WILLOUGHBY SOUTH MARCHING BAND WEEKLY UPDATE
WEEK OF AUGUST 13, 2018
I hope that everyone had a great time at Cedar Point on Friday. It was certainly a well-deserved day to blow off some steam and have some fun together.. I would like to send a sincere THANK YOU to all of the chaperons that helped throughout the long day. We cannot do trips such as this without your help! Now that band camp is in the books, I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the development of this year’s Marching Band. We are roughly 2 weeks ahead of where we were last year, which was a strong group. The attitude and work ethic exhibited by the band over the past couple of weeks has been truly great, and I look forward to how far this group will progress this season. It’s a great show that you have to work with, now let’s see what you can do with the raw material and make this a truly memorable season.
**BAND CAMP FEE #2 IS DUE TUESDAY AUGUST 14. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO WILLOUGHBY BAND BOOSTERS**
Uniform Fees: Can be given to Mr. P. any time. (past due) Payable to Willoughby Band Boosters
Second Band Camp Fee Due by August 14 Payable to Willoughby Band Boosters
District Activity Fee Due by August 22 Payable to Willoughby-Eastlake Schools
Please remember that according to the district, any district activity fees not paid by August 22 will result in the student being prohibited from performing until the fee is paid.
SCHOOL BEGINS THIS WEEK!!
So now we find ourselves faced with a new challenge, the beginning of school. This is where organizing your time and planning out your week becomes absolutely crucial. This is a valuable skill that you will use the rest of your life. You cannot just stumble mindlessly through the week and expect to get everything accomplished. The beauty of high school is the additional freedom, but with the freedom comes additional responsibilities. I will tell you everything you need to know regarding your marching band responsibilities for the upcoming week in these updates. It is up to you to take this information along with what your teachers assign you and put together a schedule to help you get everything accomplished, not just to get it done, but to get it done WELL. If I were you, I would sit down every Sunday and plan the week. I have attached a form that may help you organize your work and schedule. Fill this out each Sunday and then FOLLOW IT. Regarding assignments, there is absolutely NO EXCUSE FOR A MISSED HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT. Just an FYI, I will be sending a message to the teachers listing the marching band members with a request for notification if you are not keeping up with your work or misbehaving in class. You DO NOT WANT for me to receive a message from one the teachers saying you are not doing your work or misbehaving in class. That will result in “not good things” for you.
NEWS FLASH… IT’S STILL AUGUST AND IT’S STILL HOT…
IT WILL STILL BE HOT FOR THE FORSEABLE FUTURE. CONTINUE TO BRING YOUR WATER JUGS TO SCHOOL. FILL THEM WITH ICE AND LEAVE THEM IN PRACTICE ROOM A DURING THE DAY, ADD WATER WHEN WE GO TO REHEARSAL AND YOU SHOULD BE GOOD TO GO. SUNSCREEN IS ALSO STILL REQUIRED, PLEASE KEEP IT IN YOUR BOOK BAG OR LOCKER. If these do not fit in your hall locker, you may keep your water jugs in the practice rooms.
Each year, a number of band students run into scheduling issues with band. My experience has been that 99% of scheduling issues can be worked out. If you have been closed out of Wind Symphony or Symphonic Band (or wanted to add them to your schedule), please follow the steps outlined below:
Don’t panic and please be patient. It may take a couple of weeks until everything is ironed out.
Please don’t call the guidance counselors or principal screaming and demanding an instant change. They are overloaded at the beginning of the year and stressed out as it is. Plus, with 1,400 plus students, there are a number of scheduling issues to address. Remember, it is all computerized so there are bound to be screw-ups! THEY WILL GET TO YOU. ?
Follow your schedule AS PRINTED until a change can be made.
LISTEN TO THE MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS. There will be a schedule where students can get their schedule changed, one day for seniors, then juniors, then sophomores, then freshmen. You will sign up for an appointment with your counselor and see if a change is possible at that time.
Most band students take a number of what we refer to as “singletons”, classes where there is only one section such as Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Chinese, a number of the honors or AP offerings… You need to ask yourself the following two questions:
Are there any classes that I have scheduled that I can move to a later year?
Are there any classes where I can take the regular level as opposed to AP or honors? There is a tendency for students to think they must take all honors or all AP. I would ask, what are you thinking of majoring in? If it is a science or math field, I would definitely look at the AP and honors classes in those subjects but also ask do I NEED AP or honors in English and Social Studies? Opting for classes with more sections increases scheduling flexibility.
Ultimately, the more flexible you are willing to be with your course selections, the more options it will offer your counselor the opportunity to stick you in the right classes to enable you to keep band in your schedule. Even if you have been placed in Wind Symphony and that will not work, I still would appreciate having your talents available in Symphonic Band. If you still have issues, please see me.
AND NOW THAT SCHOOL IS IN SESSION
Be sure to show up to EVERY REHEARSAL with your binder and dot book. Failure to do so will get you sent home and you will be benched for the upcoming weekend performance(s).
Pass off dates are firm. If you get a no pass, you will not be able to perform that week, you will be benched.
Please remember, 3 “no passes” = removal from the group. PLEASE do not let it come to this…
Show up to rehearsal EVERY DAY regardless of the weather or how your day went. 100% attendance should be the norm, not the exception. Remember, I was extremely accommodating of other activities during the summer rehearsals. I now need you at every rehearsal.
Watch and be prepared for the weather. While they are correct about 1/3 of the time, you should watch for those days in particular when the temp. will take a huge nose dive during the day. Believe it or not, it is going to get cold soon. Also remember, you will be OUT IN THE COLD for more than 2 hours. This is not like walking from the bus to the front door of the building. PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER!!! Sorry, but you may need to sacrifice your stunning cuteness and impeccable fashion sense to dress properly. Keep a cold weather and “I just got soaked” outfit in your locker just in case.
A COUPLE OF REMINDERS REGARDING THE CONSTRUCTION…
Please stay OUT of the construction zones. I don’t want you getting injured.
Remember, you will be unable to enter/exit the building in the breezeway, you will need to enter through the north doors between the gym and cafeteria through at least mid-September.
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION AND BE CAREFUL as you move through the parking lot, and for those of you that drive, watch out for the concrete footings for what will eventually be light towers. You do NOT want to drive into them…
Have a great first week of school.
21 Rehearsals until the AVON LAKE COMPETITION. Will YOU be ready?
TO ENSURE YOUR READINESS;
COPY AND PASTE THIS HOMEWORK/MARCHING BAND SCHEDULE AND FILL IT OUT!!
ORGANIZATION IS KEY!!
WEEKLY HOMEWORK AND MARCHING BAND SCHEDULE---WEEK OF:________________________________________________________________