LAMPHERE show information is now available on the band website. CLICK HERE to view the Itinerary.
8 to 5 Challenge is still on! No one was able to do it after rehearsal today! First student that can to a perfect 8to5 will win $10. Any student after the winner will earn 5 members points! Everyone can win ... who will be first?
Congratulations to both Chris Wilson and Dan Holland! Both drum majors attended drum camp at MSU, and both earned the "Big Ten Award". This is a very high honor that is not award to everyone! Great job! We are all very proud of your accomplishments!
CONGRATULATIONS to all of those who took part in Week 2 Summer Practice Challenge The individual winner for the most minutes practiced was Thomas Volker. With 416.25 AVERAGE minutes, and the section with the most minutes practiced was the Altos. With 91.30% of members participating, and the section with the most participation was the Color Guard. Congratulations! All ALTO members that participated this week has earn 1 Director Points, and THOMAS has earned 5 Director Points! The ALTOS will be first in line for all meals on Monday. TODATE ... the band has practiced a total of 42,873 minutes. That is AWESOME! We are now on in the Week 3 of the challenge. REMEMBER that sectional work can be counted in the challenge so be sure to record those minutes!
Click below to see the Practice Challenge Leaderboard...
Click below to see the Member Point Leaderboard...
Recently, we had someone donate 7 DVD's of the 2013 MCBA State Finals. This is a COMPLETE dvd set of all 4 flights! Thats right, all 4 flights, 11 bands in each flight, a total of 44 performances! We have placed them in the charms store. CHECK IT OUT! These will go quickly!
Back by popular demand is our “SUMMER PRACTICE CHALLENGE!” As you all know, the only true way to improve as a performer is to practice on your own. We meet as a group to put our sounds together as an ensemble, but personal practice is when you actually get better at your craft.
We started the Summer Practice Challenge to reward students for their practice accomplishments. We will continue with this again this summer. So … How does it work?
Below are the details that you need to know.
What is the reward?
Some important things to remember …
You can also keep track of your sections progress by going to the band website and clicking on SUMMER PRACTICE CHALLENGE. We will be updating this page almost on a daily basis so that you can see your sections progress. This page can be very helpful to see how close each section is to each other.
The Summer Practice Challenge officially started Today! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! May the best section WIN.
Dear Grand Blanc Marching Band Family:
I am junior marching band trombone player Matt Cocagne. I will be completing an Eagle Scout project in July and August to benefit the Grand Blanc High School Music Program. I have planned and will provide the leadership for improvements to the semi-truck trailer used to haul gear to marching band and indoor drum line competitions. The plan is to add access to the front side door of the trailer, increasing efficiency and reducing load time.
I am communicating with you about this project because it will require help from both parents and band members to accomplish. The band members, along with some Boy Scouts, will be help as laborers to build and install some of the necessary components. Also the project will require financial / material donation support. I have a budget of approximately $750 for supplies. I plan to raise that money from private donations.
I created a GoFundMe account to receive money for the project. You can donate the money at the link I will put at the end of this letter.
If you have access to and are able to donate lumber, fasteners, or carpet remnants; the project will require those materials.
I thank you in advance for any labor or material or financial support you are able to provide.
Throughout the summer, we will be holding summer sectional rehearsals. All students are expected to attend these rehearsal, unless prior arrangements are made. All sectionals will be on Thursdays, and everyone will meet at the high school. See below for dates and times. If you are unable to attend, students are REQUIRED to fill out the Absent Request Form, located on the band website.
Woodwinds 12 - 2pm
Brass 1 - 3pm
Color Guard 12 - 4pm
Percussion 5:30 - 9pm
Are you going on the Cedar Point trip on Wednesday? Do not forget to sign-up for our Remind101 for this trip. You can do so by clicking the link below.
STUDENTS THAT SIGN UP FOR REMIND101 WILL GET FRIST PICK OF BUS SEATS! Take a minute right now and sign-up for this service. Also, be sure to check your e-mail for the latest trip information.
ALL PAPERWORK IS DUE ON THURSDAY! All members must turn in the following paperwork to be considered as a member, and to participate at our first rehearsal.
If you have already turned in the above items, then you are all set and ready to go. If you have not turned in this paperwork, please make sure it is completed and turned in on or before June 5th.
2014 is going to be a great year for the Grand Blanc High School Marching Band. We are all very excited about your progress during Spring Rehearsals, and we look forward to creating a very memorable experience for you all.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the MB parent meeting on Thursday, May 22 at 8pm. This meeting is for both new and returning parents. There is new information so please plan to attend.
Thank you to all the students who took our survey to help us decide the 2013 student leaders. We have so many GREAT members of this ensemble, it was a difficult decision. Congrats to all the students.
