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Update from Mr D 4/2/2014
Posted on 04/02/2014

Good afternoon,

First, A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our guard program! Our Varsity guard program finished the season in the Top 10 of the A Class group! Our JV guard came in first place and was the CHAMPIONS of B Class! This is a tremendous accomplishment and I am very happy for them!

Our own Tommy Swanson played at State Solo and Ensemble and recieved a Superior!  Congrats Tommy!

We have reached the end of the year.  The following is the remaining dates for the year.  Please notice that the date change to the Spring Concert/Banquet.

IMPORTANT DATES:

PICTURE VIEWING NIGHT!  This will be on April 8th, next Tuesday, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in the band room.  Please come ready to buy the package you choose. Parents must be present to order the pictures.

***Concert Band Rehearsals begin on April 8th and will be EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY until the Concert***
April 1: 2:30pm — 4:00pm — Musical Pit Rehearsal
April 2: 1:30pm — 3:00pm — Musical Pit Rehearsal
April 3: 2:30pm — 5:00pm – ENCORE Rehearsal
April 7: 2:30pm — 5:00pm — ENCORE Rehearsal
April 8: 2:30pm — 5:00pm — Urinetown
April 9: 2:00pm — 6:30pm – Urinetown
April 9: 1:30pm — 5:00pm — ENCORE Rehearsal
April 10: 2:30pm — 6:30pm — Urinetown
April 10: 1:30pm – ENCORE performance at Castle Creek Elementary (no concert band rehearsal)
April 11: 2:30pm — 6:30pm — Urinetown
April 12: 9:00am — 3:00pm – Urinetown
April 14: 2:30pm — 7:00pm — Urinetown dress rehearsal
April 15: 2:30pm –7:00pm — Urinetown dress rehearsal
April 16: 2:30pm — 7:00pm — Urinetown dress rehearsal
April 17: 2:30pm — 4:00pm – Concert Band Rehearsal
April 17: OPENING NIGHT – Urinetown
April 18: Performance – Urinetown
April 19: Performance – Urinetown
May 20: 6:30pm — 9:00pm – Band Concert/Banquet

The Urinetown dates are for those students who are in the musical pit.
If you are interested in helping with the planning of the banquet, please let me know.  I will need some help with this.

Musically,
Mr. D

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Update from Mr D 3/21/14
Posted on 03/21/2014

Good evening,

I hope that everyone enjoys their time off next week.  Even though we do not have school we still have events going on.  The Varsity Guard will be performing tomorrow in the WGI’s Southeastern Color Guard Championships.  The quarterfinals are being held at Haggerty High School.  We perform at 3:47pm.  If we are selected to participate in the Semi-Finals, those will be held at the UCF Arena and it begins at 7:00pm. Finals are held on Sunday at the UCF Arena. If you are free tomorrow come out and support our Guard!

Friday, March 28th is the beginning of the FFCC Championships in Daytona at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center.  Our JV Guard performs on Friday and our Varsity Guard performs on Sunday, March 30th. The times for these performances are not posted yet.  Once they are, I will send out another email with the times.

Tuesday, April 1st, the students involved with the musical pit will have a rehearsal after school.  From 2:30 — 4:00pm.  We will have another rehearsal on Wednesday at the same time.  Expect a schedule for the rest of the rehearsals that week.

Wednesday, April 2nd is the day the chocolate fundraiser money is due.  Please make sure you turn it in by this day.

Members of ENCORE, we have a performance on Thursday, April 10th at Castle Creek Elementary School.  We will perform about 2:00pm.  We will leave school at the end of 6th period of the start of 7th.  I will need two chaperones.  If you are free for this, please let me know. This is a great way to do some recruiting for the band program as all of these students are zoned for East River.  We can get them excited about band and music so they will join next year in middle school. We will have rehearsals going into this.  I will send out a schedule the week we are back from break.  BE READY!

The spring concert will be held on Thursday, May 22. This is the last official day for seniors.

Last year we held the band banquet on the same day as the spring concert.  We can certainly do this again as it is very convenient, but if anyone has another suggestion I am open to discussing possibilities.  Please email with any suggestions that you may have and I will do my best to look into all of them.  The banquet is a time to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the year.

