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:

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

Meeting Reminder and Tuition Assistance Form

Reminder: Bandaiders Meeting
Monday, May 9,  7:00 pm   
Location: Chorus Room MVMMS

Please join us for our monthly meeting.  All families are welcome and encouraged to attend.
May 2016 Meeting Agenda

Music Lesson/Camp Reimbursement Program
Each year the Melrose Bandaiders establishes a budget for the partial reimbursement of tuition for private music lessons OR summer music camp.  Students in grades 8-11 who are presently members of the Melrose High School Band are eligible for this tuition assistance.  The purpose of this program is to improve the individual skill level of Melrose High School band members.

The 2016 Private Lessons/Camp Tuition Assistance Form is due to Mr. Repucci no later than Friday, June 3.

May News

Band Banquet Sunday 5/15 – Replies are due TOMORROW, Friday, May 6 
If your band member is the only person from your family that is attending or if your family cannot attend, please email Roger Hecht at  All others should return the banquet reply form with payment.

Senior Scholarships Applications Due TOMORROW, Friday, May 6
Seniors – don’t miss out on your opportunity to apply for a band scholarship.

Flower Sale Plant Pick-up Saturday, May 7
Thanks to everyone who ordered flowers. Please remember to pick up your plants this Saturday, May 7, between 8:30 and 11:30 am at the high school main entrance. We could use a few more volunteers in the 8:30 to 10:30 time slot.

Sign up here:

Any family who would like to pick up flowers while dropping off a student for the 8am SAT should email Liz Foulser at by Friday evening.

We have ordered extra plants to sell Saturday morning, some large geraniums, now $15 and a few basil plants, still $5.

Thank you for supporting the Melrose High School Band and Color Guard.

Help Needed with Pops Concert Thursday, 5/19
The Pops Concert is always a great showcase of our band program – a great venue, table service and fantastic music.  But it takes the help of many people to pull off.  Please volunteer here:  Questions?  Contact Kim Talbot at

Saturday Band Practice Resumes THIS Saturday1:00 pm

Band Canopy Available for Rent
Do you need a canopy for prom/graduation party or other event?  You are welcome to use one or both of the Bandaiders tents (the ones used for the Christmas Tree Sale).   One Wakefield company charges $100.  Band families can “rent” a band canopy for $25 per day.  If you are interested, please contact Nancy Ingram at  All band families are welcome to sign up.

Check out our new banner!
Designed by Susan CollinsNew Band Banner

Awards and Scholarship Banquet

Musical NotesMelrose High School Band and Color Guard

 Awards and Scholarship Banquet

 Sunday, May 15  6:00 pm

 Anthony’s of Malden

It is time to celebrate! Please see the attached invitation and join us for a festive evening.  Your reply is requested by Friday, May 6.  Your spot is reserved when payment is received.

Directions to Anthony’s of Malden:

We hope to see you there!

2016 Band Banquet Invitation

Important Upcoming Dates

There are lots of exciting things going on these next six weeks!  Please put the following in your calendars. 

4/26      Spring Flower Sale Order Forms Due proceeds to support instrument and equipment purchases for our Washington, DC trip.

5/6        Banquet Reply and Payment Due

5/7        8:30 am – 11:30 am        Spring Flower Sale Order Pick Up Melrose High School Main Entrance

5/9        7:00 pm            MHS Bandaiders Meetingall families are welcome and encouraged to attend.  More info to follow.

5/15      6:00 pm            MHS Band and Color Guard Awards and Scholarship Banquet –  Anthony’s in Malden a fantastic night of celebration for all students who participated this year and their families. 

5/19      7:15 pm             MHS Pops – Memorial Hall –  our final concert of the year includes table seating and refreshment service in a fantastic venue.  More information to follow.    

5/27 – 5/30         National Memorial Day Parade Trip!

6/3        Graduationmore info to follow