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2017-18 Sumner HS Spartan Band & Color Guard

8/21 thru 8/27 (Updated 8/20/17) 

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I hope everyone - both students and families - have had a great summer break and enjoyed the last couple of weeks off from Band activities (though I know the hard-working Drumline and Mr. Olaiya snuck-in a practice last Tuesday).  Again, thank you to all of the Summer Marching Band students (and parents) who gave their time and effort to be a part of a special group that had a lot of fun times and great performances.  Now we are ready to get started on a great 2017-18 school-year on Tuesday at our first meetings and then our first rehearsals starting on Wednesday.  Here's what you need to know:
 
1) Tuesday's Meetings:
 
As you can see in the attachment, I've expanded the information about our first few weeks in the Pre Season Schedule.  Attendance at the meetings on Tuesday is really important for several reasons:
  • The BLC/SL meeting is really important to help us to set-up the next couple of weeks from a student perspective.  Sectional-goals, learning a new field-drill system, and other things will be talked about at that meeting, and if you aren't there, you can't help us to get things ready for you.
  • There are many important things to be discussed at the SBPA Parents Meeting, including uniform distribution and how we want to make it better, Midnight Madness (the treats and breakfast don't just happen - it takes lots of planning and preparations), and lots of other things.
  • The Tuesday Student & Parent Meeting will be the FINAL sign-up times for shoes, gloves, and dri-fit t-shirts prior to our performances at the District Convocation (8/29) and Sunset Bowl (9/1).  Remember, this is a whole new Sumner HS Marching Band coming together for the first time on Tuesday - if you're new you obviously have a lot to learn, but every one of our older students/upperclassmen/experienced students will have a new role that is different and more important than the role they had last year.  My hope is for everyone to be there.
2) Pre-Season Rehearsals:
     
Yes, we'll still be playing the 3 Summer MB pieces, the Fight Song, and the Star Spangled Banner, but we've got a lot of new music to learn quickly:  other pieces for the Convocation Performance on Tuesday August 29th (including the Pomp And Circumstance section to Fanfare and Procession as well as some of the Pep Music we'll be playing along with the BLHS Band) and some Drumline music, we've also been asked to perform at the new student function on Thursday August 24th, we're also getting ready to perform on visitor's side for the Sunset Bowl on Friday September 1st (only our Juniors and Seniors have ever done that before), and getting ready for both the State Fair Parade and our own first home FB Game, both on Friday September 8th - and I haven't even talked about getting ready for UW Husky Band Day on Saturday September 16th and a little something we call . . . FIELD SHOW!  As you'll quickly see if you don't already know it, rehearsals and rehearsal-time missed cannot be made-up - we don't call extra rehearsals for the people who weren't there.  So how do you make things up if you miss??  Good question . . .
Success during this fall's Marching season starts this week, not the week of the Auburn Parade and Field Show Competition.
 
3) Some New Things:
 
  • One giant new thing your going to see this year is less - less wasted paper and less relying on us to get the information to you by paper.  There will no longer be any paper Time-Line Information Forms or Permission Forms, as they will all be published in the weekly e-mail BLAST and will become your responsibility to print-out and get signed.  I know we started this during the summer, but I also made a lot of copies of things for those people who didn't get them or forgot them, etc. - not any more.  Get used to it starting with the attached August and September Calendar, the UPDATED Pre Season Schedule, and the 2017-18 Year-Long Schedule for Performances and Rehearsals (sit down as a family and look at the dates we have things planned - be proactive!)  If you know someone who isn't getting the BLAST because they haven't filled-out a form, you better tell them to fill it out and get it turned-in at Tuesday's meeting or they could really be lost at the start.  We are going paperless (at least it will be paperless from me!)
  • Another big change is the whole way we do our learning of our field show drills.  Kyle Laramore and Mr. Olaiya have spent a lot of time to update and revolutionize our way of doing things as we learn our field show drills (which by the way are going to be harder this year), and we're going right at it starting with our pre-season rehearsals.  Even an experienced "old-person" who thinks they can just jump-in and learn the new system is going to be in for a big surprise.
  • Another new thing that I'm letting you know about will be the every-rehearsal Section-Leader and Captains Reports that will be filled-out and turned-in directly to me at the end of each full-group rehearsal and performance we have, starting with rehearsal #1 on Wednesday night.  We have a lot of great Section Leaders and Captains, and I want to know how things go every time we work together (both great things and things that need work) so I can help in any way that I can.
  • Also, a reminder on what I mentioned in last week's BLAST: any and all students from this summer's Summer MB & CG not in the 2017-18 Sumner HS Marching Band is welcome and encouraged to be a part of our halftime performance of our Summer MB music and routines at our first home FB Game on Friday September 8th.  A couple of things:  you must attend the MUST-ATTEND pre-performance rehearsal on Wednesday September 6th at Sunset Stadium (remember, that's the first day of regular school-classes) from 6:00-9:00PM (we'll start in the Band Room right at 6:00PM, and you are welcome to stay for the entire rehearsal, though you'll probably be done by about 8:30PM) and you need to wear your Summer MB uniform for the performance.  I'll have even more information next week as we get even closer.  We've never done this before so consider it a really cool honor to perform in front of a packed Sunset Stadium crowd at halftime of the FIRST HOME FB GAME!!
Ladies and Gentlemen, we've got an exceptionally good group this year.  Look at each section: the excellent leaders, the really fine players and performers, the outstanding character and attitudes of everyone involved with our program, the wonderful field show we're going to be performing during the fall, the great places we're going this year.  I really hope that you're getting as excited as I am to have a special 2017-18 year that you will remember for your entire life.  This year starts in 2 days and I hope you'll be there.  Thanks so much for being a part of what I know is going to be an outstanding 2017-18 Sumner High School Band Program and we'll see you on Tuesday!

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Sumner HS Band Program Staff: 

Joe Carl, Sumner High School Band Director    

Ellen Carl, Sumner High School Color Guard Advisor 

Emmanuel OlaiyaSumner High School Band Para-Pro and DrumLine Instructor

Sumner High School, 1707 Main Street, Sumner, WA  98390

  • (253) 891-5565: Band Office
  • (253) 891-5500: Sumner HS Main Office  (7:00AM-3:30PM)
  • (253) 891-5585: Sumner HS FAX
  • (360) 889-0080: Carl Home
  • (253) 307-5705: Mr. Carl‘s Cell
  • (253) 307-5706: Mrs. Carl‘s Cell
  • (509) 987-3350: Mr. Olaiya's Cell

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