Disney Trip Reminder (August 22)
This is a friendly reminder for those intending to travel with us to Disney that your deposit is due by Friday. Here's a reminder of some of the great things you'll be getting when you travel down there with us:
- Round trip Airfare to and from DTW
- Motorcoach Transportation to Universal Studios and Disney Performing Arts Workshop
- Five nights' accommodations at Disney's All Star Music Resort
- Cash allowance for daily breakfast at the hotel, five lunch cash allowances, and five dinner cash allowances
- Participation in Disney Performing Arts Workshop "You're Instrumental"
- Participation in OrlandoFest
- 3 Day park pass to Disney World Resorts
- 1 Day park-to-park to Universal Studios Resorts (Yes, this includes Harry Potter World)
- Epcot Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Dessert Party
- Gratuities to motorcoach drivers and step-on guides
If you want to go with us, please go to www.ctscentral.net and use the Trip Code and Group Code sent to you in this email.
This is going to be SO MUCH FUN and I really hope we can have as many people as possible to enjoy this experience with together.
Shoes (August 22)
If you did not get a chance last night to try on shoes, I have one of each size in the band room to try on. Once you are confident in your size, you can go to https://www.berkleybands.org/make-payments/ and order the Drillmasters in the size you selected. I will be placing the order on Friday to ensure that they are all here in time for the game next Thursday, so please place your order before then.
Disney Trip Details (August 20)
Thank you for your patience as I discovered my laptop is completely dead this past weekend (I don't think it survived the rain during Thursday afternoon's rehearsal). I apologize for the delay in getting this information out to you. Given the amount of people that asked for more information, I decided it was better for me to send this out to everyone, in an attempt to not miss anyone.
I'm attaching the powerpoint (in pdf form) that was presented on Friday, as well as the brochure that was handed out to the people who attended the meeting.
Some important things to note:
- The deposit of $100 is due this Friday, August 24th. This is so the airline can reserve our tickets at the cheapest price possible. If you know you want your student to go on the trip, but cannot make this payment, please let me know so that we can address these concerns.
- If you would like to complete the form to reserve your spot, the form is online at www.ctscentral.net using the trip code 23144 and the group code 6137
- If you have interest in being a chaperone, please print out the brochure and fill out the form by hand. Please bring the completed form to me as soon as possible. You can bring this form to the rehearsal tomorrow evening, on Wednesday at the Freshman orientation, or check with me when I'll be at the high school, as I'll be in and out of the building this week. If I am not in at a time when you can come by, you can leave the form for me in the front office.
- Due to bus capacity, we can take up to 50 students. Those submitting after the first 50 will be placed on a waitlist.
- If you have any questions, please send them to me and I will do my best to answer them or seek out the correct information for an adequate answer.
To answer two of the most common questions raised so far:
- We cannot accommodate any variations on parents or family members wanting to alter the schedule. You are welcome to make your own plans to come down to hear the group perform, but it would be a logistical nightmare to build multiple schedules into an already complicated schedule.
- There are going to be multiple fundraising opportunities for students to offset the cost of the trip. Details for these will be presented once they have been finalized and approved by the Boosters.
First Game, Next Rehearsal, and Shoes (August 18)
Our first football game is Thursday, August 30th. We will be wearing our summer uniform at this game, which will be our show shirts, khaki shorts, and marching shoes.
The next evening rehearsal is Tuesday, August 21st at 8:00 p.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m. I've been told that the marching shoes to try on to order should be at the school in the next couple of days. Students who would like to order them can try on pairs that night to determine the size they'll be ordering. I'll be placing an order the next day so that you have your shoes prior to the first game.
The brand of shoes that we are ordering are the Drillmasters, and they will cost $35 per pair. You can now make payments for those shoes on the website, at www.berkleybands.org/make-payments
If you find that you don't like the shoes that we are ordering, you are welcome to order your own brand and size. Please just make sure that they are black marching shoes.
Moving Forward, and THANK YOU!! (August 17)
GREAT JOB TODAY!!!
I'm so happy for the members of the marching band and their work that they've put in to the season so far. We've made great strides, and I know that we are far from finished. I'm extremely excited for how far this group is going to take their level of excellence and how far we can all push ourselves to create the best performances and experiences possible. I've met with a couple student leaders and talked with some of the other staff members and school administrators about how we can improve upon this year's experience for the students.
- Moving forward -
We have a rehearsal on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. at Hurley Field. I will have shoes for you to try on, should you need to order them.
We had a decent turnout for the Disney trip, however I know many of you were not able to make it. If you would like to receive information about the trip, please let me know. I've already received requests from several families for this, I'll be getting it out to you soon.
Our first game is Thursday, August 30th. Please have khaki shorts by that performance date.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support! I'm really excited about how this year is starting off, and I think it's going to be one to remember.
Paper Plates, Preview Performance, Tour Information (August 16)
We have the paper plate awards at 6:00 tonight at Burton Park. We’ll start with pizza, then paper plates and student bonding activities will follow. We have a Plan B for the high school band room, should weather be any kind of a deterrent. Stay tuned to the remind text messages if we need to make any last minute changes. If you haven't signed up for the Remind texts yet, please send "@ffe27h" to the number 81010.
Tomorrow, we have our preview performance starting at noon at Hurley Field. Students should wear their show shirts they received this week, and khaki shorts. If they. Don’t. Have khaki shorts, please have them wear the closest thing possible that they do have. Regular, closed-toed shoes should be worn by students as well.
