Happy Labor Day!

I hope everyone enjoyed having an extra day in their weekend.  I apologize in advance for the long email…we’re really starting to ramp things up this week.  So here we go!

Marching Band: Congratulations on a great 1st performance last Friday night.  I felt we achieved what we set out to do…to get the show on the field in front of a crowd and set a baseline to help determine where we need the most work.  Sure, there are some things that didn’t go as planned, but no worries, that’s to be expected the first time out.  There were also a lot of great things!  We have 2 weeks before our next show.  It’s time to focus in on some music/visuals in an attempt to tighten things up.  I’m looking forward to our upcoming work together!

  • Rehearsal this week on Tuesday 9/6, Wednesday 9/7, and Thursday 9/8 from 3:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Band pictures will be taken at the beginning of rehearsal tomorrow (9/6).  Meet in the band room at 2:50 for further instructions.  Make sure you have all parts of your uniform.
  • Mr. Zamperini will be making another appearance on Thursday.  Be ready to work!

First marching competition 9/17 at Woodgrove HS in Purcellville.  Here is the schedule for Saturday.

10:00am  Report time – be on the field ready to go at 10:00am we will rehearse until 11:00pm.

11:00  Break for lunch and dress in uniforms.  Either pack a lunch or eat before you arrive.

11:30  Load truck – We will need parent help loading and unloading the truck…it’s always a big job!

12:15  Depart LHS

Dress code is your show shirt and full uniform.  Dinkles, long black socks, and thin pants or shorts underneath.  Long hair must be tucked up into the shako and earrings are limited to studs only.  After the performance, students will have an opportunity to change.  Please dress appropriately for the weather as we will be spending the rest of the evening in the stands.  Be sure to bring money for concessions or pack a dinner.  ETA back at LHS is around 10:30-11:00pm.  Follow the link below for the current schedule.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EIG-8Hj5KzPEDrSPJQ-X-_B-V3r0BFND4BwOyRmKsJ0/edit?usp=sharing

Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble: Seating tests are nearly complete.  I have to say that I am very happy at what I heard so far.  It is apparent that a good majority of you took this seriously and prepared your etudes appropriately.  Again, it’s about setting a baseline for yourself and to begin the process of making improvement in your individual playing.  Remember, there will be a seat challenge process if you are unhappy with your placement.  Once all seating tests are finished, I will post the results on the bulletin board next to the water fountain.

Band Boosters: Please keep a look out for an email from your band booster board with important information.  It has been requested that you check you spam folders for band booster correspondence in case the email is filtered out of your inbox.  This apparently has been an issue in the past.  Here are a couple of big items to keep in mind…

-First meeting of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21 at 6pm in the band room.  Please enter through the large, blue, band door.  After this meeting, upcoming meetings will take place every 2nd Wednesday of the month.  A complete list of meetings will be posted soon on the band website under the band booster tab. https://lhs-band.com/

-The boosters are seeking nominations for the following board positions…Secretary and Vice-President.  Email nominations to lhsbandboosters1@gmail.com by the 9/21 meeting.  Nominations will also be accepted the night of the meeting.

-If paying with PayPal, please select “pay to friend” rather than a business account.  This will avoid fees that the boosters must pay and that your entire payment will benefit the band organization.  Thank you!

Orlando 2023: Registration is still ongoing for our upcoming Music Department trip to Orlando.  There are plenty of spots available and I encourage you to sign-up soon.  Remember that your first payment is due by this Friday 9/9.  Also, please check your account to see if you have any data missing.  There are a few registered students/parents who still need to update their accounts.  See the attachment for complete details.  Contact Mr. Neidich with questions!

-Our unique Group Collect website for trip registration and payments: https://ccistravel.grcoll.co/go/libertyhsmusicorlando23 

-Need help with Group Collect?  Click here:  Passenger Registration Help Videos.

Tag Day – September 10:  Is finally this Saturday.  Please meet us in the band room at 9:30am to go over procedures for the day.  At 10am, we will begin moving through our routes.  We will meet back in the band room at 1pm for a pizza lunch and awards.  Dress code is our casual uniform…Show shirt, khakis, and ball caps.  You do not have to wear your dinkles for this event.  For drivers, please remember that there are 5-6 members on each team.  I’ve attached a flyer to this email to share info about the day!

-Thank you for those of you who have volunteered to drive students.  I have 7 drivers confirmed…I still need 3 drivers!   Please let Mr. Neidich know ASAP if you can help. 

-Students: group sign-ups are posted on the bulletin board.  Please sign-up ASAP

-If you have friends or family who would like to participate, but can’t due to distance, they may donate online that day by visiting https://lhs-band.com/ and clicking on the donate button at the top of the page.  Please spread the word!

As you can see, we keep very busy around here.  Thanks again for your time and as always, let me know if I can be of any assistance!