Lennox Marching Band Summer Newsletter June 20, 2011 Dear Marching Band Students and Parents: Summer is in full swing, and that means marching band is right around the corner. There is a lot of important information that I will cover in this letter, but first I want to introduce myself to you. My name is Mr. Nettestad, and I am the new high school band director in the Lennox School District. I am extremely excited about being here, and look forward to meeting each and every one of you. I have been busy organizing dates for this season and gathering all the materials to put together an exciting marching show.
The following newsletter will contain important dates and information for this
summer’s marching band activities. I understand that there will be some conflicts because some of these dates are new to you, and you have already scheduled summer vacations and such, but I hope that you will seriously consider doing everything you can to free your schedule. You will find that your experience in marching band will be a much more positive one if you are proactive and do everything you can to be at all rehearsals.
This year will be a lot of fun, and I hope that you will find it challenging, yet
exceptionally rewarding. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by email or by phone. Thanks! Musically Yours, Tyler Nettestad Band Director, Lennox High School Phone: 605-‐929-‐6610 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 Show: Carmen
This year’s show is entitled “Carmen,” and is based off of three movements from Bizet’s famous opera of the same name: Habanera, Flower Song, and Toreador. Set in Seville, Spain around the year 1830, the opera deals with the love and jealousy of Don José, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaëla by the gypsy factory-‐ girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody. He is later induced to join the smugglers with whom Carmen is associated, but is driven wild by jealousy. This comes to a head when Carmen makes clear her preference for the bullfighter Escamillo. The last act, outside the bullring in Seville, brings Escamillo to the arena, accompanied by Carmen, there stabbed to death by Don José, who has been awaiting her arrival.
Music Pick-‐up (June 29 and June 30, 4pm – 6pm) HS Band Room The music is ready and available for pickup! This will give me a chance to meet you and also get you started on learning your music for sectionals in July and camp in August.
Sectionals (Brass, Woodwinds, Battery and Pit) HS Band Room You will find your designated sectional times listed on the calendar. Brass and Woodwinds will alternate morning and afternoons to help avoid any conflicts. It is important that you attend as many of the sectionals as possible. You will find that camp will be a much more positive experience if you have had time to work on the music and start to memorize it in sectionals. ***Though these sectionals are not mandatory, it is mandatory that your music be memorized before camp begins on August 1st. Spot checks on music memorization will be done during the first week of camp, so it is to your benefit to attend these sectionals to help you learn your music.***
Drum Corp International Show in Sioux Falls (July 13, 7:30pm) The annual DCI show will be held in Sioux Falls again this year on July 13th. This is an opportunity for you to see the best marching organizations in the world. If you have never attended a DCI show I would highly recommend doing so. These corps are amazing and work extremely hard to put together their shows.
Leadership Training (July 27, 1pm – 3pm) HS Band Room Leadership training day is for drum majors and section leaders only. During this meeting, we will discuss your responsibility of being a leader. Section leaders will be chosen in July.
New Member Day (July 27, 9am – 12pm) HS Band Room/Field If you are a freshman or are new to marching, this day is for you. We will discuss important aspects of marching that will help you feel more comfortable going into the first day of camp.
Lennox High School Marching Band Camp (July 28 -‐ 16) The success of the fall marching season relies heavily on marching camp. This is the time we learn all the drill and do the majority of our rehearsing. The time we put in during the two-‐ week camp will be the equivalent to the 2 months we spend rehearsing after school starts. Here are some general guidelines to follow in order to have a successful marching camp: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Eat a good breakfast. You will need the energy to get you through the morning. Wear comfortable clothes. Breathable and light colored clothing is recommended. Wear socks and sneakers. No flip-‐flops or sandals. Baseball hats are perfectly acceptable to shield your face from the sun. Bring a jug of water. This is absolutely necessary to stay hydrated during the warm weather. We will take frequent water breaks during rehearsals. 6. Make sure you have your instrument! 7. Be mentally and physically prepared. We have a lot to learn in a short amount of time. 8. On time is late. Rehearsals start at 8:00a.m. sharp so plan on arriving at least 5 -‐ 10 minutes before then. 9. The physical activity along with the summer heat may be more than you are used to. If you need an extra break for water at some point during rehearsal, then please, walk off the sideline and grab a quick drink. You know your body and its limits, but please do not abuse the privilege. 10. Most importantly, have fun! We will have some fun activities planned throughout the two weeks of camp. But remember, the harder you work during camp, the more enjoyable the experience will be in the end.