Following the performance is our lunch for friends and family, and then we have an informational meeting about the Spring trip to Disney world at 2:00 p.m.
I’m trying to send this via gmail instead of charms, since it appears that some people have been receiving these emails as many as 12 hours after I send them with Charms. Thank you for your patience as we work through the email struggles.
Friendly Marching band reminder(July 16)
This is just a reminder that the down payment is due this Friday, July 20th. I have already received payment from many of you, so if you have made a partial or full payment, you're already set.
I'll be sending numbers to our drill writer on Friday so he can begin writing the drill for halftime. That number will be based on the amount of people who have made a partial or full payment. If, for any reason, you are unable to make the payment by Friday, please let me know so that I can include your student in the numbers I send off on Friday.
There have been a couple adjustments made to the payment form on the website. The first is for those of you who paid on the first day, you received a "donation" receipt. This was an error on my part, I want to clarify that the payment for band camp isn't a donation to the Boosters, but goes to the high school for marching band.
Secondly, I added a spot to include your student's name when paying for camp. For those of you who have already made payments, I have been able to figure out which student you're paying for based on the email you used, so you don't need to worry about sending me any added information. This is just a small change to make it easier to keep track of things on my end.
Calendar and Payment Updates (July 10)
With Tim Coon (our BIB Treasurer)'s help, I was able to successfully connect the BIB account to the website, so you can now make payments for band camp and other things directly online. If you go to berkleybands.org and click on "Make Payments" under the Students tab, it will bring you to a location for you to securely fill out your information and make payments immediately.
Also, if you click on the "How You Can Help" button on the website, it will take you to a link where you can make donations of any amount to the band program. You can also access our cafepress.com site to buy any products you would like.
Lastly, I overhauled the calendar so that we are now using Google Calendar on the website. I've invited Doug Engle and Tim Folmar to add their events to the calendar so that we can eventually have a district-wide band calendar for the school year. You can also subscribe directly to the calendar so that you don't have to go to the website every time you want to look up a date.
Summer Check-in (july 9)
I hope your summer has been very relaxing up to this point, and will continue to be so for a few weeks more, at least. I wanted to write to you all to give you some updates as well as some things you can do to be better prepared for this coming school year.
I have been meeting with the designers of the marching show for this Fall several times over the last few weeks. This show is going to be cool. And a whole lot of fun to put together. As of this writing, three of the four movements are done, music-wise. The basic outline of the show is done, and we are now working on some of the finer details to really wow the audience this year. The music is well-written, and has many opportunities for both individuals, and the ensemble as a whole, to really shine. I hope to be getting some of the music out to you soon (I hope by the end of the week, but I don't want to make any promises). The Drumline music will be handed out on Wednesday, as I wrote that myself, so it's ready now.
I'm working on creating a much more streamlined process for anything you will have to make payments for. I learned a lot from this past year, and this is definitely an area That I can improve upon greatly. The two things I am working on right now are a secure mail slot in the band room for students to deposit money and checks, and an online payment processing site for credit card payments. My ultimate goal is to not be involved in any payments being made, so as to greatly diminish the chance for errors on my end.
As soon as we have the payment portion of the website up and running, we will start accepting payments for band camp. The cost for camp and marching this year is $160. In order for us to start writing drill and choreography for the group, I need an accurate head count of every person marching.
The first payment for marching band is $50 and that is going to be due on Friday, July 20th.
The second payment for marching band is also $50 and is due on Monday, July 30th.
The final payment for marching band is $60 and is due Friday, August 10th.
If you would like to make a full payment before these dates, you are welcome to do so. If these dates are not workable, please contact me, and we can work with whatever situation that you have.
Just as a reminder, pre-camp starts Monday, August 6th. Monday will be new marchers, leadership, drumline and color guard only. Tuesday, the 7th, the Sophomores will join us, Wednesday, the 8th, the Juniors will join us, and Thursday and Friday, the 9th and 10th, will be full ensemble. This is possibly different than it was last year, but given the demands of the show, having an extra day of full ensemble will greatly benefit the group. Each day of these rehearsals will run for, noon to 4pm.
Throughout the week, during camp, we will have marching shoes available for you to try on. The shoes that will be available for you to try on are the Drillmasters brand and will be $31 per pair. If, after trying them on, you find that they are exceedingly uncomfortable, and you cannot bear to wear them, then I will have information available to you on how to order a different brand of marching shoe. I will be placing an order on Friday afternoon, the 10th, for any person who orders a pair and makes a payment.
The following week, starting the 13th, is full Marching Band Camp. Camp will start at 8am each morning and will conclude at 5pm each evening. Each day's schedule will become available as we get closer to camp. The rehearsal times will be Monday through Thursday. Friday, at noon, we have our marching demonstration for the community.
I am also working on organizing the band room this Summer. This and next week, I will be at the high school from 10am to 4pm, working on the music library, instrument inventory, uniform room organization and inventory, and overall utilization of space in the band room. This is a large job, and I guarantee you I cannot do this on my own. If you, or any members of your family and looking for something to do during the next two weeks, you'd be more than welcome to come in and help with any of these projects, large or small. However, given the nature of the schedule during the summer, if you do plan to help, please let me know so that I can guarantee that I will be there at that specific time. I have meetings with the Board Office and other administrative officials at oddly specific times, so please let me know beforehand when you plan to come in so that I can guarantee that I will be there.
