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Marching Band Updates for this week and beyond

posted Nov 3, 2009, 8:00 AM by Phil Barnes

Good morning,


First: GREAT JOB at the parade on Sunday! I felt that was our strongest performance of the year (despite the walk down from the school!).


Looking ahead over the next couple of weeks, here are some things to keep in mind:


- Color Guard sectionals on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6, as usual.


- Regular rehearsal tomorrow night at 5:30. Please look over the stand tunes we discussed at last week’s rehearsal! I also have a new stand tune for you. If you don’t see me for class during the day then please stop by to pick up your part to prepare for tomorrow.


- Friday is our final regular season home game! There are several things going on, including:

   - Band/Poms/Cheer Potluck Dinner after our pregame rehearsal in the cafeteria. Students signed up to bring items at the parade on Sunday. The signup sheet is in the files section of the website, and I have included those who were not at the parade. Please don’t forget to bring your assigned item!

   - Because of the potluck, we will NOT be coordinating a New Mandarin run before pregame rehearsal.

   - Seniors in the Band will be recognized after our halftime show. Seniors: I have emailed you separately about this. Please get back to me by the end of the day today.


- Playoffs: Rockville is currently the #1 seed in the 2A West region, and barring a complete meltdown on Friday it looks like we will maintain that position going into the playoffs. This means that we will have at least one playoff game (and it will most likely be a home game). Once the playoffs begin our rehearsal schedule is dependent on how far the football team goes in the playoffs. Given that we are guaranteed a first-round game, you should plan on having rehearsals and sectionals as scheduled next week. So, full rehearsal Monday (11/9) and Wednesday (11/11) from 5:30 to 8:00. Percussion sectional on Monday (11/9) at 5:00. Color Guard sectional ONLY on Thursday (11/12) from 4:00 to 6:00. If the team wins its first playoff game then plan on following the rehearsal schedule as outlined on the calendar here on the website. Once the team is finished in the playoffs, then we will begin to wind down our rehearsal schedule.


- Regardless of the playoff picture, our end-of-season party is still scheduled for Wednesday, 11/18 from 6:00 to 8:00 at CiCi’s on Rockville Pike! Please plan to be there! We will enjoy dinner together and hand out awards. Family and friends are invited as well! Keep an eye out for RSVP info next week.


- Winter Concert: The Marching Band will perform at the Winter Concert on Thursday, 12/10. We will have a MANDATORY Winter Concert rehearsal on Wednesday, 12/9 from 5:30 to 8:00 in the Auditorium.


- Recruiting Concert: I am working on getting the Marching Band over to Wood MS on Tuesday, 12/22 for a recruiting concert. Stay tuned for more info!


- End-of-season Survey: The survey is posted online. Students and parents are encouraged to complete the survey to help me plan for next season. The survey will be available until Winter Break, but the sooner you can fill it out the better!


Thanks for hanging in there through this post! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!


- Mr. Barnes