DIRECTOR'S NOTES

10/27

-For Friday's Football game, uniform is: Khaki Pants, Black Marching Band Shoes, Black Belt, Black Calf-Length Black Socks, and a Marching Band Hoodie.

-For freshman that don't have a Band Hoodie yet, you can either wear a sibling's band hoodie (if they have one) or you can wear a plain gray hoodie (or one that is mostly gray). Everyone will also need marching band gloves for this performance.

-Any Freshman Clarinets that don't know how to prepare their marching band gloves - see your section leader or Right Guide and they can help. Also layers would be smart to wear under your khakis and your hoodie.

-Please wear long johns or Under Armor and dress in layers. Report times are posted in the performances section of the Band Website.

10/12

New information has been posted in the performances section regarding details for this Friday's "Band Night at the Stadium"

Also a new Football game performance has been added - see the Performances page for details 

10/3

There have been some changes and updates to some of the grading policies for the Band 1st Quarter.  Parents, we have sent a video to your student in the Google Classroom, but just so parents are on the same page and understand the changes made to the grading policy - we are sharing the exact same video message with you here now. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BAND ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO FOR 10/3

-Also, any parent that would like to donate their Uniform Fees back to the band, please fill out the Band Donation form that was emailed to you.  All the donation forms need to be filled out by Thursday, October 8th.  Any parent who doesn't fill out the donation form by 10/8 will receive a full refund for their students' Uniform Fees.  

9/23

We are hearing that some families are not getting the band booster emails.  We are asking all Band Families to check that you are receiving the emails from the Band Boosters.  Check your Spam/Junk Folders - and if they are showing up there - make sure you tell your email application that emails from our address are not junk mail.  Also if you are reading this and you are not receiving our Band Booster emails - please contact Michelle Greer, our Band Booster Corresponding Secretary at correspondingsecretary@nrbandboosters.org and we can get your email added to our list.

Also, if anyone wants to become a Band Booster member - if you are not a Band Booster member by December 31st, then you will lose access to the Band Booster emails.  

Also the Band Boosters utilize their Facebook page for updates - and parents are reminded to visit and like the Facebook Page as pictures and updates are added to this page - and this year in particular - there are lots of updates.

 

9/22

Reminders for Percussion:

 

On Wednesdays (starting tomorrow):

 

5:00-6:00 - Sectional with Mr. Vitale - for Snares, Tenors, Bass Drums (this will be our weekly sectional time that would typically be on Thursdays - but this year - it is Wed. evenings)

 

6:00-7:30 - All Snares, Tenors, Bass Drums - outside with the A-L Band;

All Cymbals are inside on mallet instruments working in Cafe 2 in a sectional with the pit - socially distanced;

All mallet players (with ANY last name) will be working in Cafe 2 in a sectional - socially distanced

 

7:30-9:00 - All Snares, Tenors, Bass Drums - outside with the M-Z Band

All mallet players (with ANY last name) outside with the M-Z Band along with the cymbal players - who should bring out BOTH their cymbals and their mallet instruments.

This will fulfill the battery and pit sectionals that usually take place weekly

9/17

CLICK HERE TO SEE MR. VITALE'S VIRTUAL DIRECTOR'S REPORT FOR THE 9/17 BAND BOOSTER MEETING

9/14

-I sent out to all band families an email with a link to a Google Form regarding making preparations to transition to "Blended" or "Hybrid" Learning.  We are asking all band families to complete this form by Wednesday 9/16 - so the Band Staff and HS Administration have an accurate student list.  Details are explained on the form.  CLICK HERE to link directly to the Google Form.

9/13

-We have developed a plan to incorporate all seniors performing in BOTH pregame and halftime this week at the Band Senior Night home football game.  To prepare for this we are asking all seniors to report to BOTH the 6:00-7:30 rehearsal AND STAY for the 7:30-9:00 rehearsal.  (Seniors are advised to bring a water jug labeled with their name, and can rehydrate between the two rehearsals).

-So this Wednesday night rehearsal will be:

6:00-7:30 - A-L Band plus all seniors

7:30-9:00 - M-Z Band plus all seniors

This means the performance for Friday night will be:

Pregame - performed by the M-Z Band plus all seniors

Halftime - performed by the A-L Band plus all seniors

9/10

Click here for Mr. Vitale's Open House Introductory Video

Click here for Mr. Vitale's Open House Video with details about the Band Class

Click Here for Information About Performances and Friday Night Football Games

-Tomorrow's performance uniform will be Khaki PANTS, Black Band shoes, Calf-Length Black Socks, Black Belt, and Purple Band Polo

9/4

-Seniors should fill out the "Senior Band Night Info Form" by clicking the link below

Click here to fill out the Senior Band Night Info Form

9/3

- Picture day for Senior Band Members is Saturday, September 12 from 7:30-9:30AM.  

-For any senior involved with the ACT or SAT in the morning of picture day - you can take your test, then when you are done, you can come to the stadium at any time before 4:00PM, and the photographer can snap your individual picture between the sports pictures during the afternoon.

-We have communicated to the Athletic Department and the the photographers that Band Seniors will be trickling in when they complete their exam to come and get their senior pictures taken - and the photographers are expecting our Senior Band members to trickle in - and they will snap their picture in between the sports pictures during the afternoon time.

-Seniors should report in uniform (Purple Polo, Khaki Pants, Black Belt, Black Socks, Black shoes) and with their instrument, and report to the stadium.  

-Students should be wearing a face mask all the way until the moment when they are getting set for their picture.  

