Band Updates

Band Notes for the week of July 1,2018

July 1, 2018

Band Notes, July 1

Website Update

The Mason Band website is in the process of being updated. This week, the new website will begin to show at our same web address: www.masonbands.com . Familiar information, like the calendar and band updates, will still be available along with some useful new additions. More information about using the new website will be coming soon!

Grand Nationals: Registration & Payment Due!

If you have not already done so, please register with Music Travel Consultants and pay the initial deposit of $100 for the 2018 Grand Nationals Trip! Please see the attached guide from MTC to walk through how to register for the 2018 trip. Mason’s  2018 trip number is 1811-8-09.

William Mason High School Marching Band Travel 2018

Here’s a brief overview of our Marching Band travel plans for the upcoming 2018 season.  We look forward to helping all our students have a terrific experience both on and off the competitive  marching field. During Marching Band our band and color guard students work as one cohesive team and our Band Aids and Chaperones work collaboratively to care and support all of our students.   

If you are interested in serving as a Chaperone or Band Aid, training is required and underway for this season.   You may find more information about both Band Aids and Chaperones on our website.

If you have any questions about travel or are interested in serving in a volunteer role, you may contact Mindy Patton at travel@masonbandboosters.com .

BOA Regional Bowling Green, OH—9/29/18-9/30/18

This Bands of America Regional competition is a marathon day! Students will be traveling, rehearsing and competing throughout the day.   We will share the itinerary once Mason’s preliminary performance time is finalized. This competition is composed of both a preliminary performance in the day and pending the results, Mason will perform a second time in the evening in the Regional finals.   

Students will travel by charter buses to and from Mason and the competition venue and rehearsals. The band will practice off site at a nearby high school and meals will be provided throughout the day to sustain our musicians and guard members! Students are encouraged to bring their water jugs to keep hydrated and are always welcome to bring along their own snacks.

Families can anticipate a very early start to the day on Saturday, 9/29 and Mason will depart Bowling Green after the finals (usually around midnight) to return back to the high school in the early morning hours of 9/30.    

Parents are able to check their students out at the conclusion of the event if they wish to stay in Bowling Green overnight or to transport their child home.   Families will need to complete a simple transportation waiver that will be shared in advance of the competition.

We encourage family and friends to make the drive to Bowling Green to cheer on the band!  This is a ticketed event and tickets may be purchased on the Bands of America website or onsite.   

MSBA Centerville, OH—10/27/18

This Mid-States Band Association tournament is held at Centerville High School in Dayton, Ohio.  Students will be rehearsing at Mason before heading to Centerville. They will travel by bus to and from Centerville and weather and performance time will influence the time students return to Mason.   We will share the itinerary once Mason’s performance time is finalized. Mason will perform once in the Open Class of this tournament.

We encourage family and friends to make the short drive to support the Marching Band at this competition.   

BOA Grand Nationals Indianapolis, IN—11/8/18—11/11/18

This Bands of America competition is the grand finale of our marching band season!   Students will travel by charter bus from Mason on Thursday morning and prepare for their preliminary performance at Lucas Oil Stadium at 6:45pm on 11/8/18.   Students, Directors and chaperones will be staying three nights at the Westin in downtown Indianapolis. All meals will be provided on this trip. Students will be rehearsing, watching other bands and celebrating a successful season throughout the weekend event.  

Music Travel Consultants (MTC) manages our on-the-ground operations for this trip.   They also coordinate all trip payments. Families are responsible for paying their trip fees directly to MTC.   All families need to set up an online account with MTC and simple instructions are provided on this MTC instruction sheet.   (link)

This is a ticketed event and families and friends are encouraged to make plans in advance to see the band in action at Lucas Oil Stadium.    There are two days of preliminary competition and we know Mason will perform Thursday, 11/8. Pending scores, Mason hopes to perform a second time in the semi-finals on Saturday 11/11 during the day.   Based on the results of the semi-finals, bands have the opportunity to perform in the finals Saturday evening.  Indianapolis is a busy place during Grand Nationals so families are encouraged to book hotels early if they plan to stay overnight.   Typically Grand Nationals finals run until midnight and our students will stay overnight Saturday night and return to Mason Sunday morning.

Booster Meeting & Dessert Social: Tuesday, July 24

Our season kick-off Booster Parent Meeting and Dessert Social will be held on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm in the High School Large Commons. Please have at least one parent or guardian present, and bring a dessert to share!

TAG Day: Saturday, July 28

Our next big fundraiser of the season is quickly approaching. TAG Day is scheduled on Saturday, July 28th from 9:00am-2:00pm and is mandatory for all Band and Guard students.

In order for the event to run smoothly, we need MANY parent volunteers to help on TAG Day. If you are able and willing to help out, please go to Charms and sign up. Please direct any questions to TagDay@masonbandboosters.com.

Charms Login

Please note, the new login for Charms is masonband (changed from masonhsband).

Charms link: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/login.asp

As always, if you have any questions about Charms, please contact charmsadmin@masonbandboosters.com , or Katie Lee at secretary@masonbandboosters.com.

If you have any questions, please contact Bob Johnson at president@masonbandboosters.com or Katie Lee at secretary@masonbandboosters.com.