Friday, December 6, 2013
For those students who are participating In the Derry Tree Lighting !!
DATE: Sunday, October 8
TIME: 4:45 P.M. – Report to the Alvirne HS Music Department
ETA (Alvirne) 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Please bring an LED Light so you can read your music and dress for the weather! Santa Hats and anything Festive will be GREAT!
Gerry Bastien, District Coordinator
Director of Bands
Alvirne High School
200 Derry Rd
Hudson, NH 03051
Saturday, November 30, 2013
For the inquiring minds:
The Greater Derry Parade for the Alvirne High School Bronco Marching Band and Colorguard is on schedule!
Everyone needs to report to AHS by– remember bring those Santa Hats, Reindeer Antleers, Battery Operated noses!
Wear wool socks and looooooonnnnnnngggggggg Johns J Marching mittens will be supplied!
DRESS for THE WEATHER !
PS – Drum Line – if you are decorating your drums please be here early as we are boarding the busses at
Gerry Bastien, District Coordinator
Director of Bands
Alvirne High School
200 Derry Rd
Hudson, NH 03051
Monday, November 11, 2013
2:42 PM Mr. B
I’m back! NEASC is over and this week we begin our annual “Spirit Week” Festivities. Even though it’s Spirit Week please remind your students that we are still in school and that assignments and focus in the classroom is a priority.
The school year is going by rather quickly and deadlines as well as performance commitments are approaching. This past Saturday, November 9 was the 3rd annual Comedy Night/Silent Auction, Friends of Music Fundraiser. I would like to send out kudos to Bob and Mimi Guessferd and their committee for organizing this evening. I would also like to send out a “shout out” to the 2013 AHS Jazz Band for their inaugural performance of the school year. We were also very fortunate to have a Jazz Band alum fill in due to an absence. A big “Thank You” to Mariah Goulet ’12 .
On Monday, November 11 the B Naturals along with our JROTC colorguard performed at BAE systems in Nashua in honor of Veteran’s Day.
On Saturday, November 16 and Sunday November 17 music students will begin their leaf raking fundraiser. Please check your charms account or view the calendar on the left side of the ahsmusic.org website for specific information. Just click on the date to view the address, get directions and see who is leaf raking at that specific location.
Remember if you and/or your child have committed to leaf raking – follow through!
Also on Saturday November 16 – 35 band and choral students will be auditioning for the NHMEA All State Festival. The auditions are being held at Manchester Memorial High School. The bus will be leaving Alvirne promptly at 8:30 a.m.. If you have a student auditioning please remind them to be at Alvirne by 8:15 a.m.
Pie and Scones deliveries will be held on Thursday November 21 in the cafeteria. That evening we will also be offering additional raffle calendars for those of you who are interested. Last year, our raffle calendar fundraiser was a great success – this year we would love to double our efforts. These make GREAT stocking stuffers as well as gifts for the hard to buy family members, relatives, friends and neighbors.
If you haven’t marked your calendar already, the Hudson Tree Lighting will take place on Friday November 29 @ 4:00 p.m.. This is an “optional” performance. Those students who participate will receive a “Chit” for a practice log PLUS extra credit. All performers should report to the Hudson Common by 3:45 p.m.. I will need some help back at school to load my truck and if anyone else can come by to help with the larger instruments and flip folders that would be GREAT! I am planning to be at school by 3:00 p.m.
A scheduled rehearsal for the tree lighting will take place immediately after school on Monday November 25 from 2:15 p.m.- 3:10 p.m..
Saturday November 30 is the Greater Derry Holiday Parade. This is a graded event, but please remember if your child can not make this performance they have up to 3 days to make up the work for up to 80% credit. This is a fun parade that steps off at 1:00 p.m. in downtown Derry.
Students need to report to school by 11:00 a.m. The busses will depart school at 11:45 a.m. All performers are encouraged to wear Santa Hats, Reindeer Antlers, Flashing Red Noses etc…as usual the drum line and front ensemble will wear their elf costumes. There will be a mandatory parade rehearsal on Tuesday November 26 from 2:15 p.m.-3:10 p.m.
Please remember to visit ahsmusic.org and “like” the Alvirne Music Facebook page for up to date “happenings”. In my next blog I will be focusing on the upcoming Holiday Concerts as well as some Disney information. Please get those Disney payments in on time. As of this writing there should be at least $600.00 in payments credited towards your account.
I hope everyone has given honor and thanked a veteran today!
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Dear Parents, Marching Band and Colorguard Members,
As you are aware there were some issues at the Friday Night Football game. Mr. Beals, our principal sent an email to myself and Karen Bonney, our Athlettic Director asking us to share this information with all of you.
Below is the email.
Also, we did receive a response from Mr. Corbin, NHIAA Executive Director which is included at the end of this informational blog
I am writing to you as a follow up to our most recent and final home football game last Friday night. During the first quarter, the coach from Nashua North informed the side judge (official) that the AHS band was too loud and was affecting their ability to snap the ball and gets plays onto the field. The situation happened again in the second quarter, as which time the side judge called timeout and informed the head referee (white hat), who proceeded to the sideline to speak with our band director, Not knowing who Gerry Bastien was, he first spoke with FOM parent volunteers in their maroon band jackets. In essence, the decision was made that the band could not play freely as they have in every other game.