Instrument and Clothing pickup (June 13)
As I was cleaning out the lockers (I'll be sure to have everyone else do that next year), I discovered many shirts, sweaters, shoes(???), socks (eww), bags, jackets, and other personal belongings. Those are all sitting in a pile in the middle of the band room.
I won't be here next week (I'm doing a conducting symposium), or the week after (I'm getting certified to teach AP Music Theory), but I'll be back in July, and anything that's still on the floor at that time, I'll donate to a charitable cause.
I'm doing inventory of every instrument owned by Berkley. If your instrument is still at the high school, I'll be inventorying as if it were ours, and I don't think many of you are making donations to the high school (although let me know if you are :-))
I'm currently working on taking every instrument out of a locker and placing it on the band room floor. If you are currently using a high school owned instrument, and have not brought it in to get inventoried, I need to know what instrument it is, the brand of the instrument, the serial number on the instrument, the current condition of the instrument, and whether or not it has a mouthpiece in it.
4th of July Parade (June 11)
We are participating in the Fourth of July Parade in Huntington Woods. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. and the theme this year is "America the Beautiful," so I'd like to incorporate that into what we wear for the parade.
As for where we meet, what more specifically we'll be wearing, and what we'll be playing I'll be sending out a follow-up email with those details in it. This email essentially serves as a 'save the date' for those of you working on your plans for the Summer.
Instrument and Uniform Return (June 6)
In an effort to have an up-to-date inventory of the uniforms and instruments, I'm asking that all school-owned instruments be brought in during finals week to be checked in. You will be reassigned the instrument before the end of class, if you would like to use it over the summer, but I am working towards creating as up-to-date of an inventory as possible.
If you are not currently in band class and have no final, but currently have an instrument, I need you to email me the instrument, brand, and serial number. If you have any issues finding this information, you can bring the instrument in, and we'll be able to locate them together.
All parts of every uniform should be brought in before the end of the school year. If you have received a school uniform and are not performing in graduation tomorrow night, you may bring it in any time between now and the end of school. If you are playing in graduation, please bring in any uniform parts you may have either on Friday, or during our finals next week.
Varsity Letters and DCI (June 5)
In an effort to consolidate all of the varsity points into one place, I've put together a google form for all high school band members to fill out. I understand this will be more work for some than others, given their longer history in the band program, but I do have some records available to me, should you need to look them up.
Please fill out this form for your varsity letter points - https://goo.gl/forms/6lbhzgyQdkDy3XTE2
I've put space for other volunteer opportunities at the bottom, and then provided space to elaborate. If you have any questions about how the form works, feel free to contact me.
Here is the link to information about the DCI Tour Premiere in Detroit, on June 21st - https://www.dci.org/events/dci-tour-premiere
We are not doing any group ticket purchases, but I highly encourage you to purchase tickets if you are able. My suggestion is to get tickets as close to the 50 yard line as you possibly can. Tickets start at $25 per seat. If you don't wish to go to the show in Detroit, you can also see the Boston Crusaders rehearse on Hurley Field on June 21st and 22nd.
Really Awesome Band Opportunity (May 30)
There is an incredible opportunity for all members of the Berkley Bands Family coming up that I wanted to make you all aware of.
Drum Corps International is having their 2018 Tour Premiere at Ford Field on June 21st. DCI is known as "marching music's major league" in that is a style of marching band at an extremely high level of complexity, demand, and achievement. Tickets for this event can be purchased at DCI.org, but there's an even more convenient opportunity for you, right here in Berkley.
June 21st and 22nd, Berkley High School and Anderson Middle School will serve as the housing and rehearsal sites for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. The Boston Crusaders are based out of Boston, Massachusetts, and are the third oldest drum corps, founded in 1940. Recently, they have seen a lot of upward momentum, and are making a push to be in the top 5 drum corps in the world.
They will arrive at 2:00 a.m. the morning of June 21st by coach bus, sleep on the gym floor until around 7:00, and then do nothing except rehearse and eat until approximately 5:00 p.m. when they will depart for their performance at Ford Field. Following their performance, they will return to Berkley, and will spend the entirety of Friday, June 22nd rehearsing at Anderson.
If you are able and willing, I HIGHLY encourage you to watch any part of their rehearsal throughout the day on that Friday. They will rehearse until approximately 10:00 p.m. at Hurley Field, and roughly the last two hours of their rehearsal day will be a full ensemble rehearsal, where everyone is on the field and practicing their show. I cannot emphasize strongly enough how amazing it is going to be to have a group of this caliber on our own field rehearsing. This is an incredible opportunity, and I'm so excited for all of you to witness this experience.
Let me know if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.
Re: Chair Positions (May 16)
I hope that as the year comes to a close, you're starting to feel the levity of the stresses and responsibilities winding down. I've given this a lot of thought. I've also received plenty of input from you as a band community and family, and I've come to a conclusion regarding the drama behind chairs.
As of this writing, there are no long any chair placements. The ensemble assignments are as is, and will not be changing, except for the addition of students who I'm still waiting to receive an audition from. There will be a separate audition at the beginning of second semester for chair placement within the ensembles. You may now disregard the chair placement that you've received.
The reality of the situation is that these chairs do not make any impact on the current state of the ensembles, no impact on the Fall ensembles, and will not make any difference to anyone until late January of 2019, therefore there is no reason to worry about this now. The ability levels of everyone can, and will likely, change drastically between now and then.
