Band Notes, April 12, 2020
PAST DUE - Marching Band Commitment Form and Fee #1 were due 4/1 (See STEP 1 of the Registration Guide below).
DUE APRIL 15 - Charms Registration, Health and Well-Being Google Form and Student Care Plan (See STEP 2 on the Registration Guide below).
DUE APRIL 17 - Leadership Applications are due THIS FRIDAY! See details under “Marching Band Information” below.
DUE MAY 1 - Complete Health, Medical and Permission Forms via Final Forms NOW AVAILABLE! (See STEP 3 on the Registration Guide below).
DUE May 1--Travel Scholarship Application (for those requesting financial assistance)
Future planned events can be found on the updated band calendar: Mason Band Calendar
FLOWER SALE IS COMING THIS WEEK!
SPRING FLOWER SALE: The details are about bloom! Look for an email this week with all sales data, link and Q&A page. Thanks in advance for your support!
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS - REVERSE DINE AND DONATE
Mason Bands would like to take this time to show extra support to our sponsors (who are still open during this time) by doing a ‘reverse dine and donate’. We are encouraging Band families to support these businesses on select days and ask that you thank them for their continued support of Mason Bands. As always, we encourage you to support these businesses anytime you can, and you can always purchase gift cards to these restaurants to show your support. The schedule is below.
MASON FIGHT SONG CHALLENGE!
Let’s spread some Mason spirit! We invite band students in all grades, band alumni, and any community member to join us in playing the William Mason High School fight song!
Since we can’t perform all together right now, we invite everyone to play your instrument (or the recording) from your porch on Friday April 17th, at 5 PM!
Copies of the music, and a recording, are available at www.masonbands.com
Take videos or pictures to share your Mason spirit on Social Media!
Instagram: CLICK HERE
Facebook: CLICK HERE
Twitter: CLICK HERE
Virtual Marching Band: Visual Masterclasses
The “Breakdown Camp” is hosting several virtual master classes for band and color guard students. Michael Rosales, our marching band choreographer for the fall, is hosting this camp and teaching one of the classes. These are a great way to get moving and review some marching band and dance fundamentals from home. For more information, dates and sign-up information: CLICK HERE
Need an outlet for your creativity during this time of quarantine? Now is a great time to start generating ideas and designs for the t-shirt contests that will happen later on! More details will follow, but for now start thinking of ideas for a band camp t-shirt, a Mason Invitational t-shirt and an MSBA championship t-shirt. Also, we would love for you to submit ideas for new button designs. If you have any questions or if you have button designs please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mason Music Private Instructors Support Fund
The Mason Band program has established a fund to support the private lesson instructors serving students at Mason City Schools. During these new uncertain times, professional musicians may find it difficult to maintain a reliable source of income. Our program supports these instructors as they support our students. As always, participation is voluntary and all donations are greatly appreciated. You can make a donation using this link: Private Teacher Support Fund
Marching Band Registration - COMMITMENT FORM AND PAYMENT #1 ARE PAST DUE!!
The Marching Band 2020 Registration and Commitment Fee are now PAST DUE! It is very important that everyone who intends on participating in Marching Band 2020 complete the commitment form and make the $350 first payment. See STEP #1 below. We understand this is an uncertain time, but we are moving forward in hopes that Marching Band will be able to continue as scheduled. Adjustments will be made should COVID-19 restrictions continue and impact the season. If you wish to participate, but have any reservations about commiting at this time, please contact Mr. Protzman at email@example.com.
Please note that Step 2: Charms Registration, Student Health and Well-Being Form and Student Care Plan (if applicable) are due to be completed by THIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15!
NOTE FOR COLOR GUARD STUDENTS:
Color Guard membership is contingent upon an audition process that will be taking place via video submission in the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye on your email and Remind updates for more information regarding this! If you are not yet a member of the Fall 2020 Color Guard Remind Group, please text to 81010 the following: @20fallcg. If students or families know of any other 8th grade students or MHS students that would like to try out for the Color Guard Team, please pass along the Remind or refer them to the Mason Band website, Ensembles, MHS Marching Band Guard or click on this link https://www.masonbands.com/ensembles/color-guards/mhs-marching-band-guard/.
