General information regarding milton hs band program



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GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING MILTON HS BAND PROGRAM
Does it cost to be in the band? – Unfortunately the answer is “yes”. Our school district is unable to finance many of the expenses that we incur. For example, it costs the band program money every time that we load a school bus to go on a trip, order music, register for competitions, put halftime shows together, order flags, and participate in fun events such as the Band Lock-In, Festival Day Meals, Christmas Party, & Band Banquet. The students pay what is called a “Fair Share Fee” for the year. The “Fair Share” fee for the upcoming school year is estimated to be around $450-500 (colorguard is different). $100 of this fee may be worked off by having a parent volunteer at three fundraising events sponsored by the MHS Band Parent Association…lowering your fees by $100 for the year. Understand that the students will have plenty of opportunities to fundraise their fees. When our student’s fundraise, 100% of the profit earned is applied towards their personal account. Parents may choose to pay all of it, fundraise all of it, or a combination of both. Students must also purchase several parts of their uniform. This is a one-time purchase for their four years in band unless the student loses, damages, or outgrows those uniform parts. Our members are required to purchase their band pants ($50), gold regimental helmet ($65), ostrich plume for helmet ($25), band embroidered shirt ($30), and black band shoes ($25). The uniform parts needed for new members totals $195 per member. There are other expenses that can be incurred but they are optional activities such as the Band Trip to Orlando in the Spring. If students audition and make the indoor percussion ensemble there are also fees associated with that optional performance ensemble as well. Their $450-500 Fair Share Fee and $195 Uniform Fee (for new members) covers them for both marching season & concert season. Whereas this seems like a lot of money, it is really a great investment in your child in providing them with a worthwhile activity that will pay back in many ways during their high school career. More information will be provided concerning fees during at the PARENT MEETING on TUESDAY, JUNE 7 AT 6:30 pm in the MHS Bandroom (refreshments will be provided).
What is a “Step-Off” Rehearsal & “Down Beat” Rehearsal? These two rehearsals, on Tuesday night, May 24 and Thursday, May 26, are opportunities for us to meet with the 2016-17 Band prior to the end of this school year. During these rehearsals we issue lockers, school-owned instruments if applicable, and begin inside playing rehearsals. We began these events two years ago and they turned out to be very successful and exciting evenings! If members can’t attend, please just simply shoot us an e-mail so that we know the members are still plan to participate in the band. E-mail address: weaver@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us & schultzm@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us .
What is Rookie Camp? Is it required? Rookie Camp is the required camp for all new members of our band program. The purpose of this camp is to teach our new members how to corps-style march, introduce them to the policies & procedures of our band program, and to work on stand music for football season. If a member is unable to attend, they will likely be placed on the alternate line (see below). Rookie Camp will be June 6-9 from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.
What is Band Camp? Is it required? Band Camp is the required camp for all members of the Mighty Black & Gold Marching Band. During this two week camp, we will be learning the drill formations for our new halftime show. It is rigorous schedule and members must make sure that they are physically prepared for the camp. Members who are unable to attend will likely be place on the alternate line (see below).
What do I need for Rookie Camp & Summer Band Camp? These activities will take place outdoors so students need to be prepared. We ask that all students wear a rehearsal uniform for outside activities. This uniform consists of nylon or cotton shorts (black, dark blue, or khaki colored), white t-shirts (logos & writing are fine), and supportive walking/running/tennis shoes (no flip flops, sandals, etc.). Hats & caps are recommended to keep direct sunlight off of the head. Also, sunblock is recommended. Students should bring some type of thermos, water bottle, or bottles of hydrating type drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, Water) along with them. Camel Water packs are also allowed. A towel may also be convenient as students will definitely sweat during the marching activities.
Does the school provide instruments? The school provides some of the instruments in the band. These instruments include tubas, baritones/euphoniums, mellophones/French horns, percussion, and some low reeds (bassoons, bass clarinets, tenor & bari saxes). We will issue these instruments at our Step-Off Rehearsal on May 24. Students who are issued a school-owned instrument must pay a $50 maintenance fee used towards cleaning and maintaining these instruments. All other instruments such as flutes, clarinets, alto saxes, trumpets, & trombones should be provided by the student.

Does everybody make the band? What is an “alternate”? If a student has a hard work ethic, demonstrates dedication, and has a strong desire to be a part of the MHS Band, then they can be a member. We only want students who want to

be in the band! Now, not every student may have an actual spot in the halftime show. With our band program expected to exceed 180 members again this upcoming year, we may utilize an alternate line. This line will consist of about 10-12 students who will be used to fill empty positions vacated because the member marching that position has not lived up to the expectations of a band student either by having unexcused or excessive absences from rehearsals, not learning their music or drill, or some type of disciplinary action is taken. Students must earn their position on the field. The students on the alternate line will be full members of the band and will be expected to be at all rehearsals & performances. These students will shadow other students around the band during rehearsals and could quickly find themselves being put into the drill prior to a performance at the discretion of the directors. More information will be given during the summer months regarding the alternate line.


