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August update

Greetings!!!

Please read all of the enclosed material carefully, it contains all of the information that you will need for Band Camp 2014 and the requirements for Marching Band for the Fall of 2014.   There are changes this year so PLEASE read carefully.

Once again we have a marching band twitter account!!!!!!  Mainemarchingba  We will be using this for all of our communications this year. You will all need to follow the page and get your cell phone to follow via text.  This is VERY easy to do.  On your cell, Text  FOLLOW MaineMarchingBa to 40404 and you will then get all messages posted.

If you don’t have shoes, please fill out the order form to get them and mail it to me by August 18.  Thank you.  Dance team members must ALL have the same performance shoe.

For all SECTION LEADERS, FIRST YEAR MARCHING BAND MEMBERS, PERCUSSION SECTION, DANCE TEAM MEMBERS and MAJORETTES:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23:   You will Check in at the class of 1944 Hall first between 8 and 11 am.  You will then proceed to Hancock Hall if you need housing and check in and move in there.

First group meeting is 11 am then you will go to lunch and have activities for the afternoon and evening ending around 9:30pm.

FOR ALL REMAINING BAND MEMBERS:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24:  You will check in the class of 1944 Hall between 9 am and 1pm then proceed to Hancock Hall for room check in if you need a room.  There will be a full group meeting at 3 pm followed by sectional rehearsals, a full group performance and a picnic meal.  Around 7pm that night you will be free to settle into your rooms.   If you are not in Saturday’s group you may not check in early just to get here.

Daily rehearsal during band camp will be 8 am–noon, 1:30-4:30 and 6:30-9:30pm. These are required.  Meals will be provided for all members from breakfast Monday, August 25 through dinner on Thursday 28. Your meal cards should begin working on Friday Breakfast.  Students living off campus will be provided lunch and supper for the entire camp time.

Dormitory Check-in:I apologize for any inconvenience. All Marching Band students will be moving into temporary housing in Hancock Hall.   ALL STUDENTS should check into the dorm  during your assigned times.  Every effort will be made to put you in YOUR room if it is in Hancock.  Move in to your permanent assignments will be Tuesday morning from 8am to 10:30am.  More details will be given at band camp. If you have questions regarding housing please call 207 581 4580.

Band Board Members: We will meet Friday, August 22 at 8 am in room 100. You can check into your rooms from 9-11 in Hancock on this day. We will meet at 8 then break and move in from 9-10 then meet again at 10:30 and finish all the stuff we need to do. Band Board members will be provided meals for Saturday and Sunday.    Band Board Cookout will be Friday afternoon, August 22 at my camp.  Check the Band Board folder on first class for more information.

 All Wind and percussion players will need the following equipment. Dancers refer to Items #2,#3,#4 and # 9

1.  Pencils

2.  A pair of comfortable Shoes Athletic trainers work the best.

3.   Solid Navy Blue shorts.  THIS IS NEW  it again will give us a couple options for other performances.

3.5  Lyres and flip folders for your instruments (Flip Folders  and Lyres will be available at the band store on campus  Lyres will be provided for school owned instruments)

4.  Sunscreen , Sunglasses a hat and a water bottle .

5.  One pair of White Uniform Gloves, ( available at Band Store)

6. Marching Shoes See top of letter for details

7. Black Socks

8. Clip on suspenders to hold up your marching pants.

9.  Dance Team OnlyNEEDS Black Dance Shoes All must have the same style shoe Bloch Boost DRT black Dance Sneaker.

 If you need a University owned instrument please contact me at 207-581-1232.

The tentative schedule is as follows:  This may change as I am still working on a couple of exhibitions. Final schedule will be given at Band Camp. Times will be given in the band handbook.

Band Camp August 23-30

8/30  Home Game

9/27  Parade and MBDA show

10/4 Home Game

10/5 Northeast College Band Show Worcester MA. TBA

10/18 Homecoming.

11/8 Home Game

11/22 Home Game

11/29 Playoff TBA

12/6 playoff

12/13 Playoff

12/20 Playoff

 

TBA Games Are only there in case we make the play off games.   If we get that far they will have us play if it is a home game, travel is unlikely until the final game, the National Championships.

If you have not been active this summer please start getting 30-60 minutes of walking or other type of cardiovascular exercise,  it will make the transition to marching band easier and reduce the likelihood of injuries.   It is NOT my goal to turn BAND camp into BOOT camp, but we all need to be in good working condition to avoid injury during band camp.

If you are receiving this letter then I am counting on you for this next season, please let me know ASAP if your status has changed.  We have Awesome numbers again this year, as of today we have 107!!! A record, and there are still people I know who haven’t sent in their forms! ANYONE is welcome if they play an instrument! Do some recruiting!

