Band Bulletin #33: 4/26-5/2

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Fine Arts Spirit Week and was able to attend our Zoom Check-Ins with the bands last week! It was so good to see students and we appreciate your continued flexibility, patience, and positivity. We are all saddened by the announcement of school being held remotely for the rest of the school year, but want to recognize all of our students for the great work they are doing with offsite learning. We still plan to do all we can to continue to honor and recognize our wonderful seniors, get energized and plan for next school year, and finish this year strong.

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DISNEY REFUND UPDATE

We have been receiving several e-mails inquiring about when Disney refunds will be received. Below is an update from Paul of Great Day! Tours:

We have been in contact with some of the suppliers of the Disney tour as recently as last week. Like Ohio, Florida is shut down. Disney recently laid off 43,000 employees. When we cancelled the Disney reservation, they told us it would be 3 to 6 months before we could expect a refund. We are members of the American Bus Association and I have talked with other members that operate school trips and they have all been told the same time frame for refunds. I talked with the general manager of the hotel last week. Their hotel group owns 22 hotels and only necessary employees are allowed at the properties. He estimated 90 to 120 days before the refund. 

This is how I have been spending a lot of my days, trying to reach people to get some kind of timeline on the refunds. Most of my school tours go to big cities (Orlando, Washington, New York, Chicago) and everyone is telling me the same thing; they are shut down, so nobody is in the offices. I am working from home, but I am in constant contact with the owners of our company and they are monitoring refunds. So far, we have only received a few refunds for any of our tours (school and adults).

Thank you for your patience. Like you, I hope all of this is resolved sooner than later. – Paul Travagilianti, Great Day! Tours

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STUDENT LEADERSHIP APPLICATIONS

Student Leadership Application materials were sent out to students via Remind early last week. Applications are due TOMORROW, APRIL 28TH. There are some revisions to the process, qualifications, and duties. Please make sure you read the entire Student Leadership Information document BEFORE beginning the application. 

Students must first be selected for an APPOINTED LEADERSHIP position for the following school year to be eligible for an ELECTED OFFICER position. Squad Leader, Section Leader, Librarian, and Equipment Manager results will be posted BEFORE information about elections is released. Drum Major and Officer Election information will be released on May 12th.

Information, Applications, and Interview Signups are all available HERE.

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HONOR ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

Audition materials are available for several honor ensembles next school year. Several have deadlines in May, so now is a GREAT time to be working on audition materials. We have many talented students that would be excellent candidates for membership! Please check out the opportunities below:

OMEA All State Honor Band/Jazz/Orchestra
Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies
Macy’s Great American Marching Band
Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, April 28th – Student Leadership Applications DUE
  • Friday, May 8th – Section/Squad/Librarian/Equipment leadership announced
  • Tuesday May 12th – Drum Major/Officer information released
  • TBD in May – Drumline/Flagline clinics & auditions
  • TBD in May – Instrument/Uniform/Music Turn-In
  • 2020 Band Camp (Required)
    • Week 1: July 27-31
    • Week 2: August 3-7