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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


October 05, 2015


Good morning band family,

Congratulations to our students for a wonderful performance on Saturday!
We have yet another busy week ahead of us, so please see below for reminders.
1.)  Band rehearsal tonight from 6 - 9pm at the HS.
2.)  Family orders of our 2015 Show T-shirts were distributed to students this morning.
3.)  MSBOA Festival at Greenville:  Wednesday, Oct. 7th.  Please revisit the itinerary that was sent out a couple weeks ago regarding our schedule for this Wednesday.  Students will be staying after school in the band room, as we will leave for Greenville at 3:30pm.  Students will be receiving a bag meal for the evening before we leave.

4.)  ***HIGH PRIORITY***  We are still in need of a truck to pull our band trailer this Wednesday for Greenville.  Please let me know ASAP if you or someone you know is willing to drive and/or let us borrow their truck to pull our band trailer.

5.) Last home football game this Friday, Oct. 9th, Senior Night and 8th grade band students marching with the band.  All parents/guardians of senior band students must meet at the north end of the home side stands at 6:30pm in order to line up for senior recognitions.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding our events this week.

Take care,
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


September 22, 2015
Picture Night & Competition Itineraries

Picture Night & Competition Itineraries

Good afternoon parents,

Attached you will find itineraries for our first three competition events.  The master schedule for East Kentwood on 10/24 has not been sent out yet.  I will have an itinerary sent out as soon as that information becomes available.
Below you will find information regarding our picture night next Friday.
Picture Night - 10/2 at 5:00pm
Our Picture Night has been scheduled for next Friday, October 2nd before our home football game against Oakridge.  Students must be dressed in full uniform and on the field by 5:00pm.  We will take large group photos on the field and in the stands from 5-5:30pm.  From 5:30 - 6pm, we will take section photos.  Students should plan on eating an early dinner before pictures in the event of inclement weather extending our timeline and picture schedule.

Thank you parents for your supprt and please let me know if you have any questions.
Mr. Raab

September 21, 2015
Homecoming Schedule

Homecoming Schedule

Good evening parents,

I would like to thank everyone for your support of our event this past Saturday, and thank you to all parents that volunteered to serve/cook dinner, and/or helped with logistics.  The clinic was a huge success.  Both Montague and Whitehall bands had great performances, and our clinic sessions were very helpful. 
Our next performance is this Friday with our homecoming parade and football game, please see the schedule below.
4:45pm - Call time at the MS, dressed in full uniform and ready for warm up.
5:20pm - Line up for parade
5:30pm - Parade steps off from CSB parking lot
6:00pm - Boosters providing pizza dinner for band when we return from the parade.
6:50pm - Line up for pre-game.
7:00pm - Kick-off
Thank you once again parents for your continued support of our program.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mr. Raab

September 11, 2015
Football Game, T-Shirts, Clinic Schedule

Football Game, T-Shirts, Clinic Schedule

Hello Band Family!
Please take a moment to read the following information regarding our next football game, t-shirt orders, as well as the schedule for our clinic next Saturday, September 19th.
1.)  Home Football Game, Friday, 9/11:  Call time will be 6:00pm in the middle school band room.  Students must be in full uniform and ready for warm ups at 6:00pm.
2.)  T-Shirt Orders:  Our design for the 2015 show t-shirts has been finalized.  Your students t-shirts have already been paid for within their band camp fees and will be ordered tomorrow.  Attached is an order form for family and friends.  If you would like to order additional shirts, please fill out the attached form and send money in with your student to be turned in to Mr. Raab.  **All orders and money are due by Wednesday, September, 16th.**  Checks should be made out to Whitehall Band Boosters.

3.)  Band Clinic - Saturday, September 19th:  Our schedule for the clinic will be as follows:
12pm - 3:00pm: Full Band rehearsal at the football stadium (students should eat lunch on their own before rehearsal).
3:00pm - 4:00pm:  Break, snacks will be provided by the band boosters.  Students will get dressed in full uniform and head to the stands to watch Montague's performance and clinic.
4:00pm:  Clinic begins, Montague will be performing first.
4:45pm:  Whitehall Band performance, with clinic to follow immediately after.
5:30pm:  Our boosters will be providing dinner for both Montague and Whitehall bands in the MS cafeteria.  This will be a great opportunity for the students to celebrate each others hard work, as well as to build relationships.

After dinner, students will be dismissed for the evening.
Thank you for your support parents and please let me know if you have any questions.
See you tomorrow night!
Mr. Raab


August 31, 2015
Popcorn Bucket Sales Again

Popcorn Bucket Sales Again

The Wesco popcorn buckets are in and it is once again time to earn money for your students band account!  This money can be used toward all band camp activities that require a fee, such as marching camp.  Please let me know if you have any questions on the allocation of the funds.

Here are the specifics:  Debi Burr is chairing this fundraiser

Buckets are good for free refills from now until December 31, 2016.

Buckets are $10 each. Payment is due at the time of pick up. Make checks payable to: Whitehall Music Boosters. Cash will work tooJ

Buckets cannot be returned if unsold so only take what you think you can sell; you can always get more at a later date.

$5 of every bucket sold will be applied to the band member account (can be used for band camp 2016 or other band related events/fees as approved by the band boosters).

If preferred, we have forms to take orders and collect money before picking up buckets.

Buckets will be available before/after select practices (monitor Facebook page for details).  You may also contact Debi if other arrangements need to be made.

Good Luck and Happy Selling!

Debi’s contact info:
Cell: (231) 578-2836
Email: debi.burr@whitehallband.org

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

August 27, 2015
Music Notes

Music Notes

Hello Band Family,
I just wanted to take a moment and send a few reminders regarding our football game this Friday, as well as update you on our September 19th marching band clinic.
1.)  Our first home game performance is this Friday.  Call time will be 5:30 pm in the middle school band room.  Please understand that call time means that the students need to be fully dressed in their uniforms, with their instruments and music, and ready for warm ups by 5:30, not showing up by 5:30.  All students must wear a black shirt underneath their jackets and have black socks.
2.)  We are in need of 2-3 adult volunteers to help set up our command center for our half time performance.  Please let me know if you would be willing to assist.
3.)  Even though we did not receive enough entries for our September 19th Exhibition, our students, along with the Montague band will be giving a performance for a clinician on that day at our football stadium.  This is a mandatory performance, so please keep this date blocked on your calendar for our students.  A timeline and more details will be sent out within the week as plans are solidified.
Thank you parents for all that you do to support our students.  We are looking forward to a fun night this Friday, hope you can come out and support our wonderful students at our first game!
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Take care,
Mr. Raab