There are going to be some changes to the format for the audition in January. Everyone will upload their recording individually. I will have a set date, and if you do not have it in by that date, you will automatically be placed in last chair. Challenges will be available to those students wishing to move up, and you will receive more details about that as next year gets closer.
I know this is going to upset some of you who did well. For those who felt they did poorly, this may come as a welcome announcement. Regardless of your feelings, I am making this decision so that we can wipe the slate clean and approach it fresh next Winter. I will be editing the ensemble lists on the website so that they are in alphabetical order.
I've thought very hard about the wording of this next statement, so I apologize if it comes across in any way other than my intention: While I wholeheartedly believe that music can be the vehicle that drives students to higher levels of achievement, creating a synthesis of the logical and emotional minds, and requiring real-time collaboration in an environment seldom seen elsewhere, it is still only band. I love music and teaching the ensembles at Berkley, and I wake up almost every morning excited that I get to spend time with the students who make up this great program. At the same time, however, the inner workings of the ensembles and the minutiae that determine several of the lesser aspects of the groups should be kept in mind with the notion that, at the end of the day, it's only band. I don't say this to downplay any single aspect or individual, but I do think it's important to recognize the important aspects of what makes band class so unique, and not allow trivial things like a number next to our name to create divisions and disturb the harmony (pun intended) that these groups need.
I love how much everyone cares about this community and how you've welcomed me into it, and it makes me want to spend a long time here. Please never lose the fire and passion that drives us to create wonderful music and be such a phenomenal community for music education.
Catching up on Band Stuff (april 24)
As we head into the final stretch of this year, there are a few things I wanted to touch base with you all on, just so there's sufficient information out there.
Senior BIB Scholarship:
Attached to this email you will find information about the Senior BIB Scholarship and Application. If you have any interest, please have that filled out and handed into me no later than May 7th.
Auditions for the high school have now finished. I'm going over to hear middle school auditions next week, and soon after I'll have information for you in regards to ensembles and chairs for next year. So be on the lookout for that.
We had our first rehearsal for Cedar Point last night. After assessing the ensembles strengths and weaknesses, we've decided that it's better to have a few rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the trip. The dates for those rehearsals are Thursday 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, and Wednesday 5/23. All of these rehearsals will run from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. I understand that not everyone can make it to all of these, but the one on Wednesday the 23rd is the most valuable to all of us, so please make every effort to attend that rehearsal.
For those of you who have not paid the final $50, please have that in by Friday, April 27th. If this is too soon for you, that's fine, just let me know when you plan to have that final amount in.
Our Spring Concert is on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars accordingly.
Drum Corps International:
This is a way out, but I wanted to let everyone know about an amazing opportunity coming up for us this June. On June 21st, the opening competition for the DCI 2018 season is at Ford Field, and it's a really great show. I am planning on putting together a group to attend this performance. 8 of the top performing groups in the world will be there to compete, and it is the kickoff for the entire season, meaning that it will also be broadcast live to movie theaters across the nation.
On top of that, Berkley has been offered the opportunity to host one of the groups - The Boston Crusaders - at Berkley High School and Anderson Middle School. This means that 150 members of the performing ensemble, and 20-40 staff members will show up in the middle of the night, sleep on the gym floor, and then rehearse from morning until night time, with nothing but water and food breaks in between. They'll be arriving at 2:00 in the morning on Thursday, June 20th, and will rehearse that day, and the 21st before heading off to Ford Field for their performance. These rehearsals are open to the public, and are an amazing opportunity for our students to see the highest levels of musicianship, marching technique, and rehearsal etiquette imaginable. More information will come out about this event as it comes closer, but I wanted to put that in your minds now so you know what to expect.
Thanks, and as always, let me know if you have any questions.
2ND SEMESTER (FROM FEBRUARY 10)
I know it’s been a while since my last email, so there may be a lot that I have to update you on.
We are officially underway for 2nd semester. Ensembles have been set, and rehearsal prep is going well for our performance at District 12 Band Festival
Jazz Band Performance February 13th
The Jazz Band is performing in the Valentine’s Day concert with the Encore Singers. Any leftover tickets not sold by members of the Jazz Band should be brought back in on Monday morning to be collected.
WE ALSO NEED HELP with the signup genius link here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0544ada7283-valentines
I’m attaching the Flyer HERE for anyone interested in going.
Pre-Festival Concert February 27th
Our Pre-Festival Concert is Tuesday, February 27th, in the Berkley High School Auditorium. This concert will feature all three of the concert ensembles. Edward J. Lucius, director of bands at Thurston High School, in Redford will be our guest clinician. Following the performances from each of the ensembles, Mr. Lucius will greet the students onstage and conduct a brief clinic. This is for the benefit of not only the students, but the parents as well, as they will be getting an inside look into the process of preparation for Band Festival.
District 12 Band Festival
All three concert ensembles are performing at Clarkston High School on Saturday, March 10th. The Concert Band’s performance is at 8:20 a.m., the Wind Symphony at 10:20, and the Symphonic Band at 1:25. Bussing information will be given to you as it becomes available.
State Solo and Ensemble March 17th
Times have still not been posted for the events for State Solo and Ensemble. As soon as I have that information, I will forward that on to the relevant parties.
