Band Updates

Band Notes, January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020

Upcoming Events


Please see the Mason Bands website calendar for event details.


Monday, January 27

  • Combined Jazz 1 & 2, 2:45-3:45pm

Tuesday, January 28

  • WS Brass Sectional, 2:45-4:00pm
  • Pep Band B, 7-9:30pm

Wednesday, January 29

  • Concert Winds Rehearsal, 2:45-4:45pm

Thursday, January 30

  • OMEA Professional Development Conference, Duke Energy Center

Friday, January 31

  • Pep Band A & B, 7-9:30pm
  • OMEA Professional Development Conference, Mrs. Bass Award 7:30pm Grand Ballroom, Duke Energy Center

Saturday, February 1

  • OMEA Professional Development Conference, Duke Energy Center


Wind Symphony/Symphonic Toronto Trip Info


Payment Reminder

The Final Toronto trip payment was due two weeks ago.  Please ensure your account is in good-standing.  


Time to Explore Toronto Data/Text/Cell Options

Now is the time to explore International data, text and cell phone plan options for Canadian coverage and make a plan with your student.   Your existing plan may include coverage in Canada; many do not. If your plan does not include Canada, you could accrue significant charges for text, data and calls without upfront planning.   Our hotel has free wifi coverage and we will share adult contact information that can be used to reach the group while traveling. While touring, we will be using smaller chaperone groups with old-fashion check-ins that will include our traditional messages, but will not be tech dependent.   Students are not required to have cell/data service during the trip. That is an individual family decision.  


Final Toronto Document Drop-Off / Medication In-Take Event

Thank you to the 80 families and awesome volunteers who participated in the in-take event Thursday!   As a reminder, all students traveling to Toronto are required to have their parent/guardian attend one travel document event to drop-off their travel documents.  If you did not attend this week, you must sign-up for a slot in Charms or contact me prior to the final event if you need to make alternative arrangements to review your documents.   The roster will be final 2/7 with those students who have submitted the appropriate travel documents. Travel documents include:  

US Students:  

  • 2 copies of the student's birth certificate 
  • Copy of passport (if available), and 
  • Notarized Consent to Travel signed by parents (distributed to families last week).  

International Students:  

  • 2 copies of the student's passport/residency authorization, 
  • Copy of birth certificate (if available), and distributed to families this week)

Families may have the Consent to Travel notarized on their own, or we will have Notaries generously donating their time at the final in-take event.   If you plan to have the Consent to Travel notarized on-site, parents must bring their photo ID and sign in the presence of the notary.

Medication Drop-off for Toronto will be also be available.  If you wish to drop off medication, you must sign up for both a Document Drop-Off and a Medication Drop off slot to do both.   Click Here for specific medication management instructions.  All forms and medication turned in for the 2019 Marching Band season are still valid for this trip.  


Wednesday, February 5, 2020 

  • 6:30-8:00pm - Final Toronto Document Drop-Off 
  • 7-8pm - Final Medication Drop-Off 

Questions about Toronto Travel:  Mindy 

Questions about Medication: Lisa Oldham-


Marching Band Summer Dates

Summer Marching Band dates have been confirmed! A more detailed schedule with exact times will be released in February.


Mini Camp = June 1 - June 6

Guard Camp = June 15 - June 19

Percussion Camp = June 15 - June 19

Leadership Retreat = July 13

PreCamp Rehearsals = July 14 - July 16

Band Camp Week 1 = July 20 - July 25

Band Camp Week 2 = July 27 - August 1

Post Camp Rehearsals = August 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11


Mrs. Bass: OMEA Distinguished Service Award

Retired Mason Band Director, Mrs. Susan Bass, was recently selected as the 2020 Ohio Music Education Association "Distinguished Service Award." This is the highest award given by OMEA to music educators in the state. The award is given to an outstanding music educator that has "has made a significant difference in the lives of others through distinguished leadership as a music educator." She was nominated by Mr. Hinson, with many band directors from around the country writing letters of support to a committee that selected Mrs. Bass from the many educators that were nominated. 


The Award will be presented to Mrs. Bass at the OMEA Professional Development Conference on Friday, January 31 at 7:30 pm in the Convention Center Grand Ballroom B (Duke Energy Convention Center: 525 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202). This is just prior to the All-State Band concert at 8:00 PM in the same room, for those students performing in this ensemble. There is no admission fee to the concert or awards presentation for anyone that would like to attend. 


Color Guard Flags and Costumes For Sale

Please see the attached link for a listing of Color Guard Flags and Costumes for Sale.  Various flags and uniforms from many years of shows are available for purchase! What a great keepsake from your favorite shows over the years! Any questions, please email:


Props for Sale

Please share the link with your social network friends and others that may be interested in purchasing. They can be used or adapted for marching band, theatre, etc.