Band Updates

Band Notes Jul 24, 2022

July 24, 2022

Upcoming Events  

Monday, July 25

  • Band Camp Rehearsal 9-5pm; Tourist Beach Day
  • Freshman Uniform Fittings 5:30-9pm 

 

Tuesday, July 26

  • Band Camp Rehearsal 9-5pm; Disney Day
  • Freshman Uniform Fittings 5:30-9pm 

 

Wednesday, July 27

  • Band Camp Rehearsal 9-5pm; Celebrity Day
  • Shoe and Glove Fitting for Seniors 5-7pm, Guitar Room (Please see below)

 

Thursday, July 28

  • Band Camp Rehearsal 9-5pm; Duo Twin Day
  • History Night 7-10pm; High School

 

Friday, July 29

  • Band Camp Rehearsal 9-5pm; Section Day
  • Skit Night 7-9pm; High School

 

Saturday, July 30

  • TAG Day!  Required for All Marchers (please see important details below)
    • Click here to view TAG Day Groups
    • We still need MANY drivers!   Please sign up here in charms!
    • Saturday Morning Details:
      • Arrive:   Small Commons 9:00 AM
      • Wear:   Summer Uniform; black shorts, black belt, black sneakers, black socks, and green Mason Band polo. (Freshmen will receive their shorts and polos during their fittings this week.)
      • Bring:   Water, Snack, Lanyard

 

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

ATTENTION  ALL SENIORS!

Mandatory shoe and glove fittings for Seniors will be held on Wednesday the 27th from 5:00-7:00 in the guitar room. If you cannot make it at that time, please contact Mrs. Gonzalez at uniforms@masonbandboosters.com.

MAKE UP FITTING FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS

Make up Fittings for Sophomores and Juniors will be held on Wednesday the 27th at 5:00. If you are a Sophomore or Junior that was not fit for their classic black uniform, please attend at that time. If you cannot make it that day, please contact Mrs. Gonzalez at uniforms@masonbandboosters.com.

CONSTRUCTION TO IMPACT BAND CAMP FROM JULY 25TH TO AUGUST 8TH

 

Please be aware that some of you may need to allow extra time to travel to band camp the next couple of weeks. Work is being done to improve the railroad crossing found at the intersection of Tylersville Road and US RT 42. No through traffic will be permitted across the railroad.  During the railroad crossing replacements, a detour will be available utilizing Snider Road, Western Row Road, and Mason Montgomery Road.

 

 

ULTIMATE DRILL BOOK - Optional  

Students might remember using the "Ultimate Drill Book" or UDB app last year. The band program received a grant last year for all students to try this tool. Although we do not have funding this year to purchase this subscription for students again, we are now able to allow students and families who liked having this tool to purchase individually for the season. This is not required, and is totally optional only for families/students that would like to continue using this during the season. The cost is $10 plus tax, that covers the entire season. We will continue to share video files at no cost, for students that would prefer that option. 

 

To Purchase UDB for your student: 

  1. Go to this link: CLICK HERE
  2. Add the subscription to your cart 
  3. Pay the fee ($10.30) 
  4. Download the "UDB" app from the App Store on your phone or Ipad (see UDB website for compatible devices) 
  5. Once per week, Mr. Hinson will receive an email from UDB with students that have purchased. Students will then receive an email to their school email with the ensemble code that allows them to join the Mason UDB group. 

 

If you'd like to learn more about UDB before purchasing, see this video from the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps about UDB: CLICK HERE

 

Tutorial for students on how to use UDB: CLICK HERE

GREAT START TO BAND CAMP!

First Week Video Montage

Band Camp is off to a wonderful start!  The students have already accomplished so much in just one week.  If this first week is any indication, we have a fantastic season ahead of us!  It was also wonderful to see all of the smiles and everyone having a great time during the All Band Social on Thursday.  

 

This upcoming week we have a few more fun activities planned with History Night on Thursday and Skit Night on Friday.  Every day this week, the band will dress up for a specific theme.  For each day’s theme, please see the schedule below. The week will end with Tag Day, our largest student fundraiser of the year, on Saturday. Please see below for details.

 

Please remember to bring a packed lunch to camp and be prepared for another potentially hot week ahead.  Be sure to bring your jug of water and continue to hydrate before and after band each day.   Since students will be outside for extended periods of time, they will need sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and athletic shoes.

 

Please be sure to review our BAND CAMP GUIDEBOOK 2022 that has tons of detailed information for everything you need to know about camp. 

 

BAND CAMP SCHEDULE

BAND

CAMP

WE

E

K

2

BAND CAMP WEEK 2

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

July 25

July 26

July 27

July 28

July 29

July 30

Tourist/Beach Day!

