Archives for July2015


Fun Run – Big Mahalo!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much to all of the people that generously donated money to our annual Marching Band Fun Run! It was a big success thanks to all of your generosity. We also had a great time running around our newly done football field…well at least the students did. I was dying half through the first lap.

Anyway, more details will be released in the coming days…like the section that raised the most money per person (average). We also have the raffle drawing to look forward to. Thanks again for all of your support. We all really appreciate it.

 

Fun Run Update….

We raised over $4,000!
Raffle winners:
First place (waterproof wireless speaker) – Gavin Hirai
Second place (wireless headphones) – Kori Young
Third place (2 movie tickets) – Jake Kaneshiro
Section with the highest average donation: Drum majors
Congratulations and Mahalo to everyone that contributed!

Marching Band 101- Thank You!

To all the parents that attended Marching Band 101 this past Thursday (7/23), thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to learn more about our MoHS Marching Band and Color Guard program. We hope that you left the meeting with far more answers than questions.

What we do, both on and off the field, would be impossible without your support. It is thanks to all of your efforts and understanding that the students can participate and perform at their highest level.

We look forward to all of the great things that this marching season will bring. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us. Thanks again for coming and we’ll definitely see you around this season.

Important Dates Coming Up!

Hi Marching Band Students and Parents,

It’s been a really crazy, yet fun, first week of marching band. I just wanted to let everyone know about some important dates that are literally just around the corner.

First off, the Parent Authorization Form (looks like a field trip form) is due this Tuesday (7/21). If you do not turn in this form by the end of rehearsal on Tuesday, then we cannot allow you to continue participating in marching band. NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Exceptions will only be granted to the students that have both been absent these first few practices and they turned in an excuse note notifying us of their absence in advance. Everyone else is expected to turn in this form on time.

Second, the Marching Band Picnic Envelope is also due this Tuesday (7/21). This is not a required event, but all students are highly encouraged to attend. It is a great opportunity to meet and get to know new people. It’s a lot of fun and the food is always great. You’ll definitely be missing out if you do don’t go. Just like above, we will not accept any late forms. Officers and section leaders, you are all expected to be there. If you cannot make it…remember what “professionalism” is.

Third, Excuse Notes are due on Thursday (7/23). Please make sure you include who, when, and why you’re missing rehearsal. If you do not turn in a note by Thursday, that’s you telling us that you will be at every rehearsal. Of course, exceptions may be granted to emergencies like sickness. If there are issues that do come up throughout the season, we will deal with them case by case.

Fourth, the Fun Run Envelopes have been passed out. This is the first fundraiser for our boosters organization. Our boosters cover a lot of the costs for our marching band and entire music department. That includes, but is not limited to, paying for all of our buses and equipment truck rentals, instrument repairs, and new music and props. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to function at the capacity that we do. So, if you could please help support the boosters by asking family, friends, and community members if they would be willing to donate to our organization. All the money really goes back to all of the students. These envelopes are due by Sunday (7/26), which is also the day of the fun run. The fun run will be held after practice.

Finally, Marching Band 101 is on Thursday (7/23) from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Student Center Meeting Room. If you don’t know where that is, no worries. We’ll put up some signs to help you out. This meeting is a mandatory meeting for all “Rookie” parents/guardians. What we mean by “Rookie” is new to the program. So parents/guardians that have had children go through this program before, don’t have to attend. This meeting is geared toward the people that are completely new to our Moanalua High School Marching Band program. The meeting is run by our Music Boosters organization, who are also parents of current and alumni students. They will address a lot of the questions that many of you may have about this marching band program. Even if you’re not new to the program, you are welcomed to attend.

I think that’s about it. Here at Moanalua High School, we take deadlines and commitments very seriously. We only have these expectations because we know that all of you can meet it.  Thanks for reading and I’ll see everyone soon.

Sectional Reminder

Hi Guard, Woodwind, and Percussion Members,

This is just a friendly reminder that you have sectionals on Tuesday (5/14). Here are the times…

  • Percussion: 3:00 – 5:00
  • Guard: 4:00 – 5:45
  • Woodwinds: 4:15 – 5:30

Please remember that sectionals are NOT optional. We will talk more about the schedule and our music department policies at our first full rehearsal. I hope you’re all ready to make some great music, work hard, and have a lot fun! See you on Tuesday!

First Full MB Rehearsal Reminder

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you’re all enjoying your summer. Hopefully you’re getting a lot of R&R (rest and relaxation) but you’re also spending some time on your instruments (or equipment for the guard).

Our first full band rehearsal is already upon us…can you believe it? Well believe it or not, it’s here. We all have somewhere to be this Tuesday (7/14/15) from 6pm – 8:30pm. Please be seated and ready to go at 5:50pm in U101. Please don’t forget your…

  • instrument/equipment (that includes your mouthpiece, reeds, and sticks)
  • shoes (and socks!)
  • music
  • Water cooler (a bottle or a hydro flask is not going to cut it)
  • Pencil
  • Bag (this is so you don’t lose or misplace the important documents that are going to be passed out)
  • A good attitude

I look forward to our first rehearsal. Like I mentioned earlier, a lot of paperwork needs to be passed out at this rehearsal. Please make sure you have something to put it away in. You only get one copy of all of these papers, so don’t lose it! Be organized and responsible. Other than that, enjoy the rest of your summer and I’ll see everyone in a few days.