Band Updates

Band Notes Aug 1, 2021

August 1, 2021

Upcoming Events

 

Sunday, August 1

  • Experience Fee #2 DUE TODAY $325 to Mason Band Boosters 
  • Send Tag Day emails/texts to out of town friends and family  (Let’s beat our $25,000 goal!)  Click here to see how we are doing!

 

Monday, August 2

  • Band Camp Week #3 begins! 9am-9pm (Please see Band Camp document below for detailed schedule.) *Please Note students go off campus for dinner from 4-6 pm and then return for the remainder of practice.

 

Tuesday, August 3

  • Special Note: All students will be dismissed at 11:15am to allow Freshman to attend the Freshman Orientation in the afternoon.  Those who are attending the 2nd Orientation Session are encouraged to pack a dinner so they can eat prior to the 6-9 rehearsal.  All students will be returning to campus at 6pm to attend rehearsal from 6-9pm

 

Monday, August 9

  • Full Band Rehearsal, Time TBD, typically 1pm to 9pm (details coming soon)

 

Tuesday, August 10

  • Full Band Rehearsal, Time TBD, typically 1pm to 9pm (details coming soon)

 

Thursday, August 12

  • First Day of School; Only students with last names beginning with A-L report; No band

 

Friday, August 13

  • First Day of School; Only students with last names beginning with M-Z report; No band

 

Saturday, August 14

  • Full Band Rehearsal, Time TBD, typically 1pm to 9pm (details coming soon)



Future planned events can be found on the updated band calendar: Mason Band Calendar

BAND CAMP 2021 

Please carefully review all the important information in the BAND CAMP INFO DOCUMENT.  It includes important reminders and detailed schedule information. We are looking forward to a fantastic camp!

SPIRIT UPDATES/TOUR SHIRTS

2021 TOUR SHIRTS are available for sale online Now through August 12th:Picture of Mason Band TOUR SHIRT 2021 - AVAILABLE THRU 8/12https://www.fridaythreads.com/store/mason-band-spirit-wear.  All students receive one short sleeve tour shirt as part of their consumable fee so you do not need to order a shirt for your student. The online form offers the design on dri fit, long sleeve and crewneck.  You may also use this form to order extra shirts for your students, for yourself, friends and family.  This will be the ONLY opportunity to order the official 2021 William Mason High School Marching Band Tour Shirt, so please take a moment to order now before the deadline on August 12th.  The shirts that you order online will ship out/be available for pick up in store the day or day after delivery to the students depending on when the students receive their shirts. ETA for delivery is late August/early September.  A special note to our new band families to let you know that the design on this order form is generic, the color shown will be the color of the shirt you receive; however, per tradition, the actual design is kept secret until the students receive their shirts.  The staff does a great job designing these show theme shirts every year so you won't be disappointed! 

 

SEEKING ARTISTS: if you are artistic, can paint and will have some time in mid to late August to volunteer, please contact Spirit. We have a fun, special secret project we need help with.  Intrigued??? You should be because we are so excited about it!  Send us an email: spirit@masonbandboosters.com if you would like to help and we will give you more details.  

 

MASON BAND SWAG: Order your Mason Band Spirit gear online two ways. 

  • Car Decals/Magnets, yard signs, lanyards, retractable hand banners etc... https://form.jotform.com/Masonbands/Spirit.  Items ordered through this form by EOD Tuesday, August 3rd will be available for pick up Thursday, August 5th and Friday, August 6th from 8 to 9:30 PM at the end of camp.  For those who ordered items before Mini Camp and were unable to pick them up before the parent preview, you can pick your items up during this time as well!
  • Shirts, hats, shorts and other wearables from our local vendor partner Friday Threads: https://www.fridaythreads.com/store/mason-band-spirit-wear. Many items have several color, format and customization options including sparkle so be sure to click on the items to see additional options for each. These items are made custom to order with a standard turn around time of 2 weeks. With that being said, please know that availability of some colors, brands or styles could be impacted due to remaining effects of Covid on the supply chain.  Friday Threads will provide you with options for items with better availability should the need arise and we will work with them to adjust the items available from the online store if required.

UNIFORMS:  MARCHING SHOES!

Black marching shoes are REQUIRED for all marchers.  

*If your child already owns a pair of marching shoes from past season(s) or from an older sibling/neighbor, please make sure to have your child try them on to make sure they fit!  If they do not fit and you need to order a new pair, please follow the steps below.

 

*If you have a brand new marcher and he/she did NOT get fitted for marching shoes during their uniform fitting, please order their marching shoes following the steps below.  

 

STEPS for ordering marching shoes:

masonbands.com > Resources > Uniform Store > click on the green “marching store”link

 

**Please order ASAP as we are placing our shoe order on Friday, August 6, 2021.**

 

If you have any questions, please contact uniforms@masonbandboosters.com

PARENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

We still need help!  There are many opportunities to get a behind the scenes look at the band camp experience!   Please check out the volunteer opportunities in Charms to help with snacks, check-in, and more.  These jobs do not require full chaperone training and we welcome new and returning parents.   Some jobs are only an hour!  For example, we need help serving a snack every day  3:15-4:15.  

