Greetings, Band Members and Parents —

Band Camp begins next week, and we hope you share our excitement for getting started! Please review the packet that was sent to your home in June for detailed information. If you have misplaced any materials, everything is available on the “FORMS” page.

Please note the following:

NEW STAFF
We are pleased to welcome two new staff members this year: Mr. Rockwell Taylor will be working with Mr. Sark as Associate Percussion Advisor, and Mr. Brian Griffin is a student teacher, joining us from The University of Akron. These fine gentlemen join our returning staff, as we work together to guide our students through another exciting season!

DOWNLOAD & PRINT MUSIC (Password was sent via Remind)
Like last year, every student is being asked to PRINT ALL MUSIC FOR PREGAME, HALFTIME, AND STAND TUNES, and HAVE IT LOADED INTO YOUR FLIP FOLDER BY AUGUST 18th (if loaded properly, your flip folder should contain 11 pieces of music).

Make sure to double check your Part Assignment, to print the correct part (this will be checked). Please come prepared! If you do not have access to a printer, let us know.

LYRES AND FLIP FOLDERSRequired for all band members
These items may be purchased at uniform fitting nights (percussionists are exempt, as they utilize their own system). To ensure effective music memorization, students MUST have their lyre, flip folder, and all music, for every rehearsal. Every student is a valued contributor to the Marching Bees sound!

PREGAME MEMORIZATION GOAL
Like last year, we plan for every student to have the music for Pregame memorized by the end of band camp. While this may seem ambitious to some, bear in mind that – as of today, you have almost three weeks! Also, you will have a great deal of repetition at camp, and extra help from leaders and staff members. WE CAN DO IT!

INSTRUMENTS
Students will need to bring instruments to camp on Thursday, August 14th.

BAND CAMP SCHEDULE (Mandatory for all members)
WEEK #1 – August 11-15 (8am – Noon)
August 11 – Leadership only
August 12* – Leadership + Freshmen/New Members
                  *New Member pizza lunch! (Will still end at noon)
August 13, 14 – ALL BAND MEMBERS
August 15 – Picture Day (All Band Members)

WEEK #2 – August 18-22
August 18-21 (8am – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm; + Optional Evening Activities)
Friday, August 22 (8am – 4pm)
Saturday, August 23 – Our first performance at Cedar Point!

Fitting Nights – August 12th and 13th*
Parent Volunteers are still needed to help! There is also a need for “hemmers” to pitch in after the fittings. Please contact Julie Luber at luberjacks@cox.net if you can assist.  A detailed post regarding Uniform Fitting Nights will be coming soon.

Please contact either Mrs. Astey or myself with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

Sincerely,
Jason Wyse

PS. Remember to sign up for BBHHS Band Announcements HERE!

FROM THE UNIFORM COMMITTEE:

Dear Band Parents,

Band camp is right around the corner, and it takes many helpful hands to dress a successful band!

We are in need of volunteers to help with the Uniform Fitting nights onAugust 12th (Seniors/Juniors) and 13th (Sophomores/Freshmen). We have found that 30+ people are needed each night to keep the evening running smoothly and quickly. The fittings are from 6:00-9:00, and volunteers will be asked to arrive between 5:00 and 5:30, so we can give you a quick lesson on how things are done.*

*Bonus – if you volunteer, it means that your children will be fitted first!

We are also in need of people who are able to HEM uniforms after they are fitted. The pants get turned in following picture day on Friday. Turn around time is usually around a week or so and pants are bagged in groups of 10.

Your help with either the fitting, or the hemming, would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Julie Luber at luberjacks@cox.net. Please put something in the subject line about uniforms so I see it!

Thanks so much for your consideration!
~Julie Luber

The Marching Bees have been invited to perform as part of a Parade of Bands that will take place at Progressive Field, prior to the Cleveland Indians game on Saturday, September 6th!  We will then stay to enjoy the game (which, that evening, will include a promotional T-shirt and fireworks)!

To participate, students must purchase a ticket at the discounted rate of $20, which comes with $3.00 preloaded for concessions.  Family and friends are also invited to join us, at the same price!

Ticket orders will be due by August 15th.  There may be a limited number available, so please don’t delay.  View/print the flyer below for details and ticket orders:

Indians Game Ticket Form

Students – don’t miss this unique performance opportunity!

Greetings, Parents and Students —

It is time to launch our primary halftime show for the 2014 season: “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!” Each tune features an important figure in the history of Rock, who has been inducted into Cleveland’s own Rock Hall.

“ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME” SHOW:
The BeatlesEleanor Rigby
The Jackson 5I Want You Back
NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit
Billy JoelMy Life, Pressure, We Didn’t Start the Fire, Piano Man

ACCESS MUSIC AND AUDIO FILES HERE

(Password will be sent via Remind)

Be sure to check your PART ASSIGNMENTS to download the correct part… this is vital for a good, balanced sound, and will be checked at Band Camp.

Additional Notes:

REMIND: if you have not yet done so, please register for these free text and/or email updates: www.remind.com/join/mrwyse

PARTICIPATION FEE DONORS: If any band families are willing to serve as an anonymous donor, paying this fee for someone in a difficult financial situation, please email me. Your generosity is always extremely appreciated! Many thanks.

CALENDAR: Please remember, we now have a Google Calendar on the schedule page, which includes everything that is on the Band Schedule, and will always reflect the most current updates or changes.

Over the next few weeks, we expect that you will download this music and begin working on it, as well as our traditional pregame repertoire. I will be in touch again as Pre-Camp approaches… until then, enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Thank you,
Jason Wyse

All Band members and parents should subscribe to “REMIND” (formerly known as “Remind101) for text message announcements.  This will be our primary mode of communication this year, rather than mass emails.  However, you may also sign up receive emails (in addition to, or instead of texts) through Remind, as well.

To subscribe: www.remind.com/join/mrwyse

The launch of our Halftime Show will be coming soon via Remind!