DIRECTOR'S NOTES

4/29

Good luck to our Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band as we head to the State Band Finals at GlenOak today!

The Forms and PDF's page has been updated with important information with the updated Band Calendar and Band Camp Calendar.  Also the May Audition calendar has been updated and posted for those interested in auditioning for Royalettes and Royalaires in the upcoming Marching Band Season!

4/26

Congratulations to everyone on a successful and amazing Band Trip to Florida!  The parade performance was fantastic and everyone had a great time!  A special thanks to our staff, chaperones, and nurses that help make this trip possible!  

Information for State has been posted in the Performances section of the Website

As a reminder - we need everyone to complete the Band Registration process immediately - several Band Families have not completed this very important step

3/18

Band Families,

 

As we are approaching Spring Break, we are at the time of the year when we are asking all 9th, 10th, and 11th, graders to officially “Register” for band through the Band Registration Website.  This is different than scheduling band through the counselors.  Here - through this registration process, we will collect band fees, get uniform measurements, officially register for the class, get instrumentation information, band families will fill out their volunteer activities, etc.  So this is a very important step in the Band Registration Process.  You probably remember completing this step a year ago.   

 

Please click on this link: https://form.jotform.com/220705080396150 

 

Because there is so much preparation that has to happen for the upcoming marching band season - we are asking that all band families complete the Band Registration no later than April 15th (Spring Break).

 

 

Next - we are very proud of all four of our concert bands!  North Royalton was the only Band Program to have four concert bands attend the District Contest!  We are proud that our Concert Band earned an Excellent rating, and our Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Freshman Band all earned Superior Ratings!  North Royalton was the only band program to have 3 concert bands earn a Superior Rating at this event!  We are very proud of this!  The original date for State Contest would have been during spring break while the band is on the Disney trip.  However after petitioning OMEA for permission to go “out of Region" - we pulled some strings and were able to get 2 timeslots to perform at the State Band Contest held the following week (April 29/30) at Glen Oak High School in Canton.  While it would have been awesome to have the Freshman Band also participate at State Contest - we pulled some strings and were fortunate to get 2 of our bands into the State Contest for April 29/30 - and we as a band staff felt it was important to prioritize the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band - particularly for those seniors that didn’t have an opportunity to participate in State Contest last year.  

 

So there are a few dates we want to make sure you have marked on your calendar.

 

Tuesday - April 12 - State Adjudications Concert - ALL 4 Concert Bands will be performing.  We will be bringing in guest judges just like before District Contest - and this will give all 4 concert bands a chance to perform their State Repertoire.  This will be held at NRHS in the PAC - starting at 7:00PM.

 

Wednesday - April 13 - This is the evening of the mandatory  Disney Parade Rehearsal 6-8PM (For trip participants) - and also from 8-9PM this evening - all students going on the trip and all parents of students going on the trip must attend the mandatory "Trip Rules Meeting” held in the PAC.  

 

Friday/Saturday April 29/30 - Reserve this weekend for State Band Contest - held at Glen Oak High School in Canton - this will be for the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band only.  We will not know our exact day or time until we come back from spring break - so keep all day Friday and Saturday reserved - and as soon as we know our day and time we have been assigned - I will share that with band families.

2/24

-Information has been added in the "Performances" Page with information regarding the OMEA District Band Contest at Olmsted Falls

-Any student not riding the bus home with the band should turn in a written note with parent signature no later than Thursday March 3rd

-Please remind any family and friends attending the event, there is NO audio or video recording of any kind permitted at the event and spectators must follow masking guidelines

2/10

Band Families were sent an email a few days ago and Mr. Osborne sent a follow-up email today to clarify a few things.  Please make sure that you received it.  It might end up in your "Junk Email" folder since it is a mass-email.  This message from Mr. Osborne clarifies a few points that there was confusion over earlier.  I am posting a copy of the Email here.  


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Message from Mr. Osborne regarding the Marching Band Disney Trip:

Dear Band Families,

I am writing to you to clarify some confusing information regarding the spring Disney trip as it relates to Covid expectations.  The information that was sent was based upon language that the CDC uses to discuss being up-to-date on vaccinations or what they refer to as optimally protected from Covid.  This does differ from their definition of “fully vaccinated”.  I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Based upon the information provided by Disney, a traveler who has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines will not need to test prior to the trip.  See the clarification below.

  • As referenced on the CDC website, “fully vaccinated” means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.  

 

  • It is recommended that, if eligible, a person should receive the booster to be considered “up to date,” but it is not required.



I have included the following link to the CDC website.   Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines | CDC

Sean Osborne
Principal

2/9

Parents of students going on the Disney Trip and Disney Trip Chaperones -were sent an email from me using the Bob Rogers Travel "Group Email System."  Please make sure you received it and you READ it.  It might end up in your "Junk Email" folder because it is a mass-email.  Please make sure you read it - because it is regarding important information regarding the Disney trip and Covid procedures.  I am posting a copy of the message here.  

