I'd first like to start this FYI by saying, thank you to everyone who has made the band a priority and have helped give the kids something to look forward to up to this point. If you get a chance, please send anyone of these awesome people a note of encouragement and especially the boosters and staff for making many of the details possible. I can't show my appreciation enough and I'm extremely thankful to have such wonderful people supporting and believing in this program.
As we move into next weeks practices its important that students continue to practice social distancing and use face coverings when not participating in the activity. We showed improvement from day one, however we need to continue to show growth in this area.
Next week's schedule
Students should still report to practice on Sunday evening, July 19th, 6PM - 9PM. The Booster Board will be there to collect forms, and fees.
Please note SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR MONDAY - FRIDAY.
Due to an effort to reduce contact time among band students to something more similar to other fall activities, practice will be from 8am-11am, Monday through Friday. The evening sessions have been cancelled completely. Finally, the board will be at the school Monday morning to collect remaining forms and fees.
After Next week
Looking ahead, we will have our traditional shutdown so that custodians can begin the cleaning of the band room floors and 500 halls. Band will pick back up in the evenings starting on August 3rd in the evenings. August rehearsals will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until school starts.
In addition to cleaning out the uniform room, the uniform moms will have show t-shirts from previous years for sale for $5, duffle bags that were incorrectly labeled with a name (you will need to cover/fix the embroidered name yourself) for $10, and we have 3 car flags for $10 each. Pictures of items will be posted on Facebook group Friday or Saturday. I will let the boosters specify when these items will be available for sale.
If there are any questions on the schedule for the week please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes and have a great Saturday off!!!
We had a great first rehearsal with the band. Students were socially distant when engaged in the activities and by the end of the day smiling!
With that said, there are some modifications that must take place. The wellness screener check and attendance take time to do it accurately. Tomorrow we will be checking-in for the morning in waves to mitigate the line that developed this morning. Please plan to exit your vehicle or time your arrival according to the times listed below.
Arrival times by grade
Freshmen - 7:45am
Sophomores -8:00 am
Juniors - 8:15am
Seniors - 8:30am
Students will still do the following in this order.
1. Do CV screener the morning of practice (before you leave your house)
2. Arrive at the planned arrival time listed above
3. Check-in at the picnic table (IF THERE IS A LINE YOU MUST BE PHYSICALLY DISTANT AT ALL TIMES)
4. Walk to dot under the tent
5. Set up equipment for the day
6. Stay on your dot and wait for rehearsal to begin
From a protocol perspective tomorrows emphasis will continue to be on those anticipated transitional times when not engaged in the activity. Social distancing and face coverings during transitions will eventually become habit for everyone. We did good for the first day, we can do better tomorrow!
DON'T FORGET YOUR FOLDING STANDS!
Good morning Marching Tiger Parents and Guardians,
This is the first FYI for the 20/21 School year! As a reminder, this is the official location for accurate information regarding the detailed happenings of the Marching Tiger Band and Concert Bandsl. All other social media sources are NOT official informational outlets for the band. I do run an official twitter account for the program which you can follow at @PHSCTigerBand as well. The band's twitter account runs the gamut from informational, to school day info, to band humor.
You might be aware that the percussion students returned to "at school" practices last week. Many precautions and protocols are in place to help protect our students and staff from any viral infections related to Covid-19. The protocols in effect today are called Phase 1 protocols and are being executed by all fall activities practicing right now.
On Monday, June 22 the entire district will move to Phase 2. In this phase many of the same safety precautions are still in place however the number of students allowed to gather increases. We will be allowed to meet in socially distant groups off 50 starting Monday! This is HUGE, as groups of 50 make band practice for woodwinds and brass practical again!
There will be a Phase 3, however the details of this phase are unknown to me at this time. Additionally, I have no information regarding what actual Marching Band will look like this fall. I have no facts regarding what band will look like during the school day, at football games, or contests. I will be sure to share facts with our band family as soon as they become concrete. Regardless of whats to come I feel responsible to provide a Marching Band experience for all students at PHSC. Despite the unknown, I feel our students and fans of the Marching Tigers will appreciate anything and everything we can do to maintain the traditions of this organization.
First Practices Beginning Next Week
I have attached an important PDF which will provide all parents with the links and more thorough information regarding the safety protocols. After reading through this information you will need to provide two things on the day of your Child's first practice regarding Covid-19. The first item is the district's Cover-19 waiver which must be signed and turned in ONCE upon arrival at the first practice. The second item is a daily well-check screener. Students must complete this screener before every practice. Students will be asked to return home if they do not complete the daily well-check. These precautions are to maintain the safety of everyone participating in the activity.
We will begin our practices on June 24th at 8am. I will not start with full groups of 50. As a precaution I will rehearse our groups by sections at a time. Please see when your student will need to be at practice based on their instrument section listed below. (Guard and Percussion specific calendars are available through Mr. Gorgas and Ms. Allie.)
