Monday, November 16, 2015

Week of November 16

Greetings from the band room!  This should be another short post, but will also include some information for the future.  I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weekend and managed to get outside and do something besides yardwork...

The Dux pulled off another win on Friday night, lifting the team to 11-0 for the season!  This week they travel to East Kentwood to take on Forest Hills Eastern in the Div. 4 semi-finals.  As has been our practice in past years, the band will not be traveling to this game but we wish the team the best of luck!  If the Dux win this weekend they will be in the MHSAA Div. 4 State Championship game on Friday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m.  The band WILL travel to that game; details will follow next week if needed.

TOMORROW night we have another chance to raise some supplemental cash for the band trip with a fund raiser at Vitale's from 4-8 p.m.  Vitale's will donate 15% of your check back to the band program during these hours.  Here is a flyer for you to print and bring with you (click here for download), or we will have them at the door.  Let's see if we can do as well as we did last week at BWW's...
BAND BOOSTER NEWS:  Be on the lookout the next day or so for the next booster communication.  We decided to cancel the November and December meetings due to schedule conflicts with many people and will resume in January.  Amy Ransler and I will put together an email with fund raiser and other pertinent info for this month.  The next meeting will be January 28 (the 4th Thursday - exam week and the Michigan Music Conference the week before) at 7:00 p.m. in the band room.  These meetings are open to anyone interested in attending.

THE NEW MARIMBA IS HERE!!!  If you have been following the ZHSMB on Facebook, you probably saw the news last Wednesday that the new Yamaha concert grand 5-octave marimba had been delivered and assembled.  This beautiful instrument will complement the other keyboard instruments in the percussion section, adding a smooth and mellow bass end to our two other marimbas.  Our advanced percussion ensemble literature frequently calls for the extra octave, and we have not had it until now.  This instrument, along with several tubas, French horns, bassoons, and oboes, was purchased through the bond money that the voters passed last spring.  We are very grateful for their generosity!!  Here is some video of Alex Cooke and me putting the instrument together last week:


video video

The band room is also looking pretty good this week after a crew of ambitious youngsters who had nothing better to do on their day off decided to come in to school on Friday and clean and straighten.  I promised to not tell their parents any names for fear that parents would then expect room cleaning and dishes to be done at home, but I am indeed very appreciative of their work.  We spent a couple hours getting things in order, and are very pleased with the result:
That should be it for this week.  Hope to see you at dinner tomorrow at Vitale's!