Here is your weekly update:
*Both of these groups have been doing a marvelous job this year. We are slowly moving toward making all the students responsible for the equipment and uniforms. I have enjoyed having these students become more responsible for the band program here.
Congratulations on 1st place this past Saturday! And a score of 87.9!!! This is a great start to the season!
Chaperones – Thank you for all of your hard work and help on Friday and Saturday night!
We received NUMEROUS compliments on the behavior of our group at Saturday’s competition. You are representing your school with dignity and pride!
You can log on to dropbox and see the video from Saturday night.
Username – firstname.lastname@example.org
Password – prband
or it is posted on the webpage also.
I am aware that the SAT is this Saturday, students will take the test and then show up to rehearsal afterward. We approach this issue every year during marching band season. Most of the students have let me know that they are taking the SAT.
The schedule for Saturday is attached to this email.
Schedule for Friday’s game at Independence
*****GUARD WILL BE HAVING REHEARSAL on Friday from 3:30 – 6 pm – this means they are exempt from attending the game. It is my understanding and It is my hope that when Mr. Wade communicated this to the students that they communicated it to parents. If not, this was decided and agreed upon by the guard members.
5:30 – Call Time
5:35 – Students dress in full uniform – DON’T FORGET BLACK MARCHING SHOES, BLACK LONG SOCKS, BLACK GLOVES
6:00 – Depart Porter Ridge
6:20 – Arrive at Independence
6:25 – Unload
6:45 – March into stadium
7:00 – Kick off – GO PIRATES!
1st and 2nd Quarter – We will play stand tunes to support our football team
We are NOT marching at the half – this is Independence’s Homecoming
3rd Quarter – Break
4th Quarter – We will play stand tunes to support our football team
10:00 – Approximate end of game – load buses and trailer
10:20 – Depart Independence
10:40 – Arrive at Porter Ridge – Put uniforms up – Go Home
Schedule for Saturday
This is attached – but here is the schedule
Schedule for October 1, 2016
Mt. Pleasant Competition
11:20 am – Call Time
11:30 am – Rehearsal at Band Field
1:00 pm – Rehearsal Ends – Load Trailers at Stadium
1:40 pm – Load Buses
2:00 pm – Depart Porter Ridge High School
3:00 pm – Arrive at Mt. Pleasant High School – Watch 1A and 2A Bands – Eat Concessions
4:50 pm - Dress
5:20 pm – Warm up
6:00 pm – Leave Warm Up
6:10 pm – Gate Time
6:15 pm – Perform in Class 4A
6:25 pm – End performance – go to visitors side to watch Cuthbertson perform
6:30 pm – Cuthbertson performs
7:00 pm – Watch Mt. Pleasant perform in exhibition
7:15 pm – Awards Ceremony
7:45 pm – Awards Ceremony ends
8:15 pm – Load Buses and Trailers
8:30 pm – Depart Mt. Pleasant High School
9:30 pm – Arrive at Porter Ridge High School – unload trailers and buses – Go Home!
Why is the guard rehearsing on Friday and not going to the game?
In discussions with Mr. Wade, Mrs. Tomberlin and Mr. Elliott, we felt that if we were not marching the show at halftime, then the color guard could take the night off. The color guard also wants to feel that they are more than prepared for Saturday’s competition. By having this extra rehearsal, it will better prepare them for their competitive show. Therefore, with this change, the color guard will not attend this game because we will not have a 6th bus for Friday night.
Why do we go early to band competitions?
As with our band competition, other band programs use them as fundraising events. Therefore, we go to support other school band programs as well as watch the smaller sized bands perform and support their efforts on the marching band field.
Why do we have rehearsal the days of competition?
This is a way for us to review before the competition and do last minute cleaning so that we can be prepared for the evening.
Have a great week!
Ian M. Faires
Director of Bands
Porter Ridge Middle/High Schools