Quarter Notes – Welcome Back Letter

Sent 8/28/2017

To all Stillwater Area HS musicians and their families,

Welcome to the Stillwater Area High School Band program. It has been an exciting summer, as the construction is finally winding down at SAHS.  The new facilities are a wonderful addition for our students and community.  We can’t wait until you get to see them at open house.

With that said, it is time to get back to making music.  This is a very important year for the Stillwater Bands, as we will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the very first band concert at Stillwater HS on April 20. You and your students will all get a chance to be a part of this very important event.

To start this , you have been provided In this email with important information for the start of the school year.  Please read it carefully.

 SCHOOLOGY

The SAHS Bands will be using  Schoology, an online education program, for all the ensembles.  It is a fantastic way for students to keep track of their groups.  This program is being used across the high school for many classes.  We encourage you to become familiar with it.

STILLWATERBANDS.NET

This is the official one stop shop for the Stillwater Area HS Bands.  From this page, you can access everything you need to know about the band program and its history..  Please subscribe to its blog (lower right of the front page) to receive updates in your email.

stillwaterbands.net

THE FIRST WEEK  OF SCHOOL

All band students should bring their instrument on the first day of class, as all ensembles will rehearse. Band folder assignments are posted in the band room and band locker combinations are in your music folder slot.  The band room will be open daily from 7:00 AM until 4:30PM.  For students with activities after school who need access to their band locker, the windowed door entering the band room remains open until 6:00 PM.

Instrument Rental/Percussion Usage Fees are on FEE PAY

All percussionists and students using school owned instruments are required to pay $120 rental usage fee for the use of school owned instruments during the school year. This fee is used to repair and maintain school owned equipment.  All rental/instrument usage fees should be paid through online Fee Pay.  After payment is received, the instrument will be placed in your assigned locker.

Please note that this allows for use of the rented instrument throughout the year. For percussion, that means that all percussion are available for use both at school and at home.

MSHSL FORMS

MSHSL Eligibility forms will be due the first week of school.  If you have completed these forms for another activity or sport, please let your director know.  Read the information at the link below and return a signed copy of the MSHSL form attached below.  This is the link to the  2017-18 forms.

http://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/publications/code/forms/2016-2017AthEligInfo.pdf?today=835

CLASS SYLLABUS

Class Syllabi will be  available on each ensembles page on the band website and on their Schoology page by 4PM August 30.  These also will be emailed out in a separate email to students from each conductor.  They include a specific schedule of performances for each ensemble and ensemble requirements.

CONCERT DRESS

Concert Dress for the Stillwater Wind Symphony and Stillwater Wind Ensemble is a black tux for men and a concert black dress for the women.  Fitting for both the dresses and tuxes will occur the week of  September 11th during the school day.

Cost for tuxes/dresses and specifications for Concert Dress for our Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphonic Band will be sent out in a separate email later this week.

REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

The schedule for this year’s rehearsals and performances for all ensembles is listed under the tab Yearly Schedule on the band website as well as the calendar in Schoology .  We are now using Google calendars, which will allow you to see and download specific calendars for ensembles and performance schedules from the band website..  A running schedule of upcoming events is also posted on the main page of the website at the bottom right.

Please check this schedule carefully and clear all conflicts ahead of time. Concert

participation and dress rehearsals are required of all students.

PEP BAND

On August 21st, we began the rehearsals for the Stillwater Pep Band. If you are still interesting in joining, come to a rehearsal!  A complete rehearsal and fall performance schedule is provided on the PONY PEP BAND page.

JAZZ BANDS

All Jazz Bands will begin rehearsal on the week of September 11th.

Payment of the Stillwater Activity Fee is required before you participate in the first rehearsal. It is $75 and is listed under Secondary Athletics and clubs on Fee Pay.

CODA

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week as we begin the 2017-18  school year!

Mr. Lindsay                             Mr. Bryan