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February 5, 2016
 Music Notes

Music Notes

Good morning band family,
Winter will be over before we know it and we have a busy Spring ahead of us and I wanted to make sure that everyone has all of our dates.
Below are all of our performances and events from now until the end of the school year. 
February 25th - Pre-Festival Concert @ 7:00pm HS - Call time 6:15, concert black uniforms
March 3rd - MSBOA Band Festival at Montague HS - Time TBA
April 21st - Fine Arts Festival at WHS - Time TBA
April 28-30th - TAC Jazz Festival - Performance day and time TBA
May 18th - Spring Concert @ 7:00pm - HS Band
May 26th - Graduation performance
May 28th - Chicago Trip
May 30th - Memorial Day Parade
***Band Camp 2016 - August 1st - 5th***
-Freshman Camp - July 26th
-Pre-Camp Rehearsal/Picnic - July 28th
Have a great weekend everyone!
Mr. Raab

January 29, 2016
Whitehall Band Parent Meeting Updates

Whitehall Band Parent Meeting Updates

Thanks to those that attended the last band parent meeting!!!!  Unfortunately the crowd was small so, we hope to see those that couldn’t make it at the next meetingJ  The more voices that we hear from, the better decisions that we can make to support our kids.

Here is the update from the last band parent meeting.

-Sub Sales forms were given to students this week.  The forms are due back on February 8th.  The subs will be delivered February, 29th.  The proceeds from these sales go into the students accounts and can be used for the spring trip to Chicago on May 28th  and/or for marching camp that will be August 1-5.

-February 25th is the pre festival concert and March 3rd will be festival at Montague High School.

-Tomorrow is Solo and Ensemble.  Anyone who can attend and support our kids, that would be great!

-Our First pop can drive will be held on Tuesday, February 9th.  The date was picked for right after the super bowl which will help with cans and bottles being available.  Those that want to participate should arrive at Plumbs parking lot at 4:45 (all proceeds will be divided between participants and be added to the student accounts for trips or camp).  Also, we will need some parent volunteers to drive the students.  This is typically a good fund raiser.

-We are working on two other fundraisers that will add money to the general band fund.  These funds will be used for things like new symphonic band uniforms and marching costs and other necessities to continue to support your band student .

They are:

- Art Festival in April, where we will be working with the Whitehall Choir to showcase an evening of Whitehall High School arts.

-PALM (Peddlers Across Lower Michigan)  dinner and breakfast in June.

Volunteer participation requests for these events will be coming soon. 

Our next band parent meeting will be on Wednesday, February 17th at 6:30 pm in the HS band room or the Viking Center.

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

January 12, 2016
Band Parent Meeting Change

Band Parent Meeting Change

Because of the Honors Band commitment tomorrow night, the band parent meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow night will be changed to Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30 pm. 

Thanks for your understanding.

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

January 4, 2016
Basketball Band Schedule

Basketball Band Schedule

Happy New Year!!!
I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and got a chance to recharge for 2016.
Basketball season is in full swing, therefore we will begin pep-band this week.  Attached (or html link) is our schedule for the games we will be playing for.
Parents, please check in to see if your student signed up to play in pep-band.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Take care,
Mr. Raab


December 15, 2015
Concert tomorrow night

Concert tomorrow night

After the band concerts tomorrow night families will be sharing cookies and drinks.  As parents begin dropping off their cookies to share, we need to have a couple of adults to help setup and monitor the cookies (seems to be cookie bandits lurking about).  I (and anyone that can help out) can do that during the middle school concert.  However, we need a couple of adult volunteers to be the cookie monitors just before and during the high school concert so those of us with seniors can sit and enjoy our child’s last Christmas concert.  Please let me know if you can help us out.

Also, don’t forget to bring cookies to share!!  See you at the concert!

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

November 24, 2015
Music Notes

Music Notes

Good evening band family,
I would first like to wish you all a safe and happy thanksgiving with your families.  Being blessed with such an amazing band family is something I am very thankful for.
As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to send out some reminders for our upcoming events.
Christmas Parade - Saturday, December 5th: Call time 1:00pm at the MS band room.  The parade will step off at 2:00pm and buses will bring the students back to the MS.

Jazz Band at the Lakes Mall and GTPC - Saturday, December 12th - Call time 10am at the HS.  Our performance time at the mall is 11am - 12pm, and our performance time at Grand Traverse Pie Company is 2pm - 3pm.  We should return back to WHS around 4pm.  **We are still in need of 2-3 more parent drivers for this event.  Please let me know ASAP if you are able to drive.**
Winter Band Concert - Wednesday, December 16th - Call time 7:15 in the band room, concert will begin at 8:00pm.  Please bring cookies to share!
Chicago Trip - Saturday, May 28th - Please see the attached flier for information regarding our spring trip to Chicago.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
October 30, 2015
Music Notes and Picture Forms

Music Notes and Picture Forms

Good evening band family,
Pictures - Attached you will find an order form for two of our full band photos.  A paper copy of the order form will be given out to your students on Monday morning.  All orders and money must be turned in to Mr. Raab by next Friday, November 6th.  Please make checks out to Whitehall Band Boosters.
No Pep Band tonight - Due to lack of interest, we will not be taking a pep band to the football game at Chippewa Hills this evening.
Band Banquet - Our marching band banquet will be next Wednesday evening, November 4th at 6:30pm in the Viking Center at the High School.
I hope you all have a fun and safe weekend,
Mr. Raab
October 27, 2015
East Kentwood Pictures

East Kentwood Pictures

Good morning,
Professional pictures were taken of our group during our performance at East Kentwood.  Please follow the link below to Jim Swoboda's website to view and purchase.  
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great day,

Mr. Raab


October 26, 2015
Music Notes

Music Notes

Good evening band family,

I would first like to congratulate our amazing students on their 1st place finish at the East Kentwood Invitational last Saturday, way to go students!  What a way to end our season!
As we transition into concert season this week, I have a few updates and reminders for you:
1.)  Marching Band Banquet - Wednesday, November 4th @ 6:00pm.

