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July 24, 2014
 Camp Balances & Health Forms

Camp Balances & Health Forms

Good morning,

Payment for any remaining band camp balances must be paid in full at our picnic this evening.

Also, health forms are due by this evening as well.  If you have not turned in a form for your child, please fill out the attached form and bring it with you this evening.

Thank you,

Mr. Raab

 

July 23, 2014
 Pre Camp & Picnic Reminder

Pre Camp & Picnic Reminder

Good evening,

This is a reminder for all marching band students that our mini-camp rehearsal is from 1-5:00pm tomorrow at the HS Band Room.  Please bring your music, instrument, water bottle, and sunscreen. Please also wear a good pair of shoes, no sandals!

Our Band Picnic will take place after rehearsal at 5:30 on the lawn outside the band room at the high school.

For any parents attending band camp as an over night chaperone, we will have a brief meeting at 6:00pm in the band room.  During this meeting I will cover chaperone responsibilities and guidelines, as well as expectations for our students.

I am very excited to begin our 2014-1015 season and am looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Have a good night,
Mr. Raab

 

July 19, 2014
TAG DAY CHANGE!!!!!

TAG DAY CHANGE!!!!!

Attention TAG DAY volunteers!!!

Unfortunately the City of Whitehall Overbooked the corners for TAG DAY today.   The other group was already stationed at the corners so we are going to cancel TAG DAY for today. 

Please Post this to social media to spread the word as quickly as possible so everyone gets notified before they head to the corner.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause anyone.

We are flexible and will regroup for a different weekend.  Must be a better weekend out there just waiting for us J

Thank you for your cooperation in the situation.

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

July 18, 2014
Music for TAG Day

Music for TAG Day

Below is set list of music for TAG DAY

Fight Song

Let go Big Red

Tuba Vamp

Another One Bites the dust

Smoke on the Water

Thriller

YMCA

Eye of the Tiger

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

July 18, 2014
Band Camp Parent Chaperone Volunteers

Band Camp Parent Chaperone Volunteers

We still need just a few female band camp chaperones.

Chaperones only need to be at camp from 8pm to 7am as instructors will be in charge during the day.

We need 1 female for Tuesday, July 29th

               2 women for Wednesday, July 30th

               1 female for Thursday, July 31st.

Please let me know if you would like to enjoy this experience with your child.

Thanks

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

July 18, 2014
Picnic Thursday, July 24th

Picnic Thursday, July 24th

The band boosters are very excited to provide the food and beverages for our second annual pre-band camp picnic.  This is a great time for families to mingle and enjoy fellowship before we send our young musicians off to camp for a week and begin our 2014-2015 band season.

What will be provided:

Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Salads, Watermelon, Chips, Desserts, Drinks, Tables, Tents, 1 Grill

What we need from you:

-Respond to this email as to how many in your family will be attending (include your marcher)(this is extremely important so we purchase the appropriate amount of food)

-Bring table setting for your family

-Bring chairs if you have them.

-Come early (around 4 pm) if you are able to help setup tents, tables, grill and prepare food (many hands makes for light work)

-If there is anyone that could bring an extra grill that would help out with the cooking as we expect to be cooking for around 150

Thanks for your support of the WHSB!!!

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

July 17, 2014
TAG DAY 7/19

TAG DAY 7/19

Good evening everyone!
 
This Saturday, July 19th is Tag Day.  Thank you to all who have already volunteered their time to help raise money for the Whitehall band.  As many of you know, this is one of the biggest fund raisers that the band boosters organizes.  We still have time slots to fill in the schedule and some people have even volunteered for two time slots.  If you haven’t had time to access the sign-up sheet to add your name, WE NEED YOU, and you still have time.  If you can’t access the sheet, you can still email me at mitteer6@outlook.com.  We are also in need of more students to play instruments on the sidewalk.  The more students we have playing at each intersection, the more donations we receive.  The band parent meeting tonight was your opportunity to pick up your instrument if it was still at the school.  If you didn’t get a chance to pick it up, please contact Mr. Raab to make arrangements.  Our goal this year is $1400 in donations!  Lets go Vikings!
 
