June Update--Welcome Woodland Hills High School Band and Images supporters!

posted Jun 13, 2017, 8:36 AM by WHBand Site


 

Band is off to a good old Wolverine roar! Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Shaw will lead our band this year and Mr. Crone has created an amazing show that the Band and Images are already hard at work learning.  We want to give a warm welcome Vicky Hunt who will be coordinating our amazing Images squad.                                                                     


Calendar

The band calendar is current as of this update with Wednesday practice dates, band camp dates, fundraising, and Heinz Field dates. New information will be added as we get it. Other events, not yet confirmed, are in the works.


Band Camp

Band camp will take place July 31- August 4 and August 7- August 11. Please be sure to follow the band on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute information. Remind your Band and Images member to check Facebook for music information and other logistics.


We need volunteers for band camp. At least three parents are desired for each camp day. A Bring It sign-up sheet will be created.

 
A snack stand is available during camp. Band t-shirts featuring our Miss Saigon show design will be available for $15. Shirts are worn by all Band and Images during performances such as parades, Kennywood, community day, etc. 


Ravenous marchers will eat between 11:30-12:30 approximately. The traditional last day pizza party will be on August 11. Parent volunteers are needed to help feed our hungry Band and Images. Lunch includes pizza, salad, lemonade, water.


Uniforms

Cathy Powers is our uniform coordinator. Fittings will take place during band camp between 5-9pm. Older students are needed to assist. Parents are needed to help with minor alterations that are done on-site. Please allow 45-60minutes for first time fittings for new members. Uniforms do not leave school at any time. An announcement will go out closer to the date for help. Band members will need all-black shoes of the student's choice (black soles, no white or colored logos) and a pair of white Dinkles. The Dinkles cost around $30. Some used Dinkles may be available. White and black above the ankle socks will also be required. A Bring It sheet may be created for uniform volunteers.

Images costumes will be thematic. More information regarding the purchase or construction of costumes will be forthcoming. Mr. Crone has some great ideas. Appropriate shoes will need to be purchased by Images team members.


Attendance

Mr. Crone would like to remind everyone to pay attention to the attendance policy for games, competitions, and practices. Please let Mr. Crone, Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Shaw know ASAP if there is a conflict, the band member is ill, or there are fall sports issues. We need everyone to be at all band-related activities.


Games

Our first game is at home on August 25. This is before parent preview and the start of school. We will need many volunteers for the concession stand. A Bring It sign-up sheet will be created with a variety of opportunities. Each family will ideally work at least twice. This is a great fundraiser and a great way to support the band. We share the stand duties with football. All regular game dates are in the calendar.


 


Trip

We will be going to Disney over Easter break. This year the Chamber Choir will be joining us. We do not have a firm cost yet. The hotel will not be an onsite Disney hotel. We can expect something between $900 and $1000. The band will perform on Good Friday and the Chamber Choir will perform on Saturday. We will leave from the Jr. / Sr. High School on Wednesday and return the following Monday. No school will be missed. Easter services will be arranged for those who want to observe the holiday. More information will be available as we get it.

We will have the band banquet prior to the trip, likely sometime in January or February. Location and date are yet to be determined.


Competitions

We will have several competitions this year that will showcase our amazing Band and Images talent. Everyone is encouraged to attend competitions to support our Band and Images as well as support the other fantastic regional bands.

The Woodland Hills High School Marching Band and Images will compete in four competitions including our own all-hands-on-deck event October 7. We have put in a bid to host the Tournament of Bands competition at the Wolvarena. We will keep you posted if we win the bid.

More information regarding competitions will be posted as the dates near.


Fundraising


Please see our website for information regarding the types of fundraisers in which we participate. Chamber Choir is joining us in Disney this year and will be participating in our fundraisers to earn money to support their trip. Fundraisers include working Heinz Field, hoagie sales, Sarris Candy, Pittsburgh Popcorn, and many others. Please see our website and our fundraising page for more information. We have many fundraising opportunities. You don’t have to do all of them. Feel free to pick your favorites.


Heinz Field

The biggest fundraiser we have is Heinz Field. Our coordinator is Donna Kefalos. Woodland Hills is one of Heinz Fields most trusted volunteer groups. We always have a high level of participation, which allows us to maintain our own stand, number 134. We need 15 people to fully staff this stand and more are always encouraged. The more people we bring, the more opportunities to earn bigger payouts. We often bring so many people that we are assigned to staff beer carts and other stands.  Payouts for games run between $90 to $120 per student [less the 10% for the general fund]. Last year we earned $21,000 by working events and football games. The game schedule is posted to the group calendar. In order to work, you must be at least 18 and have ServSafe and Ramp training. Training announcements will be sent to the group. Even if you aren't sure if you will work, we encourage everyone to obtain training. Donna will keep everyone updated with training opportunities.

 

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