Itinerary -- 08-18-2017 Westover at Pelham

Parents,

I apologize and thank you for your patience in waiting for this itinerary. We are very excited for the arrival of our first performance. It has been a wonderful problem to deal with the details (jackets, bibbers, shoes, shirts, hats, plumes, gloves, guard uniforms, warmups, tote bags, tuba necks & bits, sticks, mallets, valves, guides, springs, grease, oil, music, sharps, flats, key signatures, rhythms, lugs, heads, hoops, harnesses, dues, water, gatorade, meals, instructors, ET CETERA) of putting together a band that represents 50% GROWTH OVER LAST YEAR!!

Thank you again, and here you go. We will have copies of this itinerary, and a bus list posted tomorrow.

Please remember WHITE BIBBERS.

Band Camp Letter

Hello Marching Patriots,

I hope you have had a wonderful summer. As you know, the time for Band Camp is here. If you have not done so already, please visit www.westoverband.org and follow the instructions to get signed up for text message notifications through Remind. There is also a calendar section for all Band Camp times and game nights. We will adhere to the following schedule for Band Camp:

  • July 3-7
    • NO REHEARSALS ON JULY 4TH.
    • Leadership & Rookies (non-guard, non-perc) 8am-12pm
    • Percussion & Color Guard 1pm-5pm
  • July 10-14 Full Band, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm
  • July 17-21 Full Band, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm
  • July 24-28 Full Band, 8am-12pm only

Please come prepared to WORK. Always have your instrument or other equipment necessary to play. It would also be very wise to have a hat (the wider the better), sunglasses, a towel, bug spray, sunscreen, and a water bottle. Rookies...you will get sweaty and your feet will get dirty, so don't dress cute.

In order to participate in marching band this year, all fees must be current. On May 11, 2017, the Band Boosters collected $25.00 of the band dues which total $125.00. Vets should have paid all of the $125 by the time camp starts. Rookies and Color Guard should have paid for the parts of their uniform that need to be ordered by the time camp starts (July 3rd), and have the remainder paid by the time school starts (August 1st). There is more detail at http://www.westoverband.org/ under "Band Fees and Schedule". The money will be collected after practice or can be mailed to Westover Band Boosters, P.O. 70201, Albany, GA 31708.

TIMELY PAYMENT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR. I HAVE MADE CONTACT WITH 114 STUDENTS SO FAR THIS YEAR WITH INTEREST IN MARCHING BAND. THAT IS WELL ABOVE THE 65 OR SO WE HAVE HAD THE LAST TWO YEARS. WE WILL DEFINITELY HAVE TO ORDER SOME NEW JACKETS THIS YEAR, AS WELL AS BLUE BIBBERS BEFORE OUR FIRST GAME ON AUGUST 25TH, WHICH IS WESTOVER'S ALUMNI WEEK. WE ALSO NEED TO BE PREPARED TO PAY FOR OUR BAND CAMP INSTRUCTORS WHEN THEY ARE HERE.

If you have any questions, the best way to reach me is at jason.high@docoschools.org or via Remind.

You may download this letter below.

Band Fees and Schedule

Parents, thank you for bearing with us regarding fees. In the past, we have set deadlines across the summer to help you space the payments out and not get swamped suddenly at the beginning of Band Camp, or the start of the school year. However, this does not necessarily prepare us for when money needs to be spent by Band Boosters.

This year, this is especially important, as we stand to gain many new members. In fact, WE MAY NOT EVEN HAVE ENOUGH UNIFORM JACKETS, and this will require extra diligence on our timing.

We MUST order uniform parts and be prepared to pay instructors by the beginning of Band Camp, and we must be prepared to buy our supplies for games when school starts. Please refer to the following charts to meet payment expectations, and please contact me through remind, or at jason.high@docoschools.org with any questions.

Deadline
TOTAL Commitment Night (05/11) June 1st July 3rd August 1st
Band Vets $125 paid $25 of $125 paid $75 of $125 paid $125 of $125 done
Band Rookies $125 + $139 = $264 paid $25 of $125 paid $75 of $125 paid $185 of $264 (need $139 to order uniform parts, plus $40 for band camp instruction and $5 for gloves) $264 paid up by start of school
Color Guard $125 + $181 = $306 paid $25 of $125 paid $75 of $125 paid $255 of $306 ($181 to order uniforms/warmups, plus $75 for band camp expenses) $306 paid up by start of school

Spring Camp



For a full calendar of each school's events, click here.

All Spring Camp days are for the week of May 8th-11th, 2017.
Monroe & Westover:
M-Th, 4-6pm

Albany High:
T-Th, 4-6pm

Dougherty High:
M-Th, 4:30-6:30pm

Band Banquet

Westover High School Cafeteria
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
6:00 pm

There is no charge for Marching Band students

Each additional Guest $8.50

R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 21st

*Payment must be made in advance to R.S.V.P.
A Band Booster Parent or Board Member will be at the Band Room
after school from 3:15–4:00 on the following dates to collect payments
Thursday, April 13th
Friday, April 14th
Thursday, April 20th
Friday, April 21st
(PLEASE DOWNLOAD ATTACHMENT FOR CONTACT NUMBERS.)

