There is a group meeting this Thursday, 8/17 to work on fences. Meet at 6:15 at the football garage if you are available to help. They will be there for about 2 hours if you can drop in at any time that evening.
We had our August Booster meeting last night and tons of great information was shared! If you are a new parent, it is really a great use of time for you to attend the meetings (especially during marching season). I'll highlight some items that were discussed last night.
Feed the Band
Food donations have been great for the Feed the Band events that have taken place so far! Thank you! One note: It is helpful if you label your donations and drop them off within the designated time frame. If that time frame doesn't work for you, please contact the Feed the Band chair listed on the sign up. They are happy to pick up donations or allow you to drop them off at an alternate time. Any donations not received have to be purchased so it's helpful to have donations delivered in a timely manner. If you brought your own dish they are ready for pick up after clean up. Anything not picked up the same day is moved into the locked band storage room.
If you shop at Spartan Nash stores (Family Fare or D&W) you can turn in your receipts to the band office. For every $150,000 in receipts turned in Spartan Nash will donate $$$ to the band.
The band is ordering screen printed flags this year so there is NO SEWING to be done!
The Invitational is a huge money maker for the Jenison Bands. Without this fundraiser our band fees would be significantly higher. We need your help! Families are required to sign up for a minimum of two shifts at the Invitational. There are still several slots available, especially evening concessions. This is a very busy shift and we need lots of help. If you are choosing not to pick this shift because you want to see Jenison perform at the end of the night, Ed has promised that he will release anyone who wants to go out and watch the band. Please check out this link and see what spots are still available to do your part! www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c49aeaa23a02-jenison3
Remember when volunteering to bring along your credit form so your time can be credited to you.
Join us for the September meeting on Tuesday, Sept 19 @7pm.
Hopefully you've found the link to the band camp info on the Jenison Bands website under the "News" link (or you actually received the one your student was given). It has lots of valuable information about what to pack, what not to pack, as well as a general schedule for the week. Here are a few last minute notes...
When asked, my experienced son says the best advice for Freshmen is, "STAY HYDRATED!" It is so important for students to drink lots of water throughout the week. Also, stay away from excessive amounts of junk food. This isn't to eliminate caloric intake (for surely they will burn LOTS of calories) but rather it contributes significantly to how they will feel throughout the week. Newbies love to bring lots of junk food, experienced ones bring healthier options...or eat the junk more selectively at least.
Another bit of advice. WEAR SUNSCREEN. I know, your student wants a tan. I get it, but trust me, a bad sunburn on day 1 will make you miserable the rest of the week. You will get some sun even while wearing sunscreen.
You are welcome to go out to Hope College and visit during the week if you are curious about what they are up to. Several families will stop by rehearsals at the stadium to see the progress being made. Your visit isn't about seeing your student and visiting with him or her, but rather just watching from the stands. While certainly not a requirement, it is an option that I like to throw out for new band parents.
The community performance on Friday is truly that...a community performance. Invite grandma & grandpa, aunts & uncles, or anyone else who might be interested in coming. You'll be amazed at how many alumni and "non-band" people show up. Though the performance itself is brief, it is amazing to see how much progress they can make in a couple weeks.
Your student will be exhausted. Don't have high expectations for big accomplishments Friday night or Saturday morning. Sleep will definitely be in order.
Show your marching band pride and order a marching band shirt! Turn your order near the SCRIP table (outside the HS band room) on the nights listed below. These are all practice nights so your student can drop off the order if you print the form ahead of time (link below). Forms will also be available on these evenings.
Marching Band Show Shirt Ordering Dates
July 10 (6pm-7:30pm)
July 17 (6pm-7:30pm)
July 24 (6pm-7:30pm)
Also available to purchase: Jenison Band Car Decals and individual instrument names for the car. Along with Jenison Bands baseball hats, polos & zip up sweatshirts.
Payments in the form of cash and checks written to JBB (Jenison Band Boosters) accepted.
Shirts will be delivered during Band Camp week. They should be ready for pick up on the Community Performance night and then also the following Monday, August 14 (near the SCRIP table).
So your student made it through mini-camp. Hopefully it was a positive experience and they are excited for more. If not, remember to encourage your student as the season continues on. At this early stage it all seems meaningless. They aren't marching yet, they wonder how they will ever memorize their music, they are surrounded with so many unfamiliar faces and have no idea what to expect. Trust me, as the season progresses there will be more joy, more excitement, more frustration...I mean more achievements. Honestly, there will be exhaustion and pain but there will also be an overwhelming sense of accomplishment as they make progress throughout the season. Great friendships will be formed, and your student (freshmen especially) will enter high school already knowing so many different people that will help them out in the first weeks of school as they navigate new territory. Here are a few notes as we head into a more regular practice schedule.