Band Parents,

As we are preparing for our upcoming trip to Disney, Disney has contacted me and elaborated on precautions and policies that need to be followed for the trip, and I am informing you in advance of this information.  These are the guidelines and policies that Disney has in place as of today:

  • If there are any trip participants (student or chaperone) that are not fully vaccinated, those trip participants need to have a negative Covid Test taken no more than 1-3 days before travel.  Any student or chaperone that tests positive will not be able to travel on the trip.  (As a reminder - the CDC’s definition of “fully vaccinated” is 2 doses plus a booster unless your second dose is within 5 months of the trip.) 

 

Disney’s Covid policies at their parks are:

  • Face Coverings are required indoors, including all indoor attractions and indoor queues and enclosed transportation.  Face coverings are optional in outdoor areas.

  • Park attendance is managed via the Disney Park Pass Reservation System

 

Universal’s Covid policies at their parks are:

  • Face coverings are required at all restaurants, shops, indoor hotel public areas and at all attractions from the moment guests enter the queue to when they exit the experience



If your student is fully vaccinated there are no further steps you need to take.  

If your student/chaperone/trip participant is NOT fully vaccinated prior to the departure date of the trip,  you will need to have a negative Covid Test taken no more than 1-3 days before travel.  (We suggest you test on Friday, April 15th or Saturday, April 16th)  It will be your responsibility to schedule an appointment for a test or to obtain a test.  Tests can be requested through NRHS.  At this time, Disney is not requesting documentation of the test results, but we advise you to keep them for your records should you need to produce them.  All positive test results should be reported to Mr. Vitale and Mr. Osborne via email no later than 11:59PM on Saturday, April 16, 2022.  Unfortunately, this would prohibit your child from traveling to Disney.

If any parent or Band Family wishes to still purchase “Trip Insurance” - Trip insurance is STILL AVAILABLE through Bob Rogers Travel - and you can purchase it through their Website.  If you purchase the trip insurance it would refund your trip expenses - should a trip participant test positive.  

Again, we are giving you this information as soon as Disney notified us so that Band Families can plan ahead.  If anyone has questions regarding these policies that have now been put in place for this trip, please contact me or Mr. Osborne.   For questions about the Covid-testing process, you can contact North Royalton School District Health Coordinator, Carolyn Baetjer.  

We are working hard to make sure everyone has a safe and fun experience on the Band Trip and we hope you are looking forward to it!

-Mr. Vitale

1/28

-Room and Bus sign ups are now completed for the Disney Trip

-All trip participants should have joined the Google Classroom for the Disney trip - the join code is posted in the Marching Band Google Classroom

-Any parents that would like to join the Google Classroom for the Disney trip are invited to join - or refer back here on the Band Webpage for info

-An email was sent home with reminders about the mandatory rehearsals for all those going on the trip:

-Wed. 3/23 - 6-8PM Mandatory Parade Rehearsal 1

-Wed 3/23 - 8-9PM Mandatory Chaperone Meeting (for trip chaperones only)

-Wed. 4/13 - 6-8PM Mandatory Parade Rehearsal 2

-Wed. 4/13 - 8-9PM Mandatory Parent Meeting - for all students going on the trip - and parents of students going on the trip

-Any parents that purchased "Fan Package" tickets through Bob Rogers Travel - can pick up their tickets at the next Band Boosters Meeting on February 17th.  You must be there in person and sign that you received your tickets.

-Jazz Band members have received the Itinerary and Infosheet for the upcoming performances in February:

-HS/MS Jazz Concert - Wed. Feb. 16th - Free and open to the public

-Rhythm and Raffle - Sat. Feb. 26th - parents need to purchase a ticket to attend this performance

-As a reminder - all band families are asked to keep all day Friday and all day Saturday March 4/5 open for District Band Contest.  We don't know what day or what time we will be performing until we are assigned a time by the judges.  Keep these days free, and as soon as we know our day/time assignment, it will be shared with band families

-The day-by-day itinerary has been posted for the Disney trip:

Monday April 18 - Driving Day
Tuesday April 19  - 1st half of the day at Typhoon Lagoon - 2nd half of the day at Hollywood Studios
Wednesday April 20 - 1st half of the day at Animal Kingdom - 2nd half of the day at Epcot
Thursday - April 21 - Full day at Magic Kingdom
Friday - April 22 - Full day at Universal Studios
Saturday April 23 - Driving Day

Students will need to be dropped off at the high school by 7:00AM on Monday April 18
Students will return back - unload all the Motorcoaches and put uniforms away - and will be dismissed to parents to pick them up at approximately 5:30PM-6:30PM on Saturday April 23 (exact time depends on weather conditions, travel time, etc.)

There will be a more specific itinerary with details and times provided to students and parents closer to the trip - but this should answer questions as to when students need to be dropped off and picked up for the trip

There was an addition made to the band calendar - and there was an email sent out about this - our State Concert Band Concert will be Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00PM in the PAC - mark your calendars!  (This is the day before the last Disney rehearsal and Trip Rules Meeting).

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