I have been asked countless times about pit, and the answer unfortunately still is that I don’t know. That being said, the score and parts are physically in the high school now, so it’s a matter before I am able to get a hold of them and set up times to rehearse. Look for that information from me soon.
That’s all of the information I have at this current moment, but look for another email from me soon, likely containing all of the information I forgot to include in this email.
This message is for those who are going to Planet Rock on Saturday, so please disregard if you are not attending this event.
If you are attending the evening of climbing at Planet Rock, there's a few things that will make the event more efficient (there are a lot of you going, so the more we can do beforehand, the better). Here's what I need you to do:
- Fill out an online profile
- Fill out the digital waiver
This will DRASTICALLY cut down on time that we'll spend not climbing, if everyone does this beforehand. I'll remind everyone tomorrow as well, but the more people that do it now, the better.
If you are traveling down to Ann Arbor separately, you are welcome to get there before 8:00 and start your climbing lesson.
I would encourage you all to dress appropriately - we are going to a gym, so you'll likely want stretchy, breathable clothing that you won't overheat in.
The address for the gym is 82 Aprill Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. It's behind the Lafontaine Kia dealership. If you drive past the Habitat for Humanity building, you've gone too far.
The Planet Rock website also has information for first time climbers, should you have any questions specific to when we're there.
Finally, I'm still waiting on some money from a few more individuals, so if you have not paid me for the event yet, please bring in your remaining balances tomorrow.
CONGRATULATIONS! (FROM DECEMBER 13)
LAST NIGHT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!
Seriously, to watch the evolution of the groups over the last three months has been truly inspiring to me. I was talking to my Mom last night, and she asked me how I had the energy to keep up with you all, to which I told her my energy is driven by your willingness to be here and your excitement for music making.
All of the bands performed admirably, and I am very excited to continue on this upward trend with you. I hope you feel great about your performance, I received nothing but compliments for how you played. I know you are aware that there are always things to grow and improve upon, but we are off to such a great start, I have no doubt you'll push the envelope of excellence over the next weeks, months, and years.
Up next is Planet Rock in Ann Arbor this Saturday. Don't forget, if you're planning on taking the bus, it will be departing from the band room entrance at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, December 15th, and I'll be meeting you down in Ann Arbor. Hester West will be your parent guide on the trip down and back in the evening. I'm really excited to share with you all this hobby of mine, I know you're going to enjoy it.
Thank you all for your continued support and guidance in my first year here at Berkley. I've received some very nice compliments about how seamless this transition has been this year, and I guarantee you the single biggest reason for that is how welcoming and supportive you've all been towards me as I learn more about this wonderful community.
Congratulations, again, on a great evening of music making, and I hope you all have a nice, relaxing holiday break.
Week 12 (From November 28)
- Saturday, December 2nd, we have the Holiday Lights Parade for the Marching Band. Dress warm for this event, and the only thing I ask is that you wear dark bottoms and shoes, and your rain jacket. Other than that, have fun with the holiday decorations. We'll be meeting at 3138 and 3126 Bacon Street, and students must be ready and lined up no later than 5:00 p.m.Use Catalpa or Wiltshire to get to the lineup location.
- Friday, December 8th, please pay the final $15 for Planet Rock.
- We have a bus for the evening at Planet Rock, which will be picking up students at 6:30 outside of the Band Room on Saturday, December 16th. If you would prefer to ride the bus, please put your name down in this Google Form so that I know who to expect to be going.
- There is nothing official about this, and don't feel obligated to do so, but I am going to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi also on Saturday, December 16th, at Rave Cinemas in Ann Arbor, for the 4:05 p.m. showing (and I just bought my ticket here). If anyone else cares to come down early to Ann Arbor to see The Last Jedi, I'd be more than happy to see some of you there.
- The December concert is two weeks from tonight, on Tuesday, December 12th. This will feature the Jazz Band, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. The performance will be in the high school auditorium and starts at 7:00 p.m. Please help volunteer by signing up to help with the 50/50 Raffle Here.
- The Berkley Bands are performing at Cedar Point on May 25th, 2018. This is not exclusive to any one ensemble, but is open to anyone wanting to go. We'll perform for a panel of judges, and then the students will have the rest of the day to enjoy the park. More information, including costs, will be coming out for that as it becomes available, but I wanted to give you all the heads up now so that you may begin making plans for that should you so choose.
Week 9 (From October 30)
The Jazz Band played at the Military Appreciation day this morning, and happily received a standing ovation at it's conclusion!
No school tomorrow - enjoy your day off!
We'll be starting doing concert uniform fittings for high school students this Friday.
Saturday, December 2nd is the Holiday Lights Parade. Stay tuned for more information on that as the date nears.
Tuesday, December 12th is our December concert, featuring the Concert Band, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band.
Saturday, December 16th we'll be attending Planet Rock in Ann Arbor, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. This is going to be a great bonding activity for all band members!
Week 8 - Parade, Solo and Ensemble, Planet Rock (From October 23)
Only one big event this week, but several smallish things that need to be taken care of.
Halloween Parade is tomorrow. All marching band members should come to the band room at the conclusion of third hour. We'll be having an early lunch, and then the bus is picking us up at 12:00. We'll be marching in the parade at Burton, and then we'll be bused over to Anderson, where we'll play in their assembly. After the assembly, which I've been led to believe will conclude around 2:45, you are dismissed for the day. I will be heading back to the band room for anyone who left any of their items prior to leaving for Burton. Students are encouraged to dress up in costume for the parade and assembly.
