Summer Band Starting Soon
We're getting ready to kick off our 2014 marching season and I hope everyone is excited to get started. I'm not going to repost our summer band dates because those are all listed on our Charms calendar. If you are not getting weekly emails from the band then contact one of the directors and we will get you added to our Charms database. I'm concerned that some freshmen are still not in our database or your information is not updated.
The first day for summer band for freshmen and new marchers is Wednesday, July 30 and Friday, August 1 for upper class men. Please come prepared for our morning marching rehearsals. Protection from the sun is good for your skin and allows you to participate with more energy. Wearing hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, shorts, tshirts and supportive athletic shoes are all appropriate and an expectation for a successful summer band. Bring plenty of cool drinking water and arrive properly hydrated. All of the freshmen will receive their silver, Maverick Band, 1/2 gallon, Coleman water jugs on the first day.
We also suggest that everyone bring their own lunch during summer band. It is not very safe for walkers to go to the nearest eating establishments. You are not allowed to ride with students who drive unless you have prior permission from your parents. Bringing your own lunch is also a great way to meet more members of the band and make new friends.
Come to rehearsals prepared with your instrument, a pencil and all of the correct music for your instrument printed. That music should include the fundamentals packet, the show music "To The Summit" and the stand tunes. Your music should be organized into a binder and flip folder (for the stand tunes). Flip folders can be purchased at any of the local music vendors or be purchased on Everything Day.
The first step to personal success within the McNeil Band is full participation. We look forward to seeing you!
One Date Change on Charms and One New Date Added
The Thursday evening rehearsal on August 21st has been changed to Tuesday, August 19th to avoid a conflict with Colt Camp. Colt Camp has been on Tuesdays for as long as they have had it and this year it will be on Thursday evening. Also on Friday, August 22nd will be the Mavs Spirit Spectacular. I am not sure what our responsibilities or time commitment are for that event but I did want to make you aware of it.
WE HAVE NEW MUSIC AND AUDIO (7/9/14)
We have had our show, "To The Summit," rewritten. The complete show will be done in a couple of days. The WW, Brass, and Pit parts to Parts 1 and 2 are in Charms now and you can start that process over again. Go to the "Handouts and Files" folder, click on "To the Summit 7-2-14" and then print out your part. The mp3 file of the complete show has been posted as well. You are expected to come to summer band in August with Part 1 MEMORIZED, even if it is under tempo! I think you will all really like the new music and I am excited about this year's show. If you have already memorized the music you then I am impressed and wish you would be as prepared with your summer reading list.
Remember, don't put off your summer reading! Most of the students who struggle and go ineligible during the first six weeks do so because they are behind on their summer work. GIT 'ER DONE!
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!