 
Thanks,
 
Matt Mitteer
VP Whitehall Bands

 

July 14, 2014
Music Notes

Music Notes

Hello Band Family!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer!

This is a reminder for our mini-camp rehearsals and picnic next week.  Next Tuesday, July 22nd is our freshman and section leader training from 1:00-3:00pm at the HS band room.  Below are section leaders who should be in attendance.  This rehearsal is ONLY for section leaders and all incoming freshman.

Drum Major - Kyle Baustert
Flute - Kaylee Picard - Assistant DM
Clarinet - DJ Sharpe
Alto Sax - Caitlyn Hain
Trumpet - Morgan Mitteer
Trombone - Ryan Bluhm
Baritone/Tenor Sax - Conner Miller
Tuba - Patrick Taylor
Percussion - Stephen Ogden
Color Guard - Allison Henry

Next Thursday, July 24th is our mini-camp rehearsal and band picnic at the High School.  This rehearsal is for ALL marching band students and will go from 1:00pm - 5:00pm, with our band family picnic to follow at 5:30pm.  Students need to bring their instrument and show music.

Our next Booster meeting will be this Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the HS band room.  We will be discussing band camp, as well as our Fall Invitational.  **This will also be a time for those students participating in TAG Day this Saturday to pick up their instruments and/or music that they need for that event.**

Have a great week, looking forward to seeing everyone next week!

Mr. Raab



July 9, 2014
TAG Day sign ups & pop can drive

TAG Day sign ups & pop can drive

Good morning,

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!  Please remember we will have a pop can drive this evening, starting at 6:30pm in Plumb's parking lot.  Also, please see the below message from our Booster VP Mr. Matt Mitteer regarding sign ups for TAG Day.
Mr. Raab
 

**To make it easy for everyone to volunteer, please click on the following link and add your name to the time slot(s) you would prefer.  If you are available at any time, add your name along with an asterisk "*" so I know I can move you if necessary.  As Maribeth stated, the more student participation we have the better.  Under the student performer section, please put the student's name and instrument so we can have a good ensemble playing at each intersection.  I will be checking this often and if anyone has issues opening the link, you can still email me directly.  Thanks again to all who have volunteered already.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kC64OCm-svyN8th2JzqczTLWZ6Pg1_vOEOKdSs3dRIs/edit?usp=sharing

Matt Mitteer
mitteer6@outlook.com<mailto:mitteer6@outlook.com>
July 7, 2014
TAG Day!

TAG Day!

It’s time once again for TAG Day!  This is the Whitehall Band’s most lucrative fundraising event to date based on hours invested.  We earned over $1,200 dollars for 5 hours of work last year (which amounts to $50 per hour of adult volunteer time).  And we can do much better if we have more of our youth playing at the corner while the adults collect the money (we cannot have students standing in the road collecting money).  I was working the corner of Colby and Mears last year and had many people that gave us extra stating that they gave more because the kids were involved and playing.  Unfortunately we did not have enough musicians to play at the corner of Mears and Main and we had donors asking why, so we need to increase our youth participation this year.

 So, here we go ‘WE NEED YOU!’ to volunteer one hour of your time for adults and two hours of time for the youth to help us earn money to support our band program.  The money earned goes to pay for things like music, uniforms, bus transportation and entry fees to music events and a whole list of other things (for a more complete list please join us at the next band parent meeting to view our 2014-2015 budget plan).  These are things that ALL the kids in the band program benefit from and we need lots of participation.  We need 25 adults to pledge 1 hour of their time and 50 students to pledge 1-2 hours of their time.

 I am very excited that our newly elected Vice President, Matt Mitteer will be scheduling this event.  Please help him out on his first official assignment and show him how amazing our volunteer base is.  Send all volunteer times to Matt for scheduling (and remember that times slots are first ones to volunteer get their pick of time slots).  Contact email for Matt is mitteer6@outlook.com

Also, this event will be posted on the website and the Facebook page.