This year’s shows are great!  We are doing a Funk Show and a Justin Timberlake/Beyonce’ themed show, both are fun and exciting to play and move to.

I cannot wait for you all to return.  The year 2014 will be the best year ever!  See you all in August!!!

Sincerely,

Christopher G. White

Sports Band Director

Dance Team Auditions!

Dance Team auditions for the 2014 season will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Auditions will be held from 9am-4pm in the Class of 1944 Hall Dance Studio, room 224.  Come prepared to learn two routines and demonstrate basic skills in leaps, turns, and a kick line.

For more information, contact Christopher White | 207-581-1232 | christopher.white@umit.maine.edu

 

Schedule Update

The band is no longer performing at the MBDA show in Old Orchard Beach on September 28.  The only performance that day will be the Riverfest Parade in Old Town.

June Informational Letter

6/4/2013

Greetings:
I hope you all are having a great summer! Here is information that will help you plan for all of the University of Maine’s bands this coming fall. This letter is being sent to all returning Symphonic Band, Marching Band and Pep Band members, and all incoming students that sent in information forms.

Symphonic Band: Auditions will be Sept. 3-6.  Watch for audition sign ups in the “Class of 1944 Building” third floor outside room 335.  Contact Chris White for details.  207-581-1232

Pep Band will have its first meeting Thursday,September 19  7:00 pm-9:00pm  in room 100 of the “Class of 1944 Building”.  Look for signs when you arrive at school. Contact Mr. White for details.  207-581-1232

Concert Band meets second semester only, make sure that you look me up when you arrive on campus to get information. Contact Mr.White for details. 207-581-1232

Marching Band:

MARCHING BAND CAMP DATES are as follows: Sunday, August 25- Friday August 30th  9:30pm.  Marching Band is open to all that play an instrument.  You will arrive on Sunday, and we will have organizational meetings that afternoon.  You will be able to move to temporary housing as soon as you arrive!  There will be some rehearsing on Sunday.   More details will follow in early August. We will be doing two great shows this year.   Our shows this year will be Fire and Ice and music about break ups and make ups!  In addition we are planning a trip to the Maine vs UMass game at Gillette Stadium on Sept 7th!  In order to adequately plan I must have a filled out registration form by June 30, 2013.   The Textbook Reward form is attached and must be filled out, signed, and returned by June 30, 2013.  ALL MARCHING BAND MEMBERS WILL GET THE TEXTBOOK REWARD of $300.00  IF YOU FILL OUT THE FORM AND MEET THE REQUIREMENTS.    You can register for Marching Band Camp on our web site.  Check http://umaine.edu/marchingband/TEXT BOOK REWARD FORMS MUST BE SIGNED AND MAILED VIA US MAIL. The budget depends on you filling these out so that I may have an accurate count!  Plan to be part of the excitement this fall and fill out your forms!!  If you have specific questions please do not hesitate to contact me.  Also if you have a friend that is interested, please get me their name and address so I can mail them information!

 

Here is the tentative Fall Schedule for Marching Band

Performance schedule: TENTATIVE - There  WILL  be more added.  The official schedule will be given at band camp.

Typically 10-12 performances/Parades.  All members are required to be at all performances.  See attendance policy in syllabus.

 

8/25-8/30     Band Camp

9/6 -9/7          Away Game vs UMASS at Gillette Stadium

9/14                   Home Game vs Bryant

9/21                   TBA

9/28                   Riverfest Big E or MBDA TBA

9/29                   Big E TBA

10/5                    Home Game vs Delaware

10/19                  Homecoming vs William and Mary

11/2                     Home Game vs Stonybrook

11/16                   Home Game vs Rhode Island

11/30                   PLAYOFF TBA

12/7                      PLAYOFF TBA

12/14                    PLAYOFF TBA

Championships TBA

If you have not considered Marching Band, please do!!! It is a great way to meetmany people and to be a big part of campus life!

Please fill out the enclosed forms and mail it to me ASAP so that we can get the 2013 band year rolling.  I look forward to seeing you all in August!!!

 

Sincerely,
Christopher G. White
Sports Band Director

Dance Team and Majorette Auditions

Auditions for Dance Team and Majorettes for the 2013 season will be held on Saturday, May 4 at Class of 1944 Hall.  Dance Team auditions will be from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Majorette auditions will be from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Contact Mr. White by email at christopher.white@umit.maine.edu or at 207.581.1232 for more information.

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Black Bear Marching Band
5788 Class of 1944 Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5788
Phone: 207.581.1232 | Fax: 207.581.4701E-mail: christopher.white@umit.maine.edu
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