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2023-24 Sumner HS Marching Band & Color Guard

(Updated 2/26/2024) 

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Sumner HS Band Program Students, Parents and Families:

Even though it was a short week with 3 days of classes, it ended-up being an intense few days for those involved with both the Valley Region Solo-Ensemble Contest during most of the day Saturday and the Pep Band performance in the WIAA Regionals Saturday afternoon. First, for the Solo-Ensemble Contest results:

I am very proud of the students who voluntarily were a part of this year’s Solo-Ensemble Contest, who practiced hard and put in a lot of extra time outside of class to challenge themselves as individuals and as small groups. Solo-Ensemble participation is not required but certainly is encouraged, as it’s really the last chance a student can get the chance to choose the music, work on the music, perform both in front of the classes and at the contest itself, and take responsibility for their performances and ultimately their success. I have yet to see a student who hasn’t grown as a musician from their experience in going through the Solo-Ensemble Contest “process”, so I encourage all of our underclassmen to participate next year - they can even start working on things now and take their time to enjoy and prepare for the 2025 event. Anyway, here are the results from the 17 events we had on Saturday at Puyallup HS:

First, the SUPERIOR AWARD WINNERS (receiving a I rating)

  • Harmony Collins - Piano Solo
  • Mitchell Goff - Alto Sax Solo STATE CONTEST 1ST ALTERNATE
  • Aiden Hatcher - Tenor Sax Solo STATE CONTEST QUALIFIER
  • Lilian Reed - Flute Solo
  • Zoe Roberts - Clarinet Solo STATE CONTEST 1ST ALTERNATE (2 YEARS)
  • Lillian Sauers - Flute Solo
  • Hollie Wehmeyer - Flute Solo
  • Irulan Wulkowicz - Flute Solo
  • Sumner HS Senior - Trumpet Duet STATE CONTEST SECOND ALTERNATE
    (Sam Olson and Jibreel Penick)
  • Sumner HS Trumpet Duet
    (Harmony Collins and Emma Rabe)
  • The Terrible Twos Tuba Duet
    (Lucy Jacobo and Colton Baerny)

Solo-Ensemble Contest EXCELLENT AWARD WINNERS (receiving a II rating)

  • Viola Healy - Flute Solo
  • Jonas Lysne - Piano Solo
  • River Morrison - Tenor Sax Solo
  • Ayden Segawa - Alto Sax Solo
  • Abbie Walsh - Flute Solo

Solo-Ensemble Contest GOOD Award winners (receiving a III rating)

  • The Phantoms Brass Duet
    (Alex Lee and Elijah Norman)

Again, congratulations to all of our participants - I’m hoping that everyone except the seniors will participate again next year and use the experience that they got this year to help them to do even better next year. Aiden will be participating in the STATE SOLO CONTEST on April 27th at CWU in Ellensburg along with the others in the State who also won their respective divisions at their region Solo-Ensemble contests. We will be waiting and hoping to see if Mitchell, Zoe, and the Senior Trumpet Duet will get “the call” to participate as well - it has happened many times in the past. All of the students and groups that received Superior ratings will be performing excerpts of their performance at our Annual Spring Collage Concert in June, so you’ll get to hear a little bit of their events one more time. Thanks again for your participation and your outstanding representation of the Sumner HS Band Program and Sumner HS.

For our other event on Saturday (that included some of the Solo-Ensemble Contest participants) we had our BB Pep Band hit the road again, this time to Auburn HS to participate in the Regional GBB Playoff round as the cutdowns started (4 of the final 16 teams were eliminated on Saturday). Anyone that was at the game saw a fantastic contest between 2 excellent teams - it was an up-and-down back-and-forth event that we thought we had won, but Davis HS had a miracle steal and shot to force the game into OT and at the end of OT we prevailed, though not by much (we won by 3 points). It wasn’t a loser-out game for us, but it put us in the winners bracket with just 2 more wins needed to get to the State Championship Game for the second time in the last 3 years. We’ll hit the road again on Thursday morning for a 9:00AM game at the TACOMA DOME in what should be another great game. We’ll be playing either Emerald Ridge or Bothell, who will be playing on Wednesday for the chance to play against us on Thursday. We’re planning on reporting to the Band Room at 7:25AM (regular start of school-time) in our Purple Polo Shirt uniforms so we can fight the traffic and get to the Dome for the game and be back around 11:30AM (hopefully this game won’t go into OT like Saturday’s but you never know). Looking ahead, if (when) we win on Thursday we play again at the Dome at 3:45PM on Friday, but if we lose we play at 9:00AM Friday. Thinking positively though, when we win on Thursday and on Friday, we’ll be playing in the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN THE DOME AT 5:00PM SATURDAY! Unfortunately, that’s the exact same time that our Sumner HS Daffodil Princess Zoe Roberts will be at SUMNER HS participating in the 2024 DAFFODIL QUEEN CORONATION AT 5:00PM, so if you can’t make it to the game, please attend the Coronation and cheer on Zoe to the 2024 DAFFODIL QUEEN (I’ve attached a flier with information on the event to the BLAST).

Another busy and exciting week for the outstanding members and families of our Sumner HS Band Program, but that’s the way it goes this time of year - March and early April will be a really busy time in so many ways, but we’ll embrace the challenges and enjoy the excitement of so many different things going on, so here we go with the next 2 weeks:

Schedule for THIS WEEK:

FEBRUARY 26 MONDAY - LATE-START/ADVISORY SCHEDULE

  • NO Zero-Period Jazz Rehearsals
  • 1st Period Drumline: SB Rehearsal
  • 3rd Period 11/12 Band: SB Rehearsal
  • 4th Period 9/10 Band: SB Rehearsal
  • 2:45PM BLC MEETING
  • 7:00PM SBPA MEETING

FEBRUARY 27 TUESDAY - REGULAR CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Zero-Period Jazz Rehearsals: BBD Charts Work
  • 1st Period Drumline: PB Rehearsal
  • 3rd Period 11/12 Band: PB Rehearsal
  • 4th Period 9/10 Band: PB Rehearsal
  • 3:00-4:30PM COLOR GUARD PARADE REHEARSAL

FEBRUARY 28 WEDNESDAY - REGULAR CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Zero-Period Jazz Rehearsals: BBD Charts Work
  • 1st Period Drumline: SB & PB Rehearsal
  • 3rd Period 11/12 Band: SB & PB Rehearsal
  • 4th Period 9/10 Band: SB & PB Rehearsal

FEBRUARY 29 THURSDAY - ADJUSTED CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Zero-Period Jazz Sectionals: A: 5:55-6:25AM/B: 6:30-7:00AM
  • 7:25AM: FULL PEP BAND REPORT TO BAND ROOM - PURPLE POLOS UNIFS
  • 7:30AM: LOAD BUSES AND TRAILER AND LEAVE FOR THE DOME
  • 9:00AM: GBB STATE QUARTERFINALS PLAYOFF GAME
  • 10:30AM: LOAD BUSES AND TRAILER AND LEAVE FOR SHS
  • 11:15AM RETURN TO SHS AND RESUME REGULAR CLASSES
  • 3:00-4:30PM COLOR GUARD SPRING PARADE REHEARSAL: P1C
  • RESTAURANT NIGHT FUND-RAISER AT PUERTO VALLARTA

MARCH 1 FRIDAY - POSSIBLE ADJUSTED CLASS SCHEDULE

  • POSSIBLE 9:00AM OR 3:45PM GBB PLAYOFF GAME (TBD)
    OR:
  • Zero-Period Jazz BBD Run-Thru Rehearsals: Times TBD
  • 1st Period Drumline: SB & PB Rehearsal
  • 3rd Period 11/12 Band: SB & PB Rehearsal
  • 4th Period 9/10 Band: SB & PB Rehearsal

MARCH 2 SATURDAY - POSSIBLE STATE BB AND DAFFODIL QUEEN CORONATION

  • GAMES COULD BE AT 8:00AM OR 11:15AM OR 5:00PM
  • DAFFODIL QUEEN CORONATION AT 5:00PM - SHS PAC

MARCH 3 SUNDAY

  • NO BAND PROGRAM ACTIVITIES - NEW BLAST OUT

Highlights for NEXT WEEK:

MARCH 4 MONDAY - LATE-START/ADVISORY SCHEDULE

  • NO Zero-Period Jazz Rehearsals
  • 1st Period Drumline: SB Rehearsal
  • 3rd Period 11/12 Band: SB Rehearsal
  • 4th Period 9/10 Band: SB Rehearsal
  • 2:45PM BLC MEETING

MARCH 5 TUESDAY - REGULAR CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Zero-Period Jazz Rehearsals: BBD Charts Work
  • 1st Period Drumline: SB Rehearsal
  • 3rd Period 11/12 Band: SB Rehearsal
  • 4th Period 9/10 Band: SB Rehearsal
  • 3:00-4:30PM COLOR GUARD PARADE REHEARSAL

MARCH 6 WEDNESDAY - REGULAR CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Zero-Period Jazz Rehearsals: BBD Charts Work
  • 1st Period Drumline: PARADE BAND Rehearsal
  • 3rd Period 11/12 Band: PARADE BAND Rehearsal
  • 4th Period 9/10 Band: PARADE BAND Rehearsal
  • 4:00-7:00PM COMBINED SB & PARADE BAND REHEARSAL
  • 4:00-4:50PM - 9/10 BAND & REST OF MB & CG
  • 5:00-5:50PM - 11/12 BAND REST OF MB & CG
  • 6:00-6:55PM - COMBINED MB & CG PARADE REHEARSAL

MARCH 7 THURSDAY - REGULAR CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Zero-Period Jazz Rehearsals: BBD Charts Work
  • 1st Period Drumline: SB Rehearsal
  • 3rd Period 11/12 Band: SB Rehearsal
  • 4th Period 9/10 Band: SB Rehearsal
  • 3:00-4:30PM COLOR GUARD PARADE REHEARSAL

MARCH 8 FRIDAY - REGULAR CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Zero-Period Jazz BBD RUN-THRUS IN P1 COMMONS
  • 1st Period Drumline: SB Rehearsal
  • 3rd Period 11/12 Band: SB Rehearsal
  • 4th Period 9/10 Band: SB Rehearsal
  • AFTER-SCHOOL: BBD SET-UP IN THE PHASE 1 COMMONS

MARCH 9 SATURDAY - BIG BAND DANCE AT THE PHASE 1 COMMONS

  • SET-UPS DURING THE DAY
  • 5:40PM FIRST PERFORMANCE
  • 10:00PM EVENT ENDS - CLEAN-UP

MARCH 10 SUNDAY

  • NO BAND PROGRAM ACTIVITIES - NEW BLAST OUT

Don’t forget about our VERY busy month of March and early April coming-up:

  • March 6 Wednesday - First Spring Parade Band/SB Rehearsal - 4:00-7:00PM
  • March 9 Saturday - Big Band Dance at Sumner HS Phase 1 Commons
  • March 13 Wednesday - Spring Parade Band/SB Rehearsal - 4:00-7:00PM
  • March 16 Saturday - Valley Region SB Contest at Emerald Ridge HS
  • March 20 Wednesday - Spring Parade Band Rehearsal - 4:00-7:00PM
  • March 23 Saturday - Jazz Ensembles Newport HS Jazz Competition
  • March 27 Wednesday - Spring Parade Band Rehearsal 4:00-7:00PM
  • April 3 Wednesday - Spring Parade Band Rehearsal 4:00-7:00PM
  • April 5 Friday - Pre-Daffodil Stadium Performance - 6:00-7:00PM
  • April 6 Saturday - Daffodil Parades (4) - ALL-DAY
    • Tacoma - 10:00AM
    • Puyallup - 12:30PM
    • Sumner - 2:30PM
    • Orting - 5:00PM

As we’ve been saying, it’s really exciting as we get to this time of year: Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, Pep Band, Parade Band rehearsals and performances all happening in the span of about 5 weeks. We are a great Band Program that does our best in every type of activity we are in, and this next few weeks will show it. Thank you again for your hard work and support of our Sumner HS Band program and everything we do - it’s a fun challenge to do everything well, and we can do it. Let’s have a fun and exciting week together!

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Sumner HS Band Program Staff: 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sumner High School Band Director    

Ellen Carl, Sumner High School Auxiliary Coordinator

Laurie SelleSumner High School Color Guard Assistant 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

 

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