Pancake Breakfast and Mattress Fundraiser On March 7
On March 7 we will be having two major fundraisers to raise funds for our McNeil Band Boosters. The pancake breakfast has been an annual event for us and has done very well. Please see the post below for info about the breakfast. The Mattress Fundraiser is new this year and has the potential to be very successful for us.
If you are planning on buying a mattress(or know anyone who is) please hold off until after checking out our Mattress Sale. The bandhall will be a showroom with high quality mattresses at very affordable prices. More information to follow.
To make this the most successful event possible the fundraiser rep will be meeting with all of our band parents at the next Band Booster Meeting on Tuesday,February 10. Please make every attempt to be there.
Annual Pancake Breakfast Coming Soon!
Members, our 5th Annual Breakfast will be upon us shortly. Please look for details that will be coming during the following weeks. A few reminders are listed below. The Charms Calendar is available now. Signup before all the good slots are taken. Please look for tickets to be distributed at the beginning of February.
Consider making a donation to the Silent Auction
Consider making items for our Bake Sale.
Students should consider performing at the breakfast.
Any questions pertaining to the breakfast can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your participation!
Solo and Ensemble
Solo and Ensemble season is quickly approaching and the students must begin their preparations really soon. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band students are required to play a solo and they are welcome to play an ensemble as well. Concert Band students are highly encouraged to play a solo and/or ensemble and doing so definitely shows the directors a commitment to music and to improving on their instrument. Nearly all solos require a piano accompaniment and we do provide accompanists to rehearse and perform with them. Private Lesson teachers are excellent resources for assisting in picking out solos. IMPORTANT: You must consult the UIL Prescribed Music List to find out if you can play a particular solo, which publisher's version, and which sections you can/must play. We have binders with copies of solos for each instrument that have been played through the years so please refer to them when looking for a solo. The students should follow this timeline in submitting their materials:
December 12: submit entry form(s) to Mr. Dimiceli
December 15: submit UIL entry fees ($8 per entry) to Mr. Dimiceli
show their director their PURCHASED original music *
submit a TWO-SIDED copy of their piano accompaniment **
December 15-18: play one minute of their solo for the Fall Semester Final Exam ***
January 15-22: bring payment for piano accompanist ($45) to their first rehearsal
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* You can purchase your solo from the vendors below. Please allow at least two weeks for arrival. Students are allowed to borrow any originals owned by the Band but they are responsible for bringing it to the Contest.
** For students using a school provided accompanist only. We already have several accompaniment copies so the student needs to look in the accompaniment binders in the library before asking a librarian make a copy for them. Students are responsible for getting the accompaniment to Mr. Dimiceli.
*** For Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band students. This performance does not have to be up to tempo but it should be a well-prepared performance.
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LETTER JACKET POINTS: Students can earn as many as 50 points toward earning their letter in band just by doing the solo and ensemble contest events. There are a total on 50 points needed for a letter and everyone will already start with 15 points for every year in high school band.
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Penders Music Company
JW Pepper Music Company
RBC Music Company
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
AUDITION RESULTS POSTED
Maverick Bands>>Auditions and Results
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!