Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Here are the details that students and parents need to know for Monday's Memorial Day parade.  Please email Mr. Walker with any questions.


  • DATE:  Monday, May 25
  • TIME:  Report to Cityside MS by 8:30 a.m. - parade begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • BAND ROOM will be open by 7:45 a.m. for people to get uniforms and instruments.
  • EQUIPMENT TRAILER will be parked at Cityside in the back lot.
  • IN CASE OF RAIN the parade has been canceled in the past.  Please pay attention to the band's website, student/parent email, Twitter, and Facebook for updates.  The parade is rarely canceled before 8:00 a.m., so you will most likely already be starting your preparations for it if they do cancel.
  • Following the parade, the SYMPHONIC BAND and WIND ENSEMBLE students will proceed to the cemetery for the memorial service.  We will play America the Beautiful, Battle Cry of Freedom, and the national anthem.
  • Immediately after the parade the Concert Band students will return to the band room to turn in their uniforms.  ALL uniform parts should be accounted for, including pants, coat, sash, cords, hat, and wooden hanger.  You may keep your shoes for next year.
  • Immediately after the memorial service the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will return to the band room to turn in their uniforms, including TUXES and DRESSES.
  • SENIORS who choose not to march are expected to email Mr. Walker and let him know, though this should have been done by last week at least...
  • SENIORS who choose not to march are still responsible for turning in their equipment BY MONDAY, MAY 25.  This year we are not collecting donated shoes from seniors - we will be switching to a different shoe for next year's incoming students.
I believe that covers it.  Here are a couple other items of interest for you:

  • The current uniform coats may be purchased as souvenirs at a cost of $15.00 each.
  • The drumline track suits may be purchased at a cost of $20.00 complete, or $15.00 for the coat and $10.00 for the pants.
  • Uniform hats and plumes have been posted for sale to other programs, but if any are left over in the fall we will let you know.
  • We are also exploring a couple of places that manufacture souvenir pillows and tote bags out of old uniforms.  An order form and price list will be available in the fall.
  • (All proceeds from the sale of these items will go toward purchasing new color guard uniforms as well as increasing our supply of tuxedos and dresses for concert wear.)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tulip Time 2015 Final Details

Here are the final details as of Monday, May 4, 2015.  Use this information to help you figure out where students need to be at what time, etc.  Thanks!

TONIGHT, Monday, May 4 - 7:30 p.m.  FULL BAND REHEARSAL for all hornline and drumline students.  I know that there will be several of you who are unavailable due to athletic schedules, but please get here when you finish if possible.  We should be done by 8:30 - 8:45.  This rehearsal will happen rain or shine - if it's raining we will find an indoor venue.

Tuesday, May 5 - "Dazzle" show at Central Wesleyan Church.  This is for jazz band, "County Clare" percussion ensemble, and Mason England.  Rehearsal tomorrow morning at the church.  Meet in the band room at 7:15 so we can load the trailer and bus and leave by 7:30.  Show time tomorrow night is 8:00 p.m.  Jazz band and percussion need to be at the church in the evening no later than 8:30; Mason by 7:30.  Percs wear all black; Mason, it's up to you - whatever you'd like.

PARADES on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday
ALL OF THE PARADES BEGIN AT 2:00 P.M.
We will meet at school each day to leave dressed and ready to go at 12:45.  Please allow yourselves plenty of time to arrive at school, find your uniforms, and get dressed.  Students may elect to stay after school on Wednesday and Thursday until the buses leave, but I would honestly prefer that they don't.  On Saturday the building will be open by noon for students to arrive and get dressed.
WE SHOULD BE RETURNING TO SCHOOL BY 3:30 - 3:45 P.M. EACH OF THE THREE DAYS.

Here are the lineups from Tulip Time:
 - Wednesday - http://www.tuliptime.com/v2014/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2015-GunLakeCasinoVolksparadeLineup5-1-15.pdf
 - Thursday - http://www.tuliptime.com/v2014/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2015-JCIKinderpradeLineup5-1-15.pdf
 - Saturday - http://www.tuliptime.com/v2014/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2015-GMBMuziekparadeLineup5-1-15.pdf

On Wednesday and Thursday the band will be meeting in the general vicinity of Columbia Avenue and 9th/10th Streets for those, such as Dutch Dancers, who need to meet us at the start of the parade.  On Saturday we line up on the north side of 8th St again, next to Pizza Hut.

PARENTS TRANSPORTING STUDENTS PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
If you are driving YOUR child and YOU are present at the end of the parade, all you need to do is find me and check out your child.  If you are driving OTHER students, THOSE STUDENTS must have a permission slip on file with me stating that they may ride with you.  These have been available for over a week now, so ask your kids!

ATHLETES PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
There are several folks who are indeed missing a parade in order to participate in an athletic event.  I have heard from only MOST of you - please do not assume that because one softball player (for instance) is excused, that it automatically excuses YOU as well.  If you have not spoken to me or emailed me about this, it's very likely that I don't know what you are thinking.  Might be a good idea to double-check with me in the next day or two...

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL STUDENTS:
As we have discussed in class, you are representing yourselves, your band, your school, your community, and in some cases the State of Michigan.  Remember that an interaction that you have with a tourist or community member may be the only one they have with Zeeland.  Make a good impression!  

  • Your uniform is to be completely ON or completely OFF after the parade.  No unzipped coats (take it off if you're too hot) or other variations of the uniform.  Hats and gloves may be removed without concern.
  • If you are walking back on the parade route to meet someone after the parade, make sure to walk behind the audience.
  • There is to be ABSOLUTELY NO PLAYING OF INSTRUMENTS UNLESS WE ARE ALL PLAYING TOGETHER. 
  • Plan to transport your instrument to the parades in their cases.  Uncased instruments on the buses invite damage and unnecessary temptation to play them, both of which would be bad.
  • ALL BAND MEMBERS need crew-length WHITE socks.  
  • I strongly recommend that all students wear earplugs during the parades.
That should cover it, I believe.  If you have questions, please feel free to email me - kwalker@zps.org