Our performance time is at 1:00,  October 24, 2017

Yukon High School "Miller Stadium"

Friends and family are invited to come watch the performance.

You can meet the band at the stadium in the school parking lot.

This is a single performance day.

After performance, the students will load, have lunch, and head back to school.

Due to our performance time, students will be listed out of school all day as a school activity.

 

 

Congratulations to the band for winning 5th place in the Yukon Invitational Marching Band Contest.  And again, thank you to the parents that helped out.  It is phenomenal to see the participation we are getting this year.
 
We do not have a game, but we do have practice on Saturday.  If you purchased the pre-game meal plan, your student's lunch will be provided on Saturday.  If not, you will need to send lunch or have it brought to the school for them.  The menu and time for lunch will be emailed out later this week.
 
This week we would like to finish getting the judge blockers covered.  If you are available, we will be in the booster room Monday evening and Tuesday evening.  Hopefully we will have them done so the students can practice with them. 
 
These judge blockers will add 8 items we need to have on the field in the time allotted during contest.  Because they are for the guard, we would love it if some of the guard parents would be able to help us get those on the field for our games and competitions.  If you are available to help with that, please let Nicole or me know. 
 
Forms are in the band room for the show shirt reorders.  Each student should have received one free, but if they would like a long sleeved shirt or hoodie, they will need to order it on this page.  Also, if parents or siblings would like one, this is the form to use.
 
Forms are also available for a rerun of the booster shirts.  Pictures have been sent out in previous emails.  If you need pictures, just email me and I will get them sent out to you.  We are going to try to get them in long sleeved and hoodies, as well.  They will be the same color as the shirt ordered.
 
If we can get these forms turned in by Tuesday at the latest, we should be able to have the order in before our next contest on the 14th.
 
 We have many special game nights in Ooctober that we need much help with. 
 
Have a great week!

 

Parents,

 
Here is the link you need in order to preview your students band picture. Once you get to the site, go to "store" then "school events".  PCN Band has a sample of the button. Choose it, you can search by your students name. There are sectional pictures as well as individual and full ensemble.   I am also attaching a copy of the letter, from photographer, with instructions on ordering.  Good Luck!
 
Congratulations to the band for 3rd place this weekend.  What a great start to our season! 
 
I was amazed at all of the parental support we had this weekend.  You guys are so awesome.  As you can see, it takes all of us to make the contest successful for the students.  It was great to see so many new faces eager to support the band.  On behalf of the students and staff, thank you, thank you, thank you.  It would not be possible without the support you have given this week.
 
I typically don't call out one area of volunteers, but many of you may not know that our uniform fronts were all changed out from they way the looked Friday evening, to what they wore to perform on Saturday.  That was an unusual last minute, time consuming change that our uniform crew worked hard all Saturday morning getting accomplished.  Just an example of behind the scenes things people may not notice, but make a huge difference.
 
Volunteer opportunities for this week will be listed at the bottom of this page....
 
T-shirt orders had a small delay, they should be here the first of this week for those who preordered shirts.

If you would like to purchase a pink out bracelet Nicole & Patti will be in the Commons during lunch Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Come get yours before we sell out!!!!

PINK OUT BRACELETS $7


Thursday-   "PINK OUT"
     For those of you that might not be familiar with Pink Out, everyone is encouraged to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The majority of the student body and cheerleaders will be in pink. The football team will probably be wearing pink gloves and use pink tape. The band also supports this cause by wearing pink shirts
     Home game.  If you have purchased the meal plan, your meal will be provided before the game. It will be Sonic burgers, etc. If not, please make sure you send or deliver something to eat for your student after school.  Meal time will be determined later this week.
 
Friday-practice day
      Practice 4-8   If you have purchased the mal plan, your meal will be provided. It will be Fazoli's spaghetti and meatballs, etc.  If not, please make sure you send or deliver something to eat for your student after school.  Meal time will be determined later this week.
 
Saturday-contest day
      Meals for this day are provided for ALL students.  We will again eat lunch before we leave for the contest.  It will be Subway sandwiches, etc.  The 2nd meal will be provided at the stadium.
Schedule is included in Mr. Romano's post.  I am waiting on confirmation on the cost of entry wristbands, so I will send out another email, probably tomorrow with more information.
 
How we need help this week....
    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon/evenings...washing uniforms
    Tuesday Evening....labeling water bottles, we will need 2 sets this week.
    Tuesday Evening....passing out popsicles after practice
    TBD Wednesday...attaching fabric to pvc pipe for equipment on the field
            (we have all supplies, tape, fabric, frame, just need people to do it)
    Thursday.....servers/set up for the pre-game meal, bus riders, help with uniforms, concession workers, front ensemble help, and probably something else I may be missing.
    Friday....servers/set up for the meal, people to pass out popsicles after practice
    Saturday...servers, meal set-up, loading, bus riders, and more. 
 