 Now, that you are excited and ready to volunteer, please open the attached sign-up sheet for details!

 Things to remember to bring when you arrive for your volunteer time (it can get pretty hot out there)

-sunscreen

-water bottle

-hat

-red shirt (or bright color)(we do have sandwich boards as well)

-music and instruments for youth

 Our goal this year is $1,400!

 Day is Saturday, July 19th.

Thanks

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

June 16, 2014
Band Camp Final Payment

Band Camp Final Payment

Because we have a pop can drive scheduled for July 9th we have decided to extend the final payment for camp to July 11th for those that wish to participate in the pop can drive (and have those funds applied to this year’s camp).  If you will not be participating in the pop can drive on the 9th please make your final camp payment by Friday, July 4th.

Also, we will need drivers for the pop can drive,

Thanks

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

June 6, 2014
Music Notes!

Music Notes!

Good Evening Parents,

I cannot believe this year has come to an end!  Thank you for all of your support and help in making it an extremely successful one!  I wanted to send a few quick reminders before we are off for the Summer.  Attached you will find a copy of the Marching Band handbook that students were given, as well as the new (thank you Rachel Mitteer) medical form for band camp.  These signed forms are due to me by tomorrow morning, students must have them turned in in order to attend camp.  Please also make note of the FALL 2014 schedule within the handbook.  The football and competition dates are firm, however, the Monday evening rehearsal schedule may change a bit once the fall athletic schedule is finalized.  I will make sure to communicate any changes as soon as I am aware.

Final student balances must be paid up by July 4th.  We have a few fundraising opportunities lined up this Summer for your students to earn money towards their marching band fees.
- Car wash – Saturday, June 14th , June 21st at 10:00am @ Advanced Auto
July 19th – TAG DAY – 9:00am – 2:00pm.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I hope you all have an enjoyable, relaxing Summer!

Matthew Raab
Instrumental Music Director
Whitehall District Schools

 

 

Clarification

Good morning,

A few points of clarification regarding our Summer fundraising activities:
-Car Wash - Saturday, June 14th, June 21st at 10:00am @ Advanced Auto - Funds earned will go to individual student accounts
-July 9th - Pop Can Drive - 6:30pm Plumb's parking lot - Funds earned will go to individual student accounts
-July 19th - TAG Day 9:00am - 2:00pm - Funds earned will go to the GENERAL BAND FUND

Thank you!

Matthew Raab
Instrumental Music Director
Whitehall District Schools

 

May 25, 2014
Parade Reminder

Parade Reminder

Good evening,

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

Call time tomorrow morning is 9:00am at the Middle School.  The parade will step off at 10:30, and the ceremony at Covell Park is at 11:00am.  Buses will pick us up from the ceremony and bring us back to the middle school.

See you all tomorrow!

Mr. Raab
May 16, 2014
WHS Band Information

WHS Band Information

Thanks to everyone for attending the bands spring performances!  The performers were amazing; what a great way to end the school year.

We collected just over $137 at the HS performance; thanks to all those that donated!

Now it’s time to get going for the summer and fall marching season!

Here are some very important dates to mark down are your calendar. 

Tuesday, May 27th at 5:00 pm in Plumb’s parking lot for POP CAN DRIVE.  Remember all money that is earned from this event goes directly to your musicians band camp funds.

Monday, June 2nd at 6:30 pm in HS Band Room.  Parent meeting to discuss upcoming fundraisers for band camp, band camp and fall competition.  Even if you have never attended a band parent meeting, this is the time to get involved.  Our motto “All Hands On Deck”.  Many hands make for light work!

Note**We will be taking our annual nominations for band officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary).  Those nominated will be notified and ask to accept or deny the nomination and then we will be voting on the nominated candidates at the June 2nd meeting.  To nominate someone please send the information to one of the current officers (current officers are eligible for nomination).

Past Due (Wednesday, May 14th).  If you have not made your $50 band camp deposit please make that payment today.  We have many convenient ways to make your payment.  You can send your check with your child to school to give to Mr. Raab (or place in black box), mail it to the school, make payment from band website via PayPal.  If you have financial need for camp scholarship funds please contact Mr. Raab for consideration.