LGPE Results

STRAIGHT SUPERIORS!!!!!

Pre-Festival and LGPE again



The more of you that can take your instruments home with you tomorrow (today if you're in academic decathlon), the better. I can't possibly fit more than about two tubas and the percussion stuff we need with out filling my car up. I will take all the folders that are in the slots.

Pre-Festival and LGPE

Our two MOST IMPORTANT performances of the year are coming up:


  • Pre-Festival is Sunday, January 26th, at Dougherty High School. Arrive dressed in all-black DRESS CLOTHES by 5pm.
  • LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation Festival) is March 8th in Cairo. An itinerary will be produced soon.

Update

All-County Band

THIS WEEKEND - February 3 & 4. Letter attached, with practice schedule. I also need the attached permission slip for all students to travel in personal vehicles. All transportation after the first rehearsal is the responsibility of the individual student.

Rehearsal Schedule

Now til march:

  • Monday - Woodwinds 3:45-5:45
  • Tuesday - Full Band 3:45-5:45
  • Wednesday - F Horns 3:45-5:45
  • Thursday - Trumpets & Low Brass 3:45-5:45

Important Dates (updated):

Update

All-County Band

THIS WEEKEND - February 3 & 4. Letter attached, with practice schedule. I also need the attached permission slip for all students to travel in personal vehicles. All transportation after the first rehearsal is the responsibility of the individual student.

Rehearsal Schedule

Now til march:

  • Monday - Woodwinds 3:45-5:45
  • Tuesday - Full Band 3:45-5:45
  • Wednesday - F Horns 3:45-5:45
  • Thursday - Trumpets & Low Brass 3:45-5:45

Important Dates (updated):

Important Dates

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Concert Band Rehearsals / All-County Auditions



As stated in your Band Handbook, ALL BAND CLASSES (except for Beginning Band) are required to participate in Concert Band performances (and therefore rehearsals), and are required to try out for All-county.

  • Concert Band rehearsals begin next week on Tuesday, November 8, and will be every Tuesday after school from 3:45-5:45. Once again, these rehearsals are REQUIRED for all students in a non-beginning band class. People not in attendance, and who have not been excused AHEAD OF TIME will receive zeros for participation grades. People who leave early or come late without a valid and APPROVED excuse will be graded accordingly.
  • All-County Auditions are at 4:30 on Tuesday, November 15th, at Robert Cross Middle School. This date has been talked about in class for more than three months, and no students have raised transportation concerns in that time. This audition will count as a "summative assessment" grade, which totals 35% of the report card grade. This audition will be averaged with a written test to reach that 35% total.

Competition Needs

Parents,

(First of all, thank you to those that responded to the other day’s e-mail. Almost all of those attendance issues were immediately cleared up. I used this to tell the kids that you have power over your own life to make things happen….to not just give up at the first wave that hits you in the face. I thank you for working with me on this. If there are any issues left to resolve, please contact me and we’ll do whatever we need to do. I even offered to go cut somebody’s grass Friday evening if it will get them here Saturday.)

I apologize for the late request, but this show is REALLY coming together, and the ideas are flowing. I think I have some characters ready to go, and Miss Vasquez is working on our backdrops. I bought *some* costume elements last night (pictured). If y’all can help in any way…it looks like I still need:

Dorothy – outfit, maybe overalls and flannel/plaid. The skirt won’t work well on the field.
Tinman – body part of costume. I have silver hat and mask. Was thinking maybe some old shin guards I could spray paint silver, gray sweatsuit.
Scarecrow – I bought a mask, but I don’t like it. Looks like something out of a horror movie. I think we could cut the bill off of a hat, and glue some straw to it to make a wig. That, with the right outfit ought to be enough.
Lion – I have NOTHING for this except our character actor has a pretty well developed afro that will serve as the mane, kinda sorta. We need a costume…tail….?
Wizard – covered

Please and thank you. Any ideas welcome. I’ve constructed props up to the point that I’m waiting on the artwork to be finished. I have our green smoke grenades. I bought 150 balloons to be released at the end of “home”. We need to rent a propane tank for that day to fill them up.

Thanks,

Competition Itinerary -- 10/08/2016

Itinerary for Tifton. Please pay attention to the times. The performance time has changed slightly, per the Festival Coordinator.

Competition & Attendance

Parents,

This Saturday in Tifton, Westover will be performing in it's first competition in over a decade. Some of you might remember the Blackshear marching festival from 2012 and 2013 with Mr. Scanling and say that we competed then, but we did not. We only participated in the festival portion of that contest. In festival performance, you are given a rating (superior, excellent, etc.) in a few areas, and you go home. Competition is graded on a 0-100 scale in all those areas, and there are trophies for best color guard, percussion, drum major, and band in each class, as well as best overall in at least the band category. Our first showing needs to be a good one, as I'm sure there are people already expecting a mediocre performance from us.

