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Summer Band Letter

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 2:50 PM

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 you aren’t looking forward to the beginning of the school year yet, but I am.  The new halftime show will be “The Four Freedoms” and is based on the1941 speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt outlining the freedoms that everyone in the world should enjoy!  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!   With the exception of the first playoff, the other two playoff dates will be a week or more before we will actually marchthe corresponding drill for the first time. This will allow us to have ample time to rehearse without music in preparation for the first time we march the drill.

Since this is a State Marching Contest year, we will be pushing hard to return to State and place higher than we have previously.  We will march in the Edna Marching Contest, as well as UIL Region and Area contests before advancing to State.  Please put the following dates on your calendar now to avoid conflicts later.  Plan on being with the band all day on these dates!


October 15:  Edna Marching Contest (this will NOT conflict with the Fair for a change!)

October 22:  UIL Marching Contest in El Campo

October 29:  UIL Area Marching Contest at East Central HS in San Antonio

November 7:  UIL State Marching Contest at the Alamodome in San Antonio


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









Patrick Flaniken

Band Director

Ganado High School

Summer Band Schedule


July 28-29

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Freshman Marching Fundamental Camp

All new band students arerequired to attend!


After marching, any studen 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 28-29, we will do the marching camp with horns but without playing.  I will be taking orders for band shoes at this time as well.  They will cost $25.00and 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!


August 1-5 and August 8-12

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Marching  Camp

All band members are required to attend!

We will review fundamentalsof marching then start working on the show.


2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Music Camp  Percussion and Flag times may vary dependingon other schedules


We will have practices during the week of teacher inservice days (August 15-19) based on other school activities.  I will let you know these times as soon as I know them myself.


Show music playoff dates:

Will be announced during Summer Band!




Required rehearsals areMANDATORY!  Very few excused absences will be granted.  If you have asituation, 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 mornings and 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, or boots are allowed.
  • Eat regularly.  Be sure you are eating protein!
  • Bring water or a sports drink.
  • Drink lots of water the night before practice.  


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