This situation caused significant frustration from our own coaching staff and to me as we were not only celebrating our final home game (home field advantage), but also our final band marching show and step up night with an additional 75 middle school student musicians. My argument with the side judge proved fruitless as I was informed the band could move to the bleachers to play, play only when the visiting team had snapped the ball or we could move the band to another location in either the end zone or the far side of the field.
Following the half time show and third quarter break, I asked Gerry Bastien to have the band move to the hillside and play for the fourth quarter. Moving 200 band students and instruments through a small gate, was clearly not my best decision of the day, but our band students and all involved with our program showed their flexibility. Later over the weekend, I learned that the Londonderry High School band was also shut down from playing in their respective football game against Manchester Central
As we move forward, I will be contacting the NHIAA, to which I am a member of their Executive Council to ask for clarification on band participation at games. The NHIAA Football Policy and Procedure Manual states the following regarding bands:
XIV. BANDS (page 7)
A. Bands will be allowed free admission to the games in which their team is competing only when accompanied
by an Advisor.
B. Bands will be assigned a seating location by the Game Director. An advisor must be with the band at all
times they are playing.
C. These instructions apply to ALL tournament games played under the direction of the NHIAA Football
D. At games played at the site of the higher seeded team, the Game Director shall direct bands to the proper
E. Game officials shall be notified is it appears that a band is attempting to deliberately interrupt the momentum
of the game.
Sportsmanship is an important aspect of high school athletics and as such, I wanted to ensure that all band and football parents were equally aware of the situation from last Friday. Once again, our band was shut down by the game officials at the request of the visiting team. I am thrilled that the football team has become competitive throughout the season with many positives including new offensive formations and tailgating after each home game. Likewise, we all know that the Marching Broncos remain a source of great pride for all of us and the community.
Hope you all have a good week,
Steve Beals, Principal
Alvirne High School
Office 886-1260 x 2509
Pat Corbin, NHIAA Executive Director, answer Mr. Beals. Here is a quote from that email.
"bands are aloud to play at anytime during the game unless deliberately just making noise to disrupt the other team"
Sunday, October 20, 2013
7:07 PM Mr. B
Can you believe it ! Our football season performance has come to a close. Yes, Friday night October 18, 2013 was the last half time show performance of the Alvirne High School Bronco Marching Band and Colorguard. It was also a special evening as we celebrated senior night with an additional 60 + 8th grade band students from Hudson Memorial Middle School.
A final CONGRATULATIONS to our senior band and colorguard students; it was the most unusual senior night and last game that’s all I say…time to move on. FOM parents, pit crew, uniform committee, my staff ‘Thank You” for all you did this past season- I truly appreciate your time, effort and dedication to our student musicians and performers.
There are no practice logs due for the week of 10/14-10/20. Practice logs will resume this week 10/21/13 as we begin Concert Season. Speaking of which, tomorrow (Monday 10/21) we will view the last marching show then move right into concert mode. Seating, Circle of 4ths, Scales, Paper Pianos for upcoming interval work, rhythm sight reading and a whole lot more will be included in this week’s lessons.
A quick reminder that this Saturday (October 26) is the NHMEA Jazz All State Auditions at Souhegan HS. Students who are participating MUST BE AT ALVIRNE no later than 7:15 a.m. Detailed information will be handed out during Jazz, B Naturals and Treble Choir. To those 42 students who are auditioning I wish you the best – focus your practice this week to the Jazz Etude, Ballad, and Sight Reading.
This Saturday October 26 is also a special day at Alvirne as the Friends of Music will be hosting it’s annual craft fair. This is a great time to stop by and support AHS-FOM and our student musicians by visiting and purchasing those special and sometime unique gifts for the upcoming holidays.
Students who applied for TRI M, results will be posted next Monday October 28 in the music room.
I would like to remind everyone of some schedule changes and additions in November.
November 7 – is the Friends of Music General Music at 7: 00 p.m.
November 9 – Comedy Night and Silent Auction. Doors open up at 6:30 p.m. and the 2013-2014 AHS Jazz Band will be performing prior to the dinner and show.
November 11- The B Naturals along with our JROTC Colorguard will be featured at the Veterans Day event sponsored by BAE. Unfortunately, this is a closed event.
November 12-15 - is the annual Spirit Week at AHS. In the spirit of celebrating Bronco Nation there will be no practice logs.
November 16 – NHMEA All State Auditions, more information will be posted as the date gets closer. It is also the first Leaf Raking event so please make certain your student has signed up, leaf raking will also occur the following Sunday on the 17 of November.
November 21 Pies and Scons will be delivered at Alvirne
November 29 - Hudson Tree Lighting at 4:00 p.m. This event is optional, anyone who attends receives a chit (get out of a practice log for free).
November 30 – The Greater Derry Holiday Parade. This is a graded event and a lot of fun!
Please make the necessary adjustments to your Google Calendars or if you are like me your “Month at a Glance” Mead Calendar. I do use my I phone and Google Calendar as well but I still like the old fashion paper and pencil method too!
Hope everyone has a wonderful week and enjoy the beauty of the New England Fall weather!