Monday, November 16, 2009

School Daze 11/16/09 Lots of stuff! & Catching Up!



Mr. B

I thought I would get this blog written a little earlier but as things happened -
I didn't :-)

Anyway, I would like to start off by saying "Thank You"! to the 48 band students who volunteered their time and talents to perform in the stands at the BG v. Alvirne playoff game.
Everyone was in agreement, that playing was a lot of fun but better than that was the fried dough!
The weekend was pretty busy as well with the leaf raking fundraiser - I think we can give the post office a run for it's does that saying go? Neither rain, sleet, wind ....well, the Alvirne Band can now brag neither rain or wind will keep us from raking leaves, at least in the morning.
Sunday night for me and Mrs. B was also a great time as we took in the Trans Siberian Orchestra concert at the Verizon in Manchester. I have always said that if Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were alive today they would be TSO !

Below is a letter that was mailed out today to all parents of band and colorguard students.

Dear Parents, Band, and Colorguard students,

The marching season is over but we still have many performance obligations as well as the beginning of our concert season. The AHS Music Department (instrumental and choral) keeps extremely busy so I hope this letter will help you and your family keep organized (especially me) as we enter the busy and sometimes stressful holiday season.

November 16 & 19, 2009 Yankee Candles and Holiday Pie Deliveries

Check the web site for further details – this is just a courteous reminder.

November 27, 2009 (Fri) Hudson welcomes Santa Claus and Tree Lighting

  • The band will play at this annual event on the Hudson Common. This is not a required performance – (volunteers only). Wear warm clothing and arrive at the town common by 3:30 p.m. For our newbies – this is a lot of fun, especially if it snows! Immediately following the band officers will be holding a “movie night” in the music room. A notice will be forthcoming from the band officers – watch for it on the website.

November 28, 2009 (Sat) Greater Derry Chamber of Commerce Parade (graded event)

  • . Band and Colorguard students need to report to Alvirne at 11:00 a.m. We will step off at 1:00 p.m. and plan to return about 3:00 p.m. As of this writing I have not received any detailed information. Once I have the details I will post the information on our website STUDENTS – dress warmly! Drum line usually dresses in elf costumes and band members may decorate their instruments and wear “festive” hats, “battery operated” Rudolph noses etc. – be creative, have fun, create those memories!

December 6, 2009 (Sun) Derry Tree Lighting

This is not a required performance – (volunteers only)

  • The band will play at this event on the Derry Commons at 6;00 p.m. More details to follow.

December 10, 2009 (Thursday) Music Department Holiday Concert 7:00 p.m. Snow Date (Dec. 11)

  • This concert is not just for family members but for our entire Hudson community. Tell your friends and neighbors to join us for a night of very enjoyable music from the Alvirne Singers, B- Naturals, Concert Band, Stage Band and Women’s Choir.
  • Monetary donations are accepted and donations of non perishable items also will gladly be accepted.

Ladies: Dress pants/ skirt/dress that is appropriate length (knee or below) and white blouse

Gentlemen: Dark pants, shoes (no sneakers), white shirt and tie

Jazz Band members: Black shirt, Black dress pants or skirt (appropriate length knee or below) and Black shoes.

Holiday Hats are welcomed as long as they do not detract from a quality performance.

Happy Holidays (almost)

Mr. Bastien