Wednesday is the last day to register and turn in money for Solo and Ensemble. We have 8 events signed up so far. I'd like that to be WAY higher.
Climbing at Planet Rock is Saturday, December 16th in Ann Arbor from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. If more than forty people to attend, the cost will be $25 per person. If we don't hit the 40 person threshold, the individual cost goes up to $30. $10 deposit is due this Friday, November 3rd.
The jackets should be shipping out soon, except for the mediums which are on backorder.
November is a relatively quiet month in the band world. We have a 1/2 day this Friday, a Booster Meeting Monday, November 6th, and no school on the 7th. Our next big event to focus on is the Holiday Lights Parade on December 2nd, so look out for more information on that in the coming weeks.
Solo and Ensemble
Solo and Ensemble forms and money are due on Wednesday, November 1st. Please fill out this form to sign up:
Week 7 and Halloween (From October 16)
Fill out this form about Planet Rock: https://goo.gl/forms/BBCuJuW5VjPiONZ33
- Our next event that we have coming up is the Halloween parade for the marching band. This takes place next Tuesday, on the 31st. I'll be sending out more details about this as they become available to me.
- Jackets are almost done, they're shipping out a majority of them at the beginning of next week.
- All State Auditions are this Sunday, October 29th, at Walled Lake Northern High School.
Week 6 (From October 9)
Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words of encouragement towards the students and their performance of the National Anthem on Friday night. I know there was no way to address (or not address) this situation and please everyone, but I feel like it went as well as I could have hoped, and in that regard it was more than sufficient.
- Marching Band Festival! Our performance is on Thursday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m. at Royal Oak High School. Students should be ready and in the band room by 4:00 p.m.
- If you plan to attend the performance, the host site is asking that you enter the high school from Normandy Street to avoid parking chaos.
- I will not be at Thursday evening's parent teacher conferences, but will be available Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon.
- 1st and 3rd hour will be outside every day except Friday
- Tuesday evening is our last outdoor rehearsal at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, we have pep band rehearsal after school and evening conferences in the East Gym.
- Thursday - Marching Band Festival!!
- Friday - We will prepare for the indoor concert the following week
- We are performing at Royal Oak High School's Glow Show on October 20th.
- We are also participating in a Bernstein Celebration Festival on May 1st, 2018. Be on the lookout for more information about that event as the date nears.
WEEK 5 (FROM OCT. 1)
Whereas I usually abbreviate my emails, I feel it necessary to post this one in it's entirety, given the sensitive nature of the material being addressed. Sorry for the length of the email:
Our last football game is this week! Unfortunately our football team is currently 1-5, so we will not be attending playoffs this year. This means that our last performance for the high school is during halftime at this Friday's game.
There's been a point of concern brought to my attention this last week - there are several individuals who have expressed their desire to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. I'd like to address this head on, so that this doesn't get out of hand. I've been trying to figure out the best way to address this, and here is what I've come up with:
Given that I am your teacher and director, I will not allow my decisions for the band to be influenced by political motives. As such, I feel that it is not for me to decide if you should or should not kneel in protest during the national anthem. I am, however, concerned for the performance quality of the anthem, and this is something that is in the realm of responsibility for which I am challenged to lead. If you feel, on a personal level, that you can maintain the integrity and purpose for what you believe the anthem to stand for, I will not allow my personal beliefs to stand in the way of your decision to stand or kneel. You will not be penalized academically for your decision, regardless of what that will be. I cannot say the same for any social/cultural consequences of your actions, as I have no control over the feelings of others in this matter.
Let me also emphasize that a majority of you may not feel strongly one way or the other, and therefore not make a conscious decision to stand or kneel. THIS IS OK FOR YOU TO FEEL THIS WAY. I don't want those individuals to feel that, in deciding not to kneel, that they are in essence choosing to "side" with those who are actively standing in protest of a protest. At the end of the day, we are friends, and we are family to each other, and I cannot allow for members of the bands to treat each other differently because of a choice they have the right to make. If you decide to kneel, I don't want to see or hear any harsh judgment towards those who don't. If you decide to actively stand, I don't want to see or hear any harsh judgment towards those who kneel.
This is important, and I want everyone to understand this - you are welcome in this band family, regardless of your personal beliefs towards any issue facing our band family, community, state, or country. I will respect your beliefs, as I would expect the same of you. If, however, those beliefs turn into acts of disrespect towards those who show a willingness to be here, those who decide to punish others because of a lack of commonality in ideology will face long discussions, and the potential dismissal from the band program. You are all welcomed and are all wanted in this group. I hope that you will extend the same level of companionship to others that you expect to be extended to you.
- If you have not yet had the chance to pay for your band jacket, I will take that payment whenever you can get it to me. If you are writing a check, please address it to the "Berkley Instrumental Boosters"
- Please sign up for tag days, if you have not already done so. http://signup.com/go/OFtYgor
- We also need people to sign up to help with the 50/50 raffle for this Friday's game. Please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044ea5a82ea02-20172018
Here's the schedule for this week:
1st/3rd Hour: Inside - working on September, Beth, and halftime music.
2nd Hour: Continuing work on "As Summer Was Just Beginning" and "Sleepers' Wake"
Evening Marching Band rehearsal on Hurley Field 8-10p
1st/3rd Hour: Outside - Going over changes to the show for the homecoming game.
