Farwell Bands Blog Notes
IF you were not at our spring meeting and you have a student in the 5th grade beginning band then you need to be at our Parent Night on August 30th. We will start right at 6 and will answer all those questions rolling around in your heads about band! We will also have Herter Music there to answer assist you in getting an instrument for your child to play!
Concessions is one of the ways Band Boosters raises money to pay for things like the band camp staff, new uniforms, new instruments and to have money to help send kids to events like Brass Band of Battle Creek.
We need adults who are willing and able to help us run our volleyball concessions for just one evening.
We would like to have two adults at every volleyball concessions along with a couple of students. Right now we only only have two adults on the Sept 11 game. We have no adults for Sept 16 or 20.
On the saturday events it is so much nicer if we can have two shifts - an AM and an afternoon group. Those two Saturdays are Sept 16 and Oct 21.
Leave a comment below, Email me, text me, or send a message through Remind if you are willing to work any of these days
Since there are no lines on the real football field Band Rehearsal for August 22, 2017 will be at the High School tonight on our daily practice field (Parking lot)
6:30 Be here. 6:35 be in basics in the parking lot!
I will dismiss promptly at 9PM so please make sure you have a ride arranged for that time.
I am so stoked for Fridays performance at Band Camp! It's been such a pleasure and honor to work with this group of students this year! This group of students have once again risen to my driving and ambition of learning four in four! The ENTIRE show is roughed in and learned! This makes me happy, happy, happy! They are looking at me as I ask them to do things and simply responding with a "Sure, Mr. Shimmons - we will do that!"
The Seniors have risen to the challenge of being new leaders, taking over from last years seniors. The Seniors and Juniors have set a great example for what they would like the band to sound and look like for this marching season - It is so much fun to work with students that respond and learn and have a blast doing it!
The Sophomores have improved so much since last year and the Freshmen have fallen right into step behind them! These new students are an outstanding addition to our Marching Band! I look out into the band and love seeing their eagerness to emulate the upper classmen!
All these students have simply been a blast to have at camp for an entire week! You parents are so incredibly lucky to have such outstanding kids!
When you watch this performance Friday afternoon you will see that enthusiasm!
The staff for this years camp has been a wonderful group of adults that really love and care for our kids! Lisa Gross is never going to be allowed to "graduate"! Her ability to nurse our marchers and musicians and to train them about how to take care of themselves is invaluable! Dakota Weldon is so much fun and so helpful with mentoring the students as well as taking care of our equipment! The woodwinds were begging me to have Trisha Wentworth come back again next year! Shari Buccilli and Amber Breeden have totally taken care of the Color Guard to such a level where I hardly changed a single thing this year! Our parents helpers - Andrew Apps, April Frost, Patricia Mangus, and Beth Twynham have just excellent and have all the students convinced that they all now have a new mom and dad! The parents have helped with so many things to help make sure camp runs smoothly - things like being around at free time, helping with uniform fittings, running equipment back and forth, getting pies ready, and other such feats as inspiring the students to run at 9PM! John Manley has of course helped out the percussion section and even ended up doing double duty this week as he ended up having to teach TWO band camps in the same week. He taught two camps all while preparing special entertainment for the band students/chaperones!
It is groups of students and like these that reaffirm that I have one of the best jobs in the world!
Go check the band YouTube page to see the little video we've prepared for you!
Need to go back and forth to sports practices and want to know the band camp schedule?
Want to visit Camp and see the eager Eagles hard at work?
Here's a schedule of our Dailey rehearsals and fun times.... (Always subject to change!)
Down load and print it if you want!
SAME INFO AS CAN BE FOUND ON THE BAND CALENDAR
SCHEDULE (The short version)
Monday, August 14, 2017
6:45 AM Arrive to load school bus and band trailer
6:45 AM Parents sign students in inside Band Room
6:45 AM Parents check med forms and turn in all medications to the camp nurse (Make sure all meds are in their original container) - have a list already made of the medications along with directions.
7:45 AM Students Leave Farwell High School on School Busses.
8:45 AM Arrive at “The Springs”
Friday, August 18, 2017
4:30 PM - Parents sign out students at the Band Boosters table up at the main camp building. Also pick up meds from Camp Nurse. Then make your way down to the football field for the 5:00 performance.
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Performance for parents, family and friends at “THE SPRINGS”
Band Boosters Meeting tonight at 6:30 in the FHS Library! Come help us plan!
I've also attached a letter (find it at the bottom of this post AND THE TOP) with some info about band camp. Things like reminders about payments, medical forms, PACKING LIST and such. Please read!
Please make sure you are signed up for our Remind service to stay in touch.
Parents- text @hsban to 81010
Students - text @hsbands to 81010
Parents may feel free to sign up for both but it is not necessary.
We will be asking for parent volunteers for working at our 9 Volleyball concessions dates (two of which are invitationals on Saturday. Which means we will need 2-3 adults at each of those!)
We will also be asking for parent volunteers to donate some snack items for band camp. Things like...
Remember - If you still owe Money towards Band Camp you HAVE to get that taken care of BEFORE we leave for Camp! We will have the option on Monday morning to let you pay with your debit/credit card if that helps.
You should have received several invoices through the mail already but if you are unsure about the amount you owe then message either Penny Murphy or myself and we can let you know the amount you still owe.
That money is what allows us to pat for your child to be at The Springs and it pays for their TShirt, the Dry Cleaning of uniforms, a pair of Marching Band Gloves and that's it. Band Boosters picks up the additional cost of paying for Instructors and the cost of the adults that are at camp.
If you have questions/comments/concerns then please get a hold of MR. Shimmons - email is easiest: pshimmons @ g m a i l.com (Take out all the spaces when you actually type that in!
Facebook messenger MIGHT work but sometimes those messages get hidden from me.
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