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.
Leadership Applications Due Tuesday, May 26
Leadership applications for instructional(section leader, drum major) and logistical(librarian, uniform manager, instrument manager) leaders are due Tuesday, May 26th by the end of the day. The application is available at this LINK.
Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest
TSSEC is coming up and the performance days are different than in years past. All our percussion performances are at Connally HS on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, and all wind players will perform at UT on Saturday, May 30. You can download our SCHEDULE to find exact locations and times. Please refer to this LINK to help you find your performance location at UT. Students are required to find their own transportation to the event.
If you are using a school accompanist then their fee for this contest is $75. They will put together a rehearsal schedule and it will be posted in the band hall. Please bring their payment to your first rehearsal.
IMPORTANT: If you have decided not to go and you already registered then you need to let Mr. Dimiceli know ASAP. The UIL office needs to be able to adjust the schedule to allow other students from around the state perform.
Audition Music and Information Posted
The audition music and instructions for this year's band auditions are posted under the "Maverick Band" tab then click on "Auditions and
Results". Auditions will begin the week of April 27th for current McNeil band students. The auditions will consist of the 12 major scales (full range), a chromatic scale (lowest possible note to highest practical note) and the two short audition etudes.
Results of the audition will determine which of the three concert band classes you will be in. All members of the band are also members of the marching band unless there is a conflict with a McNeil fall sport (volleyball, swimming, cross country track or football). All members of the band are required to audition. if you are transferring and wanting to join the band, please prepare an audition with this music so we can accurately place you in a band class.
Band Banquet on Friday, May 22
The annual band banquet will be on Friday, May 22 and will be held across the street from McNeil at Crosspoint Church. The banquet will be from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm. It's a catered banquet with awards and a dance. The dress for the banquet is semi-formal and the cost of the tickets is $20 per person. The deadline to purchase tickets for the banquet is Friday, May 15. There will be no ticket sales at the door.
Traditionally the parents of the seniors and the executive board attend the banquet and then leave once the dance starts.
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:
- 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!