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August 28, 2015
Game Tonight

Game Tonight

Good morning,

This is just a reminder that our first football game performance is tonight.

Call time is 5:30 pm in the middle school band room. All students should be dressed and ready for warm up at 5:30.

Students need to remember to bring their instrument, folios, music, black t-shirt, and black socks.
Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions.

Mr. R
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

 

August 26, 2015
Beginning of Marching Season!!

Beginning of Marching Season!!

Well marching season is finally upon us and things are happening quicklyJ.  We have our first game this Friday!  I listened to our talented musicians fill the air with music last night and I am excited to watch them fill the stadium with music and spirit this Friday night.  A note for the incoming Freshman families:  The far north section of the home bleachers is typically where our student body will sit (or mostly stand J).  In the next section I will have the bleachers roped off for our band to sit.  Then, if you are interested in sitting with the band families, we typically sit next to the band.  It is going to be a beautiful night and I hope that you all get a chance to join us for their debut.

Our next home game will be the 11th of September, where we will get to see more of the show.

Then on September 25th we will be hosting Montague for Whitehall’s Homecoming.  As is the tradition with the Whitehall/Montague bands, our band members will be sharing a meal with the Montague band members before the game.  The shared meal will take place between the parade and pregame.  To make this a success, we need volunteers to prepare, serve and cleanup the meal.  Our plan is to cook hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill, and serve bagged chips, apples, cookies and a water.

Volunteers that we will need are as follows:

-Grill masters J for the hotdogs and burgers

-Servers to help setup and distribute the food (basically put the stuff out and step aside as not to get trampled J)

-Cleanup crew (although are kids are pretty good at cleaning up, we will need to take care of the supplies and leftovers)

-Donations (we are serving between 100-120 so multiple people can bring each item)

                -Single serve bagged chips

                -Apples

                -Cookies

                -Water (preferably cold and ready to serve)

                -Hamburger Buns

                -Hotdog Buns

Jennifer Bouman is our Food Champion for the kids this year and will be your main point of contact for volunteering your time or supplies.  Please contact her at  jbouman@nmps.net or by phone  231.893.4298

Thank you for supporting our WHS youth!!!!

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

August 24, 2015
Rehearsal Tonight and Uniform Fitting

Rehearsal Tonight and Uniform Fitting

Good morning band family!
This is just a friendly reminder that we have rehearsal tonight from 6-9pm at the high school practice field.  It is very important that all students attend rehearsal as our first home game performance is this Friday.
Also, all upper classmen must try on their uniforms between 5 and 5:45pm.  Any freshmen that did not get fitted last week must also get fitted during this time.  Students that do not come between 5 - 5:45 will need to stay after rehearsal at 9:00pm.
Thank you,
Mr. Raab

 

August 24, 2015
Whitehall Marching Exhibition 2015 Information

Whitehall Marching Exhibition 2015 Information

I want to thank everyone that put in all the time and effort into the preparations for the Whitehall Marching Exhibition 2015.  Unfortunately we did not receive enough entries for the fall of 2015 and must cancel the event that was scheduled for September 19.  Please know that this has no reflection on the outstanding work that was done on last years or this year’s event.  We ran a very successful event last year and had the plans in place to have an outstanding year in 2015.  We are currently evaluating what changes that we can make to ensure that we provide a preferred venue for West Michigan Marching Bands in the fall of 2016.  This event was our primary source of fundraising for our general fund that provides the resources that the band needs to ensure our young musicians success throughout the year.  We will be evaluating other fundraising opportunities to fill those financial obligations.

Our desire to showcase our very talented musicians in the community and provide them with positive analysis is still our primary focus.  We will continue to explore other avenues that give our young musicians the opportunity to make a positive impact on the White Lake Area and share their talents.

Again, I would like to thank each and every one of the volunteers that put their precious time and efforts into this event.  I am confident that we will be able to transfer those efforts into the event for 2016.

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

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