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September 25, 2014
Saturday competition/Thanks/Upcoming meeting

Saturday competition/Thanks/Upcoming meeting

We will be preparing hotdogs for the kids for the competition on Saturday.  If someone has a small table top grill that they can bring to grill the hotdogs, please let me know.  If you have one that we could use but can’t attend the competition please let me know and I will make arrangements to have it picked up.

I would like to extend a great big thank you to all the family, friends, staff and sponsors that made last Saturday’s Exhibition a success!  Despite the nasty weather the show was amazing.  We heard wonderful feedback from directors, students, parents and guests.  I must say that I was in awe of how well our volunteers handled the day.  We started this adventure 3 years ago and I believe that Whitehall is poised to be a long and successful Marching Band Exhibition Host School.  Going into Saturday’s exhibition with only 4 schools attending our goal was to at least break even financially and set us up for future shows.  Well, as usual, our Whitehall family showed that they are over achievers and we made a profit!  The number is still tentative (Anita is still doing her magic), but it looks as though we clear $2,400.  I especially want to thank Matt Raab and the booster team leaders for believing in this project and for all their dedication.  Can I say that I am looking forward to next year; or is that too soonJ!!!

Now it is time to wrap up the final details of Saturday’s Exhibition and talk through what we want to improve for next year while it is still fresh in our minds.  We also need to talk about fundraising for camp next year and our plans for the rest of the marching season and into the upcoming symphonic season.  I am asking that if you are available that you attend a band parent meeting on Tuesday, September 30th at 7:00pm in the HS band room.  Refreshments will be provided J!  I will prepare and send an agenda prior to the meeting.

Thanks again!

Whitehall Band Family Rocks!!

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

September 23, 2014
Montague Game & Grand Haven

Montague Game & Grand Haven

Good afternoon,

The marching band has a busy but exciting weekend ahead!  Please see below for details and our schedule for the Montague game this Friday, and our competition at Grand Haven on Saturday.

-Montague/Whitehall Game: Friday, September 26th:

-Call time for students, 4:30pm at Whitehall MS.  We will get dressed, board the bus, and leave WMS by 4:50.
-5:00pm - Montague Band Boosters hosting dinner for our students in the Montague HS cafeteria.
-6:00pm - Bands begin warm ups
-7:00pm - Game starts, both bands on the field for pre-game.
-Halftime - Whitehall and Montague will each be performing half of their halftime shows.  We will need the tractor, as we will be taking the box truck with mini-Beatles wagons.  I will be towing the trailer with the red van.
-After the game, students will load buses and return to the middle school to drop off uniforms.

-Grand Haven Invitational:  Saturday, September 27th:

-Call time for students, 2:30pm at the MS.  We will have a one-hour rehearsal/run-through session at the stadium before we leave.
-3:30 - Get changed, pack trailer/box truck.
-4:00 - Depart WMS for GH High School
-4:45 - Arrive at GH; unpack trailer, set up Beatles wagons
-5:30 - 5:55 - Warm - up
-6:10 - Staging
-6:15 - Performance!
-6:30 - Pack Trailer and Eat Dinner
-7:15 - Go back to stadium to watch the remaining performances.
-8:50 - Awards ceremony
-9:00 - Load buses and depart for WMS
-10:00pm - Arrive at WMS

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Have a great day!

Mr. Raab

Matthew Raab
Instrumental Music Director
Whitehall District Schools


September 21, 2014


Hello Viking Band Family!

Our exhibition was a huge success yesterday and I just wanted to take this opportunity to say congratulations on a job well done!  All of the feedback I received yesterday from directors, judges, and spectators was nothing but positive!  I would also like to say congratulations to our students on a wonderful performance!

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers and team leaders who dedicated their time and energy in making this event 'go.'  This event would not have been possible without the help of everyone involved!

Students, please bring your instruments and coordinate sheets to class tomorrow morning for rehearsal.

Rehearsal reminder:  Tomorrow night we will have night rehearsal at the Football Stadium from 6-9pm.  Our first competition is this coming Saturday at Grand Haven, it is very important that everyone be in attendance.

Thank you again, have a great night!

Mr. Raab
Matthew Raab
Instrumental Music Director
Whitehall District Schools