
All escorts do have to purchase tickets to enter the game.  Tickets cost $7 at the gate.  Parking is $2.
 
REPORT LOCATION FOR ESCORTS: Line up between scoreboard and band section
 
LINE UP:
We need you lined up in alphabetical order by student's last name no later than 6:10PM.  Please see the attached PDF of all 42 seniors (yes, we have 42 seniors this year!!) listed by their number.  That's the order you'll line up in.  Our senior night coordinator will help, but she is one person wrangling 42 seniors and their families/friends.
  • Student #1 & his family will be on the north end of the track by the scoreboard.
  • Student #42 & her family will be on the track in front of the band seating area
  • Students #2-41 should fill in between them in order
Once we're lined up we'll walk the line with student #42 leading everyone down to the SOUTH end of the track.  In a perfect world that will put student #1 at or near the 40 yard line on the south side of the field.  Everyone will step off from the 40.
 
PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE!
Band senior announcements will begin around 6:15PM.  Please be on time.  We want every senior's night to be memorable because they were happy that night - not nervous and worried their escort won't make it in time.  
 
ON THAT NOTE:
No band senior will walk alone - don't worry about that!
 
WHAT'S NEXT?
Each senior will walk to the 50 yard line escorted by his family while Mr. Young reads his senior announcement over the stadium PA.  For example:
"Now welcome Little Johnny.  Little Johnny is escorted by his mom Older Susie and his grandfather Grandpa Johnny.  Little Johnny has played kazoo in the band for 4 years and plans to attend college after he graduates."
Our awesome photographer will take pictures of each student and his family on the 50 yard line, and then everyone is finished.  Hugs, kisses, maybe some tears, and then the students are off to the band seating area to play for the rest of the game.  
 
SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS:
We are limited to announcing only 2 names per student - everyone else will be included as "family and friends".  For example, "Little Susie is escorted by her mom Older Susie, her dad Older Johnnie, and her family/friends."
 
WHAT DO WE DO AFTERWARD?
Families are welcome to stay for the game and highly encouraged to grab some BBQ, empanadas, or sweet potato pies from our concessions.  If you haven't eaten at one of our football games you are missing out!
 
WHAT ABOUT HALFTIME?
We are not performing our Wakanda halftime show that night - instead we will perform our Halloween show with Escambia's band so I recommend everyone hanging out at least until after halftime.  You don't want to miss this!
 
Thank you, and we're looking forward to the big night!

MPA itinerary

Published: 2018-10-09 09:56:35 by jsmith

10:00AM Band Room opens (get dressed in bibbers and bando shoes)
10:45AM Field Rehearsal (Stadium)
11:45AM Lunch Break
12:25PM Load Equipment
12:45PM Restroom Break
1:30PM Load Buses
1:45PM Depart BTWHS (via I 110 to I 10 to Hwy 87 to Hwy98)
2:55PM Arrive at Ft. Walton Beach High School/ Restroom Break
3:30PM Get equipment
4:15PM Move to warm-up area
5:00PM Perform
8:30PM Award ceremony
9:15PM Depart Ft. Walton Beach High School
10:30PM Arrive at BTWHS


-Bring money for food and souvenirs
-We will not change clothes after our performance. Students may take off their jackets. They must wear the bibbers correctly.
-ABSOLUTELY NO CELL PHONES in the stands. No exceptions.
-Although this event takes place in a football stadium this is not a football game. Proper concert etiquette is required and expected. Show full attention and respect to performing ensembles.


Concert credit due date change

Published: 2018-10-09 09:53:40 by jsmith

Due to hurricane complications concert credits for the 1st 9-weeks are now due by the end of practice on Thursday, 10/11.

Late essays will not be accepted - we are squeaking these in at the last minute now and will not have time to grade anything turned in late.  You have an extra day AND I posted a live concert on FB you can watch tonight - get it in on time!


Itinerary for Blackwater Classic Marching Festival 10/6

Published: 2018-10-04 09:17:31 by jsmith

3:15pm Band room opens/dress

4:00pm Field warm-up/Run-through

4:45pm Lunch dinner break

5:15pm Load Buses

5:30pm Depart BTWHS

6:00pm Arrive at Milton High School/Restroom break

6:50pm Get equipment from equipment truck

7:10pm Go to warm-up area

7:20pm Warm-up

7:50pm Leave warm-up area

8:00pm PERFORMANCE

9:55pm Awards

11:15pm Arrive at BTWHS

• Students will be fed lunch before we leave. They will receive a snack bag and drinks after the performance.

• We won’t really have a time to go to concessions after our performance.

• No cell phones are allowed in the stands as we watch and listen to other

bands perform.

• Even though we are in a stadium the concert etiquette the appropriate

behavior. Don’t act like you are at a football game.

• When awards and ratings are announced, please respond humbly and

graciously while in public. We will “Turn-up” when we get back home.

• Please wash your band t-shirt Friday night so that you can have on a CLEAN shirt when you arrive Saturday.