Registration is open, planning has started for next year, and we need to get our new members committed to the band program and signed up for our activities. In order to have successful programs within our band, we need students! Encourage your friends and the upcoming 8th graders to give competition marching band a try. Most students find it to be very rewarding and they come back year after year. Friday Night Band is an option for those playing fall sports at Pope. You only commit to one day per week once football season starts. We strongly encourage EVERY band member to try at least one of these options....those who only do concert band as a class miss out on many wonderful opportunities and experiences. Come on out...you will have a good time and make lots of great memories!
)We are nearing the time of our LGPE performances...please make plans to attend the Pre-LGPE Concerts and the LGPE event (all details on calendar, in newsletter, and on class handouts).
Soon afterwards, we will be having auditions for Fall band placements, Spring Concert preparation, Winter Guard Circuit Championships, Jazz LGPE, the XPLOSION! Show, Percussion Ensemble and Solo performances, Solo & Ensemble Festival, Student Leadership training, and the Band Banquet. Things never really slow down, they just change focus.
We are getting questions about our summer schedule for marching band, and the truth of the situation is that we just don't have details at this point. With the construction, roundabout installation, etc., we have not been able to confirm campus availability. We will post info as soon as we are given details, but it will be a crazy summer and our plans will likely change several times.
We are planning to hold band camp the week of July 17-22, but even that location might not be confirmed until the end of school (it will either be here at Pope or off campus again like last summer. The Tuesday evening practices that we typically do in June will likely be cancelled due to construction. We are planning rookie training for the period immediately after the school year ends, but this is also tentative pending approval. When we know, we will pass along the info. Just keep watching the website/calendar/Remind messages!
Upcoming ninth grade families (current 8th graders):
It is registration time, so sign your student up with band as their first choice elective. We have an informational meeting Monday March 6th at 7p.m. in the Pope Band room. Come hear what we have to offer and listen to current students and parents as they discuss their experiences with the Pope Band.
Current Pope band families... reach out to your friends and neighbors with 8th grade band students and encourage them to enroll. You only get ONE opportunity to experience high school band... and we don't want them to miss it!