Flute Section Leader - Emma Czajka
Clarinet Section Leader - Josh Smith & Jennifer Camacho (Assistant)
Alto Section Leader - Austin Tripp
Big Reed Section Leader - Blair Garner
Trumpet Section Leaders - Aaron Goodfellow and Dara Shapiro (Assistant)
Mello Section Leader - Ben Hendrickson
Low Brass Section Leader - Darren Maschino and Matt Cocagne (Assistant)
Tuba Section Leader - Alex Hannah
Battery Section Leaders - Thomas Volker
Front Ensemble Section Leader - Erreona Hodo
Color Guard Section Leader - Hannah Dutton
Drum Majors - Chris Wilson & Dan Holland
A huge CONGRATUALTION to the members, staff and parents of the Grand Blanc High School Marching Band. We are very proud of all the hard work you all put into the season. It was a long road full of ups and downs but so worth it at the end. A strong finish proves that all the hard work pays off at the end. Congratulations! The band finished 8th, with a score of 82.5!
New for 10/28/13
Marching Band Banquet
This year’s Marching Band Banquet will be on Friday, November 8th. It will be held in the East Campus Cafeteria beginning at 6pm. Please print the attached form, fill out the information and return the form with payment to the Scrip Box by Monday, November 4th. The cost is $10 per person with the Marching Band members eating free. The meal will be catered by Back Yard Barbeque. This evening is intended to fellowship with fellow parents and students and reminisce about the fantastic season! Our band and staff are amazing and we want to celebrate them! Can’t wait to see everyone there!
Concert Band Polo Shirt
Uniforms for the Concert Band consist of a our BLACK polo shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and socks. Members of the Concert Band will need to purchase the BLACK polo shirt, and provide their own black pants, shoes and socks. This uniform will be the same for all concerts this year.
Students need to order this shirt in the Charms Online. Log into charms and click on the charms store icon. The polo shirt is at the top, titled “Concert Band Concert Polo Shirt”. After October 28th, the price goes up to $20 and supply is limited. Please do not delay in ordering this shirt.
Amy Rechsteiner has resigned as treasurer. Our Vice President, Loryssa Asher has agreed to step up and fill the position. Thank You Loryssa!! Linda Tubbs also will remain on as treasurer. The transition is currently taking place. Financial questions can be directed to Linda Tubbs at 586-383-0488 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to Loryssa Asher at 810-869-0869 or email@example.com
The date for Trunk-or-Treat is Tuesday, October 29th after regular Marching Band Rehearsal. As you know, rehearsal ends that night roughly at 830. This is a fun evening that our kids look forward to. Plan on arriving at the upper parking lot(closest to Holly Rd/Band Rm) between 8-8:15 to arrange vehicles and get set up! Treats are your choice but please plan on enough for everyone!! (110+) Many parents have a lot of fun decorating their cars with lights, music and anything scary!! Hope to see you there! In case of rain, we will plan on being in the choir hallway!
Band Discount Card Fundraiser Ends This Wednesday!
The Band Discount Cards are now available! The sale runs until Wednesday, October 30th! Please encourage your child to sell the cards to earn money for the band and for their accounts! The kids are asked to sell 5 cards first. Any additional cards that are sold beyond 5 half of the profit goes into their accounts for any fees or expenses they may have! Thank you!! If you have cards that are unsold, please turn them in this week so they can be made available for others to sell!
Thursday Marching Band Rehearsal
Due to … HALLOWEEN … marching band rehearsal has been changed to 3:30-5:30. Enjoy and do not eat too much candy!
2013 MCBA State Finals information is now available. Visit the MB Performance page on the band website to see our schedule for the day, as well as other important information about that day.
Click the button below for State Finals Information
Yesterday the GBHS Marching Band performed their 2013 show entitled "Balance", at Lakeland HS. The marching band placed 7th in their class, scoring 81.7. The group had a great run, and did a wonderful job! We are so proud of their accomplishments this year. Next week the band performs at MCBA STATE FINALS. This is the 9th straight year the band has qualified for state finals!
Its that time of year again ....
Monday = Ugly Sweater
Tuesday = Santa Hat
Wednesday = Christmas Color Day
Thursday = Decorate Instrument Day
Friday = Show Shirt Day
See Teens At Their BestThis is a followup article to an article, “14 Ways to Volunteer for a Marching Band to Appreciate and Applaud what is Good about Teenage America”, which focused on ways to share your talents and abilities and experience the youthful, enthusiastic atmosphere around a marching band during competition season. This post focuses on some of the values marching band students learn.
Some larger competitions can involve dozens of bands with thousands of students with nothing resembling the level of supervision in a high school before or after school or as classes change. For the most part, band parents and the directors are the only ones with direct oversight….. and after a performance, most students are free to congregate back at the stadium to watch the other bands as they mix and mingle.
In uniform, before a performance, you’ll see focused faces as students prepare to do what they are there to do. You might see them move quietly and in formation from the bus area to visual and musical warmup and then to the stadium.
Band students learn dedication, commitment and that striving for excellence is a worthy goal.
Most marching band operations are very structured with responsibility and accountability. There are seniors, section leaders, drum majors, staff, directors (where do I put parents in this list) all with authority over the band student. Participants appreciate compliance and cooperation.