-Seniors will need to get their headshot picture taken for the program, their Banner Picture taken, and also their individual picture taken for their own photo package (if you choose to purchase one)

-All other pictures including group pictures of Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Royalettes, Royalaires, Field Commanders, and Full Band - will be taken in the Spring with the Spring Sports Pictures

-Picture forms for Senior Band Members were distributed at the Wednesday evening rehearsal - and will also be available at this coming Wednesday evening rehearsal - for any senior that did not pick one up.  

-Do not turn in any money or picture forms to Mr. Vitale or the band staff - all picture money and order forms go directly to the photographer on picture day.

8/27

-For all information regarding Band grading, assignments, points, and the class component, click here for:

VIRTUAL BAND OPEN HOUSE VIDEO

8/26

-Official request for students to join Google Classroom:

To all the members of the 2020-2021 Band, welcome to the start of a new year!  This is your official welcome letter to the class – I know teachers are emailing you now from all of your classes, but I decided to post this letter here so it is easily accessible by everyone, especially since we have new students that are just joining the band.  

 

As we are preparing for our first Virtual day of School there are a few housekeeping items we need to go over:  

 

First, the class will meet virtually, From 1:35-2:23PM daily – from Tuesday through Friday.  It is expected that you will log in at least 2-3 minutes early - to allow you to:

 

-Connect to the Zoom Meeting

-Enter Passcode

-Adjust any technical difficulties

-Adjust your headphones

-Put your instrument together 

-Get your music adjusted on your lyre or music stand

 

When you connect to the Zoom meeting, you will need to log into the meeting using your full first and last name and that your video is on, dressed appropriately for class.  (see the student code of conduct for dress code).  The time you log in and log out will be tracked. 

 

While you might be able to log on your Math class or English class in a certain room of the house, you may need to change locations for Band.  Remember, you will be playing your instrument daily, just like if you were in band class in-person.  So this might mean you take your Chromebook to a different room, basement, garage, or even outside.  But you will be playing daily during this time, so pick a spot that is quiet, that gets good internet reception and that you can play along in the Virtual Rehearsal.

 

There are a few days that we might not be playing our instruments, and that is when there will be an information presentation by myself – with important details and info you will need.  If that is the case, the video presentation for the day will be uploaded to the Google Classroom for you to view during our class time.

 

On all other days, there will be Zoom codes posted in the Google Classroom so you can join the virtual rehearsal.  There will be 3 rehearsals going on simultaneously.  Mr. Vitale’s, Mr. Burdick’s, and Mr. Nary’s rehearsal.  You should join the rehearsal based on what instrument you play, as the rehearsal will be tailored to the needs of each instrument.  For all Band Front, you should log in and join the Zoom meeting for your dancing or spinning rehearsal daily.   Because our Band Front Advisors may not be able to broadcast during our 1:35-2:23 timeslot, you might have to join their rehearsal at a different time.  This will replace your 1:35-2:23 requirement.  The Band Front Advisors will be in touch to give you all the details.  The Zoom codes will never be posted on the band website - and will ONLY be posted inside the Google Classroom.  This is for security and also to ensure that only NRHS Students enrolled in Band are in the Zoom Rehearsal.

 

The very first day of class – you will not need your instrument – everyone should log on and I will be giving important information about grading and assignments during the very first Zoom meeting.

 

The official Google Classroom code for Marching Band is: ax7v7yg

 

So between now and the first day of class, you should do the following:

 

-Join the Band Google Classroom using the classroom code

-Find the official spot in your house that you will be using for Band Class.  Remember, it should be someplace quiet, that you can play your instrument, and has good internet reception

-Find a good set of headphones you can use – so that you can play your instrument at the same time hear the rehearsal going on in your headphones.  Remember – your instrument is loud – so you will not be able to use just your speakers on your Chromebook – you will need headphones of some kind

 

Everything regarding grading, assignments, Smartmusic, Wednesday night practices, and football game performances will be explained on the first day of class, and we look forward to seeing you then!

8/25

- Picture day for Senior Band Members is Saturday, September 12 from 7:30-9:30AM.  Seniors should report in uniform (Purple Polo, Khaki Pants, Black Belt, Black Socks, Black shoes) and with their instrument, and report to the stadium.  Students should be wearing a face mask all the way until the moment when they are getting set for their picture.  

-Seniors will need to get their headshot picture taken for the program, their Banner Picture taken, and also their individual picture taken for their own photo package (if you choose to purchase one)

-Picture order forms will available at the first Wednesday night rehearsal

-All other pictures including group pictures of Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Royalettes, Royalaires, Field Commanders, and Full Band - will be taken in the Spring with the Spring Sports Pictures

-For any senior involved with the SAT the morning of pictures - you can take the SAT, then when you are done, you can come to the stadium at any time before 4:00PM, and the photographer can snap your individual picture between the sports pictures during the afternoon.

8/24

- We are asking all students to have and wear a solid black face mask for performances.  We will be wearing these masks as we march up to the stadium, and as we wait at the sideline to perform, and we will be putting them on immediately after our performance as well.  In an effort to be as uniform as possible, we are asking all students to wear a solid black face mask on performance days.   

8/21

CLICK HERE TO VIEW INFORMATION ABOUT FOOTBALL GAME PERFORMANCES 

- We will be having a rehearsal this Wednesday night from 7:30-8:30PM - for seniors only and all Battery Percussion.  This rehearsal is mandatory for students to participate in the 8/28 performance at the football game.  This rehearsal and performance will be seniors only and all Battery Percussion.  Details are explained in the video. 

-Battery Percussion - we will be having a sectional from 6:30-7:30PM on Wednesday August 26 - before the rest of the seniors arrive

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