Due to the current pandemic, AISD administration is recommending that we do not have all our students and parents in the school in person for registration. Next week I will be sending out our registration form and the process for ordering items and paying for them. I will also be scheduling a zoom parent meeting to cover important information.
New Marcher Camp: July 27-28, 9am-4pm
This camp is for incoming wind and percussion 9th graders who will be marching. If you are in the guard or front ensemble, then you will not need to attend this camp. Section leaders will also need to attend this camp. We will be providing lunch 12pm-1pm, so there is no need to bring or leave for lunch unless you would like to. Our band boosters will be providing lunch in the cafeteria.
If you or your student feel that it is in your best interest to not attend in person, we will have an online synchronous camp option for your student to attend. Please, please, please, do not let our current situation stop your child from participating in band. While the online option is not ideal, we will do our absolute best to provide the best education for your child so that when they do join us back in person, whether that be next week, next month, or whenever, they can rejoin and fit right in with where we are in our learning process. If you would like to attend this camp via online, please send me an email and I will send you the zoom link to join.
What to bring/wear: Bring a 1/2 gallon jug filled with water and ice (there will be no sharing and no use of the fountains at school), wear tennis shoes, t-shirt, lightweight shorts. You will need your instrument the 2nd day only. Do not bring your instrument the first day. If you are needing to check out a school owned instrument, we will take care of those at that time. All school owned instruments that will be checked out to students have already been sent to the music store to be chemically flushed/cleaned and most of them have recently come back.
For all students attending in person, you must have your parent fill out this google form before arrival. https://forms.gle/tvVcoe9nse8Pbvo59 The attached document explains the protocols and procedures that we will be using for the camp. Please let me know if you have any questions! I look forward to seeing you all next week!
Leadership Workday: July 29, 9am-4pm
This workday is only for section leaders. We will also provide lunch this day as well. I know some of you have had to schedule senior pictures during this day. If you cannot reschedule to one of the available afternoons, please let me know.
Full Band Camp: July 30-31, August 3-7, August 11-14; 7am-11:30am
This camp is for all students. We would normally have a morning, afternoon, and on a few days, an evening block. Each day we will only meet 7am-11:30am. At 7am, we will have 1/2 of our band meet outside for marching fundamentals and the other 1/2 meet inside broken up into smaller sections for playing. At 9am we will have a 30 minute break/transition. At that time, the group that was outside will transition inside and the other group will transition outside. We will have designated areas to travel to so that not every single student is transitioning through the same part of the building at the same time.
I have decided to dial back our rehearsals for these days for a couple of different reasons.
#1 UIL has changed our date from August 3rd to September 7th for when we are allowed to begin the drill learning process. We typically spend a significant amount of time during these camp days learning the first 1/3 of our show. We will only be allowed to work on marching fundamentals, show music, and stand tunes for these dates.
#2 Shortening the amount of time we are together will minimize the possible exposure of any potential spread of the virus.
Just like with new marcher camp, if you or your student feel that it is in your best interest to not attend in person, we will have an online synchronous camp option for your student to attend. If you would like to attend this camp via online, please send me an email and I will send you the zoom link to join.
What to bring/wear: Bring a 1/2 gallon jug filled with water and ice (there will be no sharing and no use of the fountains at school), wear tennis shoes, t-shirt, lightweight shorts, sunglasses and/or a hat. You will need your instrument on the very first day! If you are needing to check out a school owned instrument, we will take care of those Thursday morning before we get started. If you need to check out an instrument, please show up 6:30-6:45am so we can get an instrument checked out to you. Again, all school owned instruments that will be checked out to students have already been sent to the music store to be chemically flushed/cleaned and most of them have recently come back.
Band Picnic @ North Lakes Park: CANCELED
We would normally have a cookout with all of our band families at North Lakes or at Lake Ray Roberts after the first full week of camp, but it has been strongly recommended for groups as large as ours, not to meet for social activities such as this at this time. I will be working with our student leaders to come up with other opportunities for our students and families to enjoy some fun time together in the near future!
Due to the current situation we are in with many uncertainties, it is in the best interest of our program to table Prismatic for the 2021-2022 school year. The main driving force behind this decision is time. Our Prismatic show is 7 minutes in length and the show we will be moving to is only 5 minutes in length. Since we will have a significantly shortened time to learn drill for our show, this is the best decision for our students. Here is a link to the show so you can listen to the music! https://box-six.com/shows-together-again-358