Band photos will be taken on Sept. 3 and 4
On Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4 we will be taking individual photos of the band students in their formal marching band uniform. Pricing and photo package information was sent home with the students on Thursday, August 28. Additional forms will be available on the day of the photos. The purchase of photos is optional but everyone will be taking a photo since one of the photos available is a section photo.
Parent Volunteer Schedule For Concessions
This year to help fill volunteer spots for our concession stands we are organizing when each "band" section of parents will help out. If it's a home game then you will be volunteering for the Varsity home game. Each section is scheduled for a home and an away game.
If it's an away game week then you will be helping with the JV or Freshman game. As soon as you see the schedule please fill out the volunteer calendar on our Charms database. The sign up sheets are available there.
Week 1 - Home - Flutes and Percussion section parents (minus pit crew parents)
Week 2 - Away - Clarinets and Mellophone parents
Week 3 - Away - Saxes and Baritones
Week 4 - Home - Trumpets and Trombones
Week 5 - Home - Tubas and Colorguard
Week 6 - Away - Flutes and Percussion section (minus pit crew)
Week 7 - Away - Trumpets and Trombones
Week 8 - Home - Clarinets and Mellophones
Week 9 - Away - Tubas and Colorguard
Week 10 - Home - Saxes and Baritones
Summer Band Uniform for First Three or Four Games
The Mav Band has a summer uniform that we wear for our first few games. This consists of the green logo shirts and black marching shoes you purchased on Everything Day along with three things you provide. Those are black slacks, black socks and a black belt. The slacks should be plain, flat front black pants with belt loops. No cargo pockets. Black jeans or pants that would fade are also not good. The boys can wear these slacks as their concert uniform pants if they are nice enough to be worn with a tux coat.
All students will also need flip folders to hold their music for the games. Our first game is Friday, September 29 and all of this will be needed by then.
2014-15 Mav Band Instructional Leaders
Here is the list of the 2014-15 Mav Band instructional leaders. It is always a tough decision to choose our section leaders and a decision that includes many different factors. The audition for section leader begins when you walk in the door of the band hall your freshman year. We take into account your playing skills, your leadership potential, your ability to work with the band and the directors, your communication skills, your marching skills, your potential as a teacher and your effectiveness as a role model. Each section leader will have strengths and things they need to work on but have a strong overall score. Congratulations to all!
Band Managers Announced
This is the list of the 2014-15 Mav Band Managers. We only need 3 librarians per band and 2 to 3 uniform managers per band. Priority was given to those people who had previous experience in these positions. There are still positions available for members of the concert band. Please let me know if you are interested. Section leaders will be posted tomorrow.
The staff meetings for this week are as follows: Monday, 6/2, 1:00 - 2:30 Uniform Managers; Monday, 6/2, 2:30 - 4:00 Instrument Staff and Tuesday, 6/3, 1:00 - 4:00 Music Librarians.
AUDITION RESULTS POSTED
Maverick Bands>>Auditions and Results
All Four Bands Receive Sweepstakes at Concert/Sightreading Contest
All four of our concert bands received Superior Ratings in both their Concert and Sightreading performances. This is only the second year we have taken four bands to contest and the first time all four have received the Sweepstakes honor. We were the only band program in our region to receive sweepstakes with four bands. Congratulations to all members of the Maverick Band!
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:
- Click on the "Enter Charms Area" button, in the menu bar to the right on the www.mcneilband.org website
- Enter your RRISD six digit ID in the student password box
- 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!