Disney Day!

Celebrity Day!

Duo/Twin Day!

Section Day!

TAG DAY!


Arrive:  9:00am  Small Commons


 

Door to Door Teams

9:30-1:30pm


Finished and Back at HS

2:00pm

         

9am-12pm Rehearsal

9am-12pm Rehearsal

9am-12pm Rehearsal

9am-12pm Rehearsal

9am-12pm Rehearsal

12:00-12:45

Lunch

12:00-12:45

Lunch

12:00-12:45

Lunch

12:00-12:45

Lunch

12:00-12:45

Lunch

12:45-5:00

Rehearsal

12:45-5:00

Rehearsal

12:45-5:00

Rehearsal

12:45-5:00

Rehearsal

12:45-5:00

Rehearsal

         

Freshmen Uniform Fittings 

Monday, July 25th Fitting HERE
       OR
Tuesday, July 26th fitting: HERE

Senior Shoe and Glove Fitting

5:00-7:00

7:00-10:00

HISTORY

NIGHT


7:00-9:00

SKIT NIGHT



ARRIVAL AND DROP OFF

We will use our typical drop off procedure in which students who drive should park in the Music Lot, and students who are being dropped off should be dropped off in the Bus Circle. Students should then check in with their Section Leader. Please remember the Music Lot traffic travels in one direction (see below).  During pick-up, please park in a spot if you can, or pull all the way up past the music entrance so other parents can pick up their student as well.   Please be aware of all the students in the lot at dismissal time. For this reason, we ask that you drive slowly and cautiously.



 

LEADERSHIP CAMP

Our Marching Band student leaders had a fantastic time this past Monday at Miami University!  The day was filled with fun and challenging team building activities designed to develop leadership skills.  Through the activities, they learned the importance of clear and concise communication, listening to others, teamwork, supporting each other even when things get a bit difficult, and so much more.  We are very proud of the way the students tackled each challenge presented to them.  This year’s leaders are an impressive bunch.  It is heartwarming to see their ability to work together towards a common goal and lift each other up.  Way to go leaders!

 

SNACK HELPERS NEEDED FOR BAND CAMP 

Are you looking for an easy way to help during band camp with a small time commitment?  We are in need of two parents each day to distribute snacks to the students in the afternoon. The shift begins at 3:15 pm and only takes approximately an hour.  Thanks in advance for your help!

 

SIGN UP LINKS FOR WEEK 2

Monday sign up here.

Tuesday sign up here.

Wednesday sign up here.

Thursday sign up here.

Friday sign up here.

BAND AIDS AND CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR BAND CAMP

Thank you to our amazing team of Band Aids and Chaperones dedicated to care for our students! If you have been approved to serve our band in this capacity, we could use your help during band camp.  To be qualified as a chaperone, you need to have attended chaperone/band aid training and have a completed background check.  Band Aids must also have completed their safe schools training and be CPR certified.

 

We encourage you to jump right in!  Volunteer slots for Band Camp are now live. Links can be found below. During Band Camp, one of our seasoned volunteers will be on campus to help.   In your first shifts, sign up for the second slot, so an experienced Band Aid or Chaperone can sign up with you.

 

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Gasparraj at chaperones@masonbandboosters.com  or Melissa Woodward at vp-studentexperience@masonbandboosters.com

 

SIGN UP LINKS FOR WEEK 2

Monday sign up here.

Tuesday sign up here.

Wednesday sign up here.

Thursday sign up here.

Friday sign up here.

For week 3,  please go directly to Charms to sign up.

TAG DAY IS THIS SATURDAY! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Tag Day is one of the Marching Band’s biggest student fundraisers.  Tag Day will be this Saturday, July 30, 2022. Students need to arrive at the High School by 9:00 am.

  • All marchers are required to participate in Tag Day. 
  • Students will go out in teams to Mason neighborhoods requesting donations and offering key  tags/band stickers for donations of $10 or more and two invitational tickets for donations of $50 or more.
  • Click here to view TAG Day Groups
  • Our goal is $1000 per team!  Your donations and that of friends and family count towards your child’s team
  • Fun prizes will be awarded for most spirited team, highest fundraising team, and more
  • Volunteers Needed! Please take a look at your child’s group.  If they still need a driver and you can support them, please sign up here in charms to drive or ask your student to let their section leader know (they can add you to the team)!
  • Questions? Reach out to tagday@masonbandboosters.com

UPCOMING BOOSTER MEETING 

Parents, please mark your calendars for our upcoming Booster Meeting/Dessert Potluck on Thursday August 4th at 7pm at the High School. The directors will be giving an update on the latest information regarding the season.  There will also be Travel and Uniform updates plus so much more. The time was pushed later with the hopes more parents could attend. It will also be a wonderful opportunity to begin getting to know other band parents. We will be having a dessert pot luck immediately following the meeting. We ask that each family bring a dessert to share (8-12 servings). We look forward to seeing all of you there!

