Band Notes 9/8/16

Band Notes9/8/2016


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Saturday 9/12—ESM Show (6:30 pm start)

(1st competition of the Season!)

East Syracuse Minoa High School

6400 Kirkville Road

East Syracuse, New York 13057


1:15 pm—Rehearsal begins

4:30 pm –Dinner/Dress for show

5:45 pm—Leave for show

8:00 pm—PERFORM!

9:30 pm—Return to LHS


Times are subject to change and report times may be earlier for certain groups. It is the member's responsibility to pay attention to announcements by staff and section leaders at end of practice on Thursday's. If you are not there it is your responsibility to contact your section leader not other members.


Please make sure you either send a dinner with your member or are there before dinner break with it.




Groups that were not photographed at Sneak Preview  and Senior individuals  will be taken at the dinner break for ESM. Those members must eat and change quickly to be photographed. The following groups still need to be photographed, please be dressed and ready by 5:00. Photographs will be taken by the Fine Arts door.


Alto sax


If uniforms are in





Drum Majors


If there is time the remaining individual pictures will be done, any missed individuals will be done before B'ville and Oswego. 


Weekly Bus Assignment for Shows

Bus 1 - Drumline (Battery & Pit)

Bus 2 - Guard, Ninjas

Bus 3 - Woodwinds

Bus 4 - Brass


Students are expected to dress up for school on Friday’s in honor of their competition on Saturday. 


With the competitive season is upon us and there are a few things you need to know:


Presale Tickets


Patti Hung, Jennifer Caporin and Tracey Folley will be selling advance sale tickets for the Saturday shows and will be available at the Booster Table on Thursdays and at the Fine Arts entrance at drop off and the dinner break on Saturdays.  These tickets are available for purchase for $6 each, saving yourself $2 per ticket and standing in line at the show.


All buses are Food Free.

Due to numerous food allergies among members all buses must remain food free.  Nothing will be eaten on the bus.


Members are expected to return to the school on the bus after competitions.

Occasionally a member will need to leave a show with a parent.  The Directors require that a note is turned in on the Thursday before the show. This note should state who will be picking up the Member and the Member is responsible for letting the Directors/Head Chaperone know when their ride has arrived and that they are leaving.


Black Socks

Members must wear black socks with their uniforms.  The socks must be high enough that their legs are not exposed when lifted.


Show Tips

A few tips for attending shows: 

Attached is a perfect summary of how to attend a marching band show.  Remember, our students love to have people in the stands cheering them on, and it is great if they can look out and see a sea of orange with ‘Pool people all sitting together.  It is also important to remember that all marching band programs work hard and deserve our respect and admiration.


· You may want to get to the shows as close to the start of them as possible to get good seats.  The stadiums tend to fill up quickly and choice seats are near the 50 yard line.

· It is a good idea to bring a blanket or something to sit on.  The bleachers can get hard!

· Bring layers.  Once the sun goes down it can get chilly quickly this time of year.


Parents please remember that the kids need our support.  Show up at performances and cheer them on….they all appreciate our support!


The group has a tradition of going to Applebee’s on Route 31 after the show. (Applebee’s offers us great specials such as ½ price appetizers.) We hope to see you there!


Equipment Crew - Help is needed


Equipment Crew assists in the transport and loading/unloading of instruments and show equipment. They also assist with moving heavy equipment such as podium, pit instruments, props, etconto and off the field for rehearsals and competitions. Some equipment/prop construction and maintenance is also needed.

Help is needed at Tuesday/Thursday rehearsals and on Show days - rehearsals and competition.  Many have expressed a desire to help this year. The best way to help is to come at the beginning of practice and help set up the pit, podiums etc. and help at the end of practice to put the stuff away. The best way to learn what needs to be done at shows is to help at practice.

For more information contact the Equipment Chairperson - Dave Wood