Band Updates

Band Notes, October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020

Upcoming Events

 

Monday, October 12

  • Professional Work Day - No School
  • MB Full Band, 3:00-6:00pm (arrival and wellness checks begin at 2:45pm)

 

Tuesday, October 13

  • Personal Learning Day - No School
  • Band Boosters Travel Briefing and General Meeting via Zoom, 7pm
  • MB Full Band, 6-9PM (arrival and wellness checks begin at 5:45pm)
  • Raffle Ticket dropoff and pickup, 8:30-9:00pm, near rehearsal

 

Wednesday, October 14

  • Remote Learning Day - Do not report to school (unless taking PSAT)
  • Color Guard Rehearsal, 6-9pm

 

Thursday, October 15

  • MB Brass and Woodwinds, 3:00-6:00pm (arrival and wellness checks begin at 2:45pm)
  • MB Percussion, 6-9pm (arrival and wellness checks begin at 5:45pm)

 

Friday, October 16

  • MB Full Band, 3:00-6:00pm (arrival and wellness checks begin at 2:45pm)
  • Football Playoff Game #2 vs Colerain --Pep Band.  Details to follow - Please look for email this week. 

 

Saturday, October 17

  • MB Full Band, 1:30-9pm (arrival and wellness checks begin at 1:10 and dinner break at 4:30 (bring your own)
  • Lincoln Drive to Give - Lincoln is having a virtual tour of their vehicles on Saturday and they will donate $25 to the band for each participant family up to a maximum of 150.  There are two time slots available (Will share the exact times and links on Tuesday) and you can join either one. This is an easy fundraiser to participate in, could raise $3,750 for the band and is a good show of thanks to Lincoln of Cincinnati for their sponsorship.  More details will be provided on Tuesday during the booster meeting.

 

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

 

10/10 MASON INVITATIONAL - THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

MANY THANKS to all who made this almost seemingly impossible, possible!  We pulled off a very successful Invitational Event!  It was a great day as 13 Bands came out and many who played for a crowd the first time this year!  Special thanks to Mr. Jackson and the Directors, along with the Competitions committee, for thinking outside the box to make this event possible.  As always, we couldn’t do it without our wonderful volunteers!  Thank you to the Pit Crew, Uniform Crew, Band Aids/Chaperones and all of our wonderful parent volunteers who came out yesterday to make this event run smoothly and successfully!



BAND BOOSTER GENERAL MEETING - THIS TUESDAY!

Please plan to attend our next Band Booster General Meeting THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 at 7pm.  Meeting will be held via Zoom and the link will be sent out the day of.  This will be covering several important topics, including our Travel Briefing for the upcoming Season Finale Showcase at Lucas Oil Stadium and Booster Executive Committee Information regarding upcoming nominations and election in December!  See below for more information.

 

BAND BOOSTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS

Being a Nationally recognized music program does not happen by accident...It takes having:

 

  • Supportive school leadership
  • Dedicated and talented Directors
  • A strong booster organization
  • LOTS of parent and community support

 

All of these are crucial and we, as parents, have to ensure we have the last two components in order to keep our programs strong and maintain these important experiences for our students!  It has been a tough year...with COVID threats/risks, the cancellation of all competitive in-person events for marching band and the unknown status of concert band events, but the saying we have adopted for marching band is, “It’s not who you march FOR, it’s who you march WITH...We did it anyway!”  We are lucky because we only have to imagine what it would be like if our students didn’t have band class, marching band and color guard to keep some sense of normalcy and to be able to do what they love.  Many school programs haven’t been so lucky.  So much has gone on behind the scenes...the Directors have put in countless hours to make all of this happen and they could not have done it without booster and parent support to help execute what they have fought so hard for. 

 

The Directors and Boosters NEED YOUR HELP!  We are looking to fill FOUR seats for next year’s Mason Band Boosters Executive Committee as these seats are currently filled by Senior parents or vacant, but ALL positions are open for nomination.  We are looking for parents who are, first and foremost, PASSIONATE about our Band and Guard programs!  Certain positions would benefit from specific skills.  For example, it is desirable to have a CPA or an accounting/finance professional to do the Treasurer role, a tech-savvy parent to be our Public Information Officer as they manage all Mason Bands social media presence and website, and all positions require a person who is a TEAM PLAYER with a common goal of maximizing the STUDENT EXPERIENCE.  If you are at all interested in running for ANY of our positions or would like to nominate someone, please CLICK HERE to see all of our Executive Committee positions and their descriptions.