SMUG MUG PHOTOS - CHECK THEM OUT!

Our amazing Photo Corps have been at work this week capturing 2022 Band Camp  and History Night images. These photos are available for you to view/download for free from our SmugMug Site here. Check out these recent galleries: 

If you need the password, send an email to smugmug@masonbandboosters.com

MARCHING BAND REGISTRATION NEXT STEPS 

Important Upcoming Dates for Marching Band Registration:

Due Aug 1

2nd $350 experience fee payment of $350 due. Pay HERE 

Due Sept 1

3rd $250 school fee payment due EZ Pay

 

 

NEXT UP

 

STUDENT EXPERIENCE FEE #2 CAN BE MAILED TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS IF YOU SELECT NOT TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD VIA THE LINK ABOVE:

 

Mason Band Boosters

Attn:  Assistant Treasurer

P.O. Box 310

Mason, OH  45040

 

OR

 

You may begin to use the dropbox located in the music wing. 

 

QUESTIONS?

 

If you have questions about your school fees contact pfennigd@masonohioschools.com

 

If you have questions about consumable fees or experience fees please contact treasurer-asst@masonbandboosters.com   OR   travel@masonbandboosters.com

 

*If you have a financial concern regarding these fees, please contact Mr. Protzman at protzmane@masonohioschools.com.

WIND SYMPHONY CHICAGO TRIP INFORMATION

For all the latest information on the Wind Symphony’s trip to Chicago please click here.

 

Additional trip information can be found by clicking on this link. Midwest clinic information can be found here. Please refer to all communication from the directors in regards to the rehearsal schedule for the trip, information on summer assignments, and other important information.

 

If you have not yet done so, please be sure to order your concert attire here. There have been some shipping delays so you will want to place your order sooner than later.

  • Needed for August 13
  • Tux Jackets Will Be Provided
  • We have several dresses available that have not been used, students are welcome to try them on and purchase through the school (you will not have to wait) {limited supply see Mr. Protzman if interested}

 

Upcoming Dates To Remember

 

Wind Symphony Kick off Camp

August 13; 8:00-12:00     

Rehearsal/Sectionals;Full Ensemble (all members)

 

Woodwind and Brass Playing Checks on Masks and Machines 

Movement II: The week of July 18

Movement III: The week of August 1st

 

Percussion Playing Checks on Masks and Machines 

All movements the week of August 1st (you can record in as many files as you would like you do not need to count long rests)

 

2022-23 SPONSORS NEEDED

 

Do you own your own business or know someone who does? We are currently seeking companies to Sponsor our Mason Bands Programs grades 6-12.  There are many benefits to becoming a sponsor of our Program:

 

Local Exposure for your business:  With over 1200 students served in one of the largest school districts in Ohio, your promotion is seen by thousands of students and parents

 

International Exposure for your business:  We have traveled to many high-profile locations, including the 2016 Rose Bowl Parade, Carnegie Hall in NYC, and the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada just to name a few...

 

Mason Bands has a Tradition of Excellence:  Mason Marching Band is an 8-time Bands of America Grand National Finalist AND we are one of the few programs in the world to receive multiple John Philip Sousa Foundation awards:  The Sudler Flag of Honor for excellence in concert band performance and the Sudler Shield of Honor for excellence in marching band performance.

 

You are supporting music education:  Music programs provide a creative outlet for students with many benefits to their social, emotional and intellectual well-being.

 

We need you!:  As you can imagine, there are significant costs associated with managing such a large organization. School budgets continue to decrease which transfers additional expenses directly to the families. The music program is a year-round program costing several thousands of dollars and includes fees for participation, travel, private lessons, along with uniform and instrument rentals.

 

We love and support our sponsors!:  We partner with you to help promote your business and show our appreciation by wearing your logo on our shirts and displaying on our semi-trailer (gold-level and above), featuring you on social media and giving you our business.

 

Please see our website at https://www.masonbands.com/sponsorship/ for information on the levels of sponsorship and for the form to confirm your sponsorship today!

 

 

We appreciate your support!

 

MARCHING BRASS UPDATE

CLICK HERE for a brief update from Mr. Jackson and Mr. Rex. This email contains information you will need for this summer. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions.

MARCHING WOODWIND UPDATE 

CLICK HERE for Mr. Hinson’s update from June 5th to all marching band woodwinds. This email contains information/reminders you will need for this summer. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions: Hinsonz@masonohioschools.com