 

Any questions, please contact Melissa at bandcamp@masonbandboosters.com

STUDENT PHYSICALS ARE PAST DUE

Please make sure your student’s PPE Physical is current in Final Forms.  Students must have a current physical uploaded in order to participate in band camp. Physicals must remain current throughout the season. If your student’s physical expires during the season, you must schedule their appointment and upload their signed PPE Physical form to Final Forms before it expires. It's easy to get a physical from your child's doctor if they've had a well check during the year or you can get one quickly completed from Kroger Little Clinic, CVS Minute Clinic, etc. 

 

Refer to the 'how to' guide here for the details about downloading and uploading to Final Forms. You can find links to the latest registration info on MasonBands.com here. If you have any questions about the registration process, please email Registrataion@MasonBandBoosters.com.

TAG DAY 2021!!

 

Thank you to all the volunteers and students who helped make this year’s Tag Day a huge success!   On Saturday, we raised $20, 330 dollars!   But we are not done yet!   This coming week is our final friends and family push.  This is our ONLY student led fundraising event this season and we would ask that all students send emails/texts to close family and friends.    (Let’s beat our $25,000 goal!)  Click here to see how we are doing!

 

Fun and Prizes…

  • Every marcher who raises a total of $50 in donations OR receives 5 total donations will get a 2021 Show Themed laptop sticker.
  • Any marcher who raises over $500 in donations receives a Speedy Freeze Gift Card

 

THANK YOU FOR GIVING BACK!

Thanks to all of the students and families who brought in donations to the Comet Cupboard. The band collected 1200 individual items.  Your contributions will help provide food packs for food insecure Mason City School students throughout the school year. Congratulations to the Baritones for donating the most items per student!! The Baritones will receive a special treat tomorrow for their efforts.  Honorable mention goes to the Front Ensemble who came in at a close second!

PLANNING DINNER AHEAD???  

Our next Dine and Donate will be Wednesday, August 18th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm at Chipotle Mason Montgomery.

BAND CAMP PHOTOS ON SMUGMUG!  

Our talented photo committee has been working hard to capture wonderful memories of our student events & activities. Check out our Smug Mug site where you can download photos for free and order prints/buttons/etc. Photos are being added regularly. Here are direct links to folders from recent events. Email photo@masonbandboosters.com if you need the password. 

 

TAG Day   Band Camp Wk2   Band Camp Wk1    Leadership Camp    Percussion Camp   Guard Camp     Movement Camp   Mini Camp

STUDENT EXPERIENCE FEE #2 DUE TODAY

Reminder:   The second Marching Band Student Experience Fee is due TODAY.  Students must be in good financial standing to participate in band camp.

 

This fee is payable to Mason Band Boosters.  You may pay for both the Consumable fee and the Experience Fees via credit card on Charms or bring a check with you to Band Camp and put it in the Band Dop Box. You can learn more about how to pay the fees in the following link: How to Pay Band Fees.

ERROR MESSAGE WHEN PAYING FEES THROUGH CHARMS

It has been brought to our attention that some families are receiving a message stating “there was an error in your payment process” when attempting to pay experience or consumable fees through Charms.  Despite this error message, many of the payments have actually been processed.  If this happens to you, you should first check your charms financial statement to confirm if the payment was received before attempting to pay a second time.  If you do think there is an error, you can contact treasurer-asst@masonbandboosters.com before you attempt to make another payment.  This will help ensure that you do not pay your fees twice.  Thank you for your patience while we try to troubleshoot this problem.

SEND YOUR ELECTRONIC FORMS TO THE RIGHT PLACE!!!!

Please make sure you are sending your electronic forms to the right place for accurate & timely processing! Thank you!

Please refer to this LINK where you can find all the latest information regarding Medication, Physicals & Student Care Plans.

BAND AID / CHAPERONE MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING 

Thanks to all of the Band Aids, Chaperones, and Staff who attended the Anxiety/ Mental Wellness training on Monday.  It was heartwarming to see so many take time out of their busy lives to make Mental Wellness a priority for our students.

  • Online QPR Training---If you missed the QPR training, our training partner 1N5 is offering several free QPR training sessions online in August and September.   All Band Aids are required to have suicide prevention training and all chaperones and other interested adults are welcome to register directly with IN5 for this training.  Participation is limited to 25 per session and is open to all adults in the community. To sign-up, please go to their website:  1N5 Online QPR Training 

If you have any questions about the training please contact Mindy, Travel@Masonbandboosters.com

MARCHING BAND REMIND GROUPS

In addition to our weekly emails, there will be Remind groups available for this season, for each section of the band and parents within that section. These text updates will be used for rehearsal updates, changes due to weather, travel/arrival updates, and any other last minute information that is important. 

 

Please Click this Link to join the 2021 Remind Student and Parent Text Groups:
CLICK HERE FOR REMIND GROUP INFORMATION

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES AVAILABLE OVER THE SUMMER

Be sure to check out Summer 2021 Resources for Mason Families for mental wellness resources for your student and your family.  

 

**PLEASE NOTE**  If your child is at immediate risk for harm to self or others, call 911 or take them to the nearest emergency room.

 

Children’s Hospital Liberty Campus (closest emergency room specializing in those 18 and younger) 7777 Yankee Road, Liberty Township, OH 45044, Phone:  513-803-9307

 

If your child is not at immediate risk, however you are unsure how to proceed, contact:

 

Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Intake Response Center at 513-636-4124, Warren County Crisis Hotline at 1-877-695-6333, or the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. 

 

Click the link for more information about MCS Mental Wellness. Here are some additional helpful resources.