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May 21, 2015
 Graduation & Parade

Graduation & Parade

Good afternoon parents,

I just wanted to send a few quick reminders about our last 2 performances for the year.  Tonight is graduation at the football stadium.  Call time is 6:00pm in the middle school band room, the ceremony begins at 6:30.  Dress code for graduation is the same as the spring concert, casual spring attire.  No jeans, shorts, or tennis shoes.

Call time for the parade next Monday will be 9:30am at the middle school band room.  The parade will step off from City Hall at 10:30am.  The service at Covell Park will be at 11:00am.  Buses will pick up our students and drop them off at the middle school following the ceremony.

Have a great weekend, please let me know if you have any questions!

Mr. Raab

May 20, 2015
Band Booster meeting tonight

Band Booster meeting tonight

Reminder that we will be having a band parent meeting tonight at 6:30 pm in the Viking Center.  This meeting will be focused on sub sales and the Exhibition in the fall.  Other timely agenda items will be covered quickly as needed (upcoming events) at the beginning of the meeting, then we will split into our focus groups.

NOTE:  If you have not attended a meeting, this would be a great opportunity to get acquainted with your team.  SEE YOU THERE!

Exhibition:

Team leaders will gather info from volunteers list to prepare their teams. 

We will also discuss how to involve those that have not yet volunteered and where they may fit into the Exhibition Event.

Teams will begin lists for needed resources and lay out a plan for moving forward.

 

Sub Sales

·         Collect, count and finalize sub sales forms

·         Turn in to Montague Foods

·         Discuss distribution on the 1st.

 

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

May 05, 2015
2015 Marching Band Info

2015 Marching Band Info

Good afternoon band family!
It is hard to believe, but it is time to start planning for our upcoming marching band season!  First of all, I would like to welcome all of our new incoming freshman parents, we are so excited to have you as part of our band family!
Before we move into summer break, I want to make sure you have all of the information you need to be prepared for our upcoming season.  

Attached you will find two documents.  The first is a letter, outlining dates for camp, pre-camp/picnic, as well as all fundraisers that will take place this summer.  The second is a letter from our Treasurer, Ms. Debi Burr, outlining the payment schedule for band camp fees.

Please take a moment to look over the information in both letters and let me know if you have any questions, or if you can not open either document.

Have a great week!
Mr. Raab

 

April 28, 2015
WHS Band Sub Sales

WHS Band Sub Sales

WHS Band Students will be selling subs and croissants to earn money for their student account.  This account money will be able to be used for marching band camp or band trips.  The sandwiches will be sold for $2.50 each with $1.25 of that money going directly into the students band account.  Subs will be made at Montague Foods.

I have attached the order form and Mr. Raab will be handing them out tomorrow at school.

Please remember to have orders turned in to Mr. Raab by Monday, May 18th (with money).  Subs will be delivered to the HS for pickup on Monday, June 1st.

This is a great opportunity for kids to earn money for their student accounts.

If you have any questions please feel free to a band officer or Mr. Raab for details.

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

April 28, 2015
WHS Marching Band Deposit and payment schedules

WHS Marching Band Deposit and payment schedules

Your first band camp deposit of $50 per student is due by Tuesday, May 11th

 A table will be setup in the Viking Center during the middle school and high school spring concerts to accept your deposit. 

Other Payment Options:

Make payments through the band website using PayPal-(Note: there is a small fee for using this service) Link below. 

Send Check made out to Whitehall Band Boosters, 3100 White Lake Drive, Whitehall, MI 49461

The remaining balances will be divided into two equal payments (50% of balance due);

                The next payment will be due by Friday, June 12th

                The last payment will be due by Friday, July 10th.

Our current estimate is that camp fees will be $350 for upper classmen that do not require new shoes or $380 for incoming freshman and students that need new marching shoes.  We will send out notification of exact costs when we have complied all the costs (which will not exceed the estimated amount)

Note:  All moneys earned through car washes, pop can drives, popcorn bucket sales and sub sales can be used to reduce the cost of band camp.  Please contact our Secretary Debi Burr for your current balance (she will have balances available at the spring collage). 

Also, note that we do have matching scholarship money available for families in need; where for every dollar the student earns through fundraising for camp will be matched by the band boosters.  To see if you qualify for the scholarship program please see Mr. Raab.

Camp fees cover:  Overnight accommodations, 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, transportation to and from camp and marching gloves (the extra $30 will cover new shoes if needed-used shoes (if available) can be purchased for $10)

Any overpayments of camp fees will be returned to you at your request or may remain in your students account for future camp or trip fees.  *Moneys raised through fundraising or scholarship funds are not available for refund payment to student

If you have any questions please contact a band officer or Mr. Raab.

