Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6

I almost didn't get to this today!  Kind of an important week, too...

Here's what's up for the week:

TONIGHT is our final Monday night rehearsal.  I told the kids there's no reason we shouldn't be done early.  Feel free to come by the stadium by 8:15 or so and watch the final run-through.

TOMORROW is festival.  I sent a detailed email on Friday; here is the text of that in case you missed it - 
DATE:  Tuesday, October 7

TIME:  Begins at 6:30 p.m. with Saugatuck HS.  ZHS performs at 8:30.  Come for the whole evening and enjoy some great bands!

PLACE:  Zeeland Stadium

ADMISSION:  $5.00 per adult, $3.00 for students grades 6-12.  K-5 students free


 - Students must report to the band room by 7:00 p.m. to dress and prepare to walk to the stadium
 - Parents who are assisting with percussion equipment should report at this time as well
 - We warm up at 7:45 p.m.
 - Move to stadium at 8:15
 - Performance at 8:30.
 - There is only one band after we are done.  We will move to our end zone bleachers and WAIT for the ratings announcements after we perform
 - We should be done by 9:15
 - Students are not dismissed until ratings are announced - it will only be about 20 minutes after our performance is done.

This performance is the ONE AND ONLY TIME that I make no exceptions for athletic events.  Students are expected to be here at the times listed.  Arrangements must be made with the coaching staff to make sure this happens.

FRIDAY is our last "official" full-uniformed, full band required football performance.  This will also be Senior Night, and all of the seniors will be introduced after our halftime show.

A brief word about MHSAA football playoffs...  The way it looks now, West will again be playing deep into the annual tournament.  If there is a game, there will be some type of band there.  We usually do Track Band for a couple, etc.  I will keep everyone posted.  For the post-season games I am very lenient on attendance (I actually missed the very first playoff game West ever did because I had tickets to something that night), but not to the point that marching is voluntary.  There WILL be some full-band, full-uniform nights; it won't all be pep band stuff.  When that becomes a more pertinent item to deal with I will send more specific details.  But at this point?  I'd double-check the Thanksgiving weekend travel plans...  (Don't worry, Ford Field isn't required, either.  But it's a lot of fun and we hope everyone can participate.)