Tuesday, October 4, 2016

School Daze Week of October 3, 2016

Hi Everyone,

Yes! I am a few days late but I would like to reiterate a few things for the upcoming week.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) is our field show rehearsal for the upcoming Salem Band Show (Saturday October 8, 2016) .  Unfortunately, we will not be able to get on the stadium field until 6:30 p.m. as there is a rescheduled soccer game against Pinkerton. My plan is to work feverishly and intently from 6;30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.. Please have your student musician dress for the weather - Yes, Fall is here and the night air can be chilly.
I am going to try to schedule a Friday night rehearsal. If I have too many students who cannot attend due to other commitments then we'll continue with our regularly scheduled Saturday rehearsal.
Please see below (This is from a previous post).

The following is a schedule of events for the day regarding the Salem Band Show on Saturday October 8, 2016. If the event is cancelled because of inclement weather (this has happened before) we will be notified by noontime.We will honor the rain date of October 9, 2016 and perform on Sunday.   Sunday’s performances will begin at 2:00 p.m.  We will meet at Alvirne for 11:00 a.m. for a quick run through.


NOON                                       BAND/COLORGUARD MEET IN THE MUSIC ROOM

12:30 p.m.-2:40 p.m.                 FIELD REHEARSAL (FINE TUNING)

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.                CLEAN UP AND PACK EQUIPMENT

3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                LUNCHEON & RELAXATION
(Sponsored by FOM)

4:00 p.m.– 4:20 p.m.               Band gets dressed in uniforms
                                             Uniform inspection & Load Percussion & Large Instruments in trucks

4:30 p.m.                                 ROLL CALL & BOARD THE BUSSES for Salem

DESTINATION                     Salem High School - Grant Field

6:00 p.m.                                   Salem Band Show begins! 
Please note - I have not received the schedule as to when we will be performing. 

A Salem High School student will be assigned to our band/colorguard to ensure that we can find our seats, the warm-up area, etc. Following our performance, we will pass in review.

The price of admission will be $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students. Chaperones and staff are free!
The Salem Band Parent Association will have a concession stand - bring money :-)
To close out the evening, participation awards will be presented to the Drum Majors.

All students will be coming back to AHS on the buses.  E T A 11:00 p.m.

Final Reminder: This is a scheduled non-district event.  THIS will be included as a performance grade- besides this is a GREAT time for everyone and a chance for us to “strut our stuff” along with many other high school marching units.

Please tell all your family and friends to come and support our endeavors!
If you have any questions or concerns please call me at 886-1265 or email gbastien@sau81.org

Ok, that's the BIG NEWS for this week! Don't forget to visit the Alvirne High School Friends of Music Facebook page for a lot of "other" information. Oops, one last thought - The Friends of Music General Meeting has been moved to October 13 @ 7:00 p.m. in the music room. Please attend as there is a lot of information especially about Disney and FUNdraising.

Have a wonderful week.

Mr. B

Other information regarding the Salem Band Show

AUDIENCE ARRIVAL:  Audience parking is the same as it has always been, however the entrance to the field is now to the far right (the lowest parking lot) on the north end of the field.  There are handicap parking spaces up by the bus loop as usual, and there are also some handicap spaces down by the main audience entrance on the north end of the field.

From I- 93 North or South
Take exit 1 to merge onto Rockingham Park Blvd toward NH-28/NH-38/Salem.
Continue across NH-28 onto Veterans Memorial Pkwy.
Turn left onto Geremonty Dr.
SHS will be on the left. 
Trucks take the left BEFORE the school.
Busses watch for parents who will help you get to the correct entrance and parking space.

Here is the basic order of events (we will move faster if possible, so please be ready when the group preceding you finishes).

6:00          National Anthem
6:05          Merrimack High School
6:20                Nashua High School North    
6:35          Concord High School                
6:50                Dover High School
7:05                Spaulding High School    
7:20                Pinkerton Academy 
7:35                Manchester High School West
7:50                Londonderry High School
                10 Minute Intermission
8:15                 Nashua High School South
8:30                 Marshwood High School
8:45                Alvirne High School  
9:00                 Burlington High School
9:15                 Salem High School
9:30                 UMASS Lowell           
9:45           UNH
    Presentation of participation awards to all schools (Drum Majors only)

A FINAL THOUGHT ABOUT THE SALEM BAND SHOW - PLEASE have your students dress for the weather. I would suggest for them to bring gloves/mittens, a jacket and even a blanket as it does get chilly when the sun goes down.  Money is important as they will be able to go to the concession stands. I know that everyone is WORRIED about the weather - LET'S WAIT AND SEE  and try not to PANIC. Mr. Claussen will let us know by noontime on Saturday if the show is cancelled and if Sunday will happen due to the impeding storm (that I hope will go out to the Atlantic).

Other important events for the upcoming weeks. Thursday Night is our Fall Parent Conferences. I have a pretty full dance card so if you were not able to schedule an appointment with me please email me so that we can set up a time the following week. 

Don't forget the FOM General meeting is Thursday October 13 @ 7:00 p.m. the agenda will have items like the AHS v. BG away game, Step Up Night and Senior Night, as well as information for the Woburn Halloween Parade on October 30, 2016.

Finally - if you have not made your September payment for Disney YOU ARE LATE!  Remember it is important that payments be made according to the payment  schedule. Failure to do so will cause us to delete your student from the list. 

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Mr. B