Band Updates

Band Notes, July 14, 2019

July 14, 2019
Remind Instructions
Remind Instructions

Upcoming Events

Please see the Mason Bands website calendar for event details.

 

Saturday, July 20

  • Medication Drop Off, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, details below

 

Tuesday, July 23

  • MB Leadership Meeting, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

  • Pre-camp Rehearsal, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, July 24

  • MB Leadership Retreat, Miami University

Thursday, July 25

  • Pre-camp Rehearsal, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Medication Drop Off, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, details below

  • Band Aid and Chaperone Training 2, 7:00 pm

Friday, July 26

  • Section Parties, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (details for each section will be communicated by Student Leadership)

 

Parent Remind

CHANGES TO REMIND GROUPS

Due to new class-size limits imposed by Remind this summer, we will not be able to have a Full Marching Band Student or Full Marching Band Parent Remind group. 

 

The following is a summary of changes to the Remind groups for this upcoming season: 

  • We will no longer be able to have a full marching band student or parent remind groups. These will no longer work after July 16th. 

  • The existing student groups for the sections of the band (Leadership, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Guard) will continue to exist. There is no need to re-join these groups. 

  • New groups have been created for parents, based on the sections of the band. Please see the attached image for instructions for joining. 

  • The existing color guard parent group will continue to exist. There is no need to re-join this group.

 

Medication Drop Off 

There will be two medication drop-off events prior to Band Camp.   You do not need to drop off medications we have available centrally (ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Benedryl).   If you need to drop off medication for your student for the season, please make every effort to do so at one of the drop-off events.   

 

Saturday 7/20 from 9:00 -10:00 am

Thursday 7/25 from 5:30 - 6:45 pm

 

Sign-ups are available in Charms.   If you have any questions, please contact Medical Secretary Lisa Oldham, Medicalsecretary@masonbands.com.

 

Band Camp Information & Volunteers

Our website is a great resource to use throughout the year. Please refer to the 2019 Band Camp Packet and the Marching Band page for information about Band Camp!

 

**Please also check the dates for section socials, all band social and variety show on the calendar as some dates are different than in past years**

 

Volunteer slots for snack and lunch times at band camp and also for snack donations will be posted later this week in Charms. Please sign up if you are able to volunteer!

 

Season Kick-off Booster Meeting

Our 2019 Marching Band Season Kick-off Booster Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 30 at 7:00 pm. Please remember that attendance is required by at least one parent or guardian from every marching band family. More details will follow.

 

Chaperone/Band Aids

A reminder that the final opportunity to join us for the annual mandatory chaperone training class is Thursday, July 25th at the MHS in the teacher's lounge.   Chaperones will participate in training 7-8pm and Band Aids will continue on with additional training from 8-8:30.   If you took the training in May, you do not need to attend this training as the content is the same. 

 

If you'd like to volunteer as a chaperone with the band for the 2019 school year and have not yet expressed interest, we welcome your involvement but this is your final opportunity to register.  Please complete the short google form to express your interest and register for the final training session on July 25th before Band Camp is in full swing.  

 

https://forms.gle/CfYReFJPXd946HEJ6

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to:

Mindy Patton, travel@masonbandboosters.com

Melissa Woodward, chaperones@masonbandboosters.com

Lisa Oldham, medicalsecretary@masonbandboosters.com 

 

Please Confirm: Student Shirt Size

We are asking that everyone check Charms to make sure the correct t-shirt size is listed for your student. This is very important, as shirt sizes are pulled from here when the Boosters place the Marching Band Tour Shirt order (as a reminder, everyone in the Marching Band receives a complimentary Tour Shirt). Thank you!

 

Lincoln Nautilus Car Raffle

Raffle tickets will be sold July through October 12th with the actual raffle taking place at the Mason Invitational.  You can review all the details on our website at https://www.masonbands.com/boosters/fundraising/car-raffle

 

Each family is encouraged to sell tickets to friends, neighbors and co-workers.  Stay tuned for details on how to obtain your tickets.

 

Tag Day

Our next big fundraiser of the season is quickly approaching. TAG Day is scheduled on Saturday, August 3rd 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 drive our students around the community on TAG Day.  We currently need about 50 more drivers.  As a driver, you will be asked to drive 4-6 students to a Mason neighborhood and supervise as they solicit donations from the community.   It is a relaxing and fun volunteer opportunity and a great way to get to know some of the band kids!    If you are able and willing to help out, please go to Charms to sign up.  

 

Please direct any questions to TagDay@masonbandboosters.com.

 

Band Fees

"I'm confused!"  "Are all Band Fees the same?"  "Where do I pay?" "Why can't we just write one check for everything?"   

 

We we hear you.  It can be confusing.   We want to help.    We wish we could simply have one payment method for all band fees, but to facilitate all that Marching Band does we must have families pay the school fees to the school and the Travel Fee to the Band Boosters.    We have two types of fees to collect from Marching Band students:  Marching Band School Fees (payable to Mason City Schools via check or EZpay) and Travel Fees (payable to Mason Band Boosters via check or online via Charms). 

 

Please help us run efficiently by carefully noting where to pay each fee.  

 

As a reminder, Marching Band Fee #4 ($200) is due on August 1. At that point, all four Marching Band fees, along with the $150 Commitment Fee, should be paid in full, or you have a payment plan in place through Mr. Protzman. Marching Band school fees are school fees payable to Mason City Schools through a check or EZpay, the district's online payment system.  

 

As of today, if you pay a fee to the wrong place, we will refund your money and you can pay directly to the correct location.   Neither the school nor the Band Boosters can serve as the middle man for misplaced fees.   We are happy to answer questions and have created the following guides to help you navigate the band finances.   Resources are also available to guide you through band finances on the band website:

 

https://www.masonbands.com/resources/finance-information/



Spirit Items

The Spirit Committee is excited to announce that select products are now available at Red Bubble! Please follow the link below for these items.

 

https://www.redbubble.com/people/masonbandspirit/works/38091200-william-mason-high-school-band?asc=u

 

Spirit items are also available in the online Mason Band Spirit Store: https://www.fridaythreads.com/store/mason-band-spirit-wear .

 

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If you have any questions, please contact Danita Enouen at 295-7668 president@masonbandboosters.com or Katie Lee at secretary@masonbandboosters.com.