Band Updates

November 10, 2019

November 10, 2019

Upcoming Events

Please see the Mason Bands website calendar for event details.


Monday, November 11

  • Full Band Rehearsal, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, at Wall2Wall

Tuesday, November 12

  • Full Band Rehearsal, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, at Wall2Wall

Wednesday, November 13

  • Full Band Rehearsal, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, at Wall2Wall

Thursday, November 14 - Sunday, November 17

  • Grand Nationals, Indianapolis


Grand Nationals Transportation Waivers-Due TONIGHT

If your student will not be traveling on the bus with us both to and from Indianapolis or you plan to pick up your student in Indy and have them ride home with you, you must complete a transportation waiver prior to the trip.  This is a Mason City Schools requirement.  The Transportation Waiver is now an online form that you can complete by clicking the link below.   Transportation Waivers are due TONIGHT!


Students being dismissed at the conclusion of Grand National may be checked out after the final awards conclude Saturday, November 16th (approximately midnight) or Sunday, November 17th (approximately 8:00am).  All dismissals will be at the JW Marriott.  


Any questions, you can reach out the Mindy Patton at


Wall2Wall Rehearsals

This week we will have two school buses to transport students from the High School to Wall2Wall, however, because of the limited capacity, we encourage everyone to make transportation arrangements to get there on their own if at all possible.


Rehearsals this week are structured to maximize the available large field time. We have the large field reserved from 3pm-5pm. At 5pm we will clear the field and pack up our gear. We will then have our final meeting and dismissal in the lobby and/or small field. Expected end time is 5:30pm.


Guard Section Shirt

Due to popular demand... a guard section shirt has been added for a limited time to Friday threads... orders must be placed by midnight, TONIGHT... November 10th at


Spirit Committee Request

Come join the Spirit Committee on Tuesday, November 12th in the band hallway at 4:30 pm to decorate the halls for the students prior to Grand Nats. If you are unable to be there but would like to have a poster hung up you may drop it at Wall2Wall Monday evening to Crystal Langbein or Jennie Patterson. Anyone who wishes to keep their poster must come to retrieve it Wednesday afternoon, all others will be taken down and discarded.


Grand Nationals!

The big week is here!  Please reference the Travel Briefing shared this week for key information.  Here are a few important reminders as we enter an exciting week!  


Travel Tags

Students will each receive 3 luggage tags after rehearsal on Tuesday.    Each piece of luggage on the trip should have a label as we will be storing luggage prior to checking into rooms on Thursday. 

1)  One tag on overnight luggage

2). One tag on day bag (backpack) that goes with the student on the bus (should include performance. gear)

3)  On instrument / bag


Student Packing List

   ***Remember to label band gear as 300 friends may have the same shirt 

  • Instrument or Flag Bag

  • Full water jug (required throughout the weekend)

  • Warm winter coat, hat and gloves (We will be walking outside in downtown Indianapolis and temperatures may be in the 20s-40s)

  • Performance clothes:   Instrumentalists pack black compression shirt and pants/shorts and extra black socks-it will be cold so long sleeves may help!  Guard remember your performance supplies including underlayer

  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrush, etc)

  • Sleepwear

  • Rehearsal clothes ( 2 rehearsals in Indy)

  • Casual outfits for Friday after rehearsal Saturday, Sunday 

  • Spending $ for Lucas Oil Stadium free time

  • Healthy snacks for the room

  • Phone charger


Linked here are maps of downtown Indianapolis that highlight how to navigate Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium (where to enter) and Mason's Headquarter hotel the JW Marriott. There are several downtown Marriott properties, the band is staying at the JW Marriott on West Street. Our ballroom staging area is in the JW Marriott convention center in White River Ballroom F. Parents are welcome to cheer students on as they return from performances along our route back or in the areas outside the ballroom, we ask that visitors stay outside the ballroom to allow students and staff to manage changing and overall logistics.   


If you have any questions this week or while we are on the road, please feel free to reach out.   Mindy Patton, or  (513) 254-5357


Memory Book, Portraits and Pano/Section Photos Update

The Photo Committee is in high gear coordinating our team for Grand Nationals, reviewing and selecting our best pictures from this year and preparing this season's Memory Book.  You can pre-order your copy of the MMB 2019 Memory Book now at  Anticipated distribution is late January 2020.


Individual Portrait Packages and Panoramic/Section Photo orders will be distributed on Awards Night, on Monday, December 2, 2019.  Visit to view your orders.   Contact for questions.


From the Uniform Crew

Final Uniform Washing-After their amazing performances in Indianapolis, the kids’ band uniforms are going to need a final washing! If you can help us with this, please sign up in Charms starting Monday 11/11.  Uniform pick up will be the 11/17 11:30am to noon when we return from Grand Nationals. Uniform Return will be 12/2 before the Marching Band Awards Ceremony.


Board Elections 

In December, boosters will vote on the volunteer members to serve on the board beginning January 1st - December 31st, 2020. This is an exciting opportunity to make a positive impact on the program. 


Mason Bands is fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who share their talent and professional expertise to serve on the board, lead committees, and volunteer to support the various activities of such a high performing program. If you haven’t had an opportunity to connect, please make that one of your goals for 2020.  You will find it rewarding!


Our 2020 Candidates are 





If you have any questions, please contact Danita Enouen at 295-7668 or Katie Lee at