Band Updates

Band Notes for the week of October 23rd, 2017

October 23, 2017

Week of Monday, October 23rd at a glance:

Please note, the calendar on the Mason Bands website contains the most up-to-date information.   

Monday, October 23

  • Full Band: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, October 24

  • Brass & Woodwind Rehearsal: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Percussion & Color Guard Rehearsal: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, October 26

  • Full Band: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, October 27

  • Full Band: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Away Football Game at Lakota East: Pep Band

Saturday, October 28

  • Centerville Invitational (DETAILS BELOW)


Medication for Centerville

If your student will need prescription or over the counter medication that has not already been turned in, please send an email to Lisa Oldham at to make an appointment to submit your student's medication. Please remember the following important points about medication:

  1. Students cannot carry their own medication except for emergency medication such as inhalers and epi-pens (DMS forms are still required).

  2. Our Band Aids carry central supplies of acetaminophen and ibuprofen for students for whom we have a DMS on file. DMS forms can be submitted electronically for these medications to You can check if your student has a DMS on file for one of these medications by logging into Charms and selecting the 'Forms Collected' icon from the Home Screen.

  3. All other medication must be submitted along with a DMS form and will be carried/administered by our Band Aids in accordance with Mason City School District policies. You can find the DMS forms and more information on the Mason Bands website.


Centerville Transportation Waiver

If your student will not be riding the bus with the Marching Band either to or home from the Centerville MSBA Competition, you must fill out and turn in a transportation waiver by Wednesday October 25th. Forms can submitted electronically to Lisa Oldham at (preferred) or students can turn their form into one of the Directors. You can check if your form has been received by logging into Charms and selecting the 'Forms Collected' icon from the Home Screen.


Volunteers Needed: Last Feed the Band

Our last Feed the Band is this Saturday, October 28, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm. 

We need a few volunteers to help feed the band before they head to Centerville this Saturday.  Sign ups are in Charms. Subway is providing a full meal, including chips and cookie, so serving and cleanup should be fast and easy.  Non-certified gluten-free and veggie options will be available.  Thanks in advance for helping us feed the band one last time this season! 


Fall Fundraiser!

Our Mason Bands Fall Fundraiser is ending this Wednesday 10/25.

This Fundraiser supports all Mason Band programs Grades 6-12.

Digital copies of all order forms are available on the Mason Bands website. (All band students were given a paper copy as well in class). All Cookie Dough/Sweet products are $15 each and the citrus is priced separately on the order form. Orders and checks are due back to your student's band director (MI, MMS) or Drop box (MHS) by October 25th. Checks are to be made payable to Mason City Schools - NO CASH ACCEPTED.

Products will need to be picked up by band students/parents on Thursday, November 30th between 6-9 pm in the MHS Small Commons.  We do not have refrigeration for storing items, so you need to make arrangements to have someone else pick up your items if you are not able to. Thank you for your understanding.

Savory Foods (cookie dough vendor) is sponsoring a drawing this year and the winner will receive $5,000.00 for a trip of their choice.  Each student will receive 1 entry for every 25 units they sell.  The Citrus company is offering online ordering this year for any out-of-town recipients that want to support our band program.  Please send this link to any of your out-of-town friends & family members who may be interested in ordering citrus for the holidays! Here is the link for online ordering for your out of town customers (prices higher online due to shipping costs):

We look forward to a successful fundraiser. Last year we raised $13,000 for our great band programs.  Help us raise even more this year!

Contact Suzanne Edelbach , or Hilary Suddleson  with any questions.


MSBA Championships - Volunteer Requirement!

The MSBA Championships are on Saturday, November 4th, and every band parent or guardian is required to help with this very large event! Please keep your eye out for an email this week, notifying you when volunteer sign-ups go live in Charms!


Mason Invitational Shirts!

If you pre-ordered a Mason Invitational shirt, they will be available for pick-up after this Thursday’s practice! Please email if you have any questions.


Centerville Competition: Student Schedule

Below is the TENTATIVE schedule for this Saturday’s competition. Please review with your students.

10:00am Rehearsal

12:00pm Lunch (Feed the Band)

1:00pm Rehearsal

2:30pm Load/Change

  • Change of clothes/shoes need to be packed in garment bag and loaded onto racks! You will NOT have access to the bus after we perform.

  • Students MUST wear appropriate garments under uniform: black compression shorts/band shirt (if delivered by then) or compression shirt. We will be changing out of uniforms in a parking lot so students MUST be wearing proper garments underneath.  

3:30pm Load Buses

4:00pm Depart Mason (Grab-n-Go snack as we load)

5:00pm Arrive at Centerville/Unload

  • Buses will leave to park off site

  • Stay on Bus until further notice

  • When coming off of bus, students should be in FULL uniform (EVERYTHING ON!),  carrying shakos and instrument cases, and bottle of water (provided). The buses will be leaving, so they need to have money in their uniform pocket.

  • When unloading, students should look for designated area to assemble.

  • Percussion/large instrument sections will go to the truck to get instruments and wait there. Smaller instruments will the drop off cases at trailer.

  • Restrooms may be available, but will need to be quick.

6:15pm In Block in Designated Area

6:30pm Move to Warm-Up

6:40pm Warm-Up Area A

7:25pm Move to Gate

  • Students who get microphones/soloists will leave from warm-up to get mics, and meet at the gate.

7:35pm Gate

7:45pm Perform

8:00pm Post Performance Huddle (Quick recap and “what’s next”)

8:15pm Move to Trucks, Change out of uniforms/Concessions/Sit in stands for remainder of bands/awards/load trucks

  • Color Guard Change in Semi as we did in Toledo

  • Put away Shakos/Plumes & Uniforms

  • Move w/chaperones to concessions/restrooms/watching in stands.

  • We should sit as a GROUP in the stands and be courteous

9:45pm Awards/Staff at Critique

10:15pm Load Buses

10:30pm Depart

11:15pm Arrive at Mason (we will unload uniforms to be washed!)


Attention: Parking Lot Safety

Please be mindful that the band lot traffic flow is one way. This past week several cars were observed traveling in the wrong direction through the parking lot.


Mason Band Boosters Board

If you are interested in a Mason Band Boosters Board position, or would like to nominate someone to run for a board position, please contact Shannon Walton at

As a reminder, the Board is comprised of the President, Vice President, Vice President of Fundraising, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Travel Secretary, and Public Information Officer.


Fall merchandise available in the online store!

It’s Marching Band Season and the weather is getting colder. Are you ready to watch the halftime show in warmth and style sporting your Mason Marching Band gear? Have you checked out all the new items added to the online store: For every order placed through the online mason band spirit store, the Mason Band Boosters receive a rebate from Friday Threads!


Upcoming Events

Monday, October 30

  • Full Band: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Wall-to-Wall

Tuesday, October 31

  • Full Band: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Wall-to-Wall

Wednesday, November 1

  • Full Band: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Wall-to-Wall

  • Medication Drop Off for Indianapolis: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, High School

    • Sign up in Charms for a drop off time.

Thursday, November 2

  • Full Band: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Wall-to-Wall

  • Booster Meeting, 7:00 pm

Friday, November 3

  • Full Band: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Wall-to-Wall

Saturday, November 4

  • MSBA Championships, Mason (details coming soon!)

  • Medication Drop Off for Indianapolis: 10:00 am - 11:00 am, High School

    • Sign up in Charms for a drop off time.


BOA Grand Nationals, Indianapolis, November 9 - 12, 2017

  • Thursday, November 9: Preliminary Performance,  around 8:30 pm (TENTATIVE)