On Friday the students will rehearse at GVSU from 5-10pm. This is a great opportunity to come out and watch the show, especially if you are unable to attend State and/or Nationals. There will be a complete run through at the end of the practice, but parents are welcome to come and watch for any part of the rehearsal. There will be cookies...
Rehearsal on Halloween is scheduled for 6-9pm. There will also be uniform check in that night for juniors and seniors in preparation for their State Competition. Check out sign up genius to help with uniform checks...
Perhaps you've noticed that almost everyone at the band competitions is wearing some gear that represents their school and/or band. It takes no effort to identify what community any person represents. Therefore it's easy to form opinions about their community based on how they act. This goes both ways... the way WE act represents not only us, but the entire Jenison community. The band directors talk to the students a lot about the importance of representing our school well. When they are in uniform or wearing their Jenison Bands jacket, they should be aware of how they are treating others, the language they are using, and the actions they take. The Jenison Band program has the reputation it has because of this dedication of the students and band directors, techs, and parents to represent Jenison well. While it was fun to take first in the competition last week, it is also important to acknowledge that our competition was pretty amazing too. So have fun, cheer for our band, and be grateful when they win. But please, remember who we represent and how hard EVERY band works.
When you arrive to volunteer this Saturday, be sure to check in first. Check-in is located in the atrium by the HS cafeteria. At check in you will get your hand stamped (so you get in free) and other important things (like your free meal ticket). If you are volunteering later in the day, you can check in anytime to get your hand stamped so you can enjoy the band performances prior to your shift!
The Jenison Invitational is only 6 days away! This is the largest competition in the state and it lasts from the wee hours of the morning until late into the evening. The first half of the day is Scholastic competition and the second half is MCBA. Forty one bands compete throughout the day. If you are volunteering (and you should be because it's required) you get in FREE!!! I encourage you to stay and watch some of the bands. I always love to see Petoskey's show (1:15) which is always creative and their drum line is amazing.
Jenison performs twice in exhibition (1:45 & 9:30pm). Although we are not receiving awards, we are judged and scored and the directors receive feedback just like every other band competing. Our competition time at State finals is based on the average of our two best MCBA competition scores and the Jenison Invitational score is very important for us. So although we aren't "competing," we are definitely still competing. The flight II band with the best average of MCBA scores play last in their flight at state. We are only competing in two MCBA competitions this year: the Jenison Invitational and the Westshore Invitational on Oct. 29.
The Band Boosters are selling discounted tickets for the MCBA State Championships at Ford Field. Pre-ordering tickets will save you $2 per ticket. Pre-sale prices are $16 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. If interested, please fill out the form below and return it to the band office no later than Monday, October 3. Once the tickets arrive you will be notified via email about pick-up.
The info about the Toledo Regional is now up on the band website. You can also find it here. Uniform inspections are Monday (Juniors and Seniors) and Tuesday (Freshmen and Sophomores). Your student should arrive between 5-6pm in full uniform for inspection. Volunteers will make sure all pieces of the uniform are present and CLEAN. After inspections the students put everything back in their garment bag and leave it at the school. That way when they leave early Saturday morning they won't have to even think about their uniform.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop is located in the strip mall with Chipotle and Five Guys out in front of Cabela's and Target near Rivertown Mall. Join us for dinner. Potbelly was recently added to SCRIP so if you order on Monday you could have it in time for the fundraiser!
We made it through the first competition and did great! As I've mentioned in a previous post, the show is far from finished and it will be exciting to see it change. The color guard is not yet in uniform, the flags are not all complete, and aside from the shields, there are no props yet on the field (which means by the way there are still lots of opportunities left to earn those 10 volunteer credits). Here's a brief description of the remaining competitions. Remember these are just the basics, I will add more as each one gets closer.
Next Saturday is essentially just an extended practice from 9am - 8pm. They will have lunch again on their own and Feed the Band will serve them dinner. They will also take their band pics this day so they will need their uniform.
BOA Regional @ The University of Toledo - October 1
Bands of America (BOA) is the National organization that we compete in. When we go to Indy (see below) this is also a BOA event. This event is held on Saturday, October 1 at the Glass Bowl (Univ. of Toledo) which is an OUTDOOR stadium (so be prepared for the weather). There will be a preliminary performance (we are currently scheduled for 1pm) and then the finals later in the evening. Jenison usually competes in the finals so be prepared for them to have a very late evening. The students will leave Jenison on a charter bus relatively early and will get back very late (no overnight stay). Lots of families choose to attend this competition but many do not.
October 8 is Homecoming and there is no practice this day.
Grandville Invitational (Scholastic) - Oct 15
The Grandville Invitational will be very similar to the Rockford Invitational.
Jenison Invitational (Scholastic & MCBA) - Oct 22
The Jenison Invitational will require the students to perform twice in exhibition. This means they perform and are judged for a score but they are not in competition. The reason they perform twice is because there are two different sections. The morning is Scholastic Competition and the afternoon/evening is Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA). Some bands only compete in Scholastic competitions which are not as competitive as MCBA. In Scholastic competition we compete in Class A and in MCBA competition we are considered Flight II. Both are based on size of the HS. Those who only compete in Scholastic competitions do not go to state or Nationals.
The students usually arrive about an hour before they perform to warm-up. They can leave between performances. The first one is usually around 2:30 and the second will be near 10:00pm. If your student is in percussion or guard, they may have additional practice during the day.
Westshore Invitational (Scholastic) - Oct 29
This invitational is held at Rockford but is run by Reeths-Puffer (our biggest rival). The schedule for the day will be similar to Rockford and Grandville.
MCBA State - (MCBA) - Nov 5
Every year the times rotate for this competition. For example one year it's Flight I, Flight II, Flight III, Flight IV. The next year its Flight IV, Flight I, Flight II, Flight III, etc. This year Flight II starts at 3:45pm. This competition will have great bands that you haven't seen previously so it is fun to watch. It's also nice that you don't have to get up terribly early and you won't get home too late! The students will take a charter bus again. Plan for them to be gone all day and to arrive back late.
BOA Grand Nationals - Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis - Nov 10 - 12
The final competition will be at the Grand Nationals. The students will leave early on Thursday, Nov 10 as their preliminary performance is around 2:30pm on Thursday. Friday evening (there are two days of preliminary competition) they will announce who moves on to Semi-finals. Semi- finals begin early Saturday morning and then Finals are Saturday night. Sometimes Jenison makes it to the Semi-finals, sometimes they do not. They generally do not make the Finals but they do stay to watch them. Once finals performances are complete they get on the busses and head back to Jenison arriving in the middle of the night. If you plan to attend Grand Nationals you might want to look for a hotel room now as they will fill up.
Yes, there is such a thing as "Invitational Etiquette". Just a couple of tidbits to help you transition into this marching band parent thing...
1. If you have a show shirt, wear it! You can easily identify other Jenison parents/fans in the stands this way and it's a great way to support our students.
2. Don't be late! While you may not want to watch an entire evening of marching bands, you should know that the schedule is quite rigid and they rarely get behind. Each band gets 15 minutes and that includes getting on the field, playing, and getting off the field. There are penalties if they are not within their allotted time so bands are good at being precise. In addition, there will be people preventing you from entering the stands while each band is performing. This is to prevent distractions and is also a courtesy to those watching that brief performance by their band. If you arrive right before Jenison plays, you might not be able to get into the stands in time to see them perform. These invitationals are well attended so allow time for parking, a possible line at the ticket window, and time to get to your seat.
3. Clap for everyone. Some bands are really small, some are large. All deserve recognition for the hard work that is put into their show. Please be respectful to all bands and show your support.
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