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Last updated 07/26/2017
This Week In Band
Tammy sent the following email out to everyone registered for Marching Band. If you registered for marching band and your family did not receive this email in at least one address, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to officially welcome you to the 2017-2018 Marching Band season! This email is a long one, but has all the information you’ll need for pre-camp and band camp, so please read through the entire email.
Pre-camp begins on Monday, July 31st at 9:00am. Please note, that students must be on the field and ready to go at 9:00am so it’s recommended to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Remember to have your child bring a lunch, they will have an hour for lunch. Also, don’t forget to send plenty of water and sunscreen with them as well. Dismissal is at 5:00pm. When picking you student up please do not park on the road in front of the field. When there are cars parked along the road, it causes a lot of congestion and makes it dangerous for the students crossing the street to get back to the band room. During pre-camp, we will be handing out the apparel orders and show shirts, look for these items to come home. Please have your student put their name or initials on EVERYTHING! On Friday, we will have an end of pre-camp picnic. We’ll be having hot dogs, chips, pop and dessert. We are asking for donations for this event. If you would like to donate an item, go to www.dakotabands.com, under the “volunteer sign up” is where you can sign up.
Since we will not be able to hold our original car wash fundraiser we have come up with another alternative. We are asking that each student bring a slip in from a local store (Kroger, Meijer, Wal-Mart, etc.) from returnable cans and bottles in the amount of $20.00. Mr. Abend has decided this is will not be a mandatory fundraiser. However, he will be giving points to sections toward Band Olympics for those that do participate. Put the slip in an envelope marked with your student’s name and section. Have your student place it in the safe in the band room by August 4th.
If your child has any food allergies, please email me the information as soon as possible.
Band camp will be held at Michigan Christian Youth Camp, 820 N. Lake George Rd, Attica, MI, August 7th thru the 12th. Please remember, you must pick your student up from camp or arrange a ride for them. The students will be performing a segment of their show on Saturday at 12:00pm. After the performance, they will be dismissed. Students are not permitted to leave until a parent/guardian signs them out with their chaperone at their cabin. At that time, you will also receive and sign for your raffle tickets for our “Win the Band” raffle. There are no bleachers at the camp. I recommend that you bring a chair if you would like to sit to watch the performance. Make sure to label everything (including shoes) with your child's name. Remember to pack all items for the summer uniform. The students will be wearing this for the performance on Saturday. Only ONE suitcase and ONE carry-on bag will be allowed. All grades have a designated check in time. Please do not come before your specified time. Anyone coming early will not be allowed to check in until their allotted time. We have found that following this process allows check in to run smoothly and efficiently. We will board the buses and leave by 10:30am. Students will NOT have access to the band room on Saturday, August 12th. Bring all equipment to the next rehearsal on Monday, August 14th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
Check-in times for Band Camp, Monday, August 7th at Dakota High School:
The last item I would like to share with you is about our sponsorship fundraiser. We offered this last year and it seemed to be pretty successful. It’s a very profitable fundraiser for both your student and the band. Please check out the information under the “schedule and forms” tab on the Dakota Bands website.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Dakota Band Booster President
Summer Sectional Schedule
Flutes 1-3pm on Tuesdays
Clarinets 12-2pm on Tuesdays
Saxophones 12-2pm on Tuesdays
Horns 12-2pm on Tuesdays
Trumpets 12-2pm on Tuesdays
Trombones 1-3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Baritones 12-2pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Tubas 12-2pm on Wednesdays
Becoming a sponsor is a great way to support Dakota Bands and advertise your business at the same time! There are 3 levels of sponsorship
Detailed documents are available below.
• 2017 Sponsorship Form
• 2017 Sponsorship Levels
• 2017 Sponsorship FAQ
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2017-18 Marching Band
2017-18 Marching Band season is going strong.
Important documents and payment link are located here an under Schedules and Forms at the bottom of this page.
2017-18 Marching Band Packet
2017-18 Marching Band Schedule
2017-18 Marching Band Payments
Pay to Play link
Kroger Rewards — please read the letter from Mr. Abend for information on this great, easy way to earn donations for the band program.
A message from Mr. Abend
Attached are two general maintenance sheets for woodwind and brass instruments. This is something that often gets neglected by our students. Please encourage them to take care of their instrument properly whether it is a school instrument or personally owned. If you read the attached sheets you will probably find that your student does not have the proper oil, grease, etc to be able to care for their instrument. A trip to the local music store and a few bucks can take care of this issue.