1. Practice is Monday and Tuesday from 6pm-9pm (pick up your SCRIP on Monday when you drop off your student).
2. Practice finishes at 9pm promptly. However, students then need to take care of their instrument, stand, music, etc. If you are picking your child up, be prepared to wait awhile if you arrive right at 9pm. If your child is in the front ensemble (percussion) your wait is typically the longest...
3. During July it is expected that all students who are in town are at the rehearsal. However, if you have a vacation or other out of town event taking place your student can be excused from rehearsal. Just email the directors.
4. Don't forget to make sure your student has a pair of khaki shorts and a dot book (spiral bound index cards). You will also need a strap (string/rip cord/etc) of some sort to attach it to their body (think across the body so the dot book is at the hip).
5. Show shirts go on sale this Monday, July 10. They can be ordered at the SCRIP table. Your student will be getting one already, but if you'd like to have one of your own, plan to order one, or two, or three. Many band parents (and grandparents) wear them to the competitions to show their support for the band. See my next post for all the details.
The mandatory marching band parent meeting will be held Monday, June 5 at 7pm at the JCA. Come hear about the upcoming season. The summer and fall schedule is already posted on the website www.jenisonbands.org under CALENDARS. See you June 5!
Here is a link to some of the great photos (& many more) that were shown at the marching band banquet. Thank you, Becki Zeipen for the great selection of high quality photos!
The poinsettia sale has started and goes through Monday, November 14th at 3PM. I ordered several last year to give as gifts. They are GORGEOUS! I was very impressed with their beauty and their quality. I'm not so great at keeping plants alive, and they lasted a long time. The smaller plant is what I would call "average" size. The larger one is like a tree! Well maybe not quite that big, but it is pretty big. Each plant sold (regardless of size) will earn your student $4 for his/her account.
Delivery will be on Friday December 2 from 3PM - 6PM in the high school pool entrance.
6” poinsettia $10.00 (Red, White, Pink, Marble, Burgundy); 5-6 blooms/plant; average height: 14”
8.5” poinsettia $15.00 (Red, White, Pink, Marble); 18-22 blooms/plant; average height: 18-22”
Each plant comes in a dark green, pleated foil pot cover with a satin protective sleeve
Travel tip from a band parent:
If you Google directions to Ford Field it will take you in on 94 to 75 and 375 - and then you get stuck in that awful bottleneck getting off the highway and into that Ford Field parking garage. There’s a much better way to get there. If you Google ‘Detroit Tigers parking garage’ and follow those directions you avoid the bottleneck and the garage is twice the size so it’s easier to park.
You take M-10 all the way downtown to Grand River Ave (exit 2C). Take Grand River to the Lodge service drive (runs right beside I-75) and it puts you right next to that parking garage. You turn right on Brush St. and the entrance is right there. Ford Field is right across the street. We did this last year and it was so much easier getting in – but especially getting out. If you’ve parked in that Ford Field lot you know what it’s like getting out of there.
Brush St. is closed off for Ford Field events so it’s so easy getting out. Turn left – cross I-75 and follow the service drive on the other side back to Grand River and get right back on the highway.
I couldn’t believe how few people parked in there. Everybody from Jenison could park there and it wouldn’t be half full.
Here we go...two weeks left! This is when it gets really exciting. If you cannot make it to State or Nationals, be sure to stop out at GVSU on Friday for the last half hour (at least). You need closure. : ) A detailed schedule should be out Monday or Tuesday for the rest of the season.
State Competition at Ford Field
If you did not pre-purchase tickets, you MUST HAVE CASH to purchase them at Ford Field.
We play at 6:15pm on Saturday. Flight II starts performing at 3:45pm. I enjoy watching all the bands in Flight II, remember these are the top 12 bands in the state this season (in our flight), and many of them we have not yet seen perform. If you only want to see Jenison, just remember to allow yourself enough time to park, walk to the field, and find your seat. Remember your etiquette, you cannot enter the stands when a band is performing so be early.
Check out www.fordfield.com to see their bag policy. They say the same policy applies. My experience has been that they are not too strict, but it's a good idea to check it out. They will check your bag on the way in.
Nationals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy
If you are traveling to INDY, please note that our preliminary performance is at 2:45pm on Thursday, November 10.
Bands perform in prelims all day Thursday and Friday. Each band only performs once during these two days. On Friday night they announce the semi-finalist bands. If we make semi-finals we will perform again on Saturday. Finals are Saturday evening for the top 10 bands.
Our band will leave Indy after finals on Saturday evening. This is true whether or not they make semi-finals or finals. If the band is not in finals, they watch the top 10 bands perform.
Check out this website for more information about ticketing for Grand Nationals. You have to purchase separate tickets for each day and separate tickets for semi-finals and finals (even though they are both on Saturday).
Don't forget that uniform check ins occur again this Monday and Tuesday for State and then again the following Monday and Tuesday for Nationals.
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