Please complete the registration process following the timeline below, but note the following regarding payments for Color Guard students:
OPTION 1: Follow the regular payment schedule. If a student does not make the Color Guard, all fees will be refunded.
OPTION 2: Follow the payment schedule modified for Color Guard students. After Color Guard auditions have been completed, fees are Due MAY 1: Fee 1 ($350) + Fee 2 ($350) = $700 | via EZPay or check to Mason City Schools.
The General Timeline for all members is as follows and is all outlined in the packet:
If you have any specific questions related to the Registration process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marching Band Information - Updated 4/5/2020
NEW: MASON MARCHING BAND 2020 LEADERSHIP APPLICATION FORM
Leadership Google Form Link: 2020 Marching Band Student Leadership Application
Leadership Application Process:
Applicant reads and abides by the band handbook (located on masonbands.com), leadership application, and the Marching Band Schedule.
The applicant completes the leadership Google form application by April 17, 2020
Individual interviews and conducting auditions for drum majors with directors will be scheduled the following week via Zoom or Google if we are not yet back in school.
The 2020 William Mason High School Marching Band Student Leadership Team will be selected by May 1.
Leadership Team Building and training will begin mid to late May, with meetings likely to be weekly until minicamp begins (Virtual or in-person meetings).
-Results for Drum Major, Woodwind, and Brass leadership positions will be posted May 1
-Percussion and guard members should complete the form; however, their leadership positions will not be posted until after auditions are complete (Posting dates for guard and percussion will be announced at a later date)
*STUDENTS WHO DO NOT COMPLETE THE GOOGLE FORM WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR A LEADERSHIP POSITION
There is much unknown because of the most recent levy voting extension. However, we are at a point where we must move forward in our planning to create a successful 2020 season. Because of the undetermined levy outcome, our financial numbers are based on the levy passing. If the levy passes, you will not see a rise in fees from the numbers printed.
There are some old and some new items this season:
School Fee $950 (unchanged from 2019)
Travel Fee $550 (unchanged from 2019)
*Consumable/Uniform Fee $XXX (determined through Google Form)
*New this year is a Consumable/Uniform fee. This fee is an amalgamation of many small expenses that families were asked to pay for at varying times throughout the year. This is our solution to capture all of those payments into a one-time payment and therefore provide more transparency, ease, and planning. Everything purchased through this fee is owned by the family and yours to keep.
Marching Band 2020 Competition Schedule:
September 19 - Bellbrook Invitational
October 10 - Mason MSBA Invitational
October 23 & 24 - BOA Super Regional- Indianapolis
November 7 - MSBA 5A Championships
November 13-15 - BOA Grand National Championships - Indianapolis
Please see https://www.masonbands.com/calendar/ for complete schedule.
Facebook Mason Band Parents and Families Group
Due to the unusual circumstances we are all experiencing right now, along with email updates, our band booster parents have also started a private Facebook group to assist in answering any questions you might have about the registration process or anything else regarding the Band and Guard programs. This is a great way, particularly for new families, to get assistance with registration through video tutorials, and the ability to ask questions of other veteran band families who are eager to help our new band families. PARENTS, TO JOIN the “Mason Bands Parents and Families” Group: CLICK HERE
This is a closed Facebook Group dedicated to keeping you informed and to allow ALL Band and Guard Families to interact with other families and the Directors! This is a great place to get the latest information and to ask questions! If you do not have a Facebook account and do not wish to use Facebook, DON’T WORRY! We will still be using all of the forms of communication that we always have: email, Remind, and masonbands.com. We will also still maintain the public-facing social media accounts: Mason Band Facebook Page, @mason_band and @masoncolorguards Instagram Pages and the @MasonBands Twitter account.
UPDATED OHIO VOTING INFORMATION - NEW DATE APRIL 28, 2020
A reminder the Mason City Schools Levy that was on the 3/17 primary ballot will conclude 4/28. If you already voted, no worries, your vote will still count. If you haven’t yet voted, you still have time but must act now! THERE WILL BE NO IN PERSON VOTING. Absentee Ballot requests are taking about a week to process. All absentee ballots must be post-marked no later than April 27th. If you haven’t yet voted or requested your absentee ballot, you can do so online HERE. If you have an absentee ballot, please return today so your vote is included.
For more information and instructions on how to complete your Absentee Ballot application, please see the link below:
PLEASE BE SURE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!