Friday, July 4th Final Payment for Band Camp.  You can use any one of our convenient payment options as listed above. 

If you have any questions please contact one of our band officers. 

Thanks for a great 2013-2014 school year and we are looking forward to a great 2014-2015 school year!

We have an awesome band parent organization and it couldn’t be done without you!!!!

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

May 9, 2014
Spring Concert/Band News

Spring Concert/Band News

Good Morning Parents,

I just wanted to send a few reminders regarding upcoming events for our Band Program:

-High School Band Spring Concert - Wednesday, May 14th @ 7:00pm in the Auditorium.  Enjoy wonderful performances by our Jazz Band, Woodwind and Brass Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble, and Symphonic Band.  Doors will open at 6:40pm for friends and family.  Call time for students is 6:15pm, dress code is casual (school appropriate) Spring attire.  Reception to follow concert, please feel free to bring cookies and brownies!

-Band Camp Deposit Reminder - We are asking that a $50 deposit for band camp be made by the evening of our concert.  Please make checks out to Whitehall Band Boosters.  Booster representatives will be present to collect payments.

-Pop Can Drive - Tuesday, May 27th; This is a GREAT opportunity for your students to raise money towards their marching band expenses.  Students will gather in Plumb's Parking lot at 5:00pm, split into groups and canvas the community.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our concert!  Please email me if you have any questions!

Have a great weekend!

Matthew Raab
Instrumental Music Director
Whitehall District Schools

 

April 22, 2014
Spring Events & Band Camp

Spring Events & Band Camp

Good Morning,

Spring is here and we have many events to look forward to!  Below are dates for our final performances for the school year, as well as Band Camp.
Middle School Spring Concert - Tuesday, May 13th @ 7:00pm in the HS Auditorium;  Call time for students is 6:15pm in the band room. *Please come out and support the 'next generation' of our HS groups.
High School Spring Concert - Wednesday, May 14th @ 7:00pm  in the HS Auditorium; Call time for students is 6:15.  Cookies and Refreshments in the Viking Center following the concert.
Memorial Day Parade - Monday, May 26th - Call time 9:00am at Middle School Band Room
Graduation - Thursday, May 29th - Call Time 5:30pm in the HS Band Room


**Summer Dates**
-Section Leader training & freshman camp - Tuesday, July 22nd at the HS
-Pre-camp rehearsal (all band members) and Band Picnic - Thursday, July 24th at the HS
-Band Camp - July 28th through August 1st - Winding Creek Camp in Hastings, MI
-The total cost per student for the upcoming marching season will be $320.  A deposit of $50 must be made by May 14th in order to have your student registered for camp.  If possible, we ask that you please write a check or money order to Whitehall Band Boosters and have your student bring it to school to Mr. Raab, or you may also submit payment with Maribeth Picard or Anita Hain at our Spring Concert on the 14th.
-More detailed information on Band Camp and our Fall Schedule will be sent out by the end of the school year once plans are finalized.

-Marching Band Competition-
-We are continuing to plan for hosting our 1st annual Whitehall Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, September 20th!!!  This is a very exciting time for our Band Program and many parents have already devoted their time and resources in the process.  However, we will need 'All Hands on Deck' in order to make this event 'go' and be successful.  If you have not yet volunteered to help, we will have sign ups for specific jobs at our Spring Concert.  Please be thinking ahead of where your gifts/talents may be used best!

Thank you all for your ongoing support of our amazing band students!  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Enjoy Spring!

Matthew Raab
Instrumental Music Director
Whitehall District Schools
March 27, 2014
Band article in Beacon!

Band article in Beacon!

Good Afternoon,

I wanted to give you all a heads up that our 7th, 8th and High School Bands will be featured (with pictures) in this weeks addition of the White Lake Beacon.  The article highlights the recent successes of all our groups at District 7 Band Festival this past February.

Enjoy!

Matthew Raab
Instrumental Music Director
Whitehall District Schools
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