 

Busses and 2 trailers and a semi will be loaded and driven to the location.  When we get to the location, many times only the busses and trucks are allowed in to the band areas.  Each contest has their parking lots divided up and they assign each school a location in the parking lot.  We will basically set up camp there.  Busses will be unloaded, trailers will be unloaded.  We will set up tents, tables, and the equipment for the meals typically in between or beside the busses.  If you are driving to the contest, you will be asked to park in the public parking areas and then they usually will have people to guide you to let you know where our band’s base camp area is.  You are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, etc.  The students are required to stay in that area, unless they are escorted by a parent to the restrooms.

 

The directors will determine when we eat, snack the kids, practice, etc.  Remind 101 is the best communication.  They will send a reminder that tells the students to be in stretch block at a certain time, usually close to our camp area.  They will dress in their uniforms and begin warm up preparation to perform.  They usually will then proceed at a specific time to another area, where they continue to warm up.  At this time we will have groups of parents doing different things.  Some will go with the students to get their plumes put in their hats.  Another group will follow the front ensemble and pull the equipment to the preparation area to go onto the field.  Another group will take a cart that we have prepared to the area where the students will enter the field to perform.   This group will give each student a cup of water to get cooled off a little bit on their way into the stadium before they perform.

 

For performance they have a set time when they can enter the field.  A set time as to how long they can perform, and set time where they have to be off of the field.  They have points deducted if their timing is off, or if they step in areas they are not allowed.  That is why we ask for several parents to help us get all of the equipment onto the field.  After performing, they will march back to our camp area to get their uniforms off, cool off, take a break and wait for instructions from the directors.

 

The whole process from stretch block to off the field is usually around an hour. 

 

As soon as the directors okay it, we will get them snacks, or the meal, depending on the performance time.  Then we wait…… 

 

Our first performance is a preliminary performance being judged.  After all bands have performed, the scores will be given to the directors.  It is then determined if we made it to finals, and if we did, where did we place and what time do we play again.  That determines how the evening goes for us. 

 

If we make it to finals, we then do the whole process over again at whatever time is determined due to our performance time.  All bands are judged again, and then winners are determined by that performance.

 

After all final performances have been done, we then move to a process called massing.  It is an amazing time.  All bands that were in the finals will march onto the field and stand in specific areas on the field.  They usually will stand between to determined yard lines from the home side to the visitor side, with a new band each 10 yards or so.  Awards will then be presented as the bands stand at attention.  If the band is called, the drum majors will walk forward to receive the award.  A picture of a small start of massing is below.

 

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After massing is over, the students will return to the camp area, put their uniforms on the racks, finish loading the trailers, load the bus, and head home.

 

 

 

Marching Contests have an entry fee to purchase a wristband to get in.  You must have a wristband on to enter the stadium.  From directors, to students, to helpers, to parents, everyone has to have a wristband.  We will let you know how much it is prior to the contest.

 

All students and staff have their wristbands included in the contest entry fee.  Occasionally, we will get a couple of extra bands, but typically not.  As a result, even if we are helping, we must purchase a wristband to be able to watch the performance.

 

The cost of the meal that we provide is included in the dues that the students have paid.  In order to keep from raising the cost of our dues, we only have allocated enough funds to feed the students.  However, we do offer the opportunity for parents to purchase a meal band with us so they can eat with the students at the contest.  This is absolutely not mandatory, feel free to bring your own food, or purchase it from the stadium (however, the stadium is usually not cheap).

 

Each week prior to the game we will send out a notice that says how much the entry bands are, and how much the meal band would be to eat with us.  We will accept payment at the school for that until a few days prior to the contest.  Then we will go and purchase wristbands for all the parents who have sent in their money for one. Again, this is optional.  You are welcome to stay at the camp, or stand outside of the stadium during the performance.  You also are welcome to purchase a wristband when you arrive at the stadium.  However, sometimes our camp is a good walk from the stadium where they are selling the wristbands, so we just wanted to make it easier for our parents.

 

Helpful tips…..

 

     Sometimes there is a lot of down time, so your student may want to bring a book, homework, or something else to do.  They don’t bring chairs, but are usually welcome to bring a blanket to sit on in the parking lot.

 

     Be mindful of the weather.  If it is hot, they need to be drinking a lot of water before the contest.  If it is cold, you might invest in some of the instant hand warmers that you can find at academy, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.

 

    Some parents will bring pop-up tents, ice chests, and lawn chairs.  Almost as if we were tailgating. 

 

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