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Dear Maverick Band Family,

                As all of you probably know I have a large beautiful family but it has become increasingly difficult for me to balance my work obligations with the responsibilities and duties of being a father. Because of this I have made the difficult decision to no longer teach high school band and to begin teaching middle school band again. I taught middle school band for three years early in my teaching career so this is not foreign to me.

                 I will be the new head band director at Hernandez Middle School here in Round Rock ISD. I am recommending that Mr. Dimiceli be appointed the new head director at McNeil High School.

                This is an exciting time to be in the Maverick Band and that made this decision that much more difficult. You have new uniforms, a new program coordinator which has put together a great show for  this year, a new drill writer, music arranger, tons of new instruments from the district, a fantastic color guard and in the next few years a brand new band hall.

                Another big challenge in this decision was leaving the fantastic students and parents that make up the McNeil Band family. Everywhere we go people are always complimentary of the decorum and behavior of the McNeil Band. We the directors have always said how lucky we were to teach the McNeil Band because of our great students. Also, our parents are always supportive and willing to work hard for the success of their children. This combination is a blessing for any director of the McNeil Band.

                Thanks to the parents, students and fellow directors of the McNeil Band for twelve wonderful years. This has been and will remain a very special chapter in my life with many fantastic memories. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to teach at McNeil and I wish all of you the best as you continue the McNeil tradition of musical excellence. I will not say “good-bye” but “so-long” since I am not going very far and will continue to support the McNeil Band and attend performances as the family commitments allow.

Sincerely,

Travis Ancelet

State Solo and Ensemble Results

We would like to congratulate all the McNeil Band students who advanced to the TSSEC this year. We would like to especially recognize Amy Gravell for being selected as the Outstanding Soloist from her judge! More congratulations go out to the following students for receiving a medal:

Gold Medal:

Alex Sorensen - Trumpet

Diana Kim, Annie Wang, Ying Zhou, Christine Zhu - Flute Quartet

Nick Bulko, Libby Fears, Dylan McCoy, Alex Sorensen - Trumpet Quartet


Silver Medal:

Victoria McElhinney - Flute

Cameron Schnurer - Bassoon

Evie Shaw - Alto Sax

Michael Mollenhauer - Tenor Sax

Parker Tate - Trumpet

Kate Thane - Trumpet

Kenna Heroy, Clara Lee, Anjana Ramachandra, Hannah Richards - Clarinet Quartet


2015 - 2016 Band Leadership and Managers

Please congratulate our STUDENT LEADERSHIP for next school year. These are the students who have been chosen to lead the entire Maverick Band through the marching season. Also, our appointed managers are:

Uniform: Marilyn Goumans, Mindy Lee, Megan Sharp

Library: Sophia Bach, Mindy Lee, Gareth Ofenstein

Instrument: Michael Mollenhauer, Neelesh Rathi

The directors will appoint more managers so that there are some in every band class. Please contact Mr. Dimiceli if you are interested in helping out the band.

The Drum Majors of the 2015 McNeil Marching Band are:


Head Drum Major: Annie Wang

Assistant Drum Majors: Sophia Beausoleil, Austin Vogelman

Congratulations to these students! We would also like to thank all of the students who went through the audition process. It definitely takes a lot of work and courage to do this in front of the entire band program. 

Maverick Band Guide Available

Please check out the Maverick Band Guide and Welcome Letter. This is mostly designed as an informational packet for incoming freshmen/transfer students and their parents but is definitely a resource for any members of the band and guard. If you have any questions about the McNeil Band please do not hesitate to contact a director. Thanks.

Band Successes at UIL

The McNeil Bands had another successful showing at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest in Georgetown this year. The Concert Band received an Excellent rating (Two) on their concert program and a Superior rating (One) in Sight Reading. The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble both received unanimous Superior ratings from all judges. Judges were very complimentary of the work done by directors and students.

Thank you to all the family and friends who made it out to see the performances.

Summer Band Dates Have Been Posted on Charms

Check the Charms calendar for summer band dates that have been posted. Please make every attempt to avoid scheduling vacations on these dates. Missed summer practices can adversely affect the level of participation a student has within the marching band contest show. 

Update Your "Charms" Database Info 

We need everyone, especially our new members, to update their information in our database. Our only way of communication is through your personal emails. If those our not kept current then you won't receive our newsletters or our reminder emails of upcoming events. We would also like all of our parents to fill in the fields asking about your occupation. We would like to be able to utilize the special skills of our parents and this helps us to identify those skills. If you are unsure of how to update your "Charms" info check out the last post at the bottom of this column. 



ENSURE THAT YOUR CONTACT INFO IS CORRECT IN CHARMS

1, 2, 3...it's that easy!  Members & Families, this is how you do it:

  1. Click on the "Enter Charms Area" button, in the menu bar to the right on the www.mcneilband.org website
  2. Enter your RRISD six digit ID in the student password box
  3. Click on the "Personal Info" button.  This will bring you to your profile page.  Please update ALL information -- even your shirt size!  Double-check all email addresses and phone numbers.  Enter your phone numbers in the format 512-XXX-XXXX for our audition entry purposes. 

Keeping your Charms profile updated with your correct contact information is the only way to ensure you receive all the latest McNeil Band news.  If you can't enter the area, then please email one of the band directors with your correct ID number and they can fix the problem.

Don't forget to check the Band/Guard Website and Charms calendar OFTEN for current information and updates!



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Time

Period

A Day 

 Period B Day
9:05-10:36 1  Wind Ensemble/
Colorguard (rifles)
5
 Instrumental Ensemble (WE)/
Colorguard (flags)
10:41-12:15 2 Symphonic Band 6 Instrumental Ensemble 
(Symphonic Band)
12:20-2:29 3 Lunch/Conference/
Middle Schools
7 Lunch/Conference/
Middle Schools
2:34-4:05  4

 Concert Band

8

 Instrumental Ensemble(Concert Band)

  

          
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Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchased to the McNeil Band Boosters whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.   AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know.  Same products, prices and same service.

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Band Wish List - Seeking Donations
If you have any of these items and want to make a donation to the Band or the Boosters, please contact the Booster President.
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The Papa John fundraiser is ready to go! This is an amazing win/win opportunity for everyone in our community and our band. The card sells for $15 and entitles the card holder to one large pizza for every large pizza purchased for carryout from now until October 31, 2015. For every card sold, The Maverick Band receives $10! A part of the proceeds will be going to help offset trip costs.

Below is a link to the permission form that must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the band hall before the first batch of cards will be delivered to your student.

Permission Form Link

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Quillman at cquillman@gmail.com


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Buy HEB Cards and Support the McNeil Band

Now is the perfect time to support the McNeil Band and Color Guard by buying HEB Cards from the Boosters.   Remember, 5% of all sales goes directly to the Boosters.   For your convenience, there are several ways to get your cards:

  • (1)    Call your neighborhood representative to arrange pick-up of your cards.  Your neighborhood rep information is available on the McNeil Band website
  • (2)    Cards will be sold at all of the football games, booster meetings AND during pick-up after evening band practice on Mondays.
  • (3)    Order online and an HEB Card Representative will deliver the cards to you.

 So get your cards now while this deal is offered! One of our HEB Card Sales Neighborhood Reps will make sure you get what you need.

 We can accept cash or checks (made payable to “McNeil Band Boosters”, please include your driver’s license and telephone numbers).  If you have any questions, please contact our HEB Cards Sales Coordinator at hebcards@mcneilband.org. 

 Thank you for supporting the Band/Guard through your purchases of HEB Cards! 

Click Here to Contact Your Local HEB Rep

Click Here for an Online Order Form

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