Since July 5th, what we have been working on as a band is to get ready for this competition. It's all I have talked about with the kids for at least a month and a half. This is by far the single most important performance of the season for our marching band. It legitimizes us as a band in our own right, and makes us more than just an add-on to the football team. In fact, the way I look at it, halftime at football games is merely our way of having dress rehearsals for our competition show. In Tifton, we will go from performing in front of people who would just as soon go get nachos while we perform or wish that we would just put the instruments down and dance to an audience of BAND PEOPLE and judges with doctorate degrees in music and decades of experience scrutinizing our performance. It will be the first time our show will be filmed without football fans talking and yelling over our performance and everything can be heard. I have been staying late at school (last night til about 11), getting other departments (art and drama) involved to add to the theatrical aspect of our show, and spending money on props to put us over the top for this event. The Band Boosters have put out $600 for us to be in this show. As long as we show up and perform, we will get $500 of it back. But if we had to cancel for absences, we would lose that money. This -- competing -- will be our focus as a marching band for as long as I am Band Director at Westover.

Suddenly, I am getting students casually telling me "I might not be here Saturday". In fact, three just now in the drumline alone. This is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. In the case of bass drummers, no one else in the band has their part, and they all work together as one. You may as well send trumpets out there and take away their first valve. As Mr. Scanling used to say, "marching band needs all of its members all of the time." The handbook for this year has a form for unexcused absence, and states that it must be turned in at least 10 days ahead of the conflict. I have to enforce consequences for the seriousness of these flippant and late absences. Most of it probably stems from these students not communicating with parents until the last minute.

If I have not communicated with a parent regarding absence from this competition, I will be sitting these students down for our remaining performances. If the band can survive without someone at a BAND COMPETITION, it can certainly survive with them at a parade or a homecoming game where many people are paying scant attention to the precision of what is being played.

Thank you, and feel free to contact me with any concerns.

Jason R. High
Band Director,
Westover High School
www.westoverband.org
jason.high@docoschools.org

All-District/State Registration

All money for All-District ($10) and All-State (additional $10) registrations is due to me by Friday, September 30. Cash or check made out to Westover Band Boosters. One check will be written to GMEA for the school's registration.

Late Picture Orders

Dear Parents,

Our Band pictures were made last week. However, It’s not too late to order photos. This service was provided free of charge. The only income the photographers receive are when parents purchase portraits. Please support this project by purchasing a package. They offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your photos.
If you do not have an order form, please click here and download a copy of the form. Please fill out form completely, place completed form along with payment in an envelope with your student’s name on it and send it to their instructor within 5 days of picture day.

If you decide to order after the 5 days, please send in envelope directly to Prestige Digital Imaging. Make sure you add the $7.00 shipping fee ONLY for orders that are sent directly to Prestige after the 5 days.

Thank you for your help.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • REMINDER: COLOR GUARD will practice tomorrow, Monday 08/15, from 3:45 to 5:00 in the Band Room.
  • REMINDER: WINDS AND PERCUSSION do NOT practice tomorrow after school.
  • If you have not already done so, please bring in your WHITE BAND SHOES, and your WHITE BIBBERS. We will be finalizing uniform orders TUESDAY. We would do it Monday, but we might not have class and we won't be having practice. IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID FOR YOUR SHOES, SHIRT, AND BIBBERS, YOU ARE RUNNING THE RISK OF NOT MARCHING ON AUGUST 27TH. WE HAVE TO ORDER NOW. In fact, shirts will already have to be rush-ordered.

  • There is a new drill video for "brand new day/ease on down" at https://youtu.be/GGu8MRI1aPA
  • Handbooks are ready, and you will have a NOTEBOOK CHECK in class on Wednesday, 08/17. Items needed are on the board in the Band Room.
  • You will have a TUNING TEST on FRIDAY 08/19. Whole note chromatic scale at quarter note = 60bpm. plus or minus 5 cents is considered successful.
  • It may smell funky when you come in tomorrow. That's only because they carpet had to be wet to clean it. But trust me....there is WAAAY less dirt there now. The smell will fade.

Uniform Sizing

Tomorrow, Tuesday, after school, we will be sizing for uniform orders for marching band members after school. All rookie members need to be measured for bibbers, shirts, and shoes. All veteran members should bring in their bibbers, shirts, and shoes to verify that they are in acceptable condition.

In addition, any members who have not paid fees in full as of tomorrow will not be allowed to march in Friday's scrimmage game or any following games until they are caught up. In addition, uniform parts can not be ordered until fees are paid, therefore students may miss additional games while we wait for this parts to be delivered.

Thank you.

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