Band Newsletter, Forms & More!

Several PDF documents for you to download before the upcoming marching Band season!

  1. The Melrose Band Newsletter:  Melrose Band Newsletter (PDF)
  2. The updated schedule:  Band Schedule 2014-2015 (PDF)
  3. A package of required forms to sign & return:  Required Marching Band Forms 2014-15 (PDF)

In addition, Mr. Repucci has recommended students watch this video on YouTube:  How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

Band Hat Fundraising

We have recently COMPLETED our “MHS Band Needs New Hats” campaign, with a total of 84 new hats purchased, breaking our goal by 9 hats!  Look for the new hats when the Band marches again in the Fall!

The Melrose High School Band would like to thank these generous donors to our Hat Fundraising efforts!

The Trulli Family
The Murphy Family
Lucas Law Group, LLC
Melrose Glass Co.
Sullivan & Clark, Attorneys at Law
Melrose Oriental Rug Co
Century 21 Sexton & Donohue, Inc.
The Nevin Family
The Shortlidge Family
Kathy Pigott Brodeur & Andy Brodeur
Williams & Alley Insurance
The Mongeau Family
The Nolan Family
Gray’s Appliance
Robinson Funeral Home
The Biddle Family
Mexico Lindo Restaurant
East Boston Savings Bank
The Konicek Family
Susan Sloan
David & Kathy Driscoll
Bennett Student Travel
The Gauthier & Smith Family
Brad Hutchinson Real Estate
The Perry Family
Capuano Construction
The Viola Family
Peter & Regina Donovan
Kristin Thorp
Melrose School & Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union
Mayor Rob Dolan
The Hogan Family
Donnagene Russell
The Foulser Svoboda Family
Dunkin Donuts
The Cobau Family
Billy’s Roast Beef
The Shinkwin Family
Chris McHugh Sirard
Christopher DiPirro
The Locke Family
Anne & Richard Crawford
The Grover Donohue Family
Melrose Co-operative Bank
Lee Ingalls Coleman
The O’Brien Family
Eric Heath & Kathy Knight-Heath
The Linhares Family
Maizie & Muncie McLeod
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Stepchin
Emily DiPietro & Chloe Melville
The Dwyer Family
The Talbot Family
The Lawless Family
The Cain Family
Florence Hutchinson
Marching Band Class of 2014
The Elmhurst
Matthew Repucci
Patti, Blaik & London Ripton
The Lemack Family
John & Mary Bulman
Douglas Bond
Nancy Ingram & Bill Corvene
Patricia Ingram
Nancy Stockwell
Tau Beta Sigma – Gamma Kappa, UConn
Kappa Kappa Psi – Delta Omicron, UConn
The University of Connecticut Marching Band

Mark Your Calendars

Save the Date:  Band Carwash

 The band carwash will be held on Sunday, August 24 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at MHS.  The Band and Color Guard members do all of the washing but we will be looking for a few parents to help out.  Tell your friends to come by and have their car washed.  More details to follow.

 Band Practice, Competition, and Event Schedule

Attached is the preliminary schedule:  BandSchedule 2014-2015.pdf.  It will be updated with the football games as soon as they are available. The schedule will also be posted online at the 2014-15 Calendar page.


Dot Books & More

(A Message from Mr. Repucci)

 Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having a great summer so far! A quick reminder that everyone must bring a DOT Book and pencil with them to the first day of band camp. I came across this product and wanted to share it with you. It is the DOT book that one of the DCI Bands, the Crossmen, use:

It may be something that you find helpful for just a few dollars more than a generic DOT book. With shipping it will cost $9.50. This is the kind of little thing that may(?) help us to learn faster and perform better. I am interested to see how many people get it and if it has any positive effect on our show.

Please make sure, whatever you do buy as your DOT book, that it is made of index cards. It needs to be durable enough to last the whole season. Cell phones will no longer be allowed on the field/to be used as DOT books.

I hope you are all finding 2 and a half minutes a day to go through one of the parts of the show. Little bits now add up to big points later!

See you all soon,

Mr. Repucci

Note to new band members:  A DOT book is a small notebook that you use to mark your position and movement on the field.  It helps you learn the marching part of the show. 

Welcome New and Returning Band and Color Guard Members!


Aug 18 – 22

Monday – Thursday:
10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Lunch break from 12 – 12:30, bring a lunch)
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Bring your Dot Book, pencil, and chalk)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Pictures at 4:30 in uniform)


Save the date: September 27, 2014!

Melrose will be hosting the NESBA competition that day and we will need everyone (and more) to pitch in to make this a successful event.  While it takes a lot of work, it is a big fundraiser for the band.

As some of you know, we host this competition every other year, sharing the slot in the calendar with Malden. In previous years we have also shared the chores – and the money – with the Malden band boosters.  Mutual decisions by both organizations were made last year to go it alone in each community – keeping all the work and the funds local.

This will be the Bandaiders’ first attempt at filling all the pieces of the event’s puzzle with Melrose people.  We will be asking all band parents to take a couple of hours shift to help with the myriad of needs:  ticketing, selling refreshments, crowd control, bus parking, leading the bands to their warm up spots, etc. We will also be reaching out to the band’s friends and alumnae. An on-line Sign-up Genius will be ready by band camp to organize the different chores.

If anyone is interested in getting a jump start on helping, we need two or three people to work on the program.  Some work needs to be done before band camp to get the material ready to distribute to the kids about selling ads (another part of the fundraising, this one specifically for their personal trip accounts).  This task is well-suited for folks that are good with computers, especially scanning and lay-out.  Please contact me if you are interested in helping out on this endeavor.

Look for more information about the competition at band camp.  In the meantime, mark down September 27 and have a great summer!

Joel Zimmerman


August 18 6:00 pm   MHS Band Room

All band and color guard families are members of the Bandaiders and are welcome at meetings.  Please come by and see what is planned for the fall and beyond.


Welcome again.  This is an exciting time for your student.  You will be receiving more information in the coming weeks but if you have any questions, please feel free to email this address.  I will do my best to help find the answers.