Wednesday 6/24/2020 8am-9:30am Flutes & Saxophones
Wednesday 6/24/2020 10am-11:30am Clarinets & Field Commanders
Thursday 6/25/2020 8am-9:30am Trumpets & Mellophones
Thursday 6/25/2020 10am-11:30am Trombones, Baritones & Tubas
Friday 6/26/2020 8am-9:30am Flutes & Saxophones
Friday 6/26/2020 10am-11:30am Clarinets & Field Commanders
Monday 6/29/2020 8am-9:30am Trumpets & Mellophones
Monday 6/29/2020 10am-11:30am Trombones, Baritones & Tubas
Tuesday 6/30/2020 8am-9:30am Flutes & Saxophones
Tuesday 6/30/2020 10am-11:30am Clarinets & Field Commanders
Wednesday 7/1/2020 8am-9:30am Trumpets & Mellophones
Wednesday. 7/1/2020 10am-11:30am Trombones, Baritones & Tubas
NO Practices on July 2nd or 3rd. No Parade on July 4th.
As you can see everyone will have 3 rehearsals lasting 1.5 hours each. The intent is for students to ease into a socially distant setting again, work on becoming more physically active and make music! The goals are simple but are important to the development of the band. I expect to see everyone there! Be sure to bring water and wear tennis shoes.
In conclusion, don't forget about the booster meeting Monday night. The impact of covid-19 did not stop at families and small businesses. Look for a zoom invite for Monday's meeting very soon. Please remain flexible and supportive of the students as we move forward. I look forward to getting the band back together!!!
- Concert and Symphonic band will travel to and from contest together.
- Parents may only attend the stage performances.
- Spectators are not permitted to enter the performing area after a performance has started. Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early at the auditorium door.
- Please refrain from any shouting or excessive cheering before, during or after a performance.
- Symphonic and Concert band kids are encouraged to bring cash for dinner from the WSHS band boosters.
We've been working extremely hard in preparation district contest, please plan on attending this free event in support of our students! Please email me with any additional questions you might have!
We made it! We have the privilege of performing in the final football game of the extended playoff season. Although we have been here before in the past 4 years we must treat this as if it is something special and insist all students attend to promote the program and school spirit. (plus, many students and staff expect a script tigers!)
Breakfast with Santa
We have moved up the set-up time for BWS. The goal is to provide as much initial support from the students right after school before I dismiss them to go through our Football game prep and Dinner. If you are willing to volunteer to help finish set-up and not planning on attending the football game, you are just who we are looking for! Please see the links below.
Volunteering - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040445a5a92da57-2019
Bake Sale - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040445a5a92da57-breakfast3
Concert Date Change
Over the course of the last 5 weeks we have lost a collective 1 week of rehearsal to football game prep on Fridays. After discussing the matter with a few of our upperclassmen, colleagues and staff we have decided to move the PHSC Winter Concert to December 18, 2019 in the PHSC Performing Arts Center at 7:00pm. I know this is a very late date change and I do apologize. However, we feel it is what is best to promote the expectations we put on our concert programs throughout the rest of the year. Most importantly we want to give students the time they need to feel prepared to give a performance they would be proud of. Please email me with any concerns you might have. Ridgeview and Diley concerts will remain on their scheduled dates.
Dinner on Friday
Due to the time and distance we have to travel the boosters are providing a boxed dinner for all students to eat 3:30. We received a great deal from Holly Hills Farm in Reynoldsburg on a boxed meal including a Sub sandwich, bag of chips and cookie. If you get a chance to give them some of your personal business this holiday season, please consider doing so.
Friday is our last performance. We will be collecting and stacking hats/hat boxes and checking in uniforms when we return. Please be ready to accommodate this at the end of the evening. Last year we had multiple hats not returned and cost the club hundreds of dollars to replenish the inventory. I have been in contact with the uniform company and have replacement prices for uniform pieces that are beyond repair or missing. After receiving word from the uniform volunteers you will be able to see those additional fees in charms account.
3:00 BWS set-up
4:30 Depart for Canton
7:00 Arrive in Canton
TBA. Return (please plan ahead. so that children are not left outside waiting for rides)
Happy Thanksgiving to all the Marching Tiger families. We have so much to be thankful for this year! It's a blessing to work with so many great students, volunteers and colleagues. It would only make sense that we get to celebrate "Friendsgiving" together this Friday!
We have a long trip ahead of us. We will be heading to Canton GlenOak High school. If you attended the New Philly Contest its roughly 40 minutes North of New Philadelphia. The same uniform expectations are in place for the entire ensemble this week. Students might want to consider bringing that travel pillow! Please make sure everyone arrives fed and hydrated.
2:30 - Band Room opens
2:45 - Equipment load/ get uniform pieces organized
3:20 - Load buses/Depart
6:00 - Arrive at GlenOak HS
6:40 - In Stadium
7:00 - Kickoff
TBA - Return, (Please plan this carefully with your children)
Mr. Nathan Stowe is Director of Bands at Pickerington High School Central. He's in his 7th year of teaching in Pickerington and 15th year of his career. Mr. Stowe holds two Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Performance from Capital University and a Masters of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.