Good morning CFHS Band Family!
It is pretty crazy to think that we are half-way through our summer Wednesday rehearsals! The students who have been able to make it have been putting in some great effort and helping to make our upcoming season one for the history books.
This is a reminder that there is NO Wednesday rehearsal on July 4. I hope you can spend some time with family and friends this week!
The scheduled rehearsal for Wednesday, July 11 is also going to be changed - the high school music department will all be in New Orleans doing some research and exploring for our spring Music Department Performance Tour. I'll share more details later this week with what July 11 will look like.
I will be out-of-town from today, July 1 until Thursday, July 5. I know that a few of you have emails that I haven't replied to yet - I will get to them as quickly as possible.
Good morning CFHS Band Family,
We had another INCREDIBLE rehearsal on Wednesday this week. We learned the first part of a new stretching routine and played through the entire opener. The color guard has already started learning the beginning of their choreography and it looked great! The guard is setting the standard right now for how to work during rehearsal.
Thanks to the students and families who have been able to attend these evening rehearsals. I have to share something with you all; Mr. Olson and I were talking about the band this year and we have NEVER had a class of incoming freshmen be either as strong or as dedicated as this current group. Our 9th and 10th grade students are setting the bar high! Upperclassmen need to make sure they have their music memorized by the first day of camp or you are going to feel pretty foolish. Freshmen - keep it up!
We use the "Remind" app to communicate with band families via text message. You can read more about it and sign up for these text reminders by visiting our website: http://www.cfhsbands.org/remind
The messages will be especially helpful this fall when we send out updates about return times from competitions to help you better time your student pick-up.
If you haven't made it to a Wednesday rehearsal, please get these rehearsals on your calendar. Next week we will start working on the 2nd movement, the ballad! Lastly, if you haven't received the packet that was mailed home in May, or if you haven't been in touch yet with an returning band member (like an older student or a section leader) please let me know so I can make sure you get connected!
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on Wednesday for our first summer rehearsal! We had about 75 students and it was a great first rehearsal! I'm looking forward to having even more students join us next week.
Next Wednesday, June 20: We will be working on the entire opener and starting to memorize it in the chunks that match up with the drill sets. After rehearsal we are going to head over to Micon to watch The Incredibles 2! Ren will buy you a ticket, but you need to RSVP here.
Here are a few resources to help you as you practice this week.
Updated at 10:46am on 5/25/18
Looking at the weather forecast the decision was made to not wear hats in the parade. Please plan to wear your WHITE PERFORMANCE SHIRT underneath your uniform. If the forecast holds and the temp is high, we may remove our jackets and march in white shirts and bibbers.
9:15am Meet at BMO Bank parking lot
We will be warming up and running through the parade tune with the 8th graders. You will have some time in your sections for introductions and conversation, and 8th graders will have time to ask you questions.
~10:00am Parade line-up begins
~10:15am Parade steps off
~10:45am Parade route ends at the pool parking lot across from Irvine Park
~11:00am Band Post-Parade Grill Out!
After the parade you are free to leave, or you can hang out in the Main Pavillion at Irvine Park where will have be grilling out. We will have hot dogs and bottled water, please plan to bring something to share (chips, cookies, etc). Students can hang out in the Main Pavillion of Irvine Park. There are rumors of a baseball game being organized...
Friday, May 4
Load the drum set for marathon pep band (driver needed).
Load sound system into Ren's car for marathon pep band.
Saturday, May 5
State Solo & Ensemble at UW-Eau Claire
Events take place all over the UWEC campus.
Schedule, times, and location/sites are posted on the whiteboard in the instrumental room.
Sunday, May 6
EC Marathon Pep Band
Meet at Carson Park sign in Eau Claire, across the street from the Dairy Queen.
Parking is a little crazy - if you get there early you might find parking.
Carpooling is recommend.
Bring a chair, sun screen, hat, instrument, music, etc.
There will be some water and snacks provided, but it might be a good idea to bring some treats.
We are scheduled from 9am to 1pm.
Dress rehearsal at CFHS in the auditorium.
We will walk through the entire concert to help with logistics/transitions.
Treat for all performers
Doors open for seating
Pre-show music begins shortly
We are putting together a group of students to check out the UW-Eau Claire band concert on Thursday.
The initial plan is to meet at Burracho's on Water Street at 6pm for dinner - you get yourself there and pay for your dinner. At 7pm we will walk over to the Haas Fine Arts building for the concert which starts at 7:30pm. Ren will buy your concert ticket for you.
The concert is pretty lengthy but features some AMAZING music and will be probably around 2+ hours long.
The concert features music by composers we've recently played such as Michael Colgrass (Old Churches) and David Maslanka (Mother Earth Fanfare, Rollo Takes A Walk, Symphony No 8 - marching band).
2018 WSMA SOLO & ENSEMBLE DISTRICT FESTIVAL
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LAST MINUTE REMINDERS
To help students prepare for their drum major auditions and their applications for captain and section leader, a number of labs have been scheduled on Thursdays during Prime Time.
April 12 - DM Candidate Conducting Lab 1
April 19 - DM Candidate Leadership Lab
April 26 - DM Candidate Conducting Lab 2
May 3 - Leadership Lab (all positions; DM, captain, section leader)
All labs are on Thursdays during Prime Time.
This blog is intended to serve as a collection of announcements and information for current students and their families.