Band Notes, March 22, 2020
COVID-19 Remote Learning Update
Hello Mason Band Members and Families,
With the activity happening around the changes in our school and home lives I am sure you are all mentally and physically tired. Next week is our Mason City Schools Spring Break. Try to take some time to unplug from as much of the anxiety and stress related to our changing world and COVID-19 as you can. This is a very serious moment in our country and world; however, we can overwhelm ourselves trying to adapt to so many life changes and new forms of education delivery all at once. The most important thing is that we work to stay healthy and that we are kind to each other in this time of tension and stress.
Tim Knight says as part of the “R-Factor” that we can only truly influence our 20 square feet and it is best to focus on that. Students should control their 20 square feet and work with their families to create the best home environment that they can during this challenging time. Parents and families can control their 20 square feet by being patient with their students, the school district, and the band as things change and evolve. The band team will work to control our 20 square feet by being professional and prompt with communications, creative with our delivery methods, and understanding with deadlines/payments for families that are challenged in this unique time. Please do not hesitate to reach out if your family needs anything. We have a network of over 300 families that we can ask for help from when one of us is in need. We are looking forward to seeing you all in person in the future.
The Mason Band Directors
Marching Band Commitment Form and Fee #1 Due April 1.
NO BAND, PERCUSSION OR COLOR GUARD EVENTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
Future planned events can be found on the updated band calendar: Mason Band Calendar
Marching Band Information - Updated 3/20/2020
ITEMS OF INTEREST & CHANGES:
There is much unknown because of the most recent levy voting extension. However, we are at a point where we must move forward in our planning to create a successful 2020 season. Because of the undetermined levy outcome, our financial numbers are based on the levy passing. If the levy passes, you will not see a rise in fees from the numbers printed.
There are some old and some new items this season:
School Fee $950 (unchanged from 2019)
Travel Fee $550 (unchanged from 2019)
*Consumable/Uniform Fee $XXX (determined through Google Form)
*New this year is a Consumable/Uniform fee. This fee is an amalgamation of many small expenses that families were asked to pay for at varying times throughout the year. This is our solution to capture all of those payments into a one-time payment and therefore provide more transparency, ease, and planning. Everything purchased through this fee is owned by the family and yours to keep.
FALL REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
There are some changes to the standard fall schedule that I am excited to share.
Away Pep Band
Monday/Friday/Saturday will remain unchanged from previous years. Our FULL BAND evening rehearsal will change from Thursday to Tuesday. This helps us to front load the week, avoid late nights three days in a row, and most importantly allows a full STADIUM rehearsal each week! Color Guard moving to Wednesdays eliminates the Percussion rehearsal conflict and will allow both sections to be more productive. There is also additional time added to the Brass/Woodwind rehearsal to increase productivity, allow for combined winds rehearsals, and provide some additional time for culture development.
In 2019 we participated in MSBA Centerville, MSBA Mason, OMEA Buckeye Invitational, MSBA Open Championships, and BOA Grand Nationals. Lots of great feedback from our divergence from the BOA regional to the OMEA Buckeye Invitational.
With our competition schedule, we continually strive to find ways to provide the best educational and competitive experiences for our hard working students. This year we are very excited to share some changes to our competition schedule that have been in the works since January.
We will continue to compete in three MSBA competitions this fall: MSBA Bellbrook, MSBA Mason, and MSBA AAAAA Championships (hosted at Mason HS).
We are excited to announce the addition of the BOA Indianapolis Super Regional on October 23 & 24 to our competitive schedule. Positives of this competition include:
- Climate controlled indoor venue (good for October!)
- Elevated competition level including BOA GN Finalist bands
- Enhanced student experience: one night stay
- Enhanced student experience: band viewing time
- Enhanced student experience: indoor full retreat after Finals
- Enhanced student experience: more manageable day length compared to traditional regional
- Increased performances in Lucas Oil Stadium for Grand National prep
- High caliber adjudication panel
With this exciting addition, we have also made plans to reduce our length of stay at BOA Grand Nationals. Instead of traveling to Indy on Thursday, our plan is to travel to Indy on Friday and continue with our usual overnight stay on Friday and Saturday nights. Our tentative Grand Nationals Prelims performance time for 2020 is Friday, Nov 13 at 4:00pm! We believe there are also many positive student experiences and financial benefits to this plan.
