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2017-18 Sumner HS Spartan Band & Color Guard

12/11 thru 1/7 (Updated 12/10/17) 

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Thanks very much for a great week last week as we performed twice with our Basketball Pep Band (both big wins by our Girl's Team, who is doing really well) - our first Voluntary Pep Band of the season on Thursday night had 93 students in attendance, which was terrific.  All 3 Jazz Ensembles did a very nice job at the Community Holiday Dinner Saturday afternoon - this event is so neat and a part of what makes Sumner HS such a special place, and I'm glad we are a part of it.  As for the Montesano Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday evening, what a great place, a great event, and a great performance by our group.  Thank you so much to the parents who went along and worked all night long, even taking charge on collecting the MB & CG uniforms when we got back.  For so many people who had never seen or heard us before (including students from the other Bands who joined us in our pre-Parade "jam-session") it was something that they'll remember - a very fun event.  I'm sure Carrie Henry was smiling down on us as we remembered her in the parade.  You should all be very proud of yourselves - you really represented yourselves, our Band Program, our Schools and District, and our Cities so well.  I've included a picture (in the BLAST) of our very unusual Band Award Plaque from the Montesano Parade - the "Harold Hill Award" (if you've seen the movie "The Music Man" I'm sure you'll understand - if not, watch it, as it's a wonderful movie ABOUT SCHOOL BANDS! Well, now we move-on for one more week to more fun events.  They will include:
  • 2 Basketball Pep Band performances:
    • Tuesday, a Voluntary BB Pep Band Home Game with our Undefeated League-Leading Sumner HS Girls BB Team - they are playing the 2nd Place Team in our  4A SPSL League (ERHS) , so it should be exciting and great to have a full-group there supporting them (Purple Polo Shirts)
    • Friday night should be one of our BIGGEST Home BB Games of the year for us, not only with our Boys Team going again League Leading Curtis HS in a FULL-GROUP PEP BAND, but we will inviting back all of our Band Alumni to bring their playing-chops out of mothballs and participate in our annual ALUMNI-NIGHT.  If you know or can contact any alumni members and remind them of this night, it'll be great to have them join us in a GIANT Pep Band for the ages!  Even our Color Guard will be performing at halftime to Christmas Promenade for the final time this season!
  • Our Annual Jazz Ensembles Performance at the South Hill Mall "Acoustic Lounge"
    • Wednesday night at 7:00PM our 3 Jazz Ensembles get to hit the road for a performance in Puyallup of their seasonal holiday music (since we don't have a Holiday Concert, this is your best chance to hear them perform some nice jazz and enjoy a great meal at the same time).  It'll be a nice evening and we hope you can attend.  (the Jazz Ensembles will also be performing at 6:30AM on Friday in the Commons, our Winter Wishes Day at Sumner HS, with our BIG Winter Wishes Assembly following in the morning.  I think we may be getting our Winter Wish in the form of a BIG trophy from some great person coming down from "Enumclaws".
  • We'll also be starting our transition from Marching Band/Pep Band to Symphonic Bands for the 9/10 and 11/12 Band and our Drumline as well as getting things started for February's Valley Region Solo-Ensemble Contest, so we'll be busy all week.  However, we are taking a TOTAL BREAK from December 16-January 1 with NO BAND PROGRAM EVENTS, so please enjoy your holidays - all of you have certainly deserved it!  Anyway, here we go with our final schedule for 2017 (and the first week of 2018, just to remind you . . . ).  By the way, we'll plan on sending-out a Holiday E-Mail BLAST next Sunday December 17 but NO BLAST on the 24th - we'll get back to regular things with a New Year's Eve E-Mail BLAST on Sunday December 31st!
  • December SBPA Meeting Thursday Night at 7:00PM
    • As always, we'll have lots to talk about, including some purchases we'd like to make and some ideas I have for travel next year and beyond.  It's always a great chance to get together and meet the people who really help our Sumner HS Band Program keep going - our GREAT PARENTS!

Schedule for THIS WEEK:

December 11 Monday

  • 5:55/6:25/6:50AM Jazz Triple-Header Rehearsals
  • 3rd/4th/5th Period MB & DL Rehearsals
  • 3:00PM BLC/SL Meeting (NOTE Later-Start)

December 12 Tuesday

  • 5:55/6:25/6:50AM Jazz Triple-Header Rehearsals
  • 3rd/4th/5th Period MB & DL Rehearsals
  • NO Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 5:45PM BB PEP BAND VOLUNTARY PERFORMANCE

December 13 Wednesday

  • NO Jazz Rehearsals/Sectionals (Late-Start)
  • 3rd/4th/5th Period SB Rehearsals
  • 6:15PM JAZZ ENSEMBLES REPORT TO SOUTH HILL MALL
  • 7:00PM JAZZ ENSEMBLES MALL PERFORMANCE

December 14 Thursday

  • 5:55/6:25/6:50AM Jazz Triple-Header Rehearsals
  • 3rd/4th/5th Period SB Rehearsals
  • NO Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 7:00PM SBPA MEETING - BAND ROOM

December 15 Friday

  • 6:15AM JAZZ SET-UP COMMONS
  • 6:30AM JAZZ C-B-A COMMONS-PERFORMANCES
  • 3rd/4th/5th Period MB & DL Rehearsals
  • 5:45PM BB PEP BAND FULL-GROUP PERFORMANCE BAND/CG ALUMNI NIGHT PERFORMANCE

December 16 Saturday & 17 Sunday

  • NO Sumner HS Band Program Activities until Tuesday January 2, 2018

Highlights for the UPCOMING WEEKS:

January 1 Monday

  • NO CLASSES - NEW YEAR'S DAY

January 2 Tuesday - CLASSES RESUME

  • 5:55/6:35AM Jazz Rehearsals & Sectionals
  • 3rd/4th/5th Period SB & PB/DL Rehearsals
  • 2:45PM BLC/SL Meeting

January 3 Wednesday

  • NO Jazz Rehearsals/Sectionals (Late-Start)
  • 3rd/4th/5th Period SB Rehearsals
  • 5:45PM BB PEP BAND VOLUNTARY PERFORMANCE

January 4 Thursday

  • 5:55/6:35AM Jazz Rehearsals & Sectionals
  • 3rd/4th/5th Period SB & PB/DL Rehearsals
  • NO Wrestling Pep Band Performance (Meet-Date Changed)

January 5 Friday

  • 5:55/6:25/6:50AM Jazz Triple-Header Rehearsals
  • 3rd/4th/5th Period SB & PB/DL Rehearsals
  • 5:45PM BB PEP BAND VOLUNTARY PERFORMANCE

January 6 Saturday

  • NW HONOR BAND PERFORMANCES AT PLU
    • We have 5 Sumner HS Band Students Participating

January 7 Sunday

  • NO Sumner HS Band Program Activities

What a year we've had (but we'll talk about that more next week in the BLAST).  I know we've been busy, but we do so many really cool things, whether helping our school's Athletic Teams, performing at wonderful school events like the Community Holiday Dinner, getting out into the Community with parades in area (and not-so-close area) towns and making people smile, even performing at the local mall just to have a great time.  I think (and I hope) you enjoy performing and challenging yourselves to be your best as much as you can.  I hope it's as great a feeling for you as it is for me.  Thanks for your incredible dedication and efforts - let's have a fantastic last school-week of 2017! 

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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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