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.