I wanted to share some additional information for students enrolling for High School Band.
Marching band is an option for any student enrolled in band.
We rehearse after school.
Students can earn a letter in this activity.
Students in marching band can not be in other fall activities. One exception is Cross Country, we can sometimes work this schedule conflict out.
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Hello 8th Grade Band Families!
I’ve received some really good questions about high school band and marching band. Normally we work through this information over several weeks during school, but we didn’t get a chance to do that this year.
I hope I can help answer your questions and make sure you understand how some of our high school band procedures work. I know that going into high school is a big change for students and parents and it can be a little scary. Marching band is actually one of the best ways for students to be less intimidated for high school life. Students will meet other high schoolers before school starts and be able to start navigating through the school which is helpful.
Earlier this year Mr. Wilson, the high school band director, announced his retirement and we recently announced that Ms. Gibson will take over in that role.
I’ve worked with Ms. Gibson for a long time. We taught the Symphonic Band at the high school together for many years and we have worked closely with the middle school bands. Ms. Gibson is one of my best friends and I’m really excited for students to work with her.
Marching band is one of my favorite things that I get to teach. Ms. Gibson and I have been working like crazy putting our show together. We’ll be able to make an announcement soon to tell everyone the theme of this year’s show. For now, I’ll just say that this is one of the most powerful and meaningful shows we’ve ever done at Ray-Pec. And I think every student and parent is going to be amazed by what we can do.
A couple days ago we sent out a form and schedule for students to sign up to join marching band. Our marching band meets after school and students must be enrolled in a regular band class to sign up.
The schedule includes every rehearsal. It’s a long list, but here’s what it boils down to: We meet after school Monday-Wednesday, have Thursday evenings at the Stadium, and we have either a rehearsal or a Football game performance on Fridays. We go to several competitions and are working on an overnight trip for the Branson competition.
Students who join marching band have a blast. In fact, the returning members from last season were very quick to get signed up and we already have a bunch of Freshmen signing up and we want to make sure no one misses out on this opportunity.
For parents, marching band is a really fun way to be part of your child’s life. I don’t want to scare you, but in only four years your babies will be going off to college or entering the work force...so this time you have left to be involved in their high school years can be really important.
We have an amazing group of parent volunteers who help keep our students safe, well fed, and looking their best during our competitions. Marching band is such a fun experience I encourage every band student to consider joining.
I hope this video helps answer some of your questions. If you have any additional questions, you are always welcome to reach out to me or to Ms. Gibson. High school is where students form some of their strongest friendships and create some of their best memories and as a band director, we are honored when we can be a part of that.
Highlights from the 2019 Marching Band
Carl Junction Competition - 2nd place, Class D Park Hill Competition - 1st Place, Outstanding Brass, Outstanding Woodwinds, Outstanding Percussion, Top General Effect Score, Top Music Score Cameron Competition - Grand Champions, Outstanding Solo Performers, Outstanding Music, First in Parade
New High School Band Director, Jennifer Gibson!
Congratulations to Ms. Gibson, our new High School Band Director! Ms. Gibson is a fantastic band director and her students love being in her class.
*Incredible voice overs provided by Mr. Jarrett. :-)