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

April 28, 2015
Corrections to Band Camp Deposits and Payments Email

Corrections to Band Camp Deposits and Payments Email

Sorry for the errors J

Debi Burr is our Treasurer, not our SecretaryJ

I had the wrong signature block (this one has the link to our website and Facebook page)

Also, note that Connie Noom our current Secretary will be stepping down from her position in May.  So, we are seeking nominations for a new Band Booster Secretary.  This is your chance to be a part of a growing force at WHS and in the WL community!

We are also accepting nominations for President, Vice President and Treasurer.  We currently have 1 nomination each for these positions, but are accepting more. 

We will be voting on the positions at the next meeting that will be Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30 pm at the HS Viking Center.

Note:  You can find all upcoming events on our Whitehall Band Website or Facebook, just follow the links below.

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

March 26, 2015
 Spring Band Update

Spring Band Update

Greetings Band Family,

As we get closer to Spring Break, I wanted to send a message with our upcoming Spring performances:

1.)  Thornapple Jazz Festival  in Hastings, MI, Friday, April 24th.  Members of our Jazz Band will be traveling to Hastings to perform and receive a clinic from a professional jazz musician, as well as hear some of the best jazz ensembles from around the state.  Our performance/clinic time is scheduled for 4:00pm at the City Library.  Our tentative schedule has us leaving WHS by 8:00am and returning around 10:00pm.  More details will be available after Spring Break.

2.)  MSBOA State Band Festival, Thursday, April 30th, Big Rapids High School.  With receiving a division one rating at district band festival, our HS Symphonic Band has qualified, and will be going on to State Festival.  An itinerary will be sent out once the final schedule has been set by MSBOA.

3.)  HS Band Spring Concert, Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00pm in the HS auditorium.  Please join us for a wonderful night of music from our Jazz Band, Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Ensembles, as well as our Symphonic Band.  We will also take time to recognize our seniors, as well as present band awards.

4.)  HS Graduation, Thursday, May 21st, Football Stadium

5.)  Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 26th

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

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Mr. Raab

 

Feburary 9, 2015
Spring Schedule & Festival Information

Spring Schedule & Festival Information

Good afternoon parents,

I hope this message finds you all well and staying warm this winter!

Attached (doc, link) you will find a schedule of all HS and MS band performances from now until the end of the year.  Also attached (doc, link) is the itinerary/permission slip for our band festival trip on Thursday, March 5th.

Our next performance is our pre-festival concert on Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00pm in the HS auditorium.  This concert will feature our 7th, 8th, and High School bands, as they will be performing their music they have been preparing for district band festival.  Call time for students will be 6:00pm.

If you have any questions regarding the spring schedule or our festival trips, please feel free to contact me.

Take care,

Mr. Raab

Matthew Raab
Instrumental Music Director
Whitehall District Schools

 

Feburary 3, 2015
Updates from Band Parent Meeting

Updates from Band Parent Meeting

We missed those that were not able to attend the band parent meeting last Wednesday.  Here are some action items that came from the meeting.

1.        We are adding two leadership roles to the band parent organization and we need your input.  If you know someone that would be good at either of these positions please send me their name and I will contact them to see if they would be a part of supporting our children’s musical events and opportunities.

a.       Food Organizer-  Our band kids get fed a lot throughout the year (especially during marching season).  This position would not be providing or cooking all the food J This position would be just organizing:  Like, deciding how the kids will be fed for each event and then soliciting parents to bring or cook or order the food (whatever is necessary for that particular event).  No experience necessary as we have some very experienced parents of seniors who would love to share their love of feeding our musicians.

b.      Fundraising Organizer- Again this person is NOT responsible for running all the fundraising events.  They are simply the lead person that will determine what events we will take on (either as a group for the general fund or as optional for band individual camp or trip funds), and what the funds from that event will be applied to, then solicit leaders for the events.

*Remember, the more parents that we have participating the easier it is on everyone, and the more benefits that we can provide for our kids and the band program.  So nominate someone that you think would be a good fit for either of these roles.  After nominations are in and accepted we will have a vote.  Also, co-leaders is perfectly acceptable option.

2.       Our band parent partyJ!  The date has been set for Saturday, March 7th at 4:00pm.  This is an adult only party!  This is our chance as parents to enjoy some fellowship time with old friends and welcome and get to know our incoming parents.  I am looking for feedback in preparation for the party

a.       We are still searching for a venue to host the party.  All ideas are welcome. 

b.      To help us decide what venue is going to work best, we need some guestimate as to how many parents will be hanging out with us.  So please respond to this email and let me know either for sure, maybe, busy or just don’t want to hand out with you J

More emails will be coming J

Maribeth Picard
Whitehall High School Band President

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