Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week of October 19

This post should be pretty brief!  It's a nice and easy week this week; our biggest events will be three fund raisers in addition to the final regular-season home football game.  Here's a timeline:

Monday, October 19 - Fuzzy Peach fund raiser, 7 - 9 p.m.  The Peach will be donating 20% of sales to the band during the evening, so make sure you call all your friends and let them know where to eat dessert!

Wednesday, October 21 - Band trip parent meeting, 7:00 p.m.  DeWitt Auditorium.  This should be considered a mandatory meeting for parents to attend to receive information regarding trip procedures and policies.  Students are not required to attend but are welcome.

Friday, October 23 - East home football - FULL BAND, required.  Report time 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 24 - Mattress sale and Home Expressions fund raisers, East cafeteria beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Look for a SignUp Genius email to sign up to assist with crew stuff that day (students and parents who assist will receive a bonus for the student's trip account).

Lots of great opportunities to raise money for the upcoming band trip!

Future planning...

Football playoff season is approaching.  As mentioned in a previous blog post, if the team(s) play at home, there will be a band involved somehow.  We usually "play it by ear" week-to-week as we look at what other events are happening around school, etc.  In general the first week is full band, full uniform.  And West, being thus far undefeated, will no doubt have home field advantage for the run of the playoffs.  The last couple of years the first round has seen West play East, so that is conceivable as well.  Basically at this point, double check your calendars for Oct 30 and add a marching band performance to them!  I understand that there are other things that may be scheduled already, so please let me know of serious conflicts as soon as possible.

The October 27 Jazz Band concert has been moved to Tuesday, November 10 - they will join forces with the Wind Ensemble that evening at DeWitt Auditorium.  The concert will begin at 7:30 to allow for the completion of parent/teacher conferences.

October 29 and 31 we will be hosting the regional auditions for the Michigan All-State bands and orchestras.  There may be an opportunity for folks to assist with some things like food, etc.  I will keep you posted.  Students who signed up to audition will receive their times Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.  Keep practicing!!

I believe that does it for this week, but as usual if something comes up I will send an email.