2016 Band Newsletter and Required Forms

It is less than 3 weeks until the start of the 2016 marching band season and the first day of band camp!  Please see Mr. Repucci’s 2016 Marching Band News Letter which includes the band camp and fall marching band schedules.

Please print out  the 2016 Marching Band Required Forms packet and bring them with you on the first day of Band Camp.

One of the forms is the required concussion training that each band/color guard member and a parent/guardian must complete each year to participate in band.  This training will take some time so please make sure to review the instructions and set aside time prior to August 22 to get it done.

Lots of Important Notices

Graduation Day Friday June 3 – Schedule and Info
5:00 – Warm up in the band room
6:00 – Graduation starts
8:00* – End
(*approximate time)

Concert Clothes – spring semi-formal attire
Boys – Dress shirt, tie, dress pants, shoes
Girls – Dress/skirt and nice top, dress shoes

Marching Band Uniforms
After a fabulous performance in Washington DC, we need to attend to the uniforms to prepare for the fall marching band season.  All students are required to have their uniforms dry cleaned.  The following process has been organized to minimize cost and effort on your part.

  • Uniforms are to be dropped off at Boston Tailored, 36 Tremont Street (across from MDC Pool), hours:  Tues–Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 7am-2pm
  • The charge for cleaning will be approximately $17.50-$18.00 which you need to pay when you drop off the uniform for cleaning.
  • You will receive a receipt when you drop off your uniform, please give this receipt to Mr. Repucci so that we have a record to track your uniform.
  • Cleaned uniforms will be delivered directly to the school by Boston Tailored, you do not have to pick-up your uniform.
  • All uniforms should be brought for cleaning no later Saturday June 4th.
  • Garment bags need to be returned directly to the band room. Please leave your name tag on the garment bag so that we can track that you have returned this item.

If you have any questions/concerns please e-mail/call Diane Heislein (781) 665-4719, diane.heislein@comcast.net. Thank you.

Memorial Day Parade Pictures and Videos
Here are a couple of videos of the band in the parade:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QseepjefiYQ and http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/national_memorial_day_parade_t.html (scroll down the page to find video).

We are in the process of gathering pictures and video to share on our website.  If you were at the parade (or Pops or anything else) and would like to share your photos or videos, please reply to this email.

Reminder – Tuition Assistance Form Due this Friday 6/3

Plate/platter left at the banquet.  It is white with gold trim with a black and white ribbon woven around the edges.  Contact Diane Heislein atdiane.heislein@comcast.net to make arrangements for pick-up.

Important Last Minute DC Information

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Pack your toothbrush in the bag that is going on the bus, not in your suitcase.  We won’t get to the hotel until 11:00 pmand you won’t be able to get to your suitcase until then.

The weather is looking unpleasant for Monday (parade day).  The parade organizers warned to plan for extended time in the rain.  Bring a small umbrella that would fit in your uniform pocket if possible.  Also, bring a change of clothes that will pack up small enough to fit in the pocket of your garment bag.  If you have a gallon sized ziplock bag, put it in that, otherwise we’ll have plenty of bags for everyone.

Not going and want to see the parade?
Attached is information about television and online viewing of the parade.

Final Instructions for 2016 National Memorial Day Parade

Modells Offer

Modells generously donated water bottles for the Band to use along the DC parade route.  In addition, they signed us up for their Team Weeks promotion.  Use this Modells Coupon for 15% off your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Band!

The coupon is good through 6/16 – great timing for  your trip needs and Father’s Day!  Please share this coupon with your friends and family.  It is good at all New England Modells locations.

Modells Coupon

2016 Modells Coupon

Pops Schedule

1:15 – Load Truck (during class)
5:00 – Jazz Band members arrive at Memorial Hall and unload truck
5:30 – Jazz Band warm-up
6:15 – Concert band members arrive
6:25 – Concert band warm up
6:45 – Doors open to public
7:15 – Concert

Pops Concert – Last Chance for Table Seating, Help Needed

Reserved Table Seating
Today (Tuesday 5/17) is the last day to reserve table seating for the concert.  Please deliver your payment to 36 Hillcrest Ave to reserve your seats.

Helpers needed on Pops night.  Most jobs allow folks to fully enjoy the concert.  Please sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba4aa22a5f94-pops

image001 (2)All band families are asked to donate store bought goodies for sale during the Pops concert.
Note: Memorial Hall no longer allows groups to sell or serve home baked goods.
Donated items can be dropped off at Memorial Hall with your band student Thursday afternoon.  Please label items that contain nuts.

DC Trip Itinerary and Packing List

Message from Mr. Repucci

Hello DC Participants,

The DC trip is less than 2 weeks away! I’ve provided a link to the itinerary again for those who need it.
Final Washington DC Trip Itinerary

Arrival time to load the buses will be 2:30am on Friday the 27th. The itinerary says we leave the parking lot at 3:00am on the 27th and get back at 3:00am on the 31st.  Since the trip officially goes until Tuesday the 31st students are not required to be in school that day and can stay home to sleep if needed.

I’ve attached a packing list with suggested items. Below I’ve highlighted some points in anticipation of some common questions that have either come up or may come up.
DC Packing List

– Important – 

  • Make sure your uniform has been checked and is ready to go – if you have not specifically done this, make sure to check it soon. You want to know for yourself that you have everything accounted for.
  • Uniforms should be at school until we leave. They will come right off the rack and go to the buses.
  • Make sure that you have your shoes and socks as well.
  • Make sure your hat is in your hat box.
  • Bring very light clothing – shorts/t-shirt to wear under your uniform
  • Bringing a few of your own snacks in your backpack (e.g. – granola/energy/Kind Bars) is recommended
  • There is no need to bring any “dress clothes” – all meals are casual
  • Travel bags should be limited to the model – 1 suitcase, 1 carry on size, 1 backpack. Please no more than that and preferably only 1 suitcase and a backpack for most.
  • It is recommended that students get a few hours of sleep before arriving at 2:30am on Friday
  • Students will get $10 cash on the bus ride down and the bus ride back for our scheduled breakfast/dinner stop.
  • It is recommended that students also bring additional spending money.

I hope everyone is excited and ready for a fantastic and memorable trip! As always, please feel free to get in touch with me with any questions or concerns you may have before we leave.

Thank you,

Mr. Repucci