What and when are the auditions? The band does have auditions in order to place our members in the appropriate chair order and in the correct concert band class. Audition music will be distributed at our Step-Off Rehearsal on May 26. The percussion will be auditioned at their first rehearsal on June 6 by our percussion staff. The wind players (all woodwind & brass instruments) will audition during their designated day on June 7 & 8. Students who fail to audition will be placed at the end of their marching section, automatically placed on the alternate line, and scheduled in the 3rd band class. Wind players will need to prepare three chromatically adjacent major scales (scale sheets will be provided on May 24) for their audition.
Does the band rehearse every day after school? The answer is “no”! The Marching Band rehearses three days per week (Monday nights, Tuesday nights, & Thursday afternoons) from the beginning of the school year until the middle of October. The concert bands usually have one after school rehearsal per week during January, February, and the first two weeks of March.
How many performances does the band give each year? The Marching Band usually gives 16-20 performances each year. We perform at all varsity football games, two or three marching festivals in late September through October, school pep rallies, community parades, and various other events. The Concert Bands give 3-5 performances each year including a Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, and participation at the FBA District 1 Concert MPA.
Is there a meeting for New Parents? The answer is “yes”! This meeting will take place on June 7 @ 6:30 pm in the MHS Bandroom. We will be presenting a lot of information regarding the MHS Band Program, what you can expect from us, what we expect from our students, and basic orientation of the program. Please make plans to attend! We also encourage your band student to attend with you. The MHSBPA will be providing refreshments.
How can parents get involved? We are very fortunate to have a very strong Band Parent organization. They meet in the MHS Bandroom the 2nd Tuesday night of each month at 7:00 pm. The MHSBPA seem to have as much fun as the students in working together on money-making projects to help support the Mighty Black & Gold Band Program. I would encourage you to check them out!
Have more questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact Gray Weaver (Director of Bands) or Michael Schultz (Asst Director of Bands) at the MHS Band Office (983-5611) if you have questions that need to be answered prior to our meeting on June 7. You can also e-mail us at weaverg@santarosa.k12.fl.us & schultzm@santarosa.k12.fl.us . You can check us out on the web at www.miltonhighschoolband.com to view our calendar, e-mail contacts, and handouts. Also, be sure to “like” us on Facebook at Milton High School Mighty Black & Gold Band. Wanna see past performances of the bands??? They are on our YouTube Channel – MiltonHSBand. If you have any questions, please contact us!

2016 MILTON HIGH SCHOOL BAND SUMMER REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
MAY 2016

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Leadership

Work-Day

3:30-5:30 pm



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Step-Off Rehearsal

6:00-8:30 pm

All Wind & Perc.


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All Returning Woodwind Players Audition Day

(class & afterschool)

26

Returning Brass Members Audition Day

(class & afterschool)
Down-Beat Rehearsal

6:00-8:30 pm

All Wind & Perc Players

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30

Memorial Day Holiday

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Milton HS Graduation

8:00 pm


June 1

Last Day of School

June 2


June 3

Leadership Retreat Weekend


June 4

Leadership Retreat Weekend



JUNE 2016

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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ROOKIE CAMP (8:00 am – 3:00 pm) – All New Winds & Percussion Students!

PERCUSSION CAMP (5:00 – 9:00 pm)

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New Woodwind Players Audition Day 3-6 pm
New Parent / MHSBPA Meeting

6:30 pm

8


New Brass Players

Audition Day 3-6 pm
Fair-Share Commitment Fee Due

$50 per member

9


New Member Uniform Sizing

3:00-6:00 pm




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13


PERCUSSION CAMP (5:00 – 9:00 pm)


Guard Rehearsal

8:00 am-12:00 pm
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Guard Rehearsal

8:00 am-12:00 pm
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Guard Rehearsal

8:00 am-12:00 pm
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Guard Rehearsal

8:00 am-12:00 pm
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Guard Rehearsal

8:00 am-12:00 pm
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Guard Rehearsal

8:00 am-12:00 pm
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July 1


July 2



JULY 2016

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Independence Day

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6


NO ACTIVITIES! (Bandroom Closed This Week)
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COLORGUARD CAMP (8:00 pm – 12:00 pm) / PERCUSSION CAMP (5:00 – 9:00 pm)

Wind Player Rehearsal

6:00-9:00 pm


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MHSBPA Meeting

7:00 pm

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Wind Player Rehearsal

6:00-9:00 pm



BAND LOCK-IN (7 pm to 7 am)
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2nd Fair-Share Fee Due

$100 per member

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BAND CAMP

8:00-12:00 pm (outside) / 2:00-5:00 pm (inside) / 6:00-9:00 pm (outside)
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CAR WASH-A-THON

Big Fundraiser for individual Accounts


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BAND CAMP

8:00-12:00 pm (outside) / 2:00-5:00 pm (inside) / 6:00-9:00 pm (outside)

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REHEARSAL 8-12

SNEAK PREVIEW

7:00 pm


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AUGUST 2016

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

June 31

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NO STUDENT ACTIVITIES! (Bandroom Closed This Week)
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Full Band Rehearsal

6:00-9:30 pm

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Full Band Rehearsal

6:00-9:30 pm
MHSBPA Meeting- 7:00

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11

Full Band Rehearsal

6:00-9:30 pm

12

Uniform Payment Due $100 – New Members Only

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15

First Day of School


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Full Band Rehearsal

6:00-9:30 pm

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KICKOFF CLASSIC Milton vs Murphy 7:00

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Full Band Rehearsal

6:00-9:30 pm

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Full Band Rehearsal

6:00-9:30 pm

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Full Band Rehearsal

6:00-9:30 pm

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AWAY FOOTBALL GAME

Milton @ Washington



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