2nd Hour: Joy and the March
Drumline Sectional after school
1st/3rd Hour: Inside - Stand tunes, homecoming music
2nd Hour: March and Sleepers' Wake
1st/3rd Hour: Outside - As much of a run through of halftime as possible
2nd Hour: Joy and As Summer...
1st/3rd Hour: Outside if necessary - Run pregame and halftime
2nd Hour: Full concert run of all four selections
Last game on Friday, let's make it the best performance yet!!
WEEK 4 (FROM SEPTEMBER 25TH)
- No Rehearsal Tonight, September 25th.
- Drumline Sectional this Tuesday, at 3:00 p.m. in the band room.
- Jazz Band Results will be announced in the near future, before Wednesday. I am going through the recordings and will have a decision soon.
- If you have not already done so, please follow this link - http://signup.com/go/OFtYgor - and sign up for tag days. Remember, the prime locations get picked early, so sign up SOON! More information for this can be found on the website at www.berkleybands.org/tag-days
- Marching Band Jacket $ Due Friday, September, 29th. Please make checks out to the Berkley Instrumental Boosters. If you have already made a check out to Berkley High School, don't worry about it, we'll take care of it.
- All-State Registration forms and $ due Friday, September 29th. Information about All-State auditions can be found on the website.
WEEK 3 (FROM SEPTEMBER 18TH)
Jjackets for the marching band finalized and ready to order. The cost of the jacket is $35, due Friday, September 29th. Again, let me know if this is of concern for you, and we'll work with whatever the situation may be.
- We are not participating in EMU band day on Saturday.
- If you are interested in auditioning for Jazz Ensemble, the audition music is now uploaded on the berkleybands.org website. (remember, the website is www.berkleybands.org/music, not the BIB Weebly site). Please find your specific instrument and selection, and email me an audition recording by the end of the day on Sunday to be considered for participation.
- Scales will be due by the end of the day on Sunday. The assignment this week is scales 1-6. If you haven't already downloaded them, these are also located at www.berkleybands.org/music
WEEK 2 (FROM SEPTEMBER 14TH)
- The first BIB meeting of the year is tomorrow, Monday, September 11th, at 7:00 p.m. at Bagger Dave's on Coolidge. Attached to this email is the minutes from the June meeting for anyone interested to review.
- Jazz Band starts tomorrow! If you have been a member of the Jazz Ensemble in the past, you are welcome back again. Jazz Ensemble will meet Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and the Jazz Lab (open to any students who want to play jazz) will meet Tuesday/Thursday at 6:30 a.m. in the band room. Look for more information soon if you are interested in audition for any spots that are open in the Jazz Ensemble.
If you have not done so yet, I need to know your jacket size by filling out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/kMQDEuSTd1d7LTPZ2
EMAIL INFORMATION HIGHLIGHTS
Week 1 Pt. 2 (From September 2nd)
- If you are still missing parts for your uniform, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns.
- Shoes have been ordered, so if your issue is with that, you don't need to let her know, that's already being taken care of.
- Join the Berkley High School Pep Band - Email Tytus Sewell at email@example.com with your name, instrument, grade, and favorite flavor of ice cream.
- Please fill out this single-question form with your jacket size (this specific jacket will be for marching members only) - https://goo.gl/forms/Lty3cHRWVngInyMB3
Week 1 (From September 1st)
- Check your schedule to see which band class you are in, things may have shifted around.
- Shoes will be ready in time for the game on Friday.
- Missing raincoats are going to be ordered soon. If we need them for a game and don't have them, we'll come up with a plan B.
- Nike Warmup jackets for everyone in the marching band. Plans are being finalized, we're looking at a cost of about $35. If this is a concern, please come talk to me.
- There are still a few more slots for the 50/50 raffle that need to be filled. Please sign up here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044ea5a82ea02-20172018
Game #2 (From August 30th)
- Game #2 tomorrow evening, and you can check out a preview of the new pregame entry on the BerkleyBands Instagram
- Tie-dye shirts and Khaki shorts for the game. The new pregame will be too difficult in jeans.
- Please arrive at the Lot next to the high school and be ready to play at 5:00 p.m. We'll be chunking through halftime, as we didn't get to it last night, and doing a quick recap of pregame.
- I will be at the Michigan Marching band practice tonight at 7:00, if any of you may be coming down. Their practice is at Elbel Field, which is on the corner of Hill and Division. There's a giant scaffolding with the Michigan Marching Band Logo on it, it's pretty hard to miss.
- This is completely optional, but it will be a cool experience, and I would encourage you to attend if you can
Correction, Update, and 50/50 Raffle (From August 28th)
- Rehearsal tomorrow is at 7:00 p.m., as stated in the calendar you received some time ago. I made the mistake of thinking it was at 8:00, but it is at 7:00, and will run until 9:00.
- Due to the shortness of time and limited schedule, there will not be any sort of organized trip down to Ann Arbor to see the Michigan Marching Band, but you are more than welcome to attend a rehearsal on your own volition. They have rehearsal tonight at 7:00 p.m. that runs until 10:00.
- Please sign up for the next game's 50/50 Raffle. We had great success at the last game, so thank you to those who have helped already! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044ea5a82ea02-20172018
- I have notes from the last game to go over, as well as new music for the stands that we'll hopefully get to at tomorrow night's rehearsal.