 

We will devote some time in our meeting this Tuesday to have each Executive Committee member give an overview of their position.  Formal nominations will be announced by November 1st and voting will take place at our final meeting of the calendar year on December 1, 2020.  If you are interested in ANY of the positions and would like to discuss with a current Executive Committee member, please feel free to reach out to them directly via email.  If you are interested in nominating yourself or another candidate for any of the positions, please email Lisa Oldham, Mason Band Boosters Vice President at vice.president@masonbandboosters.com.  

 

We appreciate ALL of our parents who support our students and Mason Band organization!  We can’t do it without you! Thank you!

 

FINALE SHOWCASE - LUCAS OIL STADIUM, SATURDAY, 10/24

Please join us for the Travel Briefing for Indianapolis at the Booster meeting this Tuesday at 7pm.

 

Tickets/Transportation

If you did not yet complete the Indianapolis Ticket and Transportation request, you are late.  Please complete today and tickets will be offered as available.  Anyone who does not complete will be defaulted to the bus and no tickets. 

 

Indianapolis Showcase Ticket and Transportation Request

 

FAQ:

What happens if I need to change my Indy transportation plan? 

At this point, we would like you to stay with the transportation plan you selected (self-transport or bus).  If you need to make a change due to an emergency or unexpected circumstance, please contact Mindy at Travel@MasonBandBoosters.com 

 

What is Bullseye Event Center?

Bullseye is a stand alone event space the Band has rented to provide meals and staging space throughout the day.   It is located across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium at 723 S. Capital Avenue.   This is where students will eat lunch and dinner and  be dropped off and checked out  if they are not riding the bus. 

 

Can our family hang out in Lucas Oil Stadium while the band rehearses 10/24? 

Unfortunately, if you are not part of a crew volunteering at the event, guests can not enter the stadium until 3:30 when the gates open.  This is based on Lucas Oil Stadium staffing and screening requirements to enter the stadium. 

 

What can I do after I drop off my student at Bullseye before the Showcase begins?  

Explore Indianapolis!  There are many attractions within walking distance of downtown or a short drive.  Specifically, the Indiana State Museum, NCAA Hall of Fame, Eiteljorg Museum and White River State Park are located downtown.  The nationally ranked Children’s Museum and Indianapolis Zoo are both open and require reserved timed tickets to enter.   

 

The Indianapolis Visitor Bureau and Downtown Indy are full of ideas, COVID-19 updates and suggestions for dining, activities and attractions.    

 

Visit Indy Trip Ideas and Information

 

Downtown Indy 

 

CAR RAFFLE TICKETS - LAST 12 DAYS!

 



There are only 12 DAYS left before the drawing, so please sell your allotment of tickets as soon as you can.   The Grand Prize winner will be drawn the evening of Friday, October 23rd and announced at our End of Season Event on Saturday, October 24th. 

 

Visit our  website for more information, including Rules and Regulations and to buy tickets: https://www.masonbands.com/boosters/fundraising/car-raffle.  





SPIRIT UPDATES

ORDER YOUR LIMITED EDITION LUCAS OIL STADIUM SHOWCASE SHIRT BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

https://www.fridaythreads.com/store/mason-band-spirit-wear

 

Also, don’t forget to order your Mason Invitational shirts by midnight October 14 at https://www.fridaythreads.com/store/mason-band-invitational

 

Anyone who ordered tour shirts and/or section shirts they are ready for pick up at Friday Threads if you chose to pick them up. If you requested it be shipped to you it has been shipped. 

 

If you ordered jewelry, show flags, and/or buttons, pick-up will be later this week, watch your email for the exact day and time.

 

Make plans now to join the spirit committee for a fun send off for our students when they go to Indy, per tradition! Feel free to start working on your send off posters and plan to join us as we send them for a great day on the 24th. There will NOT be any decorating of the hallways as is traditionally done so we’d love to have every family present to send the students off with lots of love and spirit the day of the showcase.