Parent Night Preview Show (August 16, 7:00pm) This show would not be possible without the help of parents. And to thank you for your support and dedication to marching band program, we would like to invite you to our preview show so that you may have a chance to see what marching band camp is all about. First, we will play our show from top to bottom standing in an arc. Second, we will present our field show. And lastly, we will give the parents the opportunity to march next to their child so they can get an idea of what it’s like to march the show.
Important Percussion Information Percussion: You are the heart of the band and your work and preparation defines how well the band functions. This year we have Pete Hanson coming to work with you for a couple clinics, and in order to make the most of his time we need to get started as soon as possible so we are prepared when he comes. Therefore, I have scheduled the percussion to start right away in the last week of June. I know there may be some scheduling conflicts, but I hope you take these sectionals seriously and do everything in your power to clear your schedules for the allotted times. Come prepared to our first meeting on Monday, June 27 to discuss any conflicts. Thanks!
Percussion Schedule (Battery and Pit): Meeting: Monday, June 27 9am Sectional: Tuesday, June 28 9am to 12pm Sectional: Thursday, June 30 9am to 12pm Sectional: Thursday, July 7 830am to 1130am Sectional: Thursday, July 14 830am to 1130am (Pete Hanson)*** Sectional: Thursday, July 21 830am to 1130am (Pete Hanson)*** Remember, if you have already planned vacations and such do not feel like you need to make every single sectional. But, I expect you to plan around work schedules and other foreseeable conflicts to make as many of these dates work for you (especially the clinics with pete!!!)
Color Guard Camp
July 11-‐16 – 5pm to 9pm July 30 – All Day Any questions call Ms. Sara Javers. 605-‐359-‐1257
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Calendar of Events The calendar on the next page lists most of this season’s marching band events. Some of the dates and times may be subject to change on short notice. If there are any conflicts, please let me know as soon as possible so that we may figure something out. I am truly excited to work with you this year. It will be a fun year with many memories to be made. I hope you find your time in marching band exceedingly rewarding. Thanks! Tyler Nettestad, Director email@example.com 605-‐929-‐6610
Lennox High School Marching Band Schedule 2011 (As of June 20th)
June Monday 27 Battery and Pit 1st Meeting (9am) Tuesday 28 Battery and Pit Sectional (9am to 12pm) Wednesday 29 Music Pick-‐up Day (4pm to 6pm) Thursday 30 Music Pick-‐up Day (4pm to 6pm) Thursday 30 Battery and Pit Sectional (9am to 12pm) July Tuesday 5 Brass Sectional (9am to 12pm) Woodwind Sectional (1pm to 4pm) Thursday 7 Battery and Pit Sectional (830am to 1130pm) Tuesday 12 Woodwind Sectional (9pm to 12pm) Brass Sectional (1pm to 4pm) Wednesday 13 Drum Corp International Show @ Howard Wood Field (7:30pm) Thursday 14 Battery and Pit Sectional (830am to 1130pm) Tuesday 19 Brass Sectional (9am to 12pm) Woodwind Sectional (1pm to 4pm) Thursday 21 Battery and Pit Sectional (830am to 1130pm) Tuesday 26 Woodwind Sectional (9pm to 12pm) Brass Sectional (1pm to 4pm) Wednesday 27 New Member Day: Freshman & New Members (9am to 12pm) Wednesday 27 Leadership Training: Drum Majors and Section Leaders Thursday 28 Camp! (8am to 4pm) Friday 29 Camp! (8am to 4pm) August Monday 1 Camp! (8am to 4pm) Tuesday 2 Camp! (8am to 4pm) Wednesday 3 Camp! (5pm to 9pm)* Thursday 4 Camp! (8am to 4pm) Friday 5 Camp! (8am to 4pm) Monday 8 Camp! (8am to 4pm) Tuesday 9 Camp! (8am to 4pm) Wednesday 10 Camp! (8am to 4pm)* Might change to 5pm to 9pm Thursday 11 Camp! (8am to 4pm) Friday 12 Camp! (8am to 4pm) Monday 15 Rehearsal (6pm to 9pm) Tuesday 16 Rehearsal (6pm to 7pm) Parent Night Preview Show (7pm) Monday 22 First Day of School! A schedule containing competition dates and other events will be available at a later date.