DC Trip Fundraising Help Needed

Hello Band Families,

The trip to Washington DC is less than 4 months away.  For the next 2 months we will do as much fundraising as possible to purchase needed instruments and equipment prior to the trip.  These needs exist regardless of the trip to DC, but it would be great to purchase instruments in time for the trip to make our band really shine!

We will be notifying the community via email, through the school system, mail, and posters in local businesses.  We are setting up a PayPal account on http://melroseband.org  as another way to receive donations.

For us to be successful we need your help. Our goal is not only to raise money, but also to inform the community that we are going to DC. Please share announcements via social media to get the word out.

We are also looking for help in the following areas:

  1. anyone with a background in PR to help guide our efforts
  2. anyone with design expertise who can help design our digital and print announcements about the DC trip and our efforts to purchase new instruments
  3. any patrons of local businesses who would be willing to ask for donations after our print material is available (your local hair or nail salon, favorite food establishment, florist, mechanic, etc.)  Remember that the band is not only representing Melrose but the state of Massachusetts so we can reach beyond the borders of Melrose!
  4. any connections to corporations or businesses that may be willing to donate
  5. creative writers who can assist in pulling together a story about the band’s trip to DC.  We hope to have some ongoing presence in the press.

Please consider sharing your talents to help the band.  You can send your contact information directly to us and we will help coordinate groups on various efforts.

Thank you,

Nancy Ingram           corvene6@verizon.net
Diane Heislein          diane.heislein@comcast.net

Winter Guard Competition Update & Third Trip Payment Due

Our home NESBA Winter Guard competition is less than a week away!

Anyone can bake.
CupcakesBaked goods are needed for the bake table. Each family is asked to donate 1 dozen individually wrapped, nut free snack items. Band and Color Guard members can bring the baked goods to the first floor of the middle school on Saturday between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm.


Volunteers needed.
There are still a large number of open slots for various activities during the competition. We need both student and parent help.  Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084eaeab2ba13-melrose/3868148.
All volunteers get free admission to the competition.

Trip Payment Due 2/5
The third installment ($200) for the Washington, DC trip is due 2/5.

DC Information Update

Happy New Year!

I have more up to date information for the Washington D.C. trip to share. With the roster now locked in, the final price per student is $867.84. The next payment is due February 5th.

Please let me know of any food allergies A.S.A.P. – I asked students in class to indicate if they have any food allergies on the room sign-up sheet. Currently I am only aware of one case and am double checking to make sure that there are not any others. The travel company goes through a detailed process of communicating with the establishments that they will be taking us to to make sure all food needs are met for those with allergies.

I am attaching the Hotel Information and Itinerary that I received. The itinerary is still subject to some minor alterations, such as a change in sightseeing venue, but reflects the main times/locations that we will be adhering to. The travel schedule and hotel information is –

Hilton Arlington
950 North Stafford Street
Arlington, Virginia 22203
(703) 528-6000

We will be having Saturday rehearsals to prepare for the parade starting sometime soon after February vacation. More details to come as we get closer.

Please email me directly with any questions – mrepucci@melroseschools.com.

Thank you,

Mr. Repucci

Latest Updates

Uniforms Due at School Friday 1/15
Please return your uniform to the band room in its garment bag no later than THIS Friday 1/15.  Please leave your marching shoes at home.  We will be storing the uniforms at school until the DC trip.

Melrose Home NESBA Winter Guard Competition 2/6
With 26 groups scheduled to perform, we need many band members and parents to help with various jobs associated with the competition including concession and bake goods sales, truck and bus parking, ticket booth sales and raffle ticket sales.  Sign up early to get the best choice!  The slots begin at 12:30 pm.

To sign up go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084eaeab2ba13-melrose/3868148.

All volunteers get free admission to the competition!

Monday Inauguration Schedule

6:00 – Arrive at Memorial Hall in uniform with instrument. 
6:00 – 6:30 – Rehearsal
6:30 – 7:30 – Wait downstairs – students can do homework
7:30 – Perform
7:45 – We should be done and out the door.

IMPORTANT – if your uniform is at Boston Tailored, please note that they are NOT open Mondays, so you will need to pick up your uniformTOMORROW (Saturday) between 7:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Latest Notices

Bandaiders Meeting
Wednesday, 1/13 (note change in date) 7:00 pm
Location: 16 Philip Circle, Melrose

January Meeting Agenda

Please join us for our monthly meeting. All families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Save the Date — Winter Guard Home Show
Saturday, February 6 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(Melrose performs 5:57)

Trip Payment Due 12/18

The third installment ($200) for the Washington, DC trip is due 12/18. In band class, the students were given a slip with the fundraising balance on it. This balance can be applied to the payment due Friday or to a future payment.

If your band member did not pick up his or her slip, please have them see Mr. Repucci.