Thursday, June 21, 2012

ALL ABOUT BAND - (part 1) 6/21/12

Hi Everyone,
Just to let you know that last evening's "read through" was cancelled due to the excessive heat. I will be mailing out the music and CD's to those who could not make it.  I have also included a revised schedule (yes, disgard all others) the revision for 6/20/12 is what I will be working from and the letter that is also in the packet.
Our next rehearsal is Wednesday the 27th in the music room. Bring water and "stay cool"

Enjoy this great weather and Yes, my experience band members are very familiar with the following word -  HYDRATE :-)

                                                                “Award Winning” Alvirne High School Band
2012-2013 Summer Schedule   (Revised as of  June 20, 2012)

June 20 (6-8 p.m.)                                                          Band Rehearsal & Drum Line Tryouts (4:00 p.m.)
                                                                                            (Read through & distribute marching music & CD)

June 27 (6-8 p.m.)                                                          Band Rehearsal (Flip Folder & Marching Music)
July 11 &  25 (6-8 p.m.)                                                Band rehearsal. (optional)
                                                                                           Show and Flip Folder Music          

July 18 & 19                                                                     Uniform Fittings (More information to follow)

July 25                                                                              Make up fitting by appointment only

August 7  (Tuesday) 8:00 a.m.- noon                          Drum Major and Squad leader meeting/camp.

August 8 (Wednesday) 8:00 a.m.-noon                      Mini band camp (mandatory)
(Freshman & Squad Leaders)

August 9 (Thursday) 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.                     All Day Mini Band Camp
                                                                                                  Formal Band Picture

August 13 – August 17                                                   Band Camp (Alvirne HS)  -Everyone
                                                                                                   (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)                                                                                                                                                          

August   18                                                                      Londonderry Old Home Days Parade (10:30 a.m.)

August 22                                                                         Show refresher work 8:00 a.m  - noon

August 25                                                                          Allenstown Old Home Days Parade (9:00 a.m.)          

The band has evening field practice every Wednesday Evening from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
From August 29– October 10, 2012

Football Game, Band Show & Parade Performance Schedule

August 18, 2012                                                                                   Londonderry Old Home Days Parade August 25, 2012                                                                                                   Allenstown Old Home Days Parade
August 31, 2012                                                                                          Alvirne v. North
September 7, 2012                                                                                     Alvirne v. Londonderry(Away)
September 14, 2012                                                                                   Alvirne v. Souhegan
October 5, 2012                                                                                           Alvirne v. Con -Val
October 6, 2012                                                                                          Salem Band Show (6:00 p.m.)
October 17,2012                                                                                          AHS/HMS Step up Night
October 19, 2012                                                                                         Alvirne v. Hollis Brookoine       
October 26, 2012                                                                                         Alvirne v. Pembroke (Senior Night)
November 23, 2012                                                                                    Hudson Tree Lighting (optional)
November 24, 2012                                                                             Greater Derry Holiday Parade (1:00 p.m.)
May 27, 2013                                                                                               Memorial Day Parade (Hudson)

Concert Series
December 11, 2012                                                                                      Instrumental   HolidayConcert
March  23-24, 2013                                                                                       Cabaret Weekend
May 22, 2013                                                                                                  Instrumental Spring Concert
June 2013                                                                                                        Graduation

VISIT the www.ahsmusic.orgwebsite frequently for informational overload!

The following is the letter that was sent with the music and CD

Dear veteran band, colorguard members and “newbies”,

I would like to start off by saying “Thank You” to all who have been able to make the marching music “read through”.  For those who could not attend I have enclosed, a CD with the music for the fall show you will need to learn all tunes solidly before band camp!   An updated schedule will be posted as well as my blog will be up on the website
Again, read your schedule and do the best you can to make summer “optional”  rehearsals!

The show music on the CD is:

Stayin Alive (Bee Gees)   -  Listen to the marching arrangement and the Bee Gees.

 Turn The Beat Around (Gloria Estafan)  –  Listen to the marching arrangement and Gloria Estafan.

Disco Inferno  (My Personal Favorite)-   Listen to the marching arrangement and the Trammps. The tempo will be closer to the Trammps. 

Finally, ask your parents to show you any cool disco moves if they remember the 70’s

F.A. Q. How do I learn my marching music by heart?
You need to practice through the summer!  Practice your concert scales C-Ab.  Look for patterns and learn the parts that are alike! There are a lot of the same type of rhythms throughout each tune.  I will be going over helpful hints to learn this music at the optional summer rehearsals. Seniors, I am thinking about adding “The Hustle” so we may be learning that in summer rehearsals – after all we need a “senior dance” J

Percussion check your schedule for rehearsals with Mr. Shekleton, drumline summer practices are mandatory!

Look for another mailing in July.  Check the website and my blog detailing information about band camp, the Londonderry Old Home Days Parade, the Allenstown/Pembroke Parade.
I will be cutting down on mailings.

I am looking forward to seeing the veteran band members and making friends and memories with our new freshman and upperclassmen.
Section leaders – letters will be mailed out after the July 4th Holiday.
The next school year is going to be a fantastic year filled with many great musical, social experiences and excitement.
Remember – Band is a major commitment before the school year and your efforts will not go unnoticed as the school year progresses. MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE AT THESE SECTIONALS AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT REHEARSALS(before the start of the school year!).
Please, inform your coaches/work about our schedule. I would recommend that you show your coaches and boss the band camp schedule or give them a copy.   I do not object to splitting the time between band and sports –BUT COMMUNICATE!  I will explain more in an upcoming letter. If your coaches need to speak to me please have them call or email me J

Thank you for your time and visit our web page at www
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Have a GREAT summer!

Mr. Gerry Bastien
District Coordinator – Music