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Summer Band Letter

Posted on July 28, 2010 at 9:05 AM

To all prospective High School Band Members:


Enclosed you should find a copy of the Summer Band Schedule.


I know that you are enjoying your summer vacation.  I’m sure that youaren’t looking forward to the beginning of the school year yet, but I am.  The new halftime show is called “Master ofIllusion.”  As we discussed at the end ofthe school year, it will be a magic show on the field.   I think that once we work on the music and learn it, you and the audience will find it to be a fun and exciting show! 

Music for the marching show will have to be played off much like last year. Your music playoffs will be memorized and they will be played while marking time.  You must be able to play your music and move your feet at the correct speed at the same time!  As in the past, you will know the playoff dates well in advance and you may try as many times as it takes to get the grade that you want to earn!  As a matter of fact, I have put the due dates on the bottom of the Summer Band Camp schedule.  With the exception of the first playoff, the other two playoff dates are a week or more before we will actually march the corresponding drill for the first time.  This will allow us to have ample time to rehearse without music in preparation for the first time that we march the drill.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the band hall.  The phone number is 771-4362.  Finally, if you need a horn to practice over the summer, please call me to make arrangements to pick one up!  (771-4362)





Patrick Flaniken

Band Director

Summer Band Schedule


July 28-30

1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Freshman Marching Fundamental Camp

All new band students are required to attend!


After marching, any student who needs a school horn must stay and get a horn checked out.  Bring the yearly rental fee of $25 at this time or you do not receive a horn!!!  On July 30, we will do the marching camp with horns but without playing.  I will be taking orders for band shoes at this time as well.  Shoes will cost $20.00 and must be paid for at the time of the order.  I will also be taking orders for band t-shirts.  I am unsure of the cost at this time, so I will take the order without payment, but I will not give you your shirt until payment is made!


Uniform Fitting: 4p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Seniors and Juniors may come on July 28 for uniforms.

Sophomores may come on July 29 for uniforms.

Freshman may come on July 30 for uniforms.


August 2-6 and August 9-13

7 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

Marching Camp

We will review fundamentals of marching then start working on the show.

All band membersare required to attend!


Percussion only: 200p.m.-3:00 p.m. We will work on cadences, etc. at this time.


3:00 p.m. to 5:00

Music Camp

All band members are required to attend!


We will have practices during the week of teacher in-servicedays (August 16-20) based on other school activities.  I will let you know these times as soon as I know them myself.


Show music playoff dates

Measures 1-81 will be “Part 1” and due by August 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Measures 82-143 will be “Part 2” and due by September 9 at 5:00 p.m.

There will be some measures added to this section to increase the drum feature during the “Sleight of Hand”section.

Measures 144-end will be “Part 3” and due by September 23 at 5:00 p.m.




Required rehearsals are MANDATORY!  Very few excused absences will be granted.  If you have a situation, such as a death in the family or personal illness, you will be excused IF you notify me ahead of time of the problem.  If you must miss for any other reason, talk to me to see if the absence will be excused or not.  Two absences will mean you are automatically removed from the show until you have done whatever make-up work I decide to require in order to earn a spot back in the competition show.   Excused absences will require much less make-up work than unexcused absences!


Also, please remember to follow these guidelines when showing up for marching rehearsals.  It is very hot in August even in the morningsand these guidelines are for your health and safety.


Wear sunscreen

Wear loose fitting, light colored, comfortable clothes that are within school dress code.

Wear a hat and sunglasses.

Athletic shoes of some sort are REQUIRED. 

No sandals, flip flops, crocs, or boots are allowed.

Eat regularly. 

Eat protein for breakfast.  Avoid milk if you have a sensitive stomach!

Bring water or a sports drink.  This is especially important for the Freshman Marching Camp!

Drink lots of water the night before practice.  


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