2.)  Chippewa Hills Football Game 10/30 - Our football team has once again earned a spot in the playoffs.  They will be heading to Chippewa Hills this Friday night.  We have one bus and will be taking a volunteer pep-band to the game (this performance is not required for all students).  Students will have the opportunity to sign up with Mr. Raab over the next 3 days to secure a spot on the bus.  We will meet at 3:00pm in the band room for a brief rehearsal and the bus will leave at 4:00pm.  We will NOT be performing our halftime show.  We will march onto the field for pre-game with the band from Chippewa Hills and play the Star Spangled Banner with them.  Depending on how late the game goes, we will return to WHS between 11 and 12pm.

3.)  Jazz Band - We will begin jazz band rehearsals this week on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Rehearsals will begin at 6:30am.  Please check in with your student to see if he/she has signed up to participate.

4.) Pictures - Marching band picture orders will be going out to students this week, be on the look out!

I would like to say thank you to everyone that has helped out in some way over the course of our marching band season.  We could not have done it without your support and encouragement of our kids!

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Mr. Raab
October 13, 2015
Marching Band Banquet

Marching Band Banquet

Just two more competitions and our marching season is quickly coming to an endL.  I want to thank each and every one of you that supported our very talented and hardworking marchers.  The season would not be a success without you!

We will enjoy a celebration of our season with a family banquet that will be held at the WHS Viking Center on Wednesday, November 4th at 6:15pm.  This is a pot luck, so bring your favorite family recipe to share with our very hungry band family.  The band boosters will be providing drinks and table service.  Immediately following dinner we will be handing out awards for all the marchers.  We look forward to spending time as a family and honoring our dedicated marchers for their season efforts. 

Mark your calendar! We looking forward to seeing you there!!

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

October 08, 2015
Music Notes - EK Itinerary

Music Notes - EK Itinerary

Good evening parents,

First of all, I would like to congratulate all of our students on an outstanding performance last night at MSBOA Festival.  Not only did the band receive a Division I rating, but they received straight Division I ratings from all three judges, in all three categories!  

We still have 2 weeks to go with the rest of our season, please see below for a few updates and reminders.


1.)  Last home football game this Friday, Senior Night - Call time for students is 5:30pm, as the 8th grade band members will be joining us!  Parents of seniors, due to the large number of senior athletes, cheerleaders, and band members, Mr. Russell is asking that all parents get to the stadium by 6:20pm in order to begin announcements by 6:30.


2.)  We have evening rehearsal this Monday from 6 - 9pm.


3.)  Allendale - Our performance time for Allendale has been pushed back 15 minutes to 7:00pm.  Here is how we will adjust our itinerary:

2 - 3:30pm - Rehearsal at the HS in the parking lot.

3:45 - 4:30 - Dinner in the band room

4:30pm - Load and leave for Allendale HS

5:30pm - Arrive at AHS

6:15pm - Warm up

7:00pm - Performance

8:30pm - Awards

10:00pm - Return home to WHS


4.) I have received the master schedule for East Kentwood, so please see below for our intinerary.

12 - 1:15pm - Warm up and rehearsal in the HS parking lot.

1:30pm - Load and leave for East Kentwood

2:45pm - Arrive at EK

3:15pm - Warm Up

4:00pm - Performance

4:30pm - Dinner in the parking lot at our band trailer.

5:30pm - Head back to the stadium to watch the remaining bands

9:45pm - Awards Ceremony

10:15pm - Depart for WHS

11:30pm - Arrive at WHS - End of our season!


Thank you parents for your support of our amazing kids!  Please join me in helping our kids finish this season strong!


Please let me know if you have any questions, have a good evening.


Mr. Raab


September 29, 2015
Music Notes - Band Camp 2016 dates!

Music Notes - Band Camp 2016 dates!

Good morning parents,

Please take a moment to read through the notes below as we have some reminders for upcoming events, a need for a truck to pull our trailer, as well as Band Camp dates for next summer.

1.)  Picture Night and Home Football Game this Friday:  Call time is 5:00pm at the MS.  Pictures will begin on the football field at 5:00pm sharp, students must be dressed in full uniform with their instruments and on the field at 5:00pm.

2.)  Truck needed for 10/7 Greenville Competition:  We are in need of someone with a truck, equipped with a 7-way spade connector, to haul our band trailer to our Greenville Competition next Wednesday, Oct. 7th.  Please let me know if you are able, or know someone that would be willing to let us use their truck.

3.)  Band Camp 2016:  For those of you that are already starting to make 2016 summer plans, please mark your calenders and reserve the week of Aug. 1st - 5th for band camp at Winding Creek.

4.)  Cedar Springs 10/2:  Please review our itinerary that was sent out last week for our competition this Saturday at Cedar Springs.  Call time is 5:30am at the MS.

As always, thank you for your support and please let me know if you have any questions.
Take care,
Mr. Raab