Thursday, October 17, 2019

Skyward Note

So grateful and blessed:
Thank you to the dozens of parents that so selflessly volunteer their time and efforts
helping on games nights, fitting uniforms, riding buses, running/assisting with fundraisers…
We absolutely cannot do all of this without you!

A BIG “thank-you” to the Band Booster Officers who unselfishly volunteer dozens and dozens of hours serving *all* of our kids. 
Thank you to our instructors: Matt Nabozny, Jennifer Milett, Jasmine Bryce, Camiel King
Thank you to Ronda Bingham for her AWESOME work adapting color guard uniforms and making the Magic Show “pop”
Thank you, Brian Ruthenberg for building the magic boxes for the show
Successful Festival / Competition Season for Marching Band
FIRST DIVISION RATINGS at Festival on October 15 in Marine City
High Score for the day at Alma Competition including highest scores for:
Music Performance, Music Effect, Visual Effect, and Percussion and an “Award of Excellence” in Music
Football Playoffs (+)
If the team has a home game, so do we.
This schedule rolls out a little at a time.
When I know, you’ll know.
For now, plan on having home games November 1, 8
If we lose, playoffs are done, if we win, we will not know for certain
each week if we have a home game until the Sunday night prior
Spartan Spectacular
If you registered for the trip, please pay for it ASAP!
Travel Permit, Payment slip ->
I have a couple extra tickets…
Movie Night 
Friday, October 18; 7 PM ~ 11 PM
Register to attend here ->
$5 - Movies are “Nightmare before Christmas” and “A Quiet Place”
Held in the band room.  Students may bring lawn chairs, papasans, etc.
If students bring additional drinks, they must be in factory-sealed containers
We will feed students in-between movies
Fall concert
Fall concert for everybody is November 7 in the Gym
MB members will wear MB uniform
Non-MB members will wear concert-blacks
More info to follow
When in concert blacks, all young men need to own a tuxedo shirt and bow tie
Senior Band Night / Band Night
October 25, 2019
Senior Parents meet at SW Gate at 6:25 PM
Alphabetical order by last name
Parents will be escorted out by their senior at about 6:35
Senior registration form
Upcoming MB Schedule
October 19 - Nothing
October 22 - Rehearsal 6 - 7:30 PM
October 24 - Rehearsal 2:45 - 4:45 PM
October 25 - Home Game - Senior Band Night
October 27 - Drum lIne / Front ensemble @ MSU Day of Percussion ($10)
November 1 - Nearly 100% a home playoff game  (+)
November 5 - Rehearsal 6 - 7:30 PM
November 7 - Fall Concert
November 8 - Likely a home playoff game if we win Nov. 1 (+)
November 12 - Rehearsal 6 - 7:30 PM (TBA)
November 14 - Rehearsal 2:45 - 4:15 PM
November 15 - Possible Playoff Game if we win November 8 (+)
November 16 - Band-o-grams 11AM - 6 PM
November 19 - Rehearsal 6 - 7:30 PM  (TBA)
November 21 - Rehearsal 2:45 - 4:15 PM (Parade)
November 26 - Rehearsal 2:45 - 4:15 PM (Parade)
November 29 - PH Santa Parade (evening)
December 7 - Sarnia Santa Parade (evening)
December 12 - MB Banquet!
ALL Band students
October 20 - Spartan Spectacular (NRQ) I have a couple extra tickets
November 7 - Fall Concert
November 12 - Band Booster Meeting
December 16 - Holiday Concert
Fund Raisers
Most fund-raisers benefit both the student’s individual travel account as well as the Booster General funds that helps support the purchase of music, equipment, and uniforms
* Chubby-Chico Deadline October 17
* Citrus Sale Deadline November 4 - Packets in room
* Please consider SCRIP - Once set-up, easy to use
      Here is a link to instructions ->
      Or you can contact Jennifer Senkmajer at for guidance
      (Using SCRIP, we paid next to nothing for band camp for two kids, and paid for most of the Washington DC trip for 2 kids)
Planning ahead
Band Camp 2020 July 26-31
Spring 2021 Is our every-four-year trip to Disney
Honors Bands currently “In play”
* All-state Auditions October 27 (needed to have already registered)
* CMU Honors Band; October 25 Audition Deadline (Nov. 9/10 commitment)
Olivet College Honors Band; October 30 Registration Deadline (November 8 Commitment)
Solo and Ensemble Deadline Approaching (Nov 22)
Here is a link to the informational packet handed out in class

We are looking for student volunteers to perform Band-o-Grams all over town on November 16
Held every year on the day of the UofM/MSU game, each performance lasts about 10 minutes
and is often a surprise for many of the audience members
We are also looking for drivers that can transport 4 or more students from venue to venue
This is a full-uniform performance
We are finishing up thanking our uniforms donors this year, but may have a few extra slots ($75)
Consider this
Looking for additional challenges for you and/or your student?
Looking for something you can *do* with your student musician?
Consider SC4 Band on Wednesday nights!
$50 for the academic year, 6:30 PM on Wednesday nights.  We resume October 23.
Need an instrument?  Let us know
We have a Facebook Home ->
Next performance Friday, December 13

Want to see (and maybe purchase) some great Fall MB pictures?
David Dell –>
Here are many of the handouts made available in class since the start of school
TWiB - Sept 3

Friday, October 4, 2019

Skyward Email

The below text was sent to ALL Skyward Associated emails and like all Skyward emails, I included this text in the Google Calendar.

