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Band Update 12/01/2014
Posted on 12/01/2014

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving.  We have 3 weeks to the winter break.  I know that we can end this year strong!

As we settle back into our daily routine, it is time to start thinking about the PRISM Concert.  The concert will be December 16 at 7:00pm.  More info concerning tickets will be coming soon!

The rehearsal schedule for the concert season is:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30pm — 4:00pm.

The first rehearsal for Prism will be Thursday Dec. 4th. No rehearsal tomorrow!

For those that are interested in ENCORE (indoor marching ensemble) we will have rehearsal 4:00pm — 6:00pm this Thursday.


Mr. D

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Band Schedule for week of Nov 17
Posted on 11/18/2014

Here is the last week of marching band rehearsals.

Tuesday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm


Thursday: 4:oopm – 7:00pm

Friday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm (We have been given permission to have a rehearsal during the day to get  in the stadium.) We will pack the trucks right after the rehearsal to have everything ready for Saturday morning.

As always thank you for the support and dedication to this program.  I am so honored to be the band director here at ERHS.  Let’s push through this last week!


Mr. D

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State Competition Information
Posted on 11/18/2014
Hello Parents and Students!
This is the week! The band has worked toward this week all season and we have finally arrived!  As the band finishes the final touches of the show and final chances to clean the drill, it is time to plan for the actually trip.  Saturday is going to be a VERY EARLY and VERY LONG day.  Attached to this email is the schedule for ALL Classes and the finals schedule on Saturday.  At the bottom of this email is the Itinerary for us on Saturday.  I will send a separate email concerning this week’s schedule.
Chaperons and Pit crew:
If you are interested in being a chaperon and or pit crew member please email me your name, email address and contact phone number.  Priority will be given to the chaperons and pit crew members who have traveled/worked concessions with the band for the entire season.  
We will have a brief meeting Thursday at 6:00pm in the band room to go over last minute details concerning the expectations of the chaperons/pit crew and to answer any other questions that you may have and to discuss the food items Mrs. Voodre asked for last week.
With our registration fee, we are allotted only 20 passes.  This includes all chaperons, pit crew and staff.  If we make finals another 20 will be given to us. Because of this, we are going to need all chaperons/pit crew to donate $5 to the pot so we can get the extra passes that we need for the semi performance and $5 for the finals performance.  Thank you for your understanding with this.
Here is some general information concerning the semi-finals venue and finals venue.
Semi Performance Venue:
2415 South Himes Ave
Tampa 33629
Tickets $14 (Cash Only)
Children 8 and under – Free
Parking – Free
Please – no ‘Tailgating’
1) As with any live performance, individual band performance times can and will vary from the posted schedule depending on site conditions, etc.. Announcements advising of changes will be made at the site. However, please double-check with the director to confirm the performance time of your favorite band.
2) Please do not enter the seating area or walk around while a band is performing.
3) Please cheer for and support ALL performing ensembles
4) Please – no tailgating. The performance site depends on revenue from the sale of concessions to support its music program.
5) Please help the schools by cleaning up your own trash and debris.
Finals Performance Venue:
Tropicana Field
1 Tropicana Drive
St. Petersburg 33705
One-time city-assessed parking fee – $15 (Credit Cards Accepted for parking only)
Tickets $20 (All tickets are cash only)
VIP Seats (Finals only) $30
Children 8 and under – Free
Gates open at 3:30 PM
No Videotaping permitted
No outside food or drink permitted
Students: Due to the early call time Saturday morning it is imperative that you get a good night’s sleep.  When you arrive at the school you may wear comfortable clothing to travel in. Bring a blanket and pillow.  Brush your teeth and wear deodorant!  You may bring food and drinks with you on this trip.  Keep in mind that you have limited space on the bus, so keep it simple. You should SLEEP on the bus ride to the Semi performance site.  You need to be ready to put on the show of the year.  Make sure that you bring money for the concessions stands.  Plan for both performances.
**Subject to change at band directors discretion**
4:30am: Call Time
5:00am: Leave ERHS
7:00am: Arrive at Plant HS
7:00am – 7:30am: Rest Room
7:30am – 8:00am: Stretch
8:00am – 8:25am: Official check-in and walk to warm up area.
8:28am – 9:10am: Warm Up
9:24am: PERFORMANCE!!!!!!!
9:38am: Band Picture
9:50am: 11:00am: Load trucks and change out of uniform.
11:00am: 11:30am: Walk to stadium as a band and establish where the band will sit.
11:30am – 12:10pm: Lunch
12:10pm – 3:00pm: Watch Bands
3:00pm: Drum Major and 4 year Senior Retreat
4:00pm: *Travel to Tropicana Field* or Return Home if we do not make Finals
6:00pm: Arrive at ERHS
4:30pm: Arrive at Tropicana Field
4:30pm – 7:30pm: 3A block times.  Performance order is a random draw.
11:00pm: FULL OLYMPIC RETREAT.  The entire band will participate in this.
12:30am: Return to ERHS
2:30am: Arrive back at ERHS
Mr. D
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Band Update 05/11/14
Posted on 11/05/2014
Just a quick reminder that Seniors you must turn in your Questionnaire to Mr. D tomorrow, Thursday.
Also we still need help for the football game.  From Chaperons to people working in the concessions stand.  Please sign up to help.
Mr. D
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