Band students learn the value of, and respect for chain of command.
Unlike a basketball team with its starting five, there is no bench in marching band. Everybody is in. Everybody is a starter. Few other types of groups will involve people from varied backgrounds. There are children of doctors and lawyers marching with children of single-parents working multiple jobs or utilizing government help. There are the students who have their own cars and those who need rides, those with the iPhones and the free phones or no phone. You will find students in most bands from every church in the community and others who have never been inside a church. And yet, with all these differences, when they put that uniform on (actually, even before they dress)…..they are all on the same team, all equal. A good result requires the best from everyone. Students learn teamwork and cooperate with those outside their friend circle.
Band students learn to cooperate and collaborate with those from different backgrounds and capabilities.
You will see students cheer and applaud for good performances of other groups, including those with whom they compete. You’ll see them wishing each other good luck, especially when a band is transiting through the pre-show stages and passing others who have either already performed or have a while yet to go. In a recent competition, I saw a band applauding the same-county rival band and the new band that their previous director had transferred to. When our band was relaxing and enjoying a band-parent-provided soup & chili bar supper following a recent performance, a competitor band passed by, still in uniform, returning from the field following their performance. Our students applauded their rival until the last one had passed. One of their directors found me to tell me that, “Your students are a class act.” That is sportsmanship….or should I call it bandsmanship?
Band students learn good sportsmanship.
Marching band is a time-consuming extreme weather sport. Summer rehearsals are in extreme heat and often go 8+hours a day for multiple weeks before school starting in the fall. Think about the temperatures in September and then imagine putting on a winter coat, hat and gloves and running around a football field at a fast pace. But then, by the time mid-October comes, it gets cold enough that students are wearing under armor and other garments under the uniform to try to stay warm. Then, add periodic rain. Sometimes they have to move rehearsals in and outside to avoid it and other times they get wet. When school starts, add 8-10 extra rehearsals Mon-Thur, 4-5 hrs for a Friday football game, then 12-14 hours on Saturday for a rehearsal, travel and competition — sometimes two.
Band students learn to commit, persevere and endure.
You’ll see both excited and disappointed students as the results are announced, but they will display professionalism many adults would be good to observe and learn from.
Band students learn that there are no shortcuts to success.
Many students, seemingly for the first time in any significant way, are given tasks and responsibilities and held accountable for them. The band student is responsible for loading and unloading his/her equipment; instrument, gloves, show shirt, correct socks and marching shoes. Some students have “section leader” responsibilities, which for most is a first time they’ve had management and oversight responsibilities for others. They have to learn leadership and people skills. Often, at the end of a 4-5yr career, graduating seniors will talk about how band “taught them” responsibility and accountability.
Band students learn that they are individually important.
There is nowhere to hide in a marching band. All students are active participants. In a typical Indiana marching competition, there are six judges watching and listening; four in the press box and two walking around the field going eyeball to eyeball with performers. Band students understand that a trained judge’s eye automatically goes to what is different; someone out of step, out of line, out of tune, and that an individual performance reflects on the total ensemble score. Seniors and section leaders learn how to balance their role as a mentor and teacher/trainer for the newbie members, while also ensuring that even the newbies get up to speed in time for performance.
Students are trying to follow the ‘dots’ from their chart/dot books that tell them where they are going. It is difficult to see the big picture from that spot on the field, so there are directors or instructors watching from farther back (and sometimes higher up) who will adjust a form or shape. Or perhaps it is to point out that an individual is playing too loudly and needs to balance and blend better with others around them. This is contrary to much contemporary educational philosophy which emphasizes only the heaping of praise on what students are attempting to do. Band students know better, and expect to hear how to improve individual performance. Achievement through excellence enhances self-esteem . The challenge for the individual is to “not take it personally”. I describe to students regularly that I highly value them individually, but that when we are trying to improve a marching performance, that they are but one small moving part of a larger machine and that my job (as a director) is to fix the part to improve the machine….no matter who the part is. Nothing personal.
Band students learn to accept criticism, and that self-esteem is raised through the achievement of excellence.
With the extreme time commitment a marching band requires, students must learn to prioritize their time and use it efficiently, especially when it comes to getting homework done.
Band students learn time management skills.
When you ask people who were in a marching band years ago, they may remember how their overall band performed or competed, but probably not likely that weekly score or placing that seemed so important at the time. But they will remember the values they learned, which is why former band students encourage their children to participate in band as well. This is not the article to argue that band utilizes academics, multiple arts and significant athleticism….. but they get all that as well.
- BY JOHN GARNER
Yesterday the GBHS Marching Band performed their 2013 show entitled "Balance", at the West Bloomfield show. The marching band placed 3rd in their class, scoring 76.25. The group had a great run, and did a wonderful job performing all the changes we made to the show this week. Great job everyone!
I’d like to give a great big thank you to all the families that donated and helped out last week. No one left hungry and the kids really appreciated all the excellent food you made for them. Please click the link below to visit the Marching Band Meal page.
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