Finally, I hope that everyone enjoys your spring break. Please be safe! I want to see everyone back here on that Monday ready to push to the end of the year!

Musically,

Mr. D

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3/13/2014
Posted on 03/13/2014

Good afternoon everyone,

Saturday is the Big Day! We are getting prepared and I am looking forward to it.  Tomorrow (Friday) after school we are setting up!  We need band students to stay after school so that we can get the gym ready, the signs put up, and the directors and judges rooms ready. We have a lot of work to do tomorrow afternoon.  I am expecting everything to be done by 6:00pm. However, we could go longer if need be.

If you have not already done so, please check your email for a list of contacts if you are willing/able to help.

We need as many adults as we can get!  Your help is vital to success of this event.  We are also still in need of these items:

Food items we still need:

Cream cheese – 5 (regular flavor)

Jelly – 3 jars

Assorted Yogurt – 60 +

Assorted Fruit Trays – 4 big platters

Apple Juice - 10 gallons

Country Time Lemonade Powder - 8 large cans

Turkey / Ham Subs

cookies

Utensils: For 200 people

Plates (firm)

Napkins

Forks and spoons

Plastic cups

Coffee Cups

Any Finger food Platter + Healthy Assorted Snacks like Granola Bars, etc..

Saturday call time for students and the morning volunteers is 7:00am.  This will be for the last minute preparations that we will need to do. Please wear an East River Shirt as this will help our visitors to recognize you if they need assistance.

Thank you for all that you do and see you tomorrow and Saturday!

Musically,

Mr. D

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Band news 3/10/2014
Posted on 03/10/2014

Good afternoon,

I want to send out my congratulations to the band program for a successful Saturday. First, the Symphonic Band received a STRAIGHT SUPERIOR rating at MPA. I am so proud at how far the symphonic band has come this year.  I am looking forward to preparing for the spring concert. I am positive that we are going to continue to improve! Second, the winterguard performed at Freedom High School at a FFCC circuit show and once again did an outstanding job. JV placed first in their class and the Varsity placed 4th in their round and class.  I am extremely pleased with the growth of these two ensembles.  I know that we are going to perform well at the show we are hosting this week!

PICTURES: I marked down on my calendar the wrong date for pictures. WE HAVE PICTURES TOMORROW DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. Again, PICTURES ARE TOMORROW (March 11)! Students will come to class and put on the marching band uniform. All pictures will happen during the class periods and lunches.  I do apologize for the late notice as I marked it down wrong.

Guard Competition: This SATURDAY (March 15)!

Many students have already signed up to help on this day.  I am excited to see such awesome enthusiasm from the students with their help; I know that this is going to be a success.  However, we need parents. The more adults we have the better off we are. Please check you email for names and contact information. The more we have the less the load is for everyone involved.

Below are the areas in which we need donations for the hospitality rooms. We have received word that Olive Garden is donating dinner for 150 people!  The rest of these items need to be donated.  Please look this over and bring in what you can.  Contact Donna Mercado and let her know what you will be bringing and when you will be bringing it.

Director’s and Judges Rooms

BREAKFAST: 150 people
Assorted Bagels -  80+
Cream cheese – 5 (regular flavor)
Jelly – 3 jars
Assorted Yogurt – 60 +
Assorted Fruit Trays – 4 big platters
Apple Juice – 10 gallons
Country Time Lemonade Powder – 8 large cans
Water – 15 gallons
Coffee
Creamer
Sugar
Mixers

LUNCH: To feed 150+ people
Turkey / Ham Subs
Condiments – Mustard + Mayo
Assorted Cookies
Small bags of Potatoes Chips
Extras: Any Finger food Platter + Healthy Assorted Snacks like Granola Bars, etc..
Candy: Hershey kisses, mints, etc…

DINNER: 150 People
Puerto Rican Style Rice With Chicken & Beans  donated by Mrs. Mercado
Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce complete meal for 150 people donated by Olive Garden!
Utensils: For 200 people
Plates (firm)
Napkins
Forks and spoons
Plastic cups
Coffee Cups

Extras:
All-purpose cleaning spray
Paper towel
Trash Bags
Utensils to serve the food

As always, thank you for all you do!

Musically,

Mr. D

 

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