What a great weekend of competition. We had two great shows and had managed to win a few awards at the same time! We are super proud of the band. It should be stated that double contest days would not be possible without the help of our amazing band parent volunteers. We are very fortunate to have a booster club that supports the program as well as they do! Thank you boosters!
Seniors will do their own thing and be instructed on what to wear and when. The rest of the band will be wearing our standard Friday night purple uniforms.
Friday is Senior recognition. This means there will be some "interesting" shenanigans this Friday. You as a Senior parent do not need to worry about much other than your report time to the track. The AD is requesting all senior parents meet on the track at 5:30. There will be people to help line-up the families in alpha order but we can help the process by making our way to the end of the line as band seniors will follow the cheer seniors and be the last student group to be recognized. I will attach the PDF from the athletic office with information regarding senior recognition.
3:10 - Dress rehearsal with seniors.
3:40 - Seniors Dismissed (finish changing then meet parents on track around 5:45pm.)
3:40 - Underclassmen tunnel rehearsal/ pregame rehearsal.
4:15 - Load/dismiss
5:15 - Underclassmen report to Ridgeview/Warm-up
5:30 - Seniors drop off costumes at Ridgeview band Room. (Door G)
5:35 - Underclassmen depart for Tiger Stadium
5:45 - Form tunnel on track
5:50 - Begin recognizing Seniors
6:30 - Perform Amazing Grace with seniors encircled on the track. (Seniors take parents inside the tunnel) Pictures to follow.
6:40 - Band members in uniform make their way back field to perform pregame.
6:50 - Perform Pregame
7:00 - Kick-off/ Seniors report to inside Ridgeview to change.
Ronald McDonald House Charity Event
Every year do a community service project. Our favorite way to do this is to take a Saturday morning and busk outside of the two McDonald restaurants in Pickerington. We form two equal smaller bands and send 1 band to the Hill Rd. McDonalds location as well as the Diley Rd. Location. Students need to be at their assigned location before 9 so that we are ready to start playing at by 9am. We will perform up until 11 am. the band room will be open until 11:30 following the event. Students should dress accordingly for the weather in purple Tiger spirit wear. This would be a great time to wear those letter jackets! THIS IN NOT A FUND RAISER. All money that we collect is donated to the RMHC which goes towards consumable goods for the Ronald McDonald House on Parsons Ave, next to children's hospital. The kids have fun and learn how to use their time and talents to help others in need as well as teach them, "the greatest gift that you can give someone is your time". This is one of my favorite days of the year as we really get to play "just for fun"!
Due to the internet outage I will have to make a separate post to the FYI with the location/band member assignments.
We are in desperate need for volunteers in the concession stand this Friday. If you are the parent of a younger student and haven't volunteered this year, this would be a great way to get your feet wet. There is no background check required to help concessions, you simply need a positive attitude and a willingness to jump-in despite any apprehension you might have. Please contact Natalie Matney to volunteer!
Mr. Stowe is Director of Bands at Pickerington High School Central. He's in his 10th year of teaching in Pickerington and 18th 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.