Marching Band Game #2 (from August 25th)
- We'll go over successes and points of concern at rehearsal on Tuesday at 8pm
- Shoes - Please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org - if you have any issues with your shoes, either that they are the wrong size or that you don't have them at all.
- Look for information regarding visiting the Michigan Marching Band's Camp and rehearsal this upcoming week.
Thursday Football Game (From August 22nd)
- We will meet at the practice field next to the Football field. Please be ready to rehearse by 5pm
- Due to the continued construction, limited parking spaces and anticipated traffic on Thursday, we cannot park in the lot next to the football field. Please plan accordingly so that you can be ready and on time.
- We will be wearing our Summer uniforms for the game - the Tie-Dye camp shirts and Khakis.
- Crazy in Love will be performed as our closer, in the arcs that we made last night. I've heard rumblings of sectionals planned for tomorrow (Wednesday) night, and I applaud those students taking the initiative to plan these meetings.
Post-Band Camp (From August 20th)
- Please sign up to help with the 50/50 Raffle
- Marching Rehearsal Monday 8/21, 8-10p
- Shoes are being sorted out, we'll have the correct sizing and brands to everyone as soon as possible.
- We have a game on Thursday!! Work on Crazy in Love so we can play it. Call for that game is at 5pm and I'll have more information about where we're meeting when I have figured that out.
- One note of concern - Please, as soon as you are aware, let me know of any conflicts. There were a lot of students missing camp and not letting me know until far too late.
Band Camp - Tuesday Evening (From August 15th)
We're at the end of Day 2, and things are going really well. A couple of things, and I'll keep it short.
- We still need volunteers for the rest of band camp. Please sign up for anything you can, whenever you can: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b49aca922a13-marching5
- Bowling is tomorrow night! It's 15 dollars at the door. We'll be doing a final head count tomorrow for the event tomorrow evening.
- The tie-dye shirts that were made today should stay in the bag for 24 hours. After bowling tomorrow, you should take them out of the bag, rinse them off, and wash them like you would normally.
- Thursday, if weather doesn't improve, we'll likely be at Norup. You'll receive more information on this as we get closer to then.
Information about Band Camp Week (From August 11th)
- Please use this link - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b49aca922a13-marching5 - to sign up for volunteering for this week.
- A look at the week ahead:
Free Ice Cream Social at 7:00 p.m. in Prom Park
Theme: Wacky Tacky day!!
No evening activity
Theme: Section Colors!! Wear the following for your section:
Drum Majors: Blue
Evening activity: Tie-Dye band shirts
Theme: Beach Party!!
Evening Activity - Bowling ($15 per person) following rehearsal
Evening Activity - Pizza Party/Paper Plate awards at Burton Field following rehearsal.
Theme: SHOW DAY!!!!!!!!!
Friends and Family Performance at 12:30
Barbecue for those interested will follow the performance
Pre-Camp and Band Camp (from August 9th)
- Pre-camp is off to a GREAT start
- Please properly hydrate
- Please eat a proper meal prior to rehearsals
- In order to combat this, I'm asking that, for the remainder of pre-camp, we spread the responsibility, and that different sections bring in a small snack for the marching band each day. The groups are as follows:
Wednesday - Woodwinds
Thursday - Drumline and Color Guard
Friday - Brass
- Facilities have notified me that there is no place to store instruments, you will have to bring your instrument to and from rehearsal each day.
- Bowling next Wednesday evening is $15 per person. There will be a signup on Friday for those wishing to attend
- If you won't be at rehearsal Friday, please let me know before Sunday if you plan to go bowling.
- Please follow our new Instagram account @BerkleyBands
Pre-Band Camp Requirements (from August 2nd)
- Be prepared to come to pre-camp with the following items:
- Light fabric shirt with short sleeves*
- Closed-toed shoes that have a low profile (i.e. no high-tops - if you can bend your ankle, you're fine)
- Socks (no blisters on your heels, please)
- Water Bottle
- Marching Instrument
*Please adhere to the district guidelines regarding appropriate means of wearing these articles of clothing
- You can also bring a hat/sunglasses. I want you to be comfortable.
- My school email is email@example.com
Pre-Band Camp (from July 30th)
- Pre-band Camp Schedule:
Monday, August 7th: Leadership Only
Tuesday, August 8th: Leadership, New Marchers, Color Guard, and Drumline
Wednesday, August 9th: Leadership, New Marchers, Color Guard, and Drumline
Thursday, August 10th: Leadership, New Marchers, Color Guard, Drumline, and Sophomores
Friday, August 11th: Full Band
- Your show theme:
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Phil Collins - You'll Be In My Heart
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
- I hope you'll enjoy performing these pieces as much as we did picking them out.
Just one Band Form (from July 22nd)
- Please fill out this form - https://goo.gl/forms/QYDUW38HON2ABNOj1.
2017-18 Berkley Band (from July 18th)
I'd first like to take a moment to introduce myself: My name is Adam Collins, and I was recently hired as the new director of bands at Berkley High School. I'm extremely excited about the opportunities that await the performing ensembles, and I can't wait to build on the musical successes that have enriched the community for so long.
I've been in communication with some members of the bands, notably the drum majors, to start preparations for this coming school year. We've put together some exciting concepts, including setting a marching band show and selections, which you'll be receiving more information on soon. I'll also be sending out more information as it becomes available to me.
Again, I am incredibly excited to begin our work together! I look forward to becoming a part of the Berkley community, and building professional and working relationships with all of you.
- Adam Collins