As we start school, it is critical that you look ahead at the band calendar and schedule appointments and activities around our rehearsal and performance schedule. When we scaled back our time commitment, it created a situation in which EVERY rehearsal is vitally important. If an unavoidable situation exists, please fill out the absence request form on this site and submit (as far in advance as possible). Missing even one practice means that you might not learn new material and will put you behind in the process of cleaning and perfecting your parts.
Remember: When school begins, everyone has homework, everyone has projects due, and everyone needs to plan their time carefully. We can't excuse absences because a student did not keep up with their studies.
Because of the nature of performing in a large group, every member is vital. If you choose not to do your English homework because you procrastinated on your Math and spent all of your time doing that, it will not affect the grades of the other students in your English class. If you miss band practice because you procrastinated on something else, it DOES affect the ability of the other students to do their routines. You could be a guide point for several other students. They can not blend and balance their musical parts to someone who is not there. PLEASE plan accordingly and consider how your participation affects the entire group.
Ninth grade parents: It is not unusual for the first progress reports to contain grades somewhat lower than you might expect...especially for those students who loaded up on honors classes. High school is more rigorous than middle school and we have seen "straight A" students from 8th grade bring home an initial progress report full of C's and D's. DON'T PANIC. They will figure out the pacing, demands, and expectations of the high school teachers and get back on track. Check up on your student frequently to make sure that they are turning in assignments (especially homework). Pulling your student out of band practice when grades are low does not typically improve the other grades, and it puts them behind in band as well. The best advice is to plan ahead, keep a schedule of due dates, and ask for help when you do not understand.
You can look at the band camp daily blog link for details, but I did want to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff and parents for a great band camp week! Everything went smoothly and the band did a fantastic job of learning two productions for the Fall show as well as the entire Friday Night band show.
Hope to see you at the camp show and at our first football game halftimes!
Please reserve the morning of July 27th (Saturday Camp Show day) for football program formal pictures. The football boosters have hired the photographers and we will begin section and full band photos at 8:00 a.m. It should take about 90 minutes to get everything done.
We will be in uniform...uniforms will be distributed during camp.
Friday Night Band members should also plan to attend.
Individual photo packages are typically available for purchase if you want your student to be photographed alone during the session.
These are the pictures that everyone will see in the program books during football season...and probably in the school yearbook...so it is important that we have the full band photographed! Please keep your morning schedule clear.
An important part of our Fall show this year will be the construction of a replica of the cemetery at Normandy. We have 80 headstones that must be placed in exact locations during the performance. We are looking for a crew of 10 students to assist in this vital part of the show. We will call this group the "honor guard" and they will need to be at a few select rehearsals, and ALL performances (including out of town competitions). If you know of some willing students....perhaps some of our Friday Night Band participants...we need to get a list of names and get them ready to help us with the production. If there are not enough band members...we might be willing to accept some non-band folks as long as they can make the full time commitment. Students must be enrolled at Pope to participate. Contact Mr. Gribble or Mr. Rudolph if interested or if you know someone who can help.