Marching Band 2020 Competition Schedule:
September 19 - Bellbrook Invitational
October 10 - Mason MSBA Invitational
October 23 & 24 - BOA Super Regional- Indianapolis
November 7 - MSBA 5A Championships
November 13-15 - BOA Grand National Championships - Indianapolis
Please see https://www.masonbands.com/calendar/ for complete schedule.
PERCUSSION AND COLOR GUARD AUDITIONS
Currently these events are TBA and dependent on the status of stage regulations. Percussion Audition music is still planned for a mid-April release and can go out digitally. We will communicate updates in these areas when we have more information.
LEADERSHIP TEAM & DRUM MAJOR AUDITIONS
We will obviously be modifying these selection systems. More information will be communicated separately.
Marching Band Registration is LIVE!
The Marching Band 2020 Registration is now LIVE! A Live Broadcast took place on Friday on the new Facebook Mason Band Parents and Families Group to announce the Marching Band 2020 Competition schedule (see below for more information). We hope you all are looking forward to the exciting things to come this year! Please see the link below to the MB 2020 Registration Packet.
The General Timeline is as follows and is all outlined in the packet:
Pay $350 MB School Fee 1 to Commit to Marching Band
Fill out Commitment Form
Pay $350 Commitment Fee to Mason City Schools via EZ Pay
Fill out Consumable/Uniform Fee Calculator
|By APR 1|
Get Registered in Charms & for Student Care
Complete Charms Registration
Fill out Health & Well-Being Google Form
Fill out Student Care Plan if needed
|By APR 15|
|Step 3||Complete Health, Medical & Permission Forms via Final Forms (available Apr 1)||By MAY 1|
|Step 4||Pay $350 MB School Fee 2 to Mason City Schools via EZ Pay||By MAY 1|
|Step 5||Submit Dispensing Medication at School Forms for Central OTC||By MAY 15|
|Step 6||Pay $275 MB Travel Fee 1 to Mason Band Boosters via Charms||By JUN 1|
|Step 7||Pay $275 MB Travel Fee 2 to Mason Band Boosters via Charms||By JUL 1|
|Step 8||Make sure your Student’s PPE Physical is current in Final Forms||By JUL 13|
|Step 9||Pay Student Specific Consumable/Uniform Fee to Mason Band Boosters via Charms||By AUG 1|
|Step 10||Pay $250 MB School Fee 3 to Mason City Schools via EZ Pay||By SEP 1|
If you have any specific questions related to the Registration process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! Facebook Mason Band Parents and Families Group
Due to the unusual circumstances we are all experiencing right now, along with email updates, our band booster parents have also started a private Facebook group to assist in answering any questions you might have about the registration process or anything else regarding the Band and Guard programs. This is a great way, particularly for new families, to get assistance with registration through video tutorials, and the ability to ask questions of other veteran band families who are eager to help our new band families. PARENTS, TO JOIN the “Mason Bands Parents and Families” Group: CLICK HERE
This is a closed Facebook Group dedicated to keeping you informed and to allow ALL Band and Guard Families to interact with other families and the Directors. This is a great place to get the latest information and to ask questions. If you do not have a Facebook account and do not wish to use Facebook, DON’T WORRY! We will still be using all of the forms of communication that we always have: email, Remind, and masonbands.com. We will also still maintain the public-facing social media accounts: Mason Band Facebook Page, @mason_band and @masoncolorguards Instagram Pages and the @MasonBands Twitter account.
For those that are not able to access Facebook, or missed the “FB Live Watch Party,” here are some of the videos that the band directors shared:
A Message From Mr. Sleppy: CLICK HERE
A Message From Mr. Protzman: CLICK HERE
Competition Schedule Update: CLICK HERE
Mason City Schools Operating Levy Info - PLEASE VOTE!
As you know, the Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 has been DELAYED by order of the Ohio Department of Health due concerns with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here is the most updated information from the Ohio Secretary of State Website:
- In-person voting will take place on June 2nd.
- Ohioans can request an absentee ballot up until May 26th. They must be postmarked no later than June 1st.
- All votes already submitted by mail or in-person will count.
- Only those registered to vote by the primary deadline of February 18th are eligible to vote.
If you have not yet voted, we recommend requesting an Absentee Ballot in the event that in person voting is not able to happen. The form to request an absentee ballot can be found below and needs to be requested by 5/26/2020 and absentee ballot must be postmarked by 6/1/2020. PLEASE BE SURE TO CAST YOUR VOTE IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY! We are moving forward with our program assuming levy passage so PLEASE BE SURE TO VOTE!