The College Entrance Examination Board found that students involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT's than students with no participation.

- Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board,

compiled by the Music Educators National Conference (2002)


This is all Marching Band Related

1) If you did not order Marching Band "Magic" Shirts, we have another open order running until Wednesday, October 9 at Noon.

Please pay by Wednesday, October 16.

2) First Order of "Magic" Shirts are in.  If you have not paid, please pay by Wednesday, October 9 at 2:30, otherwise they may be used to fill the second order.

3) Alma Invitational COMPETITION ("WOOOOO!")

Travel Permit

Please consider coming to watch the band.  Competition start at 1:00 PM,+Fort+Gratiot+Township,+MI+48059,+USA/614+W+Superior+St,+Alma,+MI+48801/@43.0982919,-84.1160487,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x88259bbd1acff513:0x456d85b7aeffc881!2m2!1d-82.4446392!2d43.0241778!1m5!1m1!1s0x882214bfe1d0a461:0x4d8e6130fb9dfaa5!2m2!1d-84.6698629!2d43.3789707!3e0

A COMPETITION is not a "festival."  Bands are scored, ranked and scores are public. 
A "Good" score this time of year is in the upper 80s to low-90s, depending on the judges
We will get a "carved-out" score in each of the following categories
 *  Music Performance
 *  Music Effect
 *  Marching Performance
 *  Visual Effect
 *  Percussion
 *  Color Guard

Please read *all* of this:

I did not build in a lot of extra time, so please hold tight to this schedule
 - Eat breakfast before you arrive, bring money for concessions
 - Arrive at school wearing uniform pants, navy or black upper
 - For comfort, uniform Jacket is on a HANGAR
 - It will be cool.  Wear a layer or two underneath
 - Gauntlets, gloves, hat in cardboard hat box. 
 - Bring $$ for concessions

9:45 AM    School Opens
10:00 AM    Loading large equipment begins behind school
10:20 AM    Loading large equipment ends behind school
10:20 AM    Loading smaller equipment in cases and hat boxes onto truck in front of school
        MEMORIZE YOUR HAT BOX NUMBER (Take a picture)
        Do not write on box.  Consider putting name on a card in box
        Wear layers: Again NAVY OR BLACK ONLY ON TOP
        You may wear a jacket or sweatshirt while en route

10:30 AM    Go to the bathroom, students board buses
10:45 AM    Buses depart
1:00 PM    Buses arrive in Alma
        Quick snack and drink
        Quick bathroom break
        Put on jacket, gauntlets, hat
        Go over and unpack instruments
        If you are buying concessions after performance, bring $$ with you
        No access to buses until we depart

1:45 PM    Begin Performance "cycle"
        Physical and musical warm-up

2:50 PM    PERFORM

3:05 PM    Off field, hurry to concessions

If you are taking your student home, please check out with me.  I will have a lists.
Students may not ride home with other families without written permission from their parents

3:30 PM    Awards
4:00 PM    Load
~4:30 PM    Depart
~7:00 PM    Return to PHN

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Lots of information below!

Paper copies of all forms are always handed to students first.
If your student doesn’t bring them home, you can get them off of the corresponding event on Google Calendar (found at as well as on links

Chubby Chicos Fundraiser – 
Charms, Bracelets, Candles, Soaps, Bath Bombs
As with most fundraisers, a portion of proceeds goes to your travel account,
a portion to the Band Program
Packets available in the band room

Alma Competition October 5 Travel Permit  – (Marching Band Only)
Alma Itinerary on Permit and on Google Calendar

Interested in going to Spartan Spectactacular?
Sunday October 20, $35
Itinerary on the Travel Permit/Payment voucher as well as Google Calendar
We have to purchase tickets soon, so if you are interested, let me know at the following link right away
Keewahdin Band-o-gram October 4 – (Marching Band, grade 10-12 only)
Travel Permit
Here is a link to the class handout for Tuesday, “Son of TWiB II”

Here is a link to the last large calendar handout from Monday, “TWiB”; 5th calendar this year
Here is a link to the Halloween Movie night for students evening of October 18, $5

Little Caesar Pizza kits pick up will be Tuesday October 8 between 4:00 - 5:30. Please make arrangements to pick up your orders between this time, we do not have any place to store these because they need to be kept frozen.

I am also looking for at least three more people to arrive at the school around 2:00 and help sort. If you are available please let me know. I would appreciate all the help I can get. We have about 360 items to sort!

Chubby Chico Charms catalogs are in the band room. The orders and money are due by 2:30 Friday October 11. Please make sure that your name is on the order form, and put the order form and money in an envelope and place them in the drop box located on the back of Mr Senkmajer's door. We can not take orders after 2:30 on Friday. Delivery should be by October 30